WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisors
November 15, 2004
Conference Rooms 2536-2538
The meeting was called to order by Board of Advisors Chairperson, Joe Campbell. Mr. Campbell. Those present were: Joe Campbell, Senior Vice President Wes Banco; William Niday, Superintendent Wood County Schools, Tony Playtis, Environmental Health Coordinator E.I. Dupont; Linda Dickirson, Jackson County Representative; Michael Hastings, General Manager Benson International; Joyce Okes, Program Coordinator Workforce Investment; Greg Smith, President Blue Cross/Blue Shield; James Hayhurst, Jr. Executive Vice President United National Bank; Violet Mosser, Staff Representative; Kelli Barton, Student Representative, Marie Foster Gnage, President WVU Parkersburg, and Patsy Bee Executive Secretary to the President.
Those absent were: Robert D’Avria, Consultant YMCA of the USA; Trudy Seita, Consultant/Trainer, Motivation & Volunteerism; Jim Mylott, Executive Director Mid Ohio Valley Regional Council; George Kellenberger, Chamber of Commerce President; and Cindy Kelley, Faculty Representative
Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of the Board meeting held on August 16, 2004 was approved upon a motion by Mr. Hayhurst and second by Mr. Smith.
Chairman Campbell expressed appreciation to those involved in organizing the reception at the Parkersburg Art Center to welcome President Gnage to the community. He noted that the art work on display by our WVUP students was very impressive and encouraged Board members to visit the Art Center when they have an opportunity to view displays by our students. Mr. Campbell gave a special thank you to Linda Dickirson for hosting a reception at her home in Ripley to welcome President Gnage to the Jackson County area.
Chairman Campbell reported that all Board committees have been developed and have met. Reports will be provided by the facilitators of each committee at today’s meeting. He noted that the committees will meet in between Board meetings and he encouraged Board members to make every effort to participate. He also encouraged Board members to visit the campus as often as possible.
President Gnage reported that at each meeting of the Board of Advisors a segment of the college will be showcased for them so they can see first hand some of the wonderful services provided by our faculty and staff. Dr. Gnage noted that today’s presentation will be introduced by Dr. Joe Badgley, Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Badgley introduced Dr. Patricia Gaston, Professor of English and Faculty Advisor for the publication of a literary magazine for amateurs entitled Gambit. He also introduced staff member Pat Mollohan, Program Assistant for the Cooperative Education Office, and assistant to Dr. Gaston in the publication of the magazine. Dr. Gaston explained that the mission of the Gambit was to produce a magazine that was truly for amateurs to be used as an introduction into the “world of creative writing” noting that when an individual sees his or her writing in print for the first time, it has a very positive effect and encourages them to continue their work. Ms. Mollohan provided an explanation into the process of how the Gambit is developed.
Next, Dr. Gnage noted that Paul Daugherty, Executive Director of the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation would provide a brief report. Mr. Daugherty announced that four new Board members have joined the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation. They are Marilyn Pettit, Owner of DaVincis Restaurant in Williamstown; Mr. Randy Snider, President of Community Bank; Roger Shepherd, of WTAP; and Mike Miller from the Ohio Valley Health Care. He also reported that the Foundation had been approved for WV State Tax Credits and there are some still available if anyone would be interested. Mr. Daugherty personally thanked Mrs. Dickirson for hosting the reception at her home in Jackson County and presented her with a gift on behalf of the Foundation to show their appreciation.
President Gnage noted that her goal with each report to the Board of Advisors is to show progress for her vision of WVU Parkersburg which is: WVUP will be the college of choice for the Mid-Ohio Valley region because it offers, with excellence, an array of programs – credit and non-credit to meet the needs of individuals, community-based organizations, local school districts, government, and business and industry, for higher education and training. It will have support services to assist students in achieving their stated goals. It will be noted for its “customer service” in “gateway to college” areas. It will have facilities and grounds that support the image of quality and excellence. WVUP will be a center for excellence in the programs offered, and WVUP will be known as “the community’s college.“
President Gnage provided a list of activities in which she has participated to promote WVU Parkersburg. She also reported that she has agreed to serve on the Parkersburg Art Center Board, the Mid-Ohio Valley Workforce Investment Board, and has been nominated to serve on the St. Joseph’s Hospital Board.
Highlights from President Gnage’s report on the Achievements and Recognitions for WVUP included:
· WVUP has experienced its largest enrollment in eleven years. President Gnage noted that 3,826 students have enrolled and on the Parkersburg and Jackson County campuses as of the second week in November.
· WVUP captured third place overall at the 55th annual Ruth A Wilcox Forensics Invitational Tournament at Marietta College.
· Appalachian Heritage Days was held on campus in October where demonstrations, displays, discussions and performances saluted and celebrated the area’s Appalachian culture.
· WVUP’s program for certification of middle school mathematics’ teachers has received national recognition.
· Nine WVU Parkersburg faculty members received promotions in rank, and four have been awarded tenure.
· WVU Parkersburg unveiled its new campus mountaineer in a ceremony in the college’s courtyard. The mountaineer was carved by local artist Dave Ferguson and was part of a beautification project spearheaded by students through funding from a grant provided by the Bernard McDonough Foundation.
President Gnage provided an update on the Classroom Tower noting that WVUP is slated to receive $2.7 million for renovation and stabilization of the north classroom tower from the Higher Education Policy Commission’s approved $161.47 million bond issue for higher education. Engineers from Burgess and Niple have completed their report, and the WVU Board of Governors has approved the expenditure of the $2.7 for the proposed work with the understanding that WVU will continue to research and study additional funding that may be needed for the stabilization. Dr. Hardesty and others from WVU will be visiting the campus in early December.
