Media Advisory NU Board of Regents to meet January 27

January 20, 2012

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will meet Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Varner Hall, 3835 Holdrege St. in Lincoln. Committee meetings begin at 8 a.m. and the Board meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings also will be audio-streamed live at

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

8 a.m.: Audit Committee Topic: State Auditor Presentation Presenter: State Auditor Mike Foley

8:15 a.m.: Business Affairs Committee Topic: Legislative Update Presenters: Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood and Ron Withem, NU associate vice president for university affairs and director of governmental relations

8:45 a.m.: Building a Healthier Nebraska legislative initiative Topic: Initiative Overview Presenter: President Milliken

Topic: Comprehensive Cancer Center Presenters: University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Harold Maurer and Glenn Fosdick, president and CEO, The Nebraska Medical Center

Topic: Meeting Nebraska’s Need for Nurses and Nurse Educators Presenter: UNMC College of Nursing Dean Juliann Sebastian

Topic: Health Sciences Programs – Kearney Presenters: Kyle Meyer, senior associate dean, UNMC School of Allied Health Professions; and University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen

Topic: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Presenter: Ronnie Green, vice chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

10:15 a.m. (approx.): Break

10:30 a.m.: UNO Master Plan Update Presenters: University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen and John Amend, UNO director of facilities management and planning

11 a.m. (approx.): Academic Affairs Committee Topic: Strategic Framework Report – Graduation Rates Presenters: Linda Pratt, NU executive vice president and provost; Pete Lipins, NU senior research analyst; Chancellor Kristensen; Chancellor Christensen; and William Nunez, University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate to the chancellor

Noon: Lunch

12:30 p.m.: Board of Regents meeting

The Board will be asked to approve: · Creation of a Ph.D. in epidemiology at UNMC. Epidemiology, often called “the basic science of public health,” provides data, methods of investigation and scientific discoveries that are vital to the practice of public health and medicine; it plays an increasingly important role in public policy. No other Nebraska institution offers training in epidemiology. (Addendum X-A-1) · The program statement and budget for a Biomechanics Research Facility at UNO. UNO’s current Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility supports research on human movement patterns and has obtained more than $12 million in active research funding and more than $10 million in pending funding. As the facility’s number of collaborative partners and projects has grown, so has the need for laboratory and support space. The new $6 million facility would be funded from private donations. (Addendum X-B-6) · Residence hall rates at UNO, UNK and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Addendums X-B-7, X-B-8 and X-B-9)

Media Contact:
Melissa Lee
Director of Communications,
University of Nebraska