College Council Report, February 2020


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Leadership Notes - February 2020
Academic Programs and Services College Council Report February 2020
Kelli H. Ligeikis, Ed.D., PE. Provost

School of Veterinary and Applied Sciences Bret Meckel, Dean
Veterinary Sciences  Elizabeth Frisbee attended SUNY SAIL Winter Leadership Retreat 2020: Leading Culturally Intelligent and Inclusive Campuses.
 Cage washer renovation project nearing completion and will be operational around the beginning of semester.
 Final adoption numbers: 11 out of 12 beagles in colony were adopted and last one is in Foster care (hopefully to be adopted soon); seven colony cats adopted.
 Former campus Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB) puppy, Chandler, now a breeding dog for GEB. His first litter was born this fall and a new GEB puppy from the litter will be coming to campus in February.
 Barry Tech Career Day attended by Katie Murphy and Lisa Kaschak, one male applied and will most likely be accepted in February.
 Katie Murphy and Lisa Kaschak went to Broome-Tioga BOCES in Binghamton and spoke with 3rd/4th year classes. They are planning a visit to campus in the spring.
 Software to track Veterinary Science Technology Essential skills, “Trajecsys,” utilized in all first year VETS courses.
 Veterinary software - AVImark, used exclusively to keep digital records of all animals used in Veterinary Science in efforts to go paperless.
 Delaware County 4-H Outreach hosted by SUNY Delhi Equine Club at the College Farm.  Two successful dog washes offered during the fall semester creating excellent
community relations.
Applied Sciences - Plant Sciences  The new Special Projects Class in the Golf & Sports Turf Program started/completed several projects on The College Golf Course at Delhi. These included a bunker renovation on #10; two target greens added to practice facility; and the expansion of practice tee facility with an irrigation lateral installed along with tree removal.  A landscape design for the entry plaza of Bush Hall was prepared by Horticulture student Carly Pitt and submitted to Campus Beautification Committee. Carly also represented SUNY Delhi as a student ambassador at the Landscapes 2019 Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky.  Horticulture student Mario Malagisi prepared a landscape design for the Pro-shop area/entry to the newly renovated College Golf Course Clubhouse.  Introduction to Horticulture Class worked on numerous campus related enhancement horticulture projects during the fall 2019 semester. These included: transplanting shrubs from the old entry sign to the agora planting beds, pruning shrubs at the Turf Education Center, perennial garden maintenance at the Turf Education Center, pruning evergreen trees at The College Golf Course at Delhi, planting spring flowering bulbs at the Alumni Hall entry, and cleaning and maintenance of plants in the campus greenhouse.  Plant Sciences faculty presented about the green industry at numerous career fairs as well as local high schools throughout the fall semester.  Plant Sciences faculty and staff have promoted program offerings to improve enrollment by creating a new poster for each of the two programs, posting on social media approximately three times a week during the semester and extending in class presentations about careers in the green industry.

 All students in Plant Sciences attended “Winning Fields”, an educational day sponsored by the New York State Turfgrass Association, at Double Day Field in Cooperstown.
 The Orientation to Horticulture Class implemented a series of guest speaker initiatives during the fall 2019 semester. In total, nine guest speakers presented various topics about the green industry throughout the semester.
 Five Golf and Sports turf students were award New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) scholarships ranging from $750-$1,100.00. Alumnus and NYSTA board member, Tom Leahy, came to campus to award the students.
 Julia Ward assisted with seasonal interest throughout campus this fall and winter by gathering materials and designing planters.
 The Delhi Turf Club performed various community service including planting and maintenance at the Delhi Village Park, assisting with a drill and fill project at a local golf course, and a baseball infield renovation project at the American Legion in Delhi.
Applied Sciences – Natural Resource Recreation and Sports (NRRS)  The NRRS program continued to strengthen the working relationship with the EDD (Eric D. Dettenrieder) Memorial Fund by planning and operating three different adaptive sports programs throughout the fall semester.  Students of the Recreation for Special Populations class completed more than 200 hours of experiential learning by way of the collaborative social recreation program with Robinson Terrace.  Sports Management students were the guests of the Colgate University Athletic Department for a day of facility tours, athletic administration presentations, and game day event management for a women’s ice hockey game versus Ohio State University.
Applied Sciences – Professional Golf Management (PGM)  Four seniors in the PGM program and Dave Arehart attended the PGA Merchandise Show in January.  Tom Philion will be attending two regional golf expos this spring (Central New York Golf Show - Turning Stone Resort in February and Empire Golf Expo – Albany in March).  Jim Lees completed his MS in Sport Management (SUNY Cortland) in December of 2019.  PGM faculty and students once again offered the Golf in Schools program. During the fall and springs semesters a total of 10 schools in two different counties will benefit from this specialized instruction.
School of Nursing Susan Deane, Dean
 Susan Deane and Cheryle Levitt attended the MSCHE Convention in Philadelphia, December 9-11, 2019.
 Susan Deane has accepted the invitation to be a member of the University-wide SUNY Online Advisory Committee. She will be one of three academic deans serving on the committee.
 Four Pre-Licensure (PL) students participated in a RAM (Rural Area Medical) trip with Melissa Ackerly in November 2019. This was the first time PL students have participated and it was very well received by the students.
 Three MSN students attended a RAM trip in Maryland in conjunction with U.S. Public Health Service where they met and chatted with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
 Susan Deane reviewed one manuscript for NLN Perspectives.

