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Chippewa Champions Alumni Center on board agenda

Organizational review, strategic plan updates highlight committee meetings

Contact: Heather Smith

​The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider design and construction of the Chippewa Champions Alumni Center when it meets in formal session Thursday starting at 9 a.m. in the President's Conference Room of the Bovee University Center.

The Chippewa Champions Alumni Center would become the new home for a welcome center and CMU's Advancement and Alumni Relations staff, the football program, and athletic training and sports medicine laboratories. Its meeting and events spaces would be available for use by CMU alumni, future students and families, corporate and community guests, and other visitors.

Also on the agenda:

  • Plante Moran, the university's external audit firm, will present an independent audit report for fiscal year 2018.
  • Provost Michael Gealt will provide a 2017-18 year-end report of university priorities and initiatives.
  • Approval of the list of August graduates.

In addition, the following committee meetings will be open to the university community and general public on Wednesday in the President's Conference Room. Agenda highlights include:

  • Policy and Bylaws  1:40 to 1:55 p.m. — Communication to the Board of Trustees of substantial events will be discussed.
  • Academic and Student Affairs – 2 to 2:50 p.m. — Strategic plan topics include a presentation on the implementation of CMU's organizational review plans from Provost Gealt and Ian Davison, interim senior vice provost for academic affairs, as well as an update on Imperative 3, which focuses on community engagement. Betty Kirby, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services, will discuss the college's strategic plan, student support strategies and new programs.
  • Finance and Facilities – 3 to 3:50 p.m. — Trustees will discuss the possible decommissioning of Barnes Hall.
  • Trustees-Faculty Liaison – 4 to 5 p.m. — A presentation on the CMU Honors Program will be given by Phame Camarena, the program's director. The committee also will discuss items such as faculty priorities, helping students understand the value of soft skills and the expansion of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Trustees-Student Liaison – 5 to 6 p.m. — Student Government Association President Jake Hendricks, Program Board President Galen Miller and Residence Hall Assembly Director Mary St. John will update trustees on fall semester efforts.

Agendas for the September meetings and a schedule of committee meetings are available on the Board of Trustees' website.

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