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Seward County sophomore point guard Hannah Rotolo has become the second Lady Saint to be selected for the 2010 NJCAA All-Star Event scheduled for mid July in Pensacola, Florida. Rotolo, the Liberal native will head down to the Sunshine State to compete against the best players in the country on July 9th when the teams will practice before playing in two games each on July 10th and 11th.

Rotolo joins Toby Wynn and the Lady Saints after playing her freshman season at Barton County last year. Rotolo was one of the top players for the Cougars averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while leading the team with 98 assists and 97 steals. She will come aboard along with returning sophomores Morgan Skomal, Sumr Robinett, and Kendra Spresser as the Lady Saints look to defend their 2010 Jayhawk West Championship in 2010-2011.
A red hot job as soon as it opened, the Seward County Men’s Basketball program has found its new assistant coach. Jay Cyriac, a New Jersey native has been formally introduced as Head Coach Bryan Zollinger’s new assistant and is already on the recruiting trail around the country to try and restock one of the Jayhawk West’s perennial powers.
Cyriac has a plethora of coaching experience on many different levels. He started off as an assistant at national power College of Southern Idaho where he worked from 1999-2003, helping the Golden Eagles to an average of 27 wins per season during his tenure. After leaving Twin Falls, Cryriac worked for one year as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers. While there, Cyriac was part of the first efforts to evaluate and scout high school and junior college prospects around the country. After one year with the 76ers Cyriac moved on to Mobile, Alabama where he was an assistant coach and assistant to the Athletic Director at the University of South Alabama. During his three seasons with the Jags, Cyriac had a widespread job list, doing everything from on court coaching to game operations for all South Alabama athletic contests, to supervising special projects assigned by the Athletic Director. In late January of 2009 Cyriac switched his attention to the gridiron where he worked as a media relations assistant for the Senior Bowl where he helped arrange player interviews and game day operations for the yearly classic. Most recently Cyriac was employed by the New York Knicks Al Harrington where he helped the NBA star oversee his newfound business ventures.
Seward County Lady Saints Sophomore guard Kendra Spresser has been selected to play in the 2010 NJCAA All-Star Event slated for Mid July in Pensacola, Florida. The event starts on July 9th when Spresser and other invitees will participate in two practices before participating in two games on both the 10th and the 11th.

During her freshman season at Seward County in 2009-2010, Spresser helped the Lady Saints to a 31-3 record and a Jayhawk West Conference Championship while averaging 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Spresser played in 32 games in her first season and was the only Seward freshman to average over 20 minutes per game.
Former Saints right hander Bobby Doran has become the highest ever player drafted with Seward County ties after being selected in the 4th round, 123rd overall by his hometown team, the Houston Astros. This season while at Texas Tech, Doran impressed scouts with a 5-4 record and a 4.35 ERA while striking out 81 and walking just 23 in 89 innings of work. Last season as a sophomore at Seward, Doran went 10-3 with a 2.58 ERA, anchoring the front of the Saints rotation and was drafted in the 36th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A big part of Doran moving up nearly 1,000 picks in the draft from 2009 to 2010 was his performance against the University of Missouri this Spring in which he struck out 16 Tiger hitters en route to being named the NCAA National Pitcher of the Week.

Doran has officially signed with the Astros and has been assigned to the Tri-City Valley Cats of the New York Penn League. The Valley Cats will start their season at home on Friday when they host the Connecticut Tigers.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, July 17 in SU214 E/W, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $100 per class and is the mandatory training that is required to carry a concealed handgun. Students must bring their driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or reenie.jackson@sccc.edu.
Letter to the Editor:

Recently, Ms. Donna Shank concluded her appointment to the Kansas Board of Regents, having served two consecutive terms of appointment. During her eight years as a member of the Regents she twice served as chair and represented western Kansas’ interests while keeping a strong perspective of the statewide interest in higher education at the forefront of her decisions and recommendations. Donna provided quality leadership and exhibited a non-partisan approach to her role, having been appointed by Gov. Bill Graves and re-appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Her leadership was evident as the Board hired four new university presidents during her tenure, three of which were hired while she served as chair of the Board.

Donna provided strong advocacy for system accountability and effectiveness, and spearheaded processes which led to effective implementation of legislation requiring university and college performance accountability. Additionally, she advocated for keeping student tuition at an affordable level for Kansas residents. Her analysis of issues, ability to ask thorough questions, and effective communications with legislators at the local, state, and national level were evident in the decisions and initiatives that have been realized in the colleges and universities in Kansas.

