HOUGHTON - Michigan Technological University's Board of Control approved an increase in room and board and apartment rental rates for the 2013-14 academic year during its quarterly meeting Friday morning in Tech's Memorial Union Building Ballroom.
Room and board rates for a standard double occupancy room with a gold meal plan for rooms in Douglass Houghton, McNair and Wadsworth halls, and rates at Hillside Place Apartments will increase $310 (from $8,835 to $9,145), or $10 per week for the academic year.
Daniell Heights Apartments student residents and/or families will see an increase of $30 for one bedroom (to $630/month), and $35 (to $705) and $45 (to $905) for two and three bedrooms, respectively.
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The Michigan Technological University Board of Control met Friday at the Memorial Union Ballroom and approved an increase in room and board and apartment rental rates for the 2013-14 academic year.
A full list of rates can be found along with the agenda/minutes on the Board of Control website, admin.mtu.edu/admin/boc.
All copies of resolutions and presentations, totaling 152 pages for Friday's Board of Control meeting, can also be found at the site.
"We try to do this early in the year to give some heads up to staff and students as to projected costs," said Tom Baldini, BOC finance committee chair during Friday's meeting. "It's tricky because you're trying to predict what the cost of food is going to be and obviously heating costs, things of that nature. They make every effort to keep those costs under control.
"We are within the parameters of other institutions in the state of Michigan," he added. "The finance committee did look at this and we are recommending that it be approved. It comes to be about a 3.5 percent increase, a little higher for some, a little lower for others."
The highest increase is at Daniell Heights, where each rate will increase between 5 and 6 percent.
"When you take a look at the apartments we have, they need some work and we're taking a look at updating those. They're sort of tired of looking," explained Tech President Glenn Mroz after the meeting as the reason for more of an increase there.
He emphasized the reason for the dormitory rates is rising food costs.
The lowest rate of increase is 1.89 percent for a converted occupancy (standard plus one) at DHH and McNair. All other rate increases are at least 3 percent.
In other business during Friday's meeting, the board:
approved a B.S. in Management with a Concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management.
approved resolutions recognizing board members Kathryn Clark and Martha Richardson, who have served on the board for 12 and eight years, respectively, and whose governor-appointed terms expire this month.
"Kathy and Marty, you both served as board chairs twice. You've had an enormous impact on this place," Mroz said during the meeting. "Thanks for your leadership. You've made a difference. You've transformed students' lives for who knows how long. Thank you."
Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Bob Jacquart to replace Clark, and Linda Kennedy to replace Richardson.
granted emeritus status to three retiring professors: Neil J. Hutzler from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Larry Lankton from the Department of Social Sciences and Clark Givens from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
appointed Rush Robinett III as a professor with tenure in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, effective Feb. 3.
approved changing the names of three degrees: master of science in environmental policy to master of science in environmental and energy policy; bachelor of arts in liberal arts with a concentration in history to a bachelor of arts in history; and bachelor of science in clinical laboratory science to bachelor of science in medical laboratory science.
endorsed a proposal by the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts to submit a grant proposal to the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. The funds would support two performances of Shakespeare's "As You Like It."
approved updates to the Board of Control Ordinance No. 1 on traffic regulations, to bring it in line with state, county and city policy, and reflect current department names, administrative titles, definitions and procedures. The full ordinance can be found at the BOC website.
approved: gifts to the university and Michigan Tech Fund; resignations, retirements and off-payroll; and a change in the Oct. 10, 2013, meeting date to Sept. 19, 2013, to coincide with Sept. 20 Homecoming and a Sept. 21 Tech Fund Board of Directors meeting.
acknowledged the 346 undergraduates and 134 graduate students who will be graduating today during commencement.
heard a report from Academic Senate President William Bulleit sharing concerns about the administration's tobacco-free policy and the way it was handled.
"The Senate had never been involved in this, at least not deeply involved," he said. "A lot of the Senators felt that that wasn't right. The process was questioned."
He expressed a desire to work closer with both the administration and Board of Control, which the board responded in agreement on.
heard updates on Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Government from Eli Karttunen and Kevin Cassell, their respective presidents. Their presentations, along with presentations from board committees (academic affairs, finance) administrators (Provost Max Seel, Vice President for Research Dave Reed, Chief Financial Officer Dan Greenlee, Michigan Tech Fund Chair George Butvilas) be found at the BOC website.