January Cabinet Minutes

Cabinet Notes

January 10, 2011 

Cabinet Members:
President Mike Richards
Vartouhi Asherian, Chair, Administrative Faculty Assembly
John Bearce, Director of Institutional Research
K.C. Brekken, Communications Manager – absent  
Thomas Brown, Chief Campus Administrator, Cheyenne – absent
Art Byrd, Vice President, Student Affairs
Patty Charlton, Senior Vice President for Finance & Facilities
Chemene Crawford, Interim Vice President for Administration    
J.T. Creedon, Student Government President
Darren Divine, Vice President, Academic Affairs
Richard Hinckley, General Counsel
Bill Kerney, Faculty Senate Chair
Cat Maihen, President, Classified Council
Larry Mason, Chief Diversity Officer
Jacque Matthews, Executive Director, Foundation
Penny McCollum, Campus Site Administrator, Henderson Campus
Joan McGee, Chief Campus Administrator, Charleston Campus – absent
Dan Morris, Executive Director, Business Operations
Tracy Sherman, Faculty Senate Chair-Elect
Mugunth Vaithylingam, Chief Information Officer   

The meeting was called to order in I-108 by Dr. Richards at 9 a.m. 

The notes of the December 13, 2010 cabinet meeting were approved. 

Dr. Richards reviewed some important upcoming dates. January 24, the Governor will give the State of the State address at 6:00 p.m. January 29 there will be a town hall hearing on education issues at the Grant Sawyer Building. He encouraged everyone to attend. It is important to have a good turnout for these meetings so as to remind legislators that educational issues matter to a great number of citizens. On February 9, at the Texas Station, there will be a Black History Month event with keynote speaker Dwight Jones, CCSD’s new superintendant. Also speaking at the event will be former CSN President, Dr. Paul Meacham. 

Dr. Richards said that the Effectiveness Council report will be sent forward by Bart Patterson. 

Vartouhi Asherian said the AFA’s monthly meetings would include guest speakers to address current college issues. Carolyn Collins would report about PEBP, Judy Stewart – the mystery shop and its results, Sherri Payne on facilities and construction projects, Chemene Crawford would report on the restructure of the College’s organization and departments under her purview. 

Bill Kerney said Faculty Senate passed evaluation and tenure policies, and also passed an addendum to password policies. 

Jacque Matthews said the Foundation Board of Trustees met in the CSN Fire Station Building. The focus of the meeting was on development, scholarships and institutional support. Tom Schoeman met with Patty Charlton and Sherri Payne on development possibilities; the scholarship team introduced a large endowment initiative plan; and the institutional support team will meet after the spring semester begins. Jacque reported on some new gifts to CSN:

  • A $250,000 gift from the John C. Kish Foundation will build a Henderson campus auditorium
  • $10,000 from New Hope for the Reentry program
  • $10,000 from Jesse Reese for the Photography program

On January 18th at convocation, CSN employees will have the opportunity to have certain legal documents prepared at no charge, including financial and medical power of attorney. On January 19, there will be lunch catered at Tech Connection at no charge with RSVP. The Legacy of Achievement Gala will be held at Harrah’s Paris hotel on April 30, and on June 2 the annual Pro-Classic Golf Tournament will take place at Badlands Golf Club. 

Dan Morris reported on iNtegrate progress. Training is beginning for front line staff on the new PeopleSoft product; faculty is next, and in March it goes live at CSN. 

Dr. Richards reminded everyone of the round table discussions on January 18 & 19 on each of the campuses. Final enrollment for fall was 44,088 (head count) which is an increase of 1.2% over last fall. FTE is 22,368.8; up 2.3%. The science lab renovations have begun on the Cheyenne campus and will continue. The Boulder City Center is being cleaned up and repaired after the roof incident and should be ready for Spring semester. 

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m. 

Next meeting scheduled February 14, 2011.

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