Regents approve property purchase, meet new members
Reports on the full calendar of fall events, news in fund raising, a new campus alcohol policy, a real estate purchase and the introduction of two influential new members filled the agenda Tuesday when members of the University of Science and Arts' Board of Regents met in Chickasha.
Newly appointed to the board by Gov. Mary Fallin, two new members were sworn in by USAO President John Feaver. Both have careers in real estate.
Bringing local perspective to the board is Regent Chris Mosley, vice president of the Mosley Agency of Chickasha. Also new to the board is Mo Anderson of Edmond, president of Keller Williams Realty International of Austin.
In new business, Regents approved a change in the campus alcohol policy to make USAO policies more consistent with other public and private universities in Oklahoma. The previous alcohol policy, approved in 2004, restricted the service of alcohol to the USAO Student Center on campus.
This change will allow alcohol to be served in select other university properties for special events, but under the same strict guidelines as before, observing state laws and restricting the use of alcohol by students within residence halls. In fact, the policy as it relates to students is unchanged, said Monica Treviño, vice president for enrollment management.
In his monthly report to the board, USAO President John Feaver invited regents and guests to attend the 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics, which is scheduled Nov. 1-3. Information about the event and online registration are available at www.usao.edu/sports/40th-Anniversary-Athletics.
A report on alumni relations, marketing and development was presented by Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice president for university advancement. He presented a “dashboard report” of progress in private fundraising. Highlights included giving totals for the current year of $676,537, which is nearly twice as much money as was given by private donors last year.
Among the major events scheduled this fall at USAO is Alumni Homecoming, scheduled Nov. 1-4 at USAO. It coincides with the 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics. Together alumni and community members are invited to more than a dozen events. Registration for homecoming is available online at www.usao.edu/alumni/homecoming-2012.
Regents approved the purchase of a parcel of real estate at 1823 West Grand Avenue. The land contains a small home that will be used as rental property by USAO in the short term. The property is valuable to USAO because it flanks university property and was available at a reduced price: $60,000. It was purchased with capital funds in oil and gas revenues.
In personnel action, regents approved seven appointments, one retirement, two resignations and three changes in status. The list was long because USAO Regents don’t meet in the summer; their last meeting was in June.
To the faculty, regents approved the appointment of Layne Thrift as assistant professor of art. He earned degrees from USAO and a master’s in fine arts from Texas Tech University. He has served as director of the Nesbitt Gallery for several years.
To the coaching staff, regents approved two appointments: Samuel Hayden as assistant baseball coach, and Jadyn Smith as head softball coach. Smith came to USAO from Oklahoma Baptist University, where she served as assistant coach. Haden came from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where he served as assistant coach.
To the security department, regents approved the appointment of Rose Schlehuber and Rodney Hayes. Dianna Johnson was added to the physical plant staff. Former employee Adeel Siddiqui was rehired as network administrator in information services.
Regents approved the retirement of Don Page from the physical plant staff and two resignations: Jillian Caldwell from admissions and Amanda Keller from financial aid.
Changes in status were approved for Kellee Johnson, who moves from director of admissions to major gifts officer in advancement. Ashley Donald moves from part-time assistant in health services to administrative assistant in student services. Bobbie Simpson moves from residence hall director to admissions counselor.