21, No. 11, Dec. 6, 2001
Construction and security among
agenda items for board of trustees
By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
(217) 244-1072; email@example.com
Construction projects, campus security, military leave and public relations
activities were among the business brought before the UI Board of Trustees
at its Nov. 14 and 15 meetings in Urbana.
The board was asked to approve a proposal for issuing $56 million in securities
to fund the majority of the $60 million chilled-water construction projects
on the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses.
The proposal hit a stumbling block when trustee Lawrence Eppley asked
Craig Bazzani, vice president for administration, and Peter Czajkowski,
associate vice president for financial planning and analysis, whether
the underwriting contract contained a provision indemnifying the underwriter,
Morgan Stanley. Such a provision would be against public policy in Illinois,
Eppley said. Bazzani and Czajkowski were uncertain whether the underwriting
contract contained such a provision.
Trustee Susan Gravenhorst urged the board to take swift action on the
matter, stating that time was of the essence in issuing the securities.
The board voted to refer the matter to the Executive Committee so that
Bazzani and Czajkowski could provide Eppley with copies of the underwriting
contract and other relevant documents to review. The committee was to
convene a special meeting within 10 days to render a decision.
Proposals for other construction projects won swift approval from the
board, however, including one for three Fiscal Year 2002 projects on the
Chicago campus. Construction will include a $6.9 million Advanced Chemical
Technology Building, a $1.9 million elevator rehabilitation project in
various buildings and a $1 million phase-one remodeling project at the
Research Resources Center West.
The board also approved a $1.8 million contract with Turner Construction
Co., Chicago, to build a $31.3 million classroom/office building on the
Springfield campus. Funds for the contract will come from Fiscal Year
2001 state appropriations to the Capital Development Board and from the
FY2002 state-appropriated operating budget of the Springfield campus.
Other proposals approved by the trustees include:
- A 10-year lease contract with the Art Institute of Chicago for
11,100 square feet of office space for the Office of Publications.
UIC anticipates making approximately $100,000 in improvements to the
space, with funds coming from the Office of Publications institutional
funds operating budget.
- A resolution excluding certain trustees or officers at Urbana from
Department of Defense personnel security clearance requirements for
research facilities. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications
is the only department requiring such clearance, and the resolution
designated Michael C. Rudzinski, associate director for finance and
administration at NCSA, as the universitys security clearance
officer. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will provide
administrative oversight for the security clearance process.
- Approximately $4.9 million in purchases for the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign
campuses, including an $800,00 bid by Henry Schein Inc. of Melville,
N.Y., to continue storeroom management and operation services for
the College of Dentistry at the Chicago campus, $1.6 million for data
communications routers and networking hardware and software to upgrade
the Chicago campus computer system as part of the UI-Integrate
project, and the purchase of three 2001 Piper aircraft for the Institute
of Aviation at a cost of $824,926.
Cantor, Sylvia Manning and Richard Ringeisen briefed the board on safety
and security measures being implemented at each of the campuses as a
result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Measures include an ongoing
security audit at Urbana-Champaign, evacuation drills at UIC Hospital
and working closely with the FBI, community police and other agencies
to heighten security.
The universitys military leave policy also was reviewed briefly,
with Vice President Chester Gardner telling the board that so far 31
students and two staff members among the three campuses have been called
to active duty.
Gardner also reviewed the universitys strategic plans through
2006, which include $1.7 billion for the Illinois VentureTECH, the UI-Integrate
and Decision Support projects, the UIC South Campus development projects
and Urbanas Research Park and agriculture programs.
Major strategic initiatives at the three campuses include community
engagement projects, including expansion of Springfields online
learning program and UICs Great Cities commitment, a cluster of
research and development projects in Chicago and other metropolitan
areas. In addition, UICs undergraduate academic programs will
be augmented by hiring more faculty members and enhancing classrooms.
Scholarly initiatives under the strategic plan include expansion of
UISs Capital Scholars program and enhancing the humanities at
The strategic plan also includes development of a top-quality bioengineering
program at Urbana and interdisciplinary and collaborative biotechnology
research among Chicago and Urbana-Champaign faculty members.
Entrepreneurial education programs also are a priority at all three
campuses, capitalizing upon technology commercialization and economic
development that is under way, Gardner told the board.
Gardner told the group that significant progress toward the goals has
been made, including establishing full funding for Urbanas $80
million Siebel Center and Springfields $30 million classroom/office
building. In addition, the new tuition increase is expected to generate
$64 million at Chicago and Urbana, Gardner said.
UICs Vice Chancellor Charles Rice, talked about the disharmony
among logos and abbreviations used to identify the UI Hospital and Clinics.
"If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, we cannot be accused
of having small minds," Rice told his audience, referring to visuals
of university signage displaying varying logos and abbreviations.
Issues of identity also were discussed as public affairs staff members
from each of the three campuses reported to the board on image-building
and public relations activities under way at their campuses. Mark Rosati,
UIC associate chancellor of public affairs, said that UICs initiatives
include a communications audit to assess and address any problems with
UICs public image, heightening visibility of the Great Cities
commitment and a full-scale redesign of the Chicago Web site.
Bill Murphy, associate chancellor of public affairs at Urbana, said
that the goals for the Urbana-Champaign campus include increasing coverage
in national news media, increasing the institutional focus of coverage
in accordance with Cantors initiatives and promoting the university
as a global institution, in accordance with an initiative being launched
In response to a question raised by trustee Jeffrey Ginsdorf, Lex Tate,
interim executive director of university public affairs, said that the
advertising is intended to burnish the universitys reputation
and heighten awareness among alumni, the news media, prospective students,
business and community leaders and donors. Some ads will feature prominent