President's Quarterly Report to the Board of Trustees
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
JANUARY 26, 2004
The City, County Commission, and the University have agreed
to complete the remaining paving of the roadway to Mountain Avenue. The Calhoun County
Commission has issued a contract to Mc Cartney Construction for the paving and
the cost will be divided three ways.
The site location for the Chimney Peak observatory has been selected adjacent to the new antenna location. The construction documents for the observatory are in the development phase but we will not begin construction until the vandalism issues have been resolved.
Chorba Contracting has completed
approximately 31% of the Ayers Hall renovation. The project is scheduled to be
finished November 2004.
This project included roofing for five University buildings
and is complete with the exception of Stephenson Hall, which is still having
problems with roof leaks. The contractor, Standard Roofing is resolving the
Roof Replacement 2003
Alabama Roofing & Sheet Metal Company has been very
efficient and cooperative in completing its roofing projects. The project is
90% complete with work remaining on the bell tower of Bibb Graves and some
capstone work. In addition to Bibb Graves this project included Daugette Hall
and the flat roof portions of Crow,
Dixon, Curtiss and Fitzpatrick Halls.
Dawson Building Contractors, Inc., of Rainbow City, is progressing well with approximately 25% completed. The project is on schedule for completion Fall Semester 2004.
Tom Roberts Construction is making progress on this project which is approximately 50% complete. The project is scheduled to be completed by August, 2004 but is approximately four weeks behind schedule.
The Field House construction
documents have been developed by the architect for the bid process. The
projects scope is being re-evaluated to optimize the Athletic Department's use.
Library Elevator and Interior Improvements
Hudak and Dawson is making very noticeable improvements to
the Library's interior with new carpet and interior painting. New elevators
installation has begun and will greatly improve the operation of the building.
The project is approximately 45% complete and is on schedule.
Little River Canyon
Preliminary environmental studies have been completed for
the Field School site. The scope of the project and construction documents are
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools reaffirmed the University’s accreditation at its December
meeting. This will end the three year process of self-study and continue the University’s accreditation for
another ten years. Once again I want to express appreciation to Dr. Martha
Lavender, Chair of our self-study, Dr. Louise Clark, co-chair , the Self-study
Steering Committee and all faculty, staff, and students who contributed to this
very important process.
Our Spring Semester 2004 enrollment at the end of
registration was 102 less than Spring Semester 2003. This headcount enrollment
represents 8,346 students (undergraduates and graduates). Credit hour
production totaled 95,096 semester hours which was 330 semester hours less than
last Spring '03.
University Housing reported residence hall occupancy to be
1, 301residents of a total capacity of 1,490 available residencies. This is an
87.32 % occupancy rate. Our apartments have a total number of 267 apartment
units; 17 are currently offline and in renovation for a total occupancy rate of
84%. There are 13 houses owned by the University; one is currently not suitable
to rent. Nine of the twelve available
houses are occupied for a 75% occupancy rate.
When we joined the Ohio Valley Conference, one of our goals
in the athletic department set was winning the conference 's All-Sports
Trophy. Our Gamecocks have done very
well toward that goal by winning the OVC football title and posting high
regular season finishes in volleyball and soccer. We offer our congratulations
to Coach Crowe for a great season and his first OVC championship. We also
congratulate our volleyball team and Coach Nold for its highest percentage
winning season ever and finishing second in the OVC final standings. We are
also proud of our soccer team and coach Howe for third place in the OVC final
Based on their grades of the fall semester, our student
athletes may be in the running for the Academic Achievement Banner. Fourteen of
the Gamecocks’ 16 athletic teams had cumulative team grade point averages of
3.0 or better — up from eight at the end of last year — giving the overall
program a mean GPA of 3.09. A total of 115 athletes posted 3.0 or better
averages, including 17 in 11 sports with perfect 4.0s.
This is not just a one year accomplishment, as last year JSU
was honored by USA Today for having one of the best graduation-rate
improvements in Division I. We were
also proud to announce that 63 percent of athletes enrolling as freshmen in the
1996-97 school year have received degrees. That’s one point higher than the
national average and tops among four-year public institutions in Alabama.
Last year, a total of 97 Jacksonville State athletes
received post-season Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic honors. That total is
likely to rise this year with the release of the latest athletic grade
reports for the Fall 2003 semester.
Little River Canyon
Promised federal money finally became a reality Thursday
when the Senate finally passed an overdue $373 billion bill. Senators approved
the measure 65-28 a month after House passage.
Included in the bill was $1 million that will go toward construction of Jacksonville State
University’s Little River Canyon Field School on the DeKalb-Cherokee county
line at Highway 35. We are grateful to Alabama's Congressmen Robert Aderholt,
Bud Cramer, Mike Rogers and Congressman Bill Young, of Florida, in addition to
our Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions all of whom worked very hard to
support this legislation.
It is expected that President Bush will sign the bill in the
next few weeks. I also want to express a special note of appreciation to Mr. Pete
Conroy for his persistence in pursuing these funds; also to our Trustee Randy
Owen and his wife Kelly--both have this project close to their hearts and have
opened their home and made trips to Washington D.C. to lobby for this funding;
and to Red Etheredge for his time and political savvy in Washington.
Alabama could lose more than $900 million a year if it quits
offering out-of-state students from counties near its borders in-state tuition
rates for colleges and universities and triples tuition as recommended by the
Governor's Education Spending Commission in its final report and
recommendations. A report prepared by JSU's Dr. William T. Fielding,
Dean of the College of Commerce and Business
Administration outlined the economic
impact on the state economy from out-of-state and international students.
out-of-state and foreign students are enrolled in Alabama’s two-and four-year
institutions, contributing some $910 million to the state’s economy, according
to Dr. Fielding's study. That translates into an estimated 13,622 jobs and
$86.4 million in sales and income taxes for the Education Trust Fund. The
impact of Jacksonville State University's Fall 2003 enrollment of out-of-state
and international students would be a loss of $26,541,499.
JSU Fact Book
In your materials you will find the 2003-2004 Fall Edition
of the JSU Fact Book. This is an excellent resource manual for all statistical
aspects of the University. We are indebted to Mr. Tim Smith and the Office of
Institutional Effectiveness for producing this document.
College of Education
and Professional Studies
We are very pleased to present a copy of "Passport to
Success"--the report of the College of Education and Professional Studies
activities for 2003.
I am very pleased to ask Mr. Julian Jenkins of Jenkins,
Munroe and Jenkins to present the draft of the University's master plan through
Institutional Advancement Report
We are pleased to have the J. F. Smith Group, Inc. working with us in conducting an advancement audit and feasibility study in preparation for our proposed capital campaign. They have been working hard interviewing board members, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University to produce recommendations for our fund-raising efforts. I would now like to introduce Jerry F. Smith of the Smith Group and Julia O'Neil who will present their recommendations.
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