Friday, March 5, 2010

Administrative Conference Room


PRESENT: Margie Huerta, Margaret Lovelace, Andy Burke, Ike Ledesma, Fred Lillibridge, John Paulman, Ken Tellez, John Walker, Bernie Piña, Lydia Bagwell, Teresa Brandon, Sylvia Nickerson, Tammy Welch, Carmen Aguilera-Goerner, Bill Glenn, Fred Owensby, Mozella Garcia, Kristian Chervenock, Luly Valencia-Glenn, Lori Allen, Doris Gleason, Kathy Reddington, Ben Altamirano, Gladys Chairez, Brad Mazdra, Larry Sharp, Rosa DeLaTorre-Burmeister, Rosalina Contreras, and Irene Montoya (recorder)

ABSENT: Jerry Welch, Susan Roberts, Meg Haines, Susana Rodriguez, Becky Orduñez, Joaquin Tadeo

GUESTS:  Amanda Madrid for Becky Orduñez, Dave Burleson for Joaquin Tadeo, Trina Hartshorne, Stan Ellis, and Davin Lopez and Fred Shepherd from Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance


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Meeting Start Time

10:08 a.m.


Dr. Huerta noted a good morning to everyone.  Ms. Reddington introduced Mr. Ellis, our new security coordinator, to the group.  Mr. James Stanley “Stan” Ellis came to us from the state park service after 25 years of service.  Mr. Ellis noted he ended his service as the superintendent of the New Mexico State Bosque Park which is west of Mesilla.  He had been retired 8 months but came back to work because he has two boys in college: one at DACC and one at NMSU.  He also has a boy still at home.  Dr. Huerta noted she was delighted to have Mr. Ellis join our staff.  The security guards were introduced at convocation.  Mr. Ellis will report to Ms. Reddington. 

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1 – Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance Update – Mr. Davin Lopez

Dr. Huerta noted DACC has a seat on the MVEDA board and had asked Mr. Davin Lopez to let us know what’s happening and who is coming to our area.  Mr. Lopez noted he would tag team with Mr. Fred Shepherd as he has lost his voice.  Mr. Lopez noted MVEDA is a partner with DACC in attracting prospects.  Site selection is very competitive.  They do concentrate a lot on manufacturing and the Santa Teresa area.  Because we are competing world-wide, we need to re-tool and re-create how economic development should be done.  We never miss the opportunity to miss a good recession.  Mr. Lopez noted MVEDA’s mission is “To grow the wealth of Doña Ana County through the creation of economic based jobs for its residents.”   If 500 jobs are created, there is $20 million in new disposable income – multiplier effect.  If someone hires 200 employees, this creates 600 total indirect hires.  Mr. Lopez noted MVEDA markets the region – why companies should come here – right labor and right real estate.  A one-stop source for all their needs.

Mr. Shepherd noted MVEDA does a lot of marketing (tradeshows, prospect trips, website marketing).  He noted their website is now more user-friendly.  They also do new product development.  Mr. Shepherd noted we are not only competing with El Paso, but we are really competing with Albuquerque. The Local Economic Development Act, which is a state act, assists private companies with capital outlay.  There are also local incentives and resource development that includes equity.  MVEDA’s program development includes enhanced retention and expansion programs and labor/research studies.  Mr. Shepherd noted there was a 176% increase in lead generation; 111% increase in prospect generation; 20 R&E visits which is a new measurement category; job creation and projections; and tracking capital.  Capital investments of $300 million, due to e-solar, were not counted.  They are counted when real estate is finalized.  Mr. Shepherd noted competitiveness is a big accomplishment for MVEDA.

Mr. Lopez noted the economy is back on the road to recovery in 2010.  As far as industry diversification, they are seeing call center growth and a re-emphasis on manufacturing.  Mexico’s Foxconn is the largest maquiladora.  There are now 20,000-30,000 more people in Mexico.  This is a huge opportunity and we will benefit.  For renewable energy, we are seeing more solar companies coming to look at the area.   There are 2-3 projects a week coming to look.  The challenge is for the jobs to become sustainable.  MVEDA is already working on putting together a task force to look at the employment needs.  Hi-tech and UAV are other industries.  Mr. Lopez noted there is a site selection shift; a game shift where financing has shut down and where we are seeing more consolidations.  There is also a huge growing Spanish speaking population.  Bilingual with higher skills are needed.  Several emerging industry opportunities include alternative energy and aerospace.  There have been 14 site visits with a potential of 1,800 jobs and a recent increase in UAV/UAS interest.  Timeline opportunities include border logistics and alternative energy, military, and the spaceport which MVEDA will continue to support as this is a significant opportunity.

