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University of Houston - Victoria

President's Office


Noon, Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Present: Beran, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Ferguson, Hudson, Jaeckle, LaBrecque, Lindley, Norgard, Phillips, Prescott, L. Smith, Stansell, Wang

Absent: Rice, Tart

Attending for Dr. Tart: Dr. Denise Neill

Guest: Ash Walyuchow

  1. Organizational Business
  2. Dr. LaBrecque moved and Mr. Ferguson seconded to approve the minutes of August 27, 2008, as presented.

    Motion Carried Unanimously

    Dr. Hudson welcomed Denise Prescott, the new Chair of the Staff Council, to cabinet.

  3. Business
  4. Update on the UHV Web Site — John Ellis

    Marketing Director John Ellis discussed suggestions and issues that arouse after fall registration concerning UHV's new web site. Mr. Ellis reported email suggestions covered adding "forms" to popular links, contact information for the Bursar's office and directory links. Marci Wallace is currently working with the Bursar's office on developing a Bursar website. General comments from Mr. Ellis were that Marketing and I.T. are reviewing the addition of icons and new graphics to enhance the homepage. The organization of content and links from secondary pages is also being reviewed. He requested suggestions and feedback concerning the web site be sent to him. The topic of color for the website was briefly discussed where Mr. Ellis noted he had received only 3 comments on the color. Also, briefly discussed was the need for deans to work together concerning making the school website pages match the university's. Mr. Beran closed the discussion noting the new website is a big improvement.

    Sugar Land Management Change - Dr. Hudson

    Dr. Hudson reminded cabinet members of the email received from Chancellor Khator announcing that UHS would assume management responsibilities for both the UH System at Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch. He announced that Mr. Phillips will be staying on and that each manager will be contacting their counterpart. Hurricane Ike will affect part of this transition. He thanked Michael Ruland, Genaro Cortez, and the Emergency Response Team for their work during Hurricane Ike.

  5. Roundtable Discussion
  6. Dr. LaBrecque reported face-to-face classes and normal operations at the Victoria campus resumed on Monday. ITV and online classes based at the Victoria campus, UHSSL and UHSCR are suspended until Monday, September 29. UHSSL and UHSCR continue to be without power and are closed until further notice. In order to meet SACS accreditation requirements, the 2 weeks of classes missed will be compressed in the next 10 weeks. She also announced the assessment meetings were cancelled and will probably be rescheduled for next semester.

    Ms. Lindley noted some professors are still posting to their classes and students are concerned.

    Dr. Hudson reminded the need to be consistent for our online students and requested each dean contact every one of their faculty members and stressed the need to redo their syllabus and post the new syllabus as soon as possible.

    Ms. Norgard asked whether the regularly scheduled zap of nonpayment of students should proceed as scheduled. This issue will be discussed and decision will be forthcoming.

    Mr. Phillips reported the UHSSL and UHSCR campuses are still without electricity and the new building has suffered damage. He further reported the damage to the new building could result in construction schedule delays.

    Ms. Prescott asked if UHV was going to allow staff at the Fort Bend locations to work from home. The decision was that these are unusual times and supervisors are to use their usual judgment. Dr. Hudson requested that Laura Smith and Dick Phillips meet to continue the discussion.

    Dr. Hudson reminded cabinet members about the Committee to Expand Access to Higher Education’s public forum meeting on Wednesday. Parking for the guests was discussed.

    Dean Stansell reported there are 9 semifinalists for the School of Business Administration Dean’s position. Telephone interviews will begin in early October.

    Dr. Hudson reported currently the UHS Provost Search Committee has 14 or 15 viable candidates; this pool will be narrowed to 6-8 candidates that will be brought to the UHS campus for interviews in late October.

    Ms. Prescott complimented UHV’s efforts during Hurricane Ike in keeping people informed with the PIER System.

    Mr. Walyuchow announced UHV Athletic Department has new merchandise for sale. He reported currently we have 45 student athletes compared to 39 last year. Season tickets will be going on sale shortly.

    Meeting adjourned: 2:00 p.m.
    Submitted by: Kathy Walton