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K-State Today

January 18, 2018

Kansas Board of Regents Jan. 17 meeting updates

By Division of Communications and Marketing

The monthly Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Jan. 17 included several items related to Kansas State University.

Introduction and reports

President Richard Myers gave a report from the Council of Presidents and discussed several topics, including the state budget and Higher Education Day in the State Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Brian Lindshield, associate professor of food, nutrition dietetics and health, presented as chair of the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents and discussed open educational resources.

Jack Ayres, president of the Student Governing Association, presented as chair of the board's Students' Advisory Committee and talked about state school funding and recruitment efforts.

Carrie Fink, student programs coordinator in the Office of the Registrar, presented as chair of the University Support Staff Council and discussed health insurance as well as a spring Regents survey that will be sent to university support staff.

Myers also updated the Regents on several Kansas State University items, including Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week and the Jan. 25 lecture from Martin Luther King III, the Jan. 29 Landon Lecture with Joyce Banda and the university renewal of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Consent and discussion agendas

The Regents approved transferring ownership of the James F. Lindley Trust estate to the Kansas State University Foundation.

The Regents approved the renovation of the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory Research Core facility in Bluemont Hall. The 2,000-square-foot renovation will support a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, grant awarded to a Kansas State University-led team of psychological science researchers. The $874,000 project will be funded by National Institutes of Health grant funding, departmental funding, and College of Arts and Sciences rehabilitation and repair funding.

Myers presented to the Regents on the Kansas State University student experience. He discussed five goals: support student persistence, provide active and diverse experiences, challenge students to think globally, prioritize environments that lead to success and prepare valuable employees.

Budget information

Read the Regents' memorandum with an overview of Gov. Brownback's higher education budget recommendations.

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