>>Chair Greg Musil: Good afternoon. And welcome
to the March meeting of the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees. Please
help me start the meeting with our Pledge of Allegiance.
>>I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic
for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for coming this afternoon. Our first item of business
is roll call and recognition of visitors. Ms. Schlicht.
>>Ms. Terri Schlict: This evening’s visitors include Roberta Eveslage, Paul Snyder, Frank
Sotilar, Dick Carter, and Morgan Dye.>>Chair Greg Musil: Welcome to our meeting.
The next item on the agenda is our Open Forum portion of the agenda. Open Forum is an opportunity
for members of the community to provide comments to the Board. There will be one Open Forum
period at every regularly scheduled board meeting. If there are more than five speakers,
then the Chair has the right to limit them to less than five minutes. In order to be
recognized, individuals must register at the door and are asked to remain at the podium
and be respectful and civil and to refrain from discussing matters related to individual
personnel items at the college. As a practice, the college does not respond in this setting
when the concerns — or the matter concerns personnel issues or matters being addressed
through our established grievance procedures, suggestion processes, or are otherwise subject
to review by the Board. I have nobody signed in today in the Open Forum session. But that
is an opportunity at each meeting to have our community input, if anybody wants to do
so. The next item is awards and recognition. Dr.
Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Tonight, Trustee Musil,
we have none.>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. We will probably
have some national championships to celebrate next month. Student Senate report. Donny?
I didn’t see Donny.>>No Student Senate report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Oh. They’re on Spring Break, okay. Student Senate report is that
everybody is doing well. (Laughter.)
Probably warm somewhere. College Lobbyist Report. Mr. Carter. Welcome from Topeka.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Can I be on Spring Break?>>Chair Greg Musil: Well, you could never
tell the difference.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Well, we’re giving the
Lisinopril a workout this week in Topeka to see how things are going, so if I fall over
backwards, you’ll know to get the — get the pads out. We tried to cram all of March into
this week at the legislature in Topeka, and I think that they’re doing a very good job
of it. There literally are back-to-back doubled of up hearings on multiple bills trying to
meet that next turn-around deadline, which is essentially the first adjournment of the
legislature, and I talk a little bit about the deadline dates at the end of my update.
But really it’s like we’re starting over the legislative session. It’s sort of a do-over,
if you will. We spent the month of January churning through different budget scenarios,
different tax bills and nothing happened. And we came back after legislators took a
week break at the end of February, beginning of March, to sort of start over. We’re not
much further down the road right now in the way of either a rescission budget or a tax
plan, but I think there are constantly conversations going on behind the scenes. The good news
is that state revenues are up 64 million in the combined months of January and February.
I always say that with a little bit of reservation because I find it necessary to remind you
that we’ve adjusted those figures down so many times that it looks good, but we shouldn’t
get overly hopeful. I do think that the — the next month’s report will also show that we’re
ahead of schedule as well. So that is in fact good news.
While legislators were on break, the Supreme Court released their decision on the adequacy
portion of the school finance case. Legislators still have some work to do there. They did
not give a figure that the legislature needed to come up with. They did give a date by which
the legislature should submit a plan to the Court, and that date is the end of the fiscal
year, June 30th. That’s a little bit concerning to those of us who participate in the process
because we already know that the legislature has approved extra days of meeting as far
as their budget is concerned to be paid. They are known for always using everything that
they approve to — to — the days to meet, and sometimes then some. So we’ll see what
happens. I do think that there is a — the one thing that the Court was clear about is
that there needs to be a new funding formula, and I do know that the House has a committee
that’s been working on that very thing since the beginning of January, and I do think that
the House will be putting out a product fairly soon that helps address what school finance
looks like moving forward. And it may be very different than what we’ve been accustomed
to in the past, but it will be moving away from the temporary block — block grant, rather,
model that we’ve seen over the past few years. With regard to the budget, I don’t think it’s
a secret. The House and Senate have both passed a couple of tax bills. The governor vetoed
it. The House overrode the veto. The Senate did not. I do think that there’s just a couple
of tweaks there that before the Senate would be able to pass that, that bill. Whether or
not the governor signs another version that is very similar to what is passed remains
to be seen. The thing that he mentioned that he was concerned about was the retroactive
nature of some of the taxes that were included in the tax package. That is the excuse that
the Senate used as well by not overriding the veto. The Senate Ways and Means Committee
has kicked out a rescission bill that — and I won’t into into the details or mechanics,
but just some of the high notes, and these are things of concern, borrows about 165 million
from KPERS over the next few years, sweeps money from the Pooled Money Investment Board.
They say that it leaves about a $50 million ending balance in the current fiscal year,
so that allows for some padding for numbers that may not come in the way they need to.
And presently in that — in that rescission bill, there are no cuts to education. I say
presently because we’re aware of a few amendments that will likely be suited up on the Senate
floor when they debate that bill. I mentioned briefly a little bit about the property tax
lid. Again, we are not covered under the bill that passed in 2015 and the updates in 2016,
but it’s always something that should be on our radar screen. In fact, right now they
just concluded a hearing in the House Tax Committee on a coalition bill that would seek
to change the election process, if a budget is to be increased, to a protest petition,
which is very similar to how the law operated pre-2015. So we’ll see what happens there.
