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Board of Regents Action
Feb. 23, 2018

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met today, Feb. 23, in the Board of Regents Room in Academic Hall. The Board agenda and meeting materials in their entirety are available at http://www.semo.edu/board/meeting_info.html.

 Action Items

• Approved minutes from the open session meeting of Dec. 15, 2017. (Page 3)

• Approved a $95 per credit hour rate for dual credit, dual enrollment and early college credit effective with the fall 2018 semester.  Dual credit has become an increasingly popular program at Southeast Missouri State University over the past five years, with the program seeing a 127 percent increase in total unduplicated enrollment since fall 2012.
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• Approved a textbook rental fee of $35 per course for fall 2018.  The University’s long-standing textbook rental system offers students a convenient, economic benefit to make their educational dreams achievable.
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• Approved FY19 room and board rates, with an average combined room and board rate increase of just 1.69 percent for the 2018-2019 academic year.   Students will pay just $10 a month more across all Southeast’s residence halls in fall 2018. Plans also were outlined for upgrades to the wireless network used by students in every residence hall. Enhancements to dining facilities also were announced, including renovation of the University Center kitchen and a minor upgrade of the Chick-fil-A venue in the Redhawks Market.
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• Approved resolutions of honor for retirees. (Page 22)

 

Report Items

• University President’s Report. President Carlos Vargas highlighted several major initiatives in each of the University's divisions:

--Graduate students in the Department of Nursing achieved a 100% pass rate in 2017 on the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

--Three of Southeast's College of Education students are going to student-teach at Eagles’ College, an English Immersion School for pre-school through high school students in Chile.

--The national television program 20/20 has contacted Southeast's Department of Mass Media seeking students to help them film b-roll for a story they are producing in the Bootheel.

--The Southeast chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honorary society, received recognition for their “Backpacks for Haiti Nursing Students” project through the Showcase of Regional Excellence.  This project supports nursing students in Haiti who have difficulty obtaining needed school supplies.  The group provided over 100 backpacks and approximately $2,000 to assist Haitian nursing students. 

--258 student-athletes were recognized for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above after the Fall 2017 semester.  Additionally, 26 student-athletes received the OVC Medal of Honor for having the highest GPA of any OVC student-athlete in their sport.

--Professor Kenn Stilson’s original musical "An American Hero" is one of 10 entries out of more than 200 applicants to be selected for the 2018 New York Music Festival and will receive five performances at an off-Broadway theater this coming summer.  The acting company will be entirely Southeast students, alumni and faculty. 

--Dean Diana Rogers-Adkinson was invited by Apple to present information about the EDvolution initiative at their Higher Education Summit in Redwood, California.  This conference included representatives from 130 universities across the country. 

--Andy Chronister and Dr. Jim Peterson are collaborating to offer an FAA Part 107 UAS certification training through Continuing Education, beginning March 22. This 20-hour training will provide participants the education they need to take and pass the Part 107 test, required for any licensed remote pilot operators.  

--Athletics recently entered into a partnership with Mid-America Transplant and Donate Life to have a series of “green up” games to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.  Baseball and softball will wear green jerseys for select games during the month of April and women’s soccer will also wear green jerseys for the Meg Herndon game, as Meg was an organ and tissue donor. Southeast is the first institution to partner with Donate Life for this type of initiative. 

--The St. Louis Regional Chamber has named Southeast a finalist for their annual Arcus Award in Educational Attainment.  This recognition is the result of our work to reduce the cost and time to degree and the implementation of our new Transfer Mentor Program.  This is the second time Southeast has been named a finalist in the Arcus Awards brief, five-year history. 

--The Redhawk Food Pantry will celebrate its first year of service in March. To date, the pantry has served 74 members of the campus community, providing a variety of food and personal care products. The pantry has seen broad support from members of the campus and Cape Girardeau community who have donated supplies and financial resources to assist our students. Recently, the University was notified that the SEMO Food Bank will begin supporting the program with additional food donations. 

--Phi Theta Kappa named Southeast to its National Honor Society’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll for our efforts in creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.  Southeast is one of only four institutions in Missouri (UMSL, Webster and William Woods) and among 112 nationally to be recognized this year. 

--In January, the new mass notification and emergency text message service was implemented that notifies students, faculty and staff of urgent and emergency incidents.  The system publishes to multiple communication platforms with one message, integrates with the existing outdoor warning sirens and has improved the delivery time of messages.  Also included in this project is the launch of a web and social media presence, SE Alerts, on which emergency text messages are published.  The project is a collaborative effort of the Department of Public Safety, Information Technology, Telecommunications, University Communications and Marketing.

• Student Presentation by Audrey Smith, a senior accounting major from Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
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• Report from Student Government Secretary Hannah Ross

• Report from Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Jim McGill

• Athletics Update from Athletics Director Brady Barke

• Report on Economic and Business Engagement Center (EBEC) from EBEC Director Crystal Jones

• Progress Report on contracts and Facilities Management Projects by Kathy Mangels, vice president for Finance and Administration

 

Action Items

• Approved motion for closed session for appropriate considerations related to legal matters; hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel; and personnel records and performance ratings. 

• After the closed session, the Board returned to open session and announced actions taken in closed session.

--By a vote of six to zero the Board approved the minutes of the Board’s December 15, 2017, closed session meeting.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Knudtson, LaFerla, Meyer and Neely-Martin all voted to approve.

 --The Board also engaged in discussions on various faculty and staff personnel items, and by a vote of six to zero approved granting of Emeriti Status to eligible retiring faculty.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Knudtson, LaFerla, Meyer and Neely-Martin all voted to approve.

 --The Board also had conversations with legal counsel on current legal matters.
 

• Approved motion to adjourn.

 

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