NU Board of Regents to meet March 3
Lincoln, Neb.— The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln, on Friday, March 3. Committee and task force meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1:00 p.m.

A highlight of the meeting will be a presentation by Mark Drabenstott, vice president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and a national expert in rural economic development. He will speak at the opening task force meeting at 8:30 a.m.

The agenda for committee meetings follows:

8:30 a.m. Economic Development and Outreach Task Force

Topic: The New Role of Universities in 21st Century Regional Development Presenter: Mark Drabenstott, Vice President and Director for the Study of Rural America, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank

Topic: Update on EPSCoR Research Expo and Innovation Forum
Presenter: Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs

10:00 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee

Topic: Advanced Placement Testing
Presenters: Jay Noren, Executive Vice President and Provost and Sheri Rogers, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, UNO

Topic: National Innovation and Competitiveness Issues in Higher Education
Presenters: James B. Milliken, President and Jay Noren, Executive Vice President and Provost

11:00 a.m. Business Affairs Committee

Topic: Nebraska Center for Virology Presenter: Charles Wood, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, UNL

Topic: President’s Health Care Committee Update
Presenter: Deb Thomas, Assistant Vice President for Administration

Topic: Utilities and Mead Deficit Request Update
Presenter: David Lechner, Vice President for Business and Finance

Highlights of the board meeting include:

The board will be asked to approve the following:
- Appointment of Juan N. Franco as vice chancellor for student affairs and professor of educational psychology at UNL
- A new policy to allow flexibility in course terms for distance education courses; this would make courses more attractive to non-traditional students and thus make the university more competitive with private institutions
- An agreement with the University of Nebraska Foundation to accept a gift of design services, land and construction for the International Quilt Study Center on East Campus, UNL, made possible by a generous gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation
- An increase of $5.5 million in the project budget and a revised program statement for the Center for Virology building at UNL; this will allow for the completion of space that was originally intended to be left unfinished, but is now needed due to recent success in recruiting and research. This project is also the subject of the Business Affairs Committee meeting in the morning.
- Authorization for the president to negotiate an agreement for high-speed fiber optic connectivity between UNL and the Internet2 backbone network in Kansas City, and from Kansas City to the Fermi Lab in Chicago. High-speed internet access is essential to research being conducted at UNL to analyze data from CERN in Switzerland, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.
- Naming of the Center for Health Science Education at UNMC the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. A native of Syracuse, Neb., Dr. Sorrell is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in liver disease and transplantation and gastrointestinal disorders. He has received numerous university and national awards for his research, teaching and service and is routinely named as one of the top physicians in the United States. Dr. Sorrell is professor of internal medicine at UNMC.

The board will also receive reports on the strategic framework, spring enrollment, and the renovation of the Temple Building at UNL.

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