Jun 1, 2012

Highlights from FVCC Board of Trustees May Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met May 21 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

The Board canvassed the recent Trustee election.  For the Flathead/ High School District three-year term seat, Jerry Elwood received 967 votes; Michael Hebert received 858 votes; and incumbent Ralene Sliter received 2,898 votes.  Clerk of the District Monica Settles administered the oath of office and issued a Certificate of Election to Sliter.

During the public comment segment of the meeting, student Jackson Hokanson addressed the board, requesting they make the college campus smoke free.

Dean of Students Brenda Hanson presented an update on student housing.  FVCC launched a five-year lease agreement with Kalispell Regional Medical Center for 16 apartments to rent as student housing units last fall.  The apartments achieved maximum occupancy within the first two months with the majority of tenants having come from out of the college’s service region.  According to Hanson, the units have been in high demand with a continuous long wait list.  Overall, Hanson said the experience has been positive, and the apartments have served as a viable resource for students.

In action items, the Board approved the second reading of the proposed revisions to the Senior Citizen Tuition Policy.  The Board awarded a contract to Swank Enterprises to construct the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science.  The bid of $4,129,000, which included a bid alternate for upgraded cabinetry countertops, was the lowest among the four sealed bids the college received.

The Board approved the proposed schedule of regular board meetings for fiscal year 2013.  In addition, the Board re-elected Robert A. Nystuen as chairperson; John Phelps as vice-chairperson; Sliter as secretary; and Settles as clerk of the district.

President Jane Karas, Ph.D., announced that FVCC Foundation Board member Nancy Gordley was presented the college’s prestigious Eagle Award.  Ambassadors and Alumni Chair Suzy Williams received the President’s Montana Mentor Award.  The college graduated its largest class of practical nursing students May 11.  That evening, the college recognized its largest graduating class in the history of the college during its 44th annual commencement exercise.

Karas congratulated the college’s newest Emeritus Honorees Kathy Hughes and George Shryock and recognized Gary Morris, a long-time music adjunct faculty member, who passed away May 14.  Karas announced the college will welcome its second Fulbright Scholar-in-Resident Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard, an  artist from New Zealand who specializes in Maori ceremonial costume design.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place June 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.