ASA Committee Minutes -- May 13, 2004 -- Board of Trustees -- University of Louisville
MINUTES OF THE ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
In Open Session
The Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees met on Thursday, May 13, 2004 in the Jefferson Room, Grawemeyer Hall, with members present and absent as follows:
Mr. Milton M. Livingston, Chair
|Absent:||Prof. David Ensign|
Ms. Marie Abrams
|From the University:||
Dr. James R. Ramsey, President
Dr. Karen Bearden, Undergraduate Leadership Institute
I. Call to Order
Having determined a quorum present, Chair Livingston called the meeting to order at 2:20 p.m. Chair Livingston welcomed Ryan McKinley, President of the Student Government Association and new trustee. Board Chair Bridgeman has appointed Mr. McKinley to serve as vice chair of the Academic & Student Affairs Committee.
Approval of Minutes, January 8 2004
Ms. Brown made a motion, which Judge Bisig seconded, to approve the minutes of January 8, 2004. The motion passed unanimously.
II. Information Item: Presentation by Dr. Nigel Cooper
Senior Vice President Martin introduced Professor Nigel Cooper. Dr. Cooper is professor of Anatomical Science/Neurobiology and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. Dr. Martin praised the tremendous contributions of Dr. Cooper to the School of Medicine’s research program, which includes developmental neurobiology, molecular neuroscience, visual system, somatosensory system. Dr. Cooper discussed the ongoing research of the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, noting the outreach initiative enables the enhancement of regional neuroscientists’ competitiveness for federal research and development funding and strengthens the training for students of neuroscience. The research activities relate to important concepts in neural development, including, genes and development, systems development, neurite outgrowth and synaptogenesis, trophic factors, transmitters, receptors and second messengers, critical periods and plasticity. Dr. Cooper said the strategy is to enhance the research enterprise through building infrastructure in areas of critical need and by making improvements to the research environment. The enhancements to infrastructure and environment will facilitate a trend toward a more molecular approach to neurobiology. The Center for Molecular Neurobiology recruits new faculty members and postdoctoral associates with training and/or expertise in molecular biology techniques. The training program consists of student mentoring in active research laboratories, and the introduction of new neuroscience courses. Dr. Cooper then made a Powerpoint presentation (copy available upon request).
III. Information Item: Presentation by Dr Karen Bearden
Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer introduced Dr. Karen Bearden. Dr. Taylor-Archer recognized Dr. Bearden’s national reputation for leadership development. Dr. Bearden conducted a student leadership institute course during the Spring semester. The course objective was to provide students with a dynamic experience that developed leadership from the perspective of African Americans. The class of 35 students served as a laboratory for modeling behaviors consistent with effective leadership. The course placed emphasis on advocating one’s viewpoint, while remaining respectful and courteous to divergent viewpoints. Two sessions of formal assessment were carried out to ensure participation of all students. Experienced assessors aided the instructor during this process. Dr. Bearden acknowledged the objective of each interaction was to foster personal growth and development in the enrolled students. In addition to discussing ways to apply the topics taught in the course, many discussions included guidance on accessing university resources and support systems, exploring issues related to personal motivation, fears of failure, balancing interpersonal relationships, healing and forgiveness and managing family expectations.
Dr. Bearden noted the course emphasized the importance of serving others and giving of one’s time, talent and resources. She asked students to complete assignments which dealt with identity and personal purpose. The exercises reinforced the concept that effective leaders have gratitude for others who helped them and are willing to aid emerging leaders. The students were reminded that they can make a difference in a myriad of ways. Several students were active in recognized student organizations (RSOs) such as fraternities, sororities, UofL Chapter of the NAACP, Alliance of Black Students and the Black Diamond Choir. They were also active in programs such as C.O.N.N.E.C.T. and participated in activities sponsored by the Office of Academic Multicultural Enrichment Programs, and the Society of Porter Scholars. Several were in leadership roles in their respective faith-based organizations. Students were asked to participate in two service projects, one completed during class, the other implemented outside normal class hours. Dr. Bearden gave a brief summary of the varied service projects completed by the students.
Students documented their experiences in the Institute through individual letters written to the Vice Provost for Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Dr. Bearden had not reviewed these letters, which were hand delivered by a class member to Dr. Taylor-Archer. Dr. Taylor-Archer offered to share copies of the evaluations. She noted the exceptional impact the Institute had on the students enrolled. She hoped the University would be able to find funding for this very positive program. Ms. Loving complimented Drs. Willihnganz, Bearden and Taylor-Archer for this innovative program. In response to Mr. Green’s inquiry, Dr. Bearden acknowledged that very little research was available about African American students’ development through leadership programs. Mr. Green congratulated Dr. Bearden on her excellent effort.
Judge Bisig made a motion, which Ms. Loving seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:05 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.