With the fall 2004 semester under way, the Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss enrollment, campus events, awards and purchases.
Dr. Gerald Harris, dean of student services, told the board that 168 residents occupy the Student Living Center, which is up 10 from last year. Although final enrollment figures are not in, the trend is that more students are enrolling in classes at SCCC, but they are taking fewer hours. The good news is, however, that the college is showing an increase in credit hours generated by Kansas students, which generates the amount of state aid the college receives. Certification date is Sept. 21.

Harris also said that the $2 1/2 million in financial aid was distributed to SCCC students in 2003-04.

The board had the opportunity to learn about the upcoming SCCC Development Foundation Party Auction at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. Tammy Doll, director of development, told the board about Retro Reflections, the theme of the auction, that will highlight when the college opened to students Sept. 2, 1969 as well as highlights of events from the sixties and seventies. The $20 tickets are only available in advance and include hors d'oeuvres, beverages and the silent and live auction.
Doll encouraged the board to support the auction, which raises over $20,000 each year for scholarships and special projects.

Jo Ann Sharp, board chair, presented the Chi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa an award for outstanding participation in Project Graduation: Feed a Body, Feed a Mind." Phi Theta Kappa, SCCC's honor society, collected food and books last spring that were then donated for use in the community.

The board approved an upgrade in fiber optic connectivity between the main campus and Epworth Allied Health Education Center and the Colvin Adult Learning Center in the amount of $24,000 that will increase the speed of connectivity. This upgrade, which is possible in part through Southwest Kansas Online, will allow for future enhancements in voice technology, such as an integrated telephone system. The increased speed will also provide for improved instruction through virtual learning demonstrations.

In addition, the board approved purchases from CDW Government in the amount of $10,450 and Bluesocket in the about of $12,000 to establish a wireless network with firewall protection for the Hobble Academic Building. This network is being established through the Title III grant funds.

The Gas Measurement and Pipeline Institute is under way at the Seward County Event Center with approximately the same number of exhibitors and participants as last year. The facilitators of the institute are pleased with the changes to the facilities at the event center, said Dale Reed, associate of dean of educational services.

Approximately 30 former Saints Basketball players will be on campus Saturday for an alumni reunion, said Reed, who is also a former coach. The day includes a tour, luncheon, golf tournament and social. The public is invited to the social at 7 p.m., at KC's Sports Pub.

The college is finalizing plans to offer SCCC's Respiratory Therapy program to Garden City, Colby and Dodge City community college students, according to Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction.

In other action, the board
1. reviewed changes to both the fringe benefits policy and facilities usage policy for possible approval at the October 2004 meeting;
2. accepted a bid from J&R Sand of Liberal to re-asphalt the parking lot at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center at Sixth and Washington, in the amount of $27,225;
3. directed the administration to review the liquidated damages portion of the employee contracts;
5. accepted the resignation of Jana Daigle, nursing instructor, and Pat Curts, ABE coordinator/instructor;
6. hired Kimberly Binns, ABE grant instructor/data assistance; Dr. Steve Yingling ABE/GED coordinator/instructor; and Rachel Thexton and Amber Welch as full-time, 12-month admissions coordinators.
In compliance with Title IV, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization is offering voter registration Thursday, Sept. 16. Other events include a multicultural fair with Fort Hays State University, Oct. 2; a Lady Saints Basketball reunion and games, Oct. 2; and a men's and women's Tennis Wood Racquet benefit, Oct. 2.