Wednesday, January 12, 2022

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Via Webex
Printable Minutes


Waded Cruzado, Kenning Arlitsch, Sreekala Bajwa, Janelle Booth, Michael Brody, Matt Caires, Jason Carter, Leon Costello, Chris Dobbs, Ariel Donohue, Tracy Ellig, Chris Fastnow, Stephanie Gray, Jeannette Grey-Gilbert, Rolf Groseth, Stefani Hicswa, Brett Gunnink, Alison Harmon, Robert Hawks, Whitney Hinshaw, Yves Idzerda, Chris Kearns, Greg Kegel, Chere LeClair, Ilse-Mari Lee, Terry Leist, Bob Mokwa, Chris Murray, Kim Obbink, Craig Ogilvie, Kellie Peterson, Mark Ranalli, Sarah Shannon, Royce Smith, Dan Stevenson, Cody Stone, Michael Trotter, Michael Vasquez, Amber Vestal, Susan Wolff, Kristof Zaba

  1. Call to Order
    President Waded Cruzado

    President Cruzado called the meeting to order at 8:30am.

  2. Approval of Minutes for December 1, 2021

    Dean Royce Smith moved for approval; Terry Leist seconded, and the minutes were approved unanimously.

  3. University Wide Information/Announcements

    President Cruzado shared her congratulations to the Bobcat Football team and Bobcat Nation on the recent National Championship game and welcomed Dean Kristof Zaba to the Office of International Programs.  Thank you to Dr. Debby Haynes, for your service and leadership.


  4. Public Comment

    There was no public comment offered.

  5. New Item

    A. Environmental Health and Safety Policy Revision

    Camie Bechtold, Chief Compliance Officer; Chris Catlett, Director, Safety &Risk Management

    MSU’s environmental health and safety policy helps the university fulfill its mission while complying with applicable federal, state and local environmental health and safety regulations, laws and standards. It also builds in protections for the health and safety of the university’s students and employees. Updates proposed are part of the regular review of policies.

    B. Missing Student Policy Revision
    Camie Bechtold, Chief Compliance Officer; Matt Caires, Dean of Students

    The missing student policy establishes a framework for cooperation among members of the university community — including students, employees and others — to locate enrolled students who are reported missing. The proposed updates include details about how residential student contact information is to be used if the student is deemed missing and the confidential nature of this information. The updates are in response to suggestions from a national consultant, who in 2019 worked with all the campuses of the Montana University System and reviewed MSU’s compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act. 

  6. Updates

    Provost Mokwa shared a week from today we welcome our students back to the Spring semester.

    Chancellor Hicswa shared 70% of student athletes achieved 3.0 GPA, preparing for next semester, Center for teaching and learning will be launched. Digital marketing will be used for the 1st time at MSU Billings. Monday, MLK Day will kick off a week of MLK diversity activities. Yesterday was her 1st year anniversary as MSU Billings Chancellor.

    Chancellor Kegel shared industry needs are generating additional interest resulting in increased career fair participation and ideas for engaging students in scholarships and other activities within industry proactively. Working with MT Farmer Union related to grant funding partnerships in area such as the high line for example.

    CEO/Dean Erdmann shared classes started on Monday with two 8-week sessions. 139 students on Deans list from last semester. Shared 2 inspiring studies of successful students.

      University Council adjourned at 9:30am.

NOTE:  The next University Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM via WebEx.