President Mike Richards
John Bearce, Interim Director of Institutional Research
K.C. Brekken, Communications Manager
Thomas Brown, Chief Campus Administrator, Cheyenne
Art Byrd, Vice President, Student Affairs
Patty Charlton, Senior Vice President for Finance & Facilities – absent
Darren Divine, Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs
Richard Hinckley, General Counsel
Bill Kerney, Faculty Senate Chair-Elect – absent
Penny McCollum, Campus Site Administrator, Henderson Campus – absent
Joan McGee, Chief Campus Administrator, Charleston Campus
Larry Mason, Interim Vice President, Diversity & Cultural Affairs – absent
Jacque Matthews, Executive Director, Foundation
Dave Morgan, Chair, Administrative Faculty Assembly
Mark Rauls, Faculty Senate Chair
Cat Maihen, President, Classified Council
Mugunth Vaithylingam, Chief Information Officer
Nathaniel Waugh, Student Government President
Anne Zemek de Dominguez, General Counsel
Guests: Eric Garner, Manager, Public & College Relations
Taylor Gray, Webmaster
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Richards at 9 a.m.
He told everyone that the cabinet will put together the report that will support CSN‟s efforts to obtain funding from the legislature for the next biennium, and distributed a CSN draft report for everyone to look over. He noted that the report should contain very specific data and minimal narrative.
Darren Divine talked about the midnight classes being offered for Spring. He emphasized that the offering is being done on a trial basis, and the outcome will be evaluated after the semester ends. The classes have had some positive press. Darren also told everyone that the classes were meant to help students who actually need the late-night class time. The classes were not meant to be overflow for regular sections. Spring enrollment is up. Biennium discussions about 3
funding are pending, and CSN will move forward while at the same time evaluating our increasing needs very carefully.
Dave Morgan said the AFA would be voting on bylaw changes at the next meeting on December 18. Kelly Wuest was voted the AFA employee of the month.
Mugunth Vaithylingam detailed the projects that OTS is currently working on. Among the many OTS items in progress are:
A password policy draft which will require passwords to be changed regularly has been submitted to Patty Charlton.
A student e-mail system committee is discussing CSN needs versus wants in a new system
OTS is discussing classes with CAPE to increase encryption awareness, „WinZip.‟
OTS is researching how the under-utilized features in Outlook could fill some of CSN‟s needs
A Frequently Asked Questions page is being developed for faculty and staff. The content is being determined by categorizing help desk tickets and calls.
Patty Charlton and Mugunth are discussing the need and the possibilities of developing a CSN intranet.
Desktop, Laptop, and Mac refreshes – OTS is investigating an IBM product (Lenovo) to assist with CSN and OTS‟s security priorities
Microsoft will have a booth at convocation (Tech Connection) on January 12, and they will have a session on Windows 7 as well.
Mark Rauls reported that Faculty Senate has three major policies to complete at the first of the year:
Academic Dishonesty / Plagiarism
Drop policy for students not attending the first week of classes
Electronic Elections (Angel)
Faculty Senate has formed a work group to discuss Gen-Ed requirements. The group is working with Hyla Winters and UNLV‟s Gen-Ed Committee.
Nate Waugh gave some highlights from Student Government and site visits. An Open House/Mixer at the Boulder City site is planned in collaboration with the Rotary Club and the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce. The event is planned for January 13. ASCSN will cover the cost of advertising, food and drinks. Nate and VP Foster are coordinating with Moapa Valley High School for a college visit day. ASCSN will help retention give tours to the students and coordinate the trips to CSN and UNLV. Also, Student Government is working with the campus bookstore to coordinate book delivery for students there. Students would reserve the books and the bookstore would deliver them to the site near the first day of classes. Student government is also working with Counseling Services to have a counselor go to the Summerlin site once per month to meet with students there. The Mesquite site will have a Back-to-School BBQ on January 14. The community will be invited as well as several guests from Administration. Represented at the Mesquite event will be Counseling, Financial Aid, and Registration. Also at the Mesquite site, some substandard and incorrect signage will be replaced. The same signage issues exist at the Caliente site and Sherri Payne is collecting the information to get both sites set. The Caliente site has advertising concerns, and Student Government has received a request to pay for advertising for Spring classes. The ad would be in the form of an insert into the 4
Lincoln County Record, which goes out to 2300 people. The Nellis site will be visited the first part of January.
Nate also reported on recent events including his Karaoke rendition of “Unforgettable.” Some upcoming events will be Karaoke ll, Active Shooter Presentation for Students, Stop the Violence Presentation, and Battle of the Bands. The Battle of the Bands event has been tentatively set for April 2010 on the Cheyenne campus; the rest of the events‟ dates are yet to be determined. There are currently four vacancies for senators in Student Government. The Veteran‟s Memorial is moving forward. There is a gubernatorial higher education forum in April. For student union areas, Student Government is looking into various entertainment ideas.
Anne Zemek de Dominguez informed the cabinet members that the legal department would be working regular hours over the holidays.
Dr. Richards reported what he knows about the current budget situation. The Governor is asking for plans from other Nevada institutions to cut 1.4% and 3% in additional spending for the current fiscal year. Those plans are due to the Governor January 19. There may be a special session in January. CSN is in the process of preparing with a plan just in case it is needed.
Dr. Richards told the group the Holiday Party was sensational and thanked the Foundation. Jacque Matthews said that the Vice Presidents donated gifts for the raffle, and our guests donated 800 pounds of food from the event to Three Square Food Bank. About 450 people attended the party. Dr. Richards wished everyone a Merry Christmas and adjourned the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 10:12 a.m. (after only 72 minutes!)
Next meeting scheduled January 11, 2010.