University of Houston-Victoria


President's Cabinet

9:30 A.M., September 28, 2016
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes

Members Present:  
Cobler, Cockrum, Dahlstrom, Di Leo, Faulk, Ferguson, Hatmaker, Higgins, Lambert, Litton, Morgan, Niroomand, Pisors, Smith, Thomas and Walyuchow

Absent: Akins, Beran, Huerta and Rice

I.  Organization Business

A. President’s Updates—Dr. Vic Morgan

Dr. Morgan

  •  reminded everyone of the upcoming President’s Annual Report and Excellence Award event
    •  hold the date cards are ready to go out,
    • this year’s theme is “Destination Success,” and
    • requested names for the possible awards recipients—past awards were for “People Who Make a Difference,” “Presidential Medal,” “Student Leadership,” and “Partnership Award”
    • announced the latest book published by University Press of Victoria is “Bluebonnet Youth Ranch:  A History of Caring” by Claud Jacobs and Sonny Long—a press release is scheduled for October 3, at 11:00 a.m., in the UHV ABR Publishing Suite;
        •  reminded everyone of the Family Weekend Festival
          •  good registration for parents attending the festival and
          •  tail gate on Saturday at 11:00-1:00, with soccer games to follow; 
          • announced that the UHV Women’s Golf team is seeking membership in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC);


Mr. Walyuchow announced that Kristy Cano from San Antonio is our new Associate Golf Coach for both golf teams.  UHV is excited to have her.  There is a search underway for a head coach.

  • said he was working on appointing a University College Committee that will be chaired by Dr. Beverly Tomek, that will consist of five faculty, one staff and one student;
  • presented pictures of the new Katy building signage and announced that the official name of the campus is “UHV Katy campus”—no hyphen in the name & campus is spelled with a lower case “c” on all printed material;
  • said he had presented at the Katy Area Economic Development Corporation on the new UHV facility and how UHV is linked with UH and UHS;
  • mentioned there are some concerns about hours at the Katy campus which he hopes can be worked out soon;
  • announced UHV is planning an event for the week of November 15 at the UHV Katy campus for registration;
  • said SACSCOC has been notified of the address change for the UHV Katy campus and everything is going as it should;
  • announced a search committee has been formed for the Executive Director Katy campus position—chaired by Wayne Beran with members Farhang Niroomand, Denee Thomas and Carolyn Martinez; and
  • said the first Legislative hearing is next week in Austin where UHV as with other campuses will have five minutes to make their case to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and Governor’s Budget Staff.

B.  Minutes

Dean Litton moved and Dean Niroomand seconded to approve the September 14, 2016, minutes as distributed.

II.  Business

A.  Academic Affairs Updates—Dr. David Cockrum

Dr. Cockrum

  • discussed UHV’s 5th-Year Interim Report process—timeline:  initial meeting on November 1 and report is due to SACSCOC by March 16, 2019;
  • said currently the Katy campus has a temporary site approval; the 30 day wait people is over with no objections, and the official letter of approval should arrive soon; and
  • reported at the last Provost Council meeting, UHV was the only System campus with no low producing programs.

B.  Facilities & Finance Updates

In Mr. Beran’s absence, Dr. Morgan said with the acquisition of the Town Plaza Mall will provide UHV a place to start new programs.  He said once the North building third floor is finished out it will help some by providing two new classrooms.  Dr. Morgan said we are working and moving forward and urged all to be a part of it.

C.  Student Affairs Updates—Dr. Jay Lambert

Dr. Lambert said online is up by 55 students, and Victoria by almost 150 for a 10% increase, but we are down in Houston area.  He announced there were 200 students in attendance at a university sponsored skating party on Thursday night.  He said he had a complaint about students sleeping in their first class the next morning and questioned whether Cabinet members felt midnight was too late on a school night for a university event.

