Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees April Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met April 25 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Trustee candidates Roland Horst, John Phelps, Thomas Harding, Shannon Lund, Michael Hebert, Tim Baldwin and Robert Nystuen introduced themselves to the Board and the audience in attendance.

Student Government President Scott Johnson announced the FVCC Logger Sports Team will conclude its season by performing demonstrations at the Family Forestry Expo in Columbia Falls on May 7.   Six students and faculty advisor Chris Hanchett traveled to Seattle for the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention.  While in Seattle, FVCC student Jim Boer was elected vice president of District 5 of the Greater Northwest of Phi Theta Kappa.

Faculty Senate representative Janice Alexander reported that Mythology Instructor Riley Auge recently returned from Prague, Czech Republic, where she presented a paper at the Global Conference on Magic and the Supernatural.  Auge, who is completing a doctorate at The University of Montana, was among scholars from 21 countries at the conference.  Chemistry Instructor Paul Martino, Ph.D., and five FVCC students will attend the 59th Annual American Society for Mass Spectrometry conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Denver June 5-9 to present posters on protein folding research efforts conducted at FVCC.  The Scholars Conference on Student Research will take place May 6 followed by the Emeritus Celebration honoring three retired faculty with Emeritus status.

Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech joined the meeting via conference call.  He thanked FVCC President Jane Karas, Associate Director Grants and Resource Development Matt Springer and Executive Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning Brad Eldredge for their leadership in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant submission.  The grant represents all two-year colleges in Montana, including five of the seven tribal colleges, and will provide new opportunities to train dislocated workers.

FVCC Logger Sports Captain Ryan Pearson reported on the team’s championship season.  First place wins include the national championship at the Western Forestry Clubs Conclave at Cal Poly University in Anaheim, Calif; the Lumberjack Classic at the University of Idaho; and FVCC’s Stumpjumper Days home competition.  The team’s final competition is this weekend at The Pro-Am Logging Show in Missoula.

In action items, the Board approved changing the degree title of Medical Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science to Health Care Office Management Associate of Applied Science.  The Board approved the new Patient Relations Specialist Certificate to provide an entry-level workforce program that will allow students to continue a career pathway to other medical office careers.

The Montana Board of Nursing approved an expansion proposal allowing FVCC to deliver its Practical Nursing Associate of Applied Science degree to Browning in partnership with Blackfeet Community College.  The classes will be taught by FVCC nursing faculty via interactive television and online classes with labs and clinical classes being held at BCC and Browning area health care facilities.  The two-year initiative is funded by a Community-Based Job Training Grant, Project SINEW.

President Karas announced that National Campus Compact President Maureen Curley will serve as the college’s commencement speaker May 13.  FVCC submitted its year one accreditation report to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place May 23 at 3:45 p.m.  For more information regarding specific items included in this report or regarding college activities, contact Tara Roth at 756-3912.  For more information on board meetings, contact Monica Settles at 756-3801.

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