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Trustees set room and board, approve improvements

The BGSU Board of Trustees addressed a packed agenda of financial and campus construction items, from room and board rates to building renovations, at its Feb. 22 meeting, held at BGSU Firelands.

With the new room and board rates, BGSU will rank fifth lowest in overall cost among Ohio's 13 state universities, at $18,458 a year.

"I'm proud of BGSU's dedication to containing costs for our students and providing the most beneficial learning and living spaces," said William Primrose III, chair of the board. "The actions we are taking today demonstrate our commitment to both goals."

For fiscal year 2014, the board approved a modest average increase of 2.37 percent for room rates, once again utilizing differentiated rate increases for different categories of room types and amenities. The increase for the Standard Double Room reported annually to the Ohio Board of Regents for comparative purposes is 2.38 percent, bringing it to $2,580 a year, or $60 more than last year.

Meal plan rate increases of 2 percent were also approved. Although the University did not raise plan rates last year, a rise in food prices and other operational expenses necessitated an increase for the coming year, said CFO Sheri Stoll.

The Bronze meal plan, which is most commonly used in comparison to other institutions and also by the Ohio Board of Regents, will cost $1,512 a semester, or $30 more than last year.

The University will move ahead with capital improvements to its physical campuses. The trustees approved next steps in Phase Two of BGSU's Residence Hall Master Plan, which includes renovations and upgrades to existing residence halls and relocation of selected learning communities.

The Honors Learning Community will move from Harshman Quadrangle to Founders Hall for fall semester 2013. The total cost of preparing the facility is projected to be $800,000. Funding will come from the Academic Affairs Reserve Funds.

In addition, the second floor of Olscamp Hall will be renovated, creating a series of prototype learning spaces that include classrooms, common spaces, project workrooms and study areas. The state-of-the-art space will allow the University to conduct real-world tests of designs and concepts that will guide future designs. Classes will be held in the space beginning next fall. The renovations will cost about $4.8 million, to come from long-term debt.

Also slated for an upgrade is the Student Recreation Center, which has not had major renovations since it opened for use in the fall of 1979. In June 2012 the board approved design and pre-construction services to prepare for the facility's eventual renovation. In the meantime, the University contracted with Wood County Hospital to provide and administer a new Student Health Center, freeing up funds that can now go toward the cost of the recreation center.

The entire project will be done with the pursuit of LEED silver certification. A number of long-deferred maintenance needs throughout the building will also be addressed, and a new front entry designed to let in more natural light.

The initial project estimate is $13.4 million, of which $11 million will come from long-term debt plus another $2.5 million from repurposed student general fees that had previously been budgeted for annual health center operations.

The completion date for the project is estimated to be August 2014.

The board also approved:

  • An upgrade to the Kreischer Hall fire alarm system, for $599,000, to come from Series 2010 Bond funds (earmarked for Residence Life facilities)

  • An upgrade to the BGSU Firelands fire alarm system, for $588,800, to come primarily from Firelands' State Basic Renovation Funds

  • Roof repairs and replacements and masonry work for a number of buildings, totaling an estimated $4.2 million. Funding sources for the 13 projects will come from deferred maintenance reserve funds for the academic buildings, Series 2010 Bond Funds earmarked for Residence Life facilities, and OhioLink, for the BGSU at Levis Commons facility (Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository).

  • Changing the name of the Bachelor of Science in Technology to Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology for students enrolled in those programs.

  • An honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree for alumnus and former trustee Bob Sebo of Salem, Ohio, in recognition of his ongoing support of the University.

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Symposium to examine relational spirituality and families

Researchers from around the country will travel to BGSU March 12 to discuss "Relational Spirituality: Advancing 21st Century Science on Faith in Diverse Families."

The symposium, sponsored by the Center for Family and Demographic Research (CDFR), runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and is co-sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, the Spirituality and Psychology Research Team (SPiRiT), and the BGSU Department of Psychology.

Over the past 25 years, a substantial body of research has accumulated on the significant implications of spirituality for health and well-being. This conference will bring together several pioneers who will share innovative findings on Relational Spirituality.

The invited researchers will discuss how they each became involved in this area of study and share a segment of their journey as scholars. Time will also be devoted to discussion between the panelists and audience.

Panelists will highlight specific and unique findings that have been uncovered on spirituality and family relationships and will also discuss particular problems they have run into in conducting research on faith and families.

The guest panelists are Dr. Chris Boyatzis, Bucknell University; Dr. Melinda Denton, Clemson University; Dr. Christopher Ellison, University of Texas at San Antonio; Dr. Frank Fincham, Eminent Scholar and director of the Florida State University Family Institute; and BGSU pyschologitst Dr. Annette Mahoneyand Dr. Kenneth Pargament,.

The symposium is free, but registration is required by March 5. To register, contact the CFDR office at cfdr@bgsu.edu or 419-372-7279.

Dean search begins anew, Firelands celebrates V-Day

The University will launch a new search for the dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and BGSU Firelands commemorates Stopping Violence Against Women and Girls Day with a theater presentation Friday. Get all the details In Brief.

 


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February 25, 2013