Dr. Thomas provided the following statistical information:

  • for spring
    • freshmen applications are up 28.3% over last year,
    • freshmen transfer applications are up by 79.4% over last year,
    • transfer accepted applications are up by 49% over last year,
  • for fall
    • applications are up 69% over last year,
    • accepted applications are up 256%;
    • Katy Student Service Coordinators have two meet and greet events planned so far: “Meet Us” and “Fall Welcome;”
    • Katy Open House/registration week events are scheduled for the afternoons and evening on November 14-17, 2016 and
    • Victoria’s Jag Day is scheduled for November 19 with a lot of people having already signed up from the Valley to Dallas and in between.

D.  University Advancement Updates—Jesse Pisors

Mr. Pisors said he appreciated the support around the table and that we are up to 79 UHV employee donors in our All for One and One for All campaign for a total of $35,000.  He announced for the next road trip, two charter buses have been reserved and 120 tickets have been purchased with 41 having already been sold to the UH Homecoming football game for November 12.   He reported UHV has received two small grants:  one is the renewal of a $20,000 Alcoa grant and the other is a $4,000 grant from Dollar General Literacy foundation to support youth literacy. 

E.  Other Items

Dean Litton said the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development is at various stages of approval for a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL).  UHV already has an ESL certification program.  The school is also working on Kinesiology undergraduate concentrations in Exercise for Science and Pre-Allied Health.  Education is working on a national certification for Dyslexics.  Dean Litton shared a handout on the Educator Certification Online System test pass rate for the completion year 2016.  UHV’s pass rate on state exams is 97% of all test takers in all areas.  Students must have 80 or above in 18 areas of the test.  He said UHV is meeting the challenge for qualified teachers.   Dean Litton also thanked Arts & Sciences saying a lot of the courses are from that area.  The school will host a Fall Symposium Series on the UHV Katy campus featuring the Counselor Education program.

Dean Niroomand announced the School of Business Administration (SBA) Distinguished Lecture Series in Katy is scheduled for October 5, at 6:00 p.m., where winners of the MBA/BBA Case Competitions, outstanding graduate and undergraduate students and the recipients of  Bloomberg BusinessWeek Teaching and Research awards will be recognized.   Mr. Mike Rydin will be the guest speaker at this event.  Mr. Rydin, president of HCSS a software company for construction companies, is a big supporter and has served as a judge/panelist in the past during the MBA Case Competitions.  Dean Niroomand said summer research grant recipients will present their research project on October 28 as part of SBA Seminar Series.  He also announced that UHV’s School of Business Administration has been recognized by GetEducated.com’s 2016 Best Affordable AASCB Online MBA Programs.  Out of 111 schools considered, UHV was the top ranked program in Texas and ranked # 8 in the nation. 

Dean Di Leo said 40 sections of MWF courses have been arranged, 8 per time bend.  Arts & Sciences faculty members have done a remarkable job on this assignment, which includes a number of face-to-face upper division classes.  He said faculty do a lot of good things that don’t get noticed such as—


  • 30th de León Symposium                 Joe Locke
  • STEM Lecture Presentation              Bradly Button and Jang-Woo Park
  • Downtown Art Series                       Charles Alexander and Cynthia Miller
  • Kaepernick Town Hall Event             Beverly Tomek and Cheryln Hodge
  • Honors Track                                    Justin Bell


Dr. Dahlstrom reminded everyone of the Eighth Annual Banned Books Week Read-Out on September 29 at 10:00 a.m. where Interim Provost Cockrum will be reading during the event.  He also invited everyone to the first fall concert of the Crossroads Community Band.  This will be an outdoor concert performed in front of Victoria College’s Technology Building on October 4 at 6:30 p.m.   

Mr. Walyuchow said if UHV is granted associate membership in the SAC it would allow our women’s golf team to immediately be eligible to compete for both the conference championship and the NAIA automatic berth in the sport.  The Red River Conference doesn’t have enough schools to have a championship.  The Jaguars men’s team finished in fifth place at the Fall Classic with the UHV women’s team placing third.  Mr. Walyuchow encouraged everyone to come out and watch the soccer players following the tailgate—the students know when you are there.


Meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.
Submitted by:  Kathy Walton