President’s Cabinet Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
9:00 a.m.


ATTENDEES:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Interim Vice President Jerryl Briggs, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Dr. Debbie Bullock for Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Dean Gladys J. Willis, Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas, and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Mr. John Thompson was in attendance for a portion of the meeting.


Cabinet minutes of December 15, 2009 were approved.


Project “Advance to the Top” – Discussed at length, strategic planning necessary to achieve the goals established by the Board of Trustees.  President Nelson also requested that a report of scholarships offered/accepted be presented at the next Cabinet meeting.

Summer Bridge Program – Attendees reviewed the financial impact projection submitted by Vice President Merlin.  The division of academic affairs was asked to provide details of the Bridge program by January 22nd.

Computer Lab and Classroom Technology Changes - The following technology improvements occurred over the break.

1.  Refurbished and expanded the open-access computer labs, providing new computers and new chairs to improve the students’ computing experience.
•    Dickey Hall 134
•    LLC204 and LLC214 should be finished by January 15.
•    Dickey Hall 337 is now open as a 24-hour computer lab.
•    Science Building 126 is now available as an open-access computer lab until 10pm.

2.  Took steps to provide Distance Learning and videoconferencing technologies for use in classes and meetings.
•    University Hall 204 is now a Smartboard/Distance Learning room.


•    HVAC Upgrades have been re-released by DGS for bid.
•    Vail Hall Roofing – Workers should be on site within six weeks
•    Alumni roof was repaired over the holiday break
•    Cresson bathroom was remodeled over the holiday break
•    Painting of all but six of the rooms on the list was completed over the holiday break
•    Three steam leaks were repaired over the holiday break
•    AV work in ICC Boardroom has begun
•    The landscaping and athletic fields project is scheduled to go out to bid in February
•    The academic student center project is scheduled to be bid in March

President Nelson asked that physical plant and student affairs conduct a comprehensive review of the cafeteria to ensure compliance in all operations.


The cost of textbooks for all courses will be included in the fall 2010 course schedule.


Interim vice president Briggs reported that 50 new students were enrolled for the spring semester.  

The division is working at consolidating a floor in Rendell Hall to accommodate the need for additional spaces for male students.


An update on employee participation in the harassment training sessions was provided.  Additional sessions have been scheduled to accommodate those who were unable to attend the previously scheduled sessions.

The secretarial union contract will expire June 30, 2010.  Negotiations for the new contract will begin shortly.

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:15 p.m.
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