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President's Office

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Beran, Dahlstrom, Ferguson, Di Leo, M. Harrison, LaBrecque, Niroomand, Ruschhaupt, Rice, D. Smith, L. Smith, Zafereo, Walyuchow

Absent: Devick Fry, Mundy, Norgard, Rossow, Tart

Marketing: Ellis

I. Organizational Business

– The October 27th minutes were approved as written.

II. Business

PowerPoint Presentations

Preview of the President’s Annual Report Video – Mr. John Ellis

Marketing Director John Ellis presented the President’s Annual Report video for the President’s Cabinet members. Following the presentation there was a brief discussion of the video. Mr. Ellis stated the entire report and event photos will be posted on the UHV web site following the event at

Freshmen Profile – Dr. Don Smith

Dr. Smith shared his presentation on the profile of UHV's first freshmen class that he will give at the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents next week. The profile provided information on recruiting, a freshmen profile, regions the students came from, freshmen demographics, education level of parents, household income, student count breakdown by school, most popular majors, financial aid information, number of freshmen athletes, retention information and photos of Jaguar Hall.

Academic Efforts Underway – Dr. Suzanne LaBrecque

Dr. LaBrecque reported the Academic Affairs office has applied for Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI) designation through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In Dean Tart’s absence, Dr. LaBrecque reported the School of Nursing (SoN) is hosting its Fall Forum in Sugar Land on November 11th and 12th. They are also hosting their Nursing Honor Society Induction on the evening of Friday, November 11th. To date the SoN has 54 charter members signed up for this milestone ceremony.

Other Dean Reports:

  • Dean Di Leo reported the School of Arts and Sciences has received $7,500 from the O’Connor Hewitt Foundation and $7,000 from Amazon. He also stated that Professor Macarena Hernandez will be presenting in Hamburg, Germany at the Hamburg Media School in the USA Today Lecture Series.
  • Dean Niroomand announced the School of Business Administration has received $15,728.00 of scholarship money through the Fifth Year Accounting Scholarship Program that is provided by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. One student has been identified who qualifies for such scholarship. Dean Niroomand mentioned that Bloomberg Businessweek has accepted his proposal of funding three faculty awards. One research award for the amount of $2,500 and two teaching awards each for the amount of $2,000 will be given to deserving SBA faculty. Teaching awards will be given at the end of each semester while the research award will be given once a year. This is a good way for the school to support and recognize our best.

Financial and Jaguar Hall Updates – Mr. Wayne Beran

Mr. Beran said Texas universities could possibly face as much as a 20% cut in their budgets. He said Jaguar Hall is in its final stages and completion is expected in approximately 2 weeks. Areas still needing addressing are a classroom that had carpet stolen will need to be replaced and the laundry area is very close to finishing up. Mr. Beran is working on the justification of $61.5 million Teaching Revenue Bonds (TRBs) for the Coordinating Board. Chancellor Renu Khator was on campus this week and he and Dr. Smith showed her three options for student housing around Victoria. Mr. Beran announced UHV is working with Victoria College on the possibility of sharing a building.

Development Report – Mr. Mark Zafereo

Mr. Zafereo reported Advancement is working on 2,000 letters to individuals for Campaign Victoria as they continue to expand their base list. He is making individual contacts, phone calls and personal visits to possible donors. To date, $85,000 has been raised.

Other Item Reports

Dr. Dahlstrom graciously agreed to continue his distribution of the Legislative news for the upcoming Legislative Session to cabinet members. There will be times in which he will request feedback. He noted his appreciation for cabinet members’ assistance.

Dr. Smith reported that Chancellor Khator and Joe Bertalino, ACE Fellow from Queens College in New York, visited UHV yesterday, met with a few faculty and students, and had lunch at Jaguar Hall. He noted the chancellor may routinely start visiting the Victoria campus.

Mr. Walyuchow announced UHV athletes are once again recognized as Champions of Character, recognizing students for their hard work. UHV softball is ranked number 19th in the NAIA national polls, up two spots from where they finished last year. He said the Jaguar Store’s new merchandise is arriving in time for Christmas. Mr. Walyuchow announced a new addition to the baseball schedule; there will be a game at What-A-Burger Field in Corpus Christi on February 7th between UHV and TAMU Kingsville. Two new teams added to the schedule this year are Incarnate Word and Saint Mary’s.

Dean Di Leo invited cabinet members to attend the first session of the Faculty Symposium on November 18th in the Alcorn Auditorium where faculty members will present and share their research.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton