SIU trustees approve nursing, food-service contracts

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved a contract to purchase comprehensive National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse preparation and curriculum support for the School of Nursing.

siuelogoThe contract was awarded to Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC, of Leawood, Kan., at an annual approximate cost of $500,000 for up to five years. The assessment and preparation package will support all pre-licensure students at the Edwardsville and regional Carbondale programs.

ATI’s Nursing Education program provides online instruction, remediation, analytics and consulting solutions that support the growth of nursing programs across the country. According to its website, the company works with more than 20,000 nurse educators, approximately 2,100 colleges and universities nationwide, and over 225,000 students.

The SIU board, in its recent meeting in Carbondale, also approved a five-year $875,000 contract with Wallis Petroleum, LC., dba Gigi’s Commissary, LLC, of Cuba, Mo., for the purchase of sandwiches, salads, snacks and like items for resale in the Morris University Center Union Station, Freshens and the Commons Grill.

Additionally, the board approved development of plans and cost estimates to replace the natural turf at SIUE’s Outdoor Recreation Complex, specifically the soccer/football and softball fields, with synthetic turf. The proposed renovation would extend the playing and practice seasons for club sports teams and intramural play, and provide playing surfaces that are more durable and rain tolerant.

The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million and would be funded through university student recreation operations and reserve funds. Final project and budget approval will require board action.

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