10 05 06 teleconference notes by 9h9O9MR


									          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
    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, kmitchell@sipi.bia.edu.
   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-
   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,
        atroutman@csrees.usda.gov. 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:
Time and date of next call to be determined by availability of the forestry group,
hopefully by early November.

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