Board of Regents

09-26-97summary

Board of Regents

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS

Meeting of the
University of Alaska Board of Regents
September 26, 1997
Fairbanks, Alaska

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS

1.Approval of Formation of an International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

PASSED:

"The Board of Regents approves the formation of an International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

2. Approval of Policy 05.07.01 - Land-Grant Endowment

PASSED:

"The Board of Regents adopts the revisions to Regents' Policy 05.07.01 - Land-Grant Endowment as presented in Reference 5B. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

3. Approval of the Annual Budget Allocations from the Natural Resources Fund

PASSED:

"The Board of Regents approves the priorities and allocation categories for award of the Natural Resources Funds as presented and requests that the list of projects related to natural resources be brought to the Board of Regents for approval at its February 1998 meeting. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

4. Approval of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Coal-Water Project

PASSED:

"As required by Regents' Policy 05.12.04, the Board of Regents authorizes the university administration to:

1. contract with Arthur D. Little for a demonstration site for a $47.6 million clean coal project and to proceed with Phases II and III of the project-construction of the facility and the demonstration; and

2. increase the sale of general revenue bonds for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Coal-Water Project by $1.0 million from $3.5 million to $4.5 million, plus the cost of issuance. The authorizations are subject to Alaska Science and Technology Foundation's approval of a $3.8 million grant.

This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

5. Approval of Resolution Regarding the Alaska Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel Project

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Energy has designated the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus as the preferred site in North America for a Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel and Coal/Diesel Project which would determine the full scale commercialization costs of these technologies; and

WHEREAS, this project will increase the diversity of Alaska’s economic base and enhance its economic prosperity; and

WHEREAS, the project would provide for expanded energy use on the campus beyond current capability and well into the next century; and

WHEREAS, the project would supply coal slurry fuels for protracted testing in both oil-designed boilers and stationary diesel engines; and

WHEREAS, the Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel and Coal/Diesel facilities will provide an excellent asset for training graduate engineers and performing practical research to promote the use of Alaska’s abundant coal resources; and

WHEREAS, successful commercial demonstration could lead to the creation of many jobs in the coal mining, processing and transportation sectors as well as a revenue stream which would repay the State’s initial investment and return cash in the form of royalties and taxes to Alaska; and

WHEREAS, this new technology will give the United States and the world a source of reliable, reasonably priced and cleaner power, steam and heat; and

WHEREAS, the "Business Case for Development of an Alaskan Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel Industry" makes a compelling case for the private sector economic development of the State of Alaska through exploitation of Alaskan coal using coal-water fuel as a major export product; and

WHEREAS, the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation was established by the Legislature as a public corporation with the purposes of the foundation to promote and enhance:

-- "Economic development and technological innovation in Alaska", and
--"Sustained growth and development of Alaskan scientific and engineering capabilities".

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska endorses and supports this project and respectfully petitions the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation to approve the $3.8 million grant requested for the Alaska Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel Project; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the September 26, 1997 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

PASSED:

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution regarding the Alaska Low-Rank Coal-Water Fuel Project to be conveyed to the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

6. Approval of the University of Alaska Museum 2002 Expansion Project

The Board of Regents passed the following motion with an amendment to delete the phrase from the end of the first sentence, "up to a total project cost of $20,000,000."

PASSED AS AMENDED:

"As required by Regents' Policy 05.12.04, the Board of Regents approves the University of Alaska Museum 2002 Expansion Project as presented and authorizes the university administration to proceed with this project, pending adequate funding. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

7. Approval of Schematic Design for the University of Alaska Anchorage Backbone & Connectivity Project

PASSED:

"As required by Regents’ Policy P05.12.04(B), the Board of Regents approves the schematic design for the University of Alaska Anchorage Fiber Optic Backbone and Connectivity Project as presented and authorizes the university administration to bid award contracts for the project up to $1.4 million. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

8. Approval of FY99 General Fund Operating Budget Request

The Board of Regents divided the original motion into 1) operating and 2) capital.

The university administration presented a revised operating budget to the Committee of the Whole on September 25, 1997. The revised budget requests an FY99 general fund request of $166,934.5 and an additional increment request of $6,789.6, bringing the total request to $173,724.1 (in thousands).

PASSED AS AMENDED:

"The Board of Regents adopts the FY99 general fund operating budget request as presented to the Committee of the Whole on September 25, 1997. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

9. Approval of FY99 General Fund Capital Budget Request

The Board of Regents divided the original motion into 1) operating and 2) capital.

The Board of Regents changed the amount for the UAA Consortium Library for the year 2000 from $36,400.0 to $68,000.0 (in thousands).

PASSED AS AMENDED:

"The Board of Regents adopts the FY99 general fund capital budget request as presented in Reference 4 and amended by the Committee of the Whole. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

10. Consideration of FY99 Tuition Rates

PASSED:

"The Board of Regents defers until its November 1997 meeting action for setting tuition rates for the academic year beginning in the summer of 1998, thereby providing additional time for student discussion and testimony as well as time to gather data on FY98 enrollments and national tuition trends. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

11. Approval of Honorary Degree and Meritorious Service Award Recipients

An amendment was made to "and 1999" to the motion, to allow for the approval of commencement speakers for 1999.

PASSED AS AMENDED:

"The Board of Regents approves the list of nominees for honorary doctoral degrees and meritorious service awards, as proposed, for commencement exercises in the spring of 1998 and 1999, and authorizes Chancellors Gorsuch, Lind and Wadlow to invite the approved nominees and announce their acceptance. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

12. Approval of Academic Degree Recipients

PASSED:

"The Board of Regents approves the list of degree recipients for the summer and fall of 1996 and the spring of 1997. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

13. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Joe L. Hayes, Jr.

