I. Call to Order
Chairperson Blair called the meeting of the Board of Regents to order at 7:17 p.m. in Room 120 of Petro Allied Health Center on the University campus.
II. Roll Call
Present were: Mr. Blair, Mr. Dick, Mr. Engel, Mr. Goossen, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Parks, Mr. Roth and Mrs. Wagnon.
III. Approval of Minutes of February 17, 2000 meeting as circulated
It was moved and seconded to approve the Minutes of the February 17, 2000 meeting as circulated. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. Officer Reports
A. Chair's Report
Chairperson Blair had no items to report.
B. President's Report
President Farley reminded members of the Board of Regents that the University's Grand Reunion is being held the weekend of April 7 & 8 and includes a meeting of the Board of Regents on Saturday morning, April 8.
Dr. Farley reported that the University is holding a scholarship banquet, sponsored by The Topeka Capital-Journal, on March 16 for Topeka and Shawnee County area recipients. He said there will be approximately 250 persons in attendance. He said there are 30 percent more scholarship recipients than last year.
He said the University has awarded the first of the leadership scholarships. These scholarships, endowed by such organizations as Southwestern Bell Foundation, the Jepson Educational Trust, the Koch Foundation and the Security Benefit Group, have been awarded to students from Kansas communities such as Hays, Liberal, Russell, Salina and others. He said these scholarships recipients are in the top three percent of the ACT national scores.
President Farley reported that the Kansas Senate passed, on March 15, the substitute bill for House Bill 2476 which provides for matching grants for contributions made to the state higher education institutions for endowed chairs. He said it will now be placed in conference committee.
He reported that the contractors had been provided the notice to proceed for the Living/Learning Center project; bonds and certificates of insurance have been provided; and a date certain for completion has been specified in the contract.
He said the Kansas Board of Regents has given its approval to the University's Masters of Science Degree in Liberal Studies. He reminded the Board that this had been approved by it and forwarded to the Kansas Board of Regents some time ago.
In response to a query from Vice Chair Engel concerning the status of state funding for higher education at the Legislature, Dr. Farley said the funding measures are still on track. He said a measure has been approved by both the House Appropriations and the Senate Ways and Means Committee but has not been to the floor of either chamber.
C. Treasurer's Report
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer presented the 1. Depository Security Transctions, and 2. Liquidated Claims Approval - February 2000 agenda items. It was moved and seconded to approve IV.C.1. and 2. Motion passed unanimously.
V. New Business
A. Action Items
1. Washburn University Competitive Grant Program
President Farley said the Competitive Grant Program is one which has been in effect since 1996. This year, he said, we wanted to fund one project to make an immediate impact and difference on our campus. He said there were originally 18 proposals which were narrowed down to three. Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wayne Sheley, reported that the three programs were reviewed by four senior faculty members from Kansas universities, specifically the University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Wichita State University and Kansas State University, four members of the Washburn Endowment Association Board of Trustees and the president of the Washburn Student Association, and there was unanimous agreement on the award of the grant for the Entrepreneurship Development Center. Dean of the School of Business, JuliAnn Mazachek, said that the grant was for a three year period and the key components of the program were the development of curriculum, development of outreach, including a building research to support entrepreneurs and small businesses, and to develop partnerships promoting entrepreneurship in Topeka and the surrounding area. She said there will be one faculty member tasked who will be granted release time. She said they intend to provide "one stop shopping" for promoting entrepreneurship and small businesses.
The other project recommended for the award of a Competitive Grant under the program is for the Washburn University Virtual Union (WUVU) which is to establish a greater web site presence for the University supporting chat rooms and the like. The funding for this project will be used primarily for the acquisition of equipment.
It was moved and seconded to approve the award of the Competitive Grants as recommended. Motion passed unanimously.
Approval of the funding awards: $150,000 for the entrepreneurship development center and $31,000 for WUVU.
a. Honorary Degree Candidates
It was moved and seconded to award the three honorary degrees recommended by President Farley. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the following will be awarded honorary doctoral degrees at the 2000 Commencement ceremony: John C. "Jack" Dicus - Doctor of Humane Letters; Jack Richmond - Doctor of Commerce; and, Delano Lewis - Doctor of Law.
b. Personnel Action Administrative Staff
It was moved and seconded to approve the appointment of Curtis Von Lintel as Systems/Network Administrator in the Law Library at an annual basic salary of $32,040 effective March 16, 2000.
c. Faculty Personnel - Geiger
It was moved and seconded to award Dr. Marilyn L. Geiger Professor Emeritus status. Motion passed unanimously.
d. Faculty Personnel - Mack;
e. Voluntary Phased Retirement - Smith; and,
f. Eminentes Universitatis
It was moved and seconded to approve agenda items V.A.2.d., e. and f.
The following were approved: appointment of Marie Mack from administrative contract to faculty contract effective March 1, 2000 as Assistant Circulation/Legal Reference Librarian in the Law Library at an annual basic salary of $33,720; the award of a Voluntary Phased Retirement agreement for Charlene Smith, Law Professor; and, the award of Eminentes Universitatis to Donald E. Fry, Don L. Gordon and Peg Marmet.
3. Architectural Services Contract for Living Learning Center Phase II
It was moved and seconded to approve award of an architectural contract to Michael Treanor Architects for Phase II of the Living/Learning Center project with architectural fees in the amount of 9.0% of the construction costs. Motion passed unanimously.
4. Proposed Residence Hall Contract Rates for FY 2000-2001
It was moved and seconded to approve the recommended rates set forth in agenda item V.A.4. Motion passed unanimously.
As approved by the Board of Regents, the new rates are: Double room -- $1,680; Board -- $1,730; total amount -- $3,410.
5. Benefit Plan Changes - Personal Short-Term Disability Insurance
It was moved and seconded to approve the establishment of an employee-paid short-term disability insurance program with AFLAC as provider. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Information Items
1. Image Study Presentation
Executive Director for Governmental/University Relations, David Monical, made a PowerPoint presentation providing the Board with information garnered from the replication of the 1996 image study which was performed by Midwest Survey and Research in December 1999 and January 2000.
2. Lee Arena Improvements Information Update
Director of Athletics, Loren Ferré made a brief presentation outlining the proposed improvements to be made in Lee Arena. As outlined by Mr. Ferré and supported by a packet handed to members of the Board, the proposal calls for an addition of approximately 5,000 sq. ft. at the second floor level inside Lee Arena. The project would include additional offices for Athletics staff, an athletes room and a booster room.
No action was taken with respect to either information item.
The meeting of the Board of Regents adjourned 9:28 p.m.
Kenneth P. Hackler
Secretary, Board of Regents