Haskell Indian Nations’ University’s Acting President Venida Chenault rambled on at the Haskell Student Senate meeting last week.
Telling students the two new BA programs had not been canceled….excuse us ???
Oh, yes, they had been and by Dan Wildcat.
We know, we called the Higher Learning Commission as did others.
Dan Wildcat canceled those accreditation visits and scheduled no other visits the intonation of his letter to THLC made it clear he did not plan to reschedule.
Venida Chenault showed up at the Haskell Student Senate meeting last
Tuesday night unannounced and uninvited ( someone say Roberts Rules of Order) to say that those two programs just needed to follow the correct steps and approvals!
Hello! while Ms. Chenault was up on the hill ( KU ) last year those two
programs did follow the correct steps and approvals.
No way should Acting V.P. Dan Wildcat be canceling any visits by The
Higher Learning Commission.
Is it because Wildcat and Chenault have taken so much heat over this
that they had to find a way to save themselves ( and take credit for
something that Dr.Warner had already put in place) a long with Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn?… Veinda Chenault announced a review of the new BA programs schuduled for March the 2, 2010.
By whom may we ask?
Not, The Higher Leaning Commission we called them once again, no such visit by them can be confirmed.
Also during the student senate meeting Ms.Chenault said that students are saying that Haskell Indian Nations University itself is not
Wakey, Wakey, Ms. Chenault the Haskell students are not saying that.
What they are saying is that they are upset about their new BA
programs not being accredited. Which has made some of them transfer, some of them placed themselves on hold and some of them simply caved in and went to one of the four BA programs that Haskell currently offers, but ones that they didn’t want.
And just like Vendia Chenault didn’t make much sense at Haskell’s
Student Senate Meeting, she made even less sense at Haskell Indian
Nations University’s Council Meeting.
A couple of things we would like to bring to our readers attention:
1. Where was Student Senate President Janice Mendez? She always
attended U.V. last year? Could be because out of the clear blue sky
the days of the meetings were changed with no notice to Janice..making it impossible for her to attend? Janice represents the most important group of people on Haskell’s campus… the students…..to leave her out can not be good for Haskell students.
2. Where has speaking of The ARCH gone? Did someone think that Dr.
Warner made it up and so they should now do away with it? Dr .Warner
did not make it, it was well in place before she got to Haskell. And in
case people need to be reminded Dr Warner is still the President of Haskell Indian Nations University.
2. Another interesting thing we noticed is that now that the schedule
of U.C. has been changed and Janice Mendez cannot attend, it appears that Julia Goodfox can…..didn’t see her there last year…..isn’t she planning a trip to Palestine this summer? Maybe she should go work on that. Or is she once again just sending the Haskell students, while she herself stays in the good olde U.S.of A.?
University Council – January 26, 2010
Regents Room/Navarre Hall
In attendance: Andy Yellowhair, Gary Tanner, Julia Goodfox, Mona Gonzales, Karen Gillis, Deb Thompson, Mike Lewis, Barbara Stumblingbear, Karla Van Noy, Joshua Arce, Judith Gipp, Carlene Morris, Jim Tucker, Joni Murphy, Venida Chenault, Mari Russell, Ted Juneau, Joshua Mihesuah, Lee Pahcoddy, Manny King, Thor Crabb, Gary Goombi, Steve LaCour, Freda Gipp
Opening Prayer – Andy Yellowhair
Review of action items/notes
Dr. Karen Gillis: Expressed her appreciation that her comments at the last meeting regarding the webpage‐ administration listing had been corrected.
Safety: Debra Thompson
The memorandum issued by Assistant Secretary Echohawk was sent by campus email. A copy was provided for discussions on campus as to what and why we do the driver’s license check. The forms are due this Friday and if this is not received the costs may be attributed to the department or driver. Please review the memo carefully (memo attached). A monthly report is submitted to Central office to advise them of eligible drivers. Ms. Thompson reviewed the memo and discussed the critical items as related to employees. This year, all employees eligible to drive will have to complete the online training by February 19 and provide to supervisors, who will then send forward to the Safety Office. Questions on the memo, GSA Form 3607, please contact Ms. Thompson at ext. 608.
In regards to your driver’s form (GSA=3607), Supervisors – please check the appropriate box in Section IV and signatures for both employee and supervisor are required.
Question: Dr. Chenault‐ Can you remind us of the reporting requirements regarding suspensions and DUI’s?
Response: The employee should report the incident the next business day to their supervisor and to Human Resources and the Safety Office. The Safety Office initiates updating the eligible drivers list and sends to appropriate individuals. Human Resources will then monitor and track through court date and disposition of the incident. (D. Thompson)
CAMS Conversion: Manny King and Josh Arce( Venida Chenault’s son )
It was reported that all data has been converted. Mr. King has sent out sample rosters to faculty using the new system. A meeting was held Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 9 a.m. to discuss the conversion. The system is in place and working on using the new system and utilizing CAMS enterprise.
There is a
learning curve, but it is just a matter of using it and getting everyone to use the new system, per Mr. Arce. Mr. King requested the campus be patient during this transition.
YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ON THE CAMPUS??????
Unofficially we have 971, but we have not done our 20 day headcount as there are still some individuals that need to be checked. This number will change. February 3 is the 20th day for our census count. Mr. Gillespie completes a report and it will be reported campus‐wide.
Rosters were sent out at the start of classes. However, Mr. King states they have not updated since January 19, and has sent out some sample rosters using CAMS Enterprise. The response from the faculty has been good on the new system.
Over a dozen individuals attended the training and these individuals will be called forth to assist in training the campus. This CAMS has the capacity to follow a student from prospective students to alumni. It has the capacity to improve student services and more accuracy in reporting. This will include the assignment of rooms, improve fee payment, and eventually apply online. Ms. Hara will also be assisting in this process.
