Media Advisory: NU Board of Regents to meet January 22nd
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Committee and Board meetings also will be audio streamed live at

Following are highlights of the January meeting. A complete agenda is available at, at the Board of Regents "Agendas & Minutes" page.

8 a.m. Update on the Nebraska Legislature
Presenter: Speaker Mike Flood

8:30 a.m. Academic Affairs Committee
Strategic Framework Report
Topic: Graduation Rates
Presenters: James B. Milliken, President
Pete Lipins, Institutional Research Analyst
Topic: Recruitment Update
Presenters: Linda Pratt, Provost
Alan Cerveny, Dean of Admissions, UNL
Terry Hynes, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic & Student Affairs, UNO
Charles Bicak, Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, UNK
Rubens Pamies, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, UNMC

9:45 a.m. Break

10 a.m. Outreach and Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee
Topic: Urban Economic Development
Presenters: Peter Kotsiopulos, Vice President for University Affairs
Wendy Birdsall, President, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; President, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
Bradley Walker, President, Nanonation, Lincoln
David Brown, President and CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber
John Oliver, Vice President of Global Applications, Interpublic Group, Omaha

11 a.m. Business Affairs Committee
Topic: Audit Communications
Presenter: State Auditor Mike Foley
Topic: NCTA Design Report on the Education Building
Presenters: Weldon Sleight, Dean, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Alan Moeller, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Institute for Agriculture & Natural Resources

Noon Lunch

1 p.m. Board of Regents Meeting

Highlights of the Board agenda include:
  • Approval of the creation of the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics at UNO. The school would be part of UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology and would be home to the undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bioinformatics and Information Assurance as well as the recently approved Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Innovation.
  • Approval of an agreement with the 2010 National Games to lease certain UNL facilities and provide residential housing and food services for the 2010 Special Olympic Games. UNL has been asked to provide housing and food services for up to 4,000 athletes, coaches, officials and sponsors during the Games, which run July 17-24.
  • Approval of the disposal of certain buildings at UNL’s Innovation Campus. The 14 buildings, which comprise 265,407 gross square feet, were constructed to meet the needs of the Nebraska State Fair and do not meet the needs of the Board-approved master plan for Innovation Campus. (The Industrial Arts Building is not among the buildings proposed for disposal.)
  • Approval of the revised budget and schedule for the NanoScience Facility at UNL. UNL has received $6.9 million in federal stimulus funds to help cover the cost of the building, which is scheduled to be completed in July 2011.
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