That was in the House. The Senate this morning had a hearing on a bill that would be a full
repeal of the property tax lid. I don’t think there’s a single person in Topeka that expects
that bill to even be discussed anymore after this morning.
Let’s talk a little bit about some of the gun issues, because we’ve been involved in
some of the hearings at the statehouse. Presently, things are not moving forward. The Senate
Federal and State Affairs Committee worked the Employer Immunity Bill earlier this week,
and then immediately tabled it. That means that bill is essentially dead for the session.
There are still bills alive and able to be moved around in the House Federal and State
Affairs Committee. I’m not sure that the will is there to do that. But I will say that there
are conversations — and I think I may have reported on this, I can’t recall if it was
a conversation or if I reported on this last month — but there are conversations that
are going on with folks in leadership and with industry representatives to find a reasonable
solution on some of the concealed carry issues. Just this week, you may have read some headlines
about the mental health institutions in the state of Kansas suddenly raising some concerns.
I guess it doesn’t matter that they came to the table a little bit late, they’re now at
the table. That extends that conversation. I think that — I think that we’ll see a product
come out before — it may be in the veto session, but I do think we’ll see a product that folks
can live with. I — I can’t tell you what that looks like right now because I don’t
know, I’m just picking these little bits up from conversations that we hear from folks
that are involved in the conversations. So I’m hopeful that we’ll have a reasonable solution
and that it allays some of our fears or concerns. On this campus, it allows us to implement
a policy that makes sense, but more to come on that particular issue.
I do think that the bill that will be the vehicle for all of these things is a bill
that I haven’t talked to you about, it’s just a simple clean-up bill from the attorney general’s
office. It seems to be the only non-controversial bill out there, and so that bill will probably
be kicked out of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee and it may sit around for
a while before some amendments go into it and it’s worked in a conference committee
process. There will be some changes to the Post-Secondary
Technical Education Authority Bill that came out of the House. It’s over in the Senate
right now. I have a sense that there will be some proposed changes in that bill when
the committee decides to hold hearings on it. It hasn’t been scheduled yet. But that
is something that we anticipate in the near future.
I suppose that really is sort of it in the way of things that are being discussed or
talked about on the higher education level. There’s just one final thing that I’d like
to close with, and that is, we haven’t done this in awhile, what I’m about to talk to,
but we co-sponsored with the City of Overland Park, the Overland Park Chamber and the College,
the Johnson County delegation lunch, just this Wednesday. It gave us the opportunity
to sit down with our electeds here in Johnson County, and really kind of just have a conversation.
Trustee Musil presented on behalf of the college, just a few points, told the delegation about
our — I just went brain dead — the things that we approved, our Statements of Principle.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Legislative Statements of Principle.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Our Statements of Principle, which then opened the door to some additional
conversations. Trustee Sharp was in the building and joined us that day. We had folks from
the Chamber and folks from the City there as well. It was a great conversation at lunch,
and one that has not been held with the delegation in quite some time. We had a little more than
half of the delegation present, and that’s a good number. There are a lot of things that
are pulling at those folks. We had a number of people who were in leadership that were
at leadership meetings they could not get out of. So I was very pleased with the turnout,
but even more so, and I told Trustee Musil that I was going to say this, because he may
have some comments after I finish, we arranged for a meeting in the Speaker’s office. We
also arranged for one in the Senate Majority Leader’s office but ran out of time. The clock
didn’t work to our advantage. It is one of the best meetings I’ve had in a leadership
office in the past eight to ten years, and we went in really with no particular agenda,
and the conversation was healthy and robust and I think everyone left feeling incredibly
hopeful. I’ll just leave it at that. And, Mr. Chairman, I don’t know if you have additional
comments, but –>>Chair Greg Musil: I’ll save them until
you’re completed with your report.>>Mr. Dick Carter: I’ve completed my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: First, any other questions for Dick on other legislative items? Go ahead,
Jerry.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
What was the Senate vote again on the veto? What — on the override? How many did they
miss it by?>>Mr. Dick Carter: We were shy three, three
votes. I think it was 24.>>So 24?
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: We did have a great meeting
yesterday with the Johnson County delegation, and then with Speaker Ron Ryckman, Jr. Thanks
to Dick and Kate for setting that up, Stephanie for being there as well. The delegation lunch
was — was good because this year people are willing to listen and ask us our advice on
things that affect community colleges, and not just go by rote or go by bullet points
or talking points. It’s a very good atmosphere that permeates the entire capitol this year.
The meeting with the Speaker was particularly interesting. I think, Dick, you said he spent
45 minutes with a group of eight of us from the City of Overland Park, the Overland Park
Chamber, and then the community college, and that is a lot of time to get with a speaker
of any legislative body. Speaker Ryckman spoke I think honestly and candidly about the fact
he’s a process person, it’s not necessarily the Speaker’s job to railroad anything, it’s
to let the process work, and I was particularly impressed that he let — he spoke to the fact
that the courts actually have a role in governing the State of Kansas and they’re part of the
process, which we haven’t seen for a number of years.
