>>Chair Greg Musil: Good afternoon. I’d like to call the meeting of the Johnson County
Community College Board of Trustees to order for September 2017. Please help me start the
meeting by reciting 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. As we get started, I’ll note Trustee Cross may be showing
up during the meeting. He had an out of town court appearance as a lawyer and is trying
to get back for the meeting. I also want to welcome Dr. Weber and Karen to our — the
front dais, two of our vice presidents. It is fitting I think that we have you up here
so that you can help us understand things and ask questions, and I appreciate the fact
that our staff in the audience now has a table in front of them so they can actually help
to do their job a little more conveniently. So welcome to the front. You do have to stay
awake more when you’re up here than when you’re out in the audience.
(Laughter.) The next item on the agenda, I’m going to
announce the presence of a quorum. Ms. Schlicht, I did that last month for the first time in
my year and a half as Chair, even though it’s in the minutes e meeting, we have a quorum.
And the next item is roll call and recognition of visitors, Terri.
>>Ms. Terri Schlict: Okay. So this evening’s visitors include Dick Carter, Roberta Eveslage,
Bill Henderson, Kathryn Sindt, Leland Sindt, Alice Sledlow, Angelina Lawson, Paul Snider,
Matthew Courtney and Gary Anderson.>>Chair Greg Musil: Welcome. Next item is
the Open Forum. The Open Forum is a period of time when the community or anybody can
address the Board. There will be one Open Forum session during each board meeting. The
comments are limited to five minutes unless there are a large number of speakers, in which
case the Chair has the opportunity to reduce the amount of time to less than five minutes.
In order to be recognized, our speakers are asked to sign in at the dais outside the — outside
the meeting before the Open Forum agenda item. When addressing the board, registered speakers
are asked to remain at the podium, to be respectful, and are encouraged to address individual personnel
or student matters directly with the appropriate college personnel. As a matter of rule, the
Board does not respond to issues or — of personnel or student matters or matters that
are being addressed through the college’s organized grievance or other review processes.
There is nobody who signed up tonight to speak at the Open Forum session, so we’ll move on
to awards and recognitions. Dr. Sopcich.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Mr. Musil.
Tonight we have a couple awards and recognitions related to our Vol*Stars organization. Bob,
how would you like to do this? Obviously we haven’t rehearsed. You’d like to come up,
have the podium? (Inaudible – speaker off mic).
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Bob. This is Bob Potemski. Bob oversees the Vol*Stars, which is our volunteer
group that works in our Performing Arts venues. Bob.
>>Mr. Bob Potemski: Thank you. Thank you very much, Mr. President, Chairman Musil,
trustees, friends, neighbors, faculty and staff. I’m here today to introduce to you
three very, very important people, people who have made, are making, and will continue
to make tremendous positive contributions to the Carlsen Center, to the college, and
to the work that we do here as a whole. As you know, the Vol*Stars are our committed,
dedicated, tireless volunteers who make everything that we do at the Carlsen Center possible.
One of the many functions that they perform is operating a complimentary coat check service
for our Carlsen Center guests. While the service they provide is free, they do collect and
even solicit donations of any amount with the intent of earmarking those funds specifically
to a scholarship fund. The Vol*Star Theater Scholarship is awarded each year to a second
year student selected on the basis of demonstrated talent, academic achievement, and commitment
to the theater program. This year’s winner, Mickael Poleleyev, is someone who embodied
all of these criteria. He’s a talented actor with his long-term sights set on a role in
an ensemble television comedy. He is a gifted musician who plays in the jazz band and the
concert band and has received a music scholarship as well. He’s carrying a — he’s a true scholar,
carrying a class load for a double major, and in his spare time he works at IKEA, so…
His vision is clear. He has set his sights on attending the University of Idaho for a
bachelor’s degree and an MFA after he completes his studies here. And so it’s no wonder that
Mickael was selected for this year’s Vol*Star Theater Scholarship or why one of his mentors,
Professor Beate Pettigrew, said she was absolutely certain that Mickael will be successful wherever
his journey takes him. And we can be certain that wherever he does land, Mickael will do,
as an alumnus, do a spectacular job of representing Johnson County Community College. And Mickael
would like to say a few words to us. Please welcome Mickael Poleleyev.
(Applause.)>>Mr. Mickael Poleleyev: Hello. My name is
Mickael Poleleyev, as Bob has said. I just want to say a couple thank yous and a couple
— share a couple thoughts of mine. First, I’d like to thank the Vol*Stars as an organization.
As a theater student, we see them at every single show. Every single show, they help
us volunteer, they help show us the ropes, understand and show us what professionalism
looks like and it’s a blessing to have them. Next, I’d like to thank the department itself,
the entire fine arts department, recording arts, theater, music. I’ve got a foot in a
lot of it and I can see a lot of the aspects and I’m truly grateful that Johnson County
has this opportunity for students to pursue not only academics, but also the fine arts
and the — the artistic side of learning. And then Johnson County in general. I think
this school is fantastic and I have enjoyed every single moment that I’ve been here, and
I can’t wait to finish and go on and be a representative of what it means to be a part
of Johnson County. Thank you. (Applause.)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Hold on, Mickael. Mickael, two questions. It says here for the scholarship
you have to do a talent audition or portfolio review. Which one did you do?
>>Mr. Mickael Poleleyev: I did a talent audition.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: And what did you do?
>>Mr. Mickael Poleleyev: I performed a monologue and a song for the directors, for all the
faculty directors.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Could you give us a 15
second — (Laughter.)
>>Mr. Mickael Poleleyev: 15-second? I can — I’m working on a Shakespeare piece right
now so I can give you a little bit of that.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Excellent.
>>Mr. Mickael Poleleyev: “I know that virtue to being you, Brutus, as well as I do know
your outward favor while honor is the subject of my story. I cannot tell you what other
men think of this life, but for my single self, I had as life not be as to live in awe
of such a thing as myself. I was born free, as Caesar. So were you. And we both have fed
as well and we can both endure the winter’s cold as well as he.”
(Applause.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: One question. Why — why
the University of Idaho in.>>Mr. Mickael Poleleyev: It was given to
me as a strong recommendation from Beate Pettigrew, and we in the department consider her like
a mother. She has — she coaches us and she gives us direction and it’s not hard to trust
her. So with that, I will give it a look this — this fall and confirm what I already believe
to be a good choice.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you.
>>Mr. Mickael Poleleyev: Thank you. (Applause.)
>>Mr. Bob Potemski: It would be great, I think, if Mickael could come back and visit
JCCC as a performer on the Yardley Hall stage sometime. I’m sure he would delight our guests.
But in a different and equally important way, the next two people you’ll meet have been
delighting Carlsen Center guests for a combined total of over 22 years. Kathryn and Robert
Sindt have been Vol*Stars since 2006. They very quickly established themselves as two
people who are always willing, more than willing even, to take on additional responsibility.
They have served on the Arts Education Committee for ten years and Robert is the go-to photographer
for the arts education program. In addition to performing their standard ushering and
ticket standing duties, you’re likely to find the two of them helping out in the office
or minding the information desk at the Nerman Museum. You may find Robert teaching computer
classes, as he’s been employed here for 27 years. And when you visit the Cowboy Jubilee
this September 30th you’ll find Kathryn on the second floor demonstrating old time quilting
methods as part of an educational display and class. Since they joined the Vol*Stars
, Robert and Kathryn have combined to provide nearly 3,000 hours of volunteer service. And
whale it would be simple to assign a dollar value to those hours and do some multiplication,
merely considering Robert and Kathryn’s contribution in those terms would far underestimate the
value of what they provide to our guests and their co-volunteers. The care, the attention,
and the sincerity with which they address every guest with whom they come in contact
is exemplary. They are stellar representatives of the Vol*Star program, the Carlsen Center,
the college as a whole, and each one of us individually. They are a couple I am proud
to have on my team and we are beyond fortunate to count them among our supporters. Please
welcome Robert and Kathryn Sindt. (Applause.)
>>Ms. Kathryn Sindt: We both grew up with a background in the arts. Robert would draw
on any little scrap of paper that he had at hand, which led to teaching in junior high,
and then to his marriage of his love for art to the technology here at Johnson County Community
College, as well as his photography hobby. I started at a very young age producing backyard
performances in front of my grandfather’s flower arch. That blossomed into music lessons
and solo performance and musicals and operas. When we first started as volunteers, Roxanne
Hillman took us under her wing, taught us to serve the arts with her extraordinary grace
and dignity. Roxanne introduced us to Angel and the Arts Education Program and since that
time all of the leaders that we’ve worked with in the Arts Education Program and the
Performing Arts program have helped us to grow and to blossom. We support the arts because
education needs steam. Science, technology, engineering, and math is just a stem without
a flower. You would never consider giving your heart — your sweetheart a bouquet of
stems. We need to give our youth our greatest resource, the flowers that are the arts, to
complete their education.>>Mr. Robert Sindt: I think I know quite
a few faces here. I think some of you know me. As Bob said earlier, I’ve been associated
with the College now for close to 30 years. It’s hard — well, I retired four years ago,
in June. In July I got a phone call, said, Will you teach this class this fall?
(Laughter.) And then a week later I got another phone
call; we’ve got another class, can you take it as well? I just — I just find it hard
to leave this campus. It’s great place to be. You know, it’s been, well, I guess about
11 years ago now, we were attending a Garrison Keillor concert and we were seated by a Vol*Star
and they — it happened to be some aisle seats we were in that we purchased, and the Vol*Stars
would kind of line up next to us to greet the next people, next guests, and I got kind
of bold and started up a conversation with them because it just seemed like they were
having a good time. And I thought to myself, well, I’d like to have a good time, too. So
we started talking about what it was — what it meant to them to be a Vol*Star. Her answers
were just so perfect and she was so courteous and I just had to — had to turn to my wife
and say, “Let’s do this,” and so we did. And we’ve never regretted it since. It’s just,
like I say, a great opportunity. In short, then I’d simply like to say thank
you for honoring us with this Vol*Star Award of the Year. But I have to give credit not
only to our fellow Vol*Stars, but as Kathy said earlier, Roxanne Hillman and now Bob.
