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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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- 6 - Mr. Carter displayed a map of Robinson Forest and reviewed the circumstances involving a boundary dispute and the entitlement to coal royalties from mining on the area. He said that everyone was in agreement that it is not in anybody's benefit to spend a lot of money in court trying to resolve the dispute. The Wildlife Management area would enhance the research uses and land management practices in the Forest. On motion made by Mr. Hardymon, seconded by Dr. Meriwether and passed, FCR 8 was approved. (See FCR 8 at the end of the Minutes.) President Wethington recognized Mr. Tom Bennett, Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and said that he was instrumental in helping work out the agreement. Governor Breathitt said that this is an innovative, cooperative effort between three very important institutions in the state: a fine coal company, the University of Kentucky, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He expressed appreciation to Mr. Bennett for his leadership and good work. Q. Dr. Plattner's Comments Dr. Plattner said that everyone is enjoying a great deal of good will in higher education in the state but many pressing issues face the legislature. She said that it behooves all of the Board to work not only with the legislators and the executive branch but also with friends throughout the state, especially those who serve on other boards whether in formal dialogue or in other ways. She emphasized the importance of everyone working together as advocates for higher education. R. Mr. Dowdy's Report Mr. Dowdy gave a report on the following Student Government Association (SGA) events and accomplishments: - The SGA was able to arrange the donation of 50,000 books from the Christian Appalachian Project and Penguin Books to thousands of students, faculty and staff. The event was planned for three days; however, all of the books were taken the first day. - Undergraduate students will now officially receive mid-term evaluations on their classroom performance. - A recommendation that would allow open access to teacher and course evaluations by all students has been submitted to Dan Fulks, Chairperson of the University Senate Counsel. - SGA is setting up booths for students to call legislators on the 800 telephone number to let them know that higher education is a priority. They are also encouraging students to send handwritten letters to the legislators.