Board discusses plans for University

Construction for a new parking lot is now underway between the Oaks Residence Hall and the new Education Department building. Construction worker Gordon Hunter of Laird Construction operates a "973 Cat Loader" to remove 20 loads of old concrete and asphalt from the site. The project should be completed by spring 1999. Funding for the parking lot was made possible by donors Jerry and Nancy Laird. Mr. Laird is a member of the Board of Trustees. / photo by Michael P. Bailey
Construction for a new parking lot is now underway between the Oaks Residence Hall and the new Education Department building. Construction worker Gordon Hunter of Laird Construction operates a “973 Cat Loader” to remove 20 loads of old concrete and asphalt from the site. The project should be completed by spring 1999. Funding for the parking lot was made possible by donors Jerry and Nancy Laird. Mr. Laird is a member of the Board of Trustees. / photo by Michael P. Bailey

by Shiva Rahimi
Managing Editor

The University of La Verne Board of Trustees held its biannual meeting Saturday, Nov. 14 to discuss what the University has in store for the future.

Appreciation was given to the Board for its approval of the University’s new aquatics program, which is in partnership with the City of La Verne and Bonita High School. The University enrolled 50 new students specifically for that reason. Of these students, 42 were freshmen and nine were transfers. The Board hopes to reach or exceed its goal of 80 students in the program by next year.

The Board is in the process of installing a timing system for the pool. It is anticipated to be finished by Dec. 5, for the first home meet. In addition to this timing system, the Board hopes to provide visible signage for the pool, indicating that it is part of the ULV campus.

Campus improvements were also reviewed by Phil Hawkey, executive vice president.

  • The Roger Barkley Building, a $1.2 million project, will be the new home of the Department of Education. A $120,000 project will help renovate First Street by improving its appearance with a pedestrian walkway which will connect to the Oaks Residence Hall. Additional parking spaces will also be added in that area.
  • A $625,000 project will be put into the future purchase of the Far West Building. The building, leased by ULV, houses the Art Department and Collegiate Press. The University hopes to rid the building of its industrial look and create a landscaped pedestrian mall within the next six months.
  • New tables and seating designs will make “dramatic improvements” in the $225,000 Spot renovation, located inside the Supertents.
  • The University is in the process of purchasing the Wells Fargo Bank building on the corner of Bonita Avenue and D Street. This is the future site of the University Bookshoppe, a bakery/coffee shop and Management Information Services. The project will cost $500,000 for the purchase of the building and $500,000 for renovations.
  • The College of Law is in the process of looking at potential sites for a new law school campus. Claremont, Ontario, Pomona, La Verne and Rancho Cucamonga are all possible locations for the new campus.

The College is seeking ABA approval for the law school, with the support of the Board. It is seeking this approval on a self-funded basis; they will use the revenues of the law school for financial commitments.

In other business, President Stephen Morgan recommended a change in meeting formats. He said two meetings per year are not adequate to cover all the issues that need to be discussed.

Therefore, there will be three meetings in the future, each with different sections of focus.

There will be a meeting in the fall that deals with academic issues; a meeting in the winter will deal with issues of future planning; and a meeting in late spring will deal with finances of the institution. However, the executive committee, which has added Kenneth Calkins and Dennis Alekel for a total of 15 members to the Board, will continue to meet monthly.

“We should be able to look into a crystal ball and determine what the University will look like one year from now, five years from now, and 10 years from now,” said Dr. Morgan.

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