UMS Bulletins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2005
CONTACT: John Diamond 207-973-3224/Rita Sullivan 207- 973-3245

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM TRUSTEES TO MEET
JANUARY 23-24 IN BANGOR

BANGOR - The University of Maine System Board of Trustees will meet Sunday, Jan. 23 and Monday, Jan. 24 at the University of Maine System Office, located at 107 Maine Avenue in Bangor.

The agenda will include a report by UMS Chancellor Joseph Westphal on University System State-funded research for the fiscal year covering July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. Aided by State and voter-approved investment in university-based research, faculty and other university researchers were awarded a record $42.8 million in federally and private-sector funded research grants and contracts in seven targeted areas of economic growth and potential in Maine: Aquaculture and Marine Sciences, Biotechnologies, Composites and Advanced Materials Technologies, Environmental Technologies; Information Technologies, Advanced Technologies for Forestry and Agriculture, and Precision Manufacturing.

Other agenda items include approval of UMaine student Brandon Libby as student representative to the Board of Trustees; approval of leasing expanded space for the University of Maine School of Law Technology Law Center on Commercial Street in Portland, adjacent to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute facility; and a presentation regarding the University System's proposed tourism initiative. In addition, the agenda will include discussion of honorary degree nominations, revisions to the University of Maine at Machias Mission Statement to more accurately reflect its role as a resource for Downeast Maine, and other matters relating to Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, Finance, and Human Resources for the University of Maine System.

Much of the discussion will take place during committee sessions scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Monday morning, and early afternoon, followed by a meeting of the full Board of Trustees at 2:45 p.m.

Established in 1968, the University of Maine System is the state's largest educational institution, with more than 34,000 students enrolled. It features seven universities - some with multiple campuses - located across the state, as well as 11 University College outreach centers and more than 100 interactive distance education sites. For more information, log onto www.maine.edu.

All Board meetings are open to the public. Persons with disabilities, who need accommodations to attend, should call David Wilson, director of the University System Facilities Office, at 973-3335 (voice) or 973-3300 (TDD) or by e-mail at dwilson@maine.edu.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The complete meeting agenda can be viewed at http://www.maine.edu/magendas.shtml.