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President's Quarterly Report to Trustees

PRESIDENTíS REPORT

PRESIDENTíS REPORT

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

April 19, 2004

 

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS

 

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 technology.

 

Stephenson Multi-Purpose Building

 

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.

 

McClellan Building 3181

 

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.

 

Library Interior Improvements

 

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.

 

Field House Renovations

 

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 buildings.

 

Chimney Peak

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.

Chimney Peak Observatory

 

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.

 

UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES

 

Fall Application Report

 

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.

 

Housing Report

 

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.

 

University Police Department

 

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.

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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 each semester.

 

University Master Plan

 

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 today.

 

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.

 

Academic Affairs Report

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.

 

 



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