Regents to Consider 2005-2006 Room and Board Rates, Broadway-Henderson Campus Entrance Project

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 15, 2004 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider setting room and board rates for the 2005-2006 academic year when the Board meets Feb. 16.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the University Center Missouriana-Indian Room. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled at the start of the new meeting, during which Albert M. Spradling III of Cape Girardeau will be sworn in as a new member of the Board. The Honorable William L. Syler, judge of the 32nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, will administer the oath of office.

Gov. Matt Blunt recently announced Spradling’s appointment to the Board,  replacing Donald L. Dickerson, whose term expired Dec. 31. The Regents will consider a resolution honoring Dickerson’s 12 years of service on the Board, including over eight years as president of the Board.

The Board will consider approving a $14.3 million Residence Life budget for fiscal 2006, which includes a proposal to increase residence hall fees and board rates by 3.5 percent next year. The Board also will consider increasing rental rates by 4 percent for non-traditional housing.

The Board will consider a plan to improve and create a main entrance to the campus at Broadway and Henderson Street, which includes improvements to the Houck parking area, modifications to the Broadway and Henderson Street intersection and the installation of gateway entrance signage on the east and west sides of Henderson at Broadway.

In a related project, the Regents will consider a plan to renovate the exterior of Houck Field House, repairing all deteriorating surfaces and treating the exterior walls on the east, south and west sides with a stucco-like sandstone finish, to match the color of recent improvements to Houck Stadium. The plan also calls for modifying the doors on the south side of the building and installing limestone planters and Houck Field House signage.

In other action, the Board will consider a Faculty Senate Bill to adopt a Five-Year Academic Calendar for 2005-2006 through 2009-2010; the reappointment of Frank Stokes to the board of directors of the Missouri Research Corp. for a three-year term, which began Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 1, 2007; and the appointment of KPMG-LLP as the external auditor of the University for financial audits of the fiscal year ending June 30.

The Regents will hear the President’s Report, which will include a report from Student Government President Dane Huxel, the spring 2005 Four-Week Census and Preliminary Fall 2005 Enrollment Reports, a River Campus update and a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects. The Board also will receive a copy of an article published by the Southeast Missourian on a book authored by Edward C. Matthews III of Sikeston, Mo., a member of the Board of Regents. 

The Regents will consider a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations. When the open session reconvenes, the final item on the agenda will be consideration of a motion to adjourn.