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Monday, October 12, 2015

Arrivederci Arkansas. Here's the itinerary on UA board junket to Rome

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 3:27 PM

click to enlarge FROM THE TERRACE: Good views at the Raphael, home to UA board members this week.
  • FROM THE TERRACE: Good views at the Raphael, home to UA board members this week.

The University of Arkansas System has provided me with the itinerary for the trip to Rome this week by UA President Donald Bobbitt and five members of the UA Board of Trustees and their spouses.

Board policy allows for payment of travel and hotel expenses for Board members and spouses when official business is included (except for alcohol).

You'll see from the agenda that the Board members will be getting an introduction to many of the sights of Rome in between business meetings.

At this point, since no one has filed for reimbursement, the cost of the trip isn't known.

The party from Arkansas includes Don and Susan Bobbitt and, from the 10-member board of trustees, Ben and Janet Hyneman; Stephen and Cheryl Broughton; Cliff and Lisa Gibson; Morril and Susan Harriman, and Mark and Janet Waldrip.

Three couples are attending from the UA school of architecture and one person from the UA Graduate School and International Education. Four Rome staffers will be assisting, including as walking guides as needed.

Tours include such sights as the Campo Marzio, the Borghese gallery, Rome's aquarium, the Basilica of Santo Stefano, Trajan's Forum and Market, the Capitoline Museum, the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica and villas in Tivoli

Hotel: The Raphael, a five-star lodging showing rates next week of 450 to 530 Euros per night, including breakfast.

Dinners include meals at  La Misticanza ("local and fresh" the website says); Pierluigi ("where tradition meets new trends in gastronomy") and Natalina and Maurizio, said in a review on Trip Advsior to be a spot where celebrities could be seen in the day of la dolce vita.

PS — I plugged Little Rock-Rome into the Orbitz search engine on a date two weeks from now and found a coach ticket at $1,400 roundtrip. The UA appears to be taking 19 people, a total cost of $27,000 or so — what, maybe equivalent for flights alone to about a month's pay for a line coach on the football team?

A faculty member writes to suggest I look at the number of times administrators, particularly certain deans, have made inspection trips to the Rome center over the years. Good idea.

PPS — The UA System says the five trustees not in Rome will meet at various times in private sessions with chancellor candidates this week.

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