Following a dinner meeting with students, the Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Monday to end the fall 2008 semester and discuss the spring semester that begins Monday, Jan. 12.
Jo Ann Sharp, board chair noted that the students were very satisfied with their SCCC/ATS experience. Suggestions included notifying students through email of a campus closing due to weather conditions or an emergency and the condition of the technical school dorm and parking lot.
Board Member Marvin Chance Jr. reported that the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees hired Dr. Linda Fund, as the new executive director. She will replace Sheila Frahm, who retires in January. However, Chance said they plan to keep Frahm on salary for a few months to assist with the transition, especially during the 2009 Legislative Session.
Both Fund and Frahm will be on campus Tuesday, Dec. 9. to tour campus, meet the administrative team and trustees, and obtain information about SCCC/ATS as a part of Dr. Fund’s orientation.
The board approved the annual update report for the Social and Behavioral Science and Education programs. Each of the rooms that are used by these programs has been updated with the latest technology. Currently, faculty are working with university programs to discuss teaching standards and articulation agreements. The college has also established a new student organization for those planning to enter teaching.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, presented the legislative platform for the KACCT and the Kansas Board of Regents. Items affecting community colleges include community college property ownership, Kan-Ed funding and Technical Education Authority Amendments.
Dunn also told the board the college can expect a reduction in the fiscal 2009 budget as well as the fiscal 2010 budget.
The board continues to look at adding a new athletic program, such as soccer, golf or cross country. Dunn presented information regarding which schools in the Jayhawk conference have these programs, how much each program would cost and the scholarship money needed to support these programs. With the present economic downturn, the foundation would be affected greatly by a new adding a program. In addition, the college must have the dormitory space to house students as well.
The college would need to add a new program by February to have enough time to hire a coach and recruit student athletes. Galen McSpadden, athletic director, said he continues to support a competitive athletic program that would give individuals an avenue to get an education. “It is important to hire a coach who would emphasize the importance of getting an education as well as building a strong athletic team,” explained McSpadden. The Board directed the administrative team to further evaluate the budgetary implications of golf and soccer for possible implementation in 2010 and soccer in 2011.
The newly formed Natural Gas Management Technician board intends to advertise for an instructor in January with the program beginning in fall 2009, said Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services. The program would be offered through the Business and Industry office at SCCC/ATS to determine the feasibility of establishing a degree or certificate program. Industry needs to not only provide the equipment for the program, but the students to take that training. “It’s a challenge, but I’m pleased with the board progress,” he said.
The college had the winning entry in the Curriculum Innovation Category of the 20th Annual Exemplary Initiative Competition through the National Council of Instructional Administrators. English Instructors Bill McGlothing and Dale Doll wrote “Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide: Changing Campus Culture.” NCIA will recognize these winning institutions during the Sixth Academy for Instructional Administrators, April 3-4 in Phoenix. Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, announced this award recognition and indicated that SCCC/ATS was the only Kansas college receiving recognition.
In other action, the board
1. Approved the purchase of a Hunter RMHD-43 parallel lift rack from Stafford Automotive Service Equipment of Newton in the amount of $24,815.50 for the automotive technology department;
2. Approved continuation of the early retirement benefits for fiscal 2010; and
3. Directed the administration to develop an application to the Kansas Finance Authority with the Kansas Board of Regents for repairs and renovations to the SCCC/ATS facilities. The no-interest bond funds would be used to provide facility improvements at the technical school and to construct a greenhouse/plant lab adjacent to the agriculture building.
Dean Rapp announced that spring enrollment is now under way. Students who have a current application for admission on file can enroll online at www.sccc.edu. Spring schedules are ready for public distribution.
The public is invited to the Kylix Arts and Craft Sale Friday, Dec. 5, in the Humanities Building and the Sunday brunch Sunday, Dec, 7, in the cafeteria. Tickets are still available for the winter concerts, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5.
The board will meet in a special meeting in late December to ratify a resolution regarding the college’s 403(b) tax sheltered annuity program. The resolution must be approved prior to going into affect Jan. 1, 2009. The board also approved the questionnaire that was sent to TIAA-CREF.
The January board meeting is Monday, Jan. 5 in the college board room.