Apr 17, 2013

Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees March Meeting

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

Student Government Sophomore Senator Robert Putnam announced that Phi Theta Kappa held its spring induction ceremony March 11.  The FVCC Logger Sports team will host its home competition, Stumpjumper Days, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Faculty Senate Vice President Laura VanDeKop reported that Ceramics Instructor David Smith is currently featured in an exhibition titled “Location” in Houston as well as an exhibition titled “Of the Earth” at the Hockaday museum in Kalispell.  Ceramics students and faculty dedicated a day to the Flathead Food Bank to make dozens of bowls for its annual “Bowl-a-thon” fundraiser.  The Math Department’s third annual Pi Day celebration was a success with math and science faculty and staff donating pies to raise money for the Karen Longhart Math Education Memorial Scholarship fund.  Over 150 slices of pie were served, raising approximately $615.  Student Kjelseth Vollmer won the Pi contest by reciting the number’s first 101 digits from memory.

VanDeKop reported on the college’s sixth annual College for a Day.  Approximately 675 juniors from

Flathead, Glacier, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Polson and Lincoln County high schools, Laser Alternative High School and Montana Academy spent the day at FVCC experiencing the college classroom setting, meeting college instructors and exploring the diverse career options available in the workforce.

Biotechnology Instructor Ruth Wrightsman, Ph.D., reported on the college’s two-year Associate of Science degree in Biotechnology.  The program, initially funded through a three-year National Science Foundation Advancement Technology Education Grant, was articulated to align with Montana State University’s four-year biotechnology program which boasts a 100 percent graduate placement rate of students entering the workforce or graduate school.  According to Wrightsman, there are 1,300 biotech companies in the United States, mostly located in the West, presenting huge employment opportunities for biotechnology graduates.

In action items, the board approved the placement of the Health Information Technology:  Implementation and Maintenance Specialist Certificate into moratorium following a recommendation from the Curriculum Committee as a result of the program’s low enrollment.  Program Director Brenda Rudolph will begin researching strategies to make the program more viable before the program is reopened.

The Board approved five new programs that will launch this fall.  Four programs, the Electronics Technician Level II Certificate, Electronics Technician Level III Certificate, Pre-Health Certificate and Industrial Maintenance Technician Level II Certificate, were developed in conjunction with the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant the college received last fall.  The fifth program is a new Emergency Dispatch Certificate that was developed in response to the local 911 Center’s need for knowledgeable dispatchers.

President Jane Karas, Ph.D., announced the first classes in the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science will be held April 8.  A dedication ceremony of the new building will take place April 30 at 4 p.m., and the community is invited to attend the celebration.

President Karas announced engineering student Tanner Morrison has been named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar.  Morrison will receive a $2,000 scholarship and was the only student in Montana to receive the national scholarship.  Karas also reported that the feasibility study for the University Center has been distributed to area businesses for their input.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place April 29 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.