NU Board of Regents to meet June 13
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet on Friday, June 13, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St., Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the board meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.

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The Board of Regents will hear presentations on the operating budget and tuition recommendations for 2008-09, as well as the biennial budget request and capital construction budget request for 2009-2011. The biennial request must be submitted to the governor by September, 2008.

Each biennium the university submits capital projects for funding consideration in the upcoming legislative session. As part of that process, each campus chancellor submits their highest priority. This year the highest priority capital project is the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s new College of Nursing Building for the College’s Lincoln Division, located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. The State Legislature already has approved money to fund construction plans for the new Nursing Building, which will provide space to expand the College’s educational offerings and address emerging student demands, UNMC’s research and the state’s workforce needs. Federal and state statistics indicate that Nebraska’s nursing shortage will jump from 9 percent in 2002 to 30 percent in 2020.

Here are the other priority projects as submitted by the campuses:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Undergraduate Academic Classroom Facility. This state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching and learning facility will house general education programs; student computing services; centers for teaching, learning and technology; large auditoriums; state-of-the-art classrooms and undergraduate studies.

University of Nebraska at Omaha: Addition and Renovation to the Strauss Performing Art Center. The new addition and renovation would provide state-of-the-art instrumental and recording facilities; practice, solo and chamber music recital rooms; and storage space.

University of Nebraska at Kearney: Rebuilding Otto Olsen. The current Otto Olsen building will be demolished and a new facility will house programs in business and technology, natural and social sciences, fine arts and humanities, information technology services and a child development center.

In addition, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will submit the Education Center Building as their 2009-11 priority project. This building will be home to the Horticulture Systems Division, provide space for the Veterinary Technology Systems and include a commons area for students to gather.

The agenda for morning committee meetings follows:

8 a.m. Business Affairs Committee

Topic: Capital Development Policies
Presenter: Bob Williams, Capital Development Consultant

Topics: Physicians Medical Service Plan and Bylaws for the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Bylaws and Incorporation for the Nebraska Pediatric Practice Agreement
Presenter: Dr. John Gollan, Dean of the College of Medicine, UNMC

Topics: Budget for 2008-09; Biennial Budget Request for 2010-11
Presenter: Chris Kabourek, Assistant Vice President and Director of Budget and Planning

Topic: Capital Budget Request
Presenter: Rebecca Koller, Assistant Vice President and Director of Facilities Planning and Management

Topic: Athletic Sponsorships
Presenters: Harvey Perlman, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Tom Osborne, Athletic Director for UNL

Topic: Pouring Rights at UNL
Presenter: Harvey Perlman

10:45 a.m. (time approximate) Academic Affairs Committee

Topic: Strategic Framework Follow-up: Research Metric
Presenter: Linda Pratt, Executive Vice President and Provost

Topic: Service Learning
Presenter: Linda Pratt

11 a.m. (time approximate) Outreach and Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee

Topic: Strategic Framework Follow-up: Entrepreneurship Metric
Presenters: Pete Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs

Topic: Research and Extension Centers in Nebraska
Presenter: John Owens, Vice President and Vice Chancellor of Agriculture and Natural Resources

12:45 p.m. (approximate) Lunch break

1:30 p.m. Regular Board of Regents Meeting

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

Approval for a Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program at UNMC, a year-long program of graduate coursework in the sciences targeted at qualified students from underrepresented groups, including those from rural areas and educational or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is structured to improve a student’s science and critical thinking in preparation to enhance potential for admission to the UNMC College of Medicine.

Create new Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate programs at UNMC in: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research; and Health Services Research, Administration and Policy.

Approval for the program statement and budget for the Abel-Sandoz Dining Center renovation at UNL residence halls.

Approval for the program statement and budget for the renovation of Forestry Hall on the UNL East Campus, providing more office and laboratory space for the Nebraska Forest Service.

Naming the new College of Business Administration at UNO Mammel Hall in honor of Carl and Joyce Mammel.

Naming the J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Computer Science and Management at UNL the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, in honor of a gift from the Raikes Foundation.

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