Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees September Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met September 26 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Student Government President Danyal Wendt announced that the college will observe Homeless Awareness Week during the week of October 9.  The college is offering intramural activities including basketball, dodgeball, soccer, flag football, softball, ultimate Frisbee and ping pong for FVCC students and employees.  The college’s Service Learning program will conduct a community service project on October 22 in recognition of Make a Difference Day.

Chemistry and Mathematics Instructor Janice Alexander reported that Education Instructor Marlyn James was awarded a $33,000 grant from the Best Beginnings program to enhance classroom education for current and future early childhood education students.  James will present at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Orlando in November.  Surveying Adjunct Instructor Jane Eby has been appointed to the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

Executive Director, Institutional Advancement Colleen Unterreiner presented an update on the building campaign for the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science.  The FVCC Foundation currently is in phase one of the campaign and has received $235,000 in commitments for the $1 million campaign.  The Festival of Flavors kicked off September 29 with a fall harvest of local flavors.  Proceeds from the 10-day gala that highlights some of the Valley’s top chefs and FVCC culinary arts students will benefit student scholarships and programs at FVCC.  Tickets for a number of the events are still available and can be purchased on the college’s Web site or by calling the FVCC Foundation Office.

In action items, the Board approved a consent and waiver of conflict of interest providing for the ability of legal firm Christensen, Moore, Cockerell, Cummings and Axlberg to represent Jerome Broussard in connection with the $4 million planned gift to FVCC.  The Board approved the recommendation of CTA Architects of Kalispell to construct the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science. 

President Jane Karas, Ph.D., presented the fall 2011 enrollment report.  Following a 55 percent enrollment increase over the past two years due primarily to the economy and displaced workers, the college has seen a dip in headcount by 44 students and a decrease in full-time equivalency by 147 students compared to enrollment at the same time last year.  Karas noted the enrollment trend illustrates the college is serving nearly the same amount of students; however, the students are taking fewer classes which means that many are working.  Karas stated that it appears the economy is improving, calling it “a good thing for the community.”

Karas announced that all 16 of the college’s student housing units are rented and occupied.  She reported that the Reserve South bypass agreement with the Montana Department of Transportation is complete and moving forward.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place October 24 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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