Feb 2, 2012

Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees January Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met January 23 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Student Government Freshman Senator Breezy McKessick announced that FVCC’s Got Talent, co-sponsored by Circle K, will take place March 16.  FVCC Theatre will open its spring season with its production of Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off.”

Faculty Senate Vice President Janice Alexander, Ph.D., reported that FVCC received the annual Merit Award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a 100 percent graduate pass rate on the 2011 Certified Surgical Technologist examination, compared to the latest national average pass rate of 56.2 percent.  This makes for the sixth consecutive year that FVCC students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exam.

Dr. Alexander announced that the FVCC Chemistry Department research initiation proposal, “Improving Zinc Air Productivity in Rechargeable Batteries,” in cooperation with Zinc Air Inc., has been selected for funding by the Montana Space Grant Consortium.  The $43,795 grant will support undergraduate research in organic chemistry and electrochemistry for studies on the Zinc Air fuel cell.

In action items, the Board approved the accreditation comprehensive report objectives and indicators for mission fulfillment and core themes.  The Board granted FVCC Accounting and Business Instructor Ronnie Laudati’s request for sabbatical leave.  The Board approved the creation of a 27-credit nondestructive testing certificate program.  The program will satisfy training requirements necessary to take and pass the Level II national certification exam and will prepare students for good pay jobs in a rapidly growing field.

Vice President of Administration and Finance Chuck Jensen reported on the college’s general fund budget.  As of December 31, 2011, the college has an operating reserve of approximately $576,000.  This academic year, the college has experienced a large increase of academic fee waivers as a result of more area high school students in the top 10 percent of their classes attending FVCC, resulting in an increase in the college’s projected expenses.

President Jane Karas, Ph.D., announced that the FVCC Foundation surpassed its half million dollar goal by the holiday season for its campaign to raise money for the new nursing and health science building.  The Foundation has raised more than $560,000 in gifts and pledges for the new building that is projected to break ground later this spring.  Dr. Karas reported that the Running Start program enrollment has nearly doubled from last spring, with 199 students currently enrolled in the program compared to 100 students a year ago.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place February 28 at 3:45 p.m.  For more information regarding specific items included in this report or regarding college activities, contact Katie Fries 756-3668.  For more information on board meetings, contact Monica Settles at 756-3801.