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Highlights from Academic Senate Final 2013 Meeting

The Academic Senate held its final meeting of the 2013 year on December 13. Topics discussed included a revision of the charge of the Professional Personnel Committee, the ranking of the FTEFAC’s priority list of position hiring, and upcoming institutes and plenaries. All minutes and agendas for the academic senate may be found on the Academic Senate web site.

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In Spring 2014, the Academic Senate will test two dates for a change in permanent meeting time. Friday meetings have proven to be difficult for attendance and communication of vital information. All Spring meetings will take place at the regular Friday 1:10 – 3:00 p.m. time except for two test meetings scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2:10 – 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 25, 2:10 – 4:00 p.m.

The Academic Senate honored Dr. Sarah Perkins with the following resolution, which was read and adopted by acclamation:

Skyline College Academic Senate Resolution Commending Dr. Sarah Perkins

Whereas, Sarah Perkins immediately and enthusiastically adopted Skyline College as her home upon her arrival in 2012 when she assumed the position of Vice President of Instruction, instantly demonstrating commitment and dedication to her new college community; and

Whereas, Sarah Perkins has facilitated the creation of several new initiatives directly resulting in rich and beneficial opportunities for faculty development such as the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Faculty Boot-up Camps, Center for Innovative Practices through Hip-Hop Education & Research, and Study Abroad; and

Whereas, Faculty’s access to Sarah Perkins’ extensive expertise and creative vision has resulted in the continued improvement of many campus processes such as Full Time Equivalent Faculty allocation, curriculum approval, professional development, accreditation, international education, and the development and assessment of distance education; and

Whereas, Skyline College faculty have grown to rely on Sarah Perkins’ support and advice and have come to see her as an invaluable resource for facilitating the work of the College; and

Whereas, The success of Skyline College’s accreditation site visit of 2013 was greatly enhanced by Sarah Perkins’ efforts, leadership, and cheerleading chants of “Does Skyline College meet the Standards?”; and

Whereas, Sarah Perkins’ admirable qualities of collegiality, responsiveness, accessibility, and respect are outpaced only by her tireless and fastidious work ethic, making her “the administrator for the faculty that she never had”;

Resolved, That the Skyline College Academic Senate acknowledge Sarah Perkins as an indispensable member of our college community and a model for all who are privileged to work with her; and

Resolved, That the Skyline College Academic Senate express its deepest appreciation to Sarah Perkins for all the work that she has done and will continue to do in the interest of making Skyline College shine.

Article by Leigh Anne Shaw, Photo by Raul Guerra.