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr. was born in Manhattan, New York, the third of ten children to Brenda Ann Lee, a nurse assistant; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr. attended Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1988; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr. served in the United States Air Force in active duty from 1989 to 1992 and inactive duty from 1992 to 1996, whereupon he received his honorable discharge at the rank of E-4 Sergeant;

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr., during his service in the United States military, received the Good Conduct Medal in 1991 and an Air Force Commendation in 1992; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr., after leaving active duty, enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks student as a political science major; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr., distinguished himself as a UAF student, serving on the SunStar Publications Board, KSUA Media Board, UAF Budget Council, UAF Governance Coordinating Committee, Faculty Senate Core Review and Curricular Affairs Committee and Residence Hall Association; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr. was recognized by the UAF student body as a committed leader, demonstrated by his election to the office of ASUAF senator, receiving the ASUAF Senator of the Year award in 1994; and as ASUAF President, serving for two terms as the first African-American student body president in UAF’s history; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr., while actively involved in student activities, also demonstrated an exemplary academic record, as evidenced by his standing on the 1994 Dean’s List; his receipt of the 1995 Blue and Gold Award; his induction in 1997 to the National Political Science Honor Society; his selection as the Joel Wiegert Award for Outstanding Graduating Male in 1997; and culminating in the conferment of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1997; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr. was elected by his peers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to the University of Alaska Board of Regents in 1994 and was appointed by Governor Tony Knowles to the Board of Regents in 1995, serving as the first African-American ever appointed to the Board of Regents; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr., while serving on the Board of Regents, demonstrated his commitment to the diverse needs of the University of Alaskasystem, serving on the Academic & Student Affairs, Human Resources, and Audit Committees; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr., further distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for the student body of the University of Alaska system as its student regent, serving as the official spokesperson for the Coalition of Student Leaders and ensuring that issues of concern to the students were given the foremost priority and importance, always contributing to those issues in a thoughtful, insightful and persuasive manner; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr., by setting objectives for his life in early adulthood and then following through on those objectives, serves as an example to all students that determination and commitment can result in the attainment of life-long goals; and

WHEREAS, Joe L. Hayes, Jr. is now demonstrating his commitment to the betterment of the citizens of the state of Alaska by serving as an assistant to a member of the Alaska House of Representatives, furthering his near-term goal of acceptance to the George Washington University School of Political Management; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Regents serves notice of its belief that Joe L. Hayes, Jr.’s life-long ambition to become a United States Senator in the next twenty years will be attained and commends him for aspiring to this goal;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents recognizes the dedicated service of Joe L. Hayes, Jr., and extends to him this official statement of appreciation for his contributions to the University of Alaska and the advancement of higher education in Alaska; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Joe L. Hayes, Jr. with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the September 26, 1997 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

PASSED:

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation for Joe L. Hayes, Jr. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

14. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Sharon D. Gagnon

WHEREAS, the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation was founded by the state of Alaska with the goal of advancing Alaska’s position in the expanding space industry; and

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska was instrumental in the formation of policy for the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation with Dr. Jerome Komisar, President of the University of Alaska System, serving as the chair, and Dr. Sharon D. Gagnon, serving as a member of the AADC Board of Directors, since its inception; and

WHEREAS, within its first five years, the AADC has evolved from a concept of promoting space launch facilities in Alaska to construction of the Kodiak Launch Complex, and to selection of Poker Flat Research Range by Los Alamos Laboratories as the site for two new satellite ground stations; and

WHEREAS, the ability of the AADC to have made such remarkable progress in a very short time span is a direct result of the concerted efforts and expertise of the members of the AADC Board of Directors and its staff; and

WHEREAS, the Alaska State Legislature passed legislation in 1997 eliminating the designated Board of Regents seat on the AADC Board of Directors;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents thanks Regent Sharon D. Gagnon for her pioneering contributions on behalf of the Board of Regents during her tenure on the AADC Board of Directors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution of appreciation be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to Dr. Sharon D. Gagnon and Governor Tony Knowles with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the September 26, 1997 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation for Sharon D. Gagnon. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

15. Approval of Resolution of Appreciation for Members of the University of Alaska Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors

The Board of Regents approved the following resolution with direction to the Board of Regents’ Officer to individualize the resolution for each member of the UATDC Board of Directors. The resolution below is a generic version.

WHEREAS, the University of Alaska Technology Development Corporation (UATDC) was incorporated in 1994 in response to the need for the University of Alaska to assist its faculty and staff in the conveyance of new technologies to the commercial sector to maximize utilization of intellectual property for the greatest public benefit; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of UATDC consists of respected Alaska businessmen and women who are dedicated to the promotion of technology transfer, especially through the encouragement of University of Alaska faculty and staff in identifying applications for research; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of UATDC, with limited resources, faced a formidable task in building a base to support technology transfer; and

WHEREAS, it was the decision of the Board of Directors of UATDC in August 1997 to dissolve the corporation, and return responsibility for technology transfer to the University of Alaska administration;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Regents expresses its sincere appreciation to the UATDC Board of Directors for its commitment to the promotion of technology transfer for University of Alaska faculty and staff; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution of appreciation be appropriately engrossed and conveyed to the members of the Board of Directors of the University of Alaska Technology Development Corporation with a copy incorporated in the official minutes of the September 26, 1997 meeting of the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

PASSED

"The Board of Regents approves the resolution of appreciation for members of the University of Alaska Technology Development Corporation Board of Directors. This motion is effective September 26, 1997."

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