University of Houston-Victoria


President's Cabinet

9:30 A.M., February 28, 2018
President’s Conference Room
Meeting Minutes 

Members Present: 
Ben-Ur,Beran,Cobler,Cockrum, Dahlstrom, De La Cruz, Di Leo, Faulk, Ferguson, Lambert, Litton, Morgan, Pisors, Salazar, Smith, Sutton, Thomas, Tomek and Walyuchow

Absent:  Jordan-Wagner

I. Organizational Business

A. President’s Updates—Dr. Vic Morgan

  • Dr. Morgan said the following items are on the agenda for the upcoming Board of Regents meeting.

-Tuition and Fees

-Housing and Meal Plan Rates

-International Students Fee

-ESL Study Fee for International

-Parking and Transportation Fee

-Academic Partnership Contract

  • The Student Government Association has been working on a draft university alma mater. Dr. Morgan said the next step would be to have the draft veted through faculty, staff and alumni. A committee will be formed and the input for the university alma mater will be from all areas.  
  • Dr. Morgan reminded Cabinet members of the other activities going on during the week. He stressed the importance of everyone’s presence at student activities. He said it matters to the students and we are a student center campus. The way the university grows is through retention and that is when students are happy. Please look at the schedule of weekly events and try to attend an event—it does matter to the students to see you at their events.
  • House Bill 89 is the new anti-Boycott of Israel Bill. “. . . states that ‘Boycott Israel’ means refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or limit commercial relations specifically with Israel, or with a person or entity doing business in Israel or in an Israeli-controlled territory, but does not include any action made for ordinary business.” The state of Texas will not do business with anyone that will not do business with Israel. Contractors and vendors must certify and verify that it does not boycott Israel and will not boycott Israel during the term of doing business with UHV. This bill became effective September 1, 2017.
  • Dr. Morgan said Victoria College’s next Lyceum Lecture will be on March 5 in the VC Sports Center; with former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel talking about leaving the sports world to pursue his doctorate in mathematics at MIT.

 B.    Minutes 

Dr. Tomek moved and Dr. Lambert seconded to approve the February 14, 2018, minutes as published. 

Motion Carried Unanimously 

II.  Guests

A.    Upcoming Requirement for Sexual Misconduct Report Training—Rebecca Lake

  • Ms. Lake discussed the Sexual Misconduct Awareness & Reporting training that has been offered at UHV since fall 2017 (in addition to new hire orientation training). It is currently a voluntary, face-two-face and interactive 90 minute training session. As of February, Chancellor Khator announced a mandatory, face-two-face training for all faculty and staff over the same topic. With the 70 participants that took the UHV training, 34 responded to the follow up survey. Examples of responses from the survey: “The case scenarios were relative and then knowing that they were from real incidences and knowing the end of the story for each scenario was very eye opening.” “Walked away with a lot of useful information and knowledge.” Ms. Lake indicated that a version would be developed online for those that do not live close to one of the campuses. Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) at Main Campus is beginning the first phase of training for full-time, benefits-eligible Main Campus employees. With the second phase, the training would reach System employees and continue expanding. Ms. Lake had begun discussions and review with EOS to provide credit to those who complete the UHV training.
  • Briefly Ms. Lake discussed the Accessibility Point Person’s role. She suggested everyone visit the Accessibility Internet page. Substantial progress is being made with originally over 4,000 website items that were inaccessible now decreased to around 600. Each unit is responsible for addressing their contribution of the web and electronic material.

B.    UHS & UHV Art Program—Courtney Middleton-Sides

  • Ms. Sides, as a member of the UHS Art Committee, reported that a group from UH visited UHV to see our pieces of art. She said 1% of every building project has to be put aside for art. Hence, the university pyramids, jaguar, wall art, etc. The Strategic Plan for the art committee is to have a nice write-up on each piece of art for all campuses. It was brought to UHV’s attention that we are lacking signage on our pieces of art, as well as upkeep on certain pieces such as the pyramids. The installation of the art for the University North building will be on August 10, followed by a reception for the artist, Margo Sawyer. Ms. Sawyer’s art will be added to the entry area of the University North building which will consist of several pieces of what looks like free hanging panels of colored glass that will be visible from all floors.

