SRU trustees to meet Dec. 6-7


Trustee Tom Breth

From left, Slippery Rock University trustees Jairus Moore and Tom Breth listen to a presentation during the Sept. 21, 2018 quarterly business meeting.

Dec. 3, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's council of trustees will meet Dec. 6-7. Committee meetings will take place Dec. 6 in Room 320 of the Smith Student Center. The Governance Committee meeting will take place at 10 a.m., Dec. 7 in Room 320 of the Smith Student Center. The quarterly business meeting will take place at 11 a.m., Dec. 7 in the Smith Student Center Theatre. All meetings are open to the public.

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 6 to hear a pair of presentations. The first will be an update from Philip Way, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs on the University's planning and expectations for the Middle States reaccreditation process. The second, from Brad Wilson, associate provost for transformational experiences. will focus on open education resources - freely accessible, openly licensed text, media and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning and assessing as well as for research purposes.

The Finance Committee will meet at 2 p.m., Dec. 6 to receive a presentation from David Jacobson of CliftonLarsonAllen regarding the University's financial statement and audit overview. The committee also will review contracts, fixed assets and service and supply purchase orders; the quarterly financial report; a review of the facilities and planning project list; and personnel appointments.

The University Advancement Committee will meet at 3 p.m., Dec. 6 to receive a status report from Amir Mohammadi, interim vice president for advancement, regarding the Gail Rose Lodge and the President's Tent; and an overview of advancement and foundation operations.

The Governance Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Dec. 7 to discuss the appointment of a trustee representative to the Slippery Rock Student Government Association board of directors; the process for the selection of student trustees; and a review of council bylaws.

At the quarterly business meeting at 11 a.m., Dec. 7, the council will present commendations to student volunteer firefighters from the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit; the SRU football team for its 2018 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division title; and Shawn Lutz, SRU head football coach, for his 2018 PSAC West Coach of the Year Award.

Trustees will also receive a presentation from Steve Wei, professor of engineering, and a group of engineering students titled "The Power of Design: da Vinci Bridge Demonstration." Wei and his students - using roughly 30 pieces of lumber, mostly two-by-sixes, and no ropes or nails - will build two small arch bridges and one large bridge using a design made famous by da Vinci in the late 15th century.

The Council will also hear the President's Report and receive reports from its standing committees. Action items include the approval of the business agenda for the Dec. 7 meeting and minutes from the Sept. 21 quarterly business meeting; and those items forwarded by the committees for action by the full council.

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