Regents to Consider Final Design, Budget, Timeline, Construction Manager, Funding for Student Aquatic Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 15, 2005 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider a final schematic design, budget, construction manager, construction timeline and funding structure for a Student Aquatic Center when it meets at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 in the University Center Ballroom.

Consideration of these items follows action by the Board in September, in which it approved a conceptual design and budget, not to exceed $8.3 million, for a Student Aquatic Center to be built on the northwest corner of the Student Recreation Center. The board will consider selecting Paric Corp. for construction management services on the project and an $8.3 million funding structure including issuing long-term bonds through the Missouri Development Finance Board. If these items are approved, construction documents would be prepared later this month, bonds would be issued in March and construction would begin in April, University officials say.

The Aquatic Center could then be ready for occupancy by April 2007. 

In other action, the Board will consider renewing the charter for the Lift for Life Academy for five more years. The Regents will consider approving several new academic programs: a new option in musical theatre for the bachelor of fine arts in performing arts degree; an off-campus bachelor of science in elementary education degree and a bachelor of science in early childhood education degree; and an off-campus bachelor of science degree in exceptional child education cross-categorical (K-12) and certification in elementary (1-6).

The Regents will consider three reappointments: Lori Lynn, director of Campus Life, to serve as a University representative on the Show Me Center Board of Managers; Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management, to serve on the River Campus Board of Managers; and C. Michael Dambach to serve on the Missouri Research Corporation Board of Directors.

The Board will consider approving a license agreement with T-Mobile Cellular Company to lease space on a University-owned tower located behind the International House, just north of Houck field.

The Regents will consider accepting the annual financial report for the year ending June 30 from KPMG LLP and the annual financial report for system facilities, also for the year ending June 30 from KPMG LLP. The Board will consider accepting the A-133 Single Audit Report on the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards for the year ending June 30 from KPMG LLP.

The Regents will consider a resolution of honor for Miles Smith, a member of the U.S. Track & Field Team for the World Championships, and the conferring of degrees for fall 2005 commencement.

The Board will hear the President’s Report, which will include: a report from India Jeffery, student representative to the Board of Regents; a report from Student Government President Adam Hanna; a report from Faculty Senate Chairperson Dr. James Champine; a report on academic program changes; a report on the NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures;  a report from the Southeast Missouri University Foundation; and a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects.

The President’s Report also will include information on the St. Vincent’s College and Seminary building property being listed on the National Register of Historic Places; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration events; the fiscal 2007 budget; Edward C. Matthews III of Sikeston, Mo., a member of the Board and author of the book Matthews: The Historic Adventures of a Pioneer Family, which has won the Pioneer America Society’s 2006 Fred Kniffen Book Award; and a report on efforts to increase diversity.

Board members will receive informational materials, including the fall 2005 official fourth-week census report, an EDUCAUSE publication and a report on assistance for college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

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.