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Southeast Missouri State University

Board of Regents Action
Feb. 17, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met today, Feb. 17, in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall. The Board agenda and meeting materials are available at http://www.semo.edu/board/meeting_info.html.

Action Items

The Board of Regents:

• Approved minutes from the open session meeting of Dec. 16, 2016

• Approved a schedule of major capital projects, and maintenance and repair items for FY18. The list includes annual repairs to elevators, utility infrastructure and parking lots; fire alarm testing; and work on stairs, sidewalks and lighting. The list also includes electrical upgrades and roof replacement at the Towers Central Complex; repairs to the sprinkler system at the Cottonwood facilities; completion of construction on two additional Greek Village houses opening in fall 2017; remodeling of academic buildings; July 2017 completion of renovations in Grauel Building; roof replacements and scope and design for upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall of Nursing and Brandt Hall; and Crisp Hall renovations. Also in FY18, master planning consultants will conduct visioning meetings with campus leaders in all divisions and at all campuses. Draft priorities and proposals will be reviewed by University administration in late spring 2017 with a final report to be presented to the University by the start of the fall 2017 semester. (Page 19)

• Awarded a contract for University banking services to Commerce Bank beginning July 1, 2017, and continuing through June 30, 2021. The new contract with Commerce Bank covers daily banking, treasury management and depository services, and credit card processing, and is independent of the University’s contract for on-campus branch banking services and does not impact the University’s contract with U.S. Bank for branch banking services located in the Southeast Bookstore. For the full text, visit http://news.semo.edu/regents-award-banking-services-contract-to-commerce-bank-2/. (Page 21) 

• Approved a $26.3 million Residence Life budget that includes an average combined room and board rate increase of 2.51 percent for FY18. The Regents approved an average room rate increase of 1.97 percent and a 3.5 percent increase in board rates for fiscal 2018. Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for finance and administration, also provided several other Residence Life highlights. For the full text, visit http://news.semo.edu/regents-set-fy18-room-and-board-rates-residence-life-budget. (Page 23) 

• Approved a new Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in entrepreneurship and a new Master of Science in applied computer science. The new BSBA in entrepreneurship replaces a previous option in entrepreneurship under the management major, which the Regents deleted today. Also, the title on the option on the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management was changed from telecommunications and computer networking to computer network systems administration. For the full text, visit http://news.semo.edu/regents-approve-new-programs-in-entrepreneurship-applied-computer-science/.  (Page 28) 

• Revised a policy, making the University a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus beginning with the fall 2017 semester. For the full text, visit http://news.semo.edu/southeast-to-become-smoke-free-tobacco-free-campus/. (Page 77)

Report Items

• Update on State Appropriations and University Budget Impact – Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration

• Presentation on Processes and Procedures for Handling of Sexual Violence Cases – Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students, and Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration

• Student PresentationMegan Parks of Bonne Terre, Missouri, is an award-winning track and cross-country athlete who also represents the Ohio Valley Conference in the NCAA Division I National Student Athlete Advisory. She expects to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science with a major in health science, pre-physical/occupational therapy option with plans to become a physical therapist. Parks is the team captain of the cross country team, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, vice president of the Health and Wellness Association and a member of Club Red, which works with the American Red Cross to help with disaster prevention and relief efforts.  For the full text, visit http://news.semo.edu/student-athlete-shares-ncaa-leadership-role-with-southeast-board-of-regents/.  (Page 82)

• Presentation on Veterans’ Memorial Project on CampusRegent Tom Meyer proposed honoring Southeast alumni and current student veterans with the installation of a veterans’ memorial in the quadrangle between Memorial Hall and Academic Hall. He said there are various recognitions of veterans scattered across the campus. This memorial would consolidate the University’s military presence in one location. The memorial will recognize all U.S. military branches and incorporate the use of flags. The estimated cost is $100,000, and no University funds would be used in the project. Rather, he anticipates a majority of materials and labor to be donated. In addition, he says he plans to work with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation and Alumni Services to raise private funds to support the endeavor.

Informational Items:

• Progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects (Page 83)

After Closed and Closed Executive Sessions, the Board returned to Open Session and announced that:

• Chris Martin, chief of staff and assistant to the president for strategy and government relations, had been appointed secretary to the Board to replace Diane O. Sides who is retiring from the University effective March 1, 2017.

• The Board also announced the appointment of a Board subcommittee comprised of Regents Edward P. Gargas, Phillip M. Britt, and Donald G. LaFerla, who will work with President Carlos Vargas and University Legal Counsel Al Spradling on the development of Board of Regents bylaws.





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