C.    GenTX Victoria—Paula Cobler

  • Ms. Cobler discussed the GenTX Find Your Way to Pay Day free event that was co-sponsored by UHV, Victoria College, Victoria Independent School District and others. There were 55 students plus their families in attendance. This event shows students and their parents the different ways to pay for a college education, whether it be through student loans, scholarships or grants. This program also provides help with scholarship essays, college applications and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the first year UHV has hosted GenTX Way to Pay Day twice in one year.

-UHV was recognized at the American Advertising Federation-Corpus Christi ADDY Awards event for creative excellence. UHV won seven ADDY Awards.

-Three Gold ADDYs (for the university’s website redesign, the 2017 UHV Baseball Game Day Program cover, and a campaign of four UHV/American Book Review Reading Series posters)

-Two Silver ADDYs (for print pieces promoting the 2016-2017 UHV President’s Annual Report & Excellence Awards and the 2017 UHV Homecoming logo)

-Two Bronze ADDYs (for a donor retention mailer and a UHV baseball poster)

Ms. Cobler said she was most proud of the university website because the project involved employees from Web Services, Communications and Creative Services, and UHV Web Advisory Committee all working together.


II. Business 

A.    Deans

  • Dean Di Leo

-Announced there is a change in our arrangement with Victoria College on decision to allow UHV students to take courses at VC but pay our tuition prices. The reason for this change is VC did not feel it was fair for our students to take VC courses and have to pay UHV’s prices. Consequently, starting this fall, Organic Chemistry will be taught by UHV faculty on our campus. Once the new STEM building is open, the course will be moved to the new building. Also, VC Music & Art classes will no longer appear on the UHV schedule as a result of this change in VC policy.

-The Downtown Art Series will be cancelled for the spring semester because the writer scheduled will not sign the no-Boycott of Israel paperwork required by the state.

-Announced that UHV will be partnering with the Victoria Film Festival this spring. Noted that some the films will be here on campus and shown in the Alcorn Auditorium free to students. 

  • Dean Litton

-Said the CACREP National Accreditation Review team came for their visit.

-Met with VISD officials last week and a profession group of 30-40 paraprofessionals that would like to get a teaching certificate.

-Said there are 10 graduate students in the Special Education in Autism seeking Applied Behavioral Analysis.

-Reported a school system a couple of hours away from here is seeking training in-house for administrators—20+ new students.

-Said in another meeting with VISD and Dr. Morgan, had a discussion on partnerships between Education and Arts & Sciences with two schools (one elementary and one middle school) that need a little extra support. This would amount to $488,000 per school for one year and $1M for two years x two schools.

-Met with A&M Kingsville to assist them. This is a good deal with UHV and the schools. 

Dr. Thomas 

  • Announced the university was on track for enrollments.

-271 summer applications, of which 145 are transfer students (and 126 are freshmen). About 30% are admitted.

-5,279 for fall applications, of which 257 are transfer students (and 5,022 are freshmen). About 50% are admitted. 

  • There were 270+ student attendees plus families at the February 24 Jaguar Day event on campus.

Mr. Walyuchow

  • Announced the UHV men’s golf team won at the South Padre Invitational on February 26.
  • Said the women’s softball team was playing at the Orange Beach Tournament.

Ms. Sutton

  • Ms. Sutton is serving on a committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College (SACSCOC) regarding new Principles of Accreditation and will be attending a meeting on March 2.
  • Thanked Dr. Tomek for her Academic Partner presentation at the February Staff Council meeting and said there is a possible part two follow-up meeting to address questions that were posed.
  • Thanked Ms. Smith and Ms. Nester for attending the February meeting. Since time ran short, an opportunity for the staff to ask more questions and gain more clarity is forthcoming.
  • Passed out information about the Spirit Cup Competition Viewing Party and encouraged student workers to participate before voting closed.

Mr. Faulk 

  • Said that Technology Services is rebranding and as of June 1, 2018, the department will be called Information Technology. 
  • Announced that today was Joe Ferguson’s last President’s Cabinet meeting. He said that an email announcement is forthcoming that will share the date of the Joe’s career celebration.

Dr. Morgan

Thanked Mr. Ferguson for all he has done and his years of service. Mr. Ferguson is retiring after 43 years of working at UHV, and 36 of those years he served on the Cabinet.


Meeting was adjourned: 11:10 a.m.

Submitted by: Kathy Walton