Minutes of Meeting

Support Services Committee Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Location: Building 12, 2nd Floor, Room 2405A

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order by Chair Luke Cornelius, at 11:00 am.

Members Present:

Luke Cornelius, Donni Welch-Rawls, Patrick Kreidl, Maria Atilano, Pieter de Jong, James Hall, Yongan Wu, and Brian Kopp

Members Absent:

None

Others Attending:

Ruth Lopez, Director International Center, Center for international Education
  • Approval of the Minutes
    The revised minutes of the January 28, 2015 meeting were unanimously approved.
  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business
    None.
  • New Business
    Ruth Lopez, Director of the UNF International Center, discussed her organization’s programs. The Center works with international students from over 60 countries to ensure their immigration documentation (F1 Visas, I-20s, etc.) is in order, so they can attend UNF. The Center also actively recruits international students to come to UNF. There are approximately 35 faculty led programs to permit students to study abroad that are also handled by the Center, including travel preparation, student safety training, and faculty workshops. The Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS) is administered by the International Center as well. The Center also puts on special events to “Internationalize” the UNF campus. Examples include International Education Week and the spring International Dinner Dance which this year will be on April 15th. All faculty and students are welcome at these events. The Center has two study abroad coordinators, Lauren Hodge and Susan Russo. Ms. Russo is on leave with a serious medical issue. All UNF faculty and staff are encouraged to consider donating their sick leave or annual leave to her.
  • Other Discussions/Announcement
    Luke Cornelius confirmed that Josh Merchant, VP Development Alumni Affairs, with be the speaker in April.

    Luke Cornelius indicated that we should know who the new Committee members are prior to the April meeting.

    Due to Brian Kopp’s expected absence, Maria Atilano agreed to fill in as Secretary for the March 24th meeting.
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m. Next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the Library, Building, 12, Room 2405. Sherif Elfayoumy from the school of Computing will be the speaker.