9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Present: Beran, Bullock, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, R. Faulk, Ferguson, Hudson, LaBrecque, Neill, Norgard, Phillips, Ramamoorthy, Rice, L. Smith, Stansell, White
I. Organizational Business
The minutes of the April 9, 2008, meeting was unanimously approved as written.
A. 2008 Summer Flex Schedule Guidelines—Ms. Laura Smith
Ms. Smith handed out the guidelines for the 2008 Summer Flex Schedule for cabinet members to review, noting this is the third year of the summer flex scheduling for UHV. After a brief discussion it was recommended we continue the summer flex program.
(Note: There was a correction to the handout concerning the July 4th holiday. Due to the July 4th holiday falling on Friday, it will not be necessary to work the extra hour on Friday June 27 as noted in the handout provided at the cabinet meeting.)
B. FY 2009 Holiday Schedule—Ms. Chari Norgard
Ms. Norgard shared the proposed 2008-2009 holiday schedule, noting that there would be 16 holidays and that the proposed calendar is align with Victoria College and Victoria Independent School District.
Cabinet unanimously approved the proposed schedule.
C. Disclaimer for UHVconnect Employment Center—Ms. Chari Norgard
Ms. Norgard brought to cabinet a couple of disclaimers that will be added to the UHVconnect web site. One disclaimer is for the students who post their resume and the other disclaimer is for employers that are seeking to employ students. When the UHVconnect web site was discussed earlier the sentiment from cabinet was that something was needed due to liability.
Cabinet unanimously approved the disclaimers.
D. Fitness Release Program Proposal—Mr. Randy Faulk
Mr. Faulk passed out a Fitness Release Program Proposal to cabinet members, stating that UHCL and UH Downtown have similar proposals. Proposal summary:
It was noted that the proposal has to be approved by the Texas Department of Health Services.
After a brief discussion, cabinet proposed to support the release program proposal.
Mr. Ferguson had nothing to report.
Dr. Rice said the steering committee report has been sent to the chancellor’s office where it was turned over to the consultants. When available, this document will be shared. 331 students applied for graduation for this spring, with 275 participating in commencement. This will be UHV’s largest number of participating graduates. Dr. Rice announced UHV’s outstanding faculty, staff and students are being honored at a reception at the home of Drs. Tim and Deidra Hudson. Dr. Rice announced the Morgan Dunn O’Connor Endowed Scholarship has raised $20,000 so far.
Dean Stansell reported the School of Education and Human Development has hired two new faculty members for fall, in counseling and special education. They have also hired a Recruitment Assistant at Cinco Ranch and will soon advertise for an additional Recruitment Assistant for Cinco Ranch to begin in the fall. He said he is working with Eunice Mesa of Career Services to plan an event with the goal of raising awareness of certification, employment trends, hiring incentives and more.
Mr. Beran reported the Board of Regents Committee approved the Regional Economic Development Center/Allied Health building but tabled the tuition and fee increases for all campuses until the May 15 Board of Regents meeting. Mr. Beran said he and Dr. Hudson had met with UH System Facilities Planning and Construction Department to finalize choices on interiors for the new Sugar Land building.
Mr. Phillips reported that the UHSSL art committee will recommend a water fountain feature to the UHS art committee for the new UHSSL building. He also indicated he and Mr. Beran are working on contracting grounds maintenance for UHSSL with the city of Sugar Land. The Fort Bend County Library construction is scheduled to begin after the first of the year. Amy Bradford has been hired to assist Mr. Phillips with development work at UHSSL and Amy Mundy has been hired as the Director of Annual Giving at UHV. Mr. Phillips thanked Mr. Beran for his efforts on the Sunrise Rotary $2,500 donation to UHV. He stated the Greater Texas Foundation had visited UHV last week and reported the meeting was very productive. There is an upcoming fund raising golf tournament in Victoria scheduled for May 19. The George Foundation approved a $54,500 scholarship grant for UHS; $18,000 for Nursing, $16,500 for UHSSL, $10,000 for UH, and $10,000 for UH-Downtown.
