Dec 23, 2011

Highlights from FVCC December Board Meeting

The Flathead Valley Community College Board of Trustees met December 19 for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Plum Creek Vice President, Northwest Resources and Manufacturing Tom Ray and Director, Human Resources Kayleen Kohler presented FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D., and the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation a $10,000 grant from The Plum Creek Foundation.  The grant will help fund the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science, which will include a student health clinic that will provide basic health care services to students.

Faculty Senate Vice President Janice Alexander, Ph.D., reported Flathead Valley Community College Theatre has received over 500 submissions from across the globe for its International 10 Minute Play Festival.  The production will be directed by the spring semester Theatre 275 class and will take place in May 2012.  Alexander announced that Biology Instructor Ruth Wrightsman, Ph.D., has been accepted as a participant in the American Society for Microbiology and Joint Genome Institute Bioinformatics Residency Program.  The curriculum developed in the program will be utilized in FVCC’s new biotechnology program and will be incorporated into the college’s genetic and microbiology courses.

Director, Communications and Marketing Tara Roth and Web Coordinator Matt Zak presented a demonstration of the college’s new redesigned Web site.  The site launched November 19 and was developed to provide future and current FVCC students and community a more sophisticated and efficient user experience.

In action items, the Board approved the proposed institutional plan with minor revisions developed for the college’s accreditation this upcoming spring.  The Board approved a resolution allowing required minor amendments to the employer-matched 403(b) retirement savings plan and 457(b) retirement savings deferred compensation plan.

President Karas announced that the four FVCC students who participated in the national deficit project were recognized for their efforts and input by U.S. Senator Max Baucus in the “Congressional Record.”  Copies of the document signed by Senator Baucus were presented to the students at the fall Scholars Conference on Student Research December 13.

President Karas announced that student registration for the spring semester Running Start program more than doubled from last year’s student registration.  The measurement was based on the first day of registration for the upcoming spring semester compared to the first day of registration for last year’s spring semester.  She attributed it to the new pilot program that waives tuition and mandatory fees for the first six credits.

President Karas reported that the FVCC Foundation has reached its midpoint of the campaign for the new Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing and Health Science.  As of the day of the Board meeting, the Foundation had raised over $500,000.  President Karas announced that the Foundation will launch the public phase of the campaign at the beginning of the year and commented on the generosity of FVCC employees, the community and area businesses and organizations.

“I want to thank everybody in the community for their support, especially during these tough times.” she said.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place January 23, 2012 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.