BOARD OF TRUSTEES
†April 18, 2005
Ayers Hall Renovation
The building is taking shape and is approximately 93%
complete.† The general contractor, Chorba
Contracting, has expedited the construction activities and schedules in order
to complete the project in early May 2005.
JSU activities have moved into the facility and are in
operation.† Several outstanding punch
list items remain uncompleted and efforts are being made to resolve these with
the contractor.† Additional
renovation/modifications are being planned. These include designs and estimates
for an archeology wet lab and the State Forensic Lab within the building.† The main sewer lines for the facility have been
examined with a TV camera and problems have been located that need repairs or
replacement.† Plans and cost estimates
are being developed and evaluated to resolve the sewer line problems for the
Library Interior Improvements
Hudak and Dawson Contracting is approximately 98% finished
at this time.† Several outstanding
electrical items remain uncompleted.† An
electrical change order remains to be accomplished before the project is
Field House Renovation
Hudak and Dawson Contracting has been instructed to complete
the original contract document and complete the renovations in an expeditious
manner.† Porch extension, underneath
enclosures and upgrades to the upstairs have been held in abeyance for future
construction activities and will be reviewed by the Boardís athletic committee.
Paul Snow Stadium - Artificial Turf
Bids were received on March 31, 2005, and the low bidder was
ProGrass from Pittsburgh,
PA at $764,142.† Contract documents have been signed and mobilization is
in process to get this project underway in an expeditious manner and complete
the project by July 23, 2005.
Demolition of Steam Plant, Abercrombie and Luttrell Halls
Bids were received on March 8, 2005, and the low bidder at
$438,000 was Taylor Construction from Oxford,
AL.† Re-routing of water lines and fiber optics
are in process in advance of the actual demolition of these facilities.† Contracts have been signed and the contractor
is mobilizing to the site.
Roof Replacement 2002
The contractor, Standard Roofing, has responded and tried to
correct various leaks at Stephenson Hall.†
No remediation effort has been accomplished within the inside of the gym
ceiling area by the contractor at this time.
Funding in the amount of $6.3 million has been appropriated
and authorized for use through NASA.† An
entire project and construction document is being developed by the architect in
concert with Mr. Pete Conroyís office and National Park Services.
Finalizing the design and completing the contract documents
are in the final stages with the architect in order to bid this project.† An appraisal for an additional acre of land
at the site has been completed and communication with the property owner has
The dedication of Kennamer Hall will be today following a
special Trustees luncheon at 12:30 honoring Bob and Lou Kennamer.† The building will be open and available for
the public to view. This is an outstanding facility that will benefit our athletic
department for years to come
Fall 2005 Application
The number of new student applications accepted for Fall
Semester 2005 is at this time 272 applicants above last year's count at the same
time. The total number of new applicants accepted as of April 13 was 2,488;
among those are 480 from Georgia which represents an increase of 138 above
last year at this time. Preview Day weekends in February and March were
successful and registered 432 new students for Fall Semester 2005.
University Housing reported that residence hall and
apartment re-application went well. The re-application process ended March 18
and 89%of the Universityís apartments were under contract. The residence hall
average re-application was 26% with Logan
Hall at 84%and Patterson at 71%, which leaves plenty of room for the new
students in the Fall.†
The Council of College and University Presidents and the
Alabama Commission on Higher Education are grateful to Governor Riley for
presenting his budget, which supports the first unanimous Unified Budget
Request for the Education Trust Fund since 1988. The Governorís budget request
would increase higher education funding to $138, 230,921 or 11.62% and Jacksonville
by $3.2 million.† Last week the education
and finance committee of the House of Representatives passed out of committee
its recommendation for higher education that would increase funding by
approximately 14% and JSU by $3.9 million. The Alabama Senate has pending
legislation that would provide one time funding of higher education just less
than $50 million. JSUís portion of this proposal is $1.8 million.† Unfortunately there is not enough new money
to do both, and, at this time, it doesnít appear that the education budget will
pass any earlier than the last days of this session. The good news is that it
seems to be a good year for higher education to receive an increase.
State Plan for
Alabama Higher Education
Recently we mailed to you a copy of the State Plan for
Alabama Higher Education adopted by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education
in August 2003. The plan presents a vision for Alabama higher education, a purpose
statement, and goals for a five-year period. The accountability portion of the
plan requires that each institution complete three reports:
an oral report to the Commission by the president as to the institution's
progress toward statewide goals,
an annual report from the Board of Trustees to the Commission as to the institutionís
strategies to accomplish the statewide goals, and
a performance report on the institutionís strategies to the Executive
In March, I presented the first institutional report to the
Commission. I will now share that report with you.
Mr. Tim Smith, Director of Institutional Research, will now
review the draft Trustees Report mailed to you recently. Mr. Chairman, I would
request approval of the Trustees Report.
The Department of Examiners of Public Accounts completed its
audit of Jacksonville
for the fiscal year 2003-2004, and I am pleased to tell you that we received an
unqualified audit with no findings. The Examinerís office completed the audit
in early March and each Trustee was mailed a copy of this report. I am very
appreciative of the cooperation from the Business Affairs Division, Mr.
Carlson, his staff and Director of Internal Audit, Ms. La Rocca.
I would like to ask Dr. Turner to present the Academic
Division of Information
At our last meeting we shared that JSU is facing the need to
acquire new software that will be the basis for all university administrative
computing systems for the next twenty years. I have asked Mr. Randy Harper,
Executive Director of Information Technology, to provide a brief update as to
the status of the expenditure required for this next generation of software.
Earlier this semester you received a copy of The Gem of
the Hills, JSUís alumni magazine. I want to thank Mr. Serviss and his staff
for an excellent job on this publication.†
Mr. Serviss, our Vice President, will provide an update from his division.
Mr. Fuller will provide an update on our athletic programs.