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University of Houston - Victoria

President's Office


9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Present: Beran, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Ferguson, Hudson, Jaeckle, LaBrecque, Lindley, Natividad, Rice, L. Smith, Tart, Wang

Absent: Norgard, Prescott

OUA Representative: Amy Mundy

Guest: Greg Fanelli and Linda Urbish

  1. Organizational Business
  2. Dr. LaBrecque moved and Dean Natividad seconded to approve the minutes of March 25, 2009, as presented.

    Motion Carried Unanimously

  3. Business
  4. Greg Fanelli and Linda Urbish presented a PowerPoint presentation and overview of the Higher One Card. UHV is implementing the card so that students will have quicker access to refunds, including tuition and financial aid refunds and book loan proceeds. Refunds will be credited within 1 to 2 business days. The card, tentatively known as the UHV Jaguar Card, will give students a choice of refund options. Students can choose to have refunds credited to their Jaguar Card, electronically deposited to their existing bank account or have a paper check mailed. If the student elects to have refunds credited to the UHV Jaguar Card, a Higher One FDIC insured checking account will be automatically setup for the student and the UHV Jaguar card will then function as a debit MasterCard. Since the card is a debit card, students will not incur credit card debt. The card will be accepted by the VC bookstore, can be used to pay tuition or used at any MasterCard location. The university will begin sending out information to students in May. The new program will be implemented for the fall semester and cards will be mailed out the last week of July. Initially every UHV student will receive a card. Mr. Fanelli and Ms. Urbish presented 4 card designs of the UHV Jaguar Card for review. Dr. Hudson requested Ms. Lindley take the options to the Student Senate for their input. Currently there are about 200 universities and colleges using the program, including UH Main, Clear Lake, the Downtown campus and WCJC.

  5. Roundtable Discussion
  6. Dr. Hudson thanked those that testified and attended the Senate and House hearings this week on UHV’s downward expansion. He reported he had received excellent feedback from staff and legislators and felt this was tremendous progress. The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 567 by Senator Glenn Hegar. The House Higher Education Committee passed the identical House Bill 1056 by Geanie Morrison. The bill will now be sent to the House floor.

    Dr. LaBrecque reported the Academic Affairs office continues to work on rewriting the Faculty Handbook, noting this is a very different university since the last revision of the Faculty Handbook. There will be a Provost Council meeting on Friday where program approvals will be discussed.

    Dean Wang reported the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 5th year preliminary maintenance report has been completed. He noted all reports are online for easy accessibility for the visiting team members. Dean Wang stated faculty searches continue with nice applicant pools. Dean Wang announced 3 of the Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA) international students were ranked among the top 100 players in an international business game where 4,370 team from 276 colleges and universities from around the world run competing simulated international businesses.

    Ms. Smith stated Monday she received word that System-wide payroll and HR will be implementing electronic monthly timesheets. UH Central Campus will implement monthly timesheets effective with the April payroll and the component campuses will most go live in July. Bi-Weekly Electronic Timesheets will be implemented at a later date. The paperwork for reclassifications has been sent to Dr. Hudson for signature. Supervisors will be notified once approved by Dr. Hudson. Appeals should not be sent to the Budget Committee until the end of the process. The process includes classification review, market study and merit decision.

    Dean Tart reported the RN to BSN program will be offered starting summer 2009 at Austin Community College and the MSN program will be offered at Katy. The School of Nursing (SoN) is working on 2+2 programs with Lone Star College. Dean Tart stated they are very excited to be partnering with UHV. The SoN has received 5 applicants for the 3 open faculty positions. The Victoria Student Coffee with the Dean had 16-19 people in attendance. The Sugar Land campus coffee will be this week. The SoN will be hosting the Nursing Forum at UHV on May 7. National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and the school has some fun activities planned such as "speed mentoring." Speed mentoring is like speed dating; only here nurses will be allowed a certain amount of time to go around and visit various individuals and find out about their jobs. Dean Tart closed by saying she had an opportunity to meet with Representative Ron Paul to discuss public funding for our graduate students.

