President's Quarterly Report to Trustees
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY
OCTOBER 18, 2004
Ayers Hall Renovation
Chorba Contracting replaced their mechanical subcontractor,
Mid-State II. The replacement
contractor, Modern Heating and Air Conditioning of Gadsden, is making
significant progress in addressing the mechanical components of the
project. We expect to get this building
in late February or early March. The departments of Technology, Mathematics and
Computer Information Systems, and Psychology will move into their renovated
facilities during the summer of 2005.
Tom Roberts Construction turned over the weight room portion
of the project on September 1. The weight room will be dedicated this afternoon
and will be open to the public. The
remainder of the facility underwent a final inspection with the State Building
Commission on October 12, 2004. The Athletic Department is scheduled to move
into its new offices October 19th.
Dawson Building of Rainbow City has diligently attempted to complete Gadsden State's
wing for occupancy. Their occupancy schedule has slipped from mid to late November.
The remainder of the building is progressing very well but a lot of work remains to be
accomplished. Overall completion percentage is 84%. Jacksonville State University will
occupy its facilities in the Spring 2005 Semester.
Houston Cole Library Interior Improvements
Hudak & Dawson has completed approximately 95% of the
project. The original electrical
subcontractor was replaced with Christian Electrical in order to complete the
remaining work and close out this project.
Field House Renovations
Hudak & Dawson is making progress on the exterior
portion of the building. The upstairs
portion will become available to the contractor when the Athletic Offices
relocate to the Multi-Purpose Building starting on October 19.
Preliminary design for the rear porch
extension and relocation of the scoreboard is being evaluated by our architect
for consideration at the January Board meeting.
Little River Canyon Field School
Funding from NASA was appropriated and authorized for use in
the amount of $1.78 million. Project scope and
construction documents are being developed by our architect in concert with the
University's Office of Environmental Policy and The National Park Service.
Additional appropriations through NASA are expected later this academic year.
Roof Replacement 2002
Standard Roofing returned to JSU on October 6 to review and
formulate a corrective action plan for the continuous problems at Stephenson
Hall. Their plan will include
remediation efforts to resolve and correct leaks and associated problems created
from roof leaks in the building.
Fall Enrollment Report
Our Fall Semester 2004 enrollment was disappointing as total
headcount was 101 less than last Fall Semester 2004. Fall headcount enrollment
was 8,930 students equaling the second highest enrollment in Fall Semester 2002. The
University gained students in the classifications of Accelerated High School, Seniors,
and Graduate students but these were not enough to offset losses in other
classifications of Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors. Although this is only a 1%
decrease in enrollment, it will not deter us from our goal of 10,000
Dr. Turner, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, gave
up her time for her Academic Affairs Report
so that Mr. Tim Smith, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Mrs.
Martha Mitchell, Director of Admissions, and Dr. Bill Scroggins, Chairman of
the Enrollment Management Committee, can provide you with current information
about our enrollment, admissions and recruitment strategies in planning for our
goal of 10,000 students.
University Housing reported residence hall occupancy for Fall Semester 2004 is
10% above last Fall Semester 2003. Apartment occupancy rate is 24% above
last fall. Fall occupancy rate for
houses is below last fall as one of the University's nine houses is currently
off-line for repair; all others are occupied for an 88.9% occupancy rate.
Institutional Advancement Report
Our institutional advancement staff, working with J. F. Smith
and Associates in our Capital Campaign, have made significant progress. We have
a progress report as of October 13. This
was a very good week as we received a $6 million gift from a donor who wishes to
remain anonymous and a $1 million gift from our architect Julian Jenkins.† Dr. Meehan requested Vice President Joe
Serviss provide additional information.
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