Feb 7, 2013

Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees January Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met January 25 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Student Government Sophomore Senator Robert Putnam announced the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is providing free income tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income individuals, families and senior citizens on Fridays and Saturdays, February 8 through April 12, in the Arts and Technology Building on campus.  The Student Government will meet weekly during this spring semester on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. in the Board Room in Blake Hall, and the community is invited to attend.

New Faculty Senate Vice President Laura VanDeKop introduced herself and announced that Faculty Senate President Phil MacGregor has stepped down from his position.  Former Faculty Senate Vice President Janice Alexander has been appointed to fill the president’s position for the remainder of the term.  The second edition of “Focused Observations:  How to Observe Young Children for Assessment and Curriculum Planning,” authored by Early Childhood Education Professor Marlyn James, was released in January.

Coordinator, Building Trades Apprentice Program Greg Waldrop presented an update on the college’s building trades program.  The program is in its seventeenth year and was founded in partnership with the Flathead Building Association and School District 5 to prepare students for jobs in the construction industry due to the aging workforce.  Since its inception, the annual program has involved building a house from the ground up that is sold once it’s completed.  The program recently began focusing its construction projects to meet community needs.  This year, the students are constructing a new building that will hold a multipurpose classroom, offices and storage space at Olney-Bissell School.

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director and Instructor Janice Heil presented an update on the college’s physical therapist assistant program.  The program launched last fall in response to a community need for trained physical therapist assistants.  FVCC is one of two PTA programs in the state of Montana, and Heil reported on the strong collaborative partnership between the program at FVCC and the other program offered through Great Falls College-Montana State University.  The program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association and is currently working on achieving formal accreditation so students can sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination.

Executive Director, Institutional Advancement Colleen Unterreiner presented the annual FVCC Foundation report.  Over the past year, the Foundation has seen an increase in donors attributed mainly to the campaign for the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science.  Last fall, proceeds from the Foundation’s largest fundraising event, Festival of Flavors, increased 42 percent, with proceeds netting over $100,000.  This spring, Chef’s Table, presented by the students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC, will team up with the Foundation to host a special April in Paris dinner on April 19 to benefit students with financial needs.

In action items, the board tabled reviewing three policies until a later meeting.  The board rescheduled its April meeting from April 22 to April 29.
President Jane Karas, Ph.D., announced the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science is scheduled to be completed in March, and the college plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place February 25 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.