Mr. Lopez noted the challenges include financing alternatives, game changing time, and attracting hi-tech opportunities.  We need to create assets.  Some things to deal with the financing challenges include a finance committee with bankers and finance experts to create and project solutions and starting federal programs like regional investment centers (Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have investment centers).  We need to attract equity programs like the state supported programs, NM Angels Group, and regional/state venture capital firms.  We also need to leverage state opportunities like capital outlay, new markets tax credits, and smart money.

Mr. Lopez noted to deal with the hi-tech growth we can establish a solar energy workforce development group.  We also cannot overlook the El Paso marketplace.  With Fort Bliss expecting 4-5 brigades, this will make it the fastest growing city in the next five years.

Dr. Glenn asked Mr. Lopez what he thought about the lower part of the county not being as cooperative with economic development.  Mr. Lopez noted there were challenges all over the state and we need to find what that balance is.  He would hope that rural communities would welcome business.  Maybe we should be re-educating those communities.  Ms. Nickerson asked about natural resources and if they will be able to support economic development.  Mr. Lopez answered the water situation does close us out in a lot of conversations.  Mr. Burke wanted the group to know that the people at MVEDA are very hard working.  He noted MVEDA is unique as it has public and private partners.  They have tremendous support.  Mr. Lopez thanked the college for its support and that MVEDA values its partnership with DACC.  Dr. Huerta noted Mr. Tellez was visiting businesses in the southern part of the county.  Thirty to forty businesses have been invited to a round table at Sunland Park to let us know what their needs are.  It is really important to note that it takes all of us.  Dr Huerta noted the college has requested $200,000 from Congressman Teague for biofuel training.  The college is preparing students for the high skills and high paying jobs.  Dr. Huerta thanked Mr. Lopez and Mr. Shepherd.

Informational Item


Dr. Huerta asked that the agenda be amended to add the HLC Progress Report Task Force Update.  Mr. Burleson will do the update after the approval of the minutes.

Informational Item

2 – Approval of the Minutes of February 10, 2010 – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Garcia noted on page 4, second paragraph under budget needs clarification and page 5, second paragraph under vacant positions, first line, hat should be that.  Dr. Garcia moved the minutes of February 10, 2010, be approved with the changes.  Dr. Walker seconded the motion.  All were in favor, motion carried.  Irene will post on the web.

The minutes of February 10, 2010, were approved with changes.  Irene will post on the web.

3 – HLC Progress Report Task Force Update – Dr. Huerta/Mr. Burleson

Dr. Huerta noted the importance of this agenda item.  Two teams were created to respond to the final report of the HLC site visit team.  The HLC Progress Report Task Force is lead by Mr. Dave Burleson and Dr. Victoria Gonzalez.  Mr. Burleson noted he had presented to three divisions and received information from Ms. Allen, Ms. Welch, Mr. Paulman, Ms. Contreras, Mr. Burke, Dr. Lillibridge, Dr. Garcia, and Ms. Valencia-Glenn.  Administrative Council is already part of the process.  Mr. Burleson noted the site visit was very successful and the report noted two things the college needed to look at.  The college is already doing well.  We may not be communicating it well.  This was an opportunity for the college to look at and maybe do better.  Two areas looked at were the Student Success Center (tutoring) and support for ESL students.  Two committees were formed: Leadership Team and the Task Force.  The Task Force looked at other institutions and their instructional support services.  What we do better and what we improved were documented.  Representatives on the committee included faculty from math, English, reading, and ESL.  The first meeting was a combined meeting that looked at what we do know and what we want to do in the future.  A dozen or so ideas were looked and the group did not limit themselves because of funding.   Forty institutions were looked at and it was narrowed to 20.  The committee talked to 12 institutions.  Mr. Burleson noted they were still soliciting input.  Please send him any ideas or suggestions.  They will take input until the 10th with the committee meeting on the 11th.  The first draft will be given to the leadership team by the 15th.    The final report will be done by June 1.  Dr. Huerta noted she had spoken to Dr. John Taylor from HLC about the process.  We need to get the reports to him in June.  Mr. Burleson noted the college was comparable in quality to other institutions.  We are doing well, we just need to clarify and provide more examples.  Ms. Nickerson noted the college had a college-wide ESL task force and does not see their recommendations.  Mr. Burleson answered yes the recommendations are in the report, just not in the slides provided.  Dr. Huerta noted we did want input.  She also noted that monthly meetings on HLC were held between Drs. Huerta, Lovelace and Lillibridge.  The next visit is scheduled for 2014. 

