9:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Meeting Minutes

Present:  Beran, Di Leo, R. Faulk, Ferguson, Hudson, Jaeckle, LaBrecque, Lindley, Neill, Rice, Stansell, Wang

Absent:  Dahlstrom, Norgard, Phillips, L. Smith  

I.  Organizational Business

Dean Stansell moved and Dr. LaBrecque seconded to approve the minutes of June 25, 2008, as presented.
Motion Carried Unanimously  

Dr. Hudson welcomed the newest cabinet member, Dr. Jifu Wang, serving as Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration.

II.  Business

A.  Approval of New Mission Statement—Dr. Suzanne LaBrecque

After another roundtable discussion, the following draft was developed.

The University of Houston-Victoria provides excellent, accessible educational programs, expands knowledge, enhances economic and cultural life and engages in global, community and environmentally responsible activities.

This will be brought back to the table for another review on July 23.

B.  Web Site Presentation—John Ellis and Marci Wallace

Mr. Ellis and Ms. Wallace shared a preview of a working draft of UHV’s new web design.  Ms. Wallace announced she would be hosting one-on-one testing on use of the new site and plans to launch the new site in seven days.

III.  Roundtable

Dr. LaBrecque reported she and Dr. Neill had met to discuss UHV’s possible downward expansion with Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) and Victoria College (VC).  Both campuses were agreeable and felt it an opportunity to build on what we already have in place.  At the meeting with Victoria College, they (Dr. Pat VanderVoort, Dean of Instruction and Dr. LaBrecque) agreed to develop and market new joint degree programs.  These new initiatives demonstrate that UHV is working with VC.  Dr. LaBrecque stated many of the articulation agreements that are already in place need updating. 

Dean Wang announced the School of Business Administration’s enrollment is up 39% from last year.  He reported a School of Business Council is being developed to provide support on academics, community engagement and fund raising. 

Dr. Neill said the School of Nursing is conducting a search to hire for the second degree program in Sugar Land for the fall and are working with advisory board members to find a Clinical Nurse Specialist faculty.  She stated she had met with the WCJC’s new interim director to discuss time and shared space at the new Sugar Land facility.  Upcoming dates to remember for the SoN are July 17 Board of Nursing’s visit, July 18 a faculty retreat and August 7 a nursing forum to finalize the admissions process. 

Dr. Jaeckle had no report.

Dean Di Leo reported the School of Arts and Sciences is up this summer by 13%.  He announced the school’s new web design has been launched.  Dr. Li Chao and he have been working on an international endeavor with Houston Community College and Saigon Tech University.  He is also working on a draft memorandum of understanding with 4 universities in China that would bring students to Sugar Land for MSCIS courses.  Dean Di Leo stated Arts and Sciences submitted a $3 million grant written primarily by Dr. Damodaran last week for a master's degree in Middle School Math Education.  SoAS’s Criminal Justice instructor, Keith Akins, is currently teaching in UHV's study abroad program in London.

Dr. Rice reported she continues to work on downward expansion and the Adult Higher Education certificate with Austin Community College.  The President’s Regional Advisory Board (PRAB) has added 4 new members, Jean Herman, Dr. Dakshesh “Kumar” Parikh, Omar Rachid and James Villafranca.  Tentative dates of the FY 09 meetings are September 9, December 4, March 3 and June 2.  The fall 2008 commencement is scheduled for December 13, 11:00 a.m., at the Merrell Center in Katy and the spring 2009 commencement date will be May 9 at 9:00 a.m., at the UHV campus.

Mr. Faulk reported the Staff Council is moving forward on election with a good list of nominees.  New officers will be in place by August 1.  The Fitness Release Program (FRP) is ready for the 10 day review process and once completed will be brought to cabinet for final approval.

Ms. Lindley stated she has been working on the new student orientation.  Campus tours will be included in the new orientation session along with meetings with advisors.

Mr. Beran announced that WCJC will start running the Barnes and Noble bookstore at the UHSSL campus.  Currently the bookstore is run by UH-Downtown.  Mr. Phillips and Mr. Beran are working on signage for the UHSSL campus that will be visible from the highway.  An exception will be requested since the sign will need to be larger than the city allows.  Mr. Beran announced the Sugar Land County library has been scaled back from 45,000 sq ft to 40,000 sq ft.  The reason is that WCJC and UHS elected to downsize its portion of the space in the library from 10,000 sq ft to 5,000 sq ft.  He noted the library will be a great addition and provide lots of traffic to the UHSSL campus.  He also reminded cabinet members to be diligent in reviewing all ProCard and voucher charges.

Dean Stansell announced summer enrollment for the School of Education and Human Development has increased by 8.6% over last summer.  Dr. Patton reports that there are 75 participants already registered for Friday Fractions and More, the second annual summer math camp, but she still has room for a few more.  The camp is on two consecutive Fridays, July 18 and 25 at O’Connor Elementary School.  Participants receive a meal and snack each day, as well as a camp T-shirt.  The ad for the position of Dean of the School of Business Administration was posted with the “Chronicle of Higher Education.”  The committee will meet in a few weeks to review applicants.

Mr. Ferguson reported we are moving along with the Sugar Land fiber project contract, permits and right of ways.  The target date is early August and will be ready for the fall semester. 

Dr. Hudson passed out a list of the 2007-2008 memberships purchased by the various units and requested each member review their section, as well as the memberships paid for the by the president’s cost center for possible deletions.  He also reminded cabinet members, with the increased mileage allowance, to review and watch their budgets.

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Submitted by Kathy Walton