I’ll go on to mention that at 4:30 yesterday — 4:00 — 4:30?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: 4:30.>>Chair Greg Musil: 4:30. For the first time
in five years the Supreme Court Chief Justice was allowed into the House chambers to speak
to a joint session of the House and Senate. The last four years I think wasn’t it under
— under the previous speaker, there was the House and Senate were too busy to allow the
Supreme Court to speak toward the issues of the judiciary, and yesterday a very warm welcome
from the legislators there, a short but informative remarks by the Chief Justice, the entire Court
of Appeals was there, the entire Supreme Court was there and it just felt like something
that ought to happen in any governmental institution in America if you want to serve the people
of the state. So I give very high marks to Speaker Ryckman and Senator — President Wagle
in that instance, too, who was also there presiding. It was a good day in the statehouse
after many years of not really wanting to talk to anybody and not talking either across
the aisle or within your own party. So I might mention you talked about rescission budget.
A rescission budget is a budget for this fiscal year that ends June 30th that typically involves
cuts to programs in the last few months of their fiscal year. So when we say rescission,
we mean cuts. Or borrowing from KPERS or borrowing from the Pooled Money Investment Fund. So
it sounds like it’s just budgeting as usual, but what it means is we’re in trouble with
our revenues and we need to do something. Just it’s ironic that now that the revenues
are exceeding the estimates, nobody claims that the revenue estimators are idiots. We’ve
lowered our estimates enough that revenues are exceeding estimates and now everybody’s
onboard. I think I’m maybe more cautious than you about the the guns on campus issue. I
think there may be some movement on not allowing concealed carry into the University of Kansas
Hospital, for instance, or into mental health facilities that are owned by public institutions.
I’m not optimistic that that’s going to extend to higher education campuses. I think there
are too many opportunities out there for those who supported concealed carry to have votes
that would be used against other legislators to get something like that through this year.
I hope I’m wrong, but I think there’s a sense that there will be some compromises. I’m not
sure they’re going to affect us the way we would like.
And the other thing I guess on that note is, last week or the week before, a bill was introduced
that would prohibit this board and the Board of Regents and every other community college
board from doing anything that would in any way affect how somebody carries their concealed
weapon on campus. We have proposed a policy that has some very reasonable things in it,
I think, things that I understand are on the NRA’s website like don’t carry a loaded — don’t
have a bullet in your chamber, have it in the magazine, but not in the chamber. Carry
it on your person. Carrying it in a secure holster. Things like that, that would be eliminated
by the bill that was proposed, which I assume has — is not going to go anywhere but is
a signal to everybody that don’t ask for much relief from current law because we could make
it worse. So that’s my high note to end on. Any other
questions or comments? Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dick, for the latter bill
that Trustee Musil referred to, we submitted written testimony?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: We did. And the Faculty Association also spoke to that bill as well.
>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. Thank you. It will get busier before it gets lighter
I’m sure in Topeka. Thank you, Dick. We’ll move on to committee reports. The first item
is the Audit Committee. The only Audit Committee item is that this month’s — the minutes from
the last meeting are in our packet at Page 1. I reported on what we actually talked about
at last month’s meeting, so I will not belabor that. Collegial Steering met earlier this
month, and we spoke very philosophical discussion about the challenges to higher education,
and I think the way I would sum it up is we talked about how to promote a skilled workforce
in a very holistic sense so that skills means “I know how to do X,” whether it’s HVAC or
nursing or whatever, but I also know how to speak and write and read and think and calculate
and communicate. Those other skills that employers are demanding more so than just I can weld
this widget to that widget or I can stick this circuit board on that particular place.
And the challenges to that and how we might go about — how we’re doing a good job in
certain programs and how we might do a better job in the future.
Dennis, Dr. Arjo was there, and maybe he’ll speak to that at his — during his Faculty
Senate — or Faculty Association report. Any questions on Collegial Steering? If not,
we’ll move on to Learning Quality. That was to be Mr. Cross. Is that — Trustee Sandate.
>>Human Resources?>>Chair Greg Musil: Yes. I’m sorry. I skipped
Human Resources. Do you want to do Human Resources? Or is there anybody here to do Human Resources?
It did not meet. Okay, Trustee Ingram and Trustee Cross are both out of town on business
events. So, okay, we’ll move on to Learning Quality
then.>>Trustee Henry Sandate: Very good. Chairman,
report on Learning Quality Committee of March 6th, 2017, 8:00 a.m. meeting in room GEB 137
as follows. Those present were Trustee Lee Cross, Trustee Henry Sandate, Chris Gray,
Judy Korb, Barbara Larson, Cathy Mahurin, Mr. L. Michael McCloud, Vince Miller, Rick
Moehring, Dianna Smethers, Malinda Bryan-Smith, Joe Sopcich, Mark Van Gorp, Sandra Warner,
Randy Weber, and Tanya Wilson. The monitoring — Monitoring the Learning
Engagement Process, Updates on Academic Programs, Mathematics and Science Division Update presented
by Csilla Duneczky, Dean of Mathematics and Science Division, gave PowerPoint presentation
highlighting the activities in both divisions, including enrollment trends and several grant
initiatives. Upcoming events for the divisions include the Science and Math Poster Session
to be held in the CoLab on April 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monitor the Learning Engagement Process, Educational Planning and Developmental Initiatives, Grants
Leadership and Development Update, presented by Malinda Bryan-Smith and Anthony Funari.
