American Society for Engineering Education
Pacific Southwest Section
Executive Board Meeting
PSW Chair Phillips called the meeting to order at
I. Members present:
Phillips; McCurdy; O’Brien; Dahleh; Muller; Wells; Loscutoff;
(Proxies of Walsh and Breitenbach assigned to Rainey. Proxy of Haynes assigned to O’Brien.)
Ex Officio present:
Louise Yates, USC, Program Chair, Annual Meeting
Walt Loscutoff, Vice-Chair, Meetings
Executive Board Advisory Council present:
Paul Rainey, Cal Poly SLO
Gerald Jakubowski, LMU
Rahim Khoie, UOP
Larry DeVries, Zone IV Chair,
II. Spring 2003 Annual Conference
Because of a time conflict for Louise Yates, this item was moved ahead in the agenda.
a) Louise reported that as of the Board meeting, there were 31 registrants for the 2003 meeting All registrants received a bound copy of the Meeting Proceedings. The Board commended Louise for an excellent job in preparing for, and conducting the meeting
b) Best Paper selection. The meeting paper committee will select the best three papers of the meeting, and a committee of Phillips, Dahleh, and McCurdy will pick the best paper from these
In the absence of Hynes, Phillips presented her Minutes of Nov. 15. MSC, the Minutes were approved as submitted.
In the absence of Plotkin, Phillips presented his Treasurer’s report. MSC, the Treasurer’s Report was approved as submitted.
As part of the discussion of the Report, the following items were noted:
a) We still owe $500 to National as the first payment on our commitment of $2000 for the National Teaching Award
b) About half, 17/34, of our member academic institutions made a voluntary $50 contribution to PSW last fiscal year.
c) We have received at least one more $50 contribution this year in addition to those reported
No Old Business was brought up.
Larry DeVries made his Zone IV Chair report.
a) The National Outstanding Teaching award:
Each section that wishes to participate is to contribute $2000 over four years . This will be used as seed funds to help in a drive to obtain other sponsors If the drive is successful it will not only endow a national prize but perhaps help with section awards. If the drive is not successful the funds will be returned to the sections. To date only one or two sections in the country have not "bought into" the project.
b) The Section/Zone Best Paper Award:
Each Section will select a best paper from those presented at the section's annual meeting. The zone will select from these the zone's best paper. This paper will then be presented at the following year's (June 2004 for this years paper) annual meeting in a special session. Of the four papers presented at this meeting, one will be selected as the "National Section Best Paper", and will receive a plaque and a $1000 prize.
c) Discussion of Tom C. Roberts' (National Campus REP official )request for input as to how his office might be of more assistance.
Request for nominees for the Zone Outstanding
Rep Award. Note: subsequently Sima Parisay of Cal Poly,
a) Teaching. Breitenbach reported the following: For Outstanding Teaching Award, there were two nominees, and for Outstanding Community College Educator Award there was one.
Award recipients for 2003:
Outstanding Teaching: Thomas Piechota, UNLV
There was discussion regarding the low number of nominees in both categories, and what might be done. There was also discussion as to whether we should attempt to redirect the Boeing funding of the Community College award.
There was a consensus that we will continue to fund the Outstanding Teaching award from PSW accounts. This has become the primary use of the $50 voluntary contributions we receive.
Outstanding Campus Representative for 2003 is Sima Parisay, Cal Poly,
c) The Board passed a special resolution commending Sima Parisay for her outstanding work on the Section Web site.
The slate of candidates for the 2003/2004 Executive Board was presented by Joe O’Brien. The slate was complete pending a decision from Jacqueline Hynes on again standing for election. (Note, subsequently, Jacqueline has declined to run.)
The ballot will be submitted to the members of the PSW Section shortly.
a) Bylaws Changes. Phillips reviewed the new PSW web page and suggested that, since “Nuggets” has not been published for several years, the “Editor” position, prescribed in the Section Bylaws, might be eliminated. The web site would then become a place for posting of news items. Also, since we have not had an Undergraduate Student Design competition for several years, We might eliminate the prescribed “Student Awards” position.
A lengthy discussion followed, including the merits of a direct, email, newsletter as opposed to simply posting on the web site.
The result was a consensus that that a committee be formed to study potential Bylaws changes and their effect. The committee will be Phillips MCCurdy, O’Brien, Jakubowski and? (Not sure of this!)
In addition, the subject of proxies was discussed. Because obtaining a quorum at Board meetings is difficult, this is one way in which the Board might continue to conduct business. Although this is not mentioned in the Bylaws, the Board consensus was to use assigned proxies as a practical solution to the attendance problem.
b) The 2004 ASEE/PSW Section Spring meeting will be held at the University of the Pacific. Dates have not yet been determined. Rahim Khoie will be the Program Chair.
ASEE National Conference will be held in
There were no additional discussion items.
The next PSW Board meeting will be in
The meeting was adjourned at about .
Rich Phillips and Joe O’Brien