25 July 2006
President's Quarterly Report to Board of Trustees
Ayers Hall Transportation Building
has begun to complete this project for the University’s Department of
Technology and Engineering. The concrete floor was poured and block interior
walls erected. The project is expected to be completed in late August or early
September by Hale Building Company.
McClellan 3181 Forensics
project has been completed. The Alabama State Forensics Lab has relocated from
Brewer Hall and is in operation at the University’s McClellan facility.
Demolition of Steam
Plant, Abercrombie and Luttrell Halls
Corporation completed this project but requested a change order which was
denied by the University. A meeting was
held July 5 with the contractor, architect and University personnel in an
attempt to resolve the dispute but to no avail. The contractor may petition relief from the
State Building Commission.
architect, Jenkins, Monroe & Jenkins, continues to develop and improve on
the design of this environmentally friendly building using “LEED Certification”
technology and materials. Total
funding appropriated from NASA is $6.3M. The DeKalb County Commission will host
a JSU presentation on the Little River Canyon Project August 14th in
the Commission’ Chambers. Sen. Jeff Sessions will be present along with other
pre-bid conference was held July 6 at the site with bid opening July 13th. The apparent low bidder is Hale Building
Company in the amount of $159,193. Total project cost is approximately $199,000
with architect fees, extra services and contingency allowance. Project should take four to six months to
complete once the contract is awarded. This project will greatly enhance the
University’s astronomical observation and allow these scientific tools to be
shared with public schools.
Duncan of Madison,
Alabama was awarded
the contract and work commenced on the site of the old steam plant on June 26.
This building as approved by the Trustees is within the University Master Plan
will provide a safe environment for the Department of Art’s ceramic studio and
complete the reaccreditation requirements for this academic program.
Roof Replacement 2002
Roofing Company successfully completed remediation and corrective repairs to
Stephenson’s gym roof.
McClellan 3181 New
one bid was received on this project and was substantially over the
budget. Alabama Bid Law allows negotiation
with the only bidder. Our architect
negotiated with McCartney Construction on behalf of GSCC and JSU to obtain an
affordable parking lot with 68 spaces and reduced scope of work for the funding
available for this project.
Pre-Bid Conference was held July 11 with bid opening July 18 for a new stadium
scoreboard and two replacement LED display boards for
and Coliseum. The apparent low bidder is Roberts Construction Company in the
amount of $1,345,714. Total project cost is approximately $1,579,341 with
architect fees, extra services and contingency allowance.
Curtiss Hall Pipe
Controls of Birmingham was awarded the contract to remove the interior mechanical
piping system and replace with a four pipe system from Curtiss Hall in
preparation of this facility being returned to duty as a residence hall. The contractor
is replacing individual room fan coil units with new efficient units. Building
renovations should be complete in early August.
Fall and Spring head count enrollment for 2005-2006 in comparison with last
year (2004-2005) was higher, our enrollment for all nine summer terms was less than
the previous year. Four of the nine summer terms increased over last year but
it was not enough to make up for enrollment lost in the other five terms. The
final enrollment for all summer terms was 7,754 or 259 less than last year.
will continue to study summer enrollment patterns to make adjustments for next
year. For example, this year we reduced Summer I and II to Monday through
Thursday classes to save students one day (20%) in the cost of commuting.
Initial anecdotal information indicated that this was a popular move with students
as they had Friday for work, study or play. But on the other hand—did the
additional contact time of 30 minutes each day Monday through Friday discourage
other students from enrollment or limit university offerings?
contrast, and on a positive note, the unduplicated head count for the entire
academic year 2005-2006 (number of individual students enrolled at least once
throughout the year) was 10,870—an increase of 148 students above the previous
Fall Application and
July 18 the Admissions Office reported that accepted applications for Fall ’06
were the second highest in University history—only 42 below last year's record.
Transfer applications accepted for Fall ’06 were the highest in University history
and 52 above last year. Orientation began last week and will continue through
the second week in August. It is still too early to determine the enrollment
for Fall; however, the projection is positive as Preview Day registrations were
above last year's, and pre-registration numbers are also expected to be confirmed
above last year's totals when students make their payment later in August.
for University housing continue to indicate full occupancy for residence halls
and apartments. Curtiss Hall is being returned to residence hall status as a
sorority hall, and Sparkman Hall is being renovated to accommodate men and
women. In addition College Apartments are being refitted with new windows and
carpet. It is anticipated that University Housing will be in the ninetieth
percentile for occupancy this Fall.
am pleased to ask Dr. Rebecca Turner, Vice President for Academic and Student
Affairs, to report. Dr. Turner’s written report is in your binder under “Tab 6”
which you may read at your leisure. In addition Dr. Turner and Dr. Jeff
Chandler, Head of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation,
have information about a new program that will link academics and athletics.
Also, Dr. Turner and Mr. Serviss will share with you some of the good news from
the 60th Anniversary of the International House Program held in Paris, France
earlier this month.
have asked Athletic Director Jim Fuller to share information about the new
partnership between JSU Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast that will carry JSU
home football games into more than four million homes this season.
am very pleased to introduce Dr. Alicia Simmons who has been named the Director
of Institutional Research and Assessment. Dr. Simmons had served as acting
director until she was selected through a university search process that
reviewed applications from across the country. Dr. Simmons has chaired the Strategic
Planning Committee which is completing the University Strategic Plan that you
will be asked to approve during the next academic year. This is the next step
in our planning process as you have approved our redefined mission statement,
which helped us establish a vision for the University and clarify our core
Joe Serviss, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, will provide a brief
update of our capital campaign.
Linda Love – retiring as Executive Secretary to the President of JSU
Bennett – one of seven Sinfonians recognized by Phi Mu Alpha
Chairman, this concludes my report.
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