Malinda Bryan-Smith, Director of Grants, Leadership and Development, and Anthony Funari, Grant
Professional, gave an overview on the grant research and funding processes. The current
and future opportunities for grants at the college were discussed, as well as statistics
on approved and denied grants. Monitor Learning Outcomes, Affiliation, Cooperation,
Articulation, and Reverse Transfer Agreements, Affiliation Agreement. L. Michael McCloud,
president — Vice President of Academic Affairs/CAO, presented a new affiliation agreement with
Kansas Transitional Care Center, which will provide clinical experience for the students
enrolled in the Practical Nursing program. The agreement was approved by the committee.
Complete details can be found subsequently in the Consent Agenda portion on March 16th
board packet. Monitor Learning Outcomes, Curriculum, Presented
by Mark Van Gorp, Chair of Educational Affairs Committee, EA, presented several curriculum
changes to the committee for their review. For the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Division, effective academic year 2017-2018, course modifications included: GDES 120 and
GDES 130. Course designation approvals for General Education included MUS 128 and PHIL
128. For the computing Science and Information Technology Division, effective academic year
2017-2018, course modifications included CS 134 and CS 236. A program modification included
2930-AAS: Computer Information Systems. For the English and Journalism division, effective
academic year 2017 and 2018, course modification included ENGL, English 254 and JOUR 122. The
requested modification will be sent to the full Board for approval and can be seen subsequently
in the Consent Agenda on March 16th board packet.
Monitor Student Development, Student Life, Leadership and Development Activities, the
athletic department update, presented by Randy Weber, Vice President, Student Success/CSAO,
gave an athletic department update. College administration has been evaluating the role
and overall commitment to athletics for the past several years. With anticipated increases
in travel, salaries, costs of scholarships, and additional support requests from existing
programs, JCCC plans to discontinue its track and cross country programs at the conclusion
of the 2017-2018 academic year. Current student athletes will be afforded an opportunity to
exhaust their NJCAA eligibility next season. Those who have signed letters of intent to
enter as freshmen next season will have the opportunity to compete at JCCC for one season,
or they can request a release waiver so they can participate for two years elsewhere. That
concludes the report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Trustee Sandate.
Anybody have any questions on Learning Quality? If not, Management Committee. Dr. Cook.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair. The committee met on Wednesday, March 1st,
at 8:00 a.m. A large delegation of folks were there, as always, staff and Trustees Lindstrom
and Cross. We had a number of reports. Malinda Bryan-Smith, who is the director of Grants,
Leadership and Development, gave report on the process of how the grant process works
and reported that we’ve exceeded $3 million in the grant portfolio this past fiscal year,
and as we know, that supports instructional innovation and scholarships. Rachel Lierz,
Associate Vice President of Financial Services, gave us an update on the 2017-2018 budget.
We have a more detailed report on that in our April management meeting and we’ll have
our budget workshop held at the April board meeting. So we have those events upcoming.
They did meet on March 2nd following our Management Committee with Paul Welcome to have an update,
Johnson County Appraiser, to have an update on the appraisal values, and we know how important
they are to our budget process. Mitch Borchers presented the Sole Source Report,
which can be found on Page 5 of your packet. Again, to remind folks, those are bids awarded
between 25,000 and $100,000. Barbara Larson gave an update on our Facilities Master Plan.
You’ll recall that we approved that plan in October of 2016. We had two tiers, Tier 1
involved four projects, Tier 2 involved five projects. And as the administration has reviewed
the working timeline of those projects, it was concluded that perhaps we should add a
few things to Tier 1. The athletic facilities, Trustee Sandate has talked about our decision
to alter some sports, but in that whole front door entryway where our athletic facilities
are, we felt that it would be very cost-effective to include some of that renovation with the
front door project. And so we’ve added that to the — to the project and we think that
will gain a lot of efficiency in how our front door looks and will eliminate some additional
costs later on if we did that in Tier 2. Rex Hays provided a monthly update on capital
infrastructure projects, and this report is found on Page 9.
We do have one item of recommendation. It’s found on Page 6 of your packet. And it has
to do with the bid for architectural and engineer services for the Career and Tech Ed Arts Building
and renovations. You can see that we — we sent out I believe it was 64 bids you’ll see
on that page. We received 10 bids. This is a rather large project. You can see who the
10 firms were that responded to the bids, and as your report indicates, BNIM, DLR Group,
HMN, PGAV were asked to come in for presentations, and that was done. The review committee went
through extensive evaluation of those presentations and of the costing project, and we do have
a recommendation for you. And so I would like to recommend the manage — of the Management
Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration
to approve the proposal from BNIM for architectural and engineering services for the Career and
Tech Educational and Arts buildings and related renovations at the rate of 5.75% of the actual
projected Guaranteed Maximum Price construction cost, with the final agreement subject to
separate Board approval of bond issuance, and receipt of sufficient bond revenue to
fund this project, as well as review by our college counsel. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the recommendation to approve BNIM for architectural and engineering services
as stated. Are there any questions? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
That concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions for Dr.