As president of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, it has been my pleasure to work with someone from our community serving on the Board of Regents and to observe her passion for student access and success. Donna provided a keen insight to the Board regarding issues facing rural communities, and also sought to insure that adult education programs were effectively provided to our residents.

On behalf of SCCC/ATS I extend our appreciation to Donna as she completes eight years of leadership and service to Kansas. It is especially gratifying to see one of our alumni attain the level of responsibility and impact for which she has been recognized. She has served southwest Kansas well and her leadership will have an enduring impact on our communities.

Duane M. Dunn, Ed.D.
President

SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE/AREA TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes of June 7, 2010

III. Visitor Reports:
A.
Board of Trustee Comments

IV. Old Business

V. Hearings/Petitions

VI. New Business
A.
Personnel Report

B.
Board Policy 524: Regulation of Smoking

C. FY2011 Budget Planning Report

D. Report on Litigation Involving Kansas Board of Regents

E. Bids: ATS Remodel for Gas Compressor Technician Program

VII. College Reports:
A. Associate Dean Reed

B. Dean Rapp

C. Dean Donovan

D. Dean Williams

E. President Dunn

VIII. Bills Pending

IX. Encumbrances Pending

X. Other

XI. Adjourn

Students in the Automotive Mechanics Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School accepted a $1, 100 donation of tools and a toolbox from Dale Whitehead, second from right. Whitehead is the store manager of the Lowes in Amarillo, Texas. SCCC/ATS students in the red coats who participate in SkillsUSA are from left, Octaviano Nieblas of Liberal;  Conner Warren of Liberal and  Cesar Villa of Sublette, far right.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, is offering a number of short courses in July.
Commercial Driver’s License Seminar will be offered 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 10 in TT101 for $50. Defensive Driving Seminar will be offered from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 17 in TT101 for $50.
Forklift Training will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, July 15 in TB140. The cost is $70.
Fundaments of Sewing will be offered from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, July 15-Aug. 25 in T118. Cost is $80.
2&4 Engine Repair will be offered 6:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays, July 13-Sept. 14 in TB150. Cost is $80.
All classes are held on the area technical school, 2215 N. Kansas.
For information or to enroll in the course, call 620-624-1173 or email joy.fosdick@sccc.edu.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday, June 7, to hear about programs and discuss the 2010-11 budget.
The board discussed a pending lawsuit that Dodge City, Pratt and Cowley County community colleges have filed against the Kansas Board of Regents regarding the funding distribution of post-secondary aid for career and technical education course. The three colleges have also filed an injunction to prevent distribution of at least a portion of the fiscal 2011 post-secondary aid fund until the lawsuit is settled.
The community colleges affected would be SCCC/ATS as well as Kansas City Kansas, Johnson County, Highland, Coffeyville, and Hutchinson community colleges. Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president told the board that the lawsuit would impact all six community colleges the same, although the amounts would be different based on enrollment. In addition, the lawsuit would impact those dollars that have been allocated to the technical programs.
The board gave the administration the authority to file an intervention with Kansas City Kansas Community College. It is uncertain which other community colleges will join the intervention as well.
The board approved the program review for the Computer Information Systems program with a status report on the programming courses scheduled for December 2010 and the CIS program in April 2011. Strengths of the program include accreditation with the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, up-to-date technology, and unique offerings through the game design component.
The instructors are in the process of revising the “programming” component of the CIS program to complement the game/simulation component of the program. In addition, they are developing more hybrid courses that include both face-to-face and online instruction.
Numbers in the one-credit-hour evening and weekend classes are increasing, Marcia Hatcher, Business Division chair told the board. More and more students are asking for “basic” computer courses that are offered short-term.
Dr. Mark Sarver, executive director of EduKan, presented a status report on the activities and accomplishments of EduKan during the 2009-10 school year. This online consortium of SCCC/ATS, Pratt, Dodge City, Garden City, Barton and Colby community colleges saw an increase in revenue in 2009-10 of 14.5 percent. SCCC/ATS generated 1,504 hours in 2009-10 and over 10,000 since EduKan first began offering classes online.
EduKan is also planning to launch a new website, a new brochure and several new videos that have been created by students.
Among the new EduKan initiatives are the addition of a Spanish transition program, a K-State international partnership, reorganization of staff members, new associate members, growth in California and Nevada students, Sterling College summer school program, and courses in Mandarin Chinese.
Dr. Sarver presented the Board with a check of $25,000 as part of the dividends returned to each of the six founding colleges of EduKan. Dividends are distributed to the founding colleges as revenues are analyzed and sufficient.
