UNC Trustees Approve Room Naming, Policy Changes, Resolution

Outgoing trustee Jerry Morgensen poses with a handmade Native American blanket presented to him by fellow trustee Dee St. Cyr.

University of Northern Colorado trustees approved the following items at their regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 16.

  • Naming of the North Colorado Medical Center Conference Room in Kepner Hall and the Jo-Ellen M. Thornton Strength and Conditioning Room at UNC's Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI).
  • Faculty Senate approved revisions to board policy to reflect contract renewable rank for instructors and lecturers.
  • A resolution recognizing Jerry Morgensen, whose term expires Dec. 31, for nine years of service on the board.

Room Naming

The NCMC naming is part of the new Financial Education Center in UNC's Monfort College of Business and recognizes a $250,000 gift from NCMC Inc. The center will replace the existing trading room that is home to the award-winning Student and Foundation Fund (SAFF) class. Once renovated, the space will consist of a trading room, teaching lab, multi-use conference room and auxiliary classroom. Construction will begin when the university has raised $900,000 in private support from alumni, friends and organizations.

The Jo-Ellen M. Thornton Strength and Conditioning Room recognizes a $100,000 grant from a donor-advised memorial fund, which was designated to advance RMCRI in the Ben Nighthorse Campbell Center for Health and Human Sciences. The campus institute provides basic and clinical research to alleviate cancer treatment-related symptoms; advanced educational preparation and professional development to promote high standards in cancer rehabilitation; and scientifically based and individualized prescriptive exercise interventions for cancer patients. Thornton, a resident of Fort Collins and founder and president of Thornton Financial, passed away in August 2010.

Faculty Senate Revisions

The senate's Faculty Welfare committee unanimously passed updates to the board policy manual to clarify rank requirements, including promoting instructors and lecturers, adding to academic ranks the title of senior lecturer, and minimum preparation for lecturers, senior lecturers, instructors and assistant professors.

Resolution for Morgensen

Morgensen attended his final meeting as UNC trustee after serving on the board since September 2003. He was vice chairman of the board from October 2007 through September 2010. As chairman emeritus of Hensel Phelps Construction Co., a Colorado-based company that's the nation's 18th largest general contractor, Morgensen led the company from $550 million in annual construction to more than $3 billion. Since 1973, he's been employed with Hensel Phelps, including president in 1985 and CEO in 1989. The resolution reads:

WHEREAS, Jerry Morgensen will conclude his service to the University of Northern Colorado's Board of Trustees effective December 31, 2012, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Morgensen has served the University of Northern Colorado as Trustee from September 2003 through December 31, 2012 including as Vice Chair of the Board from October 2007 through September 2010, and
WHEREAS, Mr. Morgensen has contributed to the University of Northern Colorado through his dedicated efforts and exemplary leadership,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the University of Northern Colorado that Jerry Morgensen is recognized and honored for his outstanding leadership and service to the University. The Board of Trustees extends its sincere appreciation to Mr. Morgensen for his many contributions to the University and extends to him its best wishes.

The board also received a fall enrollment update from Senior Vice President and Provost Robbyn Wacker. Among highlights of the fall census report following the student deadline for dropping classes:

  • Total enrollment is 12,497 (first-day enrollment was at 12,321) — total enrollment was down slightly (102 students) from the Fall 2011 census. This includes fewer first-time students and transfer students than last year — new freshmen residents were down across Colorado.
  • Undergraduate enrollment exceeded targets for: First-generation students (36 percent of students), ethnic minority students (23 percent of students) and Western Undergraduate Exchange students (the group, which includes students from eligible states that participate in the tuition discounting program, is up 27 percent from last year).
  • Graduate enrollment increased by 1 percent (2,395 students). Headcount likely will continue to go up as programs through Extended Studies start at different times throughout the year.
  • Graduate enrollment exceeded targets for: international students (10 percent increase from last year) and ethnic minority students (up 42 students from last year).
  • More facts and figures are at: http://www.unco.edu/about_unc/facts/institutional.html

In other news, the board received updates from:

  • Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Department of Higher Education Deputy Executive Director Matt Gianneschi. They provided an overview of statewide goals that included focusing on degree completion and closing the achievement gap among the traditionally underserved. Those indicators are included in the state's performance contracts currently being negotiated with institutions.
  • UNC President Kay Norton. She updated the board on the governor's budget proposal presented to the legislature on Wednesday. The budget calls for a modest reinvestment in higher ed and would result in an increase of $1.7 million for UNC from 2012-2013 state funding, which represents 16 percent of UNC's budget.



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