CASAS Updates December 2016

Christmas… Wait a minute…

As I get older, time seems to move faster. I know it isn’t the case, but likely the fact that I’m shocked by the number of years behind me. So, as we enter December and engage in the Christmas season, I am intentionally taking time to pause, recognize and reflect on the joys and blessings particularly associated with this time of year. As part of this, here are a few verses for focus:

  1. Philippians 4:6-7 "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (NLT) If you get stressed in the coming weeks, just acknowledge it and know there is relief. Pray.
  2. Proverbs 17:1 "Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict." (NLT) What is most important during the holidays? Focus on relationships. If you have challenges with this, Dr. Frejd can give suggestions.
  3. Ephesians 5:20 "And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (NLT) Remember to give thanks to God for everything! We are truly blessed!

And of course, take time to enjoy reading and reflecting on the Christmas story… Luke 2:1-20.

Have a Blessed Christmas Season!


CASAS Events

December 6 - Headshot Day (9:00-1:00) at River Ridge

December 9 – Last day of classes

December 12 – Reading Day and CASAS Christmas Party (11:30-2:00)

December 13-16 – Finals

December 15 – CASAS Red Kettle Day

December 16 – President’s Christmas Reception

December 23-26 – CASAS closed

Deans’ Meeting Notes

1. The budget review process has started. This year it will be done in four phases. Phase 1 was due on November 30th and included requests for new initiatives and travel. Phase 2 will occur in December and focus on revenue generated. Phase 3 occurs in January and focuses on the personnel side of the budget. Finally, phase 4 will wrap everything up in February with a focus on the operational budget.

2. Plans are underway to demolish the SOR building and construct a new School of Business.

3. FLSA – while an injunction was given by a federal judge, a final ruling has not occurred. As such, nothing will change with the recent operational adjustments until a final ruling is set and its implications can be reviewed. If you have questions, please direct them to Nina, Dwayne or me.

4. A Faculty Emeritus Proposal and Class Attendance Policy were reviewed and approved by those present in the deans’ meeting. More information about these policies will be shared in the coming weeks.

5. A-Day Plans are due by December 9th (curricular areas). If you have any plans for involvement with A-Day, be sure Dwayne Melton is aware ASAP.

6. We (in CASAS) are reviewing the Faculty Qualifications Tools.

Questions or comments? Never hesitate to contact us!

Brian Yates, Dean

Dwayne Melton, Associate Dean

Nina Shenkle, Associate Dean

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