Board of Regents Meeting Update
Dear Faculty and Staff:
In an effort to keep you up to date on actions taken by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents that pertain to Tarleton, here’s a recap of the meeting that concluded today (Thursday).
The board approved Tarleton’s request to appropriate $2,230,735 for the purchase of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), core and wireless equipment and associated labor. Tarleton’s current telecommunications infrastructure is reaching the end of its useful life. The vendor will no longer support the current infrastructure as of January 2014, so the costs to maintain the current system will become exorbitant. The new VoIP effort will improve and expand services to all of our locations. Funding will be provided by the Revenue Financing System, and Tarleton will pay off the debt over five years.
The board approved the project scope and budget, and appropriation and approval for construction for the O.A. Grant Humanities Building rehabilitation and expansion and the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center rehabilitation. The $13.6 million O.A. Grant project will provide an additional two floors to the building and include office space for the Department of Communication Studies, English as a Second Language, an expanded university writing center, media convergence space and outdoor classrooms. The project will also include needed accessibility upgrades and building systems upgrades. The $6.3 million fine arts center rehabilitation project includes new seating, flooring, lighting, wall coverings, window treatments and an orchestra lift.
The board authorized Tarleton to lease 300 bedrooms in the Grove Apartments to provide housing for students. Our residence halls currently do not have the available space and accommodations for the community of learners we envision. With this arrangement, students will be the primary residents in the complex, making it much easier for the residence life staff to monitor the students.
Joint B.S. in physics
The board approved the establishment of a joint bachelor of science degree in physics at Tarleton, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and West Texas A&M University. In May 2011, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board closed the B.S. degree in physics at Tarleton and most of these other universities for failure to meet the minimum number of graduates, but the need still exists. A joint program, if approved by the coordinating board, will again allow the degree to be offered.
The board authorized Tarleton to award honorary doctorates of humane letters to Michael J. Moncrief and Rosie Moncrief. Mike Moncrief has made his mark on the state of Texas as an oilman, philanthropist and public servant. After graduating from Tarleton in 1968, he embarked on a career of service. He served in the Texas House, as Tarrant County judge, in the Texas Senate and eight years as mayor of Fort Worth. Health and human services issues have been the hallmark of his career. Rosie Moncrief is a successful businesswoman and community volunteer in many areas of children’s issues, senior citizens and health care. The degrees will be conferred in May 3013.
Finally, the board approved the naming of Dr. Donald Keith as Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences. We congratulate Dr. Keith for his 36 years of dedicated service to Tarleton and wish him the best.
As always, I want to thank you for your efforts to enhance the success of our students.
F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.