Bowie State University
Staff Council Meeting – September 13, 2007
The BSU Staff Council held its first meeting on Thursday, September 13th @ 10:00 a.m.
in the Library Conference Room. The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair, Mrs.
Dorothy Holland. A quorum was present.
On behalf of our Chair, Ms. Cynthia Coleman, our Vice Chair Mrs. Dorothy Holland
extended warm greetings to those in attendance. She hopes that everyone had a great
summer and got a lot of rest and/or relaxation. We are looking forward to an exciting and
Welcome to all First-Timers
Mrs. Holland acknowledged all first-time staff to the Staff Council meeting. They were
as follows: Tammi Thomas – Public Relations, Richard Lucas – VP, Institutional
Advancement, Karen Johnson-Shaheed – VP and General Counsel, Howard Cornish –
Grants Office, Tonita Douglas – School of Arts & Sciences, Officer Thomas
Cuthbertson – Campus Safety, Laila Patino – Residence Life. We are very pleased to
have our new comers.
Wellness Moment – presented by Ms. Joan Oxendine, Wellness Director
To Get The Most Out Of Life
If you would get the most from life,
You must put something in it,
And strive to help your fellow man
Each day, each hour, each minute
An act of kindness done by you,
Will cheer the heart that’s sad,
And when you cause someone to smile,
It makes your own heart glad.
Be friendly with your sisters & brothers
And extend a helping hand
And each of them will grasp it
In a way you’ll understand.
Then when you travel down life’s road
And round the distant bend,
There’ll be a host of people who
Will say, “There goes my friend”.
Vice Chair Comments – Mrs. Holland
Mrs. Holland acknowledged President Burnim and VP for Student Affairs, Dr. Artie Lee
Travis for recognizing staff at the Fall Convocation held on September 12th. Staff is
pleased to know that they are appreciated.
Mrs. Holland shared the University’s Core Values with the group – Excellence, Civility,
Integrity, Diversity, Accountability. We should all strive to exhibit these core values.
Mrs. Holland stated that we are pleased to have President Burnim with us today and
asked that he give remarks.
Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, President
Dr. Burnim was pleased to attend today’s meeting. He would be remised if he did not
reinforce the contributions that staff make to the University; this is a vibrant, progressive
community and staff is a critical and integral part. Dr. Burnim is very excited about the
2007-08 academic year. As of 9/12/07 we have a total enrollment of 5,238 students; 58
short of our target; hoping for 5,386. This is more than last fall and these are paid
students generating a revenue of $5/$6 million. We have taken significant steps to
improve our fiscal accountability. Dr. Burnim is very pleased with our students.
The President’s Inauguration is scheduled for October 3-7; a series of events have been
planned; he is very excited and looking forward to all the events scheduled.
The University has begun work on its fiscal 2009 budget which is effective July 1, 2008.
The University must present budget scenarios to the Chancellor’s office on 9/14 – one
scenario showing a 4% increase and another scenario showing a 8% decrease (worst
case). Of course, the second scenario would have a noticeable impact on the institution.
The State of Maryland is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall and the Governor does not want to
raise taxes so there may be a need to reduce revenue.
Our first home football game is this Saturday (9/17); Dr. Burnim is looking forward to
seeing us there.
Mr. Robert Batten asked Dr. Burnim if he would comment on the land grant for
Bowie State University.
Dr. Burnim commented that the former County Executive Curry designated a parcel of
land (214-219 acres) to Bowie State University. Legislation had to be put in place to
have the land transferred; currently, negotiating terms of the transfer. Now the current
County Executive Johnson wants to make sure that the land is used for educational
purposes; Dr. Burnim will be meeting with him next week. The plans will be to use the
land for mix-use development – housing for undergraduates, graduates and married
students, shops restaurants, etc. Dr. Burnim has given the charge to Dr. Travis and Dr.
Brockenbrough to begin work on plans for additional housing.
Our goal is to grow enrollment and increase our facilities – new science building, new
student center, new residence halls.
