October 2017 Board Action

FOR OUR FUTURE CONFERENCE

The Universities of Louisiana will host the inaugural For Our Future conference in February at Southeastern. The conference will draw a wide range of faculty and staff from across the state to collaborate on reaching our Systemwide aspirations.

“Developing our faculty and staff and providing them the tools they need to serve our students is imperative,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “We are rich in talent throughout our System and the conference will create an environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and successes.”

Registration for the conference will open next month.

HAZING

In response to Governor John Bel Edwards encouraging university systems to evaluate hazing policies, the University of Louisiana System worked to ensure its universities are fostering environments that discourage hazing and other risky behavior. The System responded with a Systemwide initiative, Stop The Hazing, encouraging students to speak out against hazing.

“I am thankful to Governor Edwards for his concern and leadership in this matter,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “Through discussions with our university presidents, I am confident that our institutions are taking appropriate steps and will continue to further their efforts to eliminate the hazing culture,”

The systemwide efforts include a poster campaign, an avenue for students to report hazing anonymously and a dedicated website, ULSystem.edu/hazing.  

OTHER BOARD ACTION
Academic and Student Affairs Committee
LA Tech:
approval of a Letter of Intent to develop a new academic program leading to a Master of Science in Cyber Technology.
LA Tech: approval of a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Technology.
Nicholls: approval to award an Honorary Doctorate of Letters to Mr. John DeSantis at the Fall Commencement Exercises.
Southeastern: approval of a Cooperative Agreement with Universidad de Panama, Republica de Panama.
ULL: approval to award an Honorary Bachelor of the Arts to Mrs. Elizabeth Carter Montgomery.|
ULL: approval to award an Honorary Doctor of Liberal Arts to Governor Kathleen Blanco at the Fall Commencement Exercises.
ULL: approval to award an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration to Mr. B.I. Moody III at the Fall Commencement Exercises.
ULM: approval to enter into a Student Exchange Agreement with National University Corporation Ehime University in Japan.
UNO: approval of a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.
UNO: approval of a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Graduate Certificate in Historic and Cultural Preservation.
UNO: approval to award a Doctorate Honoris Causa to Ms. Joan Higginbotham at the Fall Commencement Exercises.
UNO: approval of a conceptual framework for replicating an existing charter school on the campus of the University.

Athletic Committee
LA Tech:
approval of a contractual agreement between Mr. Louis L. Holtz, Jr., Head Football Coach, Louisiana Tech University, and Louisiana Tech University Foundation, effective March 1, 2017.
LA Tech: approval of a contractual agreement between Mr. Eric Konkol, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Louisiana Tech University, and Louisiana Tech University Foundation, effective April 1, 2017.
LA Tech: approval of a contractual agreement between Ms. Brooke Stoehr, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Louisiana Tech University, and Louisiana Tech University Foundation, effective April 18, 2017.
McNeese: approval of a revised Athletic Home Game Complimentary Ticket Policy.
UNO: approval of contractual amendments with Mr. Blake Dean, Head Men’s Baseball Coach, effective December 1, 2017.
UNO: approval of contractual amendments with Mr. Derek Morel, Athletic Director, effective December 1, 2017.

Facilities Planning Committee
LA Tech:
 approval to allow certain properties located in Lincoln Parish to be nominated to the State Mineral Board for mineral lease.
McNeese: approval to repurpose and use the proceeds from the Chennault land sale to construct a College of Engineering and Computer Science Student Study Center and to upgrade classrooms and laboratories in Drew Hall and in the Engineering and Technology Laboratory (ETL) Building.
Nicholls:
approval to name the playing surface inside Stopher Gym “Broussard Court.”
Nicholls:
approval to enter into a Ground Lease Agreement with the Nicholls State University Foundation for the installation of artificial turf at the Nicholls State University Softball Field Complex.
Nicholls:
approval to rename the Colonel Softball playing field the “Swanner Field at Geo Surfaces Park.”
Northwestern:
approval to name the Wellness, Recreation, and Activity Center the “Randall J. Webb Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center.”
Southeastern: 
approval to accept the leasehold estate, authority, sublease, and all other rights to the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center from the Southeastern Educational Foundation.
ULM:
approval to purchase which is being obtained, constructed, and then will be sold by the ULM Foundation to the University.
ULM:
approval to name the new Foundation and Alumni Building the “Laird Weems Center” and allow for other naming opportunities in the future.
ULM:
approval to name a room in Brown Hall the “Lucy Shackelford Center.”
UNO:
approval to proceed and execute reciprocal perpetual predial servitudes to allow for the permanent existence and maintenance of sewer and drainage systems and ensure continued access, egress and ingress, to the University’s property through a driveway servitude.

 
Finance Committee
UL Lafayette:
 approval to rename a Professorship and a Super Chair to consolidate four chairs.
ULM:
approval to implement a new Facilities Enhancement Fee effective with the Spring 2018 semester.
ULM:
acceptance of Fiscal Year 2016-17 Federal Award Programs Representation Letters.
ULM:
approval of the University’s revised Internal Audit Charter.
UNO:
approval to increase fees.
UNO:
approval to authorize the President of the University to (1) petition the ocurt with respect to all amendments to the Edward G. Schlieder Urban Waste Management and Research Chair Trust and to execute any and all documents; and (2) petition the court to amend the Edward G. Schlieder Higher Education and Health Initiatives Trust to consolidate the Chair associated with Trust into a Chair and to execute any and all documents.
University of Louisiana System:
 discussion of Fiscal Year 2016-17 fourth quarter financial reports and ongoing assurances.


Personnel Committee
Southeastern:
approval to appoint Dr. Tena Golding as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective October 30, 2017.
UL Lafayette:
approval to continue the appointment of Dr. David Danahar as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective August 1, 2017.
ULM:
approval to appoint Dr. Sushma Krishnamurthy as Dean of the Graduate School effective November 1, 2017.
ULM:
approval to appoint Mr. Camile Currier as Vice President for Student Affairs effective November 1, 2017.
UNO:
approval to appoint Dr. Ray Wang as Dean of the Library and Information Services effective January 15, 2018.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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