Regents to Consider Conceptual Design, Budget for Autism Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 25, 2008 — The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider approving a conceptual design and budget for the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment when it meets at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Clark Room on the fourth floor of the Drury Plaza Hotel, Fourth and Market Streets, in St. Louis.

The proposal to consider a conceptual design and budget for the Autism Center follows the Regents’ approval in July of the concept to construct and operate an autism center for diagnosis and treatment at Southeast. Estimated cost of the project is $2.6 million, which includes a 15.5 percent contingency. Funds allocated through the Lewis and Clark Initiative will cover the cost of the project. The University is working with Mackey Mitchell Architects to design the facility. The proposal calls for awarding bids in January with construction to be substantially completed by August 2009.

In other business, the Regents will consider approving a workplace violence policy and the University’s fiscal 2010 operating budget to be submitted to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. The Board also will consider approving parking decal rates for motorcycles and motorized scooters.

The Regents will hear the President’s Report, which will include information on Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins’ State of the University message delivered to the campus last week and an update on the University’s strategic planning process; a fourth-week census report; and a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects. Board members will receive several informational items, including the fiscal 2010 capital budget request approved by the Board May 9; a “Healthcare on Wheels” article published in Southeast Missouri Hospital’s Vim & Vigor magazine this fall; and the Southeast Business Review.

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