Question: What is the schedule for training for CAMS Enterprise? March – per Mr. Arce
Student Advancement: Dr Chenault
Planning for summer and fall schedules underway. The intent is to have the schedules ready by pre‐enrollment the first week in April. A draft of the schedules is expected by the first of March for review. Please keep in mind that if a course does not have enough enrollment then it may be replaced with a higher demand course.
NCA Higher Learning Commission
Question: Will Haskell send representatives to the annual NCA meeting this spring?
Dr. Chenault indicated there will be multiple individuals that should attend this meeting.
Human Resources (HR): Mona Gonzales
February 2‐3, 2010, the Office of Personnel Security will be on campus for training. The training schedule is still in progress. Ms. Gonzales will provide further details as they are completed.
Federal ID: Employees should not call for appointments to Kansas City to schedule for your ID badge, unless your background has been cleared. Edie Benson, HR/ABQ will be working with Haskell on this and further details are forthcoming. In the meantime, the email with the basic information will be sent out again by Ms. Gonzales.
Non‐ Pay Dates: Ms. Gonzales reminded supervisors the memo for non‐pay dates for summer is approaching. Ms. Gonzales will email supervisors as to when the memo is due to HR to ensure the 30 day notice to FISE is met.
Student worker: Denison Dugi has been hired in HR.
Question: Haskell badges – do we still need them here or will the new badges replace them?
Response: We should keep for student workers and adjuncts. Dr. Chenault further stated that we will clarify with HR and may need to revise existing policy.
Listing for home phone number for employees needs to be updated and received to HR. Supervisors should visit with their staff and submit this information to Ms. Gonzales as soon as possible.
Question: By next meeting will we have a date for requests for non‐pay dates?
Response: This information will be sent out by HR. The non‐pay dates for summer are impacted by summer school. The first week in April is pre‐enrollment and classes will be determined. Summer school will begin the week after graduation to reduce travel costs for students, with summer school beginning the Thursday following graduation (May 13). Additional information will be issued on the official start date.
Budget/Procurement: Mike Lewis
Audit sampling: An email from finance to selected individuals identifying those who will undergo a charge card audit. The person that will be notifying you is Theresa Battese.
Student Bank: Mr. Lewis issued a reminder that all sponsors should turn in receipts within the prescribe time frame or accounts will be frozen. This was outlined at the sponsor meeting last fall. Those attending received a copy and acknowledged by their signature the receipt of guidelines. If a sponsor did not attend, they should stop by and visit with Jeri Sledd to receive a copy of the guidelines and discuss any questions.
Plan of operations: These need to be updated every two years. Ms. Sledd would contact you if this needs to occur.
LET’S BE SURE THE EMPLOYEES GET THIS WHILE THE STUDENTS ARE BEING SERVED WIENERS WITH NO BUNS AND TACO SALAD WITH NO TACO AND NO SALAD!!!!!
Employee Benefits: Cost Of Living Allowance (COLA) is 1.5% but adjusted for cost of locality it will be 1.77%.
Clarification of duties: Dr. Chenault was detailed as Acting President on January 4, 2010 for 120 days. Dr. Chenault will serve in this capacity and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Wildcat will be serving as Vice President for University Services until the position is filled. The position for university services is closed and we anticipate a certificate of eligible applicants soon. Dr. Wildcat will serve in an administrative capacity.
Dr. Chenault is the signatory approval authority for academic affairs and the Office of the President. Dr. Wildcat is completing performance evaluations and the mid year review for academic affairs. , Patty Battese is the point of contact for academics, and Lenora Goombi is the point of contact for University
EXCUSE US….THIS MAKES NO SENSES!!!!!
Dr. Wildcat and Dr. Chenault have been wrapping up projects started, such as performance appraisals, but will be relocating for the positions they will be serving in.
ACTINGS ARE MESSING AROUND WITH THE ORG CHART?????
Question: What is the status of the org chart?
Dr. Chenault indicated the organization chart is under review and there are areas that will need to be modified, such as the majority of faculty not having a Dean.
This has to be corrected and these kinds of issues are being looked at. There have been some discussion with multiple groups and input from campus which will be pulled together so that recommendations on changes can be considered.
The intent is to identify changes to fit Haskell within the parameters of the org chart. It’s being approached from a functional organization approach and areas we’ve identified as priorities. For example, at what point do we start building in functions organizationally, such as retention and student success. Based on the input solicited we will get information out soon for campus input.
Question: What about strategic planning?
Dr. Chenault stated a contract for facilitation of strategic planning at Haskell is set to go out for bid. Optimistic that contract will be done and we’re working to begin the process this semester. The time span identified in our prior strategic plan has ended and we need to evaluate whether we accomplished everything we set out to. Is there anything in the prior plan that we need to continue, are there major gaps?
HELLO FORGET TEN YEARS IT MOST LIKELY WON’T BE HERE UNLESS SOMEONE STEPS IN TO SAVE IT, LIKE SAY SENATOR PAT ROBERTS!
Where do we see Haskell ten years from now?
Presently, both SIPI and Haskell are preparing for strategic planning.
New Employee: Dr. Russell – I encourage you to stop by and meet Beverly Fortner, our new librarian. Also, thanks to Josh Arce and Kern Marketing in getting up new website for the library.
End of meeting. 9:41 a.m.
Mr.Larry Echohawk may we kindly suggest that people quit worrying about where Haskell Indian Nations University will be at in ten years from now, because if you don’t start getting rid of people like Venida Chenault, Stephanie Birdwell-Bighorn, Julia Goodfox, Mike Tosse, Dan Wildcat and Julia Goodfox and bring back Dr.Warner there is not going to be a Haskell Indian Nations University.
haskellnews commentary January 31, 2010