NU Board Of Regents To Meet Sept. 9
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at nebraska.edu.

Following are highlights of the September Board meeting. A complete agenda and schedule is available here.

8:30 a.m.: Business Affairs Committee

Topic: Dependent Eligibility Audit
Presenter: David Lechner, NU vice president for business and finance

Topic: East Stadium Intermediate Design Report
Presenter: Ted Weidner, associate vice chancellor for facilities management and planning, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Topic: Nebraska Innovation Campus Update
Presenter: UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman; Jeff Woodbury, Woodbury Corp.; Joel Pedersen, NU vice president and general counsel; and Ted Weidner, UNL

Topic: Arena Update
Presenter: Regent Tim Clare

9:50 a.m. (approximate): Break

10 a.m.: Academic Affairs Committee

Topic: Nebraska P-16 Initiative Update
Presenter: President Milliken

Topic: The 120-Hour Degree
Presenter: Linda Pratt, NU executive vice president and provost

Topic: Nebraska Virtual High School
Presenter: Barbara Wolf Shousha, director, Independent Study High School, UNL

Topic: Strategic Framework Report – Financial Aid
Presenter: Pete Lipins, NU institutional research senior analyst, and Matt Hammons, NU director of federal relations

11:45 a.m. (approximate): Lunch

1 p.m.: Board of Regents meeting

The Board will be asked to approve:
  • A new policy to standardize NU baccalaureate degrees at 120 credit hours. The policy would ensure that students can graduate in four years if they take a full course load of 15 credit hours in each of eight semesters. (Addendum IX-A-1)
  • Creation of an undergraduate certificate in civic engagement at UNL. The certificate would help students develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in their communities, and would be open to students from all degree programs. (Addendum IX-A-4)
  • The bill of sale between the Board of Regents and the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corp. for the transfer of the Industrial Arts Building. Under the transfer, the NICDC would be prohibited from taking any action that would interfere with consideration of alternatives related to the cultural resources review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. (Addendum IX-B-1)
  • The program statement and budget for renovation of the 4-H Building at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The 4-H Building is scheduled to be transformed into a central commons area for Innovation Campus that will provide a venue for information exchanges between researchers, private tenants and others, as well as conference and informal meeting spaces. The proposed project is expected to cost $20 million, of which $10 million will come from state funds and $10 million from private funds. (Addendum IX-B-4)
  • The program statement and budget for construction of the Life Sciences Research Collaboration Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The life sciences center will be a collaborative facility focusing on the vital areas of food, fuel and water. Construction of the center is expected to cost $30 million, of which $15 million will come from state funds and $15 million from private funds. (Addendum IX-B-5)
  • Naming of the new student plaza and greenway at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in honor of Ruth and Bill Scott, whose gift made the plaza project possible. The Scotts also have provided major support for numerous other projects at UNMC and in 2009 were awarded the Regents Medal for their service to the university. (Addendum IX-B-9)
  • Naming of the George and Carol Garlick Aggie West Residence Hall in honor of the donor whose gift made possible the acquisition of the Aggie West student housing at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. The Board also will consider the naming of the remodeled Veterinary Teaching Clinic after Dr. Walter Long, who in his 22-year tenure at NCTA started and enhanced one of the nation’s premier veterinary technology programs. (Addendum IX-B-10)
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