Academic Leadership Council Minutes

Q 202

January 26, 2011


NOTE:  At times, issues of confidentiality may require that some items discussed in meetings be excluded from these minutes.


ALC MEMBERS:  Robert Glenn Allen, Austin Asgill, Tom Ball, Bill Barnes, Richard Bennett, Renee Butler, David Caudill, Lance Crimm, Tom Currin, Venu Dasigi, Ameen Farooq, Alan Gabrielli, Steven Hamrick, Bob Homer, Ruston Hunt, Sonny Kim, Andrew McMorran, Joyce Mills, Julie Newell, Mark Nunes, Ilseok Oh, Jeff Orr, Nikki Palamiotis, Phil Patterson, Dawn Ramsey, Jeffrey Ray, Nancy Reichert, Han Reichgelt, Ronny Richardson, Richard Ruhala, Becky Rutherfoord, Khalid Siddiqi, Denise Stover, John Sweigart, Zvi Szafran, Andy Wang, and Tim Zeigler


MEMBERS ABSENT:   Dawn Ramsey, Denise Stover


GUESTS:   Ron Dempsey, Lawanda Coleman, and Christina Palaski



Item 1.  Updates


Ron Dempsey spoke briefly to the Council about what is going on currently in his office.  He reported that last year was our best fundraising year ever and that we are 10% ahead of last year so far.  His office is focusing on the strategic plan and working with the departments for donors for naming the new ETC building and distributed brochures describing the Center and the naming opportunities available.  Dempsey also announced that a new campaign development officer has been hired and will be starting next week.  He introduced Christina Palaski, who talked briefly about new I.R.S. regulations regarding fund raising events and encouraged everyone to notify their office when preparing such events for the most current guidelines and regulations.  Lawanda Coleman talked about budget reports, forms for processing check requests and where they can be located on the web site, and what to do if a department has over $10,000 in a foundation account and they want to convert it to a certificate of deposit.  The Foundation office can help set this up.  They also informed the Council that reimbursement requests under $25 to an employee can be handled by petty cash instead of by check by using the same reimbursement form.


Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:


He hopes we won’t have to resort to any of these.  Szafran and the deans will work together to identify how we could make up the shortfall.  He also stated that next year will be another year without raises.  Szafran also talked about a trend among some university systems to distribute formula funds based on graduation rates.



Item 2. QEP – SPSU 1001 Implementation


Becky Rutherfoord stated that the syllabus for SPSU 1001 will go out soon and that the departments need to decide if they will use SPSU 1001 or add it’s content to an orientation course.  Both must meet the same learning outcomes.  Zvi will poll the departments to see which option they will choose.  Faculty teaching SPSU 1001 will be paid extra compensation if the course puts their workload over 12 hours.  The rate for SPSU 1001 is $500 for the course.



Item 3. Search Concerns


There were several complaints about the way the searches are progressing this year and some suggestions for changes next year.  Dr. Szafran will talk to Human Resources and share concerns from the ALC.



Item 4. DegreeWorks


Steve Hamrick updated the Council on the progress with DegreeWorks and announced that Maralee Clark will be working with him on the implementation.  Maralee will also help with SmartCatalog.  There will be training for everyone in early April and Steve hopes to have all the undergraduate and graduate programs finished by April. 



Item 5.  Selecting Faculty for Various Development Activities




Item 6.  New Business




Meeting adjourned at 4:01 P.M.