Update: I received a response to this blog from TTUS chancellor Kent Hance by way of Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications & Marketing Robert Giovannetti today.
Here's the gist of what it said.
(I had tried to contact Hance for a board of regents advance, and learned about this letter while waiting to see if he would comment. I was going to ask him about it if he called, but he did not want to comment on that story, so I didn't hear back.)
The Avalanche-Journal sent questionnaires to candidates for elective office. Here are the questions and responses from candidates in the Republican primary for District 85, state House of Representatives. The winner will face incumbent Joe Heflin who has no opposition in the primary.:
1. What are your top 3 priorities?
David Andrews, challenger: Voter Identification, Jobs for Texans, Water Rights
Jim Landtroop, challenger: I have several priorities that the people in this district have told me are important to them. My first year will be spent protecting West Texas taxpayers from wasteful, big-spending over-reaching government, securing our borders and ballot box (voter id), rural economic development and protecting our private property rights.
BY LOGAN G. CARVER l AVALANCHE-JOURNAL
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison stumped in the Hub City Thursday during a five-city sweep through West Texas in her quest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.
Early voting ends today before Election Day on Tuesday.
Hutchison spoke to a roomful of supporters about the need to stimulate employment in the private sector and her desire to see Texas Tech become a tier one research university.
Early voting for this year’s primary is now over and as impressive as the turnout was, if you think after Tuesday’s election Texas voters will get the usual six-month-long campaigning break that lasts until Labor Day, think again.
If anything, starting with the nasty Republican race for governor, there could be an unusually high number of runoffs, mostly in the GOP camp. Most of those post-March 2 contests are likely to be for Texas House seats, including two in Lubbock, and in congressional districts.
Lubbock County may not expect a huge turnout for Election Day voting, but organizers still had to deal with a crowd.
Lubbock County will have 476 workers manning polling stations and helping to process the vote today.
The current Lubbock County Sheriff’s administration will continue for at least a few more months after appointed Sheriff Kelly Rowe took the largest share of votes in the primary.
He captured 52.16 percent of the vote in the Republican Primary, getting 1,230 more votes than the other two candidates combined, according to the final results from the Lubbock County Elections Office.
“I’m really honored,” he said from his watch party at the Holiday Inn, where 100 or so people stopped by to offer support and congratulations, including family members and sheriff’s office employees.
If you need to get in touch with your professor these days at Texas Tech, e-mail’s probably your best bet.
Stiff budget cuts have forced several departments at Tech to eliminate land-line telephones in faculty offices.
So far I’ve confirmed it in at least two departments -- anthropology, sociology and social work; and history -- though I hear it’s actually much more widespread than that.
I almost had to see it for myself when I heard several days, but it’s true. Earlier this week I left a message with a sociology instructor on her office voicemail.
If the balance of power in Washington shifts to the right as expected, higher education could see its share of changes over the next few years.
Or, perhaps more accurately, its share of cuts.
According to this article in InsideHigherEd.com, a new Republican Congress is unlikely to make any drastic changes to America’s higher education system. The newly elected leaders have, as they say, bigger fish to fry.
A recent snapshot of more than 195 public and 507 private universities shows a notable lack of women and minorities on school governing boards, according to this Chronicle of Higher Education story.
The survey by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges shows that trustees, to quote the Chronicle, “remain overwhelmingly white, male and over 50.”
Tech's faculty senate had no shortage of questions Wednesday during its semesterly powwow with the university's president, Guy Bailey.
He spent at least a half hour fielding questions.
Morale was noticeably low as senators fired off question after question about looming state budget cuts.
"Will there be faculty cuts?"
"In what areas have the cuts already affected the university?"
"What's the worst-case scenario?"