He’s continuing on where Roxanne got us off to a good start, but you know, he’s great
to work with, too. Our fellow Vol*Stars, then, as well. We’d really like to talk about them.
But it’s a great time to be able to come here to the campus, to the college, and greet the
community and make them welcome. So we thank you for that opportunity.
(Applause.)>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you for your service.
I also know that you have an extraordinary family, which is perhaps your greatest accomplishment.
And congratulations on that one. I know you have a son in the audience and a grandson.
Leland, why don’t you come on up here. We’ll make it a family affair.
(Laughter.) There you go. There you go.
(Applause.) All right. Is it Carter? Is it Carter? Does
he have anything to say? (Laughter.)
That’s good. (Laughter.)
All right.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Sindts. Fantastic.
>>Thank you. (Applause.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: It is amazing each year to think about how much the Vol*Stars do for
the college, and the recipients of this award every year are exemplary leaders in that group.
The amount of hours that they provide to the college, I think the last time I saw it’s
in excess of $200,000 worth of volunteer service. We couldn’t do the Performing Arts Series,
we couldn’t do a lot of the things we do in Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, Polsky Theatre,
Black Box, if we didn’t have Vol*Stars. So please thank the rest of your members for
all the service they provide to the college. I think it’s hotter than blazes in here. Anybody
wants to take off their jacket, please feel free to do so. I did. The president won’t.
He’ll show off how cool and calm he is. (Laughter.)
But it is boiling up here in the front. If anybody has control of the thermostat and
fixes it, part of the bond proceeds later will go directly to them.
(Laughter.)>>We are working on it.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. The next item on the agenda is the College Lobbyist Report.
So let’s raise the heat a little bit and bring Mr. Carter to the podium. Welcome, Dick.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Thank you. Tonight I’ll begin my report much like I do every time
I stand up here and give you a report, with a brief state general fund update. And you
may have wondered in the past why does he always start his reports that way. I hope
tonight that it will become very clear why I do that, and I’ll touch back on that point
a little bit later as I’m making a couple of comments about some of the action that
occurred today at the Board of Regents meeting. The first two months of the fiscal year are
ahead of pace, about 8.5 million each month, for a total of about 17.5 million for the
month ending August. I have no reason to believe that we won’t be on pace for September either.
I think things are moving in the right direction. Keep in mind, though, that we’re still dealing
with the revenue estimates that were revised in November of 2016 and April of this year.
We’ll have another Consensus Revenue Estimating Group meeting a little bit later, in November,
again to see if things are on the right track for the budget preparations and discussions
for fiscal year 2019. That again will all begin when the legislature returns in January
of next year. I don’t know that we can actually point to any of the policy changes that have
taken place as a result of legislative activity. This past session is the reason that those
numbers are up. A lot of the individual income tax payers and/or the withholdings are not
flowing through in these reports just yet, but those increases did take place beginning
July 1 of this — this year. So we’ll — we’ll know a little bit more. I think the Revenue
Estimating Group will be able to paint a little bit better picture in November of just exactly
where they think things are going. To that tune, the Legislative Budget Committee
will be meeting October 5th. They’ve not met yet. In fact, very few of the interim committees
have met yet this fall. And of note that I’ll be paying attention to when they come together
in Topeka in October is a review of the new K-12 school finance formula. I think they’ll
be taking a look at how has it worked in various parts of the state. If you follow the news
or if you pay attention to K-12 funding, you’ll know that some districts are pleased with
the way the new formula or — I don’t know if I want to say pleased. They are not unhappy
with the roll-out of the new formula. There are those, however, who were losers in — as
far as dollars flowing to — to their districts. And so I think that that is one of the things
that the committee will be reviewing. The — the other thing that we’re waiting on is
the — the school funding formula, the adequacy piece from the Kansas Supreme Court. And again,
your guess is as good as mine or anyone’s on when that decision will actually be released.
That will have a large impact on how the budgeting process moves forward. So I tell you all of
that because today the Board of Regents took action on their budget requests, as well as
making it a priority for all of the system, all of the institutions that come under the
umbrella of the Board of Regents. And I’ve included some — some attachments in the report
that you can follow along with and/or I can point out different things on them if — if
you’re curious. But I think it’s important to note that for the first time in a long
time, if not ever, the Board is — is very serious about all of higher ed coming together
with one voice. And in order to do that, they’ve determined that the priority for higher education
this year should be the restoration of the 4% cuts that were made last year. That looks
different at different institutions, whether you’re a state university, whether you’re
a two-year, whether you’re a technical college. And so I think everyone being able to get
around the table on that particular piece in and of itself is — is a feat. Interestingly,
there were some — and then the other piece of that would be the restoration of the CTE
funding for the — for the students that participate in those programs. And that’s about a $4 million
mark. So we’re talking about 23.9 million for the entire system of higher education,
of which our cut is about 826,000 or so. That’s a rough estimate of what that number looks
like that we would see back if the funds were restored in fiscal year 2019. Again, it’s
going to be a fluctuating number out of the 4 million from that CTE funding. Then they
draw a line. But there was another item above that line, and I think it’s worth mentioning
because we’ve not seen a — an institution-specific request above the line in the past when you’re
talking about the entire system. And so there was a great debate, if you will, at the Board
of Regents this morning on a particular item related to a $535,000 request for a nursing
program at Emporia State. Everything leading up to today or until the agenda was published,
it was our understanding that that item would be listed under — under the line with the
rest of the enhancements for higher education, and we have some under there as well. And
that was not the case when the agenda came out. However, after the discussion this morning,
and it was robust, the decision was made to focus solely on the restoration of the 4%
cuts, as well as the money returning for the CTE piece. The money — the money for the
nursing program at Emporia had been private, and so they were looking to backfill that
with — with state general fund dollars. So, again, these are all important pieces of why
I give the general updates on what the budget looks like. So what we’ll see in the enhancement
piece would be full funding of the gap for the tiered technical courses, and again, that
number is going to fluctuate. It’s about $6.8 million spread across, but depending on how
that’s divided out based on the formula or the number of students participating in the
program, and then a $2 million, or a 2.5% increase for non-tiered courses. And that
would become a part of the base. That, again, those two items for the two years are listed
under the enhancements. Now, there’s a whole big list for all the institutions, and you
can look at that and see if you have a favorite one from your alumni organization or — or
whatnot. But the important piece there is, in its discussion, the Board said that institutions
or organizations could actively support or lobby those other items under the enhanced
list, as long as it didn’t take away from the base funding. We have PAYGO rules in some
committees at the — in some budget committees at the state house. That means if you appropriate
money one place, you have to take it from another place. So that’s going to be interesting
to see how that particular piece unfolds. The key piece here is the 4% restoration is
the priority. The other key proposals are not considered Board of Regents priorities.
Now, the other — the other interesting thing is that the Board of Regents will listen to
non-budget legislative proposals at their November meeting, which will be in Wichita.
Again, that’s a couple of months off. Right now I’m not aware of anything significant
that is going to be reviewed, but will continue to be watching what those amounts are. And
I’m not aware of anything at this point coming from the community college association as
far as a legislative initiative that would be requested or reviewed through the board
process. The — so I hope that that all kind of sinks
in, because what we see playing out, and you’re already seeing it probably in your mailbox,
there are groups that will send out postcards about budget busters or people that voted
to increase your taxes or less money in your wallet. There’s going to be additional efforts
from folks to say that there’s plenty of money already in state government, and that cuts
don’t need to be restored. And so, again, that’s why I paint the picture, so that we
can see where we fall in that particular mix. The — the other thing that is in the works
and planning is under way, last year was the first year that we had a Higher Education
Day at the state house where all of the coordinated and governed institutions came together, set
up tables and displays, mascots came, there were showcased different specialties from
different schools. That will be occurring again on January 18th of this year, of the
coming year rather when the legislative session kicks off. And so once again, we’ll be participating
in that event and certainly anyone is welcome. It starts with a breakfast at 7 a.m. for legislators
and it usually concludes, or last year — I say usually. We’ve only done it one year.
It will conclude around 2:00. That is a board day both for the Board of Regents, as well
as for the college here, and so it kind of fits nicely if folks are going to be in Topeka
for the Board of Regents meeting. The other — the other item that I would mention,
and it’s not included in your report, is that I will be — I’m a member of a business coalition,
immigration — a business immigration coalition, and that group kind of meets as needed off
and on. They’ve been together for seven or eight years or so, and that group will be
having a conference call here in the coming week or so to talk about some of the significant
issues that are going on nationally. They will be talking about DACA and the DREAM Act,
as well as several worker-related bills that are — have either been introduced or are
being talked about in Washington, D.C. And so, again, we find ourselves with that back
and forth between the state and between the federal government as it relates to immigration
issues. And so I’ll give you an update next month on — on what comes of that. This is
purely an informational call at this point, but usually the action items come after that,
so… I would stop there, Mr. Chairman, Mr. President,
and answer questions as I’m able.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions? Trustee Lindstrom?
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: The — Mr. Carter, the revenue numbers that you mentioned, are
they reflecting comparisons to projected estimates? Or are they actual comparisons to last year’s?
>>Mr. Dick Carter: The numbers in the tables that I’ve provided?
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Yeah.>>Mr. Dick Carter: Those are based off of
2017 and 2016 numbers. So those are — no, those are actual numbers. Those are actual
numbers.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Okay.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Any other questions? If not, thank you for your report. I know
you’ll follow the interim committees for us, and you’ve already identified a couple of
issues in higher ed in last month’s report I think.
>>Mr. Dick Carter: Yes.>>Chair Greg Musil: So thank you very much.
Next we’ll move on to committee reports and recommendation. The Management Committee had
a full month. Dr. Cook?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
After hearing Robert’s and Kathryn’s comments, I have no report. Thank you.
(Laughter.)>>Chair Greg Musil: We’re going stop putting
awards and recognitions at the start of the agenda because it’s downhill —
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Well, I — Kathryn, and Robert, thank you very much.
