Wednesday, July 10, 2013

DASR Executive Conference Room, East Mesa Campus


PRESENT: Andy Burke, Mónica Torres, Ike Ledesma, Fred Lillibridge, John Walker, Jaylene McIntosh, Mary Beth Worley, Bernie Piña, Lydia Bagwell, Tammy Powers, Jackie Kiefer, Fred Owensby, Saundra Castillo, Mozella Garcia, Luly Valencia-Glenn, Vickie Galindo, Mack Adams, Nancy Ritter, Kathy Reddington, Ben Altamirano, Gladys Chairez, Michael Banegas, Brad Mazdra, Becky Ordunez, Rosa DeLaTorre-Burmeister, Rosalina Contreras, Dave Burleson and Connie Melendrez (recorder)

ABSENT: Lori Allen, John Paulman, Evelyn Hobbs

GUEST: Kristi Martin


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Meeting Start Time

10:10 a.m.




1 – Leadership Transition

·       Introduction of Dr. Mónica Torres, Interim VPAA

·       Working Committees (handout)

1.     Resource Allocation & Utilization

2.     Curriculum Development, Review & Delivery

3.     Grant and Contract Funding Opportunities

Mr. Burke introduced Dr. Mónica Torres who is serving as the interim VPAA.

Dr. Torres then introduced two new hires: Saundra Castillo, Division Dean for Technical and Industrial Studies and Fred Owensby, Executive Director of Workforce Development and Training.

Dr. Pin︠a, Division Dean for General Studies, also introduced Dave Burleson, new Department Head for Arts and Humanities.

Mr. Burke announced his proposal for developing three new taskforce committees that he feels will provide some leadership transition and outlining several areas that need to be addressed as we move forward.  These committees will consist of individuals who have expressed an interest in the respective taskforce; along with those persons whose expertise we feel is relevant.  Letters will be sent out after July 16th to ask for participation on these committees.

Along those same lines, Mr. Burke has extended the Executive Team to include John Walker, Associate VP for Academic Affairs and Fred Lillibridge, Associate VP for Institutional Effectiveness.

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Please refer to handout for detailed focus areas.

2 – Enrollment (handout) – Mr. Burke

Enrollment numbers dipped approximately 9% at DACC and 7% for NMSU overall.  Mr. Burke suggested some factors to consider are  the drop in federal funding along with a drop in retention.

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3 – Hiring Process – Mr. Burke

We are going to push the hiring authority to the Vice President level for that Division.  The President should only be involved when he/she is the second level reviewer.  There could always be exceptions to this process, but we need to always have the supervisor and reviewer involved in the process.  The recommendation is that the reviewer should interview the last candidate or the last two candidates if needed in order to make a decision.

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4 – Fall 2013 Convocation/Monday, August 19, 2013 – Mr. Burke

The theme for the convocation this fall is being rolled into the 40th Anniversary celebration.  The volleyball tournament is being handled by Kathy Reddington this year.  We will setup for an indoor luncheon.

Mr. Burke announced that he would like to acknowledge faculty/staff at this fall’s convocation.  He would like to have the names of all persons (1) who received degrees this past year; (2) who hold or have held an office in their professional organization and (3) who have performed services above and beyond   the duties of their positions.

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5 – Lottery Scholarship – Mr. Burke

Mr. Burke informed the council that funding for the Lottery Scholarship is running low.  There seem to be only about 200 students at DACC who are funded through this scholarship for the Fall semester.  The legislature should soon be getting involved to resolve this matter.  We cannot foresee them getting rid of this scholarship, but possibly just making some changes to the benefits. 

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6 – HLC Accreditation (handout) – Mr. Burke

Mr. Burke announced that the site visit for reaffirmation of institutional accreditation is scheduled for April 20, 2014.  The self-study has been in progress since 2011 and the draft self-study will be submitted by December, 2013.  The final self-study is due in February, 2014 and the advisory visit to the President is due May, 2014.

We had an advisory visit related to Nursing in May and we are anticipating a report on this visit at the end of this month.

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7 – Distinguished Alumni Nominations/Due September 10, 2013 (handout) – Ms. McIntosh

Ms. McIntosh announced that Distinguished Alumni nomination forms are included in this month’s packet.  The luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013. 

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8 - Announcements

Ms. Galindo informed council that Customized Training will host a “DACC Appreciation” event from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on August 9th.  They will have free mini-workshops, refreshments and a raffle.

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Ms. McIntosh announced that the annual DACC Golf Tournament will take place on October 25th and the President’s Legacy Dinner on October 26th.

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Mr. Banegas announced that they will be hosting the New Mexico Disabilities Coalition on August 11th at 2:30 p.m.  They will have a meet and greet in Room 96 of Central campus.

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Ms. Powers announced that the library will be having a Mango Language Workshop at East Mesa and Central campus on July 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The workshop will be at Gadsden Center on July 17th at the same times.  They will have mini-workshops, free snacks and giveaways.  Mango is an online, self-paced program that can teach a multitude of various languages.

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Mr. Adams informed council that he has received calls from concerned faculty and staff members regarding the impact of Obama Health Care.  We don’t feel that there will much change to our medical insurance, but will keep everyone informed.

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Mr. Ledesma announced that Student Services is holding the second mandatory freshman orientation session at the East Mesa campus.  They have experienced a very good turnout at both of the sessions so far and are looking forward to the next session scheduled for the week of July 24th.

Question arose regarding orientation sessions for satellite campus.  All incoming students were invited to the orientation at East Mesa, but if they were unable to attend due to transportation and/or time restraints they are welcome to attend online orientation or by visiting their campus registrar’s office.

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Mr. Owensby informed council that there would be a Workforce Summit in either late October or early November.

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Ms. Reddington announced that the Las Cruces Police Department would be conducting a SWAT exercise today at 5:00 p.m. starting in the Student Resources Building at East Mesa.  They will walk throughout the entire campus and familiarize themselves with the layout of East Mesa.

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Dr. Pina informed the council that General Studies will be offering a one credit online program, “Financial Avenues”.  This is a class that provides students with online information regarding student loans, budgeting, checking accounts, etc.

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Ms. Kiefer announced that four of the five classes offered at the Chaparral campus are filling up and she feels the fifth class will make as well.

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Dr. Walker reminded everyone that the ALT Workshop is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2013. 

Mr. Burke thanked Dr. Walker and Division Deans who worked to put this workshop together.

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Dr. Torres announced that even though she is still getting her footing, she does plan to visit all of the departments shortly.

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Meeting End Time

11:20 a.m.


Next Meeting

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m.  This meeting may change; Irene will let the group know.