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Seward County Community College’s Business & Industry Office is offering two short courses this summer.
B&I will offer a concealed carry class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 4 in SW229 A&B. The cost is $100. This is mandatory training for Kansans who desire to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons. All applicants must register for the class in advance.
“Create a Picture Slideshow” will be offered from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 in Room AA137. Learn to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a slideshow. Students will create their on slideshow using their own photos and information.
For more information or to sign up for the courses, call 620-417-1015 or email amy.bridenstine@sccc.edu.
Seward County Community College will resume its regular fall hours beginning Monday, Aug. 6.
The campus will open from 7:45-4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday to approve the fiscal 2008 budget with 26.134 mills, slightly less than the fiscal 2007 budget of 26.183 mills. This is the lowest mill levy for the college in five years. The board directed the administration to publish the budget prior to the August board meeting.
The assessed valuation for Seward County showed a $6,589,077 decrease due primarily to machinery and equipment property tax exemption and decreased oil and gas value.
The strong cash position of the college, however, allows the college to maintain the present mill levy.
“We could jeopardize some opportunities in the future if we don’t maintain the budget at the present level,” said Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president.
Included in the budget is a 4 percent wage and salary increase, $250,000 in capital equipment requests; $300,000 to the cash reserves; federal match of $50,000 for the Adult Basic Education Grant; a $183,000 window glazing project for energy savings; anticipated costs associated with a Southwest Kansas Technical School merger; and repairs and improvements to buildings.
The board approved program reviews for the Nursing and Criminal Justice programs with the next formal reviews scheduled for five years. Each program will submit an annual review.
The Nursing Department has strengthened the academic requirements of its program to encourage students to perform at a higher level. Pass rates of SCCC students who take the required National Council Licensure Examination have consistently met or exceeded the program outcome during the past five years. In addition, these rates have traditionally exceeded the national and state pass rates of other colleges.
To further strengthen the program, Steve Hecox, director of nursing, said the nursing staff needs to begin development of online courses and increase the use of technology. Currently selected courses are provided in a hybrid format of face-to-face instruction and online assignments.
Presently, both nursing programs accept 30 students into the program and the college is not looking to expand those numbers, Hecox said. Two of the greatest challenges are finding and keeping qualified nursing faculty and ensuring enough clinical facilities for the program.
The Criminal Justice program is the only program in Kansas that offers Ethics in Criminal Justice as well as a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management. In addition, the program offers a degree with a community corrections emphasis.
Among the concerns are low enrollment and scheduling of adjunct faculty. In addition, the program needs to move forward by providing more online courses. The program presently offers some criminal justice courses through EduKan.
One of the ongoing challenges is encouraging local law enforcement to obtain higher education degrees.
The board also reviewed three ongoing goals of the journalism program. One goal is to improve the transfer of journalism courses to Kansas colleges and universities. A second goal is to improve recruiting of high school students. The journalism program has become a part of the Xtreme Challenge competition for high school students. This has served as a great recruiting tool for the program.
The program also plans to conduct a feasibility study to determine the need for a TV/radio broadcast program. The board recommended that the program look at transferability to specific Oklahoma and Texas schools as well.
“The lines between print and radio/TV are becoming more and more blurred.”, said Anita Reed, journalism instructor. The student who has education and experience that crosses mediums is going to be ahead when he or she begins looking for a job.
The board elected Jo Ann Sharp as board chair; Ron Oliver, vice chair; Dr. Duane M. Dunn, board clerk/secretary; Tina Call, treasurer; and Mike Brond, assistant treasurer.
Board committees for the coming year will include Jo Ann Sharp, Association of Community College Trustees representative; Ron Oliver, Alumni and Friends Association; Dr. Steve Cauble, AQIP Steering Team; Oliver, Sharp, Deb Weilert and legal counsel, Board Policy; Leo Riley and Marvin Chance Jr., Budget/Finance; Sharon Hobble and Sharp, SCCC Development Foundation representatives; Riley, Hobble and legal counsel, Insurance; Chance and Cauble, Interim Board; and Cauble, Seward County Council of Governments. In addition, Chance is the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees representative with Cauble as alternate one and Sharp as alternate two.
Associate dean Dale Reed announced that the college will host the deans and directors of continuing education and community service, Oct. 4-5. Reed also provided an overview of Kids College activities. Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, provided the board with information related to inservice activities scheduled for Aug. 13-17 including primary presenters Dr. Thomas Brown, who will focus on advising and student achievement, and Dr. Richard Paul, who will focus on critical thinking skills and assessment.
Trustee Marvin Chance, Jr. provided the board with information from his participation in a recent Association of Community College Trustees governance leadership conference. Workshops addressed issues related to board policy development, long-range planning, and national issues related to internal financial audits.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services and Dr. Duane Dunn, president, are representatives on the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees committee to recommend a revision in state aid disbursement. Dunn announced the committee will convene this week to begin the review. Additionally, Dunn and Williams participate in an informational session with the Kansas Department of Revenue regarding recent legislation allowing colleges to provide tax credits for use in facility repairs and improvements.
In other action, the board
1. hired Jessica Murphy and Molly Belt as admissions coordinators and Celeste Donovan as dean of student services;
2. approved the present policy on nondiscrimination that will be published as a legal notice in the Southwest Daily Times and the Liberal Light;
3. approved the Facility Usage Fee Schedule for 2007-08 with the same fee structure; and
4. approved a contract with Kerry McQueen of Sharp McQueen, P.A. for fiscal 2008 with a monthly retainer of $1,800.
5. approved a payment to Walt Ediger in the amount of $1,321.47 to help offset costs associated with his CRP contract with the United States Department of Agriculture on land recently purchased by SCCC. The college is a non-eligible entity to participate in CRP contracts.
The next board meeting, which will be the public hearing on the 2008 published budget, will be at 12 noon, Monday, Aug. 6. Fall 2007 evening classes begin Aug. 20 and day classes Aug. 21. The September board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4 since the campus will be closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.
Seward County Community College head volleyball coach Bert Luallen has announced the 2007 Lady Saints’ schedule. The 24 date schedule is highlighted by five home matches and two non-conference invitational classics that will be held at the SCCC Green House. The 2007 season will begin on Aug. 24-25 when SCCC hosts a five-team Kick-Off Classic. Seward County will also play their first Jayhawk West Conference match in the month of August on the 29th, against Butler Community College at the Green House. Seward County is coming off a 23-25 overall record in 2006, where they finished in third-place in the Jayhawk West and runner-up at the NJCAA D-I Region 6 Tournament.

