Draft of Meeting Minutes, Administrative Council- October 15, 2014
Attendees: Stephanie Baker-Harden, Brandon Ballentine, Mary Bledsoe, Deborah Bolton, Tracey Bradley, LoraLee Bryant, Rachael Cragle, Michele DeFelice, Philip Ems, Elizabeth Firestone, Li Gao, Judy Gosch, Gary Grubb, Spencer Joy, Nadia Keyes, Aneisa McDonald, Lisa Orient, Nancy Ramsey, Marilyn Roddy, Fonda Vickery, Alice Wershing, Naomi Williams. Others Online: Heather White, Rosalyn Tillman, Phil Ems, Tracy Bradley.
Mary Bledsoe opened the meeting at 9:05 am. The minutes from the October 1 meeting were reviewed. Amendments will be made regarding Aneisa McDonald and Marilyn Roddy’s attendance, and the purchase of Valentine’s Day cakes for site campuses (not all campuses)Nancy moved and Marilyn Roddy seconded and the minutes were approved.
Spencer Joy gave the Treasurer’s report. Money has not been spent. He is working with Li and Brandon to access the account.
Rachel reported on the meeting of the ADA Advisory Committee. The committee has been charged with a campus wide accessibility plan and will be meeting again. The UPEP grant was also discussed that has been awarded by the Department of Labor. If anyone has anything to be shared at future ADA Advisory Committee meetings, please let Rachel know.
Veteran’s Committee Report: The committed is made up of administrators, faculty and 1 student. Activities will be held from November 4-11. Posters and fliers have been distributed regarding the activities, including a POW Flag raising, displays of stories in the Rotunda, and a Speaker on 11/6.
Accessibility Summit Update: Alice reported on the Task Force meetings held in Nashville as well as the meeting of individuals who attended the Summit. Dr. Wise made recommendations for working on the accessibility plan to members at the meeting. The group will be meeting to begin work on the plan.
Lisa reported on the Take Back the Night event on Division Street. This event will highlight issues related to sexual violence against women, which will include a walk and speak out portion.
Judy Gosh reported on proposed changes to the welding AAS Program given to TBR.
Nancy reported that the Strategic Planning Committee has merged with Enrollment Management. We may be asked to participate. Minutes of the meetings are posted publicly. The Institutional Effectiveness website has a presentation posted related to surveys given to students, in order to give information on their input, and the results were excellent. Mary asked Nancy to give a presentation on this in the future.
Nadia reported that the campaign to educate students on how to better use their My Pellissippi account, to be held in November, to get students to be better engaged. Ambassadors and others will visit campus and show how My Pellissippi works.
Judy Gosch asked about the number of students who have signed up for TN Promise. It was reported that 35,000 have signed up, with Knox County having the highest enrollment.
Rachel reported that there were no reports as of yet. A short update will be made at the 11/19 meeting while we eat. Rachel will be sending out information on decorations and what to bring for the holiday brunch on 11/19.
Mary requested ideas for the next 20/20 spotlight in December. Judy will do a spotlight at the December meeting. It was also discussed that there needs to be a Foundation update in December or January. The meeting will be held on the Magnolia campus in January. Brandon and Spencer are working on getting a van.
Elizabeth reported that the new center might be open by the January meeting and we can tour. The projected date of October was delayed due to networking issues. Rosalyn reported online that it will be open in December!
Mary provided information on a program from American Association of University Women. This would offer leadership opportunities for younger members. If the institution joins for $110, then students can join for free. Nancy reported the Women in Higher Education in Tennessee is associated with AAUW.
Nadia Keys raised the question of recreational services closing at 5:30 pm and not open on the weekends. Discussion followed on the reasons for it being closed on the weekends, how to change to better hours, and how to have better use on Saturdays. It was reported that the rec center is open until 6, but there are classes in the evenings. Students may want to use the rec center before class. Phil clarified that the rec center closes at 6 pm. Attendance was reported to be low on Saturdays so it is a budgetary cost, but perhaps funds can be re-allocated. A petition with a solid idea of the number of people interested would help to determine the need. Email Phil if interested in having other hours.
The next meeting will be November 19, for our holiday brunch.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 AM.
Recorder: Alice Wershing