The first College Council meeting of 2016 met on January 29. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
Committee and Task Force Updates
- Transportation: Nic Anderson presented the new Active Transportation Plan. This is a living document, subject to yearly change. It can be viewed on this Google site.
- By-Law and College Calendar: Further action is coming on the updated College Calendar; Laurie Quinn is planning further conversations and timelines are being worked out.
- Sustain Champlain: Eco-Reps kick off the Kill-A-Watt Challenge.
- February is Sustainability Month. There are lots of events going on.
- Carbon Tax for Vermont debate is Feb 15.
- Community-Based Solutions for Lake Champlain meeting is on Feb 8.
- The next proposal round for the Green Revolving Fund is March 1.
- There is a new pilot project for centralized waste bins in Joyce Hall.
- Ad-Hoc Committee for Google: After receiving recommendations from the executive cabinet, the Committee wants to gather broader recommendations from the faculty and staff at large. A new survey will soon be sent out.
- Student Government: SGA archives are going up. The first batch is already up, the second will be up sometime in Feb.
- Leadership Dinner is on Feb 13, with 3 alumni scheduled to speak.
- Elections will kickoff on Feb 13, with the official start on the 22nd.
- SGA recognizes almost 40 clubs and organizations. There is a lot happening this semester!
- Staff Council: The last Staff Council meeting was in December.
- The Wellbeing Team were the mystery guests.
- The conversation was a rich discussion on Staff’s role in the recruitment & retention of students who identify as female – with Chris Perlongo (Admissions), Lynne Ballard (Retention)
- Mary Lee provided a People and Technology update
- Committee Updates:
- Staff Welfare – upward feedback pilot program is moving forward; revised Staff Council awards (language, criteria, timing, etc.); evaluating peer to peer High Five award pilot; continued collecting feedback on staff Performance Management tools & process and working with People Center on how to best utilize this feedback
- Professional Development – working together with People Center on DareU offerings
- Networking & Recreation – planning a Winter gathering
- Executive Board – had an Appreciative Inquiry training on January 28
- The next Staff Council meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb 10 at 9:00a.m. in Alumni Auditorium.
- Faculty Senate: There are ongoing discussions about a pilot program for a new faculty evaluation system.
- Brief updates from Laurie, Don, Roshawn and Cheryl, including about the new curriculum process.
- Changes to the faculty handbook are incoming.
- EHS: Signature Courses data is being analyzed, and the results should be exciting.
- Grad: Switching calendars, trying to align more with Grad Studies and CPS calendars.
- Developing two new campus-wide residencies starting in early 2017.
- Stiller: ITNS search continues, there’s a good pool.
- 24 pre-Mandarin speakers ready to go to Shanghai.
- Working on making the curriculum leaner, simpler, and easier to understand. Exploring other directions as well.
- Continuing toward national summit on education, partnering with EHS.
- Cooperrider Center Advisory Board will converge in May.
- Developing a staff/faculty policy on hoverboards.
- Don Laackman: At the Board of Trustees dinner, there was a presentation on signature courses.
- Reporting out on NEASC, going to Boston on March 4 for more feedback.
- Eagles’ Landing process continues, in the process of hiring an advisory firm. Watch for more details. There are issues with soil composition.
- CPS students had lunch with trustees, and it was a very fruitful meeting.
- Enrollment: Admissions teams are busy. High school recruitment activities are underway, including Student Search.
- Winter Open House for high school sophomores and juniors is on Feb 16.
- Core: Study Abroad groups going to many various places around the world. Emphasizing financial planning for trips like the Ireland trip.