Regents to Consider General Fees, Contract for Preliminary Estimates, Design For Student Aquatic Center



April 18, 2005 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider a contract for architectural and engineering services to develop a conceptual design and cost estimate for a student aquatic center when it meets it meets at 10 a.m. April 19 in the University Center Ballroom.

In a related item, the Board will consider a proposal to increase student general fees by $2 per credit hour for fall 2005 along with an increase of $2 for each of the following four years to improve campus life for Southeast students. The fee increase would support development of an aquatic center and swimming pool, enhanced evening and weekend programming, and improved student support for Athletics. Under the proposal, general fees for fall 2005 would be $12.70 per credit hour, up from the current $10.70 per credit hour rate.

Prior to the meeting, the Regents will witness the swearing in of Reginald Dickson of St. Louis, as the newest member of the Board of Regents. Dickson is chairman, chief executive officer and majority owner of Buford, Dickson, Harper, and Sparrow, Inc., an investment research and portfolio management firm.

The oath will be administered by the Honorable Judge William L. Syler of the 32nd Judicial Circuit.

Gov. Matt Blunt recently announced Dickson’s appointment to the Board. He will serve until Jan. 1, 2011. He replaces Sandra Moore of St. Louis, whose term on the board expired Jan. 1.

In other business, the Regents will consider submitting an application to list St. Vincent’s Seminary in Cape Girardeau on the National Register of Historic Places. The seminary is the new home of the River Campus, which will house the University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts.

The River Campus is expected to open in fall 2007.

The Board will consider a one-year extension of the charter agreement and evaluation report for the Lift for Life Academy in St. Louis, a new program for the specialist degree in educational leadership development and a new option in health administration under the MBA program. The Regents also will consider a proposed schedule of major capital projects and maintenance and repair items for fiscal 2006.

A number of resolutions of honor will be presented, including for faculty and staff retirees; Derek Winans, a member of the men’s basketball team who was named a first team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine; the men’s cross country team that was honored as an All-Academic Team with Distinction by the U.S. Cross Country Coaches Association; and Southeast’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams for several 2005 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship awards they received.

The Regents also will consider conferring of degrees for spring 2005 commencement.

The Board will hear the President’s Report, which will include reports from Faculty Senate Chair Susan Swartwout, outgoing Student Government President Dane Huxel, and India Jeffery, student representative to the Board of Regents. The President’s Report also will include a report on the graduate education program, a bid for banking services, a progress report on contracts and Facilities Management projects, and a report on experiential learning.

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.