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OXFORD, Ohio -- The Miami University board of trustees today voted
unanimously to change the university's athletic nickname to RedHawks effective
The resolution calls on trustees to also adopt the Miami Indian head
design, based on the portrait by artist John A. Ruthven as a logo of the
university and directs President James Garland to undertake appropriate
measures to effect the resolution.
The board thanked Dr. Phillip Shriver, president emeritus, and the
Athletic Nickname Selection Committee for their work in reviewing ideas for the
nickname from many loyal alumni, faculty, staff, students and fans of
The committee had reviewed 3,000 nickname suggestions (700 different
In a separate resolution of appreciation, the board honored Shriver for 50
years of teaching. The trustees "proudly applaud Dr. Shriver for his vast
achievements in the classroom and his influence over thousands of students
during the past 50 years, all the while showing us his patience, his enjoyment,
his humor and his love."
The trustees also took the following action:
salary surveys conducted more than a year ago, will reduce the number of job
titles by 55 percent and the number of pay grades from 15 to 12. According to
Edward J. Demske, senior vice president for finance and university services,
the pay grades will be a modified broad-band system in which each band will
contain two zones that will provide more flexibility and growth in positions
than the current system.
The new pay plan will cover more than 1,500 staff members. Though the
final cost projections are not yet available, due to some minor adjustments
that still need to be made, Demske projects that the adjustment pool will be
approximately 2 percent of the current classified staff salary pool.
The new plan should be in place by the fall. All raises will be
retroactive to July 1996. The board also directed Demske to work with the
American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees, which represents about half of all classified
employees, to implement the plan for its members.
Hamilton and Middletown campuses. These include fees for admission,
application, career planning and placement, facility rentals, graduation and
The fees generally are of two types, Demske said. Some, such as the
application fee, apply uniformly to all students at a particular time in their
Miami career. Other fees, such as those for the Student Health Center, are
assessed based on the services provided.
basketball game tickets, football and men's basketball (combination game
tickets), ice hockey game tickets, women's basketball tickets, and basketball
The recommendation to change prices came from Intercollegiate Athletics.
The new fees will begin with the 1997-98 basketball and ice hockey
Many categories of season tickets for men's basketball will increase by
$10. General public tickets will go from $75 in 1996-97 to $85 in 1997-98.
Tickets for faculty and staff will now cost $75, from $65 in 1996-97. Senior
citizen prices will increase to $75. The group rate tickets, used for business
promotion, will be discontinued. Prices for the mini-package will remain the
Trustees also heard a presentation from Peter Miller, senior director for
auxiliary services and university dining, on the various program reviews
undertaken by the individual units of Housing, Dining and Guest Services.
These reviews were all favorable and pointed out that the staff in each
of these areas is responsive to its customers and strives to provide high
quality products and services at a reasonable cost.
Miami's dining program was judged to be one of the premier college and
university food services in the nation. Although Miller thanked all of his
staff, he reminded them that in their business, "They are only as good as the
last meal served."
Demske also discussed the status of the state budget for fiscal year 1998.
Both the executive and house versions of the budget recommended a $1.6 million
or 2.8 percent increase, as compared to the Ohio Board of Regents'
recommendation of a $3.2 million or 5.5 percent increase as an appropriate
contribution toward increasing support on the Oxford campus.
The original recommendation of the Board of Regents would have permitted
the Oxford campus to raise tuition $360 per year. The executive budget had a
tuition cap of 4 percent, with 1 percent assigned for student financial aid,
He pointed out that just applying a CPI adjustment of 2.7 percent to the
Oxford budget for salaries, benefits and operating budgets would require a $5.5
million increase. When these are combined with commitments to increase faculty
and staff salaries to appropriate market levels, mandated expenditures and
program needs, the Oxford campus' cost estimates increase between $10 and $11.3
The revenue, still undetermined at this point, would have an increment on
the low side (executive and house version) of $8.1 million to $12.1 million, as
outlined in the Regents' proposal, he said.
Demske expressed his hope that the Senate will add funds to the state
Board member Sister Jean Patrice Harrington urged that the Senate
eliminate the fee cap and rely on individual Boards of Trustees to make the
appropriate judgments on fees since they have the best knowledge of each
individual campus' circumstances.