As we enter the last week of the fall semester, I wanted to take this time to express my sincere appreciation for your tireless work and dedication to Truman and to our students. It is my sincere hope that each of you find will time over the break to rejuvenate and spend quality time with family, friends and loved ones. While writing, I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some upcoming events and provide a report on Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting.
- Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House
Kelly and I look forward to seeing many of you at the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House scheduled for this Wednesday, December 11, from 2:30-5:00 p.m. As in years past, a shuttle service will be provided to the University Residence from McClain Hall (parking lot between McClain Hall and the Student Union), from Violette Hall (west side parking lot) and from Barnett Hall (front east entrance). The shuttle service will run every 15 minutes beginning at 2:15 p.m. We hope to see you there.
- Fall Commencement
The 2013 Fall Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, at 11:00 a.m. in Pershing Arena. Jamie Manker, the 2013 Missouri Teacher of the Year and a 2000 alumna of our Master of Arts in Education program, will be our Commencement speaker.
- Casual Dress and Departmental Food Exchange Day
To carry on our annual tradition, Friday, December 20, has been designated Casual Dress and Departmental Food Exchange Day as a means to promote fellowship between offices and departments on campus. Those offices that are not celebrating are more than welcome to join the President’s Office celebration.
December Board of Governors Meeting
The Truman State University Board of Governors met this past Saturday. At that meeting, the Board elected officers for the 2014 calendar year. The new Board officers who will take office for a term of one year commencing at the first regular meeting of the calendar year are: Chair, Susan Plassmeyer; Vice Chair, Jim O’Donnell; and Secretary, Sarah Burkemper. The Board also made their annual appointments to their four standing committees, the Truman State University Foundation, and a newly appointed Board Policy Review Committee.
The Board heard reports in the areas of Athletics and Accreditation. Jerry Wollmering, Director of Athletics, provided the annual report on Athletics. Provost Joan Poor and Dr. Karen Vittengl, Chair of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Leadership Team, provided a status report on the University’s upcoming HLC/NCA Reaccreditation Visit scheduled for March 2015. I provided a President’s Report, and Board committee chairs provided reports on the three committee meetings held earlier that day.
Four action items were approved by the Board within the area of budget and capital projects. The Board approved a proposal for architectural/engineering services for the Ophelia Parrish Acoustical Improvements Project, which will involve the use of acoustical consultants to perform on-site evaluations and use computer models to determine options that would improve the acoustical aspects of the instrumental and choral rooms of Ophelia Parish. An architectural services proposal was approved for the Kirk Memorial Interior Project, an extension of the exterior work done on Kirk Memorial this summer and a project which will focus on several interior issues which must be addressed to return the structure to full utilization. The Board approved the purchase of a tractor to be used by the Grounds Department, trading in a 1995 model which was due for replacement. The final item within this area was the approval of housing charges effective with the 2014 Fall Semester. Based on the approved action, room and board rates will increase for the 2014-15 academic year by an average of 2.5%.
And finally, the Board approved faculty sabbaticals for the 2014-15 academic year. A listing of the faculty members approved for sabbaticals for the coming year are as follows:
2014-15 Academic Year
Marc Becker, Professor of History
Xiaofen Chen, Professor of Economics
Alan Garvey, Professor of Computer Science
Jon Gering, Professor of Biology
Torbjorn Wandel, Professor of History
2015 Spring Semester/2015 Fall Semester
Sally Cook, Professor of Linguistics
2014 Fall Semester
Michael Adams, Professor of Mathematics
Jeff Gall, Professor of History and Social Science Education
Sheila Garlock, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders
Jerry Mayhew, Professor of Exercise Science
Andrew Mun, Professor of Business Administration
2015 Spring Semester
Dereck Daschke, Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Brenda Wheeler, Associate Professor of Nursing
A copy of the open session agenda for the December 2013 meeting 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 8, 2014.