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SAC Minutes August 2008

SAC Minutes August 2008

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STAFF ADVISORY COUNCILAug. 13, 2008 MinutesExecutive Committee:
Stephanie Panion, President, spanion@du.edu,x13464 Kathy Aliaga, Vice President, katherine.aliaga@du.edu,x13284 Grace Fisgus, Secretary, grace.fisgus@du.edu,x14049 Nicky Bruckhart, Treasurer, nbruckha@du.edu , x14241 Karl French, Webmaster, karl.french@du.edu,x12121
Members in attendance:
Kathy Aliaga, FacilitiesCraig Bach, University AdvancementNicky Bruckhart, Athletics & RecreationChrista Bruning, University CommunicationsMeaghan Burns, Human Resources
Jennifer Emmett, Bursar’s Office
Grace Fisgus, Denver Research InstituteKarl French, Office of Research & Sponsored ProgramsDarrel Hundley, DU BookstoreAmy Kho, Writing ProgramTonnett Luedtke, Daniels College of BusinessKate Martin, Student LifeTina Miller, University CollegeMarty Neary, DU BookstoreStephanie Panion, Graduate School of Social Work Karen Paul-Massaoka, Morgridge College of Education
Guests included
:Chancellor Coombe and incoming SAC members who will begin in September
Lunch was provided and the meeting was called to order.
1.
 
July meeting minutes
were approved as written.2.
 
The meeting was turned over to
Chancellor Coombe,
who spoke about the University.
The University is in wonderful shape.
 
Great year with students and faculty.
 
We are financially in very good shape.
 
Good year enrollment-wise. Undergraduates enrollments are coming in
– 
1,120 werebudgeted for but that number has been exceeded. As of today we have 1,160 depositedstudents.
 
Many students are coming back for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year, which indicates a successfuluniversity.
 
The students are highly credentialed: 46% of the students are in the top 10% of their highschool class.
 
We are now competing with top national private schools.
 
On the graduate side, all is stable. When the economy is down, there is a decrease in gradsand enrollments, but DU is holding steady. Our endowment has held up well. We have over$300M with another 20M in endowment pledges. The endowment is about the size of ouroperating budget. Our objective is to get to twice the amount of the operating budget. Our lasttwo years have been the best to date.
 
 
We have been able to recruit excellent faculty and staff. DU is becoming known. In twoweeks there will be about 1,000 people staying on campus for the DNC. TV programs will be
broadcast from DU: “The Washington Review,” John Stewart’s “Daily Show.” Madelaine
Albright is managing a program for international studies.
Capital construction on campus
:
 
Fundraising is being completed for the Morgridge College of Education, which will start in
the fall, at the corner of High and Evans. It will be a “gateway to campus.” DU owns the
entire block behind it.
 
Nagle Hall will open this fall. The dedication will be on the 21 st of August.
 
We have three major construction projects coming up:1.
 
Cherrington Hall2.
 
Raising money for construction of a new building for School of Computer Scienceand Engineering3.
 
Major renovation of the library/Driscoll Center over the next several years.
 
The focus is on using the platform we’ve esta
blished. The next phase is absolute quality of the enterprise
– 
quality people; hiring and holding on to the good ones we have. The
Chancellor’s job is to build resources needed to attract and retain the best people, fuel
programs, fuel new faculty.
 
We are now competing with national institutes.
 
2/3 of the university community is staff.
We had an extraordinary year in Athletics:
 
 
The National Championship in Skiing;
Director’s Cup
ranks us as #1 in the country amongcolleges without football; #23 in the country ranked by
Sports Illustrated 
; 80% of our studentathletes graduated.
Chancellor Coombe then opened the floor to questions.
Q:
 
How can we all contribute to keeping the momentum going?
A: Focus on results and quality.
Maximize and utilize the resources we have. Focus on workingwith one another. If people work together, resources flow across boundaries. You drive the
institute forward. Relationships need to click. It’s easy to think of your departments as being self 
-contained, but think about the boundaries as not cast in concrete. Pool resources.
Good Communication
: Senior staff has discussed communication and gotten studentgovernment involved. Communication among students is not great; among faculty and staff weare going with the information flow but we are not good at large-
scale conversations. We don’t
engage large groups. We do well with making information available but need a mechanism forpeople to talk about them. It was noted people need to respond to e-mails and make phone calls.
 
Dr. Coombe replied senior staff is addressing communication and information flow in thecommunity. He requested any ideas to enhance communication be sent to him.
o
 
Jennifer suggested more gatherings
– 
lots of staff members come to the Provostluncheons.
o
 
The Chancellor responded only 15%-20% of the University community is veryactive. How do we engage the bulk of the DU community? This is people at all levelsin the University. SAC should be at the point of that. He suggested we consider howto get the entire staff involved in participating.
Q:
What about the University’s plan for 
Sustainability
?
A:
 
A large number of students got on board with it. There may be other kinds of things like thiswe can use as leverage.

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