February 22, 2005
Present: Moore, Mathis, Thurston, Stone, Landry, Fahey, Huckins, Potter, Hage, Sparks, Crangle, Cocchiarella, McCool
FBRC – no report as last meeting was cancelled due to weather.
Bill Crangle had emailed the fees schedule to this group for discussion. Students have not been attending the CBC meetings but they will have a chance to discuss the fees at the Senate meeting March 6th. The fees will then go to the Board of Trustees in April.
Students are involved in the process for the Residential Life, Dining and HUB budgets. The budgets are reviewed in great detail. The rates for benefits and salaries are the same for the auxiliaries as they are for the general fund.
New Residence Hall: we will break ground May 2005 to open in fall 2006. 350 new beds. Frank mentioned it will be for 200 additional students and a transfer of 150 from triples and build up space. Mary Lyon will come off line for a year for a major $12,500,000 renovation. As we go forward there will be a renewed focus on staffing levels, adding to reserves, major R& R on the other residence halls.
We are competitive with off campus housing.
Utilities Plan – raising awareness for next year. New Residence hall has many energy efficient and energy saving features.
Dining will offer more block plans where you buy a certain number of meals over the semester and not over the week as in a traditional plan. We are going to Continuous Dining. Dining Services is up for rebid in a few years. We have been happy with Sodexho. The Comment Board has been a good source for students to give advice and comments. They get results. Dining area was complimented for the new sofa area and the Newfound Room.
Student Activities – allocation hearings are just ending. Students made many changes. Fee will increase about 2.3%. Cheerleaders and Women’s Ice Hockey will be switched to Athletics. Someday we may break out Athletics into a separate fee. Some concern that the organizations do not have an opportunity to appeal. (Follow-up to this discussion – Phil Atkinson said each group is told the full Senate will be approving the budgets and that they should attend that meeting. I believe he thinks they could appeal at that time.) The Student Senate Allocation committee had talked with Bill about getting some guidance. They do have a set of values and a mission statement.
Transportation fee – UNH and KSC have one. Our shuttle has seen a big increase in usage from 106,000 riders last year to 120,000 this year.
Student Health Services – includes Health Services, the Psychological Counseling Center and the Wellness program.
Student Recreation, Hartman Union Fee – Terri Potter explained the HUB and Recreation fees includes the Venture Center – shares a position with Health and Human Performance department (HPER). They have plans to add $98,000 for new equipment in the Snack Bar ($25,000 in FY07 and $100,000 in FY08) They need to pay for a new electrical panel – $30,000. They have a serious storage problem and may have to find space off site. They have set money aside over the past couple of years for a major renovation – about $650,000. After that the next big project is the Court room floor and a new roof within 5 years.
Registration Fee – covers graduation, transcripts, registration, student post office boxes.
Tech Fee – we have not had enough funds recently to fund innovation – only enough to replace what we had funded in the past. The increase is to finish the multi-media project and for innovation.
Dan Moore suggested we could eliminate lab 114 and require students to buy laptops. There could be more discussion on this in the future. Some media classrooms are experiencing low usage and will probably be moved.
The next CBC meeting is Tuesday March 8, 2005 at 8 A.M. (Cancelled due to curtailed operations.)