08/01/1991

UCCSN Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes
August 1-2, 1991








8-01-1991

Pages 92-94



                         BOARD OF REGENTS

                    UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA SYSTEM

                          August 1, 1991



The Board of Regents met on the above date in the System

Administration building, 1621 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 15-A,

Las Vegas and the System Administration building, 2601 Enter-

prise Road, Reno, in a special teleconference.



Members present:  Mrs. Carolyn M. Sparks, Chairman

                  Dr. Jill Derby, Gardnerville

                  Mrs. Dorothy S. Gallagher, Elko

                  Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, Las Vegas

                  Mr. Daniel J. Klaich, Reno

                  Mrs. June F. Whitley, Las Vegas



Members absent:   Mrs. Shelley Berkley

                  Dr. James Eardley

                  Mr. Joseph Foley



Others present:   Vice Chancellor Ron Sparks

                  General Counsel Donald Klasic

                  President Joseph Crowley, UNR

                  Mr. Chris Ault, UNR

                  Ms. Mary Lou Moser, Secretary



Also present was Dr. Elizabeth Raymond, Faculty Senate Chairman,

UNR and Chris Exline, UNR Intercollegiate Athletic Board.



Chairman Carolyn Sparks called the meeting to order at 5:05 P.M.

Thursday, August 1, 1991.



 1.  Approved Membership in Big West Conference, UNR



     Approved membership in the Big West Athletic Conference

     for the University of Nevada, Reno.  President Crowley

     explained that he had just received a call from Mr. Jim

     Haney, Commissioner of the Big West Athletic Conference,

     inviting UNR to become a member of the Big West Conference

     effective Fall, 1992.  Mr. Haney had stated the invitation

     was a unanimous decision of the Conference Board.  Presi-

     dent Crowley stated the matter had been discussed by var-

     ious groups on Campus.  The Athletic Department was very

     much in favor of joining the Conference.  There was unani-

     mous decision by the Campus Intercollegiate Athletic

     Board, Student Leadership, Faculty Senate Executive Board.

     A special committee from the Senate had asked for a vote

     from the full Senate which had only one dissenting vote,

     and a number of outside leaders and groups were anxious

     for the move.



     Mrs. Gallagher moved to approve the invitation to the

     University of Nevada, Reno to become a member of the Big

     West Athletic Conference effective Fall, 1992.  Mr. Klaich

     seconded.



     In answer to a question, President Crowley stated that the

     stability of membership for all athletic conferences around

     the country was in a state of flux, and that had been a

     part of the discussion with the Campus groups.



     Mr. Klaich stated he had received a copy of a letter from

     the UNR Alumni Association which had unanimously passed a

     resolution in favor of moving into the IA Conference.  In

     addition, he stated he had talked with Regent Shelly

     Berkley who had expressed her support for the move.



     President Crowley, in answer to a question from Mr. Klaich,

     stated the cost of the move had been discussed very thor-

     oughly with the various groups.  The approximate $300,000

     cost will be for the move for football from IAA to IA.

     Since the schools in the Big West Conference are all on

     the West Coast, there will be a savings in travel of about

     $75,000; with the expansion of the stadium, the sale of

     the luxury boxes should bring in $90,000; revenue from sale

     of advertising around the stadium, $120,000; increased

     revenue from NCAA, $160,000; and there should be significant

     enhanced revenue from an additional 1000 fans in both foot-

     ball and basketball.  The additional costs for the Confer-

     ence are mainly for additional scholarships and coaches.

     President Crowley stated they would not use any State funds

     for this move.



     Mrs. Gallagher stated the pairing of the two Universities

     in one Conference would please the Board, and Nevadans,

     since the Board has urged such a schedule for the past

     number of years.  President Crowley added that by joining

     the IA Conference, competition would be enhanced in all

     men's and women's sports.



Regent Hammargren entered the meeting.



     Mrs. Sparks noted that there seemed to be a universal

     feeling in Southern Nevada that this would be a positive

     move.



     Motion carried on a unanimous roll call vote.



 2.  Approved Wolf Club at UNR to Expend Funds for Mackay Stadium

     Construction



     The Reno-Sparks Convention Authority has granted funds to

     the Board of Regents for partial funding of the Mackay

     Stadium expansion at UNR.  A contract for the construction

     has been executed by the Wolf Club to expend these funds

     for this purpose.



     The Chancellor and General Counsel had recommended that

     the Board authorize the Wolf Club to expend the funds

     granted to the Board by the Reno-Sparks Convention Author-

     ity for the purpose of the Mackay Stadium expansion, sub-

     ject to a periodic accounting of the funds expended.



     Mr. Klaisic explained that the expansion is funded for the

     most part by private funds, and that after completion, it

     would be turned over and become the property of the Board.



     Mrs. Whitley moved approval for the Wolf Club to expend

     the funds granted to the Board by the Reno-Sparks Conven-

     tion Authority for the purpose of the Mackay Stadium ex-

     pansion, subject to a periodic accounting of the funds

     expended.  Dr. Derby seconded.  Motion carried unanimously

     on a roll call vote.



The meeting ajourned at 5:30 P.M.



                             Mary Lou Moser

                             Secretary of the Board

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