President Gnage reported that she and staff are continuing discussions with possible partners such as:
· Parkersburg theatre company to enhance the theater program.
· Wood County Schools – possible co-location of welding program and emergency response/homeland security programs.
· Mid-Ohio Valley Community College Consortia – program articulation and other programs to encourage college attendance.
· Washington State Community College – program articulation.
· Career Center, Marietta Ohio – program articulation
President Gnage provided a flowchart and draft of the Strategic Plan to Board members. She noted that the flowchart provided the process used to develop the plan. She noted that a web survey is being developed and will be sent out today so everyone will have an opportunity to respond. She asked the Board members for their endorsement of our goals.
President Gnage added that WVUP’s Compact Goals have been submitted to the WV Council for Community and Technical Colleges. She noted that meeting the Compact Goals is part of our Strategic Plan.
Education Programs and Services
Dr. Badgley reported that members of this committee include Board members Bill Niday, Trudy Seita, Joyce Okes, and WVUP Administration David Bell, Pam Braden, Dotty Muir and Joe Badgley who serves as facilitator. Dr. Badgley reported that the committee has met and has discussed ideas for programs and certificates that could benefit leaders of non-profit Boards and other organizations.
Mr. Simpkin reported that members of this committee included Board members Jim Mylott, Tony Playtis, George Kellenberger, Bob D’Avria, and Violet Mosser. WVUP Administration includes Connie Dziagwa, Paul Daugherty, and Jack Simpkin who serves as the Facilitator. Mr. Simpkin reported that the committee has met and reviewed the present revenue structure on campus, and there was discussion on how to raise additional funds going through the Foundation Center to support grant writing. It was also suggested that we should build a relationship with the County Commission to propose a topic where they may be interested in providing some assistance. It was also discussed that Caperton Center success stories could be promoted as a means of raising funds. They plan to meet to discuss more proposals.
President Gnage reported that members of this committee included Board members Kelli Barton, Greg Smith, Linda Dickirson, Jim Hayhurst and Joe Campbell. Administration included Jack Simpkin, Dave Cunningham and Marie Foster Gnage who serves as the Facilitator. Dr. Gnage reported that the committee is working on a list of things for campus beautification. She noted that President Hardesty will be visiting our campus in early December to discuss and view the class tower. She also noted that she has contacted an interior designer at WVU who will be visiting our campus to spend a couple of days and will have a list of recommendations for facilities enhancement/improvements. A landscape architect from WVU will also be visiting our campus at the end of this week to walk over the campus and provide some suggestions. Once the committee has finalized its list, then we will discuss possible donors or grant possibilities.
Approval of One-Year Certificate in Paraprofessional Studies
Dr. Badgley reported on the one-year certificate program in paraprofessional studies for the Education Division. He noted that the State of West Virginia has a 36 hours course requirement for paraprofessional certification, and he noted that a draft proposal from the Education Division has already been approved by the WV Department of Education as meeting these course requirements. He added that there will be no additional costs involved and students that finish the certificate program will have completed one year towards an AAS in Early Childhood Development and the BA in Elementary Education.
The following Resolution was submitted to Board members for their approval: Resolved: That the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Advisors endorses the request of West Virginia University at Parkersburg to offer a Certificate in Paraprofessional Studies. Mr. Hayhurst made a motion to accept the resolution. Mr. Niday seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Proposal to suspend AAS in Paramedic Science
Dr, Badgley reported that in 1998, at the request of the WV Department of Health and Human Services, WVUP developed an AAS Degree program in Paramedic Science. The program was intended to prepare emergency medical technicians as first responders for medical emergency situations. There has been no enrollment in the program, and in 2002 this program was selected for a special review by the Higher Education Policy Commission. WVUP requests approval from the Board of Advisors to submit a request to the WVU Board of Governors to suspend the program rather than termination because there would be no student impact since no students are currently enrolled; there would be no faculty or staff impact; there would be no financial impact to the institution since no resources are currently committed to the program; WVUP would keep the two EMT courses which are part of the program in its catalog; the possibility exists that the AAS Degree in Paramedic Science may become the required credential for EMT’s at some point in the future; and in the event that the program becomes viable in the future the only financial demand would be to continue to employ adjunct faculty to delivery two EMT courses since all other program requirements are general education courses already offered to support other programs.
Student representative, Kelli Barton reported that some students have come to her with an interest in the program. Dr. Badgley asked her to provide that information to him. He noted that there needs to be at least 12 students in the class in order for it to continue. He also noted that it is a possibility that the program may be able to be offered through WVUP’s Business, Industry and Development Services. Mr. Smith added that the program is also offered in the community.
With no further questions, the following resolution was submitted for Board approval: Resolved: That the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Advisors concurs with the request of West Virginia University at Parkersburg to suspend the AAS in Paramedic Sciences effective June 30, 2005. Mr. Hayhurst made a motion to accept the resolution. Ms. Barton seconded the motion. The Motion passed.
Other Business and General Discussion:
Dr. Gnage announced that WVUP’s Business, Industry and Development Services and Benson International will be offering come classes on-site in January. She also noted that the new Governor-elect has mentioned that he would like to help bring businesses into the State and noted that Economic Development and Higher Education will be involved. It was noted that the Parkersburg Development Taskforce has contacted one of WVUP’s marketing classes to do a housing study for the city and this will be used for Economic Development. It was also noted that Board member Linda Dickirson is the chair of the Municipal Building Commission in Ripley, WV.
Chairman Campbell noted that the next meeting of the WVU at Parkersburg Board of Advisors will meet on February 14, 2004.
With no further business to be discussed the meeting adjourned.
Patsy J. Bee
Executive Secretary to the President
Joe Campbell, Chair