Aug. 5, 2010

New lecture hall, industrial design degree are among ISU requests to regents this week

by Anne Krapfl

The state Board of Regents will meet Aug. 5 in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. The agenda, with supporting documents, is online at the board's website. A meeting summary will be posted on Inside Iowa State.

Among the items Iowa State submitted for regent approval are requests to:

  • Construct a 400-seat auditorium building east of Horticulture Hall to add a state-of-the-art lecture hall to the general university classroom inventory
  • Add a bachelor of industrial design degree program in the College of Design
  • Sell $28.2 million in academic building revenue bonds to complete the financing of Hach Hall and to fund part of the small animal hospital renovation/addition project
  • Sell 38 acres of farmland south of Ames to the Committee for Rural Development, a nonprofit affiliate of the university
  • Approve $1.4 million in FY11 Grow Iowa Values Fund proposals
  • Add 2,100 square feet and $590,000 (private gifts) to the horticulture greenhouse project/budget
  • Purchase a $3.2 million computer system (customized large-scale virtual reality display and tracking system) for the C6 facility needed to complete projects awarded to ISU by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force
  • Begin design work to replace existing boilers at the Jacobson and Olsen athletics buildings and the College of Veterinary Medicine with high-efficiency boilers to reduce energy costs

Also on the agenda are presentations to the board by Steve Carter, president of the ISU Research Park; and psychology professor Gary Wells.

The board met Aug. 4 in a closed session to complete annual evaluations of the three regent university presidents and board executive director Robert Donley. The board will discuss FY11 compensation for these four individuals when it meets Aug. 5.