The College Council met on October 21, 2016 (Friday morning). Minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
COMMITTEE AND TASK FORCE UPDATES
- Sustain Champlain:
- Champlain College was listed for the 5th year running in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges (#26) with a score of 97/100.
- The Emergent Media Center will be highlighted in the 2016 AASHE Sustainable Campus Index (Public Engagement).
- Writing a Civic Action Plan for the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement of Presidents and Chancellors. Includes planning for the new Center for Service and Sustainability.
- UVM offers a Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program – invitation for 1 to 2 Champlain faculty.
- Student EcoReps are up and running.
- 6 students attending/presenting at the Student Sustainability Leaders Symposium at UMass Amherst in early November.
- Next deadline for the Green Revolving Fund is November 1.
- Transportation Committee:
- Meeting on an as-needed basis. Looking for new members.
- Parking permit fee instituted for residential students at Gilbane. 16-17% decrease in cars in the lot, has reduced pressure and made administration easier.
- Champlain College employees won the Way-To-Go Challenge this year – our first win! Special effort by commuter students.
- CATMA Employee Survey happening right now. Check your email, including spam folders.
- Working on a county-wide bike share with UVM and Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Champlain and UVM will pilot the program, hopefully coming in Spring.
- Student Government:
- SGA is in full motion now.
- CPR/AED/First Aid class created by EHS Senator Haley Parent – for 8 students
- Haley also co-sponsored Debate Night (watching 3rd Presidential Debate in the auditorium). 50+ students showed up! Collaboration with the Women’s and Gender Center.
- Occupy Hearthstone project underway, looking for ideas
- Grant fund went up $10,000. $40k total for the semester, $9k already approved with $6k pending.
- Next meeting will have Director of Finance present a briefing.
- Staff Council:
- Faculty Senate
- Bylaws being actively worked on, hope to be up-to-date by the end of the year.
- Reorg of evaluation committee.
- Looking to reach out to students with insufficient midterm grades, making sure everyone has been contacted.
- Open House was well-attended. 4 applicants so far to Data Analytics major, looking for more.
- BTV Ignite event went well, part of Innovation Week. Tech demonstrations and talks on data analytics.
- Road Pitch finalists gave their pitches.
- Vermont Tech Jam caps off Innovation Week.
- Proposals for integrating VR into the curriculum are being investigated.
- Call for Flu Shots!
- Exploring newer, cutting-edge technology in cooperation with the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium; vendor presentations beginning in the coming days. Great work across all the Consortium campuses.
- Best ways to interface with the GMHEC at Champlain: Shelley Navari represents Finance; Ted Laskaris represents Technology; Mary Lee represents People Center. In Admin, Laruie Quinn would also be a contact. Corinna Noelke is the Executive Director of the GMHEC.
- Board of Trustees Retreat was successful.
- Vermont Women in Higher Education annual dinner also went well. Great Champlain representation.
- Senate project: small group of faculty is continuing an exploration of the fundamentals of institutional finance. Co-facilitated by Shelley Navari and Laurie Quinn.
- There were presentations at Shelburne Museum from Champlain’s Graphic Design (Publication Design) program students, presenting to the Museum as a client. The project was led by Jonathan_Mikulak.
- Grad programs being re-invented and shifted around. Lots of changes coming.
- Proposal to create a 3-member committee to update College Council bylaws, which have not been touched since 2007. Christina Erickson, Logan Rice and Ciaran Buckley volunteered.
- Memorial services for Connor Glassett are planned, including reading of his poetry, singing Maori songs, a video and a photo montage. These events will take place on Wednesday, November 9.
Meeting was adjourned.