University of Houston-Victoria


President's Cabinet

9:30 A.M., October 26, 2016
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes


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

Absent: Akins, Beran, and Rice

I.  Organization Business

A. President’s Updates—Dr. Vic Morgan 

Dr. Morgan

  •  announced the award recipients for the upcoming President’s Annual Report & Excellence Event
    • Student Leadership Award—will be a surprise,
    • Community Partner Award—Invista, and
    •  People Who Make a Difference Award—Dr. Harry Robert Lyall
      -Dr. Lyall was the founder of Victoria Symphony from what was then the UHV Orchestra and is currently the CEO of the New Orleans Opera;
  • furnished a PowerPoint presentation on the architectural rendering of Phase I of the Learning Commons building
    • the building was planned in phases:  Phase I, II and III but it looks like the university will move forward and complete Phase I and II, and
    • once plans are finalized, the next step will be to start looking for a contractor.

B.  Minutes

Dean Litton moved and Dr. Higgins seconded to approve the September 28, 2016, minutes as distributed.

II.  Business

A.  Academic Affairs Updates—Dr. David Cockrum

Dr. Cockrum

  • said it is important for UHV to review their articulation agreements
  • announced that Coastal Bend College had contacted us about an agreement, and
  • need to work on Lone Star College articulation agreements;
  • discussed UHV’s Progress Card - transfer students 

B.  Facilities & Finance Updates

In Mr. Beran’s absence, Dr. Morgan

  • said UHV will bring the Ben Wilson Street Project to the December 1 Board of Regents meeting for approval
    • the next step in the process to move it forward will be to bring it back to the city;
    • moving forward with the purchase of Victoria College land and Town Plaza Mall;
    • making good progress with the practice soccer field—there was a slight hang up with AEP, but the issue has been addressed; and
      • working on finishing out the design for North third floor.

C.  Student Affairs Updates—Dr. Jay Lambert

Dr. Lambert

  • announced the next registration date is November 19;
  • the completion rate for the required sexual misconduct training has about 20% of the students finished taking the test;
    • UH System has mandated another Campus Climate Survey;
    • hosting the third annual ROAR Leadership Conference (ROAR) on November 5; and
  • announced the application deadline for consideration as the UHS Student Board of Regent, is due to Dr. Lambert by December 1.

 Dr. Thomas

  • reported spring transfer applications are up 41.4% and transfer accepted applications are up by 37.8% over same date in 2015;
  • said fall freshman applications are up by 28%  and freshman accepted applications are up by 126.8% over same date in 2015;
    • announced the new Jag Day is three weeks out--November 19

--more than 100 students have signed up for Jag Day, with a total signed up including family more than 300.  Forty percent of the students who have signed up have already applied for admission to UHV.

D.  University Advancement—Jesse Pisors

Mr. Pisors

  • announced the Alumni road trip for November 12 to the UH Homecoming football game has sold out of 120 tickets (two charter buses plus cars) and has a waiting list of 30;
  • said on November 29 UHV will host its first #Giving Tuesday, a 24 hour mini-campaign using all platforms (electronic, phone, mail and in-person) to secure as many donations as possible of any size in one day for UHV;
  • said UHS will launch the public phase of its a $1 billion, ten-year campaign on about January 20.  All donations to UHV during this 10-year period count toward the System goal.  The System has raised about 60% of the goal to-date.

E.  Other Items

Dean Niroomand said the School of Business Administration Distinguished Speaker Series will welcome back Ms. Helen Sharkey as their speaker for November 2 at the Victoria campus.  This will be Ms. Sharkey’s second presentation in the speaker series.  The first time she shared her story was in 2014 in Sugar Land.  Dean Niroomand encouraged everyone to attend and said the presentation will be delivered as a live web cast for Katy students.  The school will be offering the two Principles of Economics courses as a MWF (Monday Wednesday Friday) class.

Dr. Thomas announced December 21 as the tentative go-live date for Radius.  The early phase will include the initial email correspondence with prospects from purchased lists and college fair card swipes.  Training will be scheduled in advance of the December 21 date.

Dean Di Leo announced the School of Arts & Sciences have 40 MWF classes scheduled for spring.  He thanked the faculty for changing their schedules and syllabi.  He said there will be at least two Face-to-Face classes for all upper division majors. 

Dr. Morgan said to increase enrollment for the spring, there will be a lot of marketing for a registration event at the UHV at Katy campus for November 14-16 with an open housed planned for November 17.

Dean Litton said the faculty of the School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development have been active in conferences and seminars.

--October 27, 2016 Fall Symposium, It is All About Relationships:  An Interdisciplinary Perspective

--November 5, Building Literacy in the Community: Spread the Word about Literacy

--November 5, Math/Science Day Conference

--November 7, Here’s to New Beginnings! (hosting an interest meeting to create a New Mid-Coast Reading Council)

--November 18, Texas Association of Future Educators Annual TAFE Region 3 Conference (eighth consecutive year for this regional conference)

--He said they will also be working on establishing centers for dyslexia and one for assisted technology for disabled students.

--The school is working on changing their classes to MWF—Kinesiology and Health Studies are already set up that way.


Following a discussion on Face-to-Face classes, Mr. Walyuchow said these classes will work better for students, athletes and for taking classes at Victoria College.  Dr. Morgan said this will meet the needs of the people we serve and will help make UHV a destination campus in Victoria.

Ms. Hatmaker questioned where the university was on the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) Exemption review. Ms. Smith said that most decisions have been made but there are still five or six positions that still need to be addressed by the Executive Committee.

Mr. Walyuchow said the Dr. Pepper Classic at McLennan Community College provided good recruiting opportunities and coaching contacts.  He said the UHV men finished in seventh-place.  Said soccer was doing well with both setting in third place in conference.  UHV’s Valeria Hinojosa was named the Red River Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.


Meeting was adjourned at 10:40 a.m.

Submitted by:  Kathy Walton