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Board of Regents Meeting Update

07-25-2011

Dear Faculty and Staff:

I hope you are enjoying the summer months, despite the sizzling temperatures.  In an effort to keep you up to date on actions taken by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents which pertain to Tarleton, here’s a brief recap of their meeting which concluded last Friday.

As you know, our university is experiencing strong growth in the area of enrollment and with the Board’s approval Tarleton looks forward to expanding its reach with the establishment of the Midlothian Higher Education Center (MHEC). With the Legislature’s allocation of approximately $3 million in our budget to help fund its development, the MHEC will be a multi-institutional teaching center in partnership with Navarro College and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The three institutions have collaborated to develop a plan for the MHEC which will provide a seamless transition for students from Navarro College and bring baccalaureate and graduate degree programs to residents of the Ellis County area.

The Regents also gave unanimous approval for Tarleton to offer two new degree programs—a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Master of Science in Kinesiology. In addition, we received authorization from the Regents allowing the university to submit its request to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board certifying that all criteria have been met for offering the degrees.

In other business, the Regents gave their approval for Tarleton to expand its degree offerings at both the Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth and the McLennan Community College (MCC) University Center in Waco. An additional 11 degree programs will be offered to students in Fort Worth, bringing the total to 37 available programs, while the MCC University Center will provide opportunities for students to pursue nine new programs of study among 29 degrees available in Waco.

Also, the Board conferred the distinguished title of Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration upon Dr. Dale Johnson, a former professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Johnson retired in May after eight years of service as a research and statistics professor and will continue his meritorious tenure by serving on several dissertation committees in helping to prepare Tarleton’s doctoral students. Finally, the Board approved the FY 2012 holiday schedule (see below). 

It’s an exciting time to be a part of Tarleton. Your service is truly appreciated.

Sincerely,

F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.
President

FY 2012 Employee Holiday Schedule for Tarleton State University

In accordance with state law, all state employees will be entitled to observe thirteen (13) holidays during the fiscal year ending August 31, 2012.  Below is the approved 2011-2012 employee holiday schedule for Tarleton. 

Holiday # Days Dates
Labor Day 1 September 5, 2011
Thanksgiving 2 November 24-25, 2011
Christmas – New Year 6 December 23, 2011–January 1, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1 January 16, 2012
Spring Break 1 March 16, 2012
Memorial Day 1 May 28, 2012
Independence Day 1 July 4, 2012