Mrs. Vera Chesley asked if Dr. Burnim had received comments on his Emerging
Dr. Burnim remarked that a few comments had been received and that he will reveal the
vision at the Installation.
Comments from Mrs. Karen Johnson-Shaheed – VP and General Counsel
Mrs. Johnson-Shaheed is our new VP and General Counsel is very excited to be here.
Her goal is to visit campus departments and introduce herself. She serves as legal
counsel for the University; she is here to work hard for the University and the President
and to provide support to the President.
Staff Council Liaison - Dr. Karl Brockenbrough – VP for Administration &
Dr. Brockenbrough welcomes every one back. We have a lot of activities planned this
year and we will need the input and cooperation of everyone. He wants us to know that
the fiscal year ended with a positive fund balance. OCR allocation will be used for new
roof for the Library; want it to become completely wireless. A proposal to purchase
additional police cars is being considered. We are targeting various buildings on the
campus which need to be enhanced – MLK and Science Building; Michael Harris and his
staff in Facilities are taking the lead with this project. Food Services Contract will end in
2008; will be seeking input from staff when renewal comes up. Dr. Brockenbrough
wants us to understand that everything will not be done this year.
HR Report – Ms. Sheila Hobson – Senior Director of Human Resouces
1) Manager, Training & Development Position approved; will be conducting
screenings and interviews soon; looking for input from staff and VP.
2) John Maxwell will be doing a leadership training at Reid Temple on 9/14; all of
the President’s Cabinet will be attending.
3) ORP Transfer – EXEMPT Maryland State Employees, must switch over by 9/28
if hired before 10/06; if hired after 10/06 you have one (1) year to switch over.
4) VALIC will discontinue at the end of December, 2007; you must switch over.
5) Customer Service Training is forthcoming. Mrs. Holland inquired about training
for staff to address persons with mental disabilities. Mr. Isaccs from EEO stated
that this could pose an EEO problem. We would look into this after this meeting.
6) The State of Maryland will match up to $600 for Supplemental Retirement Plans.
President’s Inauguration – Mrs. Holland
All staff should have received an invitation to the President’s Inauguration. Mrs. Holland
along with Dr. Renee Shea serve as Co-Chairs of this committee. Everyone is
encouraged to participate and attend as many activities as possible. The Investiture
Service is scheduled for Friday, October 5th @ 10:00 a.m. in the James Gym. There is no
air conditioning in the gym (you will receive a fan – smile); let’s just all pray for a cool
day. The Scholarship Gala scheduled for Saturday, October 6th can be paid through
payroll deduction plan.
Mr. Kevin Pothier along with Mrs. Betty Thompson is assisting with the Ecumenical
Worship Service. All religions have been included. Hosts and hostesses are needed; will
be meeting today @ 2:00 p.m. in CLT 102. This service is scheduled for Thursday,
October 4th in CLT, 102 @ 9:00 a.m.; the overflow will be in CLT 117. Mr. Pothier
extends thanks to Juanita Watkins (food services), Michael Harris (facilities), Ms. Fatu
(housekeeping), Frank Waller (Wiseman Center) and Campus Safety for their assistance
with the logistics and services provided for this program.
Mrs. Holland announced that hosts and hostesses would be needed for both the
Ecumenical Worship Service and the Investiture Service and reception.
Mrs. Roz Muchiri remarked that perhaps a link could be set-up whereby individuals
could sign-up to serve as host/hostess.
Mrs. Chesley commented that a reception will immediately follow the Investiture
Service. There will be a tent in front of Holmes Hall. We are asking individuals to “flow
thru”. This will be a very classy event; asking us to wear Black & Gold that day.
Mrs. Holland stated that this has been a huge undertaking for her but she has a great
committee; great events have been planned; again, we are looking for everyone
attendance and participation.
Mrs. Oxendine – Wellness Center
September – Cholesterol Awareness Month
October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Walking Program will begin Monday, October 1
Congratulations to September Birthdays!!!!
Ms. Chris Davies – Controller
OPEN SESSION ENDED.