 Cheryle Levitt reviewed two manuscripts for the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.
Resnick Library Carrie Fishner, Director
 Fifty-four instruction sessions were conducted by Librarians for faculty during the fall semester, which means that Librarians had contact with approximately 850 students during class sessions. Several requests have already come in for the spring semester.
 The Resnick Library received a grant of $7,194.00 from the Coordinated Collection Development Fund through Baker and Taylor to help purchase print items for the library collection this year.
 Librarian Amanda Calabrese had a case study published in the book, Library Services for Online by Joelle E. Pitts, Laura Bonella, Jason M. Coleman, and Adam Wathan, this December.
 Librarians answered over 250 reference questions during the fall semester, via in person, computer chat, email, and phone for students and faculty/staff. Over 400 other questions/contacts were made that included computer/software troubleshooting, directional questions, and helping students with referral questions for campus services.
 The Library hosted the Student Achievement Day Poster winners for each category during finals week and over break, with 10 posters being displayed in the library.
 Carrie Fishner organized the annual Stress Less week programming during finals week for students, which included coloring, crafts, and Therapy Dog visits. The Library staff also collaborated with Residence Life and RHA to offer students free 10-minute chair massages during this programming.
Resnick Academic Achievement Center Jeff Stedman Director of Advising and Resnick Academic Achievement Center
 Starfish Success: 10,348 tracking items were raised during the fall semester, with 4,631 flags and 5717 kudos. There were 2,637 unique students who received a flag or kudos and this is 89% of the total student population of the fall 2019 class.
 The campus has established an Academic Advising Advisor Committee comprised of both faculty and staff across campus. The members represent all of the academic schools and staff in areas such as advising, student financial services, registrar’s office, student life, etc. The topics to be discussed will be advising process/practices, student success and training.
 Access and Equity Staff proctored 218 exams during finals week. The number of exams proctored during finals week was reduced by 6% from last fall. Overall, test center usage decreased by 6% compared to fall 2018.
 Access and Equity Staff, attended the SUNY Office of General Counsel Mental Health Conference in Albany January, 2020. The conference was based on the legal requirements of colleges regarding campus community members with mental health disabilities. The conference addressed not only students but also faculty and staff with disabilities. The OGC (Office of General Counsel) presented on innovative topics about a large portion of our current student population which will help address situations of concern in upcoming semesters.
 Jeff Stedman and Cara Aguirre presented at the SPARK workshop (Sharing Pedagogy, Awesome Ideas, Research & Knowledge)) about Starfish Success.

 The tutoring center will be using Starfish Success to track attendance for both the math and writing centers starting in the spring 2020 semester.
 Access and Equity continues to work with other key members across campus to develop a plan for the new SUNY EIT (Electronic Information and Technology) policy/mandate.
 Advisement works closely with the orientation group, and continues to play a key role in new student orientation both for January and throughout the spring semester.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Linnea Burwood, Dean
 Roshan Houshmand has a solo exhibition of her paintings at the Black Hen Gallery in Midland, TX, January-February, 2020. Her work was featured at the Annual Benefit for Tibet at Tibet House, NYC in December 2019.
 Justin Whitney’s Mini-Essay titled “It’s a Big Umbrella: We Need More than Just a Peak” was accepted for publication. This mini-essay will appear in Transfer in an Urban Writing Ecology: Reimagining Community College -University Relations in Composition Studies by Christie Toth. Her book has been accepted to the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric book series published by the National Council for the Teachers of English.
 Justin Whitney’s paper was accepted for presentation at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the premier conference on Writing Studies in the world. The title of the presentation is “Korean International Community College Students: Intervening on Assumptions of Wealth and Academic Preparation.”
 Justin Whitney’s paper accepted for presentation at the Two-Year College AssociationNational Conference. Title of presentation is “Avoiding the ‘Cliffs:’ Korean International Community College Students and the Preparation of Rhetorical Flexibility.”
 Rhonda Harrow-Engel’s work was selected to be on display for one year at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The two works chosen were a Ceramic Bust of a former Delhi Student from West Guinea, Africa: Maimouna Sow, and a Pastel Drawing of the Harvest.
 Rhonda Harrow-Engel proposed a Color Theory class, to be run in the Spring Semester of 2021, and it was passed by the Curriculum Committee
 Shelly Jones's short story "Blackwork" was published in Sword and Sorcery literary magazine on December 31, 2019.
School of Business & Hospitality Management David Brower, Dean
 Desiree Keever and students in the Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management class completed a project with Delaware County Public Health creating materials for distribution to the public. Two groups each completed a public education project; one on new lead standards and how to protect themselves and their children from lead exposure, and the other on the New York State initiatives to combat the opioid crisis.
 Richard Celli’s Advanced Network Security Procedures class all passed their Security Pro certificate exam. SUNY Delhi students rank in the top .1% nationally.
 Doug Gulotty is now Society of Human Resource Professional Managers (SHRM) certified.

