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Chairs & Directors (11/04/16)

The following discussion took place at the November 4, 2016 Chairs & Directors Meeting:

  • Interim VP Sourbeer called for announcements. VP Gonzales reported that the recruitment for the VP of Human Resources failed and the search will begin again. During the interim, VP Perez will supervise Human Resources and VP Gonzales, along with Shawna Hearn, will oversee Title IX issues.
  • Foundation Development Officer, Kim Hartwell, discussed the work the Foundation does for students including the offering of scholarships, textbook assistance, library reserve books, and miscellaneous program needs. In 2016 the Foundation awarded over $580K directly to students. Fundraisers include the annual gala, golf tournament, donor solicitations, and Giving Tuesday. Last year was the first time Palomar had participated in the Global Day of Giving event and took in $36K in one day, 50% of which was from faculty/staff. This money funded textbooks and emergency grants for students. This year’s Giving Tuesday will take place on November 29th. The Foundation is asking for faculty/staff support in three ways…champion, invite and invest. First, please act as a champion by supporting the foundation, come to events, support Giving Tuesday, call with questions. Next, please invite as many people as possible to give on Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Finally, invest your time by showing up at the party on the day of the event and support Palomar, whether or not you can donate financially.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer informed the group that any time two or more faculty members share instruction for one class, they must also share the load for that class. Loads cannot be duplicated.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer reported that the Accreditation Visit on October 24th went very well and that Palomar CCD does meet the standards. He thanked all the members of the writing team and everyone that took part in making the visit successful. A special shout out to Aaron Holmes and the IT department for making sure everything was set up for the team over the weekend prior to their visit.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer indicated the need for more volunteers to go through the Y1 process of the Comprehensive Evaluation in 2016-17. Additional volunteers included Patti Dixon and Beth Pearson. If anyone else would like to volunteer, please contact Suzanne Sebring.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer reinforced the need for the college to focus on enrollment during this time of stability. He explained that Palomar teams are working on dual/concurrent enrollment with the high schools in our service area and invited anyone with ideas or strategies to communicate them to their Dean.
  • Interim VP Sourbeer reported that there has been some confusion regarding rules/regulations for noncredit classes. He will be working with staff to present clearer guidelines.
  • As the college is looking at articulation, it has become evident that many course outlines are out of date (more than 5 years old). Please make sure your course outlines are current.  Finally, various announcements were made including:
    1. The South Center potential lawsuit has been resolved and construction is continuing.
    2. The college is looking at plans for a transitional center (modular) at the North Center location.
    3. Deanna Shoop is the new Outreach Coordinator for Palomar. She will be invited to the next Chairs & Directors meeting to introduce herself.
    4. There will be a Negotiations Advisory Council meeting on Monday, November 14th, from 1-2 pm in MD-321 to discuss the impact of newly passed bill AB1690. They would love to have two representatives from each department present. Preferably one full time and one part time.
    5. Patrick O’Brien reported that counseling department and high school liaisons are now listed on the bottom left of the counseling website.

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