>>Chair Greg Musil: We have bond people here and bond lawyers. This has got to be exciting.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I think I heard Robert say, at least I interpret it this way, I’d
rather be up here talking about my Vol*Star colleagues than receive this recognition.
And I think to both of you that’s really a statement of who you are as people and the
warmth you give to the guests that we have to this campus. So thank you, very, very much.
We did meet on Wednesday, September 6th. We had a number of reports, and before we get
to the recommendations, I would like to say that Dr. Jay Antle, Executive Director of
the college’s Center for Sustainability, highlighted progress made through the sustainability efforts.
College’s Power Switch program specifically. And throughout his work, throughout the work
of the sustainability department, and in correlation with Rex Hays and our staff, our college continues
to receive national recognition. I’d just like to take a moment to point out a couple
of points about that report. In our goals, 50% of the landfill diversion by 2016, that
has been completed. So we’re meeting that particular goal. Zero waste to landfill by
2025. We’re on course to, I think, meet that goal. 15% renewable energy on the campus by
2020, and 100% renewable by 2050. And I don’t know about you, Mr. Chair, but I don’t know
that I will be on the board in 2050, but you might. And it would be interesting to see
if we achieve that, that goal. A couple of other comments I would make. Campus
electricity usage has really, since 2007-2008, been going down. Up a little bit in ’13-’14,
but ‘6-’17 has been the lowest usage the campus has utilized since 2007-2008. And our annual
electricity expenditure has been relatively flat since 2007-’08. Up in ’12-’13. Up in
’13-’14. But again, since ’13-’14, gradually being reduced. Interestingly, since 2008,
rate hikes have gone up 97%, 8% average every year since 2008, but the campus’ electricity
usage has dropped 30% since 2008. And I would like to just point out that two things. I
think Dr. Antle made a great point of talking about the integration that we have made on
this campus with — with departments and faculty. And a slide that he referenced I think indicated
that we have 200 faculty that in some shape or form have — have taught their courses
in relationship to some advent of sustainability. And we have a large number of students that
through that coursework has participated in making this campus kind of an environmental
living campus as it refers to sustainability. So the point is that I really appreciate how
the faculty and the staff have integrated with Dr. Antle and the sustainability team,
a campus-wide effort to make an impact, and for Rex Hays and his staff to — to work in
coalition with that. My second point is to thank this board. You have made some difficult
decisions and some bold decisions over time, whether that be for changes in HVAC, whether
that be going to LED light bulbs, whether that be going to different control systems,
and it’s really kind of a team effort. So I just wanted to point that out in a little
extra — a little extra comment. Barbara Larson, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administrate
— by the way, on those awards the college has received on that sustainability, we’re
competing with some pretty big institutions, four-year schools across the country, and
we should be proud of that achievement. Barbara Larson, Executive Vice President of Finance
and Administrative Services, presented information on recommendation to continue using the form
Continuing Education Service Agreement, training services provided by the college’s Continuing
Education division to outside clients for fiscal year ’18. Dr. Larson also reported
the administration intends to extend the contract to Carter Group for one more month. The staff
is reviewing some terms of that contract. That contract usually came out the end of
September, but as we review strategies going forward, we’d like another month to review
that and we’ll bring that contract through the Management Committee and to the Board
of Trustees in October. Rachel Lierz, Associate Vice President of Financial Services, gave
the monthly budget update, indicated that we’re beginning the work of the 2016-2017
financial statement — audit. And also we’re beginning then to gear up for the 2018-2019
budget development, and the cycle continues. And we appreciate the good work that the whole
campus does in regard to our budget development. Mitch Borchers, Associate Vice President of
Business Services, presented the Sole Source Report, as well as the summary of awarded
bids between $25,000 and $100,000, and the summary of that report can be found on Pages
4 and 5 of your board packet. Rex Hays gave the campus facilities planning report, services
and planning report, and that report is found on Page 14 of the packet, and as you can see,
the ongoing work of mortar replacement and painting of rails and roof repair and all
of that is a year-round process. Next we have recommendations to present this evening, several
of them. The first of two recommendations are related to the college’s sale of Certificates
of Participation. You’ll recall that last October this board approved the college Facilities
Master Plan, which is an important part of planning for the future and ensuring that
our facilities align with student services and support their success. To that end, proceeds
from the sale of these Certificates of Participation will be used to construct a new Career and
Tech Education Building and a new Arts and Design Building, as well as renovation of
the existing Arts and Technology Building. The master plan calls for proceeds from the
capital campaign and use of college reserves to provide funding for the remaining capital
projects that we have all approved as you recall in tier 1 and subsequently we’ll move
into tier 2. Financial Services staff have worked with
our financial advisors from Piper Jaffray and our bond counsel at Gilmore & Bell on
this issuance. I’m pleased to report that Moody’s Investor Services has assigned a A
— I don’t know how to say that — bold A, little a, capital A, small a, 1, double A
rating to the series — I’ll let Mr. Henderson speak to that — to the series 2017 Certificates
of Participation while at the same time affirming the college’s triple A issue or long-term
rating, as well as the triple A ratings on our outstanding 2016 general obligation bonds
in our Series 2009 Certificates of Participation. Earlier today working with Mr. Henderson from
Piper Jaffray, the college accepted bids for purchase of these certificates, and at this
time I’d like to invite Mr. Henderson to the podium to inform the board of today’s proceedings.
And while he’s coming up, that triple A is a good thing, I’ll just say that. Bill, please.
>>Mr. Bill Henderson: Well, thank you very much. That was a great report. Today was the
culmination of work that really began in earnest in May, you recall when we met with the board
and got the go-ahead to proceed with the issuance of the Certificates of Participation. Since
that time, you know, the thing that, you know, I walk away concerned about is interest rates
holding just because that’s a long period of time, you know, we’re four months later
here, and fortunately they did. And so we had a great outcome today. The bids were received
at 10:00 this morning. We do it all electronically and we had seven bids for the — for the certificates,
which you have in front of you there. The successful bidder was Hilliard Lyons and they’re
headquartered out of Louisville, Kentucky, and we see the other bidders there. That’s
great interest in the issue, $50 million, and we had seven bidders. I think it’s an
outstanding turn-out. I — earlier this morning, my colleague, Matt, I said, if we get five
good and six is great and we end up with seven. So that’s a great amount of interest in the
— in the college’s — the college’s bond issue. The — as Jerry mentioned, we received
the Aa1 rating for the certificates, which when I met in May you may recall I thought
that would be the outcome, which is still very positive. I think you’re — the college,
as you know, is rated triple A, and because of the structure and the way the Kansas statute
works, we issue these certificates and the college enters into a 10-year lease, but we
have 20-year certificates. So and even talking to the analyst, the analyst admitted that
when we get to year 10, there’s strong likelihood because when the college’s lease renews for
that final period, which will be 10 years, that at that point in time because the lease
matches the term of the bonds there’s some likelihood that you could be looking at an
upgrade on the certificates to triple A. So just the legal structure notches us down to
the Aa1. So it’s a — congratulations on great rating outcome and the reaffirmation of the
college’s triple A issuer rating. So as part of the report, and I — the Moody’s
report, a couple things they highlighted, and keep in find that Moody’s is comparing
you to their universe of other rated credit, so when they say this, it’s in comparison
to other entities. So they highlighted the college’s sizable and growing tax base, strong
financial management, healthy liquidity and low debt burden. So those are the highlights.
So I think the college should be very proud of the — proud of the rating outcome. So
with the board’s approval tonight, and you know, we’re out of the way of interest rate
risk and obviously you’ve just incurred — we’re going to be borrowing 20-year capital below
3%. I don’t know how many times I can stand up and give you good news on interest rates,
but it’s been going on for a lot of years. The — when we — with the approval of the
resolutions tonight, we’ll be working towards closing on October 4th. And so we’re asking
you to take — adopt a resolution tonight, and I know Gary Anderson with Gilmore & Bell
is here tonight as well if there’s any questions on the resolution at all, but with that, we’d,
you know, be asking you to take action tonight on the resolution. I’d be happy to answer
any questions you might have.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Bill, or
for Gary? I might just ask a question. Our low debt burden, Dr. Larson, I know we know
it, but how low is our debt burden? I mean I think in five or ten years we would be debt-free
if we didn’t issue these new ones. And it is a very small percentage of the overall,
even the budget, let alone the asset.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Yes. And our highest
debt burden up unto this point was in 2005, so with this sale we would again mirror essentially
where we were in 2005, but again, still a very low debt ratio. Our principal and interest
as a percentage of our total, of our — of our total general fund will remain relatively
low, less than 2%, right? Of our general fund.>>Chair Greg Musil: And, Dr. Cook, you may
have planned on mentioning this, but this borrowing will not — is anticipated to not
include any mill levy increase. It will be funded within the current mill levy.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Correct.>>Chair Greg Musil: Anything else for our
bond consultant?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Any other questions
of Mr. Henderson? If not, it is the recommendation of Management Committee that the Board of
Trustees accept the recommendation of the college administration to approve awarding
the sale of the series 2017 Certificates of Participation with principal amount of approximately
$50 million to the successful bidder, Hilliard & Lyons, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to authorize the sale of the Certificates of Participation. Are there any questions
or further discussion? Trustee Lindstrom?>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Neither, but a
comment. Mr. Henderson mentioned part of the reason that the rates are so attractive is
financial management of the college, and I think it’s appropriate for us to recognize
both Joe and Barbara for their outstanding work over the last few years to get it to
that point. Thank you both.>>Dr. Barbara Larson: Thank you.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thanks. Thanks, Trustee Lindstrom. Also, Rachel Lierz, pulling off
these bond issues like this is no small feat, I mean there’s a lot of phone discussions,
dealing with analysts probably where, in Dallas or Chicago? Right. Who know everything, who
are all-knowing. It’s quite a tribute to our staff to make this happen, so thanks, Dave.
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: Mr. President, thank you for correcting me because Rachel
is an important part of that and I’m sorry I left you out.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Other questions or comments? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses).>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: The second recommendation
as related to Mr. Henderson’s comments refers to the resolution, and I will make this motion.
It is the recommendation of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept
the recommendation of the college administration to adopt the final resolution authorizing
the college to enter into a base lease as lessor and a lease purchase agreement as lessee
for the purpose of providing funds to pay a portion of the costs of various capital
improvements and authorizing approving certain other documents and actions in connection
with the execution and delivery of said lease purchase agreement, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to do what Jerry just read. (Laughter.)
I think that’s why we need Mr. Anderson here. This is the way we implement the Certificates
of Participation. Is there any discussion or any questions? If not, all in favor say
>>Chair Greg Musil: All opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Gary, Bill, thank you very much for your assistance, and to the
staff. We’re pleased that we can move ahead with this project. Thank you very much. The
next item refers to bids regarding the annual contract for housekeeping services. You will
find on Page 6 of your document that we notified 19 firms regarding our housekeeping services,
five people responded. You can see the detail of those results. It is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the
college administration to approve the renewal of the annual contract for housekeeping services
with ABM Onsite Services in the amount of $720,318.12, plus an additional $30,000 for
services that may be requested on an as-needed basis, for a total annual expenditure not
to exceed $750,318.12, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to accept the annual contract for housekeeping services with ABM Onsite Services. Any discussion?
If not, all in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries unanimously.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Next item is the Annual Contract for Prime Vendor for Food, and again,
the details of that bid can be found on Page 7 of your packet. It is the recommendation
of the Management Committee that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the
college administration to approve the renewal of the Annual Contract for Prime Vendor for
Food and Food Supplies with SYSCO Food Services of Kansas City, Inc., at an annual expenditure
not to exceed $750,000, and I’ll make that motion.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded to
accept the recommendation for the annual contract for prime vendor for food and food supplies
with SYSCO Foods. Is there any discussion? If not, all in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Other than answering
details on Aa1 rating definition and AAA, that concludes my report, Mr. Chair.
>>Chair Greg Musil: You’re out of order.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: We need to move on
with the agenda. (Laughter.)
It looks to me like it’s a number 1 and another little a.
>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. Thank you. That is an important step for the college.
Bill, Matt, and Gary, thank you for helping our team here get that done at a 2.895 true
interest cost. You mentioned under 3%. I think the public would be pleased to know we’re
borrowing this at 2.895 true interest cost, and we will be able to do this with reserves,
some private funding, some general funds, and these bonds without a mill levy increase.
So thank you. And I will officially release you. You do not need to stay for the rest
of the meeting. Thank you for your work. The next item on the agenda is the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee report was made last month, but the minutes were not available, so the
minutes are at Page 17-19. I’d be happy to answer any questions. Otherwise, I will move
on to the Collegial Steering report. Any questions on Audit Committee minutes?
Collegial Steering Committee met whatever the first Tuesday of the month was, and it
was our introductory meeting. The Collegial Steering Committee is made up of the chair
and vice chair of the board, the president and vice president of Faculty Senate, the
president and vice president of Faculty Association, and the chair and vice chair of Educational
Affairs Committee. So it is a — as well as the president and members of his cabinet.
So it’s a great committee made up of trustees, faculty, and then members of the administration.
The first meeting is always an introductory meeting, so we didn’t — we didn’t try to
get into any substantive things, but I thought it would be interesting to tell you, we went
around and kind of figured out some things that are unique, maybe interesting about each
of us. I’m not going to give any names, so everybody can calm down that was there. But
here are some things that we learned. We come from all over the country. One member has
six kids. One member paid for college tending bar at Elks Lodges. One member has visited
the state capitols in each of our 50 states. One member lived in the slums of Chile and
refereed high school sports. One member was a three-year walk-on at a Big Eight football
school. Two members played serious rugby. One member plays the hammered dulcimer. One
member was a community college women’s basketball coach. And one member had a memorable sea
sickness trip on a boat in Australia. I tell you that just because we have a, like this
college, we have a huge diversity on that committee, and the one thing we’ve agreed
to in that first committee I think, and everybody came there with the notion that we all have
a single goal in mind, which is to help this community thrive. So hopefully more — maybe
some more substantive discussions as we move forward throughout the year.
Human resources, Trustee Ingram.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: That’s really hard
to follow, Mr. Chair. The Human Resources Committee met on Tuesday, September 5th. We
did have a number of very serious short presentations in our report. Lisa Gartland, Coordinator
of Employee Services, provided an overview of the college’s hiring and onboarding process.
Karen Martley, Vice President Continuing Education and Organizational Development, gave an overview
of all of the awards available to the college’s faculty, adjunct, hourly and salaried staff.
John Clayton, Executive Director Institutional Effectiveness, explained the Higher Learning
Commission accreditation process and time line for their upcoming visit, which will
be this coming April of 2018. Becky Centlivre, Vice President Human Resources, shared an
overview of current HR IS systems being utilized in the HR department. And finally, Barbara
Larson, Executive Vice President Finance and Administrative Services, gave an annual report
on the Retiree Benefit Trust. The Human Resources Committee reviewed the recommended changes
to select policies in the Conduct and Performance section of the college’s policy library and
the whistleblower policy, which have been reviewed as a broader assessment of the college’s
personnel policies and procedures. The recommended updating, including material changes noted
in the table, are found on Page 23 of the board packet, and serve to reorganize and
clarify content and bring current the policy language based on present job titles, terminology,
and practices. And to my fellow trustees, I would have you note that there is an updated
version of the proposed dating and relationship policy in the human resources addendum to
the board packet, and that is the version that is being recommended for the approval
tonight rather than the draft that was originally circulated in our board packet. Mr. Chairman,
it is the recommendation of the Human Resources Committee that the Board of Trustees accept
the recommendation of the college administration to approve modification to the following policies:
Whistleblower, Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Dating, Electronic Devices, Mandatory
Training, Performance Reviews, and Personnel Records as shown subsequently in the packet.
And Mr. Chairman, I will make a motion for the approval of this recommendation.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Is there a second?>>Second.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded to modify the policies as indicated by Trustee
Ingram. Any questions or discussion? All in favor say question.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries
unanimously. Thank you.>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: You’re welcome. That
concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: The next report is from
Learning Quality. Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Learning Quality Committee met on September 5th, 2017, in this room. Trustee Sandate,
Ingram, and myself were there along with Dr. McCloud and many other people. Dr. Puckett,
an associate professor of English, was granted a sabbatical and gave a presentation regarding
British and Indian Bengali libertinism that day. The sabbatical included travel and research
components of a project on libertinism. Professor Puckett reviewed sources on 18th Century English
Reiki and the 19th Century Bengali Babu, trace influences of the former on the latter, and
showed similarities between the two figures. Future goals include introducing Babus and
their culture to the students in British Literature I, present at national conferences — present,
excuse me, at national conferences, and as a part of the College Scholars Program, also
annotate and publish primary sources and publish the research in articles in peer reviewed
scholarly journals. Dr. Vince Miller, Dean of Academic Support, also gave — he and his
staff gave several PowerPoint presentations highlighting the Resource Centers, as well
as discussing the future goals of the division since acquiring new areas during the reorganization
of the divisions. Additional presenters included Dr. Tai Edwards, Associate Professor of History,
Director of the Kansas Studies Institute; Brett Cooper, Associate Professor and Director
of Math; Sunitha Minion, I apologize, Associate Professor and Director of the Science Resource
Center; Barrett Beasley, Directer of the Video Services; and Kathryn Bryant, Professor and
Director of the Writing Center. Peter Belk, a program admissions — Program
Director of Admissions, along with several other success advocates, gave a PowerPoint
presentation about an exciting new program highlighting the roles and responsibilities
of the advocates in assisting students throughout the college. The presentation is also included
statistic involving student interaction and the steps involved in a pathways communication
plan. James Hopper, professor of Web Development and Digital Media and Chair of the Education
Affairs Committee, presented several curriculum modifications to the committee effective academic
year 2018-19, and for the Arts and Design Humanities and Social Science division, a
course modification was also added for drafting in 3D printing. There were several other course
modifications and deactivations made, and you can read more about this in your packet.
The board packet, Pages 34 through 36 which I incorporate by reference here. That almost
concludes my report. I would like to add and ask Mr. McCloud if we could have a report
on the Higher Learning Commission’s visit next — next Learning Quality Committee meeting.
>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: Yes, we can.>>Trustee Lee Cross: And just do what we
did in HR, just — I think I know, I just was — my interest was piqued when Trustee
Ingram was discussing it. So thank you and your staff, Mr. McCloud, for preparing this
and everything you do. And Mr. Chair, that concludes my report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions for Trustee Cross? I’m sure Trustee Cook is dying to ask
about Bengali Babu since he challenged you on the Aa1 rating. Do you want to take that
opportunity or move on?>>Trustee Jerry Cook: I will, but will defer
until the second half of our meeting at 10:00.>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. (Inaudible).
(Laughter.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Okay. Thank you. We should
move on to President’s Recommendations for Action. And I’m sorry, I looked to you, but
then I looked to the Treasurer’s Report. Trustee Cross.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair. The board packet contains the Treasurer’s
Report for the month ended July 31st, 2017, and some items of note include page 1 of the
Treasurer’s Report is the General/Post-Secondary Technical Education Fund summary. July was
the first month of the college’s new 2017-2018 fiscal year. State credit hour operating grants
— grant payments of 10.3 million were received during August and will be reflected in next
month’s budget report. The college’s unencumbered cash balance as of July 31st, 2017, in all
funds was 96.8 million, which is approximately 15.1 million higher than at the same time
last year. Expenditures in the Primary Operating Funds are within the 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 ended July 31st, 2017, of course subject to
audit.>>Trustee Sharp: So moved.
>>And a second.>>Chair Musil: Do you second it?
>>Trustee Sharp: Yes. Did you move?>>She moved.
>>Chair Musil: You moved it.>>Trustee Cross: I seconded it.
>>Trustee Sharp: Yeah. He didn’t say he moved.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s been moved and seconded
to adopt the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending July 31, 2017. All in favor say yes.
(Yeses.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed, no. Motion carries.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: One other thing, Mr. Chair, if I could go back.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Sure.>>Trustee Lee Cross: British libertinism
and the Babus is really quite fascinating and actually remarkably relevant to modern
neocolonialism. I just want to make that comment and welcome any questions anybody might have.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Is Dr. Clark here or somebody else from the faculty that would
like to question Trustee Cross? All right. Good comeback.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: That concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Dr. Sopcich,
President’s Report to the Board?>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Trustee Musil.
You’ve been sent the Monthly Report to the Board. This details an incredible array of
activities that are going on campus. I hope you take the time to read this. Before we
get to the Lightning Round, I just have a couple points that I’d like to make. You know,
we have a lot of outstanding students, you saw Mickael up here earlier doing Shakespeare
behind the podium, scholarship recipient. We also have great faculty. And together they
do projects that are occurring all over the camp us and I’d like to share with you one
of them. This one not only has taken place on campus, it’s also extended its reach to
various parts of the United States. We have a student named Graham Murphy. Graham did
an honors project, and these are the kinds of honors projects that you like to hear about.
He did it over the summer, connected to The Honors Forum. The project was entitled Causes
and Consequences of Ecosystem Collapse. Now, Graham took this project very seriously, so
seriously that he raised $4,000 on JCCC-UC and he took these funds and he purchased water
filters for Flint, Michigan. He then traveled to Flint, delivered the filters, and became
involved in community outreach and education to build awareness about iron corrosion, lead
toxicity, and the importance of safe drinking water. Dr. Cook mentioned this earlier, and
what makes this project so fascinating is that it has broad interdisciplinary application
as it incorporated environmental science, public health, and social justice. An outstanding
project. I’d like to thank Deb Williams for forwarding this to us. You know, there are
so many things that go on on campus, it’s almost impossible to track. And so when somebody
sends us the info, it’s terrific that we can — we can share it with you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: May I interrupt? Graham was here earlier. It looks as though he left.
He was on the back row. I had the opportunity to meet Graham this morning and his partner,
Laura Pelegrin, who were interviewing the board Chair as part of their Honors leadership
class, and he is a very — an outstanding young man. Went to Shawnee Mission East. And
Laura is a Manhattan High School graduate who intends to be in the state legislature
someday. So they are two people that are in our Leadership Honors Program with a very
bright future.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: The next point I’d like
to share with you is that recently we’ve had a member of our faculty featured in the “New
York Times,” which is really a pretty cool thing. You may know that recently M.T. Ligget,
a Wichita folk artist and provocateur, passed away at the age of 86. M.T. was a gruff-talking
self-taught folk artist whose roadside sculptures, signs, and whirligigs — this is directly
out of the “New York Times,” by the way — often carried scabrous — clearly from the “New
York Times” — scabrous political messages and in the process brought him a measure of
fame. Regarding his assumed political leanings, I’ll read this that he said, I got this thing
about me, he said in “Moon Tosser of the Prairie,” a 2010 documentary about him that was produced
by Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. If you walk up to me and say
you’re a Democrat, I’m a Republican. If you’re a Buddhist, I’m a Shinto. If you’re a Catholic,
I’m a Protestant. Now, what really was incredible about that
line specifically calling out Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.
Allison Smith, Allison is our faculty member, chairwoman of the Art History Department at
Johnson County Community College — again, in the article. So Allison met him about 10
years ago and it says here, Chairwoman of the Art History Department, Johnson County
Community College, and has been his — had been his muse for three sculptures. And this
is Allison’s quote. The whole cranky persona he had wasn’t his real personality, Ms. Smith
said in a telephone interview. Once every six weeks he’d call me, he’d call and say
he loved me and that I’m beautiful, and he’d say this with his girlfriend with him; she
— she knew that was how he talked to a friend. I think it’s pretty incredible when anyone
from our college gets quoted in the Times. It wasn’t fake news, either. It’s the real
thing. Thank you. (Laughter.)
We’ll now get our Lightning Round under way. Dr. McCloud.
>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: Yes. And going back to Dr. Sopcich discussing Graham and some
of our students, one of the great things that’s happened thus far as we’ve gotten into this
academic year is that Mr. Cross’ friends at KU have come to recognize Johnson County greatness
once more. They have come down and talked with us about something that I did not realize
was an issue until we started digging into it. Students who transfer to KU are often
withheld from achieving university honors because of the way the honors program is designed
at KU requires that you start there as a native student, as a freshman, and soon the work
that our faculty and our students have done over the last year since the CoLab has been
open and since we’ve availed the public of so much of the research that our students
have been involved in, they actually came calling on us to offer us the opportunity
to rework their university honors program in line with our honors program so that our
students could garner not just departmental honors, but have an opportunity at university
honors as they transfer to KU. That made me quite proud, which was only heightened by
the fact that while I wish I could claim credit for it, most of the data is from before I
got here. Our students actually do better than other transfer students throughout the
state at almost every four-year transfer institution, as was highlighted today in the transfer and
articulation meetings that I attended in Topeka, except for one blemish on our record. Apparently
there’s too much partying going on in Manhattan. We are — we are —
(Laughter.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Our base is really high
and smart.>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: We are .04 behind one
other institution in transfer at K-State, and so I think that we’re going to have to
work on getting our students out of the party atmosphere that is bred in Manhattan.
>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s usually after football victories, that’s the difference.
(Laughter.)>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: Thank you.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Mickey. Dr. Weber?
>>Dr. Randy Weber: Well, as a KU grad, we will have good GPAs because I don’t see football
victories on the horizon. (Laughter.)
I wanted to speak briefly to our census enrollment report this evening. We — our census enrollment
date, which is the state reporting that we typically do, was completed on Tuesday. Some
numbers of note are our full-time — or excuse me, our head count enrollment is down 2.6%,
which is 500 students, and I’ll talk a little bit about this. And you know, I’m sorry, let’s
go ahead and pull that down. I unfortunately sent Terri an old report as I was hastily
trying to do too many things at one time today, so I’m just going to shoot on some of these
numbers real quick. Thank you for that, though.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Just to clarify, I usually
— I asked Randy about five minutes before 5:00 to do this.
>>Dr. Randy Weber: Well, I apologize nonetheless. So we’re down about 500 students. I’m going
to talk a little bit about what that is in just one second. Particularly, what we look
at then are entering student populations. So was this year’s fall enrollment first-time
students? Are they retention continuing students? Previously attended JCCC? Took a break? Transfer?
And we saw some really big trends. Every — every student type this fall is down a little bit
except for one, and that’s continuing students, and I point that out because we spent a lot
of time and effort and energy recently on retention strategies and I’d like to attribute
that increase in enrollment of continuing students to retention because historically
that’s actually been one that’s been down. Age group wise, our significant decrease has
been ages 24 to 39, and really what we’re seeing and we believe is, and it’s pretty
true to the economy, is we’re cyclical. Johnson County unemployment is extremely low, and
so a lot of adult students who historically have said I’m going to go to school and work
on my job skills and training are probably finding jobs. I think what we want to do moving
forward is look at some of our adult programming offerings and things to make sure that if
they’re in jobs but they want to continue education for careers, that we’re moving forward
with meeting their needs. Our direct matriculators, which would be the 2017 high school graduates,
who come directly here is, pretty flat. So those first-time students are about the same.
The other — another significant one that’s down, that’s over — that creates over a full
percentage of our being down, is our high school student population. We’ve got some
things that we’re going to try to work on in the next couple days to see what we might
be able to do about that. But this number will hopefully shift as a result of some of
those, those efforts. So we — we are down, but you’ve heard me say over the last couple
of years that we’re really trying to emphasize not just the census report, though, that’s
kind of our state report, but end of term. A lot of our enrollment over the last number
of years has occurred from census until our end of term. We have second eight-week classes,
we have a couple other offerings. We have career programs that offer interim courses.
Last two years we increased our Winterim. So we’ll continue to bring forward our end
of term data, but our census report is — is what it is for this year. We think that there’s
some strategies we might be able to deploy to narrow that gap by the end of the semester.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Randy, across the state, how are other community colleges?
>>Dr. Randy Weber: It’s — it’s still early. Everybody’s census report was due Monday,
and so we — we have to give KBOR a couple days to get that in, and I didn’t get a chance
to — to get feedback from other institutions. But I — I think that we’ll fare fairly well.
I will say our local economy is stronger than many of their other local economies, so I
wouldn’t be surprised, you know, and a number of the schools are trying to build residence
halls, which tend to be generators for them at the rural. So we know in the region we
— we heard about the same, but I think we — John’s team asked that and they kind of
want to do a little bit of validating before they want us to go on record for what we heard.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Trustee Sharp?>>Trustee Stephanie Sharp: Quick question.
Does that 2.6% reduction include online students?>>Dr. Randy Weber: It does. Actually we were
down in online this semester. Some of the places that we were down that — that surprised
us a little bit are online enrollment is down a little bit, about 600 hours. This is the
first semester we’ve been down with Hispanic students in quite some time, and we’ve got
a lot of efforts going on and I — I — wouldn’t be much to persuade me that maybe our geopolitical
or our local — at least our national political scene has impacted Hispanic student enrollment
because we — we didn’t anticipate that for them.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Randy. Ms. Martley.
>>Ms. Karen Martley: I want to share some enrollment numbers as well from continuing
education. One area is our Johnson County Adult Education, which is our adult basic
ed and our English second language students. They are up a little over 2% at this time
last year, so we’re excited to watch that trend. We think it’s due to a couple of things.
One of the things we tried to work with closely is Student Services as well in more of a cohort
model for those students. Previously they’ve been allowed to come in and take eight hours
a week and they pick and choose when they come in and do that work. Now they are required
to be in six hours, whether that’s a Monday-Wednesday or a Tuesday-Thursday and then they have a
choice on how they — what time they come in for the other two hours. Our hope is what
we’re tracking on that is persistence and completion. We hope we can get those students
through and more focused and complete more effectively. The other thing they’ve added
in that program is learning labs and Friday conversation classes. Those learning labs
are at no cost to students who are currently enrolled in those programs, where they can
come in and work on topics that may not be a part of the curriculum or something they’re
struggling with. A big focus we’re putting in those is job readiness, to help them whether
it’s r�sum�, interviewing, those types of things, which has been real popular.
The other area, we just got all our summer numbers from our youth programs, which we
put more of a focus on dropping really our — what we consider our youngest youth programs
and put more of a focus on that middle school and high school and in our STEM programs,
to drive them to those STEM programs on into College Now and at the college. We — our
enrollment numbers are finished now. We came in 17% above this time last year. We had waiting
lists in 25 of those classes. So that gave us a good idea of what things we needed to
look at for next year. And we believe a lot of that is as a result of other things going
on here, Girls Who Code, some of the mentoring that goes on on the Healthcare IS program,
people that are working with KC Tech as well, and mentoring some of the students, so. And
out of those, 35% were returning students over time. So we were trying to benchmark
at about 45%, so we were real happy with that and had a real good mix in male/female, right
at 45, 55%. So we’re very pleased with those results.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you, Karen. You know, the past — a week ago we had Secretary
of Education Betsy DeVos on campus. We had some pretty good coverage of that. I’ve asked
Mr. Grey here to give us an overview, some — perhaps share with us the strategy of getting
the — putting those together and also to share with us some information about the SAFinger.
>>Mr. Chris Grey: Yeah. We’ve got — (Inaudible).
(Off mic). Obviously when you have the Secretary of Education,
especially Ms. DeVos, there comes with controversy and it’s real easy to get wrapped up in really
the political aspect and hard to control the message. So the college made a really conservative
effort really from the get-go on extreme short notice of how we can leverage this to really
position the college, and that really was putting what matters first, which is students.
So how can we prop up and really showcase our students on a day-to-day basis. And second
is how do we leverage the college, you know, showcase what we do on a day-to-day basis
around creativity, around innovation, whether that be faculty, staff, and administration
with that. And that’s no easy effort. With media constantly looking for controversy and
they’re constantly looking for a negative. So that was a conservative effort. And I’m
going to really let the videos play and showcase this. We have two videos that really showcases
the students and really I think that message that any of you saw really follow through
with this visit. And then the last video was on the SAFinger. And this actually came from
the media’s visits here for Secretary DeVos and the staff, it was a huge effort and we
were very intentional on how to leverage the media, and this last video with the SAFinger
is really a spin-off of that because they really got exposed and it was a great thing
of all the different aspects that the college offers, and the SAFinger is just one from
an innovation standpoint that really showcases where we are on the map compared to other
colleges around the area.>>Reporter: Since her confirmation eight
months ago, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has consistently said that the
nation’s approach to education needs to change. She has also consistently continued her support
for expanded school choice. Today she brought that message to the state of Kansas. U.S.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos capping off her third day of a nationwide tour here at
Johnson County Community College. She says that she chose to visit this school because
of their forward thinking.>>The focus is on actually on this tour really
visiting schools that are doing things creatively and innovatively and with an eye to the future.
>>Patient: Kind of tired. How are you?>>Reporter: School leaders honored by her
visit.>>I feel very proud to be a member here,
faculty member at Johnson County Community College.
>>I think she got a better understanding of community colleges in general.
>>Reporter: Visit –>>Oh, controversy, because a lot of her views
aren’t exactly popular.>>Reporter: — was also not without detractors.
Some students say they’re glad they got to showcase what a public school can offer.
>>Here at a public school she just saw that we have a really great institution here and
we’re actually able to affect a lot of great students.
>>Reporter: DeVos, an ardent supporter of school choice and expanding the voucher program,
responding to some criticism that she does not pay enough attention to public schools
in the country.>>I would hope that we could focus less on
what word comes before school and more on what we need to do to meet the needs of all
individual students.>>Reporter: Although all the students here
did not share the same views as Betsy DeVos, they say they are glad to meet with her and
they hope that she walked away with a better understanding of how a public community college
can change so many lives. Hailey.>>Anchor: School leaders say they’re proud
of the way all the students, faculty, and staff handled themselves during the secretary’s
visit today. Chants, though, outside Johnson County Community College today. Dozens protesting
the secretary’s visit and her policies.>>Anchor: Secretary of Education headed back
to college today. The lesson, what’s going on right now at Johnson County Community College.
>>Anchor: 41 Action News reporter Ariel Rothfield shows us what students wanted her to learn
during the visit. Ariel.>>Reporter: Yeah, Riannan, Secretary Betsy
DeVos chose Johnson County Community College to highlight its jobs training program and
praise the community college for its flexibility.>>It’s a safety circuit…
>>Reporter: At Johnson County Community College, students found a unique visitor roaming the
halls, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, making JCCC part of her “Rethink Schools”
Tour.>>Every single student is special and unique,
and we need to be focused on ensuring that they have the opportunity to develop themselves
to their fullest potential.>>Reporter: Her first stop, the school’s
automotive and technology shop, where students like Daniel Ward are diagnosing headlight
problems on this car. His message to the secretary, the importance of technical degrees.
>>This is something tomorrow one of us could get a job in easily.
>>Reporter: Next on the tour, a visit to the school’s nursing building touring the
Healthcare Simulation Lab and speaking with students like Johnny Carter.
>>With all the technology we get that real life experience with patient care.
>>Reporter: This multi-state tour is designed to highlight innovative and creative programs,
like JCCC’s culinary institute, the final ingredient on Thursday’s tour.
>>I think it’s important that we — we realize how much funding for our education and the
specialized programs really help people get that extra step and succeed.
>>Reporter: Where in front of students DeVos reaffirmed her commitment to career and technical
education, despite her agency’s proposal of $160 million in cuts to those programs.
>>We have a very clear focus on creating and communicating multiple pathways to higher
education and to opportunities beyond high school.
>>Reporter: DeVos is scheduled to visit Kansas City Academy in Waldo tomorrow. We’re told
some parents will join some organizations and protest her position on school choice,
vouchers, and more, similar to what a group of about 50 did here today. We are live in
Johnson County, Ariel Rothfield, 41 Action News.
>>Anchor: If it wasn’t already, Johnson County Community College is On the Now.
>>Anchor: Universities across the country are pointing out the benefits of the college’s
newest and most unusual product: fake fingers. The health care students at JCCC are using
the plastic fingers during simulation labs. Those fingers hold liquid to simulate drawing
blood for glucose testing while protecting the patient’s hand from puncture. Most patients
admitted to the hospital will have their glucose tested. Before the college developed this
product, nursing students were unable to test a patient’s glucose realistically.
>>They really have to be serious and they have to have good technique and to be able
to feel that the test strips adequately and to be able to get a number.
>>The SA Finger Stick was funded, developed, and marketed by students and staff at JCCC.
University of North Carolina, Texas Tech University, and the University of Kansas have purchased
and are currently using the fake fingers. Isn’t that cool?
>>Very.>>Johnson County Community College. Doing
good work. (Applause.)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Those were the lead stories I think at 6:00, 9:00, and 10:00 news. And
the way the college is positioned in those is kind of remarkable considering all the
other stuff that swirls around a Betsy DeVos visit. So hats off to our team, across the
whole campus. I mean that was a campus-wide effort to make that happen. So that concludes
the report. Thank you.>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions? Dr. Cook and
then Trustee Cross.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Not a question. A comment.
Years ago I was teaching sixth grade in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and I was using the newspaper
in the classroom and in the training program I was — I always remember a comment by the
publisher of the Detroit Free Press, and he said this, if we ever put out a newspaper
on any given day and do not receive any calls from the public, we’ve put out a bad newspaper,
because our business should be about challenging the reader with thought. And if we go back
to our democracy, the whole point was that if we don’t have an educated citizenry, our
democracy won’t be as effective as it could be. So I’m driving to Tennessee Thursday morning
last week at 6:00 in the morning and I get a text from a good friend of mine who is a
board member of a college in Missouri, and he said, Is it true that the Secretary of
Education is going to be on your campus? And what he was really saying is, do you know
about that and do you approve of such things? So I responded to him by text to say when
we fail to listen and educate, we fail. Higher education is about the process of presenting
all points of view on an issue, and — and when we fail to do that, we have let our students
down. And by the way, the Department of Education chose our school because of our innovation.
I’d remind the public that we were a founding school of the League of Innovation when the
league started several years ago. And I think our college has continued in that theme throughout
its existence. So I’m pleased that — oh, and then I also said, we’re proud that she’ll
have an opportunity to listen to our students. So I guess what I’m trying to say to all of
us, and I need to work on this myself, is to be a better listener, to become educated
on all points of view, and control our emotions within so we can make better decisions. So
I want to compliment Chris. I know that a lot of that public relations reports that
we had rely upon a lot of work by you and your staff, and I’m just proud of this college
that we gave our students a chance to engage with the Secretary of Education.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Lee.>>Trustee Lee Cross: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
And thank you, Trustee Cook. I will say that I just listened to you and I agree with the
vast majority of what you said, and while many of us and I could name on one hand the
number of people happy about the secretary’s presence, I was proud of how the college handled
it and how Chris’ staff handled everything, and I’ll be quiet because I’ll endorse the
rest of Trustee Cook’s comments.>>Chair Greg Musil: Any other comments?
>>Trustee Henry Sandate: I have a comment.>>Chair Greg Musil: Yes. Trustee Sandate.
>>Trustee Henry Sandate: I just want to say what a wonderful opportunity for our institution
and our community and our — our professors and our leadership, but I think equally, also,
what a wonderful opportunity for our students to see our leaders conduct themselves in a
way that we all should conduct ourselves when we — when we encounter somebody that we don’t
agree with. And I would also say there’s people on this campus that probably do agree with
Betsy DeVos. But the realities are that we can be civil about it and we can glean and
learn from the opportunity, and I think it sets the example that we can receive future
leaders and all sorts of people on this campus with different ideas that are maybe opposed
to ours, but the reality is we can learn, we can grow, and we can be better for it.
So I just want to compliment Johnson County Community College, Chris Grey, the leadership,
because it was just a wonderful opportunity, and I was just excited to see Johnson County
Community College get all the recognition.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. I was asked
this morning by Laura Pelegrin in the interview whether it made a difference to have the Secretary
of Education here. And in a macro sense that, you know, if we as Johnson County Community
College, one of the greatest community colleges in the country, if we couldn’t make a difference
with her being here and her views of higher education, public, private, whatever, I just
want to know, do you think it made a difference? And what I said was, I know if she hadn’t
been here, we wouldn’t have had a chance to make a difference. And so that’s why I think
it was so important to have her here. She saw what a public institution can do to create
low-cost, quality education for students to learn skills and get jobs. And I think she
understood that we can’t do that without the support of the state and federal government,
we can’t do it without Pell Grants, we’re an economic engine, we lift people out of
poverty and socioeconomic straits, and I don’t know whether she left here thinking that that
might change some education policy or her members of the staff left that way, but if
she hadn’t seen that, she would have not seen what we can do. And so that, to me, is worth
it. And I, you know, Joe and Chris and Kate and everybody, Mickey and Chief Russell, the
security issues I know were — were paramount throughout that process. And I know we’re
going to leave somebody out, but thank everybody for what they did.
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Thank you. That wraps up the report.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you very much. I’m not aware of any old business or new business.
So we’ll move to reports from faculty liaison. And Dr. Arjo. All right behind in grading
yet?>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Actually yes.
(Laughter.)>>Chair Greg Musil: Sorry!
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: I will make this quick. No. Thank you, as always. I always appreciate
the opportunity to address the board and administration. Couple things, we did have our first meeting
of the year three weeks ago. It was a lampy meeting we had a lot of different announcements
and presentations from various people. I are just want to mention one. John Clayton came
and presented to the faculty the results of the Noel Levitz survey, the same result use
saw at the board meeting before, and I want to thank him again because one thing I’ve
concluded is a very thankless task is to try to present data and statistics to faculty
about faculty. So it led to a lively discussion, which I think was an interesting and valuable
one. Our next meeting is next Thursday at 3:30, GEB 342. So as always, I extend an invitation
to board members, administration. We always like to have people come. Secondly, just a
quick announcement. I can’t get into the juicy part of it, but as you have heard, we do have
a political action committee that operates somewhat separately from the main governing
organization of the FA, and I always like to stress that it does not use any dues money,
but we do get into the business of endorsing candidates for the Board of Trustees election.
So we met this morning to take the recommendations from that PAC and we have made some decisions.
I’m not going to announce them for a couple reasons, one of which, I haven’t had a chance
to talk to the candidates yet about who we will endorse. But that should be coming soon
and you might look for announcement to that effect probably tomorrow or soon after that.
Lastly, I also wanted to say something about the visit by the Secretary of Education. I
was invited to be a part and I do appreciate that invitation. However, I was out of the
country at the time, so I was not able to take part. I think Ron Palcic, past president,
attended in my stead. This did occasion some discussion among faculty. There was some discussion
about how we should respond and some questions about the college doing this. There’s, obviously
for the reasons that have been already pointed to, she is a controversial figure and this
is because of, among other thing, her policies or recommendations regarding alternate types
of schooling and some doubts about her commitment to public education. I would also add there’s
some concern about her announced intentions to revise the Title IX investigation guidelines,
also causing a lot of discussion. So certainly there was a position out there that maybe
Johnson County Community College, as a public institution, should not be giving her a platform
given her controversial status and in the eyes of some given her hostility or at least
less than friendly attitude towards public education. And that’s a view I respect. I
certainly can understand why someone would take that position. I think in the limit there’s
probably is a point at which you don’t want to provide platforms for extremely controversial
people. I would argue at the end of the day that probably the strongest argument for public
education is simply an institution like this and showing people what it does. And so I
do think we did a very good job of presenting that to — to the public. So let me add my
congratulations to everybody who was part of that. From what I heard it was a very interesting
and pretty substantive event. And if I could also add just a little bit to kind of piggyback
on some of the remarks Dr. Cook made. The reason I wasn’t here, I was at a conference
in the United Kingdom at something known as the Manchester Center for Political Theory,
I was at University of Manchester. And so it was a conference drawing international
scholars from all over the place, very interesting conference. But I had a chance to talk to
a young philosopher from Hong Kong who is now teaching at the University of — National
University of Singapore, slash, Yale. So Yale University is collaborating with the National
University of Singapore on a program that kind of introduces to Singaporeans some basic
con — political theory from the West. So liberal democracy and basic human rights,
those kinds of ideas. This is interesting for Singapore if you know the history; it’s
not always been exactly friendly to those sorts of ideals in its government. But it
was kind of almost touching that this young Chinese scholar was trying to convince some
of us disgruntled, down in the dumps, Western philosophers that the state of democracy in
places like the U.S. is actually pretty healthy still because he looks and he sees we still
have our systems of checks and balance, we still have the institutions that as far as
he can tell, coming from places like Hong Kong, Singapore, look pretty healthy still.
So I thought that was actually a nice little bit of optimism injected to, again, what tend
to be rather doom and gloomy kinds of conversations among a lot of us. I did point out to him
that these institutions will continue to flourish only so long as political culture remains
reasonably healthy to sustain them. So there I would agree that we really do need to find
ways to accommodate those with whom we disagree even quite vehemently. So there, too, I think
the college did itself proud in finding a way to bring a controversial figure to the
college and make something very good out of it. So…
>>Chair Greg Musil: Great. Questions for Dennis? Those are great comments. I’m jealous
and I want to go with you on your next trip. (Laughter.)
That would be fascinating. Sounds like a fascinating conference. The faculty were a big part of
her visit, and I know it was — it gave her a platform to show off in ways that some — some
of us may not like or some of us may not agree with. But it — the way it showed off the
college is I think our number one — is our number one goal, and I think we did that very
well. So I really — I know that Melanie Harvey was at the reception and Ron was there, there
were other faculty members there from the programs she had visited, so I think it was
a — it was an all-college effort and I think particularly the students that talked to her
were pretty candid about how important it was to them to — that something like this
is available to them. So she got a good sense that our faculty are just as strong and aggressive
and assertive as our students are.>>Thank you.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions? Lee?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yeah. Professor Arjo,
I thank you for the comment on democracy. I think whether it’s the switch in time to
save nine or the evolution of Abraham Lincoln on certain issues, I think, I’m asking you,
I think it’s important that we actually interact with people to have a chance to show them
what we do and educate them. Would you –>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Absolutely.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: I think that was in the substance of what you said.
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Right. Yeah. I mean we could get into arguments with her and that’s
important. I applaud the protesters. I think that’s a sign of a healthy democracy actually.
I don’t think protesters are things we should be concerned with. We should be concerned
when there are no protests because people are afraid to protest. That’s when you have
problems. But ultimately I think this place is a testament to what public education can
be. And what better argument could you ask for?
>>Trustee Lee Cross: One other follow-up. How is it you can possibly go to Europe so
many times? (Laughter.)
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: That’s a good question.>>Chair Greg Musil: It’s only twice in the
recent –>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: Well, let me take this
opportunity to express my gratitude… (Laughter.)
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: I’ve talked to faculty at other community colleges who are just astounded
at the support we get for this kind of a thing. I’ve had people say my college won’t even
send me across state lines to a conference, never mind to another country. So I do think
this is just an absolutely wonderful testament to the support we do get from the college.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you.>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Could we get a written
transcript of your words? (Laughter.)
Because that was way more eloquent than anything I was able to do during the whole episode.
So thank you very much, Dennis. Those were great remarks.
>>Dr. Dennis Arjo: It was written on water. It’s already gone.
(Laughter.)>>Chair Greg Musil: All right. Thank you
very much. The next item — I’m sorry? Yes, Trustee Lindstrom?
>>Trustee David Lindstrom: On that visit topic, I think it’s important that we recognize
Chief Russell, too, for the outstanding work that I’m sure none of us are aware of that
happened that created the seamless safety that occurred during that event. So I want
to acknowledge — I think Chief Russell is here. Thank you very much, you and all your
>>Chair Greg Musil: Lee.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I also wanted to add
and piggyback on that. It was a difficult week for the chief, he had family in the Virgin
Islands in Florida that were affected by the hurricane and I just wanted to recognize that.
We had numerous people here affected by the hurricanes.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Next on the agenda is the Johnson County Education Research Triangle.
Trustee Lindstrom.>>Trustee David Lindstrom: A real brief report.
Good news, sales receipts for Johnson County were up 4% in the month of August, and it
results in $1,570,814.78 being directed to the Johnson County Education Research Triangle.
We don’t meet again until November, November 7th. Monday, November 6th, I’m sorry, at the
KU Clinical Research Center, which is 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway, and that
meeting is open to the public.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you, Dave. Questions?
Foundation — oh. Jerry thought I skipped him. Kansas Association of Community College
Trustees.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I erroneously — erroneously double-booked events for that Saturday and could not attend
KACCT, but Dr. McCloud attended in our absence and has a 60-second commercial on what happened
there.>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: I learned a great deal
about the placement of Johnson County within the sphere and universe of the community colleges
in the great state of Kansas, and enjoyed the hospitality of the lovely, lovely people
of downtown Eldorado, Kansas. It was a learning opportunity to hear about some of the things
that were brought to — to kind of argue and discuss and debate. A lot of the discussion
centered around concurrent enrollment partnerships and the state’s inquiry into how we all run
our concurrent enrollment partnerships, as well as the resurgence of something I think
that you guys have dealt with several times, the — the questioning of the usefulness of
our community college boundaries and the advent of a possible statewide mill levy, which not
only did — the interesting thing is, I didn’t even have to speak up on our behalf to say
we think that’s a bad idea, because three other presidents went, well, Johnson County
already thinks that’s a bad idea and so we need to probably just let that go. So it was
kind of nice that we’ve established ourselves as thinking that this is, you know, we seem
to have a pretty good following and a — and a good standing among the other presidents.
