President’s Cabinet Meeting
December 9 2008
9:00 a.m.
Vail Hall Board Room
 
 
Minutes
 
Attendees:  President Ivory V. Nelson, Vice President William B. Bynum, Vice President Howard E. Merlin, Mr. André Dixon for Vice President Michael B. Hill, Dean John O. Chikwem, Dean Judith A.W. Thomas and Ms. Diane M. Brown.  Mr. John Thompson attended for a portion of the meeting.
 
MINUTES
 
Cabinet minutes of December 2, 2008 were approved.
 
PHYSICAL PLANT BRIEFING
 
Langston Hughes Memorial Library Renovation – Phase II of the library renovation project has begun.  Due to safety issues, the library staff will remain in the modules during this stage of the renovation project.  The total cost of the library renovation project amounts to $17,000,000 (Phase I: $6M, Phase II: $7M, FFE: $4M).
 
Cafeteria – Repair/installation of the cold boxes in the cafeteria will be undertaken over the holiday break before the students return in January.
 
Language Labs – The language labs in Ware Center are expected to be on line for the spring semester.
 
Television & Radio Studios – These projects have to be rebid due to prevailing wage requirements.
 
Science Building – The State has issued a letter requiring that the finishes in the building be brought up to specs.
 
Landscaping – The PA Archeological Historical Society has notified the University that an exploration of approximately seven acres of the campus must be performed prior to the implementation of the landscape project. 
 
University Property – The physical plant was advised that university property is not permitted to be removed from the campus for the personal use of employees. A statement will be issued to the campus regarding this matter.
 
PRESIDENT
 
Strategic Plan Updates – President Nelson reminded the vice presidents that the Strategic Plan updates are due by the end of January 2009.  The revisions should reflect and correlate with the goals and objectives contained in the recently published “Academic Plan for Excellence.”
 
Lincoln University students participate in Cornell University Nanobiotechnology Center’s Annual Symposium – Accompanied by Mr. Ralph Simpson, Director of Career Services, Lincoln University students Ololade Fatunmbi (Chemistry), Julia Greenfield (Biology/Chemistry), Adam Lowery (Physics/Pre-Engineering) and Roddel Remy (Pre-Engineering) participated in the 9th Annual Nanobiotechnology Symposium at Cornell University October 27-28, 2009.  The Cornell faculty and administrators were very impressed with the students’ poster presentations and their knowledge of the research they had conducted. Cornell staff has offered to provide additional information regarding their summer research programs.
 
Cost of College – Cabinet discussed various articles and papers regarding the rising cost of college and what institutions of higher education are doing to try to address the impact upon students.
 
Lincoln University Annual Christmas Concert – President Nelson congratulated the Lectures and Recital Committee and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts on the excellent Annual Christmas Concert on December 3.  He was especially impressed with the excellent presentation of Gloria, which was performed entirely in Latin by the Lincoln University Concert Choir.
 
DEVELOPMENT & EXTERNAL RELATIONS
 
The office of Alumni Relations is currently focusing on the year-end appeal letter to alumni.
 
Mr. Dixon, Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations, informed the division of academic affairs that certain information is needed in order to move forward with possible partnerships with individuals, corporations and foundations.
 
FISCAL AFFAIRS
 
Updates were provided regarding the ongoing Datatel conversion and the food service contract negotiations currently in progress.
 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
 
Deans Chikwem and Thomas provided updates on various programs within their schools.
   
STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
 
Vice President Bynum anticipates that housing demands for spring 09 will exceed available space.
 
The Report of the NCAA review visit has been received.  Vice President Bynum feels the university will be ready for the required April review.
 
The CIAA has released it schedules for the next three academic years.  In light of Lincoln’s scheduled competitions, Homecoming will have to be moved to the beginning of October in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
There being no further business, President Nelson adjourned the meeting at 12:15 p.m.
 
The next meeting of the Cabinet will be held January 14, 2009.

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