Campus Resources and Planning Committee

February 27, 2008 – 3:30 p.m.





Members Present:     LeAnn Dean, Carrie Grussing, Jacquie Johnson, Sarah Mattson, Brook

Miller, Lowell Rasmussen, Jennifer Rothchild, Dave Swenson,

Jenny Wermerskirchen, Pete Wyckoff


Members Not Present: Sara Haugen, Ken Hodgson, Maddy Maxeiner, Michelle Page,

Sharon Van Eps, Douglas Williams


Guest:                                     Roger Boleman, Roland Guyotte, Dave Loewi, Sandy Olson-Loy



Pete Wyckoff called the meeting to order at 3:33 p.m.


Next week CRPC will meet on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 3:30 and Maddy Maxeiner will be our guest.


Beautiful U-Day Grant

Approval (without objection) was granted to three Beautiful U-Day grant applications:

  1. UMM Studio Art Discipline application (walls on wood kiln)
  2. Minnesota Public Interest Research Group application (“where we’re being green” signs)
  3. Habitat for Humanity application (pot your own plant)


Technology Report

This technology report is about “what we do” on campus with technology, which is different from what the technology consultants reviewed, they were more concerned with the infrastructure of the technology.


The idea is to look for feedback regarding this document. They have developed a number of key areas that need to be addressed on this campus on page 21 of the document.


Student technology fee – we have the lowest technology fee ($52.50) of any University of the System. The rest are in the $100 range. In addition, Morris is the only one that is completely decided by the students. There are inconsistencies from year to year about where the funds go.


Questions were raises as to why the Science department is autonomous from Computing Services. Dave Loewi felt that it is a bad idea for a number of reasons, including missed opportunities for reduced price software licensing that becomes available when Computing Services at UMM collaborates with Computing Services at UMTC.


Another issue is the classroom space issue. Who is responsible for the maintenance on the technology in classrooms? Science maintains their own space and Dave sees this as suboptimal.


Pete asked if the report points to ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Answers:

1.     Printing – have one printer for a floor, a cluster, etc.

Lowell would like to bring this issue back to CRPC soon because it is an economic issue. It requires establishing a policy, which is something this campus has never done regarding printing.

2.     Hand-me-down computers – there are security issues if not done properly, also many old computers are just put in the closet rather than recycled/reused.


Is there any cost savings for disbanding the $100 connection charge? That will have to change, as TC is saying we can’t do that. It is also a waste of time, and energy.


Pete Wyckoff adjourned the meeting at 4:25 p.m.