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March 31, 2006

Regent Wahlert will chair Iowa's presidential search committee

by Anne Krapfl

Parking permit fees at Iowa State would go up $1 to $20 next year, under rates reviewed last week by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The board will vote on the proposed rates at its May 3 meeting.

No changes were requested in parking meter (50 cents/hour) or metered parking lot (75 cents/hour) rates. Hourly rates for the Memorial Union parking ramp would be raised 25 cents for the third and fourth hours, but the daily maximum rate would remain $8.

If approved, permit rates for the year beginning July 1 would look like this:




24-hour reserved $706 $692
Reserved $393 $385
General staff* $110 $108
Vendor $142 $139
Departmental $110 $108
Motorcycle $37 $36
MU ramp $405 $385
*includes residence dept. and Ames Lab

In other business, the regents:

  • Elected Michael Gartner to a two-year term as board president (Gartner has been filling a presidential term started by former regent John Forsyth).
  • Approved the appointment of regent Teresa Wahlert as chair of the University of Iowa's presidential search committee. A vice chair will be selected from the UI campus.
  • Approved Iowa State's request to terminate two graduate programs (in nutritional psychology and human nutrition) and create in their place an interdisciplinary graduate program (M.S. and Ph.D.) in nutritional sciences. The departments of food science and human nutrition, and animal science are the primary partners in the multi-departmental program.
  • Approved a new Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and the environment. The English department will eliminate its M.A. in English, specialty in creative writing, and reallocate resources to the M.F.A.
  • Approved a new M.S. in seed science and business, administered by the College of Business and offered solely as a distance ed program. No new resources are required. Program support will come through tuition, fees and donations.
  • Approved the purchase of a new computer display system for the C6 virtual reality facility in Howe Hall. Fakespace Systems, Marshalltown, was selected to do the work from among five bids received. The cost, $3.9 million, will be funded by a grant from the U.S. Air Force's Office of Scientific Research. The new system will give C6 the world's highest resolution display device by a factor of more than two.
  • Approved a name change for the department of foreign languages and literatures, to the department of world languages and cultures.


Regents will finalize FY07 parking rates at their May 3-4 meeting in Cedar Falls.