Cook? If not, we’re ready for the president’s recommendations, starting with the Treasurer’s
Report. Is that Trustee Lindstrom?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Yes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for filling in for Treasurer Cross.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Yes. Mr. Chairman, I’m pleased to aren’t the Treasurer’s Report
in Trustee Cross’ absence for the month ending January 31st, 2017, which can be found on
Pages 14 to 28 in the packet. Briefly, here are a few highlights. On the first page is
General/Post Secondary Technical Education Funds summary. As of January 31st, 58% of
the college’s fiscal year had expired. The college’s unencumbered cash balance as of
January 31st in all funds was 112 million — $112.7 million. Excuse me. An ad valorem
tax distribution of $50,076,886 was received from the county treasurer during January and
distributed as follows. The General Fund received $47,002,482. Special assessments fund received
$178,692. And the Capital Outlay Fund received $2,650,192. Also during January, state operating
grant payments of 10-point — $10,345,445 was received and recorded in the General/Post-Secondary
Technical Education Funds. Expenditures in the Primary Operating Funds are within primary
— within budgetary limits, and it is the recommendation of the college administration
that the Board of Trustees approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending January 31st,
2017, subject to audit, and I would make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the Treasurer’s Report for audit. Any questions or discussion? If not, all in
favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously. Dr. Sopcich, monthly report.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil. First of all, if you haven’t had a chance
to review the Monthly Report to the Board, even starting on the front page, it’s very
exciting. It talks about the Collaboration Center, to walk by there and see the excitement
that’s going on in there is really fantastic. It’s kind of — it’s truly taken off and has
been a place where students and faculty can convene and advance the success of students.
A few things here as we’re on pace for a record-breaking time. First of all —
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions? Oh, sorry. (Laughter.)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That concludes my report. (Laughter.)
We have our — a little bit of March Madness ourselves. First of all, as Trustee Cook alluded
to earlier, both our men’s and women’s teams are in post-season play. Our Cavalier men’s
team will be at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois — that’s on the eastern
side of Illinois — next week for the NJCAA men’s Division II basketball tournament. Our
district five winning Cavaliers, who own a 24-8 record, will play Parkland College, who
are 27-3, on Tuesday, March 21st, at 5:30 p.m. These two teams are rated fifth and sixth
in Division II when it comes to free-throw shooting accuracy, and ranked 11th and 12th
in three-point accuracy. Expect plenty of three-pointers to be dropping like rain when
they get together. We will be make our fifth appearance in the tournament, our last appearance
was in 2012, when the Cavaliers came away with a tie for ninth place, and in 2001 and
2009 head coach Mike Jeffers guided those teams to national championships.
Our Cavalier women’s team will be playing at North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas.
Our Lady Cavaliers are 30-2. They are the No. 2 seed in the 16-team tournament field.
We open against Lackawanna College, who are 19 of 10, from Scranton, PA, the home of “The
Office” television show. Steve Carell might be in attendance at the game. The game starts
at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st. So women’s play at 3:00 and men’s play at 5:30 on the
same day. The No. 1 seed is our good friend from Iowa and fellow league school, Kirkwood
Community College. Their record is 33-0. Our Lady Cavaliers will be making their 11th appearance
in the tournament. Our last appearance was in 2015 when the Lady Cavaliers claimed the
second national title in team history by defeating No. 1 seed Parkland 86- — excuse me, 66-64,
on a buzzer-beating shot by Alexis Brown. Some of you were in attendance to see that
historic moment. We hope Coach Ben Conrad can come up with some similar magic this time
around. It’s Spring Break here on campus. Special
thanks to all those connected with the annual spring rituals of trimming the trees, working
on the flower beds, and attacking a variety of construction and maintenance projects around
campus. With no students around, now is the best time to get these chores done. Special
thanks to Rex and his team for helping to make our campus so beautiful. Their efforts
will become especially apparent in May when we’re all here for graduation. So thanks,
Rex. It’s looking fantastic. We had great participation in this year’s
Innovations Conference. This was held this week in San Francisco. From our college, I
believe Lou Guthrie presented on behalf of the Benchmarking Institute, Anna Page from
our Honors Program presented. I even got to facilitate a panel in a special day-long president’s
track, but for me the highlight was observing the presentation called Road Map for Intrusively
Engaging Students to Program Completion and Beyond. That was presented by members of our
staff here at the college, Deb Elder, who is the assistant dean in CSIT, Gretchen Sherk,
the director of the TAACCCT project, Denise Griffey, Mindy Schwartz, Linda Dubar did a
heck of a job as career coach talking about some of the things they do, and Kayla Harrity,
all a part of a special grant. The presentation featured work flow design in an intrusive
advising road map. Through this accelerated and collaborative technical training program,
students are better prepared for program and completion and placement. We have around 200
students utilizing this program. The focus on students, I mean they did a great job of
putting pictures of our students on screen and talking about their accomplishments and
their challenges, their lives and their successes, and it really distinguished it versus other
presentations that I saw while at that conference. So they did a wonderful, wonderful job.
