$2.7 MILLION IN PROJECTS GET REGENT APROVAL
SAN MARCOS - Work on projects totaling more than $2.7 million was approved by the Sam Houston State University board of regents in their two-day meeting that ended Friday.
On Thursday the board voted unanimously to name Dr. Bobby K. Marks, who has served as interim president of SHSU since Oct. 16, 1995, as the only finalist in their search for the university's 11th president.
The board is expected to formally approve Marks June 4 in a meeting in San Angelo. The board is required by law to wait 21 days after the announcement of position finalists to make that decision.
Other action taken by the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System included:
- Authorizing the university to accept the low bid on replacement of the Bowers Stadium synthetic turf prior to the board's June meeting, at an estimated cost of $1.2 million, so the job can be completed prior to the fall college and high school football seasons;
- Awarding a contract to KRC Enterprises, Inc. of Houston for the $450,000 replacement of the West Plant air-conditioning system chiller unit;
- Hiring Molina & Associates, Inc. of Houston to design renovations to the computer center, with an estimated cost of $445,000, to improve computer lab services for students;
- Hiring Molina & Associates to design modifications to the Newton Gresham Library, the Lee Drain Building, and the Teacher Education Center, with an estimated cost of $430,000, for a media center and doctoral studies laboratories;
- Hiring Swicki Anderson and Associates, Inc. of Bryan to design vent system modifications to the Texas Regional Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES) laboratory, at an estimated cost of $120,000, with estimated utility savings of up to $4,000 per month;
In another contract item, the university's bookstore contract was awarded to Wayne Rainwater of Huntsville, effective June 1, after a process in which 15 bookstore operators were invited to bid and four bids were submitted.
- Authorizing the university to issue purchase orders for up to $77,000 for a floor replacement project for 38 rooms, public areas and offices in the Mitchell and Lawrence dorms.
In other business, the board approved a 2.7 percent food rate charge increase to offset inflationary costs of operation, primarily in food costs, effective June 1.
The board also authorized a change in the name of the Radio-Television-Film program in the Department of Public Communication to the Radio-Television program. The Photography program now administers all aspects of still and moving photography, including film.
The board also approved the university's staff holiday schedule for the 1996-'97 academic year. Holidays include Thanksgiving Nov. 28-29, Christmas Dec. 23 - Jan. 1, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (optional) Jan. 20, Spring Holiday March 20-21, Memorial Day May 26, and Independence Day July 4.
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May 3, 1996