Deans Council Meeting
January 5, 2011
Note: At times, issues of
confidentiality may require that some items discussed in these meetings be
excluded from these minutes.
Members: Bill Barnes, Dave Caudill, Tom
Currin, Alan Gabrielli, Steve Hamrick, Ruston Hunt, Joyce Mills, Jeff Orr,
Nikki Palamiotis, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran
Members Absent: Steve Hamrick, Joyce Mills
Item 1. Updates
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
Graduation Ceremony - Spring 2011 graduation will
be our 100th. Szafran told the Deans they will be asked to serve on
a committee to plan something special to commemorate this special
- ETC Building - The new ETC
building has issues especially with the labs. Jeff Ray has contracted with an outside
vendor to move equipment because Facilities is short-staffed. Ray commended Amanda Canup
for going above and beyond to get the new buildings faculty and lab
computers up and running. Jeff Ray
and Tom Currin have been working with faculty and students to get the
building ready for the start of classes and stated that everything may not
be ready but they are doing the best they can under the circumstances and
with the resources available.
- Campus Event on
Saturday, January 8th, SPSU will host the second annual
regional Super Lego Competition.
- Building I progressing well according to Dean Barnes.
- Enrollment Szafran asked the deans to watch sections closely to
see if additional seats/sections need to be added.
- New CFO a new Chief
Financial Officer has been hired and will begin soon.
- System Office News
Chancellor Davis and Susan Herbst are both
leaving the System Office at the end of spring semester.
- SPARC Research Corporation
will be on next Tuesdays BoR agenda.
- Masters in Architecture
may possibly be on the February BoR agenda.
- BoR has asked for input on
a performance funding model, i.e. tying formula funding to graduation
rates, etc. to include 5% of funding being dependent on graduation rates
for first-time, full-time freshmen and the remaining 95% based on
reiterated the urgent need to increase graduation rates for first-time,
- HOPE legislators are
proposing to lower the HOPE eligibility G.P.A. to 2.5 for high school
students planning to major in STEM areas.
Concerns should be brought to the legislators.
- Extra Compensation Russ Hunt
is working to incorporate the necessary changes to the extra compensation
form recently adopted by the System Office as well as reducing the current
paperwork required to process extra compensation. Russ Hunt will send out the new form to the
deans for review.
- Academic Integrity Forum
will be held on Friday, January 8th
- Compensation Issues the
Faculty Senate agreed to put compensation issues (equity adjustments) on
- Vista still trying to
resolve Vista issues
- Website mid-April is the
estimated delivery date for the new website.
- ETC Ribbon Cutting will
be next Tuesday, January 11th at 4:30 P.M.
- K1 Sod Issue Zvi will talk to Jerry Turner about the sod on the
driveway of K1.
- Academic Council on
Graduate Studies Nikki announced that this committee has been
reconstituted and will strive to be more active. All USG institutions have
representatives. Additionally, the
Graduate Studies office will be open Mondays and Wednesday until 6:00 P.M.
during late registration.
- SACS follow-up from SACS
was positive for SPSU.
- New Core our core
curriculum information has been submitted for review.
adjourned at 4:10 P.M.