I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some upcoming events, provide a report on Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting and once again express my sincere appreciation for your tireless work and dedication to our students and to this institution. Kelly and I hope each of you find time over the break to rejuvenate and spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones.
- Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House
Kelly and I will host the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House at the University Residence on Wednesday, December 12, from 2-5 p.m. From our most recent inspection, the residence seems to be free of bats, and thus we hope that many of you will be willing and able to join us.
- Winter Commencement
The 2012 Winter Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, at 11:00 a.m. in Pershing Arena. Eric Schmitt, a 1997 Truman alumnus who currently serves as the Missouri Senator for the 15th District, will be our Commencement speaker.
- Casual Dress and Departmental Food Exchange Days
Thursday and Friday, December 20-21, have been designated Casual Dress and Departmental Food Exchange Days as a means to promote continued fellowship between various offices and departments on campus.
December Board of Governors Meeting
The Truman State University Board of Governors met this past Saturday and at that meeting elected officers for the 2013 calendar year. The new officers who will take office for a term of one year commencing at the first regular meeting of the 2013 calendar year are: Chair, Karen Haber; Vice Chair, Susan Plassmeyer; and Secretary, Jim O’Donnell.
Reports were shared from the three committee meetings held earlier that morning. In addition to a report on the various agenda items, Doug Davenport, Dean of the School of Social and Cultural Studies, reported on the work of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Leadership Team in preparation for the University’s re-affirmation of accreditation with HLC which is scheduled to take place during the 2014-15 academic year. At the full Board meeting, the Board received a report from Donna Liss, Chief Information Officer, on activities and initiatives within the area of Information Technology Services, and I provided a President’s Report on current activities and University initiatives. The Board also reviewed financial reports and received updates on various on-campus construction projects.
The Board took action on two items within the area of finance and auditing. The Board approved a new investments policy, and they exercised the option to approve a one-year extension of the contract with RubinBrown LLC to serve as the University’s external audit firm.
Within the area of budget and capital projects, the Board took action on three items. The Board approved a proposal for architectural services for the Kirk Memorial Exterior Repairs Project, a project designed to preserve the structure as well as prevent further interior damage. The Board approved the purchase of three items of equipment: an isokinetic machine for use in teaching, undergraduate research and rehabilitation for the Department of Health and Exercise Sciences; a Steinway Model M Medium Grand Piano for the use of music students in practice and ensemble rehearsals for the Department of Music; and a disk storage system to replace disk systems that are no longer supported by the vendor and must be upgraded for ITS. The final item within this area was the approval of housing charges effective with the 2013 Fall Semester. Based on the approved action, room and board rates will increase for the 2013-14 academic year by an average of 2.9% for double occupancy rooms.
And finally, within the area of academic and student affairs, the Board approved a new statement of non-discrimination, and faculty sabbaticals for the 2013-14 academic year were approved. A listing of the faculty members approved for sabbaticals for the coming year are as follows:
2013-14 Academic Year
Brent Buckner, Professor of Biology
Diane Janick-Buckner, Professor of Biology
Lloyd Pflueger, Professor of Religion
David Robinson, Professor of History
Mary Shapiro, Professor of Linguistics
2014 Spring Semester and 2014 Fall Semester
Amber Johnson, Professor of Anthropology
2013 Fall Semester
Russ Baughman, Professor of Chemistry
Danion Doman, Professor of Spanish
Ernst Hintz, Professor of German
2014 Spring Semester
Sana Camara, Professor of French
Gregory Jones, Professor of Music
A copy of the complete agenda can be found on the Board of Governors website located at http://governors.truman.edu/agendamaterials.asp. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013.