Annual Meeting Speech
Our "GO Leaders" and "Go Mentors" did an excellent job this summer during
the many orientation sessions. They are outstanding representatives
for our University and provide what I believe to be the best start possible
for JSU's new students.
I want to thank
Dr. Crotts and the JSU Jazz Band for an outstanding performance. Please
bring your families and join us at the Presidents Home tonight from
5:00 - 8:00pm for food and more good music from our JSU Jazz Band under
Dr. Crotts direction.
I too, welcome our
new faculty and staff. You are part of a great university community
where we look forward to your contributions and a long term association
that will be mutually beneficial.
Dr. Simmons did
an excellent job in reviewing our strategic planning process. Many of
you have developed strategic plans for your units and broad representation
of faculty and staff have helped in the current strategic planning process.
The strategic planning process is future oriented and consists of visioning,
creating a mission statement, gap analysis, environmental scans, trend
analysis, strategy development, and benchmarking. All sectors of the
university will have an opportunity to contribute to the strategic plan
through peer representation or by directly responding to on-line surveys.
This plan will be developed just as the Mission Statement, Vision Statement,
Core Values and University Goals for 2003-2007. We need your participation
so that we can present the Board of Trustees with a working document
at the next meeting in October and seek final approval in January 2007.
The Board of Trustees
approved implementation of the new Banner system from SunGard SCT. Banner
is the name of the computer software that JSU has purchased to replace
the mainframe administrative computing system. It will support student
financial aid, human resources and financial activities.
JSU employees are
investing a great deal of time and effort in the Banner and Luminis
projects that Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Graham already mentioned. Some of
you are working extra hours during the evenings and weekends to help
ensure a successful implementation. As we approach "go-live" with the
financial system in October, there will be unanticipated issues that
we must deal with. I ask for your patience and cooperation as we all
move into this phase of the project. Then, as we move beyond, into the
Human Resources, Financial Aid and Student system implementations next
year, additional employees will be required to devote a larger percentage
of their time to the project. At the same time we must continue to carry
on business with our current system. It is essential that we find ways
to allow our employees to invest the time required for Banner implementation
and training. We must rearrange priorities, postpone the completion
of non-critical functions and perhaps work extra hours for a limited
time. The investment of time and effort during the next year will pay
dividends for years to come. Your cooperation and efforts during this
phase of the project are necessary and very much appreciated.
I want to thank
Gloria Horton and Joe Whitmore for leading the JSU United Way Campaign
this year and for their prior years of service in this effort. Last
year JSU was recognized by United Way as the most improved corporate
donor. United Way of East Central Alabama fulfills a unique role in
making our community a better place. And thanks to the generous support
of volunteers like the JSU employees who supported the "Day of Caring"
and all who contribute at JSU, we're helping to improve lives every
day right here in Calhoun County. I hope you will consider donating
again this year.
JSU is also in another
campaign, a comprehensive capital campaign called "The Power of 125...Join
the Celebration!" The campaign's conclusion in 2008 coincides with JSU's
125th anniversary, and we will be planning a huge birthday party to
let everyone know that JSU represents 125 years of tradition, excellence,
and achievement. To date we have raised $15.8 million which represents
63 percent of our goal in 53 percent of the time allotted for our campaign.
The public phase of the campaign was launched this past April with a
spectacular gala that featured entertainment by students and faculty
from the David L. Walters Department of Music. During the Gala, I received
two verbal pledges, one in the amount of $5 million and one in the amount
of $2 million. Needless to say, the public announcement Gala was a tremendous
success. Shortly after the Gala the original campaign goal of $17.5
million was raised to $25 million. We are very confident that this goal
can be reached. I want to thank the Jacksonville State University Foundation
and the International Endowment Foundation for their commitment to this
campaign. These two foundations and the university's board of trustees
are working together to ensure that our campaign will be a success.
I also want to thank all of you who have made your personal commitment
to this effort. Six out of every ten of our faculty and staff have made
a commitment, and I encourage those of you who have not made a pledge
to the campaign to do so today. Your participation is very important
to the campaign's success. When we visit corporations and prospective
donors regarding their contribution to the campaign, they will want
to know how the campaign is being supported internally. A sixty percent
participation rate is good; however, full -- 100% -- participation will
send an extremely strong message to our prospective donors. Full participation
says the JSU family believes that this campaign is vital to the future
of our university. It is not how much you give, but that you give something.
