College Leadership Team Notes

Leadership Team Notes

2019 Team Notes

Breakout Sessions

John Padovani shared the updates to the Student Code of Conduct 

  • Most of the updates were minor, with grammatical or sentence structure changes to make policies more clear and inclusive.
  • Gender neutral language will be used throughout the Code.
  • John will review the changes with the College Council at the next meeting.

Carol Bishop shared the Chart of Accounts
The chart of accounts is used in purchasing and the business office.  She shared the list of accounts and the administrator and authorized approvers for each account.  Any changes go through the Business Office.

College Leadership Team Updates – College Leadership Team

Carol Bishop– Budget Updates

  • Additional requests have been made after the budget approval process which go through the Resource Allocation Committee.
  • Capital Projects were reviewed. The list of projects include the completion of the Dubois roof, new fire alarms and boilers and chillers were installed, the Barnes & Noble Café opening on Monday, the new sculpture outside of Farrell was placed, and the Mac Elevator and campus generator projects were completed.  Masonry repair and some window replacement for Evenden Tower will begin soon.  Other future projects include Thurston, South, and North Hall projects, as well as others.
  • Student Financial Services did online summer billing but they are having issues with HESC for Excelsior and Dream Act awards. They are working hard to resolve issues with any families impacted by these issues

Dawn Sohns

  • The Beautification Committee is working on its first project, the circle outside of Farnsworth Hall. Work is almost complete and will give community a space to relax and enjoy the artwork.
  • Marketing requests have started coming in. Reminder to use the marketing request form for projects.

John Padovani

  • Reminder that R.A.s arrive early next week and athletes arrive next Thursday.
  • Updates to Farrell Center: The O’Connor Center & Regalia have moved downstairs in Farrell – where Student Government was; Greek Leadership is now with Student Government where Regalia was.

Michael Sullivan

  • Homecoming weekend will be in October.
  • Alumni and regional fall events are being planned.
  • Next edition of Horizons is going to print this week.
  • Working with academic deans to get classroom visits with alumni scheduled.


  • Counseling Center was redesigned for confidentiality & access. Work is completed and looks great.
  • Successful EOP Bridge Program in July
  • Antonio Delgado is looking for a student intern for the Delhi Office.

Joel Smith has retired from his V.P. role.  He will remain on staff as the Executive Director of the College Foundation. Michael Sullivan has been promoted as the new V.P. of College Relations and Advancement. Due to Joel Smith’s retirement, there will be changes in responsibility which include:

  • All FOIL Requests and the Solar Project will be handled by V.P. of Finance & Administration, Carol Bishop.
  • Government Relations will be handled by V.P. of College Relations & Advancement, Michael Sullivan.
  • Trademark management and graduation protocol & scripts will be handled by V.P. of Marketing & Communications, Dawn Sohns.
  • College Council, SUNY Communications, & College Leadership Team Meeting notes will be handled by Dawn Sohns and George Spielman.

Updates from the Board of Trustees Meeting from Carol Bishop:

  • Approval of a $200 tuition increase and a $25 increase in the College Fee.
  • Student bills go out next week, which will reflect the increases.
  • State support will remain consistent with the prior year's funding.
  • There was discussion of a possible MC salary increase.

Library Café Space: Discussion of the temporary use of the Library Café space occurred.  Kelli will set up a meeting to look at options for this space.

Updates from Leadership:

Kelli: Convocation will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Clark Field House. Kelli requested that all speeches be sent to her.

Michael Sullivan: Continuing to meet with external constituents and moving forward on the turf field project.

Dawn: Developing the marketing plan for the college for next year.

Katie: Working on the assessment of the Strategic Plan.

John: NYSSSA has arrived on campus and they will be here until the end of the month. This week, the EOP transition program starts and they will be here for two weeks. Barnes and Noble Café construction is on schedule.