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Three more Seward County Community College baseball players have signed official letters of intent at four-year programs for 2007-2008. Stu Schlemeyer, Eric Everson and Curtis Hamilton, all two-year players in the Saints’ program, have received scholarships to continue their academics and baseball career at the next level. Schlemeyer will be going to William Jewell College (NAIA), Everson has signed at the University of Central Arkansas (NCAA D-I) and Hamilton will play at Washburn University (NCAA D-II). This signing group gives the Saints a total of eight sophomores from 2006-07 who are advancing to play at the four-year collegiate baseball level.

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The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced the Seward County Community College volleyball program has been awarded the GamePlan™/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2006-2007 year. The Lady Saints were one-of-seven two-year colleges recognized that maintained at least a 3.30 accumulative team grade-point average during the school year. SCCC head coach Bert Luallen’s team produced a team GPA of 3.47 in the fall semester and a 3.40 GPA in the spring. Eight SCCC volleyball players earned honor roll status in both the spring and fall semesters, with one student-athlete posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in both the fall and spring.

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Board of Trustees' Meeting
Hobble Academic Building Board Room
July 23, 2007
7:30 p.m.

See following Agenda...

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Elisa Labra of Plains enrolls for the fall semester at Seward County Community College in Liberal. Rhonda Kinser, counselor, assists Labra at one of the enrollment clinics recently. New students are encouraged to attend an early enrollment clinic this summer. This next clinics are scheduled for July 24, Aug. 2 and Aug. 8.
It’s often hard to track students once they leave Seward County Community College. The Kansas Bridges to the Future program, however, provides an opportunity for SCCC students to be successful as they transfer to a four-year college or university. It also gives SCCC the opportunity to track the success of these students.
Two Seward County Community College graduates, Dixie Lopez (Psychology) and Charlie Dao (Biology), recently graduated with bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State University through the National Institute of Health Bridges Program. SCCC in partnership with Kansas State University participates in a grant-funded program aimed at increasing the number of under-represented minorities seeking bachelor or higher degrees in biomedical sciences. The Kansas Bridges to the Future program is based on a three-year, $640,000 research-training grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Individuals identified for the Bridges program receive dual admission into SCCC and K-State and participate in a one-week summer institute to build awareness of scientific investigation and opportunities after the freshman year. SCCC currently has eight NIH Bridges students at K-State.
As part of the K-State Developing Scholars Program, Lopez and Dao participated in the Seventh Annual Research Symposium. Lopez’s project was entitled ?"Possible Nonspecific Effects of Opoid Antagonists During? Acute Treatment in Male Rats." Dao’s project was "Purkinje Neuron Degeneration in Protein Kinasa C-Gamma ?Knock-out Mice Under Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment."
If you are African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native American, Vietnamese, or a member of any other ethnic/racial minority group that is underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, you may qualify for a this program in Kansas. Contact Todd Carter, chair of the SCCC Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Education Division, 620-417-1500 or todd.carter@sccc.edu.
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Seward County Community College’s Business & Industry Office is offering two short courses in computers this summer.
“Surf the Web” will be offered from 9 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, July 21 in Room A136. Learn to access websites, play games, use search engines to become more familiar with the web.
“Create a Picture Slideshow” will be offered from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 in Room AA137. Learn to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a slideshow. Students will create their on slideshow using their own photos and information.
For more information or to sign up for the courses, call 620-417-1015.
Seward County Community College’s Business & Industry Office is offering Kids College 2007 this July.
Classes are 8-10 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., July 16-19 and July 23-26 beginning in the SCCC Student Union.
Children Grades 1-7 are invited to participate in Cheerleading, Paper Mache, Music Madness, Mosaic Tiling, A New Dance Revolution, Scrapbooking, Treasure Hunters, Volleyball, Challenge Course, Hip Hop, Basic Robotics, Swim Lessons, Crafty Kids, Drama, Origami Jewelry, Archery, Chess or Computer Creations. Each class is $25 each.
Go online to www.sccc.edu for a complete listing of classes and age groups or come by Business & Industry, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal to enroll. For information, call 620-417-1170.