Academic Services Committee

Minutes

September 8, 2003

 

 

 

Members Present:  Carol Colatrella (LCC), Timothy Daniels (Library), Jeffrey Donnell (ME), Lynn Fountain (GTRI), Joseph Hoey (OARS),Tom Horton (GTRI), Maureen Kilroy (GS&R), Jim Sowell (PHYS) Jane Weyant (CoE).

 

Members Absent:  None

 

Visitors: Rosalind Meyers, Associate VP, Auxiliary Services,

Richard Steele, Director, Student Center

 

1.        Lynn Fountain called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m. on September 8, 2003.

2.        Rosalind Meyers described the opening of Tech Square, reporting that bookstore foot traffic has been heavy and that sales have been ahead of projections.  Sales of new textbooks have been lower than projected, and the faculty is encouraged to provide the bookstore with textbook adoptions as early as possible. 

3.        Transportation to and from Tech Square is being smoothed out.  New vehicles are being delivered more slowly than was anticipated, and existing vehicles still lack radios that could be used to keep them on schedule and well spaced.  However, the contractors are working with Auxiliary Services to solve these problems. 

4.        In a discussion of parking, Rosalind Meyers explained that the Tech Square parking deck is evaluating Smart Park cards, which will allow the holder to park at the reduced rate of $4.00 per day. Based on this evaluation, Smart Park cards might be made available for other parking areas on campus.  Additionally, Georgia Tech continues to add parking, and several new parking decks are projected. 

5.        Rosalind Meyers also displayed illustrations for the new graduate student family housing development on 10th St.  This will include 340 unfurnished units adjacent to the Graduate Living Center, as well as 650 parking spaces.  This is all slated to open in January 2005.

6.        Richard Steele described retail plans for Tech Square, indicating that several restaurants would open soon, as well as a spa in the hotel, a clothing boutique, a yoga studio and a hairdresser. 

7.        Richard Steele described the redevelopment plan for the old bookstore building.  Construction there began in July, 2003 and completion is expected for January 2004.  The redeveloped facility will still house the CyberCafe, the Hair Cuttery and the Buzzcard Center.  The facility will provide new facilities for SGA, WREK and other student organizations.  It will further provide meeting rooms, conference rooms, lounge space, a copy center and a restroom. 

8.        The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jeffrey Donnell, Secretary