University Of Houston-Victoria
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Members Present: Beran, Dahlstrom, Devick-Fry, Di Leo, Ferguson, M. Harrison, Mundy, LaBrecque, Niroomand, Norgard, Rossow, Ruschhaupt, Rice, D. Smith, L. Smith, Tart, Walyuchow
Marketing Representative: Ellis
I. Organizational Business
--The February 23rd minutes were approved as written.
Due to Dr. Verhasselt being ill, the Institutional Effectiveness agenda item will be addressed at a later date.
Cabinet members discussed the proposed legislation that could move the University of Houston-Victoria to the Texas A&M University System. It was decided that an email statement would be prepared to distribute to faculty, staff and students sharing what information we have about House Bill 2556. In order to not be misleading, Dr. Smith felt a statement should also be included on appointment and admission letters notifying potential employees and students of the possibility of this change.
Commencement Speaker & Hooding of Masters Graduates–Dr. Don Smith
With two commencement ceremonies for the spring semester, there is probably a need for two commencement speakers unless one speaker is willing to speak at two ceremonies. Dr. Smith requested the deans provide Dr. Rice with the names of possible candidates. Also discussed was whether to continue the hooding of our Masters candidates. Dr. Smith indicated this is not a critical issue for the spring ceremony but a decision needs to be made before the fall commencement. He did reiterate that our commencement ceremonies are for the students and their families.
Academic Efforts Underway–Dr. Suzanne LaBrecque
Dr. LaBrecque reported on the new things going on in the Academic Affairs office. She said UHV has received preliminary authority to proceed with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. The Austerity Task Force had a good meeting and the Budget Committee appreciated the input from the members. She said this years Promotion and Tenure requests consisted of one faculty members request to be promoted to full professor and one request for promotion and tenure. The Share Point site for Third-Year Review was just closed.
Financial & Jaguar Hall Updates–Wayne Beran
Mr. Beran said on April 12th there will be a special called Board of Regents meeting for tuition fees. Mr. Beran said the Austerity Task Force was in agreement with raising UHV's tuition/ fees. In a comparison of tuition and fees with institutions in our region UHV is one of the lowest. Mr. Beran explained the opportunity for UHV to host conferences or workshops at UHV now that we have a dorm. Most of the dorm rooms over the summer will be vacant and available for rent for camps, seminars, etc. The dorm would allow for housing and food service and requested the cabinet members share this information with their constituents. Victoria College will be invited to do the same. The State Fire Marshall was on campus and most of the write-ups were in the West Building; Jaguar Hall had only a few issues. He reported we are in the process of buying all the equipment and moving forward on partnering with TimeGate Studios on the gaming program. Mr. Beran reported he will sign off on an agreement for the use of 128 beds in apartment units within walking distance of the university. These apartments are managed by Woolson Real Estate. He said Lindsey Koch, Director of Student Life Services, will be assisting with this and meeting with students. UHV will facilitate this arrangement but the student will sign a lease with the leasing agent.
Enrollment & Student Success Updates–Chari Norgard
Ms. Norgard provided an enrollment update of 1,375 applications, with 419 having been accepted. At this time last year, we had only accepted 171 applications. The Advancement Via Independent Determination (AVID) program invited us to present at two AVID meeting where we met with 80 regional directors. Due to this invitation, we are expecting several big UHV campus groups tours from as far away as Dallas. Ms. Norgard said the math tutors have set up a wiki for students. The UHS Financial Aid directors are working on a consortium agreement.
Other Item Reports
Joe Ferguson passed out key fobs to cabinet members to gain access at the keyless entry areas. These key fobs will be used as a test to see whether the university wants to issue the fobs to everyone. Each key fob is set up for a specific individual and is not to be shared. The key fob system creates a record of entries and exits, just like the access cards do now.
Dean Di Leo reported that Dr. John Milner, Director of the Nutritional Science Division at the National Cancer Institute, had to postpone his visit to UHV due to out of the country delays in travel. The next guest author to speak at the Spring Reading Series will be Beverly Lowry on March 10th, with a reception at the home of Chris and Tenna Thompson. He also said there will be a faculty forum at 3:00 with Professor Mark Ward.
Dean Tart said the School of Nursing received a $20,000 grant from Gulf Coast Medical Foundation for nursing scholarships.
Mr. Harrison said the Staff Council extended their food drive through this week and will be coming by the offices on Friday, March 11th, for the final pick up.
Meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.
Submitted by: Kathy Walton