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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.