 Four students have fulfilled the IRS VITA requirements to help people who qualify with their income tax preparation starting February 8, 2020 and continuing for seven Saturdays. These students are supervised by Charlie Molé and Adriene Clifford.
 Charlie Molé attended National Association of Tax Preparers (NATP) two-day, 16 hour course on 2019 tax preparation, passed the New York State certification examination for tax preparation, and is registered as an IRS tax preparer.
 Julee Miller and the Gingerbread Team took first place and best in show at the Annual Gingerbread Jubilee in Oneonta. This win marks Delhi’s 14th consecutive victory at this competition. Julee Miller and the SUNY Delhi Gingerbread Team worked with Destination Oneonta to bake and assemble 100 gingerbread house in Oneonta as part of their youth outreach program.
 Sean Pehrsson worked with ten students as part of a campus-wide food insecurities cooking competition. Students competed in teams of two. Each team was given an hour to create an entrée from a mystery box filled with items typically found in food pantries. Special guests at the event included New York State Food and Anti-Hunger Coordinator Susan Zimet and representatives from the Delhi Food Bank.
 Brianne Slocum and the students from the Baking for Health class hosted over a dozen guests to participate in a tasting as part of their final practical exam. Students discussed ingredients, preparation methods, pricing, and marketing strategy.
 Faculty from the Hospitality Management Department hosted Sunday brunch at Bluestone in the fall. The semester culminated with brunch with Santa which was well attended by members of the community. Event Management students facilitated activities and craft projects and assisted with marketing.
 Students from the Hospitality Human Resource Management and Training and Development for the Hospitality Industry courses attended the presentation of nationally-renowned speaker and activist, Temple Grandin.
 Heidi Yorke and Michael Barnes hosted a field trip to the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Students learned about the importance of social media to the effective marketing of the property.
 Linda Blocker, Heidi Yorke, and Michael Barnes facilitated training on pricing/costing and product marketing and promotion as part of the Agripreneur program held at Delaware County FoodWorks+. The Agripreneur program has been made possible through a Chobani Foundation grant.
 Amanda Holland hosted Event Management professional Mark LaValle from Mark LaValle Events in Cooperstown for two courses – Introduction to Event Management and Wedding and Social Event Management in November. Mr. LaValle presented about the importance of design, lighting, and décor to successful events.
 Heidi Yorke invited Brook Denison to her Hotel Maintenance and Engineering course to speak about a major hotel project that he designed and built.
 Hospitality Management faculty hosted a pre-planning conference call with the department’s Advisory Board on January 13. Members of the board shared their perspectives on best practices and topics to be discussed during their visit to campus during the spring semester.
 Jessica Backus-Foster and David Brower are working with Sidney High School’s farm-toschool program to provide culinary skills training to cafeteria employees.
 David Brower and Glenda Roberts have been working on a collaboration to offer college credit for hospitality coursework taken by students at Burlington Technical Center in

Vermont. The first course will be a “contract” course and will provide students up to four SUNY Delhi credits. Hospitality faculty will pursue recruitment opportunities at Burlington Technical Center as well as the other 14 technical centers throughout Vermont.  Jessica Backus-Foster and David Brower attended and recruited students at SUNY Adirondack’s College and Career Fair on December 16, 2019. More than 60 students were in attendance.  Culinary Arts major Emily Tekel competed at the Fall Competition at The Culinary Institute of New York at Monroe College with a cold food platter.  Victor Sommo facilitated a cold food platter preparation seminar at Skidmore College in December.  Heidi Yorke invited Donna Ackerman in to her Lodging Accommodations Management course to speak about the fundamentals of facilities management.