It's important to show that you believe enough in the vision of JSU
that you participate at some level. If you need additional information
about the campaign, there is a link on the university's main web page,
and you can also contact the campaign office in room 301 of Bibb Graves
I've reviewed your
annual reports for 2005-06, and I'm proud of your accomplishments. Here
are just a few highlights:
The Office of Admissions
reported that as of August16th the fall application and acceptance numbers
were second highest in 15 years. We won't receive the final numbers
until after the last day to add and /or register, Sept. 6th, but we're
optimistic about this year, and I want to thank everyone who has assisted
in our recruiting efforts, including volunteering their time for Preview
As of July 31, 2006,
JSU had 123 faculty grants and contracts totaling $10,424,541.11.
Alumni Affairs hosted
or assisted with 50 alumni chapter events or reunions.
High School/Dual Enrollment program established a fiber-optic connection
with Jacksonville High School. Also part of this project is for Anniston
High School to be provided a direct internet connection with JSU. The
project was made possible by a $100,000 federal grant matched with $100,000
from two local high schools and a generous gift from the Stewart family
foundation. As a result of this work, Anniston and Jacksonville high
schools will be connected with JSU, which can offer college-level courses
to high school students on their own campuses.
the year with a National Championship in Rifle and five Ohio Valley
Conference championships: Baseball, Women's Golf, Rifle, Softball and
Volleyball. JSU won the Ohio Valley Conference Women's All-Sports Trophy
and three JSU teams received OVC team sportsmanship awards.
Books for Baghdad
concluded its second book drive, collecting and shipping nearly 19,000
textbooks and a good number of scientific journals. Dr. Safaa Al Hamdani
made arrangements with the International Relief and Development Agency
to ship two 20-foot containers of books to Baghdad on June 28.
The Center for
Economic Development and Business Research initiated the Choccolocco
Economic Activity Zone. The Zone's primary role is to promote area-wide
economic development by gathering, analyzing and providing relevant
data to local leaders.
The Department of
Drama received a 10 year reaccreditation notice from the National Association
of Schools of Theatre.
In December, the
Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) approved the post-implementation
report for the Master of Science in Systems and Software Design program,
which successfully met all benchmarks established by ACHE. The Department
of Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences awarded 36 master's
degrees during the implementation period.
on the Department of Art's new facility, the Art Annex.
Planning and arrangements
took place for the Southerners historic 50th anniversary reunion and
performance, which will be held on November 11, this year.
Renovations to Brewer
Hall provided new and improved space for the Departments of Criminal
Justice, Political Science and Public Administration, and Sociology
and Social Work.
Policy Information Center received $6.3 million for construction of
a Little River Canyon Center, with ground breaking scheduled for later
University is proud to add JSU's Dr. Guillermo Francia III, professor
of computer science, to its growing list of Fulbright Scholars. JSU
has possibly had more Fulbright scholars than any other regional university
of its size. Dr. Francia will teach and study in the Mediterranean island
nation of Malta for academic year 2006-2007.
The College of Commerce
and Business Administration was included in the 2006 Princeton Review
of "The Best 237 Business Schools." This places the JSU College of Commerce
and Business among the top 10% of all business schools in the nation.
Both the National
Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and the
Alabama State Department of Education officially reaccredited and approved
the programs of the College of Education and Professional Studies.
$250,000 to the College of Education and Professional Studies in support
for a new education annex.
A visiting team
from the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) recommended
accreditation approval for the Department of Technology and Engineering
in April 2006.
established a new record for graduate enrollment in the fall 2005 semester.
Ayers Hall became
the home of the Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences (MCIS);
Technology; and Psychology departments at the beginning of the 2005-2006
academic year. The newly renovated spaces of the former Biology and
Psychology departments, along with the newly constructed three-story
wing at the east end of the structure, provides an impressive, modern
and spacious facility.
The annual Visual
Arts Society's JSU Gala and Art Auction raised over $12,000 for the
Mr. Alberto Ibaguen,
former editor of the Miami Herald, and current president and CEO of
the Knight Foundation, presented the 2006 Ayers Lecture in February
2006. Mr. Ibaguen donated his honorarium to the Department of Communication
for scholarships. Because he was so impressed by JSU's students.
