President’s Cabinet Meeting
October 24, 2005
9:00 a.m.

Minutes

Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President Michael Hill and Ms. Diane M. Brown. Attending for portion of meeting:  Mr. John Thompson

October 17, 2005 Cabinet meeting minutes were approved.

Physical Plant Briefing
Cabinet received an update on the status of the HVAC, library, boiler, University Hall, asbestos, boiler, Graduate Center and International Cultural Center (ICC) projects.  Of note:
·    Current plans are to air condition the office complex and main gym area in Manuel Rivero Hall.
·    The current plan provides for heat and air conditioning in the main sanctuary in the Mary Dod Brown Chapel, but not to the auxiliary seating area.
·    All new controls to be provided in the library.
·    The asbestos project has received considerable interest from community-based companies.
·    Boiler project is complete.
·    Scheduled work on the Graduate Center floor and garage should be completed this week.
·    The ICC project has come in $1.5 million over allowance.  Changes must be made to bring within scope.  Construction is to begin in May 2006 with a targeted completion date of August 2007.

Hurricane Katrina Emergency Grant Initiative
Lincoln University will receive funding in the amount of  $10,000 from the PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to assist students who were negatively affected by Hurricane Katrina.  The amount awarded is based on the number of students (4) enrolled at the University, with the maximum grant award per student set at $2,500.  

Development and External Relations
Vice President Hill reported that the Lincoln Legacy Awards Program held Friday, October 21st was well attended and a very positive event for the University.  The event showcased supporters of the University.  Financial reporting is not yet finalized, but it is expected that proceeds in excess of $100,000 will be realized for scholarships to students from the Philadelphia region.

Fiscal Affairs
A link for the campus bookstore is located on the main page of the Lincoln University web site.

Vice President Merlin will be looking closely at areas where there could be possible security issues based on information he received at a recent conference.

The University’s financial statements are in the final stages of completion.

The fiscal area is taking steps to move from “fund accounting” to a revenue/expense accounting method.

Ms. Brown has been asked to review the University’s travel policy to ascertain whether revisions are warranted in order to allow travelers greater flexibility to access and take advantage of lower fares and more lucrative travel packages.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Vice President Bynum reported on Homecoming activities held over the past weekend.  Our students enjoyed a very well planned, positive and incident-free weekend of activities.  Kudos to the SGA officers, Student Life & Development staff, Public Safety staff, Dean of Students and Physical Plant personnel who worked together toward the success of the Homecoming events.

Academic Affairs
Vice President Venerable reported that the division is currently in discussions on the core curriculum.  The PDE report, which is due November 4th, will be ready for submission on Friday, October 28, 2005.

There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 11:30 AM.


Diane M. Brown
Assistant to the President
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