President’s Cabinet Meeting
November 18, 2008
9:00 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President Grant D. Venerable, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Michael B. Hill, Mr. Steve Carol for Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Dean Gladys J. Willis, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Vice President Howard E. Merlin and Dean John Chikwem were present for a brief portion of the meeting.
Cabinet minutes of November 11, 2008 were approved.
Board of Trustees Meting - President Nelson began the Cabinet meeting with a discussion of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees meeting held the previous Saturday, November 15, 2008. 
Landscaping & Athletic Fields Projects – President Nelson and Mr. John Thompson attended the meeting of the Lower Oxford Townships Supervisors held on Monday evening, November 17, 2008 at which the architects for Lincoln’s landscaping & athletics fields capital projects presented their plans.  The plans were approved by the Board of Supervisors.  The bids for the project are expected to be issued in May 2009; construction should begin in September 2009; and completion of the projects is projected for December 2010.
President Nelson shared sketch designs of the projects as well as sketches of the new campus directional and campus signage to be put in place.
Online registration – All agreed that at this point, all encompassing online registration and advising would not be an optimal experience for our students.  It was agreed, however, that students would benefit from the ability to view grades, transcripts and schedules online.  The Information Technology department was asked to implement this capability so that it is available to our students as soon as possible.  Mr. Carol indicated that this could be accomplished by mid-spring.
Economic impact on colleges & universities – Several articles regarding the impact of the current economic downturn on financial aid, institutional management decisions, and student choices were distributed and discussed as they relate to Lincoln.
-      The Annual Christmas program will be held in the Mary Dod Brown Chapel, December 3, 2008 @ 7PM.
-         WHYY was on campus Monday, November 17, to film for their “Arts in Motion” segment to be aired in March or April of 2009.  The crew recorded our visual arts students included the marching band.
-        Partnerships that provide internship or teaching opportunities for our students are in place with Saint Jose, Fox Chase, Hershey Medical School and the University of Penn.
The updated Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) assessment template was distributed. Our faculty have already begun utilizing the forms.
TV Studios – The project had to be rebid due to “prevailing wage” requirements, which stipulate that quotes over $25,000 must be submitted using the prevailing wage scale.
Those present agreed that university events at which academic regalia is required will be distinguished as “convocations.”  Events not requiring academic attire will be distinguished as “programs.”
The registration module for spring will be extended through December 5 to accommodate students trying to pay down their balances.
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

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