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President's Office


9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 14, 2009


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

Absent: Garino

OUA Representative: Mundy

Attending for Mr. Garino: Nicole Garcia

  1. Organizational Business
  2. Dean Tart moved and Mr. Ferguson seconded to approve the minutes of September 23, 2009, as presented.

    Motion Carried Unanimously

  3. Roundtable Discussion
  4. Mr. Ferguson reported the discussion on ID badges is moving forward and another meeting is being planned to continue the discussion. This issue should be ready to bring back to cabinet at the next meeting date. He reported the loss of all external access from UHV to all external resources was due to a fiber break in the LEARN connection. Cabinet members requested that the alert messages being distributed contain more information.

    Dr. Rice mentioned this year's Annual Report and Excellence Awards dinner, themed "Growing Toward a Brighter Tomorrow," is scheduled for November 12th. She encouraged cabinet members who want to purchase tables to invite community people that have been supportive of UHV or those they want to support UHV, and provide the names of the invited guests to Nancy Gresham. She discussed a conference she had attended in El Paso. One of the sessions took place at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where UTEP President Diana Natalicio discussed how they had built an institution that was strong in research while also providing access to underrepresented students. Dr. Rice spoke at a Kenedy Rotary meeting on downward expansion. She also visited the local schools while in Kenedy and reported they are interested in building a relationship with UHV.

    Dean Di Leo reported after the first review, the Undergraduate Affairs Committee requested changes to the proposed core curriculum. These changes have been made and the committee will meet for a second review. He spoke at a Cuero Rotary meeting and reported they are eager to work with UHV. Dean Di Leo reminded everyone of the upcoming Society for Critical Exchange guest speaker, Floyd Merrell. He stated that Mr. Merrell is one of the top five semioticians in the world. He announced there will be a 1:00 p.m. roundtable discussion in the publishing center following the noon presentation. He also announced Keith Akins will be speaking in Sugar Land on October 15 on his research on the Ku Klux Klan; and the next American Book Review guest speaker will be Andrew Porter.

    Mr. Beran informed the cabinet members he had attended a retreat of the Texas Association of State Senior Colleges and Universities Business Officers (TASSCUBO), of which he is the president this year, and reported discussions covered tuition revenue bonds, formulas and stimulus funding. He stated he would be traveling to Austin to visit the assistant commissioner at the Coordinating Board (CB) this next week, where he will address a report on surplus of space issues at UHV. UHV's proposed dorm is moving forward and Mr. Beran reported he is working on a plan to get the architects and engineers on board soon. The Carry Forward Balance in each units' budget will be reduced; schools’ M&O cost centers by 30%, departments' by 50% and all discretionary cost centers by 25%.

    Ms. Garcia, on behalf of Mr. Garino, reported the executive officers of the Student Senate had a wonderful trip to Washington, D.C. and returned with some great ideas. Today they are initiating a survey and in order to get feedback offering Chick-Fil-A sandwiches along with meet and greet sessions. Some of the senators had plans to attend an upcoming conference in Dallas on November 7th but they may decide to attend a conference being held at the University of Houston Clear Lake instead. The senate is working on a service project for O'Connor Elementary and a collection box can be found in the University West building. They are also working on a date for their "Meet the Leaders" event. The Student Senate’s focus is to continue to help the community and become a "VOICE" for our students. By surveying our students we will be able to listen to the needs and wants from our student body and truly make a difference.

    Ms. Mundy announced Campaign Victoria is well underway, with the first television ad being seen during the Dallas game. The athletics scholarship dinner for the new golf program is scheduled for November 4th. She thanked Mr. Claud Jacobs for all he has done to help raise scholarship funds for the students at UHV. Ms. Mundy stated there are several grants that are out, a couple with high probability of being funded. She reported the Chinese students attended the Bluebonnet Auction and Dinner and really enjoyed themselves. The students are also scheduled for a tour of the Formosa labs.

    Dr. Hudson reported UHV had received several hundred name suggestions from faculty, staff, students and community members. He noted there had been some interesting responses.

    A small group was selected to review the suggestions and to narrow the pool down.

