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/ BOARD OF REGENTS-DEC. 14, 2018

Board of Regents Hold Dec. 14, 2018, Meeting

The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents met Friday, Dec. 14, 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.

/ CONSENT AGENDA ACTION ITEMS

Regents Approve Minutes from Open Session Retreat Sept. 20 and Open Session Meeting Sept. 21 (Page 4)

The minutes were approved from the Board of Regents' open session retreat of Sept. 20 and its open session meeting of Sept. 21.

Regents Reappoint Easter to Show Me Center Board of Managers (Page 25)

Dr. Beth Easter, professor of sport management and the University's Faculty Athletic Representative, was reappointed by the Regents Dec. 14 to serve as the University representatives to the Show Me Center Board of Managers. Her term will end Dec. 1, 2021. The Multi-Use Agreement between the City of Cape Girardeau and Southeast calls for both the City Council and the Board of Regents to each appoint three members to the Show Me Center Board of Managers. Representatives serve three-year staggered terms.

Regents Reappoint Four to MIC Board of Directors (Page 26)

The Board of Regents Dec. 14 reappointed Brent Buerck, Jim Grebing, Dawn Dauer and John Ferguson II to the Missouri Innovation Corporation (MIC) Board of Directors with their terms ending October 2021. The bylaws allow for a minimum of three directors and maximum of nine, who serve staggered terms. The Board currently has eight members. Buerck, Grebing, Dauer and Ferguson II were eligible for reappointment after their terms expired in October.

Regents Reappoint Weller-Stilson to River Campus Board of Managers (Page 28)

The Board of Regents Dec. 14 reappointed Rhonda Weller-Stilson, dean of the Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media, to the River Campus Board of Managers for a three-year term expiring Dec. 1, 2021. The Cooperation Agreement for the St. Vincent Seminary Property between the City of Cape Girardeau and Southeast calls for the City Council to appoint three city representatives and the Board of Regents to appoint three University representatives to the River Campus Board of Managers. 

New Data Science Minor to be Offered Starting Spring 2019 (Page 29)

The Board of Regents Dec. 14 approved a new minor in data science in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The minor is intended to equip students with critical quantitative and programming skills to be successful in data-intensive work environments. The minor will help students develop a broader understanding of key techniques in data science and analytics, including statistics, statistical learning, machine learning, visualization and predictive modeling and to use these techniques in data-driven decision making. The 15-hour minor will be offered beginning in spring 2019.

/ REPORT ITEMS

Vargas Delivers University President's Report

Southeast President Carlos Vargas highlighted several major initiatives in each of the University's divisions during the President's Report. 

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Lawrence Group Gives University Master Plan Presentation

Lawrence Group Gives University Master Plan Presentation

The Regents heard a presentation from representatives of the Lawrence Group, which has spearheaded a comprehensive University master planning process at Southeast. The Board engaged with the Lawrence Group of St. …

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Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education Discusses State of Missouri Higher Education

Zora Mulligan, Missouri Higher Education commissioner, discussed the state of higher education in Missouri during a presentation to the Board Dec. 14. Mulligan told the board, "We are living in …

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Southeast Education Student Shares Dream of Teaching Math with Board of Regents

Southeast Missouri State University senior Ke-La Harris of St. Louis, Missouri, says the Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, inspired her to pursue a career as a mathematics …

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Rolwing Presents Student Government Association Update

Matt Rolwing, president of Student Government (SG), updated the Regents Dec. 14 on major Student Government Association initiatives. Rolwing said the Executive Board has been restructured, three committees have been eliminated …

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Regents Hear Faculty Senate Update

Regents Hear Faculty Senate Update

Faculty Senate has approved several bills this semester, including one focused on advising students and another on revising the academic calendar through 2022, according to Dr. David Powell, chair of …

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Advancement Staff Briefs Regents on Telefund Success

Allie Holland, associate director of development, and Telefund supervisors Courtney Taylor and Mannat Varshney with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, gave an update on the Foundation’s Telefund. The Advancement Division’s …

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Mangels Delivers Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects

Mangels Delivers Report on Contracts and Facilities Management Projects (Page 245) 

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, delivered a report on contracts and Facilities Management projects, highlighting Crisp Hall renovations to begin in January. She said phase one of …

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ACTION ITEMS

Regents Accept Annual Audits (Page 52)

The Board of Regents accepted the annual audits from Rubin Brown for the year ending June 30, 2018. These included the annual financial report, the single audit report on the expenditures of federal awards, the System Facilities Financial Report and the report on the NCAA Independent Auditor’s Report on Agreed Upon Procedures.

Updates Approved to Business Policy and Procedures Manual (Page 232)

The Regents approved updates to the Business Policy and Procedures Manual concerning several finance-related items, including cash funds, financial probation/suspension/administrative withdrawal; collection of delinquent accounts; and refund for tuition, general and course fees.

Regents Confer Degrees for Summer, Fall 2018 Candidates for Graduation (Page 239)

The Board conferred degrees for summer and fall 2018 candidates for graduation. Southeast held two commencement ceremonies Dec. 15 in the Show Me Center. Candidates in the College of Education, Health and Human Studies and the Harrison College of Business and Computing participated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Candidates in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the Holland College of Arts and Media took part in a 2 p.m. ceremony.

Motion for Closed Session Approved

The Regents approved a motion to go into a closed session for appropriate considerations related to related to litigation and confidential/privileged communications between the Board and its attorneys; and hiring, firing, disciplining or promotion of personnel.

Announcements Following Closed Session

During 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 Sept. 20 and 21 Closed Session Meetings.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Knudtson, Klocke, LaFerla and Neely-Martin all voted to approve. 

• By a vote of 6 to 0 the Board approved the offering of a second Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Knudtson, Klocke, LaFerla, and Neely-Martin all voted to approve. 

• The Board also had conversations concerning current legal matters.  

During Closed Executive 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 September 20, 2018 Closed Executive Session Meeting.  Regents Britt, Gargas, Knudtson, Klocke, LaFerla, and Neely-Martin all voted to approve.

Barke Offers NCAA Education 

Athletic Director Brady Barke provided education to the Board on NCAA guidelines concerning interaction with prospective student athletes.

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