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President's Office


9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 9, 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: Jan Johnson Mundy

Guest: Ash Walyuchow

  1. Organizational Business
  2. Dr. LaBrecque moved and Mr. Ferguson seconded to approve the minutes of November 30, 2009, as presented.

    Motion Carried Unanimously

  3. Business
  4. Jaguar Store — Ash Walyuchow

    Athletic Director Ash Walyuchow brought samples of new merchandise the Jaguar Store will start carrying and encouraged everyone to continue to support Jaguar Friday. —

  5. Roundtable Discussion
  6. Dr. LaBrecque reported she had attended the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Conference in Georgia. The SACS 5th-Year Report is being worked on and she requested everyone’s support. Dr. LaBrecque announced the deans and others would be having lunch with Julie Norris, Research Consultant, today to discuss research and sponsored projects needs. She reported a 240% increase in faculty research grant funding in the last two years.

    Dean Tart shared copies of the “Joyful News” card with a picture of UHV’s first students in Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that are to be sent out to all UHV School of Nursing (SoN) constituents including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She reported there are 75 Second Degree BSN students scheduled for interviews in Sugar Land with 48 slots to fill. Dean Tart announced The George Foundation has awarded the SoN $203,468 for the Nursing Simulation Center at the Sugar Land campus. The SoN also received $50,000 for a faculty position from the Vivian L. Smith Foundation. Currently there are three faculty searches underway. Dean Tart reported there have been two successful “Coffee with the Dean” events. She reminded everyone about the Pinning Ceremony for the First Master Students following commencement on December 12.

    Ms. Norgard reported the student opinion survey closes tomorrow and out of the 3,655 surveys sent to enrolled students, 1,094 have replied. To date there have been 169 freshmen applications submitted. The spring enrollment headcount, as of today, is 2,125 compared to 1,499 at the same time last year.

    Dean Rossow reported in order to prepare for the university Budget Hearings; he had asked the School of Education and Human Development (SoEHD) faculty members what they are working on and what they would like to see in the school. He stated the school continues to work on their logo ideas and tag line. Dean Rossow spoke to 75 school superintendent on literacy; reorienting teachers toward new literacy and how to communicate with a global society.

    Dean Niroomand reported the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Conference in Cinco Ranch was successful with 73 MBA students participating in presentation of their projects. 31 panelists evaluated projects and presentations. Three presenters had traveled from abroad including one from Qatar and one from Doubi. Enrollment in the School of Business Administration is up with about 120 sections being offered. Dean Niroomand stated the school was finishing up the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) report of about 100 pages to be submitted in a day or two. He also indicated that SBA will have the site visit by AACSB during February 14-16, 2010.

    Dr. Schnebly stated the Faculty Senate/Council did not meet due to weather on December 4 but will be meeting on December 11.

    Dr. Dahlstrom passed out brochure information concerning the upcoming Korean War Conference to be hosted by the VC/UHV Library on June 24-26, 2010.

    Ms. Johnson on behalf of Mr. Garino, encouraged everyone to participate in the Giving Tree; stating the cutoff date is December 17.

    Ms. Mundy announced UHV fund raising efforts have broken the $500,000 mark. Campaign Victoria is currently at $160,000 and needs $90,000 more to meet our goal for the year. The Victoria Civic Coalition donated $2,000. Robin Cadle accepted an additional contribution from Mr. Truitt to the Ann Hunt Memorial Endowment. Mr. Truitt gift is an example of how donors can continue to give to existing endowments, while at the same time helping students achieve the dream of an education. Ms. Mundy said she had talked to Dean Tart’s nursing classes about the UHV Alumni Association and a little over 90% are currently members.

    Mr. Beran stated the December 2 Special Called Board of Regents meeting went well with his presentation on the specifics on the proposed property for the UHV dormitory; Dr. Hudson’s presentation at the Executive Session; and Ms. Norgard’s presentation on freshmen. The next step will be to present the proposal to the Coordinating Board (CB) on December 15. Once the CB approval is obtained, the proposed schedule for the property is by mid February we will have a contractor and by March we will start the renovations to the hotel. Mr. Beran is reviewing all prior reservations for the hotel and trying to communicate with those individuals. He closed by saying there are 100 suggestions on the Efficiency Study.

    Dr. Rice announced we are ready for the December 12 fall commencement at Katy with 70 to be seated on the platform. Senor Alfonso Rubio, UHV’s International President’s Regional Advisory Board member, will bring international greetings at the commencement ceremony. She reminded everyone to prepare their vision statements and get them submitted for the upcoming January 7-8 Cabinet Retreat. Dr. Rice congratulated Dr. Hudson on being selected as the Rotarian Citizen of the Year.

    Dean Di Leo announced the School of Arts and Sciences enrollment is up by 27% and in just four years has grown by 80% in semester credit hours. The school has three new program proposals. The UHV/ABR Reading Series spring 2010 guest speaker lineup is Charles Johnson, January 28; Darlene H. Unrue, February 18; Jake Silverstein, March 8; Curtis White, March 25; and Bret Anthony Johnston, April 22.

    Mr. Ferguson announced the disbursement of the UHV ID badges will begin today. Badges for the Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch campuses will be in January.

    Dr. Hudson stated there is probably a need to have another emergency procedures meeting because all protocols are not in place, as realized with the early closing due to snow. He mentioned his upcoming blog on the long-term vision for land and acreage for UHV and encouraged all to log on and contribute.

    Meeting adjourned: 10:45 a.m.
    Submitted by: Kathy Walton