Hello, everyone. The agenda for the December Board meeting was long – due to the retreat in October, regular business items waited until the December meeting. Here is the full agenda for the December 2013 Board meeting: http://www.uky.edu/Trustees/agenda/full/2013/dec/welcome.html.
· The Athletics Committee heard a variety of reports, one of which outlined the ways in which our student athletes contribute to the community off the sports field.
· The Academic and Student Affairs Committee saw a handful of presentations illustrating how much care we put into making UK a student’s home away from home.
· The Finance Committee approved a number of generous donations as well as approved routine maintenance.
The Athletics Committee heard a report on activities on and off the field for our student athletes. Because activities on the field are well reported, I’ll concentrate on what our student athletes have been doing in addition to their sporting accomplishments.
· Two student athletes (one from men’s basketball and one from women’s basketball) were nominees for the Allstate Good Works Team for their dedication to volunteerism and civic service.
· A member of the men’s soccer team majoring in mechanical engineering earned a 3.93 GPA and was named First-Team All America.
· Members of the women’s basketball team participated in a Thanksgiving project to help the less fortunate through the Bluegrass Hospitality Group’s Thanksgiving Dinner – they encouraged fans to donate toiletry items and then team members delivered them in person.
· Members of the men’s basketball team spent time with members of our community who were utilizing the resources of the Salvation Army.
· Student athletes from a variety of teams made blankets and delivered them to patients at UK Children’s Hospital.
Next was Academic and Student Affairs Committee, where members heard a variety of presentations.
· Student Government Association activities: UK has 485 registered student organizations; there were/are eight service trips scheduled for winter break, spring break and the summer; and the Student Activities Board put on 60 events for students during the fall 2013 semester.
· Retention Update: UK uses a variety of interventions to help identify students who are at risk, perhaps in terms of failing grades or experiencing an emotional difficulty, like homesickness. Depending on the situation, a student may be contacted by their advisor, professor, or someone else who is thought to be best suited to assist the student.
· Community and Safety Update: UK continues to see success with the “Community of Concern” program, which works with students and employees. The group used to be focused almost solely on students, but has evolved into a group that takes care of the entire University community. You can visit their website to learn more about the group, as well as how to report a concern. http://www.uky.edu/coc/
· Student Affairs update: the Center for Community Outreach UK Alternative Spring Breaks (UKASB) program has been selected as the Program of the Year for the Commission for Student Involvement through the American College of Personnel Association (ACPA) for 2013-14. The students will attend the award presentation in Indianapolis at the national ACPA convention in March 2014. Also, a report from the Workgroup on Student Health and Safety should be completed soon, the group was charged by President Capilouto to look into alcohol-related issues on campus and offer recommendations.
The Finance Committee had the largest committee agenda of the day, with 23 individual agenda items. I hesitate to name any of the donors to the University for fear of leaving someone out; perhaps it is sufficient to say that the University of Kentucky touches different people in different ways, and sometimes the end result is a substantial generous gift back to UK. The Finance Committee approved donations for: Athletics; the renovations to the Gatton College of Business and Economics; an endowed professorship in English; a graduate fellowship fund in Civil Engineering; a new DanceBlue endowment fund; an endowed professorship in Arts and Sciences; and an endowment for the Center for Research on Violence Against Women. The Finance Committee also approved a variety of repairs/upgrades/expansions.
The full Board met at 1 pm; President Capilouto introduced new Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment Nancy Cox. Trustees have commented time and time again on the superb services offered by that college to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Dean Cox received a warm round of applause.
This ends the update for the December Board meeting. You know how to reach me when/if you want to! (firstname.lastname@example.org) / 859-257-5872)