Yesterday we hosted the naturalization ceremony. The U.S. District Court for the District of
Kansas naturalization proceedings were conducted in Yardley Hall. 397 people from 71 different
countries were sworn in as United States citizens. The ceremony was watched by friends and family
who filled up the hall and we even had a number of people in the overflow I believe in Carlsen
Center 211. Judge James P. O’Hara presided over the ceremony, and I gotta say it took
a campus to deliver this event. A special thanks to our police department, our Carlsen
Center staff, technical support, video services, marketing, conference services, housekeeping,
business — the business division, Terri Schlicht, and Anita Tebbe. Anita Tebbe is the real force
behind making all of this happen and getting it to our campus.
And also our very own Paula McLaughlin sang “God Bless America” to open the session and
she closed with Star Spangled Banner, and she has an amazing voice. I think we should
use her at trustee meetings to kind of pick things up a little bit. Maybe the next time.
And lastly, this morning I’m on the way in and I heard a special report on KCUR about
ways that our college is pursuing the accelerated completion agenda as directed by the Kansas
Board of Regents. Did any of you hear that report? It was really outstanding. I have
to say, Vin Clark was interviewed and did a heck of a job describing the steps taken
by our faculty to do whatever they can to help students succeed here, and Vin has a
wonderful voice for radio. Absolutely terrific. Dr. Randy Weber was the complement interview,
and he was equally as outstanding on the radio describing what services are being offered
to our students to give them every chance to complete. And also thanks for marketing
for working with KCUR to make this as powerful as it was. It was a fantastic radio segment.
I bet that thing went on for at least five minutes and it was terrific. But I have to
say, Vin and Randy make quite a team on the radio. You know, there’s Simon and Garfunkel,
Martin and Lewis, Johnny and Ed –>>Chair Musil: Captain and Tennille.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Greg and Stephanie. And now we have our own Vin and Randy. So thanks
a lot for doing such a great job with that radio — radio segment. And that concludes
my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Dr. Sopcich?
Trustee Lindstrom?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Not a question,
but a comment. I’m sorry I missed the naturalization ceremony, but I was coming home from South.
I was out of town and had the radio on and the radio gave it great publicity, too. So
I’m sorry I missed it.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Anita gets that here almost
every year, and usually there’s only around 200 people to be naturalized. We had almost
400 yesterday. It was so exciting, from 71 different countries. It was just a wonderful,
wonderful event.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: On the radio,
they actually interviewed some of the people who had become citizens as well.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Yeah. All their families were out in attendance. It’s really fantastic.
>>Trustee Henry Sandate: I was going to say that I saw a picture I guess it was from the
balcony and, I mean, it was just filled. I mean, you know, it was maximized, the attendance
and it was just an incredible picture, I mean, to see Carlsen Center and all those people
there and the whole procession.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And it comes off so smoothly
because of the people here who make that happen. I mean it’s quite a feat because of security
requirements and, you know, a federal judge, and of course that topic is kind of a hot
topic. So it was just an outstanding, an outstanding day.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for speaking. You didn’t mention — did you mention you
were the keynote speaker at the event.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I got to speak, yes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Naturalization ceremony. Anybody that hasn’t been to one of those,
go to one, because I think unless you’re Native American, somebody in your history was sworn
in at the same — the same type of ceremony, and I’ve had the opportunity to go to those
and they are very powerful events. So I’m glad we could host that as part of our community
service. I should also mention last night Dr. Sopcich
and I had the chance to attend a dinner in Topeka that was hosted by the Kansas Board
of Regents of the community college and technical college presidents, and then the chairmen
of each of their boards, their governing boards. And so there were probably — that would be
26 if everybody had everybody there. There were 52 people there plus Kansas Board of
Regents and staff. So probably 60 people. The Board of Regents is trying to find better
ways to have its board, the seven members of the Board of Regents have more direct connection
with the board — the governing boards of the various colleges and universities in — well,
I guess the universities don’t have a governing board, but at the community college and technical
colleges and ask for ways they can do that and ways they can be more transparent with
us. And I think all of us could better understand their role since it’s — it’s limited, but
it’s important in their governance of the community colleges. So we sat at a table with
the president of Pratt Community College and the board of trustee, a member there who has
been chair but isn’t chair now, and the president of Highland Community College, along with
a staff member from the Board of Regents. And if we ever needed to be reminded that
our community college may be slightly different than other community colleges in the state,
that kind of event tells you that. Pratt has about 400 students, 72% of whom are athletes.
Highland has 800 students on campus and 3300 on its total enrolled students around its
various local communities where it has a presence. So we are different, but it tells us about
the diversity of Kansas and how it’s — why it’s sometimes really hard to work together
to promote the same goals. But I appreciate the Board of Regents doing that and reaching
out to do that. Do you have any comments?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Well, I thought it was
interesting when some of the trustees from other colleges talked about serving on the
trustees for 20, 30 years. That’s pretty incredible.>>Chair Greg Musil: Seriously, as a five-year
member, I was — I mean the average service of trustees there was probably over 20 years,
and many of them had been — had been chair of their board for ten years off and on. So
it is — it is a very long seniority in some of the other colleges, and not saying it’s
good or bad, it’s just that it was different in those smaller communities.
