Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees May Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met May 20 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

The Board approved the 2013 trustee election canvass of votes.  Mark Holston, of Kalispell, and Shannon Lund, of Kalispell, were sworn in to serve three-year terms beginning May 2013 and expiring May 2016 for the Flathead/Glacier High School District.

Faculty Senate Vice President Laura VanDeKop announced that Nursing Instructor Dawn Denny successfully completed her comprehensive exam for her Ph.D. in nursing.  Business, English and Office Technology Adjunct Professor Dr. Janet Novotny finished her course work for a Master of Arts in English, marking the completion of her seventh college degree.  She also announced that Music Adjunct Professor Craig Naylor was an adjudicator for the orchestra and jazz bands at the Festival in the Parks in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on May 18.

During the public comment segment of the meeting, Mary Flowers, representing Citizens for a Better Flathead, updated the board on the progress of the WasteNOT Project.  Flowers applauded the efforts of student volunteers who, through the college’s Service Learning program, have expanded and maintained the recycling program on campus.

In action items, the board approved second readings of four board policies including Travel and Transportation, Budget System, Students, and Instructional Services.

Trustee Thomas K. Harding presented the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee report.  The college received a solid audit with a few minor comments.  Harding commended the college’s Business Office for receiving positive audits for several consecutive years.

President Karas reported that at the Annual President’s Dinner, the FVCC Foundation thanked the community for a record year of private donations, with major gifts supporting the completion of the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science, an estate gift from Thain and Fay White, and an anonymous gift to support the scholarship endowment fund.  Karas also recognized the college’s newest Emeritus Honorees, David Scott and Faith Hodges.   On May 7, Karas and representatives from the college attended the dedication of the new multifunctional classroom at Olney Bissel School which was built by FVCC trades students.

President Karas congratulated students, faculty and staff on a successful commencement ceremony which took place May 17.

“Commencement is an opportunity to celebrate the success of our students and the work and support provided by college faculty and staff during the year,” said Karas.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place June 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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