Deans Council Meeting
February 9, 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: Nikki Palamiotis
Item 1. Updates
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
- Library - Joyce Mills
talked about issues they are having in the Library with the computer lab
printers. Students are still unable
to print from the computers even after repeated attempts by IT and an
outside vendor to fix the problem.
Zvi will follow up with Ron Koger on this issue.
- EDP for ETC Computers
Szafran asked if all of the new computers purchased for the Engineering
Technology Center went through the EDP approval process. Jeff Ray affirmed that all purchases had
- STEM Grant SPSU received
$350,000 last year and was asked to reapply by the System Office. Alan Gabrielli is working on the new
- Oil Cap Prototype Russ
Hunt shared a small scale plastic oil cap developed by a faculty member
and student. They are preparing to
market the prototype.
- Research Foundation is
in the process of being approved by the Board of Regents.
- Core Curriculum The UCC
approved the learning outcomes and is scheduled to go before the general
faculty in two weeks. Because this
needs to go down town for approval soon, Alan will ask Pam Frinzi to send
something out to the faculty to approve by email.
- Game Jam was a huge
success. SPSU had the 8th
largest turnout and students developed 19 games. Coca Cola was one of the sponsors.
- Hamrick - Steve Hamrick
announced that we must now verify the citizenship of all students
receiving in-state tuition. Hamrick
also reported that we currently have 375 applications for spring
graduation and there are potentially 80 more probable, which will make
this our largest graduation ever.
DegreeWorks is rolling out well.
Spring enrollment is also at an all-time high for spring semesters.
- Faculty Search Process Zvi
attended Mondays information session on PeopleAdmin hosted by Human
Resources. He stated that the
biggest issue is with the submission of outside letters of
recommendation. Human Resources is working with PeopleAdmin to find a solution to the
problem. It was also suggested that
search committees could ask for letters of recommendation directly from
the narrowed-down pool of applicants.
Dr. Szafran further suggested that the administrative assistants
should not be asked to print out the applications. Mary Ellen McGee stated that by doing
this we are returning to a manual process.
Our goal is to use technology.
Quint Hill stated that the applications can be accessed from any
computer making it more convenient for the search committee members to
- Green Building Center
the proposed Center, to be administered by non-SPSU personnel, received mixed
responses from the Council members.
Some of the comments/concerns were:
- Where will the Center be
housed until the CM Building is built?
This has not been determined.
- Opposed to outside
businesses coming on campus
- This Center proposal is
not in line with our other Centers.
- Do not feel intention of
Centers was to include outside businesses.
- Strong opposition to this
Center from two Council members
- Would like to see a
moratorium on Centers until we are able to assess how existing Centers
- Each Center is given two
years before assessment most are profitable.
- Centers should be managed
by faculty in partnership with industry.
- Centers provide potential
for income for the University and new buildings.
- Most faculty
dont want to take on the responsibility of a Center because of their
heavy teaching load.
- The Construction
Management Building is not dependent on this Center.
- The University depends on
three sources of funding; state funding (which is declining), student
tuition, and external revenues.
Therefore we must explore all opportunities.
- Bill Barnes and Russ Hunt
will address the format in which the proposal was submitted.
Dr. Szafran asked that all
concerns be sent to Bill Barnes.
- IRB all voted in
favor. Alan Gabrielli will sign off
Item 2. Summer Pay Policy
Council briefly discussed the new summer pay policy. Dr. Szafran emphasized that just because a
course is listed does not guarantee the course will run. Deans will decide if low-enrollment courses
are cancelled or not. Steve will
finalize the document and distribute it to the faculty.
Item 3. Hiring for 2011/2012
Szafran dismissed all but the academic deans and continued the meeting to discuss
which faculty searches were highest priority and which
will continue and which searches will be cancelled.
adjourned at 4:00 PM