All right. Let’s move on to — there’s no old business or new business that I’m aware
of. Reports from Board Liaisons. The first one will be from our favorite Faculty Association
president this year, Dr. Dennis Arjo. Dennis.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Thank you. As always,
it’s a privilege and pleasure to address you. It is Spring Break, so things have been kind
of quiet in the faculty area. Our meeting last week, we had a general membership meeting.
I think it lasted 20 minutes. So nothing really to report there. So just a quick update on
a few things. As Mr. Carter indicated, we did file written testimony regarding the bill,
most recent one in Topeka that would have limited any ability of our local bodies to
pass any restrictions or policies about guns. Melanie Harvey, the vice president, also gave
oral testimony at that. And for what this is worth, she did tell me that she shared
an elevator with a legislator, I don’t think she told me which one, but it world not be
one that would be on our side of this, or at least the position that the FA has taken,
but this person did indicate a certain willingness to maybe compromise and was somewhat conciliatory.
So that was at least something hopeful. Secondly, it was very good to see we’re moving
forward with the Facilities Master Plan, the architect. We’re still very excited to see
that come to fruition. We look forward to future opportunities for seeing how it unfolds
and also having input in getting the people who will be occupying those buildings involved,
talking to the architects, and so on. So that continues to be very exciting.
Last, I will say just a little bit about the steering, Collegial Steering Committee meeting,
which was pretty interesting from my perspective, being kind of in the core of humanities and
philosophy. It’s always very nice to get a chance to kind of promote our side of the
educational endeavor and try to make the case for, from my perspective at least, there really
is no sharp divide between humanities and other aspects of education. Everybody is more
than just what they do in a job. Everybody we like to think eventually will come to the
same questions that we have the privilege of spending our careers studying and writing
about and reading about and talking about. So it was a very nice opportunity to have
that conversation with administrators and board members.
So that’s all I have. Kind of quiet these days.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Dennis? Thank you for stick around on Spring Break
and reporting to us.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: No problem. Actually,
I’m not really here. This is a — (Inaudible). I’m at a beach in Baja, California, sipping
a pina colada.>>Chair Greg Musil: We could have met you
there. Thank you very much. Appreciate the good work of our faculty. Okay, Johnson County
Education Research Triangle. Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you, Mr.
Chairman. Before I start, though, you made a comment about the tenure of some of the
other boards. This — this community college has a history of board members in the early
stages being on for long periods of time as well. So I don’t know that that’s so much
different here. It’s a little — now the board tenure is a little bit shorter, but anyway.
I’m pleased to present the report for the Johnson County Education Research Triangle
Authority, or J-CERT. Because the authority has not met since our last meeting, my report
will be brief. I am pleased to report that sales tax receipts for February were $1,720,272.58,
which is up from same time last year 11%. Mr. Carter mentioned that 64 million on the
state revenue, so maybe there’s something happening there. The next meeting of the Johnson
County Education Research Triangle will be on Monday, April 10th, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.,
at the K-State Olathe campus, which is 22201 West Innovation Drive in Olathe. And Mr. Chairman,
before I conclude my report, I’ll just direct anyone who wants more information about the
triangle to go on the website again. It’s www.JOCOTriangle.com. And that concludes my
report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Great. I appreciate you
mentions the website because we take for granted sometimes how much good this one-eighth cent
sales tax has done over the last almost ten years now. Adopted in 2008 — 1998. 2008.
2008. Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.
Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
KACCT has not met since our last meeting. And our next meeting is in June. But I would
like to take a few minutes to amplify a couple of things that have been said today, both
by your remarks of the Kansas Board of Regents dinner last night and Dr. Sopcich’s report.
In the — in the essence of reaching out by the Kansas Board of Regents to community college,
we — the community colleges were invited to be on a panel yesterday afternoon in front
of the monthly Board of Regents meeting, and I was honored and privileged to represent
Johnson County Community College, along with my colleague from Pratt and from Barton County
Community College. I also had the privilege of sitting next to a board member, although
technical schools don’t have trustees, they had a representative there to speak about
the technical colleges, and he was from Northwest Technical School in Kansas, also on the Board
of Education for 32 years, K-12 Board of Education for 32 years. And so it was really helpful
for me to sit by him and hear that while their superintendent of schools just retired, they
had combined the superintendent with the elementary principal. I think they have less than 500
students K-12. They work through the Kansas School Boards Association and evidently, if
I heard him right, there are currently 65 openings in the state of Kansas for superintendents
and principals. They had five applicants, interviewed two. And so — but he was excited
because for the first time in many years their K-3 enrollment was up a few kids. Now, keep
in perspective that if the K-12 is less than 500, that K-3 growth is maybe misrepresented
by a certain percentage of growth. But he was optimistic. And so I said, Why is that?
And he said, Well, interestingly, we have young farmers moving back into the area. And
if you have followed Western Kansas, you know that moisture is kind of important, and the
farming industry is kind of related to that. And so it just — it just made me pause and
think of the challenges that our colleagues have around the state trying to provide equitable
and appropriate education for their children. So that was very interesting.
