NU Board of Regents to meet January 18
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, January 18, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1 p.m.

The Board will hear updates on need-based financial aid, Nebraska Innovation Campus, and a consolidated budget deficit request from the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State College System to purchase a new Student Information System – used to manage all student records – for both institutions in a cost-effective manner.

The Regents also will: Elect a new chairperson and vice chairperson for 2008. Charles Wilson was the chairperson for 2007.

Be asked to approve a property exchange that will pave the way for development of a new Arts and Humanities Center for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Haymarket area of downtown Lincoln. The Arts and Humanities Center would provide first floor space for arts and humanities programming, and second floor space for museum quality galleries to display traveling exhibits and some collections from Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. The concept is to create a place for the community and university to display and celebrate the arts, and to increase visibility for the acclaimed Sheldon Gallery.

The agenda for morning committee meetings follows:

9 a.m. Business Affairs Committee

Topic: Strategic Framework Report: Administrative/Business Efficiencies
Presenter: David Lechner, Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs

Topic: Facilities and Administrative Funds
Presenters: University President James B. Milliken; Don Leuenberger, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Christine Jackson, Vice Chancellor for Business at Finance at UNL

Topic: Nebraska Innovation Campus
Presenters: President Milliken; UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman; and Tonn Ostergard, Friends of Innovation Campus

11 a.m. (time approximate) Academic Affairs Committee

Topic: Update on Student Information System (SIS)
Presenters: President Milliken; David Crouse, chair of Steering Committee to study SIS; and Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget and Planning

Topics: Strategic Framework Reports: Graduation Rates
Presenter: Alan Matzner, Associate Director of Institutional Research

Update on Need-Based Financial Aid
Presenters: President Milliken; Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost

12:30 (approximate) Lunch break

1 p.m. Board of Regents Meeting

Strategic Issues

Topics: Review of 2008-2009 Budget, including tuition; 2010-2011 Biennial Budget Development
Presenters: President Milliken; Kabourek

Board meeting Regular agenda

Additional highlights of the day’s morning and afternoon sessions include:

A report on graduation rates and how the campuses compare with their peer institutions.

A preview of the FY 2009 operating budget, and a time table for development of the FY 2010-2011 biennial budget request.

Approval for naming the new Geriatric Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, to be located on the northwest corner of 38th Avenue and Leavenworth Street.

Approval of a new Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass and Landscape Management at UNL, offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. The purpose will be to provide undergraduates with education and skills based on science and design in the management of turfgrass and landscape plants to meet the increasing demand for graduates to work in the "green industry."

Approval of the Center for Plant Science Innovation at UNL. The Center would institutionalize the Plant Science Initiative, established in 1999, aimed at strengthening basic plant science research activity in support of Nebraska’s agricultural industry. The Initiative has led to increased federal funding, a plant science curriculum and major, and active student recruitment activities.

Approval of financing for several renovation projects at UNL:

The Animal Science Research facility on UNL’s East Campus. The facility was constructed as part of the Animal Health Research Center in the mid 1970’s and originally functioned to house large animals for veterinary science research, however, demands are growing for the use of rodent populations in veterinary, agricultural and biomedical research. The renovation would improve basic infrastructure, increase animal holding capacity and bring the building in compliance with guidelines set forth by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, and the National Institutes of Health.

The NanoScience Center Project. The Center is part of the renovation project for the Physical Sciences Replacement Building, providing additional space for research, laboratories and administration. The Whittier Building Renovation. This project will allow additional space for research as well as a University Child Care Center.

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