approved the Seminary’s Theological Education for Parish
Services Program, referred to as STEPS. According to the
application, this is "a graduate level certificate program designed in
collaboration with Education for Parish Services (EPS) for the education
and formation of lay students for pastoral ministry. STEPS is a part of
the Institute for Christian Spirituality, which received a grant in
December of 2004 from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. This grant was part of
the 'Making Connections' initiative promoting excellence in pastoral
ministry. STEPS goal is to bring professional education and formation
to our lay staff and volunteers involved in pastoral ministry."
There was some concern about adequate library holdings to support the
program, and the Senate voted to approve with the proviso that
the APC obtain Library approval or be provided evidence thereof by June 30, 2006
and forward it to the Executive Committee. This evidence was subsequently
provided to the Executive Committee.
Upon the motion of the
Committee the Senate passed the recommendation of the Committee, with 4 opposed
and one abstention, to change the reading day to April 30, 2009 and to adopt the
2008-2009 Academic Calendar.
The motion of the Committee concerning the 2009-2010 Academic Calendar
was adopted unanimously.
Provost Search Committee
It was duly moved, seconded and adopted, with one abstention, that the
Nomination, Elections, and Appointments Committee hold an election for
members of the Provost Search Committee which is to consist of three
faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences and two members
from the other South Orange Campus colleges.
Executive Committee Report
[Template developed for the Faculty
Senate by the TLTC.]
The Faculty Senate
approved two motions of the Core Curriculum Committee:
proposal for core to include two signature courses to be taken
by all students with the requirement that all students take a
course in their junior year (in or outside their major) that is
specifically tailored to be a follow-up to the themes developed
in the first two courses.
The motion of the Committee was
moved and adopted with one abstention.
full new core curriculum with the freshman class of 2008.
This motion of the Committee was moved and adopted with one
opposed and one abstention.