Please provide your ideas, input to Mr. Burleson by March 10.

4 – 2010-11 Budget Process Update  – Dr. Huerta/Mr. Burke

Dr. Huerta noted the Budget Committee will be meeting with the Exec Team on Monday.  Information will be provided at the April Admin Council meeting.  This will give Mr. Burke more time.  Mr. Burke noted he was not working on the numbers and at this point has no numbers to report.  The Legislature is looking at $230 million in taxes.  It will be tough to decide what the college will need to do.  There was $800,000 worth of requests the Budget Committee is working on. 

Informational Item

5 – Performance Appraisals – Dr. Huerta/Ms. Gleason

Dr. Huerta noted performance appraisals are due to Ms. Gleason on March 26.  Please share with employees.  Dr. Huerta noted we cannot change the form, which was an HR decision.  Mr. Burke noted that he was not aware of any community college person at the table.  We are big enough to have input.  Ms. Gleason noted the evaluation needs to be reviewed with the evaluators supervisor, comments added if needed, and signed off by both the evaluator and supervisor before it is reviewed with employee.  Dr. Huerta noted it was important to be thoughtful and thorough.

Performance appraisals due to Ms. Gleason by March 26.

6 – Title V Grant Proposals & Process – Drs. Huerta/Lillibridge

Dr. Huerta noted she has asked Dr. Lillibridge to take the lead on the next Title V grant.  The process was inclusive and anyone could send in a form with their ideas by March 2.  Dr. Lillibridge noted there were 33 forms submitted with some being similar.  He is still working on the process and there is still no RFP out yet.  He also does not know the amount or the deadline.  These grants are typically large.  He and Dr. Huerta will sort out and will have open meeting discussions.  Dr. Piña noted it looked like the idea was literacy.  Dr. Lillibridge noted yes that was how it was looking.  The ideas are expanded including tutoring and student services.  Dr. Huerta noted this was a great opportunity to put together and improve graduation rates.  The college will look at how it connects to the Strategic Plan and HLC Report.  Those who submitted, thank you.

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7 – Stars of Excellence – Dr. Huerta

Dr. Huerta reminded everyone to submit their nomination(s) for the Stars of Excellence.  We have wonderful employees.

Please submit your nominations for the Stars of Excellence by March 31.

8 – Announcements

Dr. Aguilera-Goerner noted there were triplets taking dual credit and they have been accepted into Harvard’s Post-Secondary Summer Camp.

Informational Item

Ms. Nickerson noted the Hispanic Caucus Leadership Summit is March 15.  There are 150 registered with about 30 from DACC.  Dr. Huerta is on panel with Carlsbad and Alamogordo.  DACC is the co-sponsor.  The free lunch is closed but is still open for $13.00.  Registration is still open.  Dr. Garcia noted there was no cost to attend and legislators have been invited to the reception.

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Ms. Welch noted the Great Book Give Away #4 is April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Donation boxes are available.  Dr. Huerta noted this was a great event with great attendance.

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Dr. Walker noted March 10-11 is DACC to NMSU Transition Days.  We will show students resources.  Two notepads will be given away.  Dr. Huerta noted this was sponsored by the PRIMOS grant.

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Dr. Huerta noted that tomorrow night is the DACC Haitian Fund Raiser at the Ramada Inn, 6:00 p.m., for $30 with dinner or $10 for general admission.  There will be different bands providing music.

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Mr. Tellez noted on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. the Look Who’s Dancing competition will be held at the Pan Am Center. Dr. Huerta is one of the competitors.  Dr. Huerta noted she would be dancing two dances:  the waltz and the tango.

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Next Meeting

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 10:00 a.m., ACR


Meeting End Time

11:40 a.m.