Strategic Mapping Council: We had the fully engaged participation of 52 community members, including faculty, staff, trustees, students and alumni worked August 2-4 at Canaras as our Strategic Mapping Council, facilitated by William Weary, president of Fieldstone Consulting of Washington, DC. Bill Weary led us in a series of exercises to clarify values and connect values with the recommendations of the Recession Response Phase 2 report, providing a small writing group with instructions for the draft Strategic Map of six-eight pages. The writing group, Tom Evelyn (VP, communications), John Collins (professor, global studies), Samantha Glazier (associate professor, chemistry), Jim Kozsan (facilities operations), Charlie Sullivan ’89 (Alumni Council), and Amy Callahan ’13, is working on the draft. We will have several participants from the Mapping Council read our draft by early September, and will release the Strategic Map draft to campus, Alumni Council, Parents Committee and trustees shortly thereafter. We have scheduled three employee meetings for discussion and feedback. All employees are welcome at any and all of these meetings as schedules permit:
Wednesday, September 14th – 4:30-5:30 – Eben Holden
Friday, September – 16th – 7:30-8:30 am – Sykes Common Room
Monday, September 19th - 12:30-1:30 pm – Eben Holden
I’ll have more to share with you at Convocation remarks next week, and in subsequent communications.
CSEA Contract: The membership of CSEA ratified its new three-year contract on August 18.
Admissions: Jeff Rickey, Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, took office on August 1. We expect 653 first-year students and 17 transfer students next week.
Finance: Work continues on year-end operating results, which we expect to review next week. The June 30 endowment market value was $237,000,000, down $2 million from our May 31 value. We await the July return.
IT Support services relocate to ODY Library: This summer, Jim Forney and Grant Currie relocated to ODY creating a digital media lab and replicating the educational technologies training lab (formerly located at the Center for Teaching and Learning at 62 Park St.) on the lower level of ODY. Lucas Wright also has an office in ODY and Madill. These changes make educational technologies staff and student staff who are trained as technologists more easily accessible to faculty and students, providing more direct and integrated support for technology and research and communication skills. Additionally, during evening hours and weekends, the IT HelpDesk will operate out of ODY space for the academic semester. In all cases, the IT HelpDesk phone line and remote assistance remain unchanged. All together, we are working to make the library the kind of learning commons that it will need to be to support the liberal arts.
Whitman Hall conversion: You’ll recall that we have converted former office space in Whitman to a 42-bed residential space. That project is on schedule and on budget. The modular office complex for the First-Year Program, Academic Advising, Special Needs, CSTEP/McNair,HEOP, and the Center for Civic Engagement, located adjacent to Whitman for the next two years, will be complete by August 19, ready for the academic year to begin.
Other campus projects updates:
- All masonry work on Gunnison Chapel and Herring Cole is completed.
- The walkway near Sykes Hall is nearing completion.
- The roadwork, curbing and walkway construction at the entrance to Eben Holden is 95% complete
- The Lee Hall residential refurbishment project will be complete by the 19th. New flooring, paint and furniture for the west and north wings, and the east wing will be completed next summer.
- The former CTL at 62 Park St. ground level was converted into 13 student beds with a staff apartment.
- Five additional beds were added to a residence on Maple St.
- Roofs were replaced on 11 Maple, 62 E. Main St., 85 E. Main St., and 17 College.
- All windows were replaced and new vinyl siding was installed at 50 and 52 Park St. theme houses.
- The roof on Memorial Hall was replaced