Ms. White noted Student Senate elections were taking place and reported there will be a full senate for next year. May 2 is the final senate meeting with the new senators taking over on May 30. 6 out of the 8 current Students Senate members are graduating this spring.
Mr. Faulk thanked the cabinet members for working with the Staff Council on the Fitness Release Program.
Dr. Dahlstrom continues to work on the termination of the shared integrated library system contract with the city, which will occur near the end of this calendar year.
Dr. Ramamoorthy announced the last Faculty Senate meeting of the year will be this Friday. Plans for a Faculty Council Scholarship are underway. Dr. Ramamoorthy thanked Dr. Hudson for his service.
Dean Di Leo announced the Board of Regents Committee had approved the Masters in Publishing. He thanked Laura Smith for her part in getting the Memorial students’ attendance at the last ABR. The presentations by Farnoosh Moshiri were well attended both at UHV and the public library. Dean Di Leo also reported the DeLeon Symposium was well attended. The Humanities Director search is ongoing.
Dr. Neill announced the search committee for the Dean of Nursing has identified 2 candidates that will be coming for campus interviews. The first advisory board meeting in Victoria prompted a nursing forum recruiting event, where they plan to target nurses in the hospitals and associate degree schools in the surrounding areas. May 9 area hospitals, Victoria College and AHEC will sponsor a nurse academy for 7th and 8th graders in the area. July 17 the second degree program will be on the Board of Nursing agenda. Summer student enrollment includes 32 masters, 70 undergraduate and over 100 people interested in the 24 open spots available for the second degree program in the fall. Dr. Neill stated that May 6-12 is National Nurses’ Week.
Ms. Smith reminded cabinet members that Ms. Nancy Penry, UHV’s new Training Coordinator, will begin work this week. She reported the new tracking system is about to start. There was some discussion concerning the new regulations for 403Bs.
Ms. Norgard announced UHV has been receiving 60 – 80 applications a week since March. She reported the first week of Student Solutions they received 1,165 telephone calls. Ms. Norgard shared a handout on summer 2008 enrollment and semester information.
Dean Bullock said he had enjoyed working with the Nursing Dean Search Committee and that UHV should have a nursing dean by fall. He reported the School of Business Administration enrollment is up 12% over last summer. He thanked Stephanie Solansky for the outstanding job she did concerning the leadership pilot program and announced they had 300+ principals in attendance this year and are expecting to have 500-800 participants this next year. Dean Bullock said Joe Harper, the new SBDC Director, is doing an outstanding job in setting up satellite centers in the surrounding counties. He reported he had met with the Asian Chamber and the Asian Professionals Association and is working on scholarships. He announced that we have received 21 applications from China from 3 partnership universities. Dean Bullock stated he is working on a dual admissions program with Houston Community College to the MBA and English Second Language programs.
Dr. LaBrecque reported that at Monday’s Board of Regents Committee meeting there was a discussion on the importance of reflecting commitment in recruiting faculty and staff and that she felt UHV was doing well in our recruitment. She reported the Academic Affairs office is working on 2 big projects, UHV has been invited to apply to Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for a curriculum engagement award and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Table of Programs and Mission Statement are up for reapproval. She stated the new Mission Statement needs to reflect our new programs. She also said the System wants us to predict what we want to pursue in academic programs for the next 4 years.
Dr. Hudson announced that Dr. Richard Gunasekera will be offering a high school summer camp program that will be run through UHV’s Continuing Education. He also complimented our deans on an excellent job of hiring very qualified faculty. He noted that the deans’ job has changed; interactions have increased external constituent expectations. Dr. Hudson reported that twice in a row that the A.A.U.P. Survey, at every rank, our faculty members are above median salaries in our peer group. He announced that the Board of Regents Retreat will be this weekend and that the System issues will be discussed on Saturday. Consultants will be making the report. He stated UHV is doing everything we can to fight for our student athletes and convince the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to allow our baseball team to participate in the playoffs.
Meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton