(Gavel)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Like to call the meeting of the Johnson County Community College Board
of Trustees for May, 2016, to order. Please help me start the meeting with the 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. We have a lively
audience tonight as we wrap up another semester. Seems like those on campus are looking forward
to some quiet time maybe this summer. Our first item on the agenda is the roll call
and recognition of visitors. Ms. Schlicht.>>Ms. Terri Schlicht: This evening’s visitors
include Pamela Valentine, Henry Sandate, Steve Waddell, Mark Klausik, Jon Roberts, Dave Kuluva,
Eric Schroeder, Olivia Roberts, Camille Roberts, Cliff Roberts and Roberta Eveslage.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Thank you all for coming.
The next item on the agenda is our Open Forum period. The Open Forum section of a board
meeting is an opportunity for members of the community to provide comments to the Board.
We’ll have one Open Forum period for each regularly scheduled board meeting. Comments
are limited to five minutes unless a significant number of speakers plan to speak, in which
case, the Chair may reduce that time frame. In order to be recognized, individuals must
register at the door at each board meeting prior to the Open Forum agenda item.
When addressing the Board, registered speakers are expected to be respectful and civil and
should not address matters related to individual personnel matters with the College. As a practice,
the College does not respond in this setting when matters concern personnel issues or matters
are being addressed through our established grievance or suggestion policies or otherwise
under review by the College or the Board. I’m not aware of anybody having signed up
for this evening so we’ll move on to the next agenda item, which is Awards and Recognitions.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil. I’d like to ask Karen Martley, our Associate
Vice President of Continuing Education, to come to the podium. Karen.
Ms. Karen Martley: And Mark and Debbie, if you would come forward.
Well, tonight I want to recognize two of our college employees who most recently completed
the Kansas Community College Leadership Program. And this is a nine-month program where the
participants go across the state and attend training in community colleges. They arrive
on a Thursday, where they start the training in the afternoon, and go through Friday until
I think about 1:00. But sometimes the drive is all day Wednesday to get there. So, it’s
a rigorous program. They talk about issues in community colleges.
They talk about leadership, development related issues, trends; and also share a lot of best
practices back and forth. They each complete an individual project as part of their completion
of the program. But I think one of the most valuable pieces is all the networking that
they do with their peers across the state. So this year we have two graduates of the
program I want to recognize. Mark Swails, Associate Professor and Librarian; and Debbie
Rulo, Director of Continuing Education. They both completed all of the requirements of
the program. So, congratulations. (Applause)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Karen, if I could — that’s an outstanding program and it’s great to see
Kansas is actually pulling people together like that for leadership roles. But I’d like
to recognize Trustee Jerry Cook who in his role with the KACCT was really instrumental
in making this happen. So, Jerry, an outstanding program.
Ms. Karen Martley: Yes, they sponsor the program. That’s great.
Next I’d like to ask Elisa Waldman to come forward. She is our Regional Director of the
JCCC Small Business Development Center and she will be presenting the next three awards
tonight.>>Ms. Elisa Waldman: I brought the whole crew.
Good evening. It is lovely to be before you all.
In 2015, the Small Business Development Center, which we call the SBDC, provided business
advising and training to over 1500 small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The SBDC
assisted these non-traditional students and community leaders in starting 74 businesses,
raising $14.6 million in capital, and creating and retaining over 600 jobs.
While we enjoy boasting about the economic impact of our SBDC team and the College, the
real kudos belongs to our clients. Each year in March, the Kansas SBDC honors our clients
at our Emerging and Existing Business of the Year ceremony in Topeka where the clients
are presented on the floors of the Kansas House of Representatives, the Kansas Senate
and honored in an evening ceremony. This year we also recognized one business as the Kansas
SBDC exporter of the year, and that award winner is one of our JCCC clients. We wanted
to give all of you an opportunity to recognize these incredibly hard-working, dedicated and
innovative entrepreneurs. Our Emerging Business of the Year is Athletic
Testing Solutions. You can wave. Identify yourselves. Owned by David Kuluva and Eric
Schroeder in Overland Park. This innovative business saves the lives of young athletes
by offering mobile heart checks. Our Existing Business of the Year is CTe Learning,
Steve Waddell, in Olathe. Steve designs interactive online learning platforms.
And finally, our Exporting Business of the Year is Custom Storefronts, Inc. owned by
Jon and Camille Roberts in Olathe. Custom Storefronts designs and builds retail storefronts
for major brands all over the world. So please join me in congratulating these
deserving business owners. (Applause)
>>Mr. Jon Roberts: My name is Jon Roberts. I’m with Custom Storefronts. Camille and I
founded this business in 2002 and we’ve worked extremely hard, I know just like everybody
else standing up here has, and took a lot of sweat equity and everything else to make
the business happen. But the SBDC — we reached out to John years ago with help on a web site
when we really wanted to kind of take our business to the next level and the SBDC has
been fabulous. What a great group of people there. You should be very proud to have them
as a part of the Johnson County Community College community. Thank you very much. We
appreciate it. (Applause)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: I have to ask you a question. Who came up with the concept of Creative Storefronts?
Mr. Jon Roberts: I worked for a company called Harding Glass years ago. And I started working
in their IT department and then moved on to what we called the national accounts program.
And it was at that time that the door was opened to the fact that there were a lot of
national retailers all over the country that wanted a more specialized product than what
some of the major manufacturers offered. So, they may want some twist on a glazing system
that you would see in your buildings. They might want something special with that, or
custom doors, things of that nature. And then ultimately a company like ourselves that can
compile and fabricate all of that and then ship it to any of their locations anywhere
in the United States, and then all over the world. So, in 2015 and 2016 we shipped to
Russia, to the Philippines, to Mexico, to Guam, Saudi Arabia, UAB, all over. Anywhere
those retail national partners had — well, they had their international partners in terms
of franchisees and that’s what we did. So it’s just kind of a unique niche. But that’s
how I got into it.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s great. Thank you.
>>Mr. Jon Roberts: Thank you, Joe. Thank you very much.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Do you have somebody to introduce?
>>Mr. Jon Roberts: I do. Thank you. My two children. Clifford, if you would stand up.
(Applause)>>Mr. Jon Roberts: And Olivia. Clifford is
my graduating 8th grader tonight. So, I remember when I was a kid, we didn’t graduate from
8th grade, but now — these two have graduated from kindergarten and now 8th grade. Olivia
is a junior .>>Unidentified Speaker: A what?
>>Mr. Ron Roberts: I’m sorry. She’ll be a junior next year. I’m already on to next year,
Olivia. At St. James. And Clifford is also going to attend St. James.
Thank you, Joe. Appreciate it.>>Mr. Steve Waddell: Yes, I’m Steve Waddell
with CTe Learning. We started with the SBDC back in 2003 and so one of the first things
I did after completing the Kauffman FastTrac Program, when they talked about, in the FastTrac
Program, that there was this thing called the SBDC. So first thing I did was went and
got someone assigned to me. And it was Malinda Bryan-Smith. And since 2003, we’ve been working
Stephanie Landis, everybody else here has been helping us. We create interactive online
education. So we do things like industry certification training for video game design and web design
and sustainable landscape and building green and all sorts of crazy kind of new career
areas. But what’s really been important with the SBDC is they’ve helped us navigate, you
know, from 2003 to now, we’ve had to navigate not only expansion, sometimes contraction
because of the economic downturn we all had — remember that? These guys — this team
has been with us every step of the way. And as entrepreneurs, you really do not exist
in a vacuum. If you do, you will you die from the vacuum. These are the people who come
to you, they’re there to be — purely to support you. Their whole agenda is to make you better
and to help you grow. And there’s a real blessing in that for every entrepreneur. And so, for
me, the big excitement for coming here tonight was to be able to say, guys, you’ve got an
incredible team here at JCCC that’s really helping our economy here and I hope you guys
always continue to support them because they do wonderful things for those of us who are
also trying to help build the economy. So, thanks for your time. Appreciate it.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Steve. (Applause)
>>Mr. David Kuluva: I’m David Kuluva and this is Eric Schroeder with Athletic Testing Solutions.
And we really developed our program as the growing concern of young athletes in the news
of dying from undetected heart abnormalities, cardiac arrest. We started the program a few
years ago and it became pretty obvious that it isn’t just athletes or the top level athletes,
and it’s not just that the kids are dropping dead on the court or field or at home; but
because of the quality of screening that we put together with our protocol, we identify
a lot of underlying heart concerns that can affect the kids’ health in the very near future
or long-term as well. What am I leaving out.?
One of the very important parts when we put our program together was making it very convenient
and affordable for the masses so that any parent or child that wanted to get their heart
screened had the ability to do so. Which we have, fortunately, accomplished very well
and have now gone out and partner with 15 of the public school districts in and around
the Kansas City area, as well as a number of private schools and sports organizations,
and continuing to raise awareness and get the word out.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: If I may. I just want to say thank you for your work. I had a cousin
in 1992, who I believe was 26-years-old, that died because — from all that we could ascertain,
the electricity in her heart stopped. So, she was home with her two children. And, sadly,
we had to bury her. And my family participated in many studies trying to determine — many
of us had tachycardia and other heart issues. So I just wanted to say thank you for that.
>>Mr. David Kuluva: A lot of families that are affected by this. Much more than most
people realize.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: I also have a question.
Do you have any plans to expand it to possibly include the neurological testing?
>>Mr. David Kuluva: We have definitely looked very closely at the concussion baseline. And
the important part of that is having the proper follow-up when a child potentially has a concussion.
That is a program we’re looking at.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Okay. Great.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: What are your backgrounds?>>Mr. David Kuluva: I come from a business
background, family-owned business, for a number of years.
>>Mr. Eric Schroeder: I’m on the clinical side. I’ve been in health care for 15 years
in a variety of roles; but, done start-ups with physician groups and that. And this was
something that kind of was born out of one of those original businesses I was part of.
And it’s been — it’s tremendously rewarding to us to find kids that have issues. It’s
not fun to call the parents and tell them that their kid’s got a problem; but it certainly
is rewarding. And most of the time, things we find can be fixed and we certainly can
circumvent those tragic events from happening.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you for your service.
In your partnership with the schools, do you then screen all students or is it an on-call?
How does your service connect with the families?>>Mr. Eric Schroeder: There’s lot of controversy
out there about the type of testing. The NCAA just went through kind of a dress-down of
their new medical director by a lot of their member schools because of wanting to mandate
EKG screenings. It was really tough for them to go about that process. One of the things
we wanted to make sure of was we weren’t going to mandate this. We do it on a voluntary basis.
But we do partner with the schools and offer it out to them. So the schools are our partners
in letting parents know this is available to them. They give us space to use to set
up our clinic and to have the kids come directly to the school rather than —
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Because I’m assuming that — maybe my assumption is totally wrong
— that most families would get this service through their primary care physician if they
thought of that for their teenager or younger children.
>>Mr. Eric Schroeder: Part of that issue is — not to get too deep in the weeds — but
you typically have to have a reason for insurance to pay for something. You can’t just go in
and say, hey, I want to test and have your insurance pay for it. So that’s issue A. Issue
B is primary care doctors don’t do the type of testing we do. They’re done in cardiology
offices. And we work very closely with a pediatric cardiologist who’s our medical director here
in town and he supports our program wholeheartedly and really gives it his all and it makes us
one of the better services in the country right now.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: And I’m sorry to delay this, but one further question is, how many
other services like yours are you aware of in the country?
>>Mr. Eric Schroeder: There’s really no other services in the country that do it like we
do. We do it like a cardiologist’s office would do. You get an EKG. You get a full-blown
echocardiogram done and that whole — the whole process and testing. So there really
aren’t any others. A lot of the other programs that go on in the country that are trying
to screen for sudden cardiac death are just doing EKG only type testing and it is not
very good.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Do you have the mobile unit outside?
(Laughter)>>Mr. Eric Schroeder: We didn’t bring it with
us tonight.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Okay. Thanks a lot.
>>Mr. David Kuluva: You know, I should certainly recognize the Small Business Development Center
also and we got in touch with Elisa Waldman early-on when we first put this project together
and they have been extremely helpful. We’ve really benefited from the relationship. Appreciate
you making it possible.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you.
(Applause)>>Chair Greg Musil: I suspect when they get
neurological testing, Trustee Lindstrom, they’ll come here first.
Very pleased to introduce now Henry Sandate. Henry was selected by this Board last Thursday
as the successor Trustee to Dr. Bob Drummond who will resign from this Board effective
June 30, 2016; and Henry will take over on July 1, 2016. Wanted to offer an opportunity
for you to introduce yourself to the community. Trustee Henry Sandate: Thank you very much.
Well, good evening, and I want to say it’s a real pleasure and honor to be here before
you all and be the incoming Board of Trustee come July 1. I just want to say it was amazing
to watch those recipients that came before me here and I think what it really says about
Johnson County Community College is how this institution really touches all aspects of
the welfare and the success of Johnson County and the surrounding area. So a lot of testimony
and a lot of compliment to what you all do out there and what you all do over here sitting
on this Board, and the leadership that President Sopcich provides and his staff. So, I’m so
honored and I’m so pleased and I am so passionate about everything that goes on here and I want
to do everything I possibly can to sustain the success and the contributions that Johnson
County Community College makes to Johnson County. And I just want to say to the people
in the audience here, the instructors, the administrators and such, I’m available. Any
time you want to contact me, please do so. I want to do everything I can to make this
institution a place where you want to be and contribute and be the very best you can be
at what you do and transforming and changing the lives of the students and anyone else
that comes in this institution from the Nerman Arts Center, to, you know, every aspect, the
gymnasium to participate in sports activities, the Arts Center, the culinary arts and such.
So, once again, I am just — I’m walking on cloud nine. Somebody asked how my week has
been and it’s been phenomenal. It’s been amazing to have people come out and acknowledge my
being appointed and complimenting me and just getting behind me and the support and such
and so I appreciate all that you all do. I appreciate all that you all do out there as
instructors and administrators and I’m just looking forward for July 1 to come around
so I can be a part of it all. Thank you very much.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you very much for coming.
(Applause)>>Chair Greg Musil: I think it’s safe to say,
Henry, you brought that passion last week and you kept it up to this week and that’s
what we’re looking forward to because you’re excited about this and excited about education
as a whole. Thank for you coming out today. The next item is our college lobbyist report.
Mr. Carter.>>Mr. Dick Carter: I’ll bring my water up
this evening with me in the event that I have a similar episode as last month.
It’s not often that I get to follow good news with delivering some good news and so I do
have some for you this evening. The veto session came to an end at about 3:30 in the morning
on Monday, May, 2nd. It is one of the shortest Legislative sessions in Kansas history. I
think it was the fourth shortest in Kansas history, which is interesting since last year
was one of the longest that we’ve had. The other good news is that not only are our legislators
out of town when they would have been in Topeka at this time last year; but relatively across
the board as it relates to the community college sector, very little harm was done and that’s
something that we need to make sure that we recognize. I would follow that up by saying
we may not be done yet. Many folks think that there will be a special session that is called.
I think a lot of that depends on the findings of the Supreme Court, and I’ll talk a little
bit about that a little bit later in my report. The big piece that needed to be completed
in the veto session was the budget; and that was completed. It passed the House with just
the necessary amount of votes required. And 22-18 in the Senate. I called the budget unbalanced
in my report and I call attention to that because the requirement that the Legislature
has is that they must pass a constitutionally balanced budget for the Governor to review
and sign. The bill that arrives on his desk will require some cuts to make it balance.
To the tune of, over two years, about $185 million, again, from KDOT; about 92 million
from KPERS by not making the fourth payment in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.
There is some tobacco money that has been placed in the budget. It is probably good
news that they did not securitize the Master Settlement for the tobacco money, which means
we’ll continue to be able to manage that money at the state level; and hopefully it will
at some point return to where it needs to go, which is for children’s programs and early
childhood education programs. All of this happens, and then a day or two
later, while the credit rating wasn’t negatively downgraded, there was a negative memo, or
recognition, if you want to call it that, sent by the Moody’s credit rating organization.
And so I think that, again, a lot of folks take a look at that type of thing — and the
reason was specifically for sweeping money out of the bonds of the proceeds of KDOT.
Again, like I mentioned, there were no cuts to the community college system yet. That
is good news. But, again, we still have to get out of whatever cuts may be made through
the allotment process granted to the Governor, not only by law, but by specific proviso in
the budget bill; and so we’ll see what happens when that bill gets signed and moved on down
the road. The — I would say that as a result and at
about the time that we were meeting last month, the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group had
just completed their meetings. I don’t know that we knew all of the results yet. But they
did, once again, revise for the second time in this fiscal year the budget numbers; and
so that helped April come through at about $2.8 million ahead of what the revenue expectations
were. That’s great. The budget that was passed on to the Governor has about a 24 to o $27
million ending balance in it. You have to assume, then, that May and June — we have
two months left to complete this fiscal year — will be on target if not below. Considering
April is your big tax collection month, I think a lot of people have their eyes on what
will happen over the course of the next two months as we approach the end of the fiscal
year. The other piece of good news is — and I did
report on this but it hadn’t — the actual work had not been completed yet — the JCCC
GED accelerator inclusion piece was included in a conference committee report that was
ultimately agreed to, signed and agreed to by both the House and the Senate and that
bill has been sent to the governor for approval. The Legislature, while it was debating and
trying to figure out how to get out of town, rejected a proposed tax fix. There was a bill
out there that would have repealed the — all C, S corp income tax pass-through provisions
that were passed in 2012. That bill failed on a vote of 45-74 in the House, which means
it didn’t even need to go to the Senate. It was an up or down type of vote. It wasn’t
something that was debatable. The tax lid that I’ve talked about throughout the year,
or the amendments to the tax lid legislation, passed. The Legislature also, in the final
day, final time period. The good news about that is that it added some additional exemptions
for local units of government. And the continued good news is that community colleges are still
not subject to anything that is contained in the tax lid legislation that was passed
last year or the amendment that was passed this year.
Another piece of good news: No bad things happened to KPERS. There was lots of concern
about a final average salary calculation, the way it would make changes to the way the
final average salary was calculated. That particular piece was ultimately amended down
to just be a reporting function; and in the final analysis, nothing related to that particular
piece was included in the KPERS legislation that passed or was forwarded on to the Governor
for signature. Finally, just one other piece of information
that relates to other legislation, if you will, that moved through the process and that
was a conference committee report related to guns. I only report on this because it’s
interesting how the issue came up. JCCC, as well as many other local units of government
or public building institutions, have filed for a four-year exemption. There was a timeline
process about how you could file for that exemption. The exemption was to last four
years. But there was not necessarily a closure on that particular piece included in the original
legislation. One of the — one of the amendments to a bill — I happened to be in the hearing
when — in February, when the particular legislator was present to offer the technical amendments.
They weren’t discussed because typically a technical amendment means nothing substantive
changes to a bill. We find out after the fact that what the technical amendment did was
move the implementation date up to July 1 of 2017 where I think many folks thought that
the four-year exemption might go on through the end of December. Now, I have communicated
with our general counsel. Their group that meets together on a regular basis, they’ve
been aware of that earlier date as being part of the conversation. But I think it speaks
a little bit to how business is conducted in Topeka and that’s the primary reason that
I report it to you is that when you talk about something that is technical, it shouldn’t
necessarily change the substantive impact of a bill or a piece of legislation.
So, finally, earlier this week on Tuesday — some of you may have tuned in — the Supreme
Court of Kansas held arguments on the Gannon case to determine whether or not the legislature
met the equitable portion of school funding. There was lots of hard questions asked. If
you listened, it sounded like the tone of the court was not necessarily in favor of
the State; however, we don’t know what the court’s ultimate decision is going to be.
Again, we are going to see things unlike we’ve ever seen before come November with respect
to at least four members of the Supreme Court who are up for retention. And there will be
an all-out campaign with lots of money being sent to Kansas that you’ll never see reported
because it’s not required to be reported and there will be campaigns likely on the radio,
on TV, and on billboards and on mailers working to have four of the justices not retained.
They’re not politicians, and this is new to them, and I’ve mentioned this before in my
reports and I think it’s probably one of the most important things we’ll be observing this
election cycle. It won’t be the House and Senate races. There’s already going to be
some changes there that we’re aware of. This is a big deal. And what I’ve been telling
folks is if you’re okay with each level of government saying the same thing, then you
need to vote accordingly. If, on the other hand, you think that we ought to have a system
that was orchestrated by the folks who set up this country that has a checks and balances
system to it, you also need to vote accordingly. And you need to pay attention to what is going
on at that level. It’s going to be a big deal and it will impact Kansas for a long time
to come on some very major issues that really take up a small amount of the court’s time.
So that’s going to be interesting to watch. That’s kind of an interesting way to end a
report on the fact that the court, the high court, is reviewing the school funding case.
That will probably determine whether or not we’re back this summer for a special session.
Like I said, many think we will be, to address those issues.
And then, finally, the legislature will be back on June 1st, which is also the filing
deadline for folks who are interested in running for public office, for sine die, which is
generally the formal closing of the legislature. In fact, it’s not necessarily required attendance.
Many times people don’t attend. We’re not aware of any issues that need to be addressed
or any actual business that needs to be taken care of on the 1st; but there’s still some
time left between now and then and the Governor still has some bills that are on his desk
that have not been signed or vetoed or addressed. So we’ll see what happens there as to whether
or not we actually have some real business to take care of on June 1st or if it’s just
a formal closing of the 2016 legislature. So, Mr. Chair, I would stop there and attempt
to address any questions that there may be.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Mr. Carter.
Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Will you remind me
— when will a special session — when would you predict that that would actually occur
should it be needed?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Yeah, I think it could
occur any time.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Any time.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Any time between the time sine die occurs and December 31st, 2016. It
is an election year. That is something that leadership certainly is aware of and those
folks want to be out working. There is some thought that it could come in September, which
is a time frame that would be after the primary. But it could come as early as July.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Okay. Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair. Trustee Carter, why — it’s my understanding
that there’s some people unhappy with the court. Why are they unhappy with the court,
the Kansas Supreme Court?>>Mr. Dick Carter: I think just like any particular
body that is involved in public policy, you’re always going to have supporters and detractors.
And some in the legislature think that the court is an activist court. I’m using words
that they would use. And so, depending on what the issue may be, and sometimes it can
be a moving target, the effort would be to not retain a judge. And we’ve never really
seen that type of effort play out in Kansas. I think last election cycle was the first
time we saw something come fairly close for a particular Supreme Court justice to not
be retained. He was in fact retained, but I think —
>>Trustee Lee Cross: So if I may, it’s like a power struggle. Sort of like when FDR tried
to pack the courts. There are some members of the government that are upset with policy
rulings by members of the court. Would that be a fair characterization?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Yes. It’s not any different than — we have a nominee at the federal level
right now who likely will not have a hearing. I mean, you see it at all levels. But I think
your analysis is correct.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
But, Dick, isn’t the main issue of this issue of re-election, re-appointments, over who
should make the decision on what’s proper funding for K-12 schools? Aren’t there legislators
that believe that it’s their responsibility to set the appropriation and not the Supreme
Court’s responsibility to question them on that?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: I think that’s one piece. I think if you look at some of the groups
who have already been public in their advocacy for not retaining Supreme Court justices,
the issue is a little bit different; but that is one piece of the overall puzzle.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Anybody else? I guess my only comment — I have to always comment
at the end — is that good news is clearly relative. The good news is that, although
higher education has been battered and children’s programs have been cut and our highway funds
are being spent for anything other than highways, and KPERS will not get a $93 million contribution
this year but it will be put off for two years and paid back with interest —
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Eight percent.>>Chair Greg Musil: Pinky swear, as the “Kansas
City Star ” said. At some point — I sit up here and almost feel guilty that we are not
part of the cut. I hate to say that. But everything else has been rather dreary and we have been
— and I think for good reason because people recognize our value — but there are lots
of things going on. I appreciate you mentioned judicial independence because if the voters
of Kansas kick off one or two or three or four Supreme Court justices in this election,
then every future Supreme Court justice will be looking over their shoulder at political
interest groups and they’ll be asked to follow the governor and the legislature no matter
what, and we will have a different kind of court and a different kind of society. So
I appreciate your bringing that up. I would suspect, if the court were to order schools
not to open, which was the ultimate threat, then the special session would have to be
probably before mid-August.>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Or June.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: And even as Trustee Sharp mentioned, it could be in the month of June
if the deadline to not fund schools is July 1. So, it could be earlier.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: The Governor calls a special session; right? So it’s essentially
at the declaration of the Governor?>>Chair Greg Musil: I don’t know who all — I
don’t know if a certain number of legislators — on this body, a certain number of you can
call a special meeting or I can call a special meeting. I’m not sure at the state level but
–>>Mr. Dick Carter: I’d have to visit my Kansas
Constitution class notes for that one.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Dr. Sopcich, anything?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Dick, I’ve got quick question
for you. So, elections are coming up in November. Is every representative and senator up for
election?>>Mr. Dick Carter: Yeah. All 165 Kansas legislators.
So 40 in the Senate; 165 in the House.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: So if people are put in
those positions that are different from who they are today, is it possible to go back
in and change legislation?>>Mr. Dick Carter: It is and it could be.
I don’t think it will happen immediately; but certainly it could happen, uh-huh.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Important deadlines. June 1 is the filing deadline for all candidates.
I think early June is the deadline to change your party registration.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: It’s the same as filing — June 1 is —
>>Chair Greg Musil: June 1. July 12 is the last day to register for the August primary.
July 13th is the first day to ask for advanced ballot —
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: No. July 13 is when ballots are mailed. You can ask for an
advanced ballot right now. And you should. And if you want one, please call me.
>>Chair Greg Musil: I know we have a representative of the League of Women Voters here who will
be out helping people figure out how to vote in Kansas and register in Kansas.
Thank you, Mr. Carter, for your service this year. Another very active year protecting
our interests and trying to figure out exactly what’s going on in Topeka. Thank you.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. The next item
on the agenda is the Audit Committee report. The Audit Committee met this past Thursday,
May 5th, at 9:00 a.m. in this room. The first item on the agenda was meeting with our audit
partners, Rubin Brown, CPAs, Kaleb Lilly, Katherine Gerdes and Courtney Hyland were
here and explained the budget process that will include a lot of people on our campus
and Dr. Larson’s area to make sure that our year-end budget is audited appropriately for
a public institution. One of the things that Mr. Lilly mentioned
and I’ll bring up here — you did not get the minutes in this packet because there wasn’t
time, they will be in next month’s packet — but as head of the audit, he asked that
anybody on this Board that had any suspicions or indications or concerns about any fraudulent
or improper activity, make those known to him, and in the minutes you will have his
phone number and e-mail. It’s always important that the leadership of any institution be
aware of that and report anything to auditors if they know about it.
Our internal audit had completed an audit of our payroll department and reported on
that. We reported on quarterly projects that are ongoing with the internal audit.
The follow-up matrix of what has been accomplished in various audits on campus. We reported on
the JCCC ethics report line, which is our place to report any concerns you have on campus.
You can do so anonymously or you can do so by giving your name. And we also compared
those, with the help of Janelle and her team, to external audit benchmarks to see how we’re
doing in terms of how many of ours are anonymous versus how many people give their name, how
many of the complaints are validated and how many are not, what’s the turn-around time.
And in all instances, we’re at or near the national benchmark average.
We had a report on the behavioral intervention team looking for students and others on campus
that exhibit behavior that may need some intervention so we can provide them assistance. Dr. Weber
went through the student complaint process which is being driven by federal regulations
to improve the way we report, track and centralize how student complaints are kept. And then
we had a couple of executive briefings as well.
Next meeting was set for August 4th, 2016. Be happy to try to answer any questions. I
don’t think Janelle is here — there she is, I thought she was not going to help me at
all. Are there any questions about the Audit Committee? If not, the next item is the Collegial
Steering committee which I participated in with members of the Faculty Association, the
Faculty Senate, Ed Affairs and the President’s Cabinet. Trustee Sharp was there as well.
You weren’t at that meeting? That’s right. You had an excused absence.
We talked about the structure and the impact and the importance of the Kansas Association
of Community College Trustees to which this college has belonged for a long time. The
amount of money that we pay as dues to that based on full time students or student head
count. And its impact and an ongoing discussion about whether or not the risk benefit of that
— the cost benefit of that is of enough value to maintain. And it was a good discussion
on that effort. We also talked about collegial steering in general, kind of reviewed the
year to see if we were on track to accomplish what the committee was supposed to accomplish,
which is much more of a report, discuss and converse effort than a committee that’s supposed
to do something and go take action because there are other places on campus that do that.
I’d be happy to answer any questions about collegial steering.
If not, we’ll move on to Human Resources. Trustee Ingram.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes, Chair Musil. We did not meet this month so our next meeting
will be the first Monday in July.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Learning quality.
Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The Learning Quality Committee met on May 2nd, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. here in this room.
Deborah Williams, Associate Professor of Science, reported on her fall 2014 sabbatical project
during which she completed her remaining course work requirements for a Philosophy in M.A.
As part of her project, she developed an applied ethics unit for her Biology 130 course, which
applied to, among other things, bioethics and medical ethics. Gretchen Sherk and Denise
Griffey provided an update on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training
Grant Program. I love being in government because things have such long names — TAACCCT
grant. Gretchen Sherk, grant program director, and Denise Griffey, the TAACCCT research analyst,
provided updates on the TAACCCT and Accelerated Collaborative Technology Training Services,
the ACTTS. Gretchen reviewed the progress of the four-year 2.5 million federal grant
that targets four programs: Computer information systems, information technology networking,
web development and health information systems. The grant supports innovative programs that
help eligible students complete programs faster and prepare them to meet employer expectations.
Denise explained that the primary goal of the grant is to recruit, retrain — retain,
exit and employ students. Dennis Arjo, the newly elected president of the Faculty Association
and Chair of the Educational Affairs Committee, brought forward curriculum items to be approved
by the Learning Quality Committee for the 2016-2017 academic year. One new hospitality
course, HMGT-100, will provide college credit to students coming from high school culinary
programs. All changes presented will be sent to the full board for approval and can be
seen subsequently in the Consent Agenda portion of this board packet.
Ms. Clarissa Craig, Associate Vice President of Instruction, presented four agreements.
The Neurodiagnostic Technology program has been added to existing 2015-2016 agreements
and the 2016-2017 renewal agreements. Complete details can be found subsequently in the Consent
Agenda portion of this board packet. And JD Gragg, Articulation Development Coordinator,
presented information regarding the updated agreement that we have with Central Methodist
University for the Associate of Arts, Science and Applied Science degrees. This agreement
guarantees that college students — JCCC students, excuse me — who graduate with an AA or AAS
degree can enroll at CMU as juniors. CMU will accept as many as 88 hours from JCCC.
Let me ask — what were the counties affected in Missouri for the metro rate? Those are
just the border counties; right? Didn’t go into Howard County where CMU is at —
>>Chair Greg Musil: Clay, Platte, Jackson, Cass.
>>Unidentified Speaker: Yeah, I think that’s right.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: My family had a love/hate relationship with Missouri. Mine has mostly
been love so I think everything we do in Missouri is great. I think with the metro rate and
then a relationship like this with CMU is just wonderful, so I wanted to commend everyone
involved in that. Mr. Chair, this will complete the minutes
for me. And, obviously, they’re included in this month’s packet.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any questions for Trustee Cross, who wore his MU colors today?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: I don’t know what it is with you. I mean, I get stuck with being
a Jayhawk and then I wear black and gold — I got — look —
(Laughter)>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. We’ll move
on to management committee. Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The Management Committee met at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4th here in this room. The
information of that management meeting is included on Pages 1-20 of your board packet.
The items that we’re about to discuss were vetted thoroughly in that meeting.
First item, Rachel Lierz, Associate Vice President of Financial Services, reviewed the management
and budget recommendations. We had a detailed budget workshop last month and we started
this whole process, as you’ll recall, with our budget timeline last December. I guess
a key point in that whole information is that our mill levy for 2016-17 will remain the
same. And our legal budget will be acted on at the Board of Trustees in August of 2016.
So we’re on our timeline. The update brought us up to speed in terms of where we are with
the budget. So I would like to make this recommendation. It is the recommendation of the college administration
that the Board of Trustees approve the fiscal year 2016-17 management budget subject to
adjustments required when final beginning balances and assessed valuation amounts have
been determined. And I’ll make that motion. And when there’s a second, I’d like to speak
to it.>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded. Discussion? Dr. Cook.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: We’ve had some discussion in the past about the management budget being
approved at this point. We have a number of issues that need to be acted upon beginning
— actually, before July 1; but as we begin the new school year. And so we’ll make the
necessary adjustments in August when we get the mill levy; but it’s imperative to help
our administration facilitate the process of getting a school year ready to approve
the management budget at this time.>>Chair Greg Musil: Other discussion? Other
discussion? In not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no.>>Trustee Lee Cross: No.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Motion carries with one negative vote. Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I guess I would like — we’ve vetted the budget. I’d like to know
what Trustee Cross’s exemption to the budget is.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Talking about the budget on Pages 1 and 2, right, of management meeting
minutes?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, I guess my question
relates to we’ve had a number of discussions in management meeting each month. We’ve had
the budget workshop. And there’s been no abstention. So I guess I’m just curious what your reason
for voting against the budget when we’ve had all these discussions is.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Sure. And numerous times here at this meetings and others I’ve expressed
reservations and disagreements I have, probably slight, the vast majority of the time I agree
with you. Here — it’s no disrespect to you, Trustee Cook. Just a fundamental difference
in opinion as to how — I’ve said numerous times, we have collected revenue and specific
items in the budgetary guidelines, the freeze on the hiring of any new full-time individuals;
and while I have confidence in this Board and its ability to do what it thinks is best,
I just respectfully disagree on this point, sir.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, I would just say that, first of all, it’s not any disrespect
to the Chair of the committee. I just think it’s important that when someone has a differing
view, they may have ideas as to how we might come to a total consensus on the budget. Particularly
when we haven’t had a lot of reaction to that during the meetings. I know that you have
been concerned about tuition increases. We’re all concerned about what our tuition rate
is. But if you have ideas about where we can generate revenue in spite of raise tuition,
I think those should be shared in our meetings and we can move forward. Just curious. And,
please, it’s no disrespect to any individual chair. I think it’s a vote of how we move
forward in consensus with supporting the college and its huge budget, not just on or two items
within the budget.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Chair, if I may.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Sir.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Trustee Cook.
I appreciate — I guess I’m somewhat surprised that you’re supervised. Out of respect to
you and other members of the Management Committee, I really don’t work to voice my opinion or
hold up the meetings in ways that I think are not going to be productive. Nevertheless,
for an actual record here, I am noting that I disagree with certain things that we do
here. I’m surprised that you’re surprised. With respect to a budget and perhaps revenue
enhancement opportunities, I think we would all agree that Topeka have a greater commitment
to programs and institutions that we have by statutes, long passed by this government,
to pay for the things that they’ve committed to do for its citizens, including but not
limited to, community college and higher education along with all of education. True, we’ve been
held harmless here. I can debate all night if you want. But I think you probably know
my points. So I’m happy for the opportunity to talk about it. I’m not sure if I brought
up my points in the committee meeting, that you would consider them. You’re a fair man,
I’ve said that to you many times privately. And I appreciate your leadership of that committee.
But I’m not sure that it would change the opinion of the administration or this Board
that I aired repeatedly and consistently my objections that I’ve noted. And we can go
back throughout the last two years when I have consistently and repeatedly voted against
the budgetary guidelines and am doing so now. It’s no disrespect to you or this committee.
It’s just my opinion and belief.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, we have a vote
of 6-1 — 5-1. Moving forward, I would hope that we could have those ideas at our Management
Committee meetings displayed and we can vet those accordingly.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: If I may. I apologize, Mr. Chair — Cook — chair of the committee,
I will gladly raise any concerns that I have in Management Committee meeting.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: I think it’s important
for everybody to understand. We will not vote on the budget until there’s a public hearing
held in August. Between now and August if — I know the administration and everybody
in the budget process is open to suggestions, ideas about where we’re spending too much,
where we’re spending too little. Revenue enhancements means tax increases on the mill levy or some
other fund. Tuition increases means more revenue to the College. If we don’t do those, where
is the revenue going to come from or where are we going to cut? So, between now and August,
if anybody that’s listening in the audience or listening, watching this later, has ideas,
or is part of this Board, I think it’s incumbent upon all of us to find better ways to do things
and to suggest them and see if we can find a way to reach a consensus. It’s not important
that we have a 7-0 vote up here; but it is important that all ideas are put on the table
so we know the consequences of them and that we all vote as informed as we can. So, I think
this has been a good start on that and I know we have several months now to improve on it.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair. The next seven recommendations are for bids,
requests for proposals. Each of these are budget-included items that we have adopted.
The first bid is for the Hospitality and Culinary Academy rooftop solar photovoltaic design
and installation. RFP 16-052. This project is funded from private dollars as well as
from the sustainability fund. It is the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board
of Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration to approve the proposal
from MC Power Companies, Inc., in the amount of $221,028, plus an additional $22,102, to
allow for contingencies for possible unforeseen costs, for a total expenditure not to exceed
$243,130 for the HCA rooftop solar PV design and installation. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Unidentified Speaker: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded
to adopt the recommendation for the Hospitality and Culinary Academy rooftop solar project.
Any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: It is the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board
of Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration to approve the low
bid of $772,390 from MTS Contracting, Inc., plus an additional $77,239 to allow for contingencies
for possible unforeseen costs, for a total expenditure not to exceed $849,629 for the
JCCC campus masonry repairs. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded
to adopt the recommendation on the campus masonry repair. All in favor — any discussion?
If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Next is the Studio A camera package bid, 16-108. This is in part
to increase our security on campus; and we’re not only putting in digital, but improving
the number of camera locations that we have. It is the recommendation of the Management
Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration
to approve the lowest acceptable bids of $112,407.15 from the B&H Photo and Electronics Corporation;
$6,348.30 from Conference Technologies, Inc; $3,590 from Woodgate Sales, LLC, for a total
expenditure of $122,346.45 for the Studio A Camera Package. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded
to adopt the recommendation. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Next — I’m sorry — next
is the bid for the Carlsen West Garage post-tensioned concrete repairs, bid 16-110. It is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the
college administration to approve the low bid of $139,500 from John Rohrer Contracting
Company, Inc., plus an additional $41,850 to allow for contingencies for possible unforeseen
costs, for a total expenditure not to exceed $181,350 for the JCCC Carlsen West Garage
post-tensioned concrete repairs. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Unidentified Speaker: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to
adopt the recommendation for the Carlsen West Garage post-tensioned concrete repairs. I
assume we already took care of the pre-tensioned concrete repairs? Is there any discussion?
All in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: The Management Committee reviewed three RFPs for on-call services.
First was the annual contract for on-call mechanical, electrical and plumbing, or MEP,
engineering services. RFP16-088. It is the recommendation of the Management Committee
that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration to approve the
proposals from the Clark Enersen Partners and Lankford Fendler and Associates for the
establishment of annual contracts for an on-call MEP engineering services at a total annual
expenditure not to exceed $150,000. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded
to adopt the recommendation for mechanical engineering and plumbing engineering services
on an on-call basis. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: It is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the
college administration to approve the proposals from Heritage Electric, LLC, and Pro Circuit
Incorporated for the establishment of annual contracts for on-call electrical repairs and
installation services at a total annual expenditure not to exceed $125,000. And I’ll make that
motion.>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to adopt the recommendation for electrical on-call
contracting. Any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Our final recommendation
is for the annual contract for on-call architectural services, RFP16-092. It is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the
college administration to approve the proposals from the Clark Enersen Partners and BBN Architects
Inc. for the establishment of annual contracts for on-call architectural services at a total
annual expenditure not to exceed $200,000. And I’ll make that motion.
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to
adopt the recommendation for on-call architectural services. Any discussion? Dr. Cook.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I would add, Mr. Chair, that Trustee Cross asked a good question during
that discussion about the need for — whether it’s on-call, these services or architectural
service, and while we have a very talented staff, there are very unique kinds of things
that we need to have support on and we had very good discussion regarding that topic.
>>Chair Greg Musil: All in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: In other committee work, information was presented about an agreement
with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, which can be found in the Consent Agenda on
Pages 42-43 of the board packet. The Management Committee also received several
reports from staff. Rachel Lierz provided a quarterly update on college investments
in the Kansas Municipal Investment Pool. Mr. Borchers presented the sole source report
as well as a summary of the awarded bids between 25,000 and $100,000. That summary is found
on Page 3-4 of the board packet. Rex Hays, Associate Vice President, Campus Services
and Facility Planning, gave a monthly update on capital infrastructure projects. And that
report is on Page 20 of the packet. That, Mr. Chairman, concludes my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Dr. Cook or members of the Management Committee? If
not, we’ll move on then to the President’s Recommendations for Action, which start with
the Treasurer’s Report. Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you, Mr.
Chairman. The Treasurer’s Report is in the board packet, Pages 23-33. And it includes
the report for the month ending March 31st, 2016. Some items of note include, on Page
1 of the Treasurer’s Report — and this is in reference to Trustee Cross’s governmental
acronyms here — it’s a General/Post-Secondary Technical Education Fund summary. As of March
31st, 75% of the College’s fiscal year had expired. Ad valorem tax distribution of $2,709,421
was received in March, as mentioned last week, but it was distributed as follows. In the
General Fund, $2,556,400. The Special Assessment Fund, $9,006. The Capital Outlay Fund was
$144,015. For a total, as mentioned previously, $2,709,400.
During the March — during March, the College made semi- annual payments of, number 13 of
20, on the series 2009 Certificates of Participation, and those are issued for the construction
of the Olathe Health Education Center, or OHEC. The College’s unencumbered cash balance
as of March 31st in all funds was $93.6 million. Which is approximately $13.2 million greater
than the same time last year. Expenditures in the Primary Operating Fund
are within approved 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 March 31st, 2016.
And I would make that motion.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Been moved and seconded to adopt the Treasurer’s Report. Is there
any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
We will move on to the Facilities Naming Committee report. Not a frequent report. And Trustee
Ingram is going to bless us with that.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. And, Mr. Chair,
I would like to go ahead and just share a little bit of history before reading the minutes
and providing a recommendation to you all. Tonight, as Trustee Liaison to the College’s
Facility Naming Committee, I have the pleasure of reporting on a naming opportunity that
was recently considered in exchange for financial contribution from the Jack F. and Glenna Wylie
Charitable Foundation. As many of you know, the current president of the JCCC Foundation
is a local businessman and entrepreneur named Brad Bergman. Brad is perhaps best known as
CEO and Chairman of the Midwest Trust FCI Advisors. He has served on the Foundation
board for more than 16 years. His companies have donated nearly $150,000 to the college
during this time, particularly in the form of sponsorships of “Some Enchanted Evening”.
Brad and his wife Libby are also past chairs of this gala.
In 2015, Brad notified Kate Allen and President Sopcich of the passing of a long time friend
of his named Jack Wylie. Jack was also a long time friend of a man named Tom McDonald. Tom
was CEO of DST Systems in Kansas City for about 30 years and more recently served as
CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. When Jack died in December, 2014, he named Brad and
Tom the co-trustees of his charitable estate. Brad and Tom spent much of 2015 determining
who the recipients would be of the Wylie estate. Brad convinced Tom to take a look at the JCCC
Hospitality Culinary Academy because Jack had owned several companies during his life
that were involved in the meat industry. Tom and Brad toured the facility in October. They
met with President Sopcich and faculty Chef Felix Sturmer. Following the meeting, Tom
and Brad confirmed they would like to direct a $1 million gift to JCCC Foundation and have
the academy named Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy. After consulting with HCA leadership,
it was determined that the purpose of the gift would be twofold. First, to fund the
completion of a barbecue pavilion area adjacent to the hospitality and culinary academy with
total expenditures not to exceed 25% of the gift, or $250,000. This is important to the
donors in that it is in keeping with Jack’s professional ties to the meat industry. This
was also part of the original vision of the building but was value-engineered out of the
final design. HCA leadership will work with Facilities on the design and completion of
this outdoor classroom and event space. The remaining funds, at least $750,000, will establish
an endowment within the JCCC Foundation. Annual earnings will underwrite travel expenses related
to competitions, staff development and study-abroad opportunities. There are not college resources
readily available to cover the breadth of these opportunities and it is believed this
is the best use of the funds to ensure the internationally renowned reputation of the
academy. The Facility Naming Committee convened in
February to consider this nomination of a named facility. The committee reviewed the
proposal and subsequent gift agreement and was satisfied with the background check performed
on the donor and his related companies. So, I’ll continue with the minutes of our
February meeting which was held on February 25th. We met at 4:00 p.m. in the Bodker Room.
Those present were Kate Allen, Bryan Biggs, Mary Birch, Anne Hunt, Nancy Ingram, Greg
Musil, Ron Palcic, Alex Rowe and Dr. Joe Sopcich. The purpose of the meeting was to review the
Nomination for Facilities Naming forms submitted on behalf of the co-trustees of the estate
of Jack Wylie, and if appropriate, to recommend to the Trustees the naming of the facility
in the donors’ honor. The committee reviewed the nomination form.
Joe Sopcich and Kate Allen provided special insights about the nominee and the timeline
leading up to the gift proposal. After discussion and later review of the gift agreement, the
committee approved to recommend to the Board of Trustees the following naming of the facility.
The JCCC Hospitality and Culinary Academy would be named Wylie Hospitality and Culinary
Academy. Therefore, Mr. Chairman, I bring forward the following recommendation. That
the Facilities Naming Committee recommends the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation
to name our Hospitality and Culinary Academy in honor of the donor, naming it Wylie Hospitality
and Culinary Academy. And I so move.>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded to name the HCA facility the Wylie Hospitality
and Culinary Academy. I was part of the committee. We have a committee that includes students,
faculty, administration, Foundation, Board of Trustee members; and that’s who met in
February to review this. It’s a sizeable gift. We don’t get as many of these as we would
like for a million dollars. I think it’s unique because it mixes bricks and mortar with program
and that endowment will allow future students to benefit from something other than simply
bricks and mortar; and as we go into our Next 50 Program, we know that bricks and mortar
are important, but programming is important, and so we’ll be looking for people to help
with that. Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: I have a question
and I can ask it now — and I’m going to, by the way, I will be in favor of it and I
would have seconded the motion — but I have a question regarding building naming; and
this in particular, not the person, but the — I guess the philosophy of doing this. And
should I ask it now or wait until after the vote?
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s fine now. I mean, I will do my best — we have naming policies
that are in place at the college and they look at several different factors, including
a sizable donation, including longtime outstanding service to the college. All of those recommendations
have to come in through a nominating form. A background check is run.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: I’m comfortable with all of that, that that’s being done.
My specific question would be: Does this become a contractual obligation on the part of the
college if we vote on it; or can a future Board turn around or contradict what we do
today?>>Chair Greg Musil: There’s a naming agreement
which includes both — the expectations of both parties that the building will be named
this but that in the future there are opportunities to change that name for a variety of reasons,
I would say, and the donor is aware of those. So, we are contractually obligated with out’s.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Okay. That makes sense. Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I, too, will support the motion. I have a little bit of familiarity — I never can say
that word — with Mr. Wylie and Mr. McDonald and Mr. Bergman, and I know that it’s in the
best interest of the school to accept this gift, very generous gift, and move forward
accordingly. But my concern is that whenever there’s a brand name change, how do we go
about promoting that brand? When we go from the Johnson County Community College Hospitality
and Culinary Academy, what efforts will we take so that nationwide and internationally,
all of a sudden, the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy becomes known to the nation?
Because the brand of the hospitality program is widely known throughout the country and
internationally as the Johnson County Culinary Program. So it’s just, I guess, a challenge.
I wouldn’t have a nice meeting if I didn’t challenge somebody, as I challenge my colleague
Mr. Cross, but I think that’s something we should take into consideration because we
do have a terrific brand upon which to build.>>Chair Greg Musil: Mr. Gray back there — I’m
not exactly sure what your title is, Chris, but I notice he’s listening to you. I know
the Foundation is interested in that. And I suppose the worst thing that happened would
not be that — when you hear Wharton School of Business, you think of University of Pennsylvania
— that if it ended up you heard Wylie Hospitality and Culinary Academy, you thought of Johnson
County Community College. But I’m sure the logo and the name will be on anything that
we brand with it. So, but it’s worth noting because we do have a brand out there that
is recognized. Any other discussion? If not, I’ll explain
that under our facilities naming policy, a super majority vote of at least five members
is required for a naming. So it would be five out of six tonight would be required. All
those in favor say yes. (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Matter carries 6-0. Thank you, Trustee Ingram.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: You’re welcome.>>Chair Greg Musil: Dr. Sopcich. You get to
talk.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil.
We would like to thank the Trustees for approving that recommendation. The other night our Foundation
Executive Board met in the Simulation Center and that center is there thanks to philanthropy.
That’s what got it started. The Trustees had matched funds. But thanks to that initial
start-up by the philanthropic gift of Dr. Zamierowski, we now enjoy a regional and national
reputation for excellence in health care simulation. So hopefully this will also supplement our
reputation at the HCA. So thank you very, very much.
This is a great time of the year, as was evidenced before the meeting started with all the buzz
in the room. And I’d like to follow up on that because there’s all kinds of recognition
events and semester-end events, awards and recognitions that people are receiving, and
I will share with you a few of those. If you were following me on Twitter and were one
of my 266 followers — you laugh Trustee Sharp —
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Sorry. Your monologue —
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you. You would know about some of these events.
This past Tuesday we had our GED graduation. 100 graduates walked across the stage. Andy
Anderson was our commencement speaker and somehow managed to weave “Homer” enter his
address, which was a wonderful speech, Andy. Thank you. But I have to say that you were
overshadowed by the incredible student speakers. Not to say that you didn’t do a great speech;
but the students were absolutely fantastic as they talked about their lives of adversity
and how this college and the people of this college helped them overcome that adversity.
I’d like to recognize Janice Blansit and her outstanding team; and how they work with our
GED students is really amazing. So, thank you, Janice.
May 8 was Mother’s Day, and on May 7th we hosted “STEM: It’s a Girl Thing”, which was
a seminar for 100 fifth and sixth grade girls from area schools. It was absolutely electrifying.
If you thought there was a buzz in this room before this meeting, you should have been
in the Nerman and the Hudson auditorium when that started. And what was also interesting
is that most of those, if not all of those girls, were accompanied by their mothers.
So it was really a wonderful event. That was generously co-sponsored by the Skill-Builders
fund, which is related to Barbara Allen, it’s her fund. And she was a major contributor
to this event. We look forward to a future of doing more significant seminars with them.
I’d like to recognize the group that put this together, the Career Pathways team of Ginny
Krumme, Laura Swoyer and Cindy Giddings, along with Denise Griffey, Melisa Jimenez, Suneetha
Menon, Angie Sunderland, Ellyn Mulcahy and Deb Knudtson. A spectacular, spectacular Saturday
morning. On April 28, Professor Mark Raduziner and
Assistant Professor Gretchen Thum in our Journalism and Media Communications Department, sponsored
the JCCC Headline Award, which is given annually to a local marketing professional. The recipient
comes to campus to talk about marketing and gives our students an incredible opportunity
to listen, learn, network, interact with these real marketing superstars. This year’s recipient
was Jon Cook. Jon is a CEO of VML Advertising and Marketing, a very exciting agency down
in Kansas City. I think they’re actually around the world. It was clear, and he made the point,
that his agency is not to brought-to-source, but a velociraptor. You had to have been there
to understand that. It was a great presentation. He spoke about advertising in the 21st Century.
His firm is doing — they’re doing commercials for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and he shared
some of those with us. It was very, very neat. On April 27th we had our athletics awards
night. Dr. Weber was the featured speaker. Did an outstanding job addressing the athletes
and coaches. MVPs were recognized for each team. It was a great night. But perhaps the
most significant achievement was that 63% of our student athletes post a 3.0 or better
GPA. So special thanks to everyone associated with our programs. And to Carl Heinrich, the
AD. Also on April 27th, we recognized our outstanding
students. All of our students here are outstanding; but these are exemplary. And when you listen
to their stories, hear about their experience here at the college, the one thing that was
common among them was their engagement with our members of faculty and staff. And, truly,
engagement is the key to student success. Pam Vassar, I’d like to recognize Pam for
her terrific work with our students like this in arranging these programs. Christy McWard
did a terrific job working on the Cohen Series, specifically, Josh Turner, that event sold
out. That was on April 23rd. I believe some of you were in attendance.
Accounting faculty, Adam Spoolstra, along with students in his federal income tax class,
volunteered to offer free assistance to taxpayers. They served 171 taxpayers, for a total of
$310,000 in refunds. Next year we will ask for 10% of those refunds.
Lindsey Welsch, Adjunct Professor of Speech, who advises our Alpha Iota Gamma chapter of
Phi Theta Kappa, does a terrific job. Our chapter was recently recognized in many ways.
For example, our PTK officer team received honorable mention at the Kansas/Nebraska Regional
Awards. Our PTK chapter received distinguished recognition for their college project. And
our PTK team attend the Nerd Nation convention in D.C. If any of you would like to go next
year to Nerd Nation, I think you would all qualify.
(Laughter)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Additionally, JCCC debater
Eric Singleton was selected to the 2015-2016 All American Debate Team. There are only 30
students selected nationally. And Eric was one of those. Our campus will host a 2017
Cross-Examination Debate Association national tournament. The tournament will be held next
March and will bring close to 1,000 students and coaches from across the country to our
campus. Sounds like a fantastic event. We have a couple media stars in the news.
English Professor Danny Alexander was interviewed on KCUR about one of the most important artists
in pop music history, Mary Blige. And our English Professor Andrea Broomfield was guest
on NPR’s Central Standard talking about her new book “Kansas City: A Food Biography. ” No
one was interviewed on Fox Radio, nor Howard Stern.
Kansas cowboy — we hosted on our campus on April 30th the Kansas Cowboy Jubilee, it was
the first time. Exhibits of paintings, sculptures, quilts and other memorabilia; scholarly lectures,
sing-alongs, barn dancing and trick roping all revolving around Kansas cowboy culture.
We also had country western music performers Tallgrass Express, Prairie Rose Rangers and
The Hot Club of Cowtown. So we’re looking forward to next year’s Cowboy Jubilee.
This is an interesting event. World Quest 2016. World Quest 2016. It’s in Kansas City.
More than 200 business professionals, academic faculty and community members participate
in a global trivia competition. Our team consisted of Jay Antle, James Burns, Bond Faulwell,
James Leiker, Tom Patterson and William Stockton. Our team competed at the highest level. They
gave it their all; but they did not win the coveted World Quest trophy. It’s my understanding
they’re already training for next year because 2017 is going to be our year at World Quest.
I’d like to recognize our staff and organizational development team under the leadership of Karen
Martley. This team oversees and manages numerous events recognizing many of our outstanding
members of faculty and staff. Karen, thank you for all that you do at this time of the
year. It’s a lot but it’s well received and truly is one of the things that makes this
place a very special place. And lastly, coming up on our commencement,
Professor of English Steve Gerson who has taught here since 1978, will be our commencement
speaker. Steve spoke at Andy’s farewell, and I have to say it was fantastic and we’re super
excited about his commencement address. So, this is just a small sampling of what
goes on here every day on our campus and I’m honored to be able to share it with you. And
that concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Dr. Sopcich?
Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Not a question. I — when people ask why do you serve on this Board, and when one can
experience the events that take place on this campus, and we’re in a month where we’ll experience
a number of graduations, and, Andy, thank you, it was a terrific speech you gave the
other night. But as Dr. Sopcich has mentioned, for the outstanding student luncheon that
we were able to attend and the GED graduation, we each and every one of us think we have
tough times and challenges; but when you hear these stories of overcoming terrific challenges
and they then are so grateful to the people on this campus who they have — which they
have engaged, caring faculty members and caring volunteers and caring support people that
give them hope and courage for a — I’m not sure my math is very good, Ron, but I think
one of the testimonies was a young man over 60. And when he stands in front of an audience
and explains how he tried to break a cycle of dysfunction in his family and encouraged
his kids to go to college and he’s finally decided to quit lying about when he graduated
from high school when he should have graduated in 1972, which he’s been saying all along,
the other night he said now I can, without guilt, say that I graduated from high school
in 2016. I would encourage all of us as Trustees to experience all of those events and want
the community to know that you have a faculty and a campus here that thousands and thousands
of people have been grateful and give their thanks for the hope that they now have in
their lives and the courage to move on to the next step. Because Andy, we all need to
find our Ithaca. Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Very well put. Trustee
Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: I was going to
echo some of the comments that Dr. Cook just made. And also recognize the fact that all
of the things that Dr. Sopcich, President Sopcich, mentioned in tooting the horn of
this institution, which I think needs to be done more often, and in the beginning of the
program of this meeting recognizing the success and the acknowledgment that the businesses
made toward, Karen, you and your staff and your program, I think those were all wonderful
things that happen here that we need to be very vocal about. And I think that in large
measure is a reason for Johnson County Community College and community colleges in general
in the State of Kansas not being impacted by the state as other institutions and other
aspects of government have been impacted as well.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Other comments? Thank you. Those are very appropriate. I think graduation
time for me is — I think everybody that’s on this campus considers themselves a critical
thinker. And sometimes we emphasize the critical too much. And graduation is a time we can
say, you know what, it works. And for all the kind of sometimes serious nitpicking and
sometimes not so serious nitpicking that we do about how we run things, as critical thinkers,
we do a pretty good job and our faculty and staff do a great job of turning out kids whose
families, whether it’s the clear graduation or the challenged adults or somebody getting
their GED at age 63 or somebody getting their associates degree is just as proud as somebody
walking across the stage at Harvard getting their Doctorate this year. And probably in
many ways, harder earned. And so I think as we’re all critical thinkers, let’s take advantage
during the month of May to think positive. And one of my favorite quotes always is that
God made it so it’s not easy for the human body to either kick yourself in the tail or
pat yourself on the back. But we could pat ourselves on the back a little bit.
Let’s move on to the Faculty Association report. Mr. Palcic, I understand you have an introduction
to make.>>Mr. Ron Palcic: Yes.
>>Unidentified Speaker: No new business?>>Chair Greg Musil: Oh, I’m sorry. No old
business. And I’m listed under new business. I’m hoping someone will remind me — nominating?
No.>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Unless Dr. Cook
is –>>Chair Greg Musil: I think the new business
was going to be a report from the nominating committee. Are you prepared to make that report?
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Mr. Chair, we are.>>Chair Greg Musil: Please.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: If you would like that at this point, we’re happy to —
>>Chair Greg Musil: I’m so excited to get to the Faculty Association report. Please
report that back.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Last month you appointed
Trustee Lindstrom and I to serve on the nominating committee; and while we won’t vote on these
officially until our June board meeting, I wanted to bring them to you. We have moved
into a cycle, I guess, unofficially in the last couple of years, for the officers, particularly
the Chair, to serve two years in term; and we think there’s a lot of advantage to that
because, at least in my case, I just kind of learned what was going on, it was time
to leave. Mr. Musil hit the track running full speed right out of the chute on the first
month so it wasn’t — he was real strong from the get-go. But we’re recommending that the
Chairman be Greg Musil; Vice Chairman, Stephanie Sharp; Treasurer, Lee Cross; Secretary, Nancy
Ingram. Management Committee to stay as it is, Jerry Cook, David Lindstrom, Lee Cross.
Human Resources, Nancy Ingram and Henrico Sandate. Learning Quality — and I haven’t
spoken with Henrico about that — but those are the kind of committees you come on when
you just start. They’re all important and very important committees. Learning Quality,
Lee Cross and Henrico Sandate. Audit Committee, Stephanie Sharp, Greg Musil. Collegial Steering,
Stephanie Sharp, Greg Musil. I would say that we have felt that the Chair and Vice Chair
really need to serve on both of those committees and is the reason for them there. Foundation,
Nancy Ingram and Stephanie Sharp. KACCT, Jerry Cook; and JCERT, David Lindstrom. So we’ll
have a written copy of that for you or e-mail that out to you for your consideration. We’ll
vote on that in June. The other issue that we probably should discuss
in June, Mr. Chair, is that with the change in elections now to June, new trustees will
take office the second Monday of January. And we have assigned our committees on our
fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. So we can either continue with that or — I believe
we do have a policy that states this — we would probably have to change our policy if
we decide to change the roles of the officers from effective July 1 to effective the second
Monday in January I think is the exact terminology. So not to be discussed tonight, but something
for us to think about and discuss in the future. If we don’t make that change now, then I guess
we would say in July — or get to January, we change our officers again after a six month
period. So just something to consider. Thank you, Mr. Chair.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you very much. I’ll mention one other item of new business. Trustees,
you will be receiving the forms that we have used in the past several years for the evaluation
of our President and at an Executive Session at our June meeting, we will — you will be
asked to give your feedback and then we will discuss that in Executive Session at the end
of our June meeting. Okay. That’s all the new business. Mr. Palcic.
Please.>>Mr. Ron Palcic: Good evening and thank you
Chairman Musil, the Board of Trustees, Dr. Sopcich and his executive cabinet. Thank you.
No, I’m not Dick Clark — Carter. But my daughter, Sophia, that some of the faculty and staff
know, recommended I wear a bow tie on my last day and she picked it out. Hi, Sophia.
We’re in the last day of the teaching semester for classes. Starting on Saturday, May 14th,
is our final exam. Week commences and our graduation for all of our AA, AS’s will be
on Friday, the 20th of May. The FA has completed election of new officers
serving the college from May of 2016 through May of 2017. The new president of the Faculty
Association of the college is — wait, let me tell you a little bit about him. He’s got
his BA in Philosophy from UC, which is University of California, Santa Cruz. He got his Master’s
of Arts in Philosophy from the University of — it’s Colorado State University, Boulder,
I guess University of Colorado, Colorado University, I’ll get that right. His PhD in Philosophy
from UC Santa Barbara, University of California, Santa Barbara. And for those of you who are
not familiar, UC Santa Cruz are the Slugs. Boulder, we all know, is the Buffaloes. And
UC Santa Barbara is the Gauchos, so he’s moved up the food chain.
(Laughter) His current interests are in comparative philosophy
and philosophy of education. He’s a past president or chair of the Peer Review Council, also
past chair of Ed Affairs this last year. In fact, he’s currently both right this moment
— oh, yesterday. Sorry. He also just got elected Vice President of the Board of Directors
of Asian Studies Development Program Chapter of the East/West Center Alumni Association.
He also — he’s also a current member of the American Philosophy Association, the Society
of Asian and Comparative Philosophy and North America Association of Political Philosophy.
And, of course, he’s the President of the Faculty Association at JCCC, or better known
as The College, which he’ll represent with capable skills and dignity. Without further
adieu, may I introduce the new president of the Faculty Association, Dr. Dennis Arjo.
(Applause)>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Well, thank you very much.
That all sounded quite grand when you hear it spoken out loud.
(Laughter)>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Just say a couple things.
First, let me thank Ron for a very good year as president of the FA and for his help in
transitioning me to this new role. Ron was one of the first people who started to encourage
me to run for this when I still really had no thought of doing so. So hopefully you will
be giving him credit after a year and not blame for getting me in this position. Thank
you, Ron. Also let me introduce my Executive Council.
I will not be doing this alone. So, my Vice President will be Melanie Harvey, who is here.
She is in the chemistry department. The Secretary is going to be Rhonda Barlow from math. Returning
as Treasurer is Brett Cooper, also from math. And Jim Leiker is going to be the Uniserve
rep. So that will be the new Executive Council of the FA.
So with that, I’d just like to say I’m very happy to be here. It’s a privilege to serve.
I’m looking forward to working with the Board and administration and making sure the faculty
continues to contribute to this great institution. If there are any questions, I will entertain
them.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for your service
on Ed Affairs, which is maybe the least recognized by most people and one of the most important
places we do. But are there other comments? I think we’re all looking forward to having
you as Faculty Association president. Lee — Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you. Mr. Arjo, you e-mailed us a resolution earlier today?
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Yes, I did.>>Trustee Lee Cross: What was that about?
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Well, there’s a couple ways you can look at that. I think it reflects
some frustration on the part of some faculty as to the role of ACCT — a lot stemming from
the events having to do with House Bill 2531. So it’s kind of a complicated back-story to
that. So I look forward to kind of maybe talking about that as we go forward.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you very much.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Yes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Philosopher –>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Yes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: What’s the first question — what do they ask? The question is why?
I know how committed you are. I’m being sarcastic.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: The best definition I’ve
heard of philosophy is from William James who said “It’s an unusually stubborn attempt
to think clearly. ” (Laughter)
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: So, the range of questions that we will consider are endless. I’m not
sure this is true; but we like to say — apparently people have tested this — if you go on Google
and search anything and you start clicking links, after about five or six links, you’ll
get to philosophy. So underlying everything are philosophic questions.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you for your service. Jerry.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Trustee Musil, that was a lot better answer and a lot better question
than the one Andy Anderson had to answer on his first day of teaching when his student
asked what’s the price of a raccoon pelt. That was excellent. Thank you.