  • Trademark and Logo—Licensing requirements, use of the college logo and soft goods purchases were discussed.
  • Swipe It Forward—Representatives from SUNY and the Governor’s Office will be on campus May 29 to recognize our Swipe It Forward initiative to address student hunger and food insecurity.
  • Academic Programs—Kelli Ligeikis provided an update on SUNY’s review of new academic program proposals.
  • Graduation—Commencement was reviewed. Commencement Committee did an excellent job of planning and managing the ceremony.
  • Employee Appreciation Day—The May 22 schedule was reviewed.
  • Leadership Development—Sara Regan of Strengths Now outlined the upcoming leadership professional development program for team members.
  • Commencement—Based on Saturday’s weather forecast, commencement will be held outside.
  • 2019-20 Budgets—Steve Cembrinski provided an update on the budget process and demonstrated analytics developed to review budget requests.
  • Summer Hours—Leadership discussed summer hours for administrative offices. Human Resources will prepare an announcement for Delhi Today.
  • Employee Appreciation Day—The May 22 schedule was reviewed.
  • Leadership Development—Sara Regan of Strengths Now outlined the upcoming leadership professional development program for team members.
  • Commencement—Based on Saturday’s weather forecast, commencement will be held outside.—Based on Saturday’s weather forecast, commencement will be held outside.
  • Admissions—Ways that the campus community can contribute to the enrollment process were discussed.
  • Approval—The AOS/AAS in Electrical Construction and Utility Operations has been approved by the State Education Department.
  • Middle States—Katie Bucci distributed a summary of evidence required to meet each Middle States standard. It will also be posted in Vancko Hall.
  • SUBOA—Carol Bishop reported on major discussion topics from last week’s State University Business Officers meeting.
  • Budgets—Carol Bishop reported on the status of unit budget submissions and the process for review.
  • Nursing—The School of Nursing has submitted an application to become a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. Only 16 colleges in the nation are currently recognized as Centers of Excellence.
  • Advising—Twenty-one faculty and staff have volunteered to serve on the new Advising Task Force. Survey—The Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board has developed a short survey to help identify priorities for the group.
  • Summer Schedule—Construction projects scheduled for this summer were reviewed.
  • State Budget—Funding for SUNY in the new state budget is flat. The budget includes a new approach toward allocating critical maintenance dollars to campuses.
  • Visitations—Over 300 prospective students attended last Saturday’s Discover Delhi Day. Over 100 students have registered for Delhi Decision Day on Friday.
  • CADI Budget—The 2019-20 CADI operating budget received board approval last week. Leadership Team has been provided with a copy of agency account allocations for next year.
  • Program Approved—SUNY has approved our proposal to introduce an associate’s in Electrical Construction and Utility Operations. The program must still be approved by the State Education Department.
  • Follow Up—Tomás Aguirre shared feedback from the Student Life review of the campus response to the recent student death. Information gathering meetings were held with Resident Directors, Student Life Leaders, Student Senate, Resident Assistants and the Leadership Team.
  • Residence Life Survey—JMZ Architects and Planners, a residence hall master planning consultant, will be surveying students to assess their needs and desires.
  • Deadlines—The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For survey closes April 5. The Campus Climate survey closes April 1.
  • Follow Up—With the goal of continuous improvement, Student Life is conducting a review and assessment of its campus response to last week’s student death.
  • Partnership—A partnership to deliver the bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at Hudson Valley Community College is being developed.
  • Assessment—Katie Bucci reported that 85 percent of Assessment Plans were submitted on time.
  • Alumni Events—Events and individual meetings last week with alumni and donors in Southwest Florida were very successful.
  • Campus Response—The campus response and reaction to the tragic death of Alec Zarkower was reviewed. President Laliberte plans to share additional information with the campus community.
  • Emeriti—Two requests were approved.
  • Student Meal Plans—Proposals for 2019-2020 meal plan charges and operating hours for campus venues were discussed. A presentation to Student Senate on the proposals is scheduled for later this week.
  • Broad Based Fees—Broad based fees for 2019-2020 were discussed. The Higher Education Price Index limits increases to 2.8 percent.
  • Celebrating December Graduates—Leadership reviewed a proposal for a new event to honor December graduates.
  • Vape Education—A proposal from the Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force on ways to educate the campus community about smoking or using vape pens in inappropriate locations was discussed.
  • New Programs—Proposals to introduce an AOS/AAS in Electrical Construction and Utility Operations, Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and Bachelor of Architecture degrees have been submitted to SUNY.
  • Delhi Delight Program—Doug Gulotty outlined a civility initiative designed to provide opportunities to say thank you to faculty and staff, be appreciated by our peers and acknowledge the great service we provide to the campus community. The program, developed by the Strategic Planning Subcommittee on Human Capital, is expected to be launched later this semester.
  • Enrollment—Leadership reviewed fall enrollment reports and discussed strategies to increase enrollment.
  • SUBOA—Carol Bishop reviewed major topics discussed at the recent State University Business Officers Association meeting.
  • Data—Katie Bucci and JoAnna Brosnan have begun developing a campus data inventory.
  • PRODI-G—Chancellor Johnson’s initiative to increase minority and women faculty members in STEM areas was discussed.
  • Budget Process—Steve Cembrinski led a detailed presentation on the new budget process and the packet that has been distributed to account managers. The new budget process ties directly to assessment plans, the strategic plan and Middle State requirements.
  • Extra Funding Requests—Carol Bishop reviewed the four extra funding requests that had been received and the decisions that were made.
  • New Programs—Kelli Ligeikis provided updates on the status of the Engineering Science and Bachelor’s of Architecture proposals.
  • Master Planning—John Padovani reported on Residence Hall Master Plan progress to date.
  • Upcoming Events—The first Summer Job Fair and Student Philanthropy Day is scheduled for February 13. 
  • Barnes and Noble Café—John Padovani showed preliminary designs for the new Barnes and Noble Café in Farrell Center. The café, featuring Starbucks coffee, will increase traffic and make Farrell more of a student center. This new initiative will replace the Library Café and create more academic and student support space in the Resnick Library and Academic Achievement Center.
  • Student Employment—Hourly pay rates for student employees during the summer were reviewed.
  • Executive Budget—Carol Bishop reviewed key highlights from Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget.
  • SUNY Provost—Todd Laursen, the new SUNY Provost, met with the Leadership Team and also toured the campus.
  • Merit—Karyn Wendrow gave an overview of Merit, an online resource for students to highlight their achievements. Merit is also used for distributing press releases and engaging influential audiences.
  • Elevating Customer Service—Tomás Aguirre shared a PowerPoint on customer service and its connection to retention and student success. The presentation was part of the Student Life Division Spring Meeting.
  • Retention—First-time student retention increased seven percent compared to last year.
  • Federal Government Shutdown—SUNY has indicated that the shutdown may result in financial aid delays for new students. SUNY does not expect it to impact financial aid for returning students.
  • Assessment Day—Over 200 faculty and staff participated in this year’s Assessment Day.
  • CADI Leader—Ralph Perez-Rogers begins his new duties as Executive Director of CADI on January 16.
  • Student Opportunity—Sponsorship from Alumni Association is making it possible for four PGM majors to attend the PGA Merchandise Show and a SUNY Delhi Alumni Networking reception next week in Orlando Florida.