WVU at Parkersburg
Board of Advisers
December 5 2000
Conference Rooms 2536-2538
The meeting was called to order by Skip Hackworth, Chair. Those present were Mr. Hackworth, Superintendent Pleasant County Schools; Erik Bitterbaum, President WVU Parkersburg; Dan Curry, Superintendent Wood County Schools; Jim Mylott, Executive Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; George Kellenberger, President Chamber of Commerce; Ed Ball, Manager Washington Site Safety Section GE Plastics; Trudy Seita Consultant/Trainer; Joe Campbell, Vice President WesBanco; Robert D'Avria, Executive Director Parkersburg YMCA; Tony Platis, Environmental Health Coordinator E. I. Dupont; James Hayhurst, Executive Vice President United Bankshares, Inc; Cindy Kelley, Faculty Representative; August Kafer, Staff Representative; Nell Higgins Orosco, Student Representative; and Patsy Bee, Administrative Assistant to the President; Absent: Jack Burlingame, Jackson County Development Authority; Joyce Okes, Program Director Workforce Investment Board.
The minutes of the Board meeting on October 31, were approved upon a motion by Mr. Kellenberger and second by Dr. Curry.
Report from the President:
Dr. Bitterbaum reported on several issues. He announced the Eisenhower grant was fully funded at $20,000. Dr. Kelley explained the grant is used to partnership with selected schools in the area offering development opportunities and purchasing hand-held computers to help raise achievement scores. Dr. Bitterbaum also explained the Center for Teaching Innovation, which Dr. Kelley helped implement, offers development workshops for teachers from counties in surrounding areas as well.
Dr. Bitterbaum announced achievements of several of our faculty
Linda Meyers, Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Received 2000 Ray O. Duncan memorial Award, most prestigious award of the WV Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, for excellence in service and leadership in health and physical education in West Virginia.
Dr. Edward Crisp, Professor of Geology
Co-authored and presented research findings last month titled, "A Large Meat-Eating Dinosaur Corprolite from the Jurassic Morrison Formation of Utah" to approximately 7,000 geoscientists in Reno, Nevada, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
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Dr. Joseph Faber, Assistant Professor of Biology
Presented research at the annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists last summer in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. He also authored two scientific papers presented in St. Louis at the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society.
Cathy Mutz, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and ADA Coordinator
Certified as a licensed psychologist last month.
Dr. Joseph Badgley, Dean of Academic Affairs
Re-elected treasurer of the Appalachian Education laboratory, a four-state consortium channeling federal dollars for research and development in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Welding Department students and faculty designed and fabricated the college's "candle in the wind" light display in Parkersburg City Park.
On other items, Dr. Bitterbaum reported that WVU Parkersburg was listed as one of the most affordable schools in the Chronicle of Higher Education. He met last week with the Ruritan Foundation and they will match scholarships for students up to $1200. He also met with representatives in Wilmington, Delaware at the Dupont plant on Monday and announced they are interested in assisting our college. They have requested WVUP submit a proposal. They are interested in bringing women into sciences; the college going rate in West Virginia; and distance education. He added that WVUP is the first small college to have a representative visit their site in Wilmington.
Dr. Bitterbaum also reported that when Congress convenes, Congressman Mollohan has budgeted $200,000 for our Caperton Center. He also reported President Hardesty will include proposals from the regional campuses when he meets with congress to submit proposals. WVU Parkersburg has included one-page proposals for a Library and Lifelong Learning Complex; Center for the Arts.
Dr. Bitterbaum reported he had met with General Tackett from the Air National Guard and as a result WVUP will be offering Computer Information Technology degree through distance education to the military starting in January. They hope to offer the program state-wide by fall of next year.
Dr. Bitterbaum also reported that he has been approached by Potomac State College of West Virginia University to offer our bachelor's degree in business on their campus, and he has met with Senator Oschel Craigo who will try to obtain assistance for needed improvement to our Jackson County Center.
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Dr. Badgley reviewed a draft of our Compact that will need to be submitted to West Virginia University by December 22. He explained the Compact is intended to be a contract that our college established with West Virginia that defines where we intend to be six years from now. He went on to explain the Compact establishes objectives and goals, and indicators to meet the goals. Dr. Badgley asked the Board to review the Compact and contact any of the President's Cabinet to make suggestions or comments.
Dr. David Bell, Dean of Business, Industry and Development, reported on the Committee on Business & Industry Services. He indicated the subcommittee met on November 29th . Members of the committee are Mr. Burlingame, Mr. Kellenberger, Mr. Mylott and Mr. Playtis. He reported several suggestions were made on which they will follow-up. He noted the BIDS open house was held on November 14 for their new building. He announced H.B. 3009 has provided matching dollars for several projects and they should get another $10,000 for PAZ/PET which will also be matched by Pechiney World Products. Dr. Bell also reported his area has completed over 1,000 Work Keys for area companies. He explained that Work Keys identifies eight workplace skills and works with employees from a task list that identifies the work they do. Mr. Ball added the process really works and commended Dr. Bell and his area for their accomplishments.
Dr. Joseph Badgley, Dean of Academic Affairs, reported on the Committee on Academic Affairs: He announced that Dr. Kelley has been named chairperson of the Education Division effective January 1. He reported his subcommittee met last week. Members of the committee are Mr. Campbell, Dr. Curry, Mr. Hackworth and Dr. Kelley. They discussed the Center for Teaching Innovation and how it can be of service to schools in our region. They also discussed ways the academic area can be of better service to the community.
Mrs. Judy Higgs, Dean of Students, reported on the Committee on Student Affairs. Members include Mr. D'Avria, Ms. Higgins, Mr. Kafer and Ms. Seita. They discuss recruitment and retention and discussed a recent survey that included suggestions from the Committee. Mrs. Higgs distributed copies of the survey and results to all Board members and asked that they review and make any comments or suggestions.
Mr. Jack Simipkin, Business Manager reported on the Committee for Business Services. Committee members include Mr. Ball, Mr. Mylott, Mr. Hayhurst, and Mr. Kafer. They met on November 30 and discussed the recent audit report, our current financial position, and tuition proposal for fall semester 2001 with a proposed 3 1/2 percent increase which would need to be approved by our Board, WVU Board of Advisers, Higher Education Policy Commission and Secretary of Education.
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Comments from Board Members
Dr. Curry reported WVUP was part of the grant from the National Board of Professors Teaching Assessment and one of our education professors was the facilitator. He noted that until last week there were only two teachers in the state to become certified. West Virginia and the Wood County Board agreed to give salary increases to those teachers who became certified, and there are now 20 certified teachers with 17 from the Wood County area.
Mr. Kellenberger asked if there was any communications to the community and high schools about available scholarships in the area and from the college. Ms. McNally reported she is working with other groups in the community to provide a document to tell everyone about local scholarships and it should be available soon.
Mr. Mylott commented that he has learned much more about our college in the last few months than he has in the last several years, and has a much higher appreciation for our college.
Ms. Higgins-Orosco reported student government is working on a community service project and has collected 240 filled Christmas stockings from staff, faculty and students to provide to needy children for Christmas. WTAP will be at the college this afternoon to report on the project. She also commented she has seen more advertising about WVUP since Dr. Bitterbaum has arrived, and believes he is doing a an excellent job making WVUP more visible to the community.
With no further business to be discussed, the meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m. The next meeting will be scheduled for March 2001.
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