It was a — it was a good time and I enjoyed yet again getting to watch and listen to our
state Department of Ed talk about K-12 and its funding and the way in which things work
as Randy Watson got up and spoke to us about his Kansas Can program. I did however — and
this is something I think Mr. Carter could maybe take forward for us — come to understand
that a huge part of the Kansas Can movement is that it will now use whether you are still
enrolled, engaged, or have completed a two-year degree or certificate as the benchmark for
K-12 and whether they have been successful. Now, if you couple that with the fact that
our four-years look at the transfer rate and being able to take our students with us, with
them as very important, I think this now formally makes the community college sector the most
under-funded and yet most responsible education stratum in the entire state of Kansas.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Good news?>>Mr. Mickey McCloud: That actually is the
good news. (Laughter.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: Make sure.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Just as a follow-up,
Mr. Chair, I will be attending ACCT starting Sunday through next Thursday, and like Dr.
McCloud has said, we think nationally this is really a prime time for the community college
network, 1,108 of us in North America, to again take a step forward in being the affordable
alternative for students of all ages to work on degrees or certificates. One of the items
that I’m looking forward to, we’ll have a panel discussion on one of our sessions that
I think includes seven representatives from the accreditation networks in the country,
and as was referenced earlier, our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission is coming
up next spring. I think it’s February, somewhere in there. And so it will be interesting to
hear these seven panel members –>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Excuse me, Dr. Cook. The
visit’s in April.>>Trustee Jerry Cook: April. These seven
accreditation representatives talk about the issues facing them. I believe that DACA will
be a discussion item, and again, I think it’s healthy for us to be able to understand all
points of view. It could be, and I know that when we had our board retreat in July, the
future of Hispanic students was of concern at that time, before any announcements, and
could be attributed to the decline we see in our Hispanic students. So it will be an
interesting topic, but I think the time is right for community colleges nationwide and
in the state of Kansas and in Johnson County to step forward and say here we are, we’re
an alternative, a good alternative, and I have one other comment to make in regard to
the great news you mentioned, Dr. Sopcich, about Graham and other students. I know that
InfoServ is pretty much internally, and when I look at that and I think about — and maybe
this is a challenge to Chris and team, but why couldn’t we have a system like that for
county residents so that, you know, effective businesses get on your web page without invite,
but if there was a way that we could promote and market the great success stories we have
to the residents of Johnson County, I think that would be interesting to see. And I know
— I know less about technology than I do about AAA ratings, and so I would let the
experts figure that out. But there must be a way we can communicate to every resident
in this county and not wait for them to go on our system but for us to give them the
information, because we have great stories to tell every day.
>>Thank you, Mr. Chair.>>Trustee Lee Cross: I have a question.
>>Chair Greg Musil: Questions? Yes?>>Trustee Lee Cross: Mr. Grey, do we — I
imagine we do a lot of social media outreach?>>Yes.
>>Trustee Lee Cross: And that in my experience has essentially replaced a lot of television
and even radio outreach?>>(Inaudible).
>>Trustee Lee Cross: What — can we just have like a 60-second overview of what we
do? Because I can sense Dr. Cook’s — I’ve spent four years with him — his tension and
uneasiness about what we’re doing, and I have some confidence we are. I’m not trying to
contradict him. It’s a valid concern.>>Mr. Grey: Yeah. You’re (Inaudible).
>>Trustee Lee Cross: Yeah. Let’s say Facebook. Let’s just focus on Facebook. What are we
doing on Facebook?>>I’ll speak social in general. (Inaudible).
Talk about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, those three platforms specifically for the college.
So how the college has handled that here in the past I would say year and a half is — (Inaudible).
(Off mic). There’s events on there. We talk about certain
events but it really is — (Inaudible). It is kind of that 24-hour — (Inaudible). It
cuts through to e-mail and gives people relevant information. So there is a lot of sharing
not just countywide, but nationwide — (Inaudible). We have around, don’t quote me on this, 15,
20,000 followers on Twitter; on Facebook we have 7,000, 8,000. So how we get news out,
it is very difficult, I’ll tell you, to send an e-mail out there, to have a server or something
to really get the stories out there. It’s really finding those varied platforms that
the audiences are on today and distributing that in a purposeful manner, and it’s repetition,
too. I think the story telling we’re good. We can get better. Trustee Cross, to your
point, too, we are looking and actually will have a member on a team here two weeks that
is really going to be more dedicated in that position. It’s not a new position, just kind
of repositioned a position that is more of an — (inaudible) social media and content
coordinator. And that person basically is a story teller. And it’s a story teller on
a digital platform. And that’s really kind of how we get those success stories out in
that fashion. Does that answer your question?>>Trustee Lee Cross: It does. I mean I think
to Dr. Cook’s point, my concern particularly on the 35 corridor and in the northern precincts
that we have a tremendous amount of poverty that they don’t walk around with data phones.
So I think Dr. Cook’s point is excellent and valid and really go to the core of our mission.
So I thank you for that. I know it is extremely difficult right now as we’re transitioning
between mediums I think that are capturing people’s attention.
>>Mr. Chris Grey: And that’s the beauty, too, and I’ll add one more quick comment,
that there isn’t just one platform anymore. You can’t just be on TV, you can’t just be
on radio. In the past, that’s really kind of how you got your message out. It has to
be integrated. You’ve got to be on five, six, seven streams. To your point, they do have
phones or they don’t. (Inaudible) people’s attention spans, it doesn’t matter if it’s
economic or socioeconomic conditions, you’ve got to be in a lot of different places pushing
that message and pushing that story. And I do think the college does a very good job
of that to really position us — (Inaudible).>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Trustee Cross, Chris is
working on a presentation I think would be of interest to everyone. He’ll provide an
overview of what our media is, including social and your more conventional media with regards
to television, radio, and print. So that will be coming down the path pretty soon.
>>Trustee Jerry Cook: Mr. Chair, just to react to Trustee Cross’ comment. I don’t mean
to imply that I’m under tension or uneasy. I think we do a terrific job on this campus
communicating to the network on campus. I’m just saying let’s extend that to the residents
of the county.>>Chair Greg Musil: What we try to do is
be good and then be better, and that’s what you’re talking about, Chris, is taking it
to the next level. All right. Trustee Ingram, Foundation report.
>>Trustee Nancy Ingram: Yes. On August 23rd, the Foundation held its first social of the
year in the Health Care Simulation Center. Nursing faculty were on hand to show Foundation
members the state-of-the-art facility and how it is used in the college’s nursing curriculum.
During the event, we also celebrated the launch of the SAFinger created by nursing professor
Kathy Carver and Dr. Zamierowski. The SAFingerStick is the first product conceived, funded, developed,
and brought to market by Johnson County Community College. To date we have received almost 100
orders for the SAFinger from educational institutions, large and small and internationally, including
Australia and Canada. Proceeds from the sales of the SAFinger will fund Johnson County Community
College nursing scholarships. On September the 6th, Foundation held its annual Scholarship
Celebration Luncheon in the Regnier Center to recognize this year’s Foundation scholarship
winners. Over 200 people attended and wonderful student stories were shared. A special thanks
to Pam Vassar and Paul Kyle for leading this event. The Foundation board of directors met
on September the 19th and the Foundation’s fiscal year 2017 financial report was reviewed.
Total revenues were $6.7 million, which is an increase of nearly $4 million over 2016.
The Foundation’s endowment is at its strongest position ever at over $32 million.
Over $485,000 has been raised for Some Enchanted Evening to date. The gala will be held on
November the 11th, 2017, at the Overland Park Marriott. Sponsorships are wrapping up with
just a handful of tables available and still for purchase. Calendar reminders include October
15th, Lace Up for Learning 5K at Johnson County Community College. October 24th we have the
Foundation annual dinner in Yardley Hall, and again, Some Enchanted Evening on November
the 11th. And that concludes my report.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thank you. Questions?
>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Excuse me. I would like to recognize Kate Allen. Those are incredible
numbers, Kate. Congratulations. How much of the SAFinger are those revenues? I mean how
much — has it hit yet, all the revenues coming in from the SAFinger?
>>We’re hoping to break even. (Laughter.)
>>Chair Greg Musil: That’s the spirit!>>Dr. Joe Sopcich: Great job. Thank you very
much.>>Chair Greg Musil: Thanks, Kate, for your
leadership on the Foundation. The board — we’re ready for the Consent Agenda. The Consent
Agenda is a number of routine and consensus items that have been — that are typically
considered collectively and approved in a single motion. Any member of the board may
request that an item on the concert agenda be pulled and be debated and acted on eventually.
Are there any items that anybody would like to discuss or comment on or vote on separately
from tonight’s Consent Agenda? If not, I’d accept a motion to approve the Consent Agenda
as set forth in the agenda.>>So moved.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded. Any
discussion? All in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Aye.>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no. Motion carries
unanimously. We have no Executive Session tonight. Before I ask for a motion to adjourn,
we do have a retreat scheduled for Saturday, October 7th, at the Wylie Hospitality and
Culinary Academy beginning at 8:00 a.m. that is a, as all our meetings are, a public meeting.
So if you want to come to that, October 7th, 8:00 a.m. at the Wylie Hospitality and Culinary
Academy. Yes, sir?>>Trustee Lee Cross: For the good of the
order, Mr. Chair, I’d just like to comment, though I disagree from time to time with Trustee
Cook, I do respect and admire him and his dedication to the community college movement.
I just wanted to make a formal adequate –>>Chair Greg Musil: No matter how uneasy
he appears sometimes. (Laughter.)
>>Trustee Lee Cross: I was joking.>>Chair Greg Musil: I know you were. Okay.
Clarification accepted. (Laughter.)
Is there a motion to adjourn?>>So moved.
>>Second.>>Chair Greg Musil: Moved and seconded. All
in favor say yes. (Yeses.)
>>Aye.>>Chair Greg Musil: Opposed no. We are adjourned.
Thank you all. (Gavel)