University of Houston-Victoria


President's Cabinet

9:30 A.M., March 22, 2017
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes


Members Present:  Beran, Cobler,Cockrum, Dahlstrom, Ferguson, Higgins, Huerta, Lambert, Litton, Morgan, Niroomand, Pisors, Smith, Thomas, Tomek, and Walyuchow 

Absent:  Di Leo, Faulk and Hatmaker                                                                                             

Representative:  Jeremy Shapiro, Marketing & Communication and Sherrie Kroll, Technology Services

I.  Organization Business

A. President’s Updates—Dr. Vic Morgan

Dr. Morgan said

  • in spite of the bad weather, the March 7 PRAB meeting had a large attendee turnout
    • there was good discussion about the future of the PRAB Scholarship—first year goal was $25,000, currently they have raised $28,000 with every PRAB member participating and their overall goal is $100,000
    • PRAB members were impressed with the Computer Science students presentation
  • the Legislature is hard at work
    • Senate has decided the cuts proposed earlier were too dramatic, so rather than the 30% cuts initially proposed, they are down to a cut of 10%
    • House still has all the Special Items in their version of the bill and they are asking for the Legislature to use Rainy Day funds to make up the difference
  • met with the Katy Task Force committee
    • land has already been purchased
    • UHV will have 50% of the 80,000 gross sq. ft. in the new building and UH will have the remaining 50% of the building
    • working on signage for the new facility and in doing so found out that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board had policies on facility names
    • the name of our current Katy location will now be referred to as the University of Houston-Victoria at Katy or UHV Katy
  • encouraged everyone to plan to attend as many of the Homecoming events as possible.
  • Dr. Higgins reported that the Katy faculty members are encouraged and feeling better about working at the Katy site.

 B.  Minutes

Dr. Tomek moved and Dr. Higgins seconded to approve the February 22, 2017, minutes as distributed.

II. Business

A.  Academic Affairs Updates—Dr. David Cockrum

Dr. Cockrum said

  • UHV now has the Coordinating Board’s approval for the Specialist in School of Psychology degree (mid-way between a Master’s and a Doctorate)
  • grant proposals currently underway
    • USDA – Food and Nutrition Services, HSI grant for $245,000
    • Title V – sharing grant with Victoria College Education Teacher Pipeline for $750,000/year for 5 years (VC is the lead institution on the grant).  UHV had 64 new teachers graduate in December
  • Title III – University College (modification of previous submission) for $450,000/year
  • NSF S-STEM Scholarships in STEM for $650,000
  • the upcoming Provost’s Lecture Series “From Edna to the U. S. Supreme Court” by Dr. Michael Olivas will be held on April 4, at noon, in the University North Multi-Purpose Room. 

B.  Facilities & Finance Updates—Wayne Beran

Mr. Beran said

  • a study will be conducted on the adequacy of campus cameras by Stuart Sherman and Travis Gundelach
  • it will probably be June before the FY 18 budget is known—must wait for the Texas Legislature to appropriate the next two years of funding at the end of May
  • the Executive Committee has addressed the reclassifications, these can be appealed but you’ll need to explain the reason that the reclassification should not be denied
  • the owner of the mobile home park on Red River has 60 days to remove all the trailers or the purchase is off
  • briefly discussed possible names for the Town Plaza Mall location.

C.  Student Affairs Updates—Dr. Jay Lambert

Mr. Lambert said

  • the Jags for Life Program will be offering Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training in Victoria—register online through PASS
  • be sure to vote for your favorite Homecoming office competition for the Jaguar Spirit Cup Challenge 
  • Cabinet members will be receiving a new monthly recruitment report—it breaks down information on freshmen admitted, freshmen applied, transfer admitted and transfer applied, tours, housing applications, undergraduate student numbers with and without nursing, and more. 

D.  University Advancement—Jesse Pisors

Mr. Pisors said

  • the University Advancement office is working on a major proposal for the Johnson Foundation, seeking significant funding for a health and wellness center
  • that OUA is really involved with Homecoming; they are excited about the 199 people that have registered for Friday’s Alumni Banquet, compared to 140 last year
  • the university has 94 endowed funds that are collectively expected to produce just under $500,000 this year for use in FY18
  • income that is distributed is regulated by each endowment’s agreement and the UHS Board of Regents.

E.  Other Items

Mr. Walyuchow said following Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. Homecoming game, the UHV King and Queen will be crowned.  Two pieces of pending NAIA legislation that is of note for UHV:  one would allow for NAIA schools to allow graduate students to transfer to pursue a master’s degree and participate in athletics if they still had remaining eligibility.

The other would allow NAIA schools to recruit student athletes from Non NAIA 4-year schools.  This is similar to NCAA legislation passed in January that allows NCAA schools to recruit from NAIA schools.

Dean Niroomand said the week of March 27-31 is SBA Alumni Week and more than 30 SBA alums will participate as guest speakers in their undergraduate and graduate courses in Katy and Victoria. 

Dean Litton said the Education Job Fair is being held today in University West, 10:00 a.m.-noon.  The school will also be hosting the Math, Science Conference on April 1.  This event provides educators with an environment where they will hear about new teaching ideas and interact with each other educators.  Dean Litton said it was the year end reports and grant evaluation time of the year. 

Dr. Tomek said step one of the University College was to consolidate First Year Seminar and Living & Learning.  The committee is reviewing applications for the First Year Seminar instructors from among eligible faculty and staff members.  Dr. Tomek said she is working on an Honors Program, a new Student Orientation with Billy Lagal and on a possible Veteran services program.                 

Ms. Cobler reminded everyone of the President’s Tailgate on March 25 at 11:00 a.m.  She requested that those who plan to attend to please RSVP so there will be an accurate food count.

Dr. Higgins said the senate voted to extend indefinitely the right of the University College head to hire staff to teach indefinitely.  The University College head will not have to ask faculty permission and the senate will no longer need to vote on extensions.     

Dr. Dahlstrom said the spring Library Game Night will be on March 29, at 6:00 p.m., in the Library.


Meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Submitted by:  Kathy Walton