President's Quarterly Report to Trustees
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
JULY 12, 2004
Ayers Hall Renovation
Chorba Contracting is having sub-contractor problems on the
job site, which is negatively impacting job progress.††† A mechanical sub-contractor, Mid-State, has
filed for bankruptcy and left the job.†††
This action has delayed the project since the mechanical work is
critical to the overall project completion. Late Spring Semester 2005 is the
projected completion date for the new home for the departments of academic
computing services, computer science and mathematics, psychology, and
Stephenson Multi-Purpose Building
Tom Roberts Construction should be completed in the Weight
Room area on July 15.†† The remainder of
the building is progressing but several more weeks are required to complete the
project.†† Completion date is scheduled
for mid September.
Dawson Building of Rainbow City is scheduled to have Gadsden
State's wing completed and ready for
occupancy in mid September.†† Work is
progressing very rapidly on the remainder of the building with project
approximately 80% complete.
Library Interior Improvements
Hudak & Dawson have four new elevators functioning and
operating in accordance with the schedule.††
Mechanical, electrical and air conditioning work is nearing completion
in the Penthouse/elevator room on top of the building.†† Project is approximately 90% complete.
Field House Renovations
Hudak & Dawson are pushing very hard to have the
training area completed by August 1st† for the return of our team and football
practice. The basement area, football locker room and team meeting room should
be finished and available in time for the first home game. The exterior facade
work is in process however; the upper level interior work cannot begin until
the Athletic Department's functions are relocated to the
when those spaces are available for occupancy in September.
Little River Canyon
Funding has been requested and approved. NASA has the funds,
which are in process to JSU. Project scope and construction documents will be
developed by the architect once funding is received.
Roof Replacement 2002
The contractor, Standard Roofing, has performed remedial
work on the ceiling in Stephenson.††
Contractor is also working on several roof leaks.
Chimney Peak Observatory
University officials are currently
studying the site location for the
Peak observatory with
respect for the need to add a one to two acre buffer area south of the tower.
This land, once owned by the University would help prevent the addition of
towers that might block the observatory. The construction documents for the
observatory are in the development phase.
Fall Application Report
Our Fall Semester 2004 application count as of July 7th
was slightly above last yearís total. New student applications for first time
freshman and transfer students are eight above last year. We are looking
forward to new student orientation, which begins Thursday of this week.
University Housing reported residence hall reapplication for
next Fall Semester 2004 is progressing well. Fall occupancy rate is currently
81% within residence halls, 82% in apartments and 89% in houses.
Ann Wells, Jacksonville
's Director of Continuing Education along with Troy State University Dothan and
the University of
North Alabama received the Distinguished Program
Award for Association for Continuing Higher Education Region VII at the 2004
Conference in Atlanta
on April 19.† The award was for the
project known as the University Partnership for Alabama Continuing Education
(UPACE).† Located in three different
regions of the state, the three universities have combined efforts in the UPACE
Partnership and are offering certificate programs for the
County Engineers, Alabama
Association of Police Chiefs, and Alabama Association of Revenue Officers.
The National Commission on Accreditation of the Council on
Social Work Education (CSWE) reaccredited
Universityís Social Work
Program. The programs first accreditation began in 1992 and was retroactive to
1988. The last reaccredidation took place in 1996.
We would like to thank Vice President Turner, Dean Wade, Dr. Fagan and our
social work faculty and staff for their hard work. This program has graduated
over 800 students since 1988 and has more social work majors than any
university in the state.
Dr. Cynthia Harper, Dean College of Education and Professional Studies
Dr. Cynthia Harper recently elevated from acting dean of the
College of Education
and Professional Studies to dean. Dr. Harper, who joined the JSU faculty in
1975, has demonstrated exceptional competence during her employment at JSU. She
has exceptional energy, impressive leadership qualities, and the vision needed
to lead the College
of Education and
The College of Education and Professional Studies is one of JSU's largest, with
34% of the JSU student population. In addition to teacher training, the College
includes several professional studies programs including technology,
engineering, communication, and family and consumer sciences.
†Dr. Harper has served as associate dean
of the College since 2000. She holds a B.S. in secondary education and a
master's degree in counselor education from JSU. She earned an Ed.D. in special
education from the University
of Alabama. During her
years of service to JSU, Dr. Harper has served as head of the College's
Department of Curriculum and Instruction and as associate dean. She became
acting dean in October 2003.
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
Dr. Turner presented two special presentations as part of
the Academic Affairs Report.
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