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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 10:30

Board elects Ron Oliver new chair, Marvin Chance Jr. as vice-chair


• Special to the Leader & Times
Following a student/trustee dinner, the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday in its regular board meeting to discuss the budget, construction projects and the strategic plan. 
“I always try to get the students to tell me what they don’t like, but I couldn’t get the students to tell us negative things,” said Trustee Rick Brenneman, about the dinner with SCCC/ATS students. “Overall, they are very impressed with the institution and the instructors.”  
Trustee Ron Oliver noted the students’ positive comments related to their interaction with faculty and the quality of instruction they receive at SCCC/ATS.
Students said they would like to see someone young as the new student-housing director so they can relate to him or her.  Koko Davis, the current student housing director, has submitted his resignation effective June 30, so the college will soon begin a search for a new housing director.
With regrets, the board also accepted the resignation of Dr. Steve Cauble, chair of the board of trustees. Oliver was elected chair of the board and Marvin Chance Jr. as vice chair for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.
As the college begins the budget process, the college anticipates the same allocation from the state in the general operating grant as last year. With an estimated increase in tuition revenue of $30,000 due to anticipated enrollment growth, the college plans to present a budget based on last year’s assessed valuation.
The board approved a 2 percent salary/wage increase for all employees and a one-year contract for faculty, raised the lid on the matching contribution to the employee’s tax sheltered annuity from $800 to $1,000 and continued to offer the current single coverage policy with Blue Cross and Blue Shield to all eligible employees.
Key aspects being considered for the 2011-12 budget include the addition of a full-time behavioral science instructor, full-time admissions coordinator and full-time website designer/manager; the restructuring of educational services, public information, sports information and division secretaries; and the possible need for additional part-time clinical instructors in Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology and Medical Laboratory Technician.
Key capital improvement requests include replacing the wooden bleachers in the gym, vehicles with more than 140,000 miles, approximately 100 computers; updating distance education delivery equipment; and Phase 3 of the security camera plan.
Other adjustments could include the addition of a men’s soccer coach to begin the program in 2013, institutionalization of some Title V grant activities; completion of a construction project for Title V grant and increased budget allocation for gas/diesel.
Other considerations include increasing costs of fuel, heating/cooling, lighting, paper and supplies.
The administrators updated the board regarding institutional goals within the Strategic Plan, in the areas of Creating Awareness, Diversity, Employee Development and Workforce Development.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, said that the college has created a fund-raising group with representatives from the Saints Booster Club, the SCCC/ATS Foundation and the employees. One aspect of this group is to ensure that community fund-raising efforts do not overlap and are spread throughout the year. The biggest challenge is finding a time to get everyone together.
The Foundation is planning a number of luncheons and dinners to increase awareness of the foundation and its needs, not only in Liberal, but in the college’s service area as well.
The college recently surveyed the employees to determine their community and campus involvement, Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, told the board. The college hopes to involve more students and staff in recruiting activities. 
The college is constantly trying to hire a more diverse faculty and staff, Dunn said. In addition, the college seeks to insure that the different college boards including program advisory boards are represented by a diverse population as well as individuals that represent the needs of the college and its individual programs.
Through Employee Development, the college is striving to increase employee participation in scholarship support and wellness programs. Approximately 60 percent of SCCC/ATS employees participate in some level of giving to the foundation including the annual drive, the auction, donations to drawings, phonathon, or memorials. The college also encourages participation in wellness activities with little or no cost to the employee.
The college also needs to concentrate on data integrity, said Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction. The college has developed an accreditation action project to determine how data is entered into the institutional database system to insure that the information is accurate and reliable. 
Under Workforce Development, the advising scholars program helps train individuals who then provide advisor training to other faculty. This administration and division chairs are also looking at the advisory boards for each program to make sure that the individuals on the board represent the professional area.
The technical programs are also making a concerted effort to track graduates to determine where they go after graduation.  Rapp indicated that the college has realized an increase in the number of students who are employed in a career area related to the instructional program.
Steve Wiens, project coordinator for the Title V grant, gave an update on equipment, permits and courses for the Corrosion Technology program, which begins this fall. The program includes a custom-made outdoor pipeline field laboratory. This will be the third program in the nation, and only the second program that offers an associate’s degree.  William Worley, instructor, is in the process of ordering equipment and has submitted the curriculum to the Technical Education Authority.
The board approved a bid from Coonrod and Associates of Wichita in the amount of $1,014,000 to construct a new addition and remodel existing facilities at the Area Technical School to house the Corrosion Technology program. The plan includes a safe room for students at the Area Technical School. 
The board approved financing for the project in the amount of $1,255,706 with funding from the Title V Federal Grant, Lease Purchase Agreement with First National Bank, general fund reserve for capital acquisitions and Federal ARRA Stimulus Funds. 
The college has submitted a second Title V proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant. If approved, the grant would fund programs in Sustainable Agriculture Resources, Food Safety Science and Engineering. The $4,123,000 grant would include two greenhouses, classroom/ lab for food safety, the remodel of two rooms in the Ag Building, instructors, transfer specialist, bilingual support specialist and project secretary. 
The Gas Compressor Institute showed a growth in attendance and venders this year, said Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services. This year, the planning committee opened the exhibit to the public without cost, which brought in an additional 127 individuals from the industry.
Both Rapp and Dunn remarked on the awards ceremony for Elva Morales, the recipient of the outstanding alumni award form the American Association of Community Colleges. Other recipients included the president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, the president of the Rosaria P. Haugland Foundation and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In other action, the board                                 
o Accepted the resignations of Jay Cyriac, assistant men’s basketball coach; Koko Davis, director of the Student Learning Center; Robert Herbig, TRiO Academic and Career Advisor; Alison Owens, assistant volleyball coach; and Brice Sager, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration instructor;
o Approved the employment of Dennis Sander, dean of finance and operations, and Teddi Winslow, agriculture instructor;
o Approved the purchase of video conferencing equipment from Cytek Media Systems in the amount of $33,567 to broadcast GED classes to Garden City and Dodge City community colleges, using state Kan-Ed and Adult Basic Education funds; 
o Approved the purchase of surplus equipment from the Kansas State Surplus Property in the amount of $25,000 for a 1993 Ford LTL 9000 with sleeper, two 1997 Wabash National Trailers, and a 1995 Trailmobile Trailer for the truck-driving program;
o Approved the bid from Alexander Open Systems in the amount of $33,798 for phase II of the Security Camera Project, including a media server; and
o Approved the publishing of a notice of vacancy on the SCCC/ATS Board of Trustees. Those interested in applying for the Trustee position are to notify Board Clerk, Dr. Duane Dunn by June 20, 2011.
The board will have a special planning retreat from 4 to 9 p.m., Thursday in 214 E/W.
Donetta Dreitz, registrar, gave an overview of the graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 14, and explained the responsibilities of the board members. The Nursing Capping and Pinning is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 13. The GED graduation will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 14.
Summer hours begin Monday, May 23. Offices hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday- through Thursday, with the campus closed on Fridays beginning May 27.  
The next board meeting will be June 27.

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