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U of M Board of Regents to act on request for $4.1 million investment in campus safety enhancements

Board to review and act on TCF Bank Stadium plans to accommodate Vikings

February 7, 2014

What: University of Minnesota Board of Regents meetings
When: Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14, 2013
Where: 600 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

A resolution to reallocate $4.1 million to support the University of Minnesota’s collaborative, multi-pronged public safety initiative on the Twin Cities campus will be considered by the University’s Board of Regents next week.

The public safety initiative, already underway, involves all levels of the University along with student government, local law enforcement agency partners, public officials, and nearby neighborhoods, and is focused on four areas: education, environment, enforcement, and engagement.

The resolution seeks reallocation Facilities Management Repair and Replacement (R&R) funds from previously scheduled projects and to reinvest them immediately in short term safety enhancements, including security cameras, improved lighting on campus and building access security. Operating funds will be used to support increased police presence, including more than 550 overtime hours from UMPD officers to date, and additional pay for student security monitors and funds to hire additional monitors.

Preparing to welcome the Vikings and their fans
The University will outline schematic plans for TCF Bank Stadium improvements to meet National Football League (NFL) requirements. The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to play at the stadium in the coming seasons, while the team’s new stadium is built in downtown Minneapolis.

The University entered into a facility use agreement with the Vikings, approved by the Board in May 2013. The Vikings will pay for the estimated $6.6 million cost of the improvements, which will begin later this month, pending Board approval. The Vikings will also contribute $125,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to the Minnesota Vikings Good Neighbor Partnership Fund, which will select projects that are beneficial to the nearby neighborhoods and businesses, allow for participation by the Vikings and their partners and be approved by the Vikings.

A roadmap for research
Vice President for Research Brian Herman will provide an annual research report to the Board, summarizing the University’s research metrics, documenting trends in research productivity, and outlining recent successes and innovation partnerships.

Regents will also receive an update on a research strategic planning process that Herman’s office launched in May. Expanding upon the vision and themes outlined in his July 2013 discussion with the Board, Herman will outline a five-year roadmap for building upon existing strengths, nurturing a collaborative research environment and working with external partners to advance the University’s research enterprise and address crucial societal challenges.

Other agenda items include:

  • Alcohol Sales: With the completion of the two-year pilot of wine and beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium, and in the club areas of Mariucci and Williams arenas, the Board will review the results of the pilot and consider a recommendation to continue the current sales approach.
  • A new health care brand: The Board will review and act on the proposed branding for the newly enhanced medical partnership of the U, U of M Physicians and Fairview Health Services.
  • Intellectual property: Pending Board approval, students will now own the intellectual property rights to the research or products they develop as part of their work at the University.
  • Graduate education: Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson and Acting Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Sally Gregory Kohlstedt will discuss graduate education at the University including current successes, challenges and plans for the future.
  • Endowment fund: The Board will review a proposed change to Board of Regents Policy: Endowment Fund requiring annual reporting on sustainability and renewable energy investments. This is in response to student concerns expressed during President Kaler’s ongoing student office hours.
  • Equity and Diversity: Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert will lead a discussion about how her office is working with all University colleges, schools, departments and units to increase diversity.
  • CLA Dean: The Board will act upon the appointment of Dr. John Coleman as the new College of Liberal Arts dean. He was selected in January following an extensive, national and inclusive search. Pending approval, he will begin work July 31, 2014.

For meeting and agenda information, go to regents.umn.edu

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