1996-07-31; Central Michigan Life
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^ervia? Central I ICC Michigan LITE WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 1996 VOLUME 78, NUMBER 98 MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE (517)774-3493 10 PAGES CMU recommended for continued accreditation By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Wnter After months of preparation and evaluations, CMU has been recommended for continued accreditation for the next decade. The recommendation is based on the findings of a team of rep- resenatives from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The team visited CMU and several off-campus learning centers in February to conduct evaluations. To receive continued accreditation CMU has to demonstrate that it satisfies 24 general institutional requirements as described by the NCA Results of casino study presented to the public By Heather N. LaFave LIFE News Edttor The results of the second tier of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Gaming Expansion Evaluation Project were released Monday. James Hill, CMU professor of political science, presented a summary of information compiled during a study of the projected impact of the expansion of the Soaring Eagle Casino at a press conference Monday at the Mount Pleasant City Hall and during a community forum at the Comfort Inn Tuesday. Hill said there are four major opportunities and five challenges that face Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas. The opportunities in the employment, economic, service and social sectors are among the positive impacts the casino expansion will provide, he said. Labor pool pressure, communication among social entities, roads, crime and law enforcement will be the greatest challenges facing the area, Hill said. Ray Casey, manager of the Isabella County Road Commission, said work has begun already on many of the potential trouble areas of local roads. On the impact of expansion on crime, Larry Burdick, Isabella County prosecutor, said it is fair to state that an influx of people can increase the incidence of crime. The report states the current law enforcement level is not adequate, and an additional five to seven county police and six to eight local officers will need to be hired. Joe Sowmick, Communications and Public Relations director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, said the law enforcement projections don't include tribal police coverage, which he said he Commission. According to Provost Richard Davenport, the team has recommended the maximum 10 year accreditation period. According to the report, the team found many strengths and concerns. Some of the strengths include library services, the College of Extended Learning delivery system for off-campus programs and the planning and institutional leadership that eliminated a significant operating budget deficit from 1991. Another noteworthy strength is the new Combined Service Center for students. "All of these strengths we were aware we excelled in, and placed a high priority on them," Davenport said. "We are very pleased with the number of positive comments." One of the committee concerns is CMU's current governance systems. According to the report, faculty members have voiced concerns about top-down planning for academic reorganization, lack of commitment to affirmative action and approaches to searches for key administrators. Davenport said President Leonard Plachta s position paper on governance clarifies the role of individual groups on campus. Plachta created the university planning commission, which includes faculty representatives and administration members to give input on major issues, he said. He added this committee allows faculty and administrators to meet more often than in the past. "WeVe making strides. We need to communicate more clearly to the faculty and administration in regards of the kinds of things we are doing," Davenport said. "We expect and encourage faculty to participate and play a major role in curriculum development." Another concern is attracting a more culturally diverse student body and faculty. Davenport said the administration has been working on programs during the past two years, which are beginning to take shape, that allow for diverse studies. He said a study on diversity planning for the institution will be ready for release this fall and should make major advances in diversity and global education. "We have a goal to increase minority students to 10 percent by the year 2000," Davenport said. "We are committed to diversity." The report also noted that CMU's College of Extended Learning sites in other states and countries continue to have a "tenuous connection" to CMU's mission statement and an uncertain place in campus faculty priorities and involvement. Davenport said he agrees they need to put stronger language in the statement to identify with the college. CMU was first accredited by NCA in 1915 and if final approval by the NCA is granted in August, CMU's next evaluation will not be until the year 2005. AFSCME and ARAMARK bid for labor portion of Dining Services contract By Cindy Trombley LlPE Editor LIFE Photo/Sabrina Burton (From left to right) Chief Martin Trombley, Ray Casey, Duane Ellis, and George Dunn all spoke at the press conference Monday afternoon concerning the stake holders of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Gaming Expansion Evaluation Project. thinks is an error. Sowmick said the tribe employs 26 officers, and expects to expand to 42 officers by December. According to the executive summary of the report, the casino will provide 3,029 to 3,298 new jobs in the long term, most of which Hill said will be filled by people from Isabella County. Hill also reported: •The Mount Pleasant School District can expect an increase of approximately 306 to 364 students in the Mount Pleasant school district, primarily in the kindergarten to sixth grade level, although some of the increase may be offset by charter school enrollment. •The current rate of housing growth will be adequate to accommodate the population influx the casino could bring, although the growth rate will be similar to the rate the area has seen recently. "We aren't going to see an explosion (in population growth). We're going to see the rate of growth we see now," Hill said. "People aren't all going to rush in here at once and want a house." •The number of trips on local roads because of the expansion could increase by 11 to 16 percent overall. Judi Sullivan, president of the Chamber of Commerce, estimat ed 175 people attended the forum on Tuesday, and said she thought the program went very well. She said she thinks the researchers did an excellent job, and provided good information. Although she said she thought there were no big surprises, she said her main concern was crime. "Today we have a high quality of life — we want to keep that control," Sullivan said. Gail Parkhurst, Mount Pleasant resident, said the report gave information she expected. She said the report was good, and "meticulously compiled." She said it will be interesting to see how closely the study projections are to what happens. According to Alice Littlefield, a CMU researcher in the project, the most important aspect of the report was that it allowed fears the community might have had about the expansion to be subsided. The 310-page report is available for $35 from CARR. For See STUDY Page 9 Both AFSCME and ARAMARK have submitted bids for the labor portion of Dining Services and are waiting for an injunction request hearing to take place, which will decide whether the university can make a decision on the proposals. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1568 filed a request for an injunction to stop the university from going forward in the process to bid out the labor portion of Dining Services. The request was filed in Macomb County June 28 and transferred to Isabella County Circuit Court in July. An order for the defendants to show cause before the court on why an order enjoining subcontracting shouldn't be issued will take place at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 6. University representatives met with union representatives June 11 to announce Central would rebid the labor portion of Dining Services for a two-year period. J. 15 After arbitrator Mark Glaser deemed CMU's Jan. decision to subcontract the labor portion of Dining Services to ARAMARK, the national firm that has managed CMU's food service since 1995, "unreasonable," the university announced it would reconsider AFSCME's original proposal. Glaser's decision nullified CMU's prior plans to award ARAMARK the contract beginning in 1997. CMU officials and union representatives met several times in an attempt to finalize the union's two-year proposal to staff the university's food service operations. After an agreement could not be reached, both sides were informed they would have the opportunity to resubmit bids. ARAMARK submitted its bid June 26 and the union submitted its bid July 17. Rae Goldsmith, associate vice president for Public Relations and Marketing, said Friday the university agreed not to make a decision on the bids until after See BIDS Page 9 Goenner to leave Charter School Office for position in MAPSA to help the charter school movement By Cindy Trombley LIFE Editor Casino planning grand opening for expansion The Soaring Eagle casino expansion is planning its grand opening, just in time for the arrival of students at CMU. The Casino is looking at a Labor Day Grand Opening and will become fully operational "sometime in December," said Joe Sowmick, Communications and Public Relations director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Sowmick said the casino's December date is going to be based on factors such as the weather and construction schedule. The casino is on schedule, even with the minor design changes that were implemented, he said. The changes focus on the artistic areas of the casino. The casino will be displaying several pieces of art that focus on the tribe's heritage, Sowmick said. "Local artists will be featured," he said. They will provide for full viewing of the art and artwork can be purchased. As for the casino opening, Sowmick said, "I feel pretty confident about it We have an excellent team and all the contractors are working together." A CMU employee who has helped advance schools with CMU charters will be leaving Central to further the charter school movement in Michigan. James Goenner, senior associate director for CMU's Charter Schools Office, will be leaving Central to start in a new position as executive director for the Michigan Association for Public School Academies Aug. 12. Goenner, who previously served on the MAPSA Board of Directors, was selected by the Board to serve as executive director. Mark Delia an, Board chairman and project director of Educational Development Corporation, could not be reached for comment on Goenner's appointment. Goenner said he will focus on three areas for MAPSA, a newly formed organization, in the fall. These areas will deal with employee benefits and insurance coverage programs charter schools can use, act as an advocate to policy makers regarding charter school issues and develop a strategy to spread the message about charter schools. "What we really want to do is get the message out for what charter schools are doing for children," Goenner said. The Board of Directors for MAPSA consists of nine members with different interests and involvement in charter schools. Goenner has been approved for a one year leave of absence from CMU. He said after that time he is uncertain what will happen. Goenner said the new position will give him the opportunity to coordinate charter schools statewide, rather than primarily focusing on Central's charter schools. "It's really a great opportunity to serve all the charter schools in the state," he said. Goenner said he has been a member of CMU's Charter Schools Office for a year and a half. Although he is looking forward to his new position, he said he will miss Central and Mount Pleasant. "Dr. (Robert) Mills has been great to work for," Goenner said. "He's been a mentor to me." Goenner said the skills and opportunities he had at CMU are what provided him the chance to obtain a position at MAPSA. "Central has provided me with a great foundation to go to the next level," Goenner said. Goenner said he will be dealing with more than 80 charter schools, including 41 of which are Central's, starting in August. He said he will be able to work in both education and administration. "I've always loved education and I've always loved business," Goenner said. "This really is an opportunity to combine both." Mills, director of CMU's Charter Schools Office, said he is excited for Goenner, but sad that he is leaving Central and that "everyone in the office will miss him" "I wish him the very best and I'll support his activities and look forward to working with him," he said. "I'm very sorry to lose him as he has been an anchor and loyal colleague in our charter school effort," he said. Mills said he plans to fill Goenner's position as soon as possible, but that the office "would welcome (Goenner) back at any time." Mills said he would "do everything possible" to hire Goenner, if he returned to CMU, "even if it means creating a position." LIFE Photo/Bryan Bosch James Goenner, senior associate director for CMU's Charter Schools Office, is taking a one year leave of absence to work as executive director of the Michigan Association For Public School Academies.
|Title||1996-07-31; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, July 31, 1996 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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