Provost's Council
Minutes for July 28, 2010

Attending: Lorrie Clemo (presiding); Michael Ameigh (recording). Richard Skolnik, Mary Beth Bell, Linda Rae Markert, Fritz Messere, Rameen Mohammadi, Rhonda Mandel, David King, Timan Nekritz.

Lorrie Clemo presided over the Provost’s Council for the first time as Interim Provost.  She announced Timan Nekritz, Director of Web Communication, has been added to the Council.  His area now reports to the Division of Academic Affairs.  Tim had been assigned to the Office of Public Affairs.  That office continues to report to the President.

Early Retirement: The Council discussed the New York State early retirement incentive currently underway.  The open period for faculty to express interest has been extended to August 31st.  Classified staff have until August 6th to indicate their interest.  Faculty who accept the incentive will leave the payroll after fulfilling their teaching obligation during the coming fall 2010 semester.  Classified employees must leave the payroll by September 30, 2010.

Groundbreaking for the New Science Building: Lorrie announced that groundbreaking for the new science complex will be held on Friday, September 17th.  The Provost’s Council will join faculty and students along with the College Council, the Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors, members of the Engineering Advisory Board, regional dignitaries and others to celebrate this important event in the history of the College.  Students participating in the Summer Scholars Program will present poster sessions describing their research activity this summer.

Opening of The Village Residential Community: A pre-opening preview of The Village, a new 350 bed townhouse complex for upperclassmen on west campus, will be held Thursday, August 19th (time to be determined).  Faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to tour the townhouses in advance of the official ribbon cutting on September 17, 2010.

Mike announced that another round of faculty and staff computer replacements will commence shortly.  Only primary office computers - laptop or desktop - will be replaced through this initiative based on their age.  Computers being replaced will be returned to inventory.

Richard announced the online MBA program has been approved by the New York State Department of Education.

David announced an international masters program in agricultural education (MSEd) and another in Mathematics Education, Grades 7-12 (MAT) will begin enrolling during the fall semester.  He also indicated personnel are being trained on the Intelliworks customer management system (CMS) recently procured for use by the Graduate Office and the Division of Extended Learning.

Mary Beth announced that approximately 150 librarians will be on campus next week for the 7th annual Information Delivery Services (IDS) Summer Conference.

Fritz announced that students enrolled in the New York State Summer School of the Arts will be demonstrating their work in Waterman Theatre on Friday beginning at 10AM.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to observe.

Rameen announced that students participating in the EOP summer program will be doing demonstrations related to the Oswego Reading Initiative (ORI) selection for summer 2010, The Learners, a novel by Chip Kidd.  They have prepared posters for display in 101-102 Snygg Hall Thursday from 10AM to 4:40PM.  All are invited.

- adjourned

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