The college is in the process of finalizing information to build the 2010-11 budget based a significant drop in the county valuation.
The Professional Employees Association agreed to a cap on salaries to offset the increase in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield benefits. Other savings include $18,000 in well pay, an estimated $25,000 in electricity during the summer, $7,000 in overtime pay and a reduction in worker’s comp and property insurance. The college also faces additional reductions from the state. Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services indicated that he has received information that oil and gas valuation could decrease resulting further revenue reductions for the college.
In a recent board retreat, board members developed a number of institutional goals that addressed the college’s strategic vision elements of Employee Development, Creating Awareness, Student Learning, Technology, Workforce Development and Diversity. The administration will distribute the goals to the staff for their input before final approval in July.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, presented a report of the Gas Compressor Institute, which showed a $4,600 drop in revenue due to reduced attendance. The Petroleum Education Committee will discuss the institute this week.
In other action, the board
1. Approved the employment of Jay Cyriac as assistant men’s basketball coach;
2. Accepted the resignation of Jeff Cramer, Diesel Technology instructor; Morgan Richmeier, Admissions coordinator; and Evan Winchester, Agriculture coordinator/instructor;
3. approved the retirement of Neal Upham, Auto Body Collision Repair instructor, effective Dec. 31;
4. Agreed to pay 8 hours of holiday leave during the week of July 5-8; full days of holiday leave, Dec. 24, 27, 30 and 31; and 4 hours Dec. 23;
The next All Saints Day enrollment session for incoming freshmen is Thursday, June 24. The next board meeting is Monday, June 28 to close the 2009-10 school year.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has been a partner with Kansas State University (KSU) in creating a multi-institutional collaborative teacher preparation model that addressed the continuum of teacher development. All aspects of this collaborative model emphasized state and national needs of Hispanic American students and English Language Learners.
One goal in meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students in the Liberal-area school districts related to diversifying the teaching force; to this end, a “grow your own teacher” program was implemented. The “2+2 with SCCC/ATS,” distance-delivered, teacher-education program was designed to enable and encourage CLD adult students to become elementary teachers, was collaboratively designed, implemented, and assessed by the KSU College of Education, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, SCCC/ATS and a number of unified school districts.
On May 15, 2010, four elementary education teacher candidates from the Liberal area will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education with Emphases in English as a Second Language from Kansas State University.
“We would like join KSU in recognizing these teacher candidates for their successfulness in achieving such a significant goal,” said Cynthia Rapp, SCCC/ATS dean of instruction. These “soon-to-be-licensed-teachers” are Louisa Garcia, Ashley Goode, Maricela Rosales, and Sylvia Villa. Through the collaborative efforts of SCCC/ATS and the other partner institutions, the “grow your own teacher” project is a success story for all.
“This grant program brought the classes I needed to SCCC/ATS and offered them as evening and weekend classes which allowed me to maintain a full-time job to take care of my two boys,” said Garcia of Liberal. “I am looking forward to making a difference in children's lives as well as my son seeing how all my hard work, his early mornings and time away from each other has finally paid off.”
Garcia said the SCCC/ATS provided courses as independent studies so that she could continue her educational plan, as well as provide seminars for test-taking tips and places to meet to complete her course work.
“The staff at SCCC helped me out tremendously,” she said. “From the bookstore, to the financial aid office, to the library, they all did everything they could to help us in whatever we needed. Anything that had to be sent to KSU was done so in a timely manner and we were also reminded of anything we hadn't done and needed to get done.”
“This program helped me to completely finish my degree, and stay here in Southwest Kansas,” said Ashley Goode of Hugoton, who hopes to be teaching in this southwest Kansas area. “I look forward to teaching and being able to help set the foundation for learning for my students.”
SCCC/ATS helped Goode take prerequisite classes and prepare for her classes through K-State. The classes at SCCC/ATS were small, and it felt like the instructors treated you as an individual, not just another person who wants a grade.
SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE/AREA TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes of May 3 and May 12, 2010

III. Visitor Reports:
A.
Board of Trustee Comments

IV. Old Business

V. Hearings/Petitions

VI. New Business
A.
Personnel Report

B. Instructional Program Review: Computer Information System

C. EduKan status report

D. FY2011 Budget Planning

E. FY2011 Holiday Leave

F. FY2011Institutional Goals

VII. College Reports:
A.
Associate Dean Reed

B. Dean Rapp

C. Dean Donovan

D. Dean Williams

E. President Dunn

VIII. Bills Pending

IX. Other

X. Executive Session

XI. Items presented as result of executive session

XII. Adjourn