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Tribal Colleges and Universities Natural Resources Task Force Teleconference Notes (10/05/06) On the phone: Dan Kugler, USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Economics (CSREES) Al Kuslikis, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Katherine Mitchell, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute John Phillips, First Americans Land-grant Colleges & Organization Network (FALCON) Sue Smith, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Welcome and Introductions Library Committee Update (Al) AIHEC has a quote from EBSCO to access their databases for the TCUs ($56,750 annually) for all TCUs. EBSCO databases: Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier and Bibliography of Native North Americans. A list of the full text journals can be found at http://www.epnet.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=1&topicID=1. The AIHEC Office is going to prepare a briefing packet for the AIHEC STEM Committee, with the hope of gaining approval of the full AIHEC Board of Directors at their upcoming meeting in Alaska in a couple of weeks. If approved, one possible implementation scenario would have the AIHEC Office pay the EBSCO bill and then collect fees from the individual TCUs. After the one-year pilot period, we would have usage data with which to better negotiate EBSCO services and fees for the following years. Curriculum sharing in Forestry (Katherine) Katherine has approached several forestry partners (e.g., Salish Kootenai College, Evergreen College, White Mountain Apache Forestry) about sharing forestry curriculum. She will arrange to have interested parties at our next conference call, and this will be the main agenda item. The initial goals of the discussion and partnership will be to develop action items which may related to setting priorities, i.e., “what do we care about?” We welcome any and all TCUs interested in forestry curriculum to participate, in either roles as givers of curriculum or receivers of curriculum. Send Katherine at note if you’re interested in participating, email@example.com. Want to include Eric Norland, USDA CSREES Extension Forester. Moodle is a potential delivery platform. It’s public shareware (free), several of the TCUs are already using it, and AIHEC is going to offer online training. Updates & Other News (John) A TCU faculty survey that will help determine the priority areas for faculty and course sharing is almost ready to go out, hopefully in a couple of weeks. Information collected will include desired areas of curriculum, areas of expertise, delivery methods, etc. It combines the information needs of three groups: FALCON and Land Grant, the online full-text journal initiative, and STEM. The FALCON annual meeting is set for December 3-5, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV. The meeting will include orientation training in USDA grants management and advanced training in program planning and evaluation, strategic planning, marketing and communications, and online proposal and report submission. Emerging topics will be discussed, including the new Farm Bill, the CREATE-21 initiative to redesign the USDA land grant partnership, TCU land grant leadership, environment and natural resource initiatives, and strategic collaboration. Send John a note for more information. The annual NASULGC conference is scheduled for November 11-14, 2006 in Houston, TX. Meg Goetz and John Phillips will be representing AIHEC in the Budget and Advocacy Committee and Farm Bill/CREATE-21 meetings. Phil Baird and Terry Tatsey will represent AIHEC on the Policy Board of Directors. The 1994 Business Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 13, 1:45- 3:45pm. FALCON was awarded its first grant in September, a $25,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to support a tribal college ecological research conference. FALCON is working with AIHEC and NativeView to develop a comprehensive research conference for the TCUs. We are also looking for additional funding support. USDA CSREES notified the land grant system that effective October 1, 2006, all funding proposals for grants administered by CSREES Higher Education Programs (including the 1994 programs) must be submitted electronically through the www.grants.gov web site. Paper copies of proposals will no longer be accepted. Additional information on electronic submission can be found at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/electronic.html. Training on electronic submissions will also be provided at the upcoming FALCON meeting. President John Saliois, Terry Tatsey (Blackfeet Community College), Virgil Dupuis (Salish Kootenai College), and John will testify before the National Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Advisory Board (NAREEAB) in Washington, DC on October 25, 2006. They will be presenting the 1994 institutions’ priorities, top programs, and resource and facility needs. This information was gathered from 1994 faculty and staff through an email survey. One need is more faculty. Faculty are often forced to teach outside their subject area because of shortages. Need some sort of visiting fellows program where graduates and post-graduates come to teach at a 1994 for a couple of years. Like a type of Peace Corps program. USDA CSREES has a National Needs graduate/post-graduate fellowship program that might fit. It’s led by Audrey Troutman, firstname.lastname@example.org. Will need to investigate. Yolanda Garcia is the new USDA/AIHEC Liaison, filling the position previously held by John Phillips. Her start date was October 1, 2006. Her contact information is: (202) 720-7265; email: Yolanda.Garcia@usda.gov. Tim Grosser is the new USDA National Program Leader for the Tribal College Equity and Endowment programs, filling the position previously held by George Godfrey. His contact information is: (202) 690-0402; email: email@example.com. Time and date of next call to be determined by availability of the forestry group, hopefully by early November.
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