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9:30 A.M., February 12, 2014
President's Conference Room
Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Akins, Bashaw, Beran, Cass, Castille, Cobler, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Faulk, Ferguson, Lambert, Litton, Mehan, Niroomand, Olykoya, Rice, Rutzen, Salazar, Smith, Thomas, Walyuchow and Alcorn

Representatives: Tammy Whatley

I. Organization Business

--Dr. Litton made a motion to approve the minutes of January 8, 2014 and Dr. Mehan seconded the motion with minor changes in regards to the misspelling of a name. Mr. Walyuchow mentioned changes to the dates and name of an upcoming golf tournament.

II. Business

A. President’s Report – Dr. Phil Castille

  • Dr. Castille stated that he and VP Beran will be attending a UHSL Task Forces meeting, chaired by Emeritus Welcome Wilson Sr. The purpose of the meeting is to further discussions in regards to the UHV/UHSL transition. There will be guiding principles set by all involved to help ease the transition and project positive outcomes for all those involved. It was noted that there should be a more detailed plan presented at the May UH Board of Regents meeting.
  • B. Facilities & Finance Updates – Wayne Beran

  • Mr. Beran presented the Cabinet with figures for the upcoming merit and equity pool. He offered a clear explanation on merit caps as well as clarification on which employees are eligible for merit. It was also noted by Harry Bashaw that if you give one employee a higher percent of merit, it is taking away from another eligible employee and asked that supervisors please consider this when awarding those eligible. There is a deadline of March 15, 2014 to have all calculated merit entered into the People Soft system, therefore, Human Resources and the Budget office are working on a strict timeline. Dr. Dahlstrom asked about which employee evaluation would be used to base merit on. It was noted by Mr. Beran to use the latest performance evaluation on file. The discussion of UHV’s participation in a fixed rate tuition plan. Student participation in the plan would be strictly voluntary. This plan would align UHV with all other UH System campuses.
  • C. Academic Affairs Updates – Dr. Jeff Cass

  • Dr. Cass announced that the Masters in Computer Science degree at UHV has been approved and other general studies bachelor degree programs are in the process of being developed. UHV currently offers 68 degrees and the Masters in Computer Science will be the 69th and we are moving towards a goal of having a 70th degree offering approved in the future.
  • Discussion of the progress of the QEP and the Living and Learning Commons was discussed. Furniture has been selected and has been ordered.
  • The Provost Lecture series recently hosted Brad Roth from Wayne State University and looks forward to presenting another speaker later in the spring.
  • D. Enrollment Updates – Denee Thomas

  • Dr. Thomas gave a report on current enrollment and goals exceeded or met in comparison to last year. For the summer 2014 semester 60 of 271 applicants have been approved for a total of 22%. Fall 2014 has 1434 accepted applicants of 3254 with 45.8% accepted in comparison to only 32.8% of last year at this time. This represents an increase of 40% in applications and 88% in accepted students over the same dates as last year.
  • Of the non-freshman applicants there are 307 applications with 57 being accepted or 18.5%. Last year, UHV was at about the same number of applications, and had 23% accepted.
  • She also announced that there are 2 buses planned to arrive with prospective students from the Dallas area for the upcoming Jag Day to be held in March.
  • E. Student Affairs Updates – Dr. Jay Lambert

  • Dr. Lambert informed the cabinet that there is a Jag Day being held on February 15th at Jag Hall.
  • F. University Advancement Updates – Greg Rutzen

  • Greg Rutzen updated the cabinet on the status of fundraising efforts made on behalf of the Director of Annual Giving, Crystal Simmons. He also noted that that the duties of Director of Alumni Giving have been distributed within OUA and this role will eventually require a full time staff member. The OUA office is efficiently working on contacting alums and distributing information on building a giving relationship with UHV.
  • G. Other Items

    Mr. Walyuchow discussed the upcoming Claude Jacobs Intercollegiate Golf Tournament and the excitement of hosting 22 college teams at both the Victoria Country Club and the Club at Colony Creek golf courses. He also announced that there will be a game a baseball game at Constellation Field in Sugar Land on February 15th. It was stated that there was no charge to use the field and it will serve as a memorable experience for the student athletes that get to play on this field.

    Dr. Niroomand informed everyone of an upcoming Distinguished Speaker Series event sponsored by the Willis Group. The event will be held on February 25th and feature Ron Canion, co-founder and former CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation. He also noted that the upcoming speaker for April will be the President of HEB, Scott McClelland. Faculty, staff and the community are all invited to the event in Sugar Land.

    Submitted by: Erika Vermillion