    Ms. Barr said Governor Rick Perry's office and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are sponsoring a seminar on October 28th on the Texas Economy and Disaster Preparation/Recovery at the Victoria Country Club. The Staff Council's charitable food drive is scheduled for January 25th-February 5th and July 19th-30th. The Food Bank's truck will be manned by Staff Council on January 29th. Ms. Barr reported on the first Staff Council meeting hosted from the Sugar Land campus, noting 10 people were in attendance and very appreciative of them hosting the meeting there. One item discussed at the meeting was the staff raises. The majorities of the staff members were excited and shared their appreciation on the raises but a few had questions concerning the process used. Ms. Barr said some of the questions may be addressed by just education on the process that was used. Those staff members with individual concerns Ms. Barr felt needed to be addressed individually, so a Staff Council mailbox has been developed to assist in addressing those questions. Per Ms. Barr at the first University System Staff Executive Council (USSEC) one item of discussion was a child care facility and/or a working day care for every campus. She will be serving on a research team to see what is going to work for each campus.

    Dr. Dahlstrom reported the library will be doing more digitization of photographs, maps, and other materials. The library has purchased additional scanning equipment, has talked with Information Technology about disk storage, and anticipates a donation from the Victoria Genealogical Society (through the Victoria College Foundation) for software.

    Dr. Schnebly announced she will be attending The Texas Council of Faculty Senates upcoming meeting in Austin next week. This group provides a forum to exchange ideas and communication about faculty governance. She also reported the Faculty Senate Executive Committee had a brain storming luncheon with Dr. Hudson and Dr. LaBrecque.

    Dean Niroomand said that he was attending an Open House on the Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship on October 14 that the School of Business Administration (SBA) was hosting at the University of Houston System at Sugar Land campus. He also announced that he will be attending several upcoming events—Vietnamese/American Chamber of Commerce in Houston on October 15th and Council of Texas Business Deans Annual Meeting on October 16th on the campus of the University of Houston-Downtown. Dean Niroomand announced that Dr. Joseph Ben-Ur will be speaking to the SBDC and Chamber of Commerce in Bay City on October 27, 2009.

    Dr. Hudson congratulated Dean Niroomand and SBA on being named best school for minority students by The Princeton Review.

    Dean Rossow announced that he, Dr. Holly Verhasselt and Dr. Tong-Ai Zhang had traveled to Austin to attend the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE) Conference. He also reported he had met with Dr. Julius Cano, Executive Director of the Region III Education Service Center, on possible joint research projects.

    Ms. Norgard reported the Student Support Days, a once a month event, has proven to be successful. Nine different departments are participating and well over 90 students participated. They tried to car pool and saved over $4,900 a semester by doing so. Ms. Norgard announced this event will continue as long as students have needs. She said they chose a specific date each month so students know when they will be there. The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Title V grant has 30 UHV student mentors and 20 mentees. Eleven students have transferred from CBC to UHV because of the mentoring program. Ms. Norgard has met with each of the staff members in Financial Aid to see what changes are needed. She will work with Financial Aid to create staff backup, automate financial aid forms and eventually decrease the amount of manual entry into PeopleSoft.

    Ms. Smith reiterated UHV's winning of first place in the Corporate Cup, noting 61 people participated. She said the YMCA had sent the Victoria Advocate the information on the winners and an article will be printed shortly. She reported the System wide Human Resource office is working on a survey to get feedback on satisfaction.

    Dr. Hudson requested Ms. Smith provide an overview on the evaluation process at the next cabinet meeting.

    Dean Tart apprised cabinet members that the UHV School of Nursing received CCNE national accreditation on their first try and is now fully accredited for the next five years for graduate and undergraduate programs. She stated this is a huge accomplishment for the university and the school. The school will have a third-year review. Dean Tart also reported the SoN is gearing up for a robust application with 226 applicants for only 48 slots. She met in Austin last week at the Deans and Directors meeting for university and community colleges in the state of Texas. The SoN was asked to work the phone banks on breast cancer by KPRC Channel 2. Dean Tart stated that a $100,000 proposal for scholarships to the Vivian I. Smith Foundation has been submitted.

    Dr. LaBrecque told cabinet that the BA Communication Design proposal had been approved by the Provost Council and that the Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology is up for a second reading. The new mission statement is due to the System by December 14th. It will then have to be approved at the Board of Regents meeting in February and the Coordinating Board in April. A new five-year academic plan is in progress. Dr. Verhasselt is heading up the five-year report for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

    Dr. Hudson stated while listening to the public access channel he heard incorrect information on UHV's use of the baseball stadium. This information has been corrected and presented to the City Council. He requested Mr. Ferguson discuss the public access channel at the next cabinet meeting. There was a brief discussion on UHV's new web site.

    Meeting adjourned: 11:50 a.m.
    Submitted by: Kathy Walton