    Dean Natividad reported the School of Education and Human Development (SoEHD) is finishing up EC-Grade 6, clearing up Coordinating Board processes. A new Counselor ED concentration, 36 hours totally online, is hopefully going to be offered this fall. Dean Natividad reported the school’s new face page is up and getting ready to go live. Marketing for summer classes will be on unusual fun topics.

    Dr. Jaeckle reported Mr. Beran had presented the FY 2010 budget at the last Faculty Senate meeting. All curricular and program changes reviewed by the Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Affairs committees have been approved by the Senate, except for one course that was submitted in March. The Senate continues to be concerned about the higher education reforms that were issued from the governor’s office. He noted 3 out of 4 UHS senates have passed resolutions against this. A brief discussion by cabinet members on this issue ensued.

    Dr. Dahlstrom announced that Jennifer Foster is the Library’s new Media Librarian. The Library’s summer hours will be the same as last summer.

    Interim Hours:
    Monday - Thursdays  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday  8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday  Closed

    Summer Term Hours: 
    Monday - Thursday  7:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday  7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Saturday  Closed
    Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Ms. Mundy announced the Jaguar Invitational Golf Tournament went well, with 18 teams playing and 150 attending the dinner. Dr. Hudson’s team won the tournament. Compliments were received on having the Jaguar baseball and softball players interact with the guest. Ms. Mundy also announced she is working on alumni letters from the deans. She attended the Women’s Leadership Conference and attended an interesting session on stimulus package that provided the guidelines through the Coordinating Board to assist with fast tracking through the system.

    Ms. Lindley stated she had received feedback from the Student Organization Day and 20 out of 22 students would attend Student Organization Day again and that they would have liked to visit the campus. She announced Student Senate elections would be online April 21-22.

    Mr. Beran provided feedback on a 4-day work week, noting state law requires state agencies be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and employees to work 40 hours per week. He reported that if everything shut down UHV would only achieve a $15,000 savings. Mr. Beran also noted that feedback from the deans was that a 4-day work week would not work for the schools. A 4 ½ day work week was recommended. Mr. Beran will meet with Denise and this issue will be discussed at the next cabinet meeting. Mr. Beran stated he had attended Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, presentation at The Victoria College. He noted that UHV is in decent shape for appropriations and money from the state will be more than previously noted.

    Dr. Rice reported that approximately 350 graduates are scheduled to graduate at UHV’s spring commencement. She mentioned she had attended the Leadership Texas meeting where she had attended an interesting session on global forecasting. She discussed some of the ideas presented that related to transformational change.

    Dean Di Leo announced the Dean of Education and Human Development search committee will begin to review applications this Thursday. The School of Arts and Sciences (SoAS) has hired Dr. Elizabeth Rhoades as Associate Professor of School Psychology. Screening has begun on the Criminal Justice search, with Biology and Latino Studies searches underway. Professor Macarena Hernandez had a piece published in a Texas literature anthology aimed at high school students. The Math Science Awareness Day had a good response; other SoAS upcoming events, Spring Fling on April 22 in conjunction with the Jaguar baseball game and the DeLeon Symposium on April 25. Dean Di Leo reported the teleconference with China went well and felt it was appreciated. The next American Book Review Reading Series is scheduled for April 30 with guest speaker Ana Castillo. Dean Di Leo reported UHV was the only university represented at the April celebration of Arts & Humanities called Carnival ah! at the Austin Community College's Rio Grande campus.

    Mr. Ferguson reported there have been 2 breaks in the LEARN fiber, both in Houston, in the last 2 months; until this time UHV was unaware of there being any above ground cables. UHV is looking for other options for backup and anticipating/expecting that LEARN will eventually complete a statewide fiber ring so we will have an alternative connection.

    Follow-up on Cabinet Retreat topics were discussed over lunch.

    Meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
    Submitted by: Kathy Walton