Professional Advisory Council
Minutes September 14, 2005
Agenda items for the November 2, 2005 meeting need to be
submitted to Theresa DeRose by October 21, 2005.
The meeting convened at 2:38 p.m. by Paul Pusecker, President, PAC.
PAC members present were:
Others Present: President Roselle, Maxine Colm, Thomas LaPenta, and Lynn Brock.
The July minutes were approved with the following correction. Julie Brewer attended the meeting in place of Doris Miklitz, district #11.
Dr. Roselle addressed the PAC meeting and provided an overview of progress at the University.
The opening of the University went smoothly this Fall. He indicated that every student has a bed, although there are a record number of triples. President Roselle also noted that all comments received from parents and families were compliments.
Several Pencader residence halls have been demolished and the George Read Hall dormitory constructed and occupied in August. The hall was named for a Delaware signer of the Declaration of Independence. There will be two more dormitories built that will also bear the names of signers of the Declaration of Independence. This project will cost between $72 - $73 million dollars and includes the footbridge project between the Ray Street and Laird complexes.
The Center for the Arts is expected to open in the Spring of 2006. President Roselle noted that when it is completed, the Amy E. du Pont parking lot will resemble Mentor Circle with landscaping including trees, grass and perennials.
The renovation of the buildings slated to house Foreign Languages and Literatures is expected to be completed during the upcoming Winter Session. Smith Hall will then house the Computer Sciences offices. The University has received a naming gift to name the new Foreign Languages and Literatures building.
The Maintenance Center renovation, now known as 200 Academy Street, has been completed and will be occupied by the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy and the Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center.
President Roselle underscored that the Center for the Arts will be a very attractive building. The marching band, which has 350-members, will be able to practice in the new building.
The President noted that the Marriott Hotel located at Laird Campus has been very successful. Occupancy rates are very good, and we are running a little above the occupancy rates for other hotels in Delaware. President Roselle encourages faculty and staff to utilize the hotel whenever possible.
President Roselle said that other building plans include the front and north wings of Brown lab which will have additional lab space and will be completed by January of 2007. The Bob Carpenter Center offices will also be expanded to make extra space for the coaches and staff.
President Roselle said that energy costs have increased significantly; however, the University actively participates in energy conservation opportunities whenever possible and is always looking for new ways to conserve energy. For example, the University community is being encouraged to turn off their computers when not in use instead of letting the computers “go to sleep”. This should result in significant cost savings due to the number of computers on campus.
The University has also raised the mileage reimbursement for individuals who use their own vehicles for UD business from 35 cents per mile to 42 cents per mile effective September 12, 2005.
Paul Pusecker asked about the status of state funded support for the University of Delaware. Dr. Roselle said that state support is 18% of the University’s budget, which is lower than many other state funded universities. However, because of the excellent job we do with fund raising, we are able to remain competitive with other Universities.
President Roselle mentioned a few concerns about the economy of the State of Delaware. These included the loss of jobs due to the buyout of MBNA America by Bank of America, and the possibility that Bank of America might move its franchise out of Delaware. The state of the Chrysler Plant, which manufactures SUV’s, remains a concern as well because SUV’s are decreasing in popularity due to increased gas prices. The approval of slot machines in Pennsylvania and Maryland is also a worry because the State of Delaware receives a large portion of its revenue from slot machines.
The President indicated that the Welfare Foundation has gifted the University 30 acres of land and given the University a long term lease on 100 acres. President Roselle said that this would be a good location for the Agricultural Department to conduct projects and research.
With respect to the admissions picture, the President noted that the University received more out of state admission applications than any other public institution in the country. The quality of both out-of-state and in-state applications has continued to improve; people know that getting accepted to the University of Delaware equates to an excellent academic status.
President Roselle was happy to report that the University strives to accommodate its faculty and staff whenever possible. For example, a long time faculty member with a hearing loss was provided with a classroom containing a microphone and headset to ensure he was able to teach to the best of his ability.
The University has done many things to assist and acknowledge the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We have enrolled approximately twenty students from the hurricane zone at the University and placed most of them in dormitories. We hosted a candlelight vigil on September 12th with approximately 300 students, faculty and staff in attendance. The University also sponsored the “Giving on the Green” fundraiser, constructed a ribbon garden, and posted a list of reputable fundraising organizations on the University website. The University also made a contribution to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and extended a gift to Habitat for Humanity with the direction that the funds would be used to help place families affected by Hurricane Katrina.
President Roselle said that the faculty negotiations went well and that the faculty members seem pleased with the new contract. He noted that one of the goals set for his administration in 1990 was to ensure that faculty compensation was competitive with other universities. President Roselle was pleased to announce that this goal has been accomplished. He also noted that the University has always modeled professional and salaried staff salary increases and benefits after the faculty, so that all University employees have improved at a similar rate.
Gerald Hendricks’ inquired about the possibility of identifying a donor to contribute toward a concert hall for the Center for the Arts. President Roselle is currently pursuing some avenues; however, no one has been identified at this point.
Theresa DeRose asked President Roselle if the marching band, consisting of 350 members, will be able to practice in the new Center for the Arts building. President Roselle stated that there will be a room large enough for the UD Marching Band, as well as other smaller practice rooms.
Paul Pusecker stated that parking continues to be a challenge on campus. President Roselle responded that there are more parking places than there are permits issued and free parking continues to be available at the Delaware Field House.
President Roselle said that the PNPI, (Protecting Personal Non-Public Information) program is going along well. He emphasized how important it is for the University to proactively protect the identity of its faculty, staff and students.
Doris Miklitz asked about the removal of trees located at Magnolia Circle for the purpose of constructing a fountain. President Roselle stated that the trees were at the end of their useful lives. He also commented that the landscape architect for the project, Rodney Robinson, is a UD graduate.
President Roselle stated that nineteen departments are actively involved in the Early Learning Center and the ELI program.
Cindy Panchisin’s constituent asked if there has been a change in the policy, namely requiring a bachelor’s degree for a professional position. Dr. Colm stated that professional positions typically require a degree. She suggested that interested individuals review the description and job duties for specific positions to assure that they meet the stated job requirements. The professional taxonomy on the Office of Human Resources website is also a good resource for individuals who are seeking career advancement.
Burt Wilson had a constituent concern regarding the prescription plan co-pay
increase of 33% over last year. Dr. Colm stated that she will schedule Nancy
Wallace or Chris Ulrich from the Benefits Office to address the next PAC meeting
regarding this issue.
Mr. LaPenta accepted nominations for the Grievance Hearing Board. The following people were voted to the board for two year terms:
The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
Reviewed by Theresa DeRose, Secretary, PAC