Miami University trustees today voted to raise the rates of various room and board options for 2010-2011 from 2.25 to 3.47 percent, with the cost of a shared room and typical meal plan rising from $9,458 to $9,786 for Oxford students. It’s the lowest increase in room and board in 15 years.
While the university would prefer not to raise fees, said David Creamer, vice president for finance and business affairs and treasurer, rising food costs and maintenance need to be covered. Administrators received approval and understanding from students of the Residence Hall Association before recommending these increases.
Trustees heard a report from faculty of Miami’s Scripps Gerontology Center, including Suzanne Kunkel, director and professor of sociology and gerontology; Robert Applebaum, professor of sociology and gerontology; and Elizabeth Lokon, research associate. Scripps conducts research to provide information to legislators and state officials involved in policy decisions regarding funding of long-term care; Scripps also conducts extensive demographic research on the aging population and a range of projects focusing on individual and family issues, including a current project bringing dignity and creativity to elderly persons with dementia while simultaneously providing opportunities for students to interact with those persons.
Miami is one of 10 universities in the world to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in gerontology. Funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, Administration on Aging and Department of Aging, among other agencies.
Miami President David Hodge recognized the 50-year teaching career of Daniel Jacobs, who recently retired from the department of political science. Provost Jeffrey Herbst thanked Karen Shaffer, university secretary, for more than 36 years of service to Miami, 12 as secretary, as she retires. Shaffer plans to return temporarily in a half-time status in the spring.
Trustees also voted to:
- keep unchanged the spending formula for endowment funds
- approve emeritus designations for several faculty and staff
- elect officers for the following year as such: John Christie, chair; Donald Crain, vice chair, S. Kay Geiger, secretary; and David Herche, treasurer.