MSU Board of Trustees roundup

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Apr 12, 2013

At its April 12 meeting, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees adopted new room and board rates for the 2013–14 academic year.

Under the rates, Spartan Village and University Village Apartments’ one- and two-bedroom apartments will remain unchanged at $650 and $774 a month, respectively. It marks the third year in a row that students living in those units will not see an increase.

In addition, room-and-board rates for freshman, transfer and returning students who live in residence halls and select the silver unlimited meal plan will see a 3.9 percent increase, which is slightly lower than last year and the lowest rate increase since the 2000–01 academic year.

Following are other actions taken by the board at its April 12 meeting. The board:

  • Authorized the university to proceed with work on the new Bio Engineering Facility. To be located on the south side of the campus, the four-story, 130,000-square-foot building will encourage collaboration between the engineering and the biomedical fields.
  • Approved the funding of $26 million for installation of an electrical duct bank which will provide an underground pathway necessary for the transmission of power for operation of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The concrete-encased duct bank will house cables capable of carrying up to 25 megawatts of electrical power from the T.B. Simon Power Plant to the FRIB facility.
  • Approved the renaming of Agriculture Hall to the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture.
  • Approved the appointments of Satish Udpa as executive vice president for administrative services and Leo Kempel as acting dean of the College of Engineering.
  • Honored 23 students who received the Board of Trustees’ Award for having the highest grade point average at the close of their last semester at MSU. All 23 students received a 4.0 GPA. See the story here.