2012 Faculty Senate Election Slate
Statements are optional and at the discretion of the candidate.

Position
Statement
   
President
 
Tom Dowd The Faculty Senate's Executive Officers' main goals over the last six years were to make sure our contract stayed competitive and increase the voice of the faculty. Two contract extensions and navigating the change to a new administrative regime have been our biggest challenges. Hopefully we've accomplished these to your satisfaction. Our goal for the next two years is to continue the same high standards. Please remember that we work for and represent you. The Senate Exec works as a team and we are stronger because of the support you give us. Thank you for that support.
   
Vice President  
Sean Noonan Sean Noonan is professor of sociology. He has been at Harper since 2002 and active in the Faculty Senate since 2005. During this time Sean has served as senator, co-chair of the strike committee (in 2006), and Vice President of the Senate since 2008. Sean played a key role in negotiating two contract extensions (2008 and 2011). Sean also represents the Faculty Senate on the College Assembly, serves as co-chair of the Chair&Coordinators committee and chairs the Senate communication committee (which produces the faculty newsletter and runs the off-campus email list).
   
Grievance Officer  
David Richmond The Grievance Officer's main responsibility is safe guarding the integrity of our contract. This includes making sure the faculty's wages, hours, and working conditions are protected. Every semester I attend Union conferences and trainings on grievances, negotiations, leadership, and communications to make me a better Union officer. I also work closely with Local 1600, the IFT, the AFT, and Chicagoland labor unions. I have worked faithfully with this team of Executive Officers on contract extensions, grievances, and faculty rights. I look forward to protecting our interests to the best of my abilities over the next two years.
   
Treasurer  
Andy Kidwell Senate Treasurer is more than writing checks and balancing the checkbook. I have been an active member of the Faculty Senate since 2008. I have regularly attended monthly Local 1600 meetings and I was appointed Local 1600 Elections Committee Chair overseeing all Local 1600 elections. I have participated in several Union Leadership Conferences, including Treasurer Training, the past two years. I was an integral part of the negotiations for our current faculty contract extension. Being treasurer is being involved in our union and I am more than happy to continue serving Harper College faculty in the Treasurer role.
   
Secretary  
Anne Abasolo I have two reasons for running again as Secretary of the Faculty Senate.  The first is to continue supporting the faculty through various means of communication that plays a part in keeping  us united.  The second is as a payback to the Union leaders who came before us.   Their efforts have allowed us the working conditions and benefits that we enjoy today.  Thank you for allowing me to serve you in the past, and I'm looking forward to serving you in the future if your vote allows.
   
Three Senators-at-Large  
Jim Edstrom The Faculty Senate plays two important roles in the life of our institution: to support excellent teaching and learning, and to advocate for Harper faculty as working professionals. I believe that I have a responsibility to be actively engaged in these roles, and I am proud of my record of leadership—both on and off the Senate—during my fifteen years at Harper through strikes, near-strikes, and successful negotiations. I am asking for your vote for Senator-at-Large to enable me to continue serving your interests and helping Harper College continue to be an agent of outstanding teaching and learning.
Julie Ellefson  
Patricia Ferguson I have been an active participant in the Faculty Senate since 2000.  I have been involved with the Senate as a Grievance Officer, a negotiations team  member for the 2002-2005 Faculty Agreement, Senator- at-Large, and the Divisional Senator for Liberal Arts.  I have always tried to advocate for the faculty and protect our contract and would like to continue to do so. Given my experiences over the last twelve years, I believe I can offer the Senate a historical perspective that will be valuable in the coming years.
Sunil Koswatta  
Veronica Mormino I’m pleased to have the opportunity to run as a candidate for Senator at Large. I've worked on a wide variety of committees during my tenure at Harper College, and I believe this is an excellent chance to do positive work for the faculty community. If elected, I would be serving as a Senator for the first time, allowing me to bring fresh ideas and a new outlook to the role. I'd welcome the chance to listen to your opinions, and make sure that your concerns and views are heard by the Senate. I kindly ask for your vote.
Kris Hoffhines (Spence) I have a great appreciation for the hard work that the Faculty Senate has performed on my behalf. Serving as a Senator-At-Large will offer me an opportunity to participate in the formal shared governance system and give back to the community that has supported my growth as a faculty member. My holistic approach to the campus community and the need of Harper faculty will serve me well in this position. I will commit to being informed on all issues of importance and will do my best to represent all faculty constituents in a fair and balanced manner.
Chad Taylor   
   
