Mar 7, 2011

Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees February Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met February 28 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Student Government President Scott Johnson announced that Service Learning and Campus Corps presented Seussville University March 2.  Approximately 230 area third grade students participated in the literacy-driven event.  The second annual FVCC’s Got Talent co-sponsored by Student Government and Circle K will take place March 11 at 6 p.m.

Faculty Senate representative Janice Alexander reported that jewelry program students and instructors Karen Chesna, Janet Fischer and Karen Kolar will be traveling to Helena March 18 to meet with members of the Montana Legislature and share information about the jewelry program.  During their visit, they will present commemorative coins designed by a jewelry student and produced by jewelry students and faculty using the jewelry lab’s newly acquired computer numerical control mill and equipment. 

Accreditation Steering Committee co-chairs Alexander and Executive Director, Economic Development and Continuing Education Susie Burch announced that the college’s year one accreditation report has been submitted.  Any constructive comments will be integrated into the year seven report due March 2012.

Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education John Cech joined the meeting via conference call.  He reported on the recent meeting of Montana two-year college presidents to draft a mission statement for two-year education in Montana.  

Executive Director, Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning Brad Eldredge presented the spring semester 2011 enrollment report.  Full-time equivalent enrollment decreased slightly by 1.2 percent, while student headcount increased 0.7 percent.  Eldredge noted that FVCC is beginning to see a return of the previous enrollment trend prior to the economic recession. 

In action items, the Board approved a resolution calling for a trustee election to take place in conjunction with the regular school elections on May 3.  Three Board positions, one in the Flathead/Glacier High School District and two in the Columbia Falls, Bigfork and Whitefish High School Districts beginning in May 2011 and expiring in May 2014, will be on the ballot.  The Board also approved a resolution calling for a trustee election to take place on May 3 to fill the remaining term from May 2011 to May 2013 that was vacated due to the resignation of Board Chair John Engebretson.

The Board approved an additional Board of Trustees meeting to interview those individuals who have applied for the vacant Board of Trustees position.  The meeting is scheduled for March 14 at 3:45 p.m. in room 144 inside Blake Hall.

In addition, the Board approved and authorized FVCC President Jane Karas to renew the Letter of Credit in the amount of $15,000 established through Glacier Bank for Montana State Fund deposit requirements.

Members of the Board’s Finance Committee announced that the college received an unqualified audit containing no comments or exceptions.  Board Vice-Chair Robert A. Nystuen called the audit “spectacular” considering all of the activities in the economy, the boost in college enrollment and financial aid awards and the more stringent federal regulations that have been implemented.

Trustees Nystuen, Thomas K. Harding and Tom McElwain presented information on their experiences at the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C.  The trustees shared that the demand for community colleges will continue to escalate and that our nation’s congressional delegation understands that community colleges are the economic engines for workforce development.  The notable highlight from the trip included President Karas’ presentation of the 2011 National Education Service Award to U.S. Senator Max Baucus.

President Karas announced that FVCC student Steve Leavitt Jr. has been awarded a $1,000 League for Innovation Terry O’Banion Student Developer Champion Award.  The award honors two deserving students in the nation who have special talents and interests in careers in technology and strong financial needs. 

President Karas announced that the Kalispell Education Foundation hosted an “Evening of Fine Arts” at FVCC February 3 to benefit students at Kalispell Public Schools and the Flathead Valley Community College Art Department.  FVCC culinary arts students prepared and served hors d’oeuvres at the event.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place March 21 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.