The charge we had was to talk about attainment practices and community outreach, and Dr.
Sopcich has mentioned some of that attainment. I’m so pleased that we have a talented staff,
Dr. Weber, Dr. McCloud, Kate, others, Terri Schlicht, to help provide information for
the report that I gave, and I think sometimes when we look at Dr. Sopcich’s report and its
many pages, as trustees, I’m challenging us to make sure we look at that detail. One of
the items I spoke to yesterday was the CoLab center, and if you look at that report again,
and you look at what happened in January, we’ve expanded from 45 to 68 hours, we’ve
had 97 events, 1,764 attendees, impacting almost 850 students in community outreach.
And the Board of Regents is interested in, okay, what are we doing to help engage and
align students’ core work of study with a job or a career opportunity. And I believe
our CoLab, our — our Collaboration Lab, is just a very powerful tool in that regard.
And I had the privilege of reporting on that. Our Honors Program has gone up to 160 hours
of community service. We’ll be recognizing those students at graduation with certain
banners. And again, the idea is to have purposeful and meaningful alignment of our students out
in the community, hopefully to encourage and motivate them to follow through with that
career. Dr. McCloud gave a nice piece of information.
We’ve — we’ve — we say we need more money all the time and we need more money, and I
think our administrative staff has done a nice job of carving out some mini grants.
They total about $500. And these are available to faculty to make decisions with and for
students on programs out in community outreach into the community area. That’s a real positive
event. Our student advocate program, as you remember, is for first semester students,
and again, to try and engage our students in purposeful and meaningful employment and
community service. But I had the privilege of highlighting our
PAVE program and our Student Senate president, Don Whitton. As you know, the peer advisor
for veterans education is PAVE, we were involved in that in May of 2016, and if you remember
the last report, we were recognized. We’re one of 42 colleges in the country, partnership
with the University of Michigan. I know the faculty and staff and the audience know this,
but I’m basically sharing this for the community’s benefit. We were — of those 42 colleges and
universities, we were named No. 1 in November on how we interact with students of need.
And while the program is designed for veterans, it’s a model for all students. Driving to
Topeka yesterday, I had KCUR on, public radio seems to be impacting a lot of us, and a report
just was released by ACCT yesterday through the University of Wisconsin Hope Center where
— and I have a colleague in Wisconsin on the ACCT board who has been consistently reminding
us about student wellness and mental health. And this report was conducted over 33,000
students in 70 community colleges in 24 states. It was one of the larger surveys done. And
in that report, it showed that 33% of our community college students nationwide are
lacking food, something to eat. I’m not saying they’re starving, but food is a big issue.
It doesn’t relate to geographic area. It doesn’t relate to inner city pockets of poverty. It
appears to be across the country, all segments. And interestingly, almost 14% of those students
are homeless. So think about I’m hungry, I have no place to sleep, I may have children
I’m putting in school, I’m trying to increase my education as well. The challenge of — of
a portion of our community college students is very challenging, and I, Dr. Sopcich, want
to commend you and our staff on the variety of programs we have to — to help students
be successful. And — and the reason I was so proud to talk
about Don Whitton is if you’ve visited with him, and I shared with the Board of Regents,
here’s a young man in his middle 30s. He’s — he’s done a few tours on behalf of our
country, defending our country, in the Middle East. And when you hear Don Whitton talk about
the pride he has in this PAVE program and when he sits down and says, you know, we had
113 interactions, 265 outreach attempts, and a cohort of over 70 students, and I believe
we’ve helped some students with mental depression and suicide prevention. And so my challenge
to the Board of Regents is, maybe we shouldn’t be thinking about student attainment as much
as we should be thinking about student wellness, because with wellness perhaps comes a better
chance for attainment. So I’m just pleased to have represented the
college in that regard and, Dr. Sopcich, I for one, again, very much appreciate those
pages and pages of detail, and I would challenge all of us to dig down a little bit deeper
and understand what in the world it is our faculty and staff and students are doing on
this campus every day to help students — help students find just a little bit more success
and maybe get a job and improve their — improve their life style. Thank you. That concludes
my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Trustee Cook.
And we — we received very positive reviews at the Board of Regents meeting last night,
dinner last night, about your presentation on the panel. So you’re kind of a rock star
in the Board of Regents. So expect some more invitations probably.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Foundation report will
be by Ms. Ingram, Trustee Ingram. So I don’t think we have a Foundation report. The next
item on the — on our agenda is the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda is a group of routine
items that have been reviewed by committees or otherwise and are ready for approval in
one motion. Any member of the board can pull any item off the Consent Agenda so it can
be debated and discussed separately. Is there any item on the Consent Agenda that anybody
would like to discuss separately? If not, I’m ready for a motion to approve the Consent
Agenda as published.>>So moved.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to approve the Consent Agenda. All in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously. We have no Executive Session
tonight. It is five til 6:00. I think we’ll just linger here for an hour or so, just —
(Laughter.) Is there a motion to adjourn?
>>So moved.>>Chair Greg Musil: Second?
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: All in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries.
We are adjourned. Thank you.