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9:30 a.m., Thursday, August 26, 2009


Present: Barr, Beran, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Ferguson, Hudson, LaBrecque, Niroomand, Norgard, Rice, Rossow, Schnebly, L. Smith, Tart

Absent: E. Garino

OUA Representative: Cadle

Marketing Representative: Cobler

Attending for Mr. Garino: Archie Garino

Guest: Stephen Nickel, Arsalan Ulijamil, Marci Wallace

  1. Organizational Business
  2. Dr. LaBrecque moved and Mr. Ferguson seconded to approve the minutes of August 13, 2009, as presented.

    Motion Carried Unanimously

    Dr. Hudson welcomed Dr. Cindy Schnebly as the incoming President of the Faculty Senate and Archie Garino as the Student Senate representative to today’s meeting.

  3. Business
  4. UHV Redesign – Marci Wallace

    Ms. Wallace reported the Marketing Department along with Web Services has redesigned UHV's website. Mr. Steven Nickel assisted in the demonstration. In May the cabinet agreed on the need for a new redesign of UHV's website, in June there was work with Content Management System (CMS) and research on other universities/colleges designs, in July the initial design was developed and in July and August there was a visit with future students, current students, staff, alumni and parents. A survey was conducted on these groups and out of these groups a top ten links was developed in each area. The changes to the web design were developed to cater toward future students and parents to be consistent across the pages. Estimated time to go live with the new web design is late September, while working with Student Success and Enrollment Management happens mid-September for Parent-specific content. After a brief discussion by cabinet members it was suggested that a link for freshmen be added and a subheading be changed from "Apply" to "Academic Schools."

    Suggestion Box – Dr. Margaret Rice

    Dr. Rice provided cabinet members with a summary of a meeting on UHV's current Suggestion Box. The goals proposed: to receive feedback from students, faculty and staff that will help make constructive changes at UHV; and to document changes that are made as a result of feedback to use in Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reporting; and, to let participants know how their input is resulting in changes. Actions: 1) Remove the Suggestion Box from the home page; 2) Change the name from "Suggestion Box" to Feedback/Solutions; 3) Place the student Feedback/Solutions boxes on the Student Services web page, to be overseen by Student Services; 4) Place the faculty and staff Feedback/Solutions boxes on the HR page, to be overseen by Director of Human Resources (HR); 5) Separate boxes for Feedback and Solutions with each having a limit on number of characters or words; 6) There will be a place for the author's name but will not be a required field; 7) Feedback and Solutions will be passed on to the appropriate individual or group, including Faculty Senate, Staff Council or Student Senate; 8) At the end of each semester, changes that have come about as a result of the feedback/solution process will be posted to the website; 9) Records on the feedback/solution process will be maintained and retained in the appropriate office (Student Services and HR). "Archived" feedback/solutions will not be maintained on the website.

    President's Blog – Paula Cobler

    Ms. Cobler discussed President Hudson's newly created blog that The Victoria Advocate has posted on a special UHV Web page. The UHV page on the Advocate Web site has a blog and Twitter feeds created by President Hudson, stories about UHV and higher education wire stories. It also has links back to the UHV home page. The Advocate's Web site gets approximately 100,000 unique visitors and a million page views each month. Dr. Hudson's blog provides a forum for interaction with readers, and reaching out to prospective students and donors. Ms. Cobler noted that The Advocate is working to add more UHV blogs. A link to Dr. Hudson's blog and Twitter feeds can also be found on UHV's home page-right side of the page under "Higher Education."

    Dr. Hudson noted this blog is a fantastic tool that has been offered by The Advocate.

  5. Roundtable Discussion
  6. Dr. Dahlstrom passed around a copy of the Texas Library's Association (TLA) new calendar titled "The Tattooed Ladies" of TLA that shows 21 Texas librarians' tattoos. The calendar proceeds will benefit TLA's Library Disaster Relief Fund.

    Ms. Norgard announced enrollment is 3,500, with over one-third of students having not paid the day before the payment deadline, and late registration still ongoing. She reported disbursement of the new Jaguar cards has gone fairly well. The New Student Orientation was a success with positive feedback. There were a total of 117 participants, 19 Victoria, 36 Cinco Ranch, and 62 Sugar Land.

    Dean Di Leo reported the School of Arts and Sciences has 26% growth over last fall, with 10,000 semester credit hours—doubling the amount over the last four years. Currently there are 26 students enrolled in the Spanish program. The first Reading Series speaker of the fall is George Singleton, scheduled to speak on September 3.

    Ms. Cadle reported for FY 2009 the One for All Staff and Faculty Campaign raised $41,723. She also noted that there are 171 participants from UHV’s staff and faculty with 40 that are 1% donors. We are down $3,400 from FY 2008 but considering the economic environment this campaign continues to be successful.

    Ms. Barr stated she has received positive feedback on the Summer Flex schedule.

    Dr. LaBrecque noted the Academic Affairs' office was holding a Deans and Faculty Senate Retreat this afternoon.

    Dr. Rice announced there will be a President's Regional Advisory Board (PRAB) meeting on September 8th, 2-4:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome to attend. She also mentioned the "Fatal Funnel Finale" that will be presented at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts on September 1 where both Dr. Hudson and Dr. Macarena Hernandez will be featured.

    Dr. Hudson thanked Dr. Charlie Alcorn for his work with the Victoria Regional Airport. In the near future UHV will have a presence at the airport; a place that will feature UHV, the Jaguars and ABR.

    In closing, Dr. Hudson requested Mr. Beran bring the performance funding legislative issue back to cabinet.

    Meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
    Submitted by: Kathy Walton