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May 2004

Release Date: May 07, 2004

TSUS Board Appoints Committee to Develop ASU Campus Master Plan

The Texas State University System Board of Regents Friday, May 7, appointed a 16-member planning committee to develop an Angelo State University Campus Master Plan for 2004-09.

The plan will examine various university facilities needs and make recommendations to the board on how to meet those needs within available resources. TSUS Regent Pollyanna Stephens of San Angelo will chair the committee.

Other members will be Regents John Dudley, Nancy Neal, Kent Adams and Don Flores. System representatives will include Chancellor Lamar Urbanovsky and Patrick L. Sullivan, director of planning and construction. University representatives will be President James Hindman and Vice Presidents Sharon Meyer and Don Coers along with Dean of Student Life Deborrah Hebert, English Professor Nancy B. Allen and the President of the ASU student body. San Angelo Mayor J.W. Lown, City Manager Tom Adams and San Angelo Chamber of Commerce President Michael Dalby will also serve on the committee.

In other business the board authorized new master of science degrees in biology and nursing. The biology degree, effective this fall, will have an emphasis on science education and will help meet the need for increased educational opportunities for high school biology teachers as identified by the Region XV Education Service Center.

The board also authorized ASU to request approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to begin a master of science in nursing program in the fall of 2005. Two majors will be offered within the degree: medical-surgical clinical nurse and nurse educator. A need for each specialty has been identified for the region in response to a projected nationwide nursing shortage during the next decade.

Board members also added 13 courses, eliminated 11 and changed the title or number of 27 other courses.

In other business the board ratified a contract of $1.58 million to N.E. Construction of Lewisville for construction of the Food Safety and Product Development Lab at the Management, Instruction and Research Center. Regents approved a $1.04 million contract with J.C. Roberts Construction Co. of Midland for completing Phases V and VI of the West Texas Training Center (WTTC). The work will include extensive upgrades of the heating and cooling equipment as well as 8,400 square feet of converted space for instructional areas serving metal trades, advanced computer applications, criminal justice and customized training.

Additionally, the board amended a lease agreement with the City of San Angelo to meet insurance coverage requirements at the West Texas Training Center. The board accepted a revised lease agreement between the university and Concho Educators Federal Credit Union, which waived its exclusive rights to installation and operation of automated teller machines on campus. The board authorized Baker Street Coffee House of San Angelo to provide food services for the West Texas Training Center from July 1 through June 30, 2006.

The board also approved routine budget adjustments of $946,797, bringing the ASU budget for the current fiscal year to $81.7 million. The board also approved routine personnel matters, acknowledged $271,590 in gifts to the university and adopted a university holiday schedule for the 2005 fiscal year.

The TSUS board serves as the governing body for ASU and the other eight institutions making up the system. The other institutions are Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College and Texas State University-San Marcos.