(Laughter)>>Chair Greg Musil: I’m not sure where raccoons
fit on the food chain between slug and gaucho, but I think it’s between the two.
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: One more correction. It’s the banana slug, not just any old —
(Laugher)>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: They’re an interesting
creature. There are about this long (indicating) and bright yellow. They live in the Red Woods
and they’re kind of cherished in the Santa Cruz mountains.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Tastes like chicken. (Laughter)
>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: I would also say that I knew that — I corrected them on the
banana slugs because UC Santa Barbara and Southwestern College are always on the top
ten weirdest mascots list and that’s the only reason I knew banana slugs because we’re the
mound builders so — you guys were always one higher. We were usually number two and
you were number one.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Well, we fought for that.
When I was a student at UC Santa Cruz, the Chancellor thought it was time for the university
to become more serious and he wanted to change the mascot to something like the sea lions
and there was a bit of a backlash and so, foolishly, he put it to the students for a
vote and the banana slugs won by a landslide and it’s been the banana slugs ever since.
(Laughter)>>Chair Greg Musil: Look forward to a good
year.>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: So do I.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Be it quiet or noisy. We will work together and make it a good year.
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Indeed.>>Chair Greg Musil: Joe.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Ron — thank you, Dennis — could you step back up to the podium? Now
since you’re no longer head of the FA.>>Mr. Ron Palcic: If this is a roast, I get
the last laugh.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: It seems like we’ve been
saying good-bye to you for the last several meetings and not that we were anxious for
you to move on, but I just want to say — I’ve been silent and I just want to say a few words.
And I think there are a lot of tough jobs on this campus and so many people do such
a great job in them; but as head of the FA, I think you — that’s one of the toughest
jobs. And I’m sure Dennis can’t wait to get into that, but it’s challenging. It’s a tough
one. Because you have so many constituencies that you’ve got to work with and satisfy and
I really relate to that. It takes a considerable skill set to get the job done and you’ve certainly
demonstrated that over your time as President of the FA. And I just wanted to congratulate
you on everything you’ve accomplished as the FA president. And also like to thank you on
how you conducted yourself in that role. In my case, I know that you were extremely straightforward,
you were direct, you were tough, you were no-nonsense, you were honest, you were humorous,
fortunately, and trustworthy. But perhaps the most important word to describe what I
saw is that you were selfless. It was never about you. And I would like to thank you for
that. So on behalf of the administration, I think I can say that, and myself, we would
like to thank you for your service. And I’m sure your family is thrilled with you stepping
down now; but I bet your students are going to be especially happy because now you can
dedicate 100% of yourself to them. So thank you very much, Ron, for your service.
(Applause)>>Mr. Ron Palcic: Thanks very much.
>>Chair Greg Musil: We’re going to let you sit down but there might be some other tributes
so — Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: I’m just going
to briefly say and because of your daughter, you are also very dapper tonight.
(Laughter)>>Mr. Ron Palcic: You ought to be aware, the
other bow tie which she had was one that had candy cane stripes on it.
(Laughter)>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. Johnson County Education
Research Triangle report, Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Thank you, Mr.
Chairman. We did not meet since the last board meeting here. So, briefly, let me just say
that — I’ll report on receipts for the month of April were, on the one-eighth sales tax,
were $1,300, 445.25, which may not mean much to anyone, but if you look at that compared
to last year, it’s 6.42% greater this year than last year on receipts. So that speaks
well for the economy here in Johnson County. And then finally, the next meeting, as I mentioned,
the last meeting, the next meeting of the Johnson County Educational Research Triangle
will be on September 20th, 2016, 7:30 a.m., at the KU Edwards Campus Best Building, Room
315. And that concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Trustee
Lindstrom? If not, we’ll move on to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.
Dr. Cook.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Our next meeting will be June 9th, 10th and 11th in Hutchinson, Kansas, at Hutchinson
Community College. And this is a time when we’ll look at changing leadership of the association
but also kind of reviewing where we’ve been and where we’re going. Reference was made
to the resolution, Dennis, and as the representative to KACCT I appreciate the candor and how the
faculty is feeling about that. I would say that in some of the issues that are included
there, are issues that we certainly have been addressing and discussing. And the point we
always have is what’s our responsibility to the larger organization? And we have tried
to take a position that we want to raise the level of community college presence in the
State of Kansas. And being the largest college in the state, we think we have a professional
responsibility to do that. However, if those actions are at the risk of diminishing the
impact of this college, we continue to review those and take issue with those. So, that’s
something that we have been discussing and reviewing at least individually for some time
and will consider that as we move forward. There are some state issues that certainly
have differing points of view. We have colleges that are trying to survive in the state. We’re
trying to survive on a level of deliverance of the teaching and learning system that we
have and so we’ll continue to support that as best as we can. But when the state efforts
diminish what we can do here then we’ll take a look at that.
But, anyway, I appreciate the reference, Dr. Sopcich, to the Leadership Academy. That is
something that the KACCT decided a few years ago we needed to try and provide an environment
for aspiring new leaders in our community colleges to grow and develop. And I think
reference was made to the value of the networking. And one of our responsibilities, I believe,
is to understand the challenges, just like we do at a GED program, to understand these
unique challenges and provide the support system we can to those particular students.
We also have a trustee development program that we’re trying to implement in the state
and so there are a number of benefits we get from KACCT as well. So we have to sort through
the individual differences we have and look at the overall goodness we might achieve as
a larger family. So, with that, I think, Dr. Sopcich and I
are planning to attend, and we’ll be looking forward to that meeting and a report to the
Board following thereof. Thank you. No further comments.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Cross, did you have comments?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: I did have a comment and really just a story to relate to Trustee
Cook. When I come on to the board, I’ve been critical at times of the administration, perhaps
some of the votes or policies of this board, but it is with deep respect and admiration
that I’ve tried to do my best to learn what I know and what I try to apply. Among those
things that I’ve learned was from Trustee Cook and his relationship with the KACCT in
working to relate how difficult a time that many of our sister organizations and institutions
have across the state. And the story I wanted to share was with a client of mine in Thomas
County, I believe that’s Colby, and we were having dinner — lunch, one day, and he relates
to me how excited he was, this 55, 60-year-old farmer, about the speakers that they bring
to Colby County Community College and how much pride he takes in having a college there.
And I just wanted to thank Mr. Cook, Trustee Cook, for his service to that organization.
I think he helps explain that we’re human beings in Johnson County, we don’t have cloven
hooves, and the rest of the state — as sometimes my family likes to tell me that we do, but
— that’s a joke, just in case anybody is wondering. Trustee Sharp, I wasn’t sure if
she knew. So I just wanted to thank Trustee Cook for his service to that organization
and I know it’s a tumultuous relationship we have with them. I see the FA’s resolution,
I respect it, I understand it. As I said at their meeting last week and with Trustee Ingram
present, I do think that that organization does serve a useful purpose in terms of helping
us get the funding we do get from Topeka and lots of other things that we do accomplish
here. So I’m not ungrateful for the things that are done here or done in coordination
with other organizations. Please don’t let my criticism be any symbol of a lack of commitment
or loyalty or respect that I do have for the administration and the Board. And I thank
you for those comments, so –>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Foundation
report from our liaison Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. The Foundation
Board Executive Committee met this past Tuesday, May the 10th. There were many, many reports.
I will highlight several of them. Work on Some Enchanted Evening has begun and Tom and
Chanie Mitchell will be the Chairs and Adam Hamilton will be honored as the 2016 Johnson
County of the year. We are excited to share that we received a
gift agreement for nearly $150,000 to purchase a new Steinway piano for the Carlsen Carter;
and a $30,000 gift agreement for the first ever Endowment Fund for Performing Arts Education.
The Foundation’s — the Board Development Committee, excuse me, to work, will exam the
best board structure from the Foundation. This will be an ongoing discussion in 2016.
The conversation relates mainly to the best way to involve our large number of members
as well as the number of times the executive committee and directors should meet each year
for proper engagement. And, finally, Tuesday, May 24th, will be the
Foundation’s annual luncheon in the Commons, 1.5 North Dining Room. We hope all trustees
and cabinet members will join us. And that concludes my report.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Can I say something?>>Chair Greg Musil: Yes, you may. Dr. Sopcich.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: The pursuit of a gift to fund the Steinway piano has been going on
for decades and so congratulations to the Foundation for making that happen. It’s one
of the things that our Performing Arts Center has never really had was a Steinway, and so
every time we would have a high-level performer, the college would have to rent a Steinway
because they’ll only play on a Steinway. So this is a huge accomplishment. And thank you
for making that report.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Absolutely.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Any questions? If not, we’re ready for the Consent Agenda.
The Consent Agenda includes a number of routine and consensus items that are typically considered
collectively and approved in a single motion and vote. Any member of the board may request
that a particular item be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered, debated and
voted upon separately. Are there any items any board member would like to remove from
the Consent Agenda and have considered as separate item? If none, I’m ready to hear
a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.>>Unidentified Speaker: So move.
>>Unidentified Speaker: Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded.
Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes? (Yeses)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
We have no Executive Session scheduled for tonight so we are ready for a motion to adjourn.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: So moved.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to adjourn. All in favor say yes.
(Yeses)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously. Thank you all for coming and staying.