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Dec. 15, 2017
Northwest Missouri State University’s Board of Regents during its regular meeting Thursday authorized the University to move forward with renovations on one of its high-rise residence halls in addition to hearing the clean results of the University’s annual financial audit.
Regents approved the renovation plans for Franken Hall, which will include new paint, hallway carpet, main floor lounge upgrades, beds, wardrobes, desks, dressers, windows and HVAC piping. The project also will add two private bathrooms on each floor and convert two rooms on each floor to lounge space.
The estimated cost for the project is about $5 million, and the renovations are expected to be complete in time for fall 2018. The project will be competitively bid and will be funded from the University’s Auxiliary Services fund, which generates housing and dining revenues to support daily operations as well as fund residential and dining facility improvements.
Presenting the proposal to the Board, Northwest Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker said the University completed a comprehensive Residential Life Master Plan to inform decisions related to investing in its residential facilities.
The Franken Hall upgrade project is the first outlined in the master plan schedule. Completed in 1968, it is one of four high-rise residence halls on the Northwest campus. Each are seven floors and contain about 300 rooms in addition to kitchen and laundry facilities, lounges, and recreation rooms.
Baker said upgrades completed last summer to the lobbies and lounges in Dieterich and Millikan residence halls were well received, but there is more work to be done.
“We have very strong academics and our students want strong academics, but they also want other services and experiences,” Baker said. “We’re in competition with many other schools and no one thing can be the reason students come here. It’s got to be the entire academic package that they’re looking for, so this is a way to elevate all of that.”
In other business, Regents heard the results of the University’s annual financial audit, completed by RubinBrown, LLP. The firm’s review of Northwest’s financial statements for the 2017 fiscal year resulted in an unmodified opinion with no deficiencies or material and the most positive results. The University is required to complete an annual audit of its financial statements by an external audit firm. RubinBrown visited the campus this fall to complete the audit as well as a review of compliance and internal control over the financial reporting of the University’s financial statements.
The Board also approved revisions to Chapter Two of the University’s Faculty Handbook related to summer compensation for faculty. The change, Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman explained, eliminates a contradiction that prescribed a pay scale and resulted from budgetary changes approved by the Board last spring.
Additionally, the Board approved a three-year contract with Husch Blackwell to provide outside legal counsel services and training sessions to the University.
During a special presentation at the start of Thursday’s meeting, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski recognized Gina Bradley, the University’s event coordinator, who will oversee her 75th commencement ceremony on Friday. Bradley has served in the capacity since 1999 and Jasinski presented her with a proclamation declaring Friday as “Gina Bradley Day” in honor of her milestone.
The Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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