Cabinet Highlights: Feb. 14, 2012

Bill allowing guns on campus advances

The “guns on campus” bills has passed Senate committee 5-3 and will now move the Arizona House of Representatives, according to Christy Farley, vice president for Government Affairs and Business Partnerships. A column by President John Haeger opposing guns on campus appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun. The universities’ three police chiefs opposed the bill in a column in the Arizona Republic.

Sophomores hold high opinions of their overall experience at NAU with 96 percent rating it “good” or “excellent.” Pat Haeuser, vice president for Planning, Budget and Institutional Effectiveness, presented the highlights. The results have been steady from year to year, Haeuser said, with “campus safety” rating highest and “smooth transition from Gateway to the college” ranking second. The complete survey can be found here.

Haeuser also presented the final summary and evaluations from the 2012 Leadership Day, which featured a half-day discussion on the university’s budget priorities by representatives from throughout campus. Evaluation forms and priorities can be found online.

President Haeger told cabinet that athletics director Jim Fallis has announced that he will not seek another contract when his expires in July. Fallis has informed the Lumberjack Athletic Association as well as other Lumberjack constituents.

Pat Haeuser announced that NAU will continue 6-plus-6 contracts for service professionals.

President Haeger announced the development of a Technology Innovation Fund. The fund would award faculty or departments additional money to develop technological means to change educational delivery systems and save money.