President’s Cabinet Meeting
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
9:00 a.m.


MINUTES

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

MINUTES

Cabinet minutes of February 16, 2010 were approved.


PRESIDENT

Advancement to the Top (AT3) – President Nelson stated three areas that must be given priority attention in order to achieve the University’s goals.
1.     What are we doing differently to make students graduate school ready?
2.    What after-hours programs will be instituted to provide the best opportunity for the academic, social, cultural, physical, mental and spiritual success of
        our students?
3.    Critical areas identified in the fiscal area must be completed.


PHYSICAL PLANT UPDATE

Mr. Thompson provided the following briefing:

•    DGS Projects

1101-28 -3 Phase 3 Back-up generation.  Lincoln’s changes to the design have been submitted. The project could be released within 2 months.

1101-32 HVAC for the next phase - Most of this work is for upgrades to the heating and cooling of Vail Hall

1101-38 Roof projects - Repair to the interior damage in Vail Hall that was caused by the roof damage over the years is included in this project. This is an exception for the State to do interior work on a building.  The work is to be completed by the end of March.

1101-39 Grimm Hall 1101-43 Wright Hall 1101-44 Library - All three of these projects are out for bid. The intent is to pick 4 primes and not the customary 12 that would have been needed.

1101-45 &46 Landscape and Athletic Fields - These projects have been released for bidding. The target start date for all of these projects is mid-June.

1101-47 Wellness Center - This project is ready to go out for bids. It is running about 2 to 3 weeks behind the others.

Note: Starting in July 2010, a monthly newsletter will be issued to help inform the campus community of the work and progress on the campus projects.

•    Snow removal
Some rain gutters were lost during the storm of February 10-11, 2010, and the trash and parking bumpers were pushed around.  As soon as weather permits, repairs will be made to everything that was affected.

•    Library
The initial plan was to open the Library’s second and fourth floors to make the collection available to everyone. Prior to opening, it was discovered that some of the books showed signs of mold contamination. In order to be proactive the President authorized that the remediation of the mold start right away without delaying the work to perform testing. Currently, 8 to 10 people are performing daily remediation, with some books needing more attention than others. The Library will open as soon as possible after determining that doing so will not compromise anyone’s health and safety.  Opening is currently estimated for March 15, 2010.

Vice President Hill will prepare and distribute a campus-wide communication regarding the progress of work in the library.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Letters regarding the Summer Bridge Program are ready for immediate mailing to incoming freshman students.


STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

Dining Services RFP - The RFP will be ready in the next two weeks.

Spring Enrollment Statistics (As of 02.22.10):
        Undergraduate Students    1,906
        Graduate Students           572
        Total                    2,478

 Fall 2010 Admission Statistics (as 02.23.10):

# Undergraduate applications received for Fall 2009…………………………….    4605
# Undergraduate applications received for Fall 2010………………………….…    4296
# Undergraduate applications received for Fall 2010 with 900+ SAT………........      490

# Undergraduate students admitted for Fall 2009………………………………..    1040
# Undergraduate students admitted for Fall 2010……………………………...…     844
# Undergraduate students admitted for Fall 2010 with 900+ SAT………….........      347

# Undergraduate deposits paid for Fall 2009…………………………………....        17
# Undergraduate deposits paid for Fall 2010…………………………………….         7
# Undergraduate deposits paid for Fall 2010 by students with 900+ SAT. …........         3

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.
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