Meeting Minutes – October 29, 2004

In addition to general business, announcements, and information-sharing, we discussed and developed a series of plans — some immediate and concrete, others more subtle and long-range — to respond, reactively and proactively, to concerns about area security, prompted by weekend reports. A series of meetings and other kinds of dialogues, with student and faculty leaders and associates among the administration, were marked by high participation and creativity and yielded results that will be implemented and/or further explored or refined. Among the most promising is the interest in and potential for a town/neighborhood watch program, involving members of the University and neighborhood communities, that likely will be explored in depth as one of the topics for the November 10 dinner already planned for Point organization student leaders, neighborhood leaders, and University administrators under the auspices of the Division of Student Affairs and the Office for University Advancement. We were apprised of the demonstrably growing impact of the Late Night La Salle program (average participation for this semester’s Friday and Saturday nights, to date, is approximately 115); of the success of this week’s Networking Night, a cooperative venture by Career Services, the MBA Student Association, and the Economics Department; and of the plans for next week’s Experiential Education/Internship Fair, sponsored by Career Services. We reviewed the progress to date of the safety and security awareness poster campaign we have implemented in partnership with Clement Communications and discussed topics for the next steps to be taken in that program. Mr. Lamorte participated in Human Resources’ leadership development session, Dr. Neubauer represented us at a meeting of regional college and university health educators, and Dean Allen participated in the fall retreat of the Lasallian Leadership Institute. Dean Cicala apprised us of the acceptance by Dr. Bill Coplin, professor in Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a friend and colleague of many years, of the invitation on behalf of our Staff Development Team to serve as keynote speaker and otherwise participate in our division’s annual mid-year retreat and development day on January 11. The day’s theme and schedule are still in the planning stages, but a strong emphasis on promoting character development and civic engagement among our students can be expected. (To learn more about Prof. Coplin, check www.genuinedogooder.com or www.maxwell.syr.edu/paf)

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