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Board Of Trustees To Discuss Renovations To Lasch, Beaver Stadium

With a packed agenda including renovations to Beaver Stadium and the Lasch Building, the six standing committees of the Board of Trustees will meet today in Hershey, with a full board meeting to follow Friday. The board will vote on a variety of projects and initiatives ranging from changes in academic departments to the renovation of housing on campus, with a focus on capital planning.

The Committee on Finance, Business, and Capital Planning will discuss a renovation to Beaver Stadium’s press box, which was last renovated in 1978. The project will include replacing the press box’s carpet, improving the elevator, replacing its exterior windows with energy-efficient ones, installing new energy-efficient lighting, and repainting the exterior. The estimated cost of the project is $2 million and the renovation is expected to be completed by next football season.

The board will also discuss an estimated $2.3 million renovation to the football program’s Lasch Building. The proposed renovation includes the creation of a nutrition bar in the building to provide “nutritious snacks” to athletes using the facility. The project will also include the installation of a video wall in the building’s auditorium.

The Committee on Finance, Business, and Capital Planning will also discuss the renovation of 21 apartments across five buildings in Nittany Apartments. The apartments have not been renovated since the section’s construction in the mid-1980’s, with 13 apartments completing a renovation in 2014. The work will focus on the apartment’s flooring, painting, lighting, bathrooms, and floors.

On the academic side, the board will vote on the proposal to establish the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering. The school will house the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The board will also vote on a proposal to change the name of the Department of Women’s Studies to the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts.

Although previously announced, the board will also vote on changing the name of the Blue Band Building to the “O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building” in honor of retiring Blue Band Director Richard Bundy. Trustees will also vote on the previously announced application for a public venue liquor license for a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center in April. The license would allow beer and wine sales for non-University events in order to make the arena more competitive in the concert market.

With many different initiatives on the agenda in Hershey this week, the Board of Trustees meeting will yet again be hectic to say the least. We will provide coverage throughout the weekend.

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Ted Hozza

Ted is a senior majoring in Community, the Environment, and Development, or as his friends here at Onward State like to call it, Architecture. You can probably find him at the Phyrst late at night with other Onward Staters if he's not somewhere else editing articles. You can follow him on Twitter @TedHozza or email him at [email protected]

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