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Minutes of the

President’s Staff Meeting

March 21, 2011
Committee Reports:
Delta Aultice reported on the Safety Management Committee and stated the following:
·         Fire drills have been scheduled next month for morning and evening classes
·         CVCC participated in the Virginia-wide tornado drill last week
o   Third consecutive year of participation
o   Safe areas identified
o   First year to use mass notification (e2Campus and Alertus) Delta stated over 1,900 faculty, staff, and students have signed up for e2Campus. Students are encouraged through several venues to sign up. David and Cat will work with John to obtain a cost on texting students to sign up through their phone.
o   Areas in need of improvement noted (John C. stated an outside alert system needed to be explored.)
o   Post drill meeting tomorrow
·         CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training was conducted in late February
o   Three-day, 20-hour training program
o   Training included First Aid, Fire Safety, Light Search and Rescue
o   Initial response until professional units arrive
o   Eighteen people, two from CVCC, were certified
·         Have already begun working with Lucy Carter Smith (new Emergency Preparedness Officer)
o   Will be officially on board on April 4
o   Has already met with members and talked over expectations
o   Has extensive training and education in the field
Jim Lemons reported on the Professional Development Committee and stated the Committee developed a survey for faculty and staff which served two purposes—identify specific training and development needs and to establish a “talent pool.” He stated that based on the results from the survey, the members intend to take a tactical approach and develop an extensive list of “internal” training opportunities for faculty and staff that can be done at minimal or no cost. Jim stated the Committee promoted the fact that faculty and staff can take CVCC credit classes tuition-free which affords an excellent opportunity for additional training at no cost to the individual or the College. Jim stated there were a record number of individuals to register in classes this academic year (90 classes during fall 2010 to spring 2011). Jim reported the Committee is promoting the expansion of the continuous learning program (tuition-free credit classes) to all colleges in the VCCS which will allow faculty and staff to explore classes beyond CVCC offerings. He stated he has contacted Dr. Christopher Lee from the VCCS concerning this possibility.
John C. stated there were some very innovative suggestions without a budget. He stated it was obvious that money needed to be restored to Professional Development for a variety of reasons.
Dianne Sykes read a report submitted by Lana Velez on the Sexual Misconduct Committee which stated that thankfully there was nothing to report and hopefully it will remain that way.
John C. thanked each for their reports.
Minutes Approval:
Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
Enrollment Report:
Data As Of Monday (3/21/2011)
Culinary Arts Update:
Cat reported, in John’s absence, that the grid for the ceiling has been installed, the road is in the process of being paved, the gas line has been installed and connected, and the plumber is making his connections. She stated the kitchen and fire suppression testing should begin next week. Cat reported everything is still on schedule at this time.
Agenda Items:
Don discussed an email he received concerning the Open World Delegation from Russia that will be visiting CVCC on April 12. The President’s Staff will prepare PowerPoints for their visit as in the past.
Cat, in John’s absence, distributed copies of the proposed 2011-2012 Local Funds and College Revenue Budget. The Staff will review the proposed budget and make a final decision at the next meeting on April 4.
Divisional Reports:
In Geoff’s absence, Muriel reported on her division (HSS) and stated History Day was held last week and was very successful with lots of good projects. Muriel stated this was an important event for the students and also a recruitment tool for CVCC. She stated the Art Fair will be held April 1 here on Campus with usually over 200 students participating from area high schools. Muriel also reported the PTK Induction will be held on April 15, and on April 20, two PTK students will receive recognition for their achievements in Richmond.
Cat in John’s absence, reported Amherst Hall’s renovation bids are due tomorrow at 2 p.m. and will be opened on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Cat also reported the asbestos removal has been completed. She stated the janitorial services’ RFPs (Request for Proposal) are being reviewed at this time. Cat stated the sidewalks outside Amherst Hall have been completed with the landscaping in progress. She stated hopefully the new drainage system and sidewalks will correct the flooding caused by heavy rains. Cat reported the APA have finished their field work but found no concerns.
George reported the R2MIP (Region 2000 Machine Industry Program) and VAWP recruiting drives are underway. He also stated Workforce, with other divisions, is working on five proposals for three grants. He stated the first is NSF Noyce Scholarship- for $1.3 million supporting the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teacher training. George stated the second is a DOL TAA (Department of Labor Trade Act Adjustment) Grant for $2-20 million which is seeking to raise the skills of qualified, dislocated workers. He stated CVCC will be partnering for this grant with VT and other submissions. George stated the third grant is also DOL funded, for health care.
Don reported George Dawson will be retiring from Centra Health and E. W. Tibbs will be assigned to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville. Don stated even with the new appointment Mr. Tibbs will still remain on the Foundation Board.
David discussed several grants involving Centra Health.
The meeting adjourned at 2:27 p.m.
The next President’s Staff meeting will be held on April 4, at 1 p.m.
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