Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees March Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met March 19 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Student Government President Anna Wendt reported that the FVCC Service Learning program welcomed 234 area third graders for Seussville University March 1.  The Renewable Resources Club continues campus recycling efforts, including an aluminum can recycling drive on the third Wednesday of each month.  The club hosted a clothing swap party March 21 and will host Earth Matters Day on April 21.

Faculty Senate Vice President Janice Alexander, Ph.D., announced that Computer Science Instructor Nick Thiel will host the statewide Computer Science Summit at FVCC this summer.  Students in Thiel’s computer science courses are working on projects to improve functions at the college.  Examples include developing a system for student log in for the college’s math and language arts labs, creating a Scholars Conference online registration tool, and a developing a curriculum content management system to improve management and provide search capability for course profile forms.

Coordinator of Student Admissions and Running Start Beth Romain reported on College for a Day 2012.  Just over 750 high school juniors from Whitefish, Bigfork, Glacier, Columbia Falls and Flathead high schools participated in the event that enables high school students to experience the college classroom setting, meet college instructors and explore the diverse career options available in the workforce.  Parkside Federal Credit Union sponsored the day-long event and donated four $250 college scholarships for a drawing that event participants entered to win.

Board Chairman Robert A. Nystuen presented highlights from the Board Self Evaluation completed by the trustees.  Among the 45 items on the evaluation, two items, including “Board meetings are conducted in a fair, efficient and business-like manner” and “There is a climate of mutual trust and support among board members,” received the highest rating.

President Jane Karas, Ph.D., announced that surveying graduate and local engineer Ryan Mitchell received the 2012 FVCC Distinguished Alumni Award.  She reported that the FVCC Foundation has raised just over $700,000 for the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science and plans to reach the $1 million goal by June 1.  She announced that FVCC has been named to the 2012 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service.  She reported that the college is preparing for its accreditation visit April 16-18, and she is looking forward to the visit and learning how the college can continue to improve in the future.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place April 30 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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