Business & Finance College Council Report
February 2020 Carol Bishop, VP for Business & Finance
Student Support & Development • The 2020-21 general scholarship application is now opened, and students can access the application on the scholarship webpage. Applications will be accepted until the beginning of the fall 2020 semester (September 1, 2020). The Presidential Scholarship Application has now closed, with 18 eligible applications. Interviews will take place at the end of January and applicants will be notified of decisions by February 1, 2020. The Merit-Based scholarship (incoming/transfer students) priority deadline is February 15, 2020. Currently 208 offers have been sent. • HR worked with the Student Employee Excellence Development Committee to develop a standardized work experience for all students employed on the SUNY Delhi Campus, whether working for NYS, Federal WorkStudy, CADI, or the College Foundation. With a goal to provide all students an opportunity to build their resumes, experience employment interviews, receive job descriptions and evaluations of performance, Bronco Connect will make available leadership and training opportunities that will provide additional certificates to add to co-curricular transcripts. A student career/summer employment job fair is schedule for March 5, 2020. It is estimated that over 30 external businesses and 20 SUNY Delhi offices will participate in the job fair
Investing in People, Staff Excellence, Hiring/Promotions, Training • SUNY shared governance resources were shared with the chair of the College Senate Bylaws Committee as well as the former co-chairs of the Budget and Planning Committee to continue discussions on creating a more effective purpose for the future of the campus Budget and Planning Committee. • One-on-one budget trainings on the 2020-21 budget packet will be conducted with all assigned budget preparers in late January and early February. • HR created comprehensive benefit summary booklets for each of the following employee groups, full-time and part-time: CSEA, UUP and M/C. This information is currently being updated for the 2020 calendar year. • Numerous and varied professional development workshops were offered in January 2020. • Liz Avery, Instructional Support in CIS, will be attending the SUNY SAIL/NYSERNET leadership academy this spring. Liz will be completing the aspiring leader track, with tuition and travel being covered by a SUNY Council of Chief Information Officers scholarship. • CIS has invested in SkillSets Online training. This system allows up to three individuals at a time to participate in online training. Staff members can choose from hundreds of technical topics which will assist them in their current positions or put them on a path for an industry certification. • CIS underwent a network penetration test this fall conducted by the SUNY Security Operations Center (SOC). The test is an in depth exercise that looked for weaknesses in SUNY Delhi IT Systems. Items that were identified were minor and most have been remedied at this time. Currently Delhi is only one of two SUNY SOC members that have completed a PEN Test.
Projects, Construction, Innovations, Procurement

• We are drafting a campus-wide scholarship agreement form that will be applicable for all scholarships administered by the College.
• Construction project updates: o Generators were installed at Wall Service and Electrical Tech Building, Foreman and Kunsela Halls, and Lower Valley Campus. o Thurston and South Halls are in construction for Architecture studio and faculty offices. o The new cage washer project for Veterinary Science is near completion.
• CIS will be assisting Student Financial Services and the SICAS Center to set up Student Outcome tracking in BANNER. This will allow the Financial Aid office to ensure that students are taking classes that fulfil requirements for their major and keep them eligible for financial aid.
Resource Development, Compliance, Budgets, Billing & Fees • Version 2 of the budget packet for the 2020-21 year has been finalized; this will better incorporate assessment needs and will streamline data compilation for more effective decisionmaking. A “dream sheet” is being developed to link useful information together for Leadership Team and Deans (collectively the Resource Allocation Task Force (RATF)) to better evaluate budget needs and plan for the future; this data collection will be distributed to the RATF near the end of January. • A SUNY/UUP executive-level committee developed guidelines and a methodology to analyze and identify the extent of salary compression and inversion, and the adopted guidelines and methodology have been utilized at SUNY Delhi. The agreement also included using 0.5% of the 1% discretionary pool to address identified compression and inversion. Discussions were held with local UUP Labor/Management Committee and in an effort to be transparent.

College Council Report – January 2020 Highlights from November 2019 - January 2020
Office of Marketing & Communications Dawn Sohns, Vice President for Marketing & Communications
Digital & Social Media Activity & Engagement: Highlights: An engagement campaign on Facebook on the last day of class for the Fall 2019 semester that generated some very touching posts to encourage students to finish the semester strong. It reached over 5,300 people, had 237 likes, and received over 50 comments. Some selected responses:
SUNY Delhi: “We don’t know who needs to hear this but finish strong, Broncos...it's the last day of class!! Send a little note of encouragement to your favorite Bronco in the comments.”
Eric Lanseigne: Emma Lanseigne, it’s been tough on you being so far from home. You’re rocking it so far. First semester is coming to an abrupt close. You make me happy every day! You’ve got this. Love Dad
Anthony J. Eardley: You are all my favorite Broncos. The Heard runs strong so finish out the end of this semester and head home to your families. See y’all soon!!
Anthony J Gougoutris: John Gougoutris we are very proud of you son! Great job.
Jamie Smith: You got this Ally Smith just believe in yourself- we love you
A photo of the new sign at the entrance to campus gathered the most likes for the quarter on Instagram:

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College Council Report, February 2020