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The Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met for its regular meeting Monday evening.
Vice-Chairman Ron Oliver expressed the board’s congratulations to Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, for receiving the Liberal Chamber of Commerce 2011 Merit Award; and to Elva Morales, SCCC/ATS Citizenship Instructor, for being selected as one of five recipients in the nation to receive the 2011 American Association of Community Colleges Outstanding Alumni award. Morales will receive her award on April 11 during the Annual AACC Conference in New Orleans.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, reviewed the facilities use policy, fees and usage of college facilities. He indicated that the previous year’s increase of scheduling fees did not negatively impact the usage of facilities. Services groups, community members, state and local entities still continue to use many of the college facilities for their business meetings or personal social events.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, provided the members with a status report regarding those instructional programs which have been included as part of the administrative review process. The report included the challenges and progresses made toward course enrollment, student placement, and community involvement in the programs.
The medical lab technician program and the library have completed annual program reviews. Those reviews were presented to the board as part of the annual reporting aspects of the college’s instructional programs. Strengths identified in the medical lab tech program include consistent enrollment growth; the collaborative partnership with Manhattan Area Technical College; the involvement of Dr. Suzanne Campbell with her professional organization as an officer and site visitor for national accreditation teams; and, the success of students on certification exams.
The library has expanded opportunities for students to utilize online and digital research information and has provided increased opportunities for community participation through various programs, displays and presentations. Activities in the SCCC/ATS Library that continue to grow in popularity with students, staff and in the community are the monthly traveling exhibits and the “Lunch in the Library” events. Matthew Pannkuk, director of library, reported that nearly 5,000 visits are made to the library each month.
The board reviewed the status reports regarding various components of the strategic plan, including specific institutional goals related to diversity, technology, student learning, and workforce development. The college is exploring the possibility of adding an on-line pharmacy technician program, as well as expanded opportunities in agriculture and environmental sciences through a federal grant.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, informed the board that the use of web-based technology continues to be a growth aspect of the college. He provided data indicating that the college’s website has nearly 1,200 visits each day including visits from 82 foreign countries. Additionally, the college’s web portal receives more than 800 visits per day and that e-mail statistics indicate that approximately 10,000 individual email messages flow in and out of the college’s addresses each day. Dean Williams explained that the increased web-based traffic is an indicator of the increased availability of technical information and the increased number of students who are enrolled in web-based courses and blended courses in which the faculty members can post course supplemental work online.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, provided information on the involvement of the faculty and students in community activities as well as in strengthening relations with area schools. Examples she cited included the “Saints in Service” activity in which student organizations are providing 150 hours of community service in recognition of Kansas’ 150th birthday. She also explained student and faculty involvement in career day tours and the Kansas history segment for USD 480 fourth graders at Coronado Museum and faculty involvement with the Regional Science fair. Donovan also reported that the annual phonathon is in full swing this week with a goal to reach student scholarship donations of $33,000.
In other business, the board:
o Approved the facility use and rental fee rates with no adjustments made to the rates for fiscal year 2012;
o Approved the employment of Amy Ford as Title V grant and career resource activities coordinator;
o Accepted the resignation of Juanita Monroe as nurse aide instructor; and,
o Approved the extension of faculty contracts for FY2012.
The college’s Spring Fiesta and the Car Show will be Sunday. The last Sunday brunch of the year will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., April 17, in the Student Activities Building and is open to the public. The Board will have its next regular board meeting on Monday, May 2.