BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
April 19, 2004
Ayers Hall Renovation
This project is progressing and changing the landscape of
central campus. Chorba Construction is approximately 44% complete at this time
and is on schedule.† November 2004 is
the projected completion date for the new home for the departments of academic
computing services, computer science and mathematics, psychology, and
This project is rapidly taking shape with approximately 70%
completed.†† The projected scheduled
completion date is August 2004 according to Contractor Tom Roberts.† The weight room is scheduled to be available
in June in time to assist our students competing in fall sports.
Dawson Building Contractors, Inc., of Rainbow City is
progressing very well with approximately 45% completed.†† Project is on schedule with significant
changes occurring. JSU and Gadsden State will occupy this facility in the fall.
Hudak and Dawson of Gadsden have greatly improved the
overall appearance of the Library interior with new carpet and paint.††† Two of the four new elevators were
installed and have greatly improved elevator operations in this building.††† Project is approximately 62% completed
with completion scheduled for mid July.
Bids were opened April 1 with Hudak and Dawson of Gadsden as
the low bidder.†† A pre-construction
meeting was held on April 5. The contractor has committed to completing the
phase A (lower level construction) by September 1st.
Little River Canyon
A joint meeting was held on site April 2 with the National
Park Service, JSU officials and architect to review the proposed construction
and work on a Memorandum of Agreement for joint occupancy of the proposed
facility.† This meeting helped
facilitate the scope and design of the project with construction documents
being developed.†† Funding from NASA
grants are in development as funds have been appropriated from Congress. The
budget process will begin as soon as funds are received.
Roof Replacement 2002
Year End Inspection was held March 16 with a detailed list
of items to be corrected by Standard Roofing.††
Contractor is still trying to resolve some roof leaks and an issue with
Stephenson Hall's gym ceiling.
Roof Replacement 2003
Alabama Roofing and Sheet Metal Company has completed the
roof project with exception of several punch list items remaining on several
The County Commission's contractor has completed the
remaining paving of the roadway to Mountain Avenue. The Calhoun County Commission issued a
contract to McCartney Construction for the paving which is now complete and
will help complete the transfer of the Chimney Peak Road to the City of
Jacksonville as the Board of Trustees approved at its last meeting.
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.
Our Fall Semester 2004 application count as of April 14th
was slightly above last yearís total. New student applications for first time
freshman and transfer students are thirty eight above last year. Scholarship
announcements have been made and we are looking forward to new student
orientation later this summer.
Preview Day registrations of new students for Fall Semester
reached a record high for the last ten years with 515 new students registering
for classes during our February and March weekend sessions.
University Housing reported residence hall reapplication for
next academic year, Fall and Spring Semesters 2004-05 is progressing well.
Approximately 50% of the beds within residence halls and 75% of the beds in
apartments have been assigned.
UPD was reaccredated by the Commission on Accreditation for
Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). An extensive reaccredidation study takes
place every third year, and the department marked its second reaccredidation.
The original recognition came in 1997 when UPD became one of the first
university police departments in the state to gain approval by CALEA. This
year's process began in earnest last August when a team of CALEA officials
visited the department. All aspects of the UPD's policies and procedures,
management, operations, and support services come under scrutiny.
Police departments throughout the nation seek accreditation
for liability purposes. CALEA inspects the departments' standard operating
procedures to ensure they are sound according to local, state and federal laws.
Meeting CALEA standards means that the department's procedures are not only
written down but are followed.
In addition Chief Schneider announced the department's
recently published annual crime statistics show an overall crime rate decrease of 30%. The UPD has also
developed a training module for students, faculty, and staff in the event of an
accident or incident at the Anniston Army Chemical Stockpile, a natural hazard
e.g. a tornado, or a hazardous materials accident. The Universityís safety
committee has approved a plan for implementation that will protect the
university community whether we are told by the EMA to evacuate or shelter in
place. UPD has been systematically training University personnel for a limited
drill which will take place before the spring term ends. Additional exercises
will take place this summer and continue with at least one campus wide drill
Last meeting Mr. Julian Jenkins and Mr. Jay Jenkins of
Jenkins, Munroe and Jenkins presented the draft of the University's Master Plan
through year 2025. Since that time they have taken the advice from the Board
and other groups to adjust the plan for your consideration and final approval
†Institutional Advancement Report
Our Institutional Advancement staff has been working with
J.F. Smith and Associates since approval of the Capital Campaign. I will now
call on Vice President Joe Serviss for an update.
I would now like to call on Dr. Turner for presentation of
the Academic Affairs Report.
Mr. Chairman that concludes my report unless you or the
Trustees have further questions.