Start of Academic Year Events and August Board of Governors Recap
In less than two weeks we will begin a new academic year with a new class of freshmen and transfer students converging on the Truman campus. I hope each of you had a productive and restorative summer and that you are as excited as I am to begin a new academic year. I always enjoy welcoming new faces to campus and reconnecting with members of the University community.
As a reminder, we ask that you mark your calendars for the Strategic Planning and Assessment Workshop scheduled for August 13-14. The workshop will begin with the annual All-University Fall Opening Assembly scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, and ends with our Ready-or-Not Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for noon on Thursday, August 14. These two events provide an opportunity for the campus community to come together in celebration and recognize the many achievements of our faculty and staff. I look forward to addressing you at the fall assembly and visiting with you at the luncheon.
The Board of Governors met this past Saturday under the leadership of Board Chair Susan Plassmeyer. During the meeting, the Board approved the State General Revenue Request for FY 2016 and the Local Capital Budgets for Fiscal Year 2015, a major focus of which will be masonry and roofing repairs, HVAC system replacements and other projects designed to preserve our facilities. The Board also continued its review of their policies. They approved a revised Student Conduct Code designed to comply with new federal guidelines addressing sexual misconduct on college campuses, updated their student housing policies and made minor edits to a few other policies which were out-of-date and/or obsolete. In addition, the Board heard reports throughout the day on the proposed Student Conduct Code, Athletic compliance, campus safety, year-end financials, construction projects and a president’s report where I provided an update on summer activities as well as current issues facing the University. A copy of the complete agenda from the August 2 meeting can be found on the Board of Governors website located at http://www.truman.edu/about/our-people/board-of-governors/board-of-governors-agendas/. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for Friday, October 10, in conjunction with Truman Homecoming activities.
Thank you for all that you do for our students and for Truman. Each of you are greatly appreciated.