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Welcome to the 2018 Spring Semester!

January 22, 2018

To the UW community:

Good Monday morning!

Today we begin spring semester as students return, classes begin and a vibrancy to campus resumes. Welcome back, students, and best wishes for a good semester! For most of you, this will be a continuation of your academic year, but today we do welcome a number of new students to UW as well. If you are joining us for the first time, a special welcome to you. I hope you have a smooth transition to UW and find our campus to be a welcoming place where you can pursue your academic and career goals. A special welcome!

To welcome students back, I, along with leaders from ASUW, will greet students and hand out cookies and coffee/water this morning (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) in the Wyoming Union. This is our third year to kick off spring semester by offering a warm welcome with a handshake, introduction and offering a warm cup of coffee and cookie. I hope many students will stop by the table and say hi.

My message this week will focus on reporting the outcomes of the January Board of Trustee meeting held on campus last week.

Wednesday was devoted to committee meetings, with the following committees meeting to take up business:

-- Budget Committee

-- Fiscal and Legal Affairs Committee

-- Vice President and Dean Search Committee

-- Financial Management and Reporting Committee

-- Facilities Committee

-- Legislative Relations Committee

-- Academic and Student Affairs Committee

As I mentioned last week, Wednesday afternoon the trustees and many others from UW loaded onto our UW charter bus and drove to Denver to attend the UW alumni reception on the National Western Stock Show grounds. With strong attendance, it was fun to greet alumni from the Denver metro area who were excited to see us in their community. I was delighted to meet several prospective students and their families, who were attending at the invitation of Admissions and our college recruiters.

From the reception, we walked to the coliseum to attend “UW Night at the Rodeo,” where our university was prominently featured throughout the evening. An especially thrilling event for me was riding shotgun on a stagecoach around the arena -- traveling at a good clip while being introduced to the crowd. It was a little scary, as I didn’t have much to hold on to. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the thrill (and danger) of those who rodeo! Following the rodeo, we loaded up the bus and returned to Laramie, arriving shortly before midnight. It was a fun evening, and I was so glad the trustees could participate in the NWSS with us.

Thursday and Friday were filled with the full board agenda. I will highlight a few of the more prominent action items:

-- Approval of the revised cost estimate to renovate the Veterans Center located within the Wyoming Union. The project will now accept the lowest bid and proceed with renovation.

-- Approval to move $513,732 from the Special Projects Reserve and $128,433 from the College of Engineering unrestricted operating reserve to a designated account for the King Air research aircraft for maintenance and repair purposes.

-- Approval to earmark up to $3 million from the Special Projects Reserve for new faculty start-up. The funds will be released when a comprehensive start-up plan is approved by me and presented to the trustees.

-- Review and approval of the FY19 budget development and approval timeline and process.

-- Approval to allocate the remainder of the High Bay contingency fund of $800,000 to purchase an X-ray imaging system. With this allocation, the construction contingency fund is fully expended.

-- Approval of a resolution from the trustees declaring the Science Initiative construction project as its No. 1 priority for funding by the 2018 Wyoming Legislature.

-- Approval of greenhouse renderings, budget/scope of building, and delivery method for construction of the Science Initiative building.

-- Approval to bid the contract for audit services.

-- Approval of the Athletics Landscape Master Plan.

-- Approval of change orders for the McMurry High Altitude Performance Center.

-- Approval of easements to the City of Laramie and Springfield Ranch at McGuire Ranch location.

-- Approval of changes to UW Regulations 6-701, 6-702 and 6-703, as requested by the Faculty Senate.

-- Approval of Regulations Section 2: Enrollment Management, with the following regulations moving to this section with some modifications:  6-719, 8-3, 8-242, 8-246, 8-247, 8-248, 8-253.

-- Received the final report with recommendations from Huron Consulting for a capacity study, marginal cost analysis and elasticity study for out-of-state and online tuition.

-- Accepted a 10-year master housing plan as conducted by KSQ Design.

-- Received the preliminary 2018 spring enrollment report.

-- Approved a proposal from the Trustees Education Initiative for creation of a professional development network in Wyoming.

-- Received a report on the status of funding for the Wyoming excellence chairs funded by the Excellence in Higher Education Endowment.

-- Received a report from Alyson Hagy, who serves as the faculty athletic representative.

-- Accepted a request for tuition consideration from the Northern Arapaho Business Council.

-- Received a report from the City of Laramie as presented by Mayor Summerville.

Beyond welcoming students, this week will include statewide travel to Powell for a Wyoming Agriculture Diversification Summit tomorrow, and the continuation of our legislative dinners, this week in Campbell County (Gillette). I will report on these and more next Monday. In the meantime, welcome back and…

Have a great week!

Laurie Nichols, President

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