volume 39, number 3
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald


University Faculty Senate, Minutes December 12, 2008

1. Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 1:52 PM.


2. Approval of the Minutes:

The minutes of November 19, 2008 were approved as distributed.

3. President’s Report – Karen Turner:  

Turner welcomed Ambler and Health Science Center faculty via videoconferencing. The senate proceedings are available to listen to after the meeting by logging onto the Senate website (www.temple.edu/senate) and clicking the Apreso link.


  • The Steering Committee met with Peter Jones, Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies about the newly designed student feedback forms. It was suggested that a “Wiki” be set up as a means of getting feedback about the forms from faculty.
  • The Steering Committee has also met with Provost Lisa and Betsy Leebron-Tutelman, Senior Faculty Advisor to the Provost.  The Academic Strategic Plan has been approved by the Board of Trustees. The Provost will be attend the January 26th Faculty Senate meeting to give a presentation on the implementation of the Plan.
  • The latest edition of the Faculty Herald is available. You can link to the Herald from the Senate website.  The editor, David Waldstreicher, would like to begin posting “letters to the editor” to the Herald website. Faculty are encouraged to get involved.
  • A reminder that all Senate meeting minutes are also on the Senate website.


4. Vice President’s Report – Paul LaFollette

Nothing to report, but Happy Holidays.


5. Guest:  Andrea Swan, Manager, City and Neighborhood Relations for Temple University

This year the city and surrounding region will hold its annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Liacouras Center on Monday January 19, 2009. President Hart and Mayor Michael Nutter will be there at 9:00AM for the kick-off ceremony. Temple will have a series of internal programs including

  • a “health and wellness fair” with the help of the College of Health Professions and
  • a children’s carnival with help from the College of Education.
  • Norris Homes health clinic and 12th Street recreation centerIota Phi members will be helping out.  The fraternity has agreed to mentor the students

People can sign up as volunteers at the MLK website.

6. Guests: Tim O’Rourke, Vice President for Computer and Information Services and

Lynne Zullo, ERP Project Manager


O’Rourke gave an update on Project ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and the new SunGard Banner System which will replace Temple’s antiquated main frame computer system.


  • The project is about change from what we have been doing and what we will be doing.  All of our old computer systems are out of date, have functional problems and have limited ability to support new technology. 
  • A Steering Committee had been formed to investigate vendors and set up basic principles.

As a result the SunGard Banner system was chosen.  This system will give greater access to information and enable us to be more efficient. The system will be upgraded at least once a year.

  • Lynne Zullo, discussed the teams who will work on various projects.  There are 300 people involved in the teams.  There is also an Executive Steering Committee making major policy decisions.
  • All systems will be accessed through TU Portal. 
  • O’Rourke wants faculty participation.  Any one who wants to be involved in this project is welcome to contact Tim O’Rourke.
  • For the timeline of what has already been accomplished and what will be accomplished by 2011, and to get more information on the project, go to www.temple.edu/enterprise .
  • Responses to questions:

We are trying to have Blackboard integrated into the system.

All students are now using Google for email.   Faculty and staff email accounts will not be transferred to     Google at this point.  Because there is concern about privacy issues faculty and staff will be migrated to         Outlook Exchange for email.

The systems are new, but you will be getting the same information as before.


7. Unfinished Business: 



8. New Business: 



9. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 PM.


 Bonnie Averbach, Secretary


Representative Faculty Senate, Minutes November 19, 2008


1. Call to Order:

President Karen M. Turner called the meeting to order at 1:52 pm.


2. Welcome Remarks:

President Turner welcomed everyone including the Ambler and Health Sciences faculty. She reminded everyone that the meeting is being videoconferenced to the Ambler and the Health Sciences campuses. Today’s meeting is being recorded via Apreso. You can listen to the proceedings online by going to the Senate website, www.temple.edu/senate and clicking on the link for the November 19, 2008 Senate meeting.


3. “Provost Lisa Listens:”

Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico gave some updates:

  • Study Leaves:  The Provost and the Chair of the University Study Leave committee, James Korsh have been working on the program for study leaves.  There are 96 available but they have received only 50 applications.  The Provost asked the faculty to please take advantage of this opportunity.  The deadline has been extended to January 23, 2009.
  • TAUP Contract Negotiations:  The University presented an offer to the Temple Association of University Professors (TAUP) on November 13.  TAUP has presented a proposal to the University via the mediator.  The team is reviewing it. Tony Wagner, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO will give a University financial status presentation to the TAUP on December 1 or 2.
  • The Provost stated that at this time of the year, everyone is stressed out with finals coming, the election, holidays, etc.

The Provost asked for faculty to speak about exciting things happening in their lives.

