The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss equipment purchases, a new student debit/identification pilot program and the spring 2007 semester.
Jo Ann Sharp, board chair, presented information to the board concerning information she obtained from the recent Association of Community College Trustees meeting. One session emphasized putting classes on Ipods, increasing the use of blogging, online gaming courses and programs and the importance of such websites as MySpace to students. With the new generation of students growing up with more technology, community colleges need to take advantage of their students’ knowledge and use this technology to improve their campuses.
The board approved a pilot program with Sunflower Bank for a student debit/identification card. Sunflower Bank will provide each participating student a photo ID/debit card, which will be used as the student’s identification card and a Sunflower Bank debit card. The card will capture and track the student’s use of services and activities on campus and can be used as an ATM card or VISA debit card. In addition, the card includes a college rewards program for the user.
As the students use the card in the community, the card will generate a variety of reports, including debit usage by merchant, campus usage by student and reward points by student. This data can help determine the economic impact of SCCC students on the Liberal community. This data in no way presents personal information to campus employees.
The bank will begin a four-week pilot program this month, asking for students to voluntarily participate in this free program and earn $30 cash.
The board approved the purchase of equipment from Cytek Media Systems of Topeka in the amount of $33,372 to modernize the multimedia technology in four classrooms. Included in the bid are Eiki projectors and ceiling mounts, iPanel interactive LCD screens, Dalite screens and wall brackets, amp and speaker kits, cable and connectors, document cameras, carts and shelves, wireless mice, ventilation systems and installation. These units will improve the delivery of information in a number of classes.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, told the board the college is trying to increase its evening classes in its six-county outreach area, including Elkhart, Hugoton, Johnson, Meade, Moscow, Rolla, Sublette, Southwestern Heights, Ulysses and Satanta. These outreach areas have been offering a wide variety of concurrent classes for the high school students, but a limited number of evening courses for all students. Enrollment for the spring 2007 semester began this week. Part-time and full-time students who have a current application for admission on file can enroll online at www.sccc.edu or students can come to campus to enroll. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The college, through its Enrollment Management Committee, has developed recruiting teams that are designed to make better connections with prospective students as well as the community, Dr. Randy Smith, dean of student services, told the board. Each team is responsible for one community in either southwest Kansas or the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The college is also a recipient of a $1,188,195 grant that will help create a campus-wide intranet system. This grant will support all programs on campus giving instructors quick access to lecture notes and class resources and allow for such technology as streaming video and chat rooms. Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, said the target completion date is August 2007.
In other action, the board
1. approved changes to the Board policy regarding bidding procedures, providing the board authorization to exempt professional services from the bid requirement;
2. recognized the membership of the Professional Employees Association, which is the negotiating unit for “professional employees;”
3. approved Ed Anderson, Evan Winchester and Sandy Brisendine as the PEA representatives to the Professional Welfare Committee;
4. accepted the low bid from Thomas Landscape of Liberal in the amount of $9,504 for two softball batting cages;
5. approved the purchase of a Polaris Ranger 4x4 from Trailers and Trails of Liberal in the amount of $9,782; and
6. approved the purchase of three exercise bikes from Life Fitness of Louisburg, Kan., in the amount of $8,085.
The fall play is Nov. 9 and 11; the Celebrity Livestock Judging competition is Nov. 17-18; and two winter concerts are Dec. 1 and 4. A joint board meeting with Garden City and Dodge City community colleges trustees and area legislators is scheduled for Nov. 27 on the SCCC campus. The local legislative breakfast is scheduled for Nov. 30.
The next board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 5 and the January board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 9.