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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

/ BOARD OF REGENTS NEWSWIRE - Sept. 25, 2020

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met June 22. The Board agenda and meeting materials in their entirety are available at https://www.semo.edu/board/meeting_info.html.

Kohn Sworn in as Student Representative

The meeting began with a swearing-in ceremony for Lauren Kohn, who was appointed earlier this summer by Missouri Gov. Michael L. Parson to serve as the student representative to the Board of Regents. Kohn replaces Luke M. LeGrand, whose term on the Board ended earlier this year.

/ ACTION ITEMS

Regents Approve Minutes from Open Session Meetings of June 22, July 17, Aug. 11 (Page 3)

The minutes were approved from the Board of Regents' June 22, June 17 and Aug. 11, 2020 meetings.

Regents Approve Special Course Fee for Master’s Level Nursing Practicum (Page 24)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a $16 per credit hour special course fee on a graduate level nursing practicum to take effect with the spring 2021 semester. The new fee will be added to the NS649 Primary Care II Clinical Role to help cover the cost of liability insurance for master’s degree level nursing students …

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/ REPORT ITEMS

Vargas Delivers University President's Report

Southeast President Carlos Vargas highlighted several major initiatives in each of the University's divisions during his President's Report. Click here to view his report.

Southeast Biomedical Student Shares Research Experiences with Board of Regents

Southeast Missouri State University senior Andrew Behrmann, told the University’s Board of Regents today that Southeast’s programs and faculty have given him the professional experiences, knowledge and leadership skills for launching his career. Behrmann, a senior biomedical sciences and chemistry double major with a minor in physics from Belleville, Illinois, said Southeast provided the undergraduate research opportunities he needed to …

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Phillips Presents Student Government Association Update

Logan Phillips, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), updated the Regents Sept. 25 on the current and ongoing work of Student Government this semester. The SGA has held two meetings thus far this semester, and students have been appointed to various committees. For the first time in a number of years, all the Senate seats have been filled by …

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Hatcher Presents Faculty Senate Report

Faculty Senate Chair-Elect Dr. Laura Hatcher, representing Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Diane Wood, presented on overview of the Senate’s activity this fall at the Board of Regents meeting Sept. 25. This semester, the Senate convened this fall with several challenges. In addition to being the first Senate at Southeast to begin a new school year during a pandemic, the Senate …

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Matukewicz Presents Athletics SEMO Redhawk Football Report

Head Football Coach Tom Matukewicz provided updates about the Redhawk Football program to the Board of Regents Sept. 25. Matukewicz said the program is process-driven and that his philosophy is to use football to make better men of his players. He discussed the importance of winning and how winning truly validates what he and his staff teach their players. As …

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Regents Hear Fall 2020 Census Enrollment Report

Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success, delivered a report on the Fall 2020 Census Enrollment to the at the Board of Regents meeting Sept. 25. Below highlighted the University reached a new milestone in the retention of first year students this fall, with 80% first-time, full-time students have re-enrolled. This goal was set five years …

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Mangels Delivers Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects (Page 28)

Kathy Mangels, outgoing vice president for finance and administration, delivered a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects to the Regents Sept. 25 Mangels said repairs to Tunnels 51-55, near the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building and Group Housing, were completed prior to the start of the fall semester. Mangels highlighted the Convocation Center at the River Campus was …

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Regents Hear FY21 Operating Budget to Actual, FY20 Final Budget to Actual Reports (Page 30)

Kathy Mangels, outgoing vice president for finance and administration, presented reports to the Board of Regents Sept. 25 on the FY20 final budget and FY21 operating budget. The FY20 final budget to actual operating report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 was provided, which compares the FY20 University final budget to actual year-to-date revenues and expenditures through June …

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Regents Hear Update of System Facilities Refunding Bond Issuance (Page 33)

Kathy Mangels, outgoing vice president for finance and administration, presented a report on the System Facilities Revenue Bonds Series 2020 refunding of Series 2013A System Facilities Bonds. In May 2020, the Board authorized a competitive sale of the Series 2020 bonds by University administration to refund the Series 2013A System Facilities Bonds if certain parameters were met. Mangels said the …

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Godard Presents Report on Lift for Life Performance Contract (Page 34)

Provost Mike Godard presented a report on the performance contract for Lift for Life Academy Performance Contract.

/ ACTION ITEMS

Motion for Closed Session Approved

The Regents approved a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations included in RSMo 610.021 related to litigation; hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel; discussion of a public governmental body for negotiations with employee groups; contract negotiations; and personnel records and performance ratings.

Announcement Following Closed Session

During the closed session, the Board of Regents took the following action:
  • By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved the minutes of the Board’s June 22, July 17 and August 11, 2020 closed session and June 22 closed executive session meetings. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik and Smith voted to approve.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.3 pertaining to hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel and by a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved personnel actions for May, June and July 2020. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik and Smith voted to approve.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.9 pertaining to negotiations with employee groups and by a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved amending the current three-year agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, effective September 27, 2020. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik and Smith voted to approve.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.3 pertaining to hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel and by a vote of 6 to 0 the Board terminated the Board terminated the employment of a faculty member for cause. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik and Smith voted to approve.
  • Pursuant to RSMo 610.021.12 pertaining to contracts and by a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved the extension of the contract with Patek & Associates, LLC for Legislative Consulting Services for a period of one year from September 1, 2020, through August 2020. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik and Smith voted to approve.
  • The Board also had conversations with legal counsel per RSMo 610.021.1 pertaining to legal matters.
  • By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board voted to adjourn Closed Session and reconvene the Open Session. Regents Britt, Gargas, Klocke, Limbaugh, Malik and Smith voted to approve.

/ ACTION ITEMS

Regents Appoint Sheriff as Treasurer of the Board of Regents (Page 37)

The Regents approved appointing Dr. Brad Sheriff, vice president for finance and administration, Treasurer of the Board of Regents effective Oct. 1. Sheriff replaces Kathy Mangels, outgoing Vice President for finance and administration, who will be retiring from the University on Oct. 31. Pursuant to RSMo 174.080, a Board of Regent is required to have officers consisting of a president, Vice President, secretary and treasurer. The statue state that "no board shall appoint one of its members treasurer."

Regents Approve Freedom of Expression Policy Statement (Page 44)

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today voted to adopt a formal freedom of expression policy statement, transitioning from the University’s existing freedom of expression guidelines. Chris Martin, chief of staff, said the policy affirms the right of all individuals to exercise the right of peaceful assembly, free speech, and expressive activities on campus and that is consistent …

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