  • Provost Lisa volunteered that a recent exciting event in her life was attending the celebration of the acquisition of the three millionth book in Paley Library; a rare edition of Hamlet.  Under the direction of Theater Chair Roberta Sloan, students from the Theater Department performed a scene from the play.
  • General Education director Terry Halbert talked about a Gen Ed class on the Philadelphia Experience. The Chronicle of Higher Education is doing a feature article on Temple’s Gen Ed program. A photographer accompanied Theater Professor Doug Wager and 50 students to Chris’s Jazz Bar. Photos were taken of Temple students as they talked with the musicians between sets. The article and photos will appear in the November 28 issue of the Chronicle.
  • James Korsh, (CST)mentioned that the new study leave application is now only five (5) pages long.
  • Tyler Professor Jane Evans spoke about her study leave which started at Sardis, where she worked as a numismatist and ended in France where she was joined by some of her Temple students.  With the help of her students, Evans wrote an article about the site in France for the Journal of Archeology.  Evans is also excited about teaching at the Temple Rome campus in the spring.
  • Doug Wager, SCT Theater Director, spoke about the Temple Theater production, ‘In Conflict’ which just closed in New York with great reviews.  One of the participating Temple students was able to locate a woman who was depicted in the show.  The Temple students arranged to fly Lisa Haines, the Iraqi war veteran whose experiences were depicted in the play, and her family to New York to see the final performance.


The Provost made a final comment about how special the Temple faculty and students are.


4. Approval of Minutes:

The Minutes of October 16 were approved as distributed.


5. President’s Report – Karen M. Turner:

Turner reported that over the past month the Faculty Senate Steering Committee met with:

  • President Ann Weaver Hart. 
  • The Temple Student Government leadership.  In that meeting the Steering Committee voted to form the ad hoc Student/Faculty Liaison committee. Faculty will hear more about this committee in the weeks ahead. 
  • Tim O’Rourke, Vice President for Computer and Information Services and Barbara Dolhansky, Associate VP Computer Services.  They provided an update on Project Enterprise. O’Rourke and Dolhansky will address the Senate at the December University Senate meeting. 
  • Lori Salem, Director of the Temple Writing Center and other members of the Writing-Intensive Course Committee.


Turner noted that all steering committee minutes are available online at the senate website. 


The Board of Trustees will meet on December 9.  Turner announced there are two open slots for faculty to attend the meeting. She explained that those faculty will be introduced at the Board meeting.  Faculty who are interested in attending should send an email to senate2@temple.edu.


A new committee, Temple’s Emergency Management Implementation Team is seeking faculty representation. The committee meets monthly on Tuesdays at 10:00 am.  Its purpose is to provide direction for the implementation of emergency procedures. Interested faculty should email senate2@temple.edu.


Turner encouraged faculty to contact her or their FSSC representative if there are topics that they would like covered at the monthly senate meetings.


6. Vice President’s Report – Paul S. LaFollette:

Paul LaFollette thanked all who voted in the election for The University Study Leave and the Personnel committee members.  If anyone who tried to vote and could not, please notify Senate Coordinator Cheryl Mack. 

LaFollette reminded Senate committee chairs that they should send him a report before the end of the semester and asked committee members to remind their chairs to send the reports to him.


At this point, Turner introduced our Senate guest, Tony Wagner who will discuss the present economy and the University’s current financial situation and the implementation of the University financial plan


7. Guest: Tony Wagner, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer


About Temple: 

Its balance sheet has been strong because of enrollment growth.  However, enrollments in all universities and colleges are expected to decline due to a decreasing number of high school students. Moody’s outlook is a 13% decline in the number of students in the future.  Another problem for Temple is the cost of the Temple Health System.  Also in this economy, there has been a 13.5 % decrease in the endowment in October.  In general Temple’s endowment fund is much smaller than competitive universities.  The state is also cutting funding for universities.


Cost of a Temple education:

At this time the total loans for students is $282 million.  In this economy, it will be a challenge for students with lower incomes.  Many students will have high rate loans.  A significant number of students will have a hold on their loans.  Lenders are increasing credit requirements.  The waning state support is shifting the financial burden to the student.  (The state gives 50% to private schools universities and 50% to public schools.) 


Risk factors:

There is a need for hiring for more academic mental health programs for students.  Salary and benefits are now 66% of Temple’s budget.  Temple expects at least a 10% increase in benefits. The Board of Trustees will not tolerate a 5.9% increase in tuition. Temple is conservative in investment.

Malpractice payments will increase.  The economic situation will impact enrollment.

There will be a pause in the strategic plan.


The Temple Finance PowerPoint Presentation for the Faculty Senate is available at: http://www.temple.edu/budget/documents/FacultySenatePresentation11-19-08AEW.pdf


8. Unfinished Business:



9. New Business: 



10. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 2:58 PM.

Bonnie Averbach, Secretary