The Office of Distance
Education saw enrollment in the Fall 2005, Spring 2006, and Summer 2006
terms maintain and even exceed previous years. Fall 2005 and Spring
2006 saw 129 and 121 online courses offered, with the majority utilizing
the Blackboard Course Management System.
This summer the
International House celebrated its 60th anniversary in Paris, France
with a reunion of 145 alumni from around the world. Thanks to the staff
at the International House, Alumni Affairs, Development Office, Institutional
Advancement and The JSU Foundation Inc. the reunion was a success and
raised $150,000 for a scholarship in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Jones the
Technology Division established wireless access throughout Houston Cole
Library and Sparkman Hall and implemented new hardware and software
features to provide improved network management.
A contract for $930,000
was received from the Alabama Department of Education to establish an
Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) at Jacksonville
State University. Thanks to the hard work of College of Graduate Studies,
In Service Education and others throughout the University, JSU's AMSTI
office was established and Governor Riley came to open our first training
Dr. Fred May served
as a guest instructor in Emergency Management at Wuhan University during
The Office of Continuing
Education updated its registration system, enabling students to register
and pay by credit card on-line.
The Small Business
Development Center presented 20 seminars and workshops, and SBDC procurement
clients were awarded over $15 million dollars in contracts.
State University community responded in many ways to assist hurricane
Katrina survivors. Nursing instructors Mendy Wright and Carrie Elkins
provided nursing care through the American Red Cross in Citronelle,
Alabama, September 7-13, 2005. Nursing students conducted a Knapsacks
of Hope project to help evacuees at McClellan. The SGA and Student Affairs
conducted the Quarter 'n' Up project and held a blood drive. Dr. Safaa
al-Hamdani and Dr. Nancy Francisco-Stewart formed a team of 30 volunteer
physicians who provided free care to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
You helped in numerous other ways, such as cleaning and repairing dorm
facilities at McClellan. Thank you for all you did.
Counseling and Career
Services, Peer Educators, and the Housing Department sponsored events
during Alcohol Awareness Week in October 2005. Numerous students signed
pledges promising not to drink and drive.
The Commission on
Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) notified the College of Nursing
and Health Sciences (CNHS) of re-affirmation of accreditation of both
the baccalaureate and master's programs for 10 years, extending to December
Enrollment in Nursing
increased 66% from Fall 2001 to Spring 2006.
library technical assistant, was named Employee of the Year.
awards were presented as follows:
- Earlon & Betty
McWhorter Outstanding Teacher Award was presented to Dr. Roland Thornburg.
- Faculty Scholar
Lecturer Award was presented to Dr. Edwin Smith.
- The Cleo & Carla
Thomas Outstanding Community Education & Service Award was presented
to Dr. Nouredine Zettili.
Dozens of faculty
members served as guests on my public service radio program, which is
aired on WLJS during the morning NPR hours of programming. On my behalf,
News Bureau Director Al Harris will be calling on many of you again
this year to serve as guests for this outreach effort.
JSU is grateful
to Governor Riley for his support of Higher Education, specifically
for his recommended increase for JSU; and to the Legislature for funding
an even greater increase in our operating budget. This year the Alabama
Legislature approved a $42,714,403 appropriation for Jacksonville State
University's fiscal year 2007. This represents a 22.7 % increase over
last year budget or $7,901,050. A significant portion of this budget
is for increases in health cost, retirement costs and earmarking for
special projects. I will recommend to the Board of Trustees that they
approve an across the board increase of 5 percent for all employees
and step raises for all classified staff who were employed on or before
July 1, 2006. This will continue our efforts to increase our faculty
and staff salaries to the regional standard. With approval of this years
recommendation JSU will have increased salaries more than 26 percent
over the last eight years, added step raises for classified staff each
year, and provided equity or merit pay four of the last eight years.
Thank you all for
what you do to make Jacksonville State University, truly, a very special
place to work and learn. We have grown to more than 1,000 employees
and we serve more than 9,000 students. Our campus is beautiful and our
reputation for excellence continues to grow. We continue that service
today for our 123 year. Mrs. Meehan and I look forward to seeing you
and your families at the house tonight anytime between 5:00 and 8:00.
Have a great year!
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