University of Nebraska Board of Regents Meeting
The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Thursday, June 15, at Varner Hall in Lincoln. Committee meetings are scheduled at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., followed by the Board meeting at 1:00 p.m. A complete agenda is available at

Meeting highlights include:

Budget and tuition

  • Presentation of the FY2006-07 budget; establishment of 2006-07 tuition rates. A 5 percent tuition increase (increase of $6.00 to $9.50 per credit hour for residents, depending on the campus), plus a 1 percent tuition assessment ($1.25 to $2.25 per credit hour) to meet the matching requirements of LB 605, is proposed. LB 605, which was passed in the most recent legislative session, provides for a combination of state and university funds to be used for building renovations on all four campuses.
  • Discussion of the FY 2007-09 biennial budget request (discussion is on the agenda for the Business Affairs Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Amend RP-5.7.1, Residency Determination for Tuition Purposes, to bring Regents\' Policies into compliance with state law set forth in LB 239 adopted by the 2006 session of the Nebraska Legislature.
Academic programs
  • Proposed College of Public Health at UNMC (discussion is on the agenda for the Academic Affairs Committee at 8:15 a.m.)
  • Accountability Measure for Assessment of Student Outcomes (discussion is on the agenda for the Academic Affairs Committee at 8:15 a.m.)
  • New major in Plant Biology at UNL
  • Creation of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO (reorganization of the existing Department of Criminal Justice as a School)
  • Formation of the Department of Hospital Dentistry at UNMC
Economic development
  • Economic Development and Outreach Task Force meeting, 11:00 a.m.: "Land Grant Universities Engaged in Rural Development: Getting More than 'Funny Ideas' from Higher Education;" Presenter: Priscilla Salant, Special Assistant to the Provost, University of Idaho
  • UNO Facilities Development Plan
  • Program statements and budgets for several LB 605 renovation projects
    • Animal Science Complex, UNL
    • Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, UNL
    • Physical Sciences building replacement, UNL
    • Bennett Hall, UNMC
  • Naming of facilities
    • Rename the Virology Center at UNL the Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center
    • Name the commons area between the UNL Student Union, Selleck Hall and the Kaufmann Center the Donald and Lorena Meier Commons Area
    • Name the Animal Science Complex at UNL the R. B. Warren Arena
    • Name the football grass practice fields at UNL the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Facility
  • Approve the appointment of:
    • Linda Pratt, interim Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Nebraska
    • Curtis Carlson, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs, UNK
    • Edgar Scantling III, Dean, College of Education, UNK
    • Kenya Taylor, Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, UNK

Background on proposals for naming facilities

Ken Morrison and his late wife, Marjorie, have been generous supporters of the University of Nebraska. Starting from their Hastings, Nebraska headquarters, Ken has developed extensive agricultural operations in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Malaysia.
Ken has provided visionary support to the University of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska Foundation in areas of excellence affecting the state's agricultural industry including biotechnology, the industrial agricultural products center, and scholarships. The research to be conducted in the new UNL Virology Center will focus on plant, animal, and human viruses and is important for agriculture and human health. It is therefore appropriate to name the Center the "Ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center" after Ken Morrison. Mr. Morrison provided a significant gift to the Center to assure its successful completion.

Donald Meier is a 1941 graduate of the UNL College of Business Administration. He and his wife, Lorena, have been strong supporters of the University of Nebraska both currently and through their estate plans, having established numerous scholarship funds to benefit a variety of students at the University. The proposed area to be named is a two acre green space in the center of the UNL city campus bounded by the Nebraska Union, Selleck Quadrangle, and the Kauffman Academic Residential Center. This area is popular for student events, impromptu sports games, and use by individual students. In recognition of a generous gift to the University of Nebraska, it is recommended that this popular area of campus be named the "Donald and Lorena Meier Commons and Plaza."

The late Dr. R.B. Warren was an instrumental and well-known figure during his long and distinguished tenure at the University of Nebraska from 1956 to 1990. He was influential in the development of Nebraska's youth through both his formal teaching assignments and his development and leadership of horse programs for 4-H members. He successfully coached livestock and horse judging teams with his teams ranking as Reserve National Champion four times, Champion American Royal three times, and many other honors at prominent national collegiate contests. R.B. made extraordinary contributions and influenced the lives of more Nebraska youth than nearly any member of the University of Nebraska faculty. Recently, the Animal Science Department successfully completed a fund drive to create the R.B. Warren Scholarship Fund. This $20,000 permanent endowment will be used to fund one or more scholarships to regularly enrolled undergraduate students who are actively participating and/or have completed one of the senior livestock judging programs administered by the Department of Animal Science, CASNR, and IANR.

Joyanne Gass and her late husband Ed have been generous supporters of Husker Athletics for three decades. Contributing to the practice fields where football student-athletes work so hard each day to be champions fit perfectly with their philosophy. As Joyanne wrote, "Ed firmly believed in giving student-athletes what they needed to achieve at the highest level and that Champions are made when no one is watching."

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