The Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Monday to welcome a new trustee and say goodbye to a former trustee.
Dustin Ormiston was sworn in as a new trustee of the college and began his duties Monday.
Jo Ann Sharp presented a plaque to Leo Riley, outgoing trustee, in grateful appreciation of his 12 years of service to the college and the board of trustees.
One of the most rewarding experiences, said Riley, was having the opportunity to be on the stage during the graduation ceremonies each May. He said he enjoyed handing out diplomas as SCCC students begin the next step in their lives. That’s what the college is all about.
Board Member Marvin Chance Jr. told the board that he will be in Topeka this week interviewing the three finalists for the executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. Chance is the president of KACCT.
A number of board members and SCCC/ATS employees recently returned from the Association of Community College Trustees annual meeting, including Board members Sharon Hobble and Jo Ann Sharp, Administrative Assistant Pam Perkins Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, and Susan Lukwago, director of the Colvin Adult Learning Center. They reported on some of the sessions they attended including a session on servicing diverse populations, improving media relations, implementing a strategic plan, and gauging returns on investments.
Perkins ended her time in office as national president of the Professional Board Staff Network. The board commended her for her dedication to the national organization. Perkins said one accomplishments of her time in office included the development of a brochure on PBSN that helps educate new trustees and presidents.
Trustee Sharp, Dr. Lukwago, and Dr. Dunn presented a session at the ACCT meeting related to adult education programs offered at SCCC/ATS. Trustee Sharp commented on the attendance and feedback received from those who attended the session.
Internal Revenue Service was on campus last week to audit all documents regarding employees including travel reimbursements, leave requests, use of public funds, and compliance with Board policies. It was an informative visit, said Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, and he doesn’t expect any substantive problems when the final report is submitted. The auditors complimented Williams and the staff in the business and human resources offices on their attention to detail and documentation.
Cynthia Rapp presented an update on the Cosmetology program. The new computerized state testing program has allowed SCCC/ATS students who complete the program to take the written test locally and find out their results immediately.
Dunn presented an overview of the Kansas Board of Regents 2009 legislative initiatives including community college property ownership, Kan-Ed funding and Technical Education Authority Amendments.
Students in the Construction Trades program are working with the City of Liberal’s self-help housing program as part of their training, said Ed Poley, director of the technical school.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, presented the board with information on the college’s concurrent enrollment program with area high schools. Students in 11 high schools have the opportunity to take college courses that are taught in their high schools by their high school teachers using the SCCC/ATS curriculum, assessment, and common course outcomes. In 2008, 244 high school students took concurrent college courses while they were in high school. Fifty-two of those students attended as degree or certificate award students at SCCC/ATS this fall, said Reed.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, told the board that the Wichita Area Technical College is now working with the SCCC/ATS Medical Laboratory Technology program to use its online curriculum in the future. Students in Wichita’s program would then do the laboratory work in a Wichita or area hospital. Wichita has had the same challenges as other institutions finding qualified instructors.
The college is visiting Kansas’s colleges and universities to meet with SCCC/ATS graduates who are currently continuing their education at other institutions, said Celeste Donovan, dean of student services. She invited board members to participate if they graduate from a Kansas college or university.
In other action, the board
1. Accepted the resignation of Ryan Orrick, agriculture instructor/livestock judging coach, effective May 20, 2009;
2. Recognized the Professional Employees Association as the exclusive negotiating unit of the professional employees for the 2008-09 school year;
3. Recognized Cristy Mulanax and Evan Winchester as representatives on the Professional Welfare/Interim Faculty-Board Committee;
4. Approved modifications to policy 620 regarding Family and Medical Sickness/Leave of Absence;
5. Approved the purchase of 109 desktop minitower computers, 25 notebooks and ancillary items from Dell Computer Corporation of Round Rock, Texas, in the amount of $138,887 through the state technology grant and institutional technology fund;
6. Approved the purchase of 2,400 square feet of Boflex aerobic flooring from BR Wood Floors of Lexington, N.C., in the amount of $29,993 to replace flooring in SW001 and SW002;
7. Approved the purchase of a wireless network system from Presidio Networked Solutions of Oklahoma City, Okla., in the amount of $66,465.20 to expand and replace the current wireless network systems with a Cisco Wireless LAN System, which will provide wireless access throughout the main campus, allied health buildings and the Colvin adult learning center; and
8. Tabled the purchase of a Hunter RX Scissor Lift from Stafford Automotive Service Equipment of Newton, pending further evaluation of other options.
Spring enrollment is now under way. Students who have a current application for admission on file can enroll online at www.sccc.edu. Students can also enroll at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. The college will recognize its international students at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 18 in the student union as part of International Week. Career Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11 in conjunction with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. Area high school students will have the opportunity to check out future careers. The fall play “Fools” will be Nov. 21 and 22 in the Showcase Theater.
The December board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1 in the board room. Prior to the regular business meeting a Board/Student dinner will be held during which a cross section sample of SCCC/ATS students will meet with the Trustees and share information, ideas, and concepts to improve the College.