BUS/SS Division Senator  
James Gramlich  
   
CP Division Senator  
Tonya Dixon As a Harper graduate, Masters Prepared RN, doctoral student, and member of the health care profession I understand the importance of teamwork, collegiality, cohesiveness, and collaboration. All of which are imperative in academia today.   I currently coordinate the Practical Nursing Program, I am involved in several divisional and institutional committees. Recently appointed to the National Council on Race Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) Faculty Needs in Education (FIN) subcommittee.   I promise to use my knowledge, experience and commitment to represent your interests, keep you informed, and provide leadership. I ask for your vote and support.  In solidarity, Tonya.
Sam Giordano Sam Giordano, Associate Professor and Harper College full-time Faculty since October 2002, is the Department Coordinator for Fire Science Technology and Emergency-Disaster Management programs. Sam has been an energetic Harper Faculty Senator since 2006, representing the HC/PS, TMS, and CP Divisions during his three terms. In addition, he has been an on-going member of numerous faculty ad hoc communities at Harper College.  Moreover, Sam is on the Executive Board for the Illinois Community College Faculty Association as well as the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. As a Firefighter and Paramedic since 1975, Sam is still very active in the Fire Service.
   
LIB ARTS Division Senator  
Stephany Rimland  
   
MS Division Senator  
Karega Cooper  As a newly tenured faculty member, I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the Faculty Senate!  Being fairly new to Harper, I look forward to taking a more active role in promoting the interests of our students, our faculty, and the community we serve.  If elected, I believe that through inclusive consensus building and fair and thoughtful engagement; I can bring to the Faculty Senate a fresh perspective and a diplomatic approach toward representing our constituencies on your behalf.  During my term, I plan to contribute to maintaining our academic and professional standards, as well as moving Harper forward.
Roger House  
   
Three Tenure Committee Members  
Lisa Ayers  
Julie Ellefson  
Kim Fournier Greetings faculty! To the best of my knowledge, no librarian has ever served on the Tenure Committee; isn’t it time? As Coordinator of Library Collections, I work with faculty and students from all disciplines. I have an informed view of the entire curriculum and have helped your students succeed in their research. My experience on shared governance committees includes: Institutional Promotions, Teaching & Learning, Institutional Planning, Intellectual Property, Diversity and Graduation. I have served on the Faculty Senate since about 2007. I understand that one voice can make a difference. Vote for me and I will be your voice.
Sam Giordano Sam Giordano, Associate Professor and Harper College full-time Faculty since October 2002, is the Department Coordinator for Fire Science Technology and Emergency-Disaster Management programs. Sam has been an energetic Harper Faculty Senator since 2006, representing the HC/PS, TMS, and CP Divisions during his three terms. In addition, he has been an on-going member of numerous faculty ad hoc communities at Harper College.  Moreover, Sam is on the Executive Board for the Illinois Community College Faculty Association as well as the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. As a Firefighter and Paramedic since 1975, Sam is still very active in the Fire Service.
Roger House  
Duboi McCarty  
Bhasker Moorthy  
Karen Patterson  
Jace Robinson  
Bobby Summers I am an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department.  I ask for your vote in the election for member of the Tenure Committee.  My interest in serving on the Tenure Committee is two-fold.  First, I have not had the opportunity to previously serve on this committee.  Serving on the committee will help me understand the process fully so that I may serve as a resource for faculty seeking tenure.  Second, I wish to take an active part in the committee’s work to ensure that the process continues to be fair and equitable to all Harper faculty.
Judi Zaplatynsky  
   
AEE Instititutional Promotions Committee Member  
Shante Bishop  
Lydia Omori
My name is Lydia Omori, and I wish to be the AEE division representative for the Institutional Promotions Committee. I look forward to serving our division and also collaborating with the other committee members. Although I’ve been full-time faculty for over 20 years, I have never served on this committee. However, I have served many years on the AEE divisional promotions committee (formerly AE/LS). I believe this experience and my work on other committees (e.g. Tenure Committee and Sabbatical Review Commttee) have prepared me to serve on the Institutional Promotions Committee, and I will do so fairly and honestly.
   
CP Instititutional Promotions Committee Member  
Joni Rothblum I have been on the nursing faculty at Harper since 1996.  I think it is important to participate on college-wide committees in order to get a more global perspective about what is occurring in other divisions. It is very impressive how innovative, creative, and active the faculty members at Harper College are. It is extremely important that faculty members are recognized by their colleagues and the administration for their accomplishments in the classroom and in other related activities. I would like to be a member of the Institutional Promotions Committee to participate in this process.
Jennifer Smith  
   
MS Instititutional Promotions Committee Member  
Sunil Koswatta  
Regina Rector I have been a faculty member at Harper College for the past 12.5 years in the Biology Department.  I would love the opportunity to be a part of the Institutional Promotions Committee.  Having gone through the promotion process recently,  it intrigues me to learn about all the wonderful things that other faculty members have done.
   
WHP Instititutional Promotions Committee Member  
Renee Zellner