Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, June 21, 2000
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Kathleen Caffey, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, Daniel G. Coborn, Dennis Dotson, David Erickson, Robert Erickson, Christine Fritsche, Jim A. Luoma, Joann Splonskowski, James Wafler, Michael Vekich, Chair
a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of May 17, 2000
Trustee Robert Erickson moved approval of the minutes of May 17, 2000. Trustee David Erickson seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.
b. Proposed Meeting Calendar FY 2001
Chair Vekich commented that the proposed meeting schedule for FY 2001 is an information item. The Board will approve the meeting schedule at their annual meeting on September 20.
c. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of June 7, 2000
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on June 7, 2000.
Chair Vekich highlighted noteworthy events on several Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses. Alexandria Technical College has earned a spot on the nation's "Most Wired" list. This list is compiled by Yahoo! one of the world's largest Internet search engines. Yahoo awarded Alexandria Technical College a most-wired rating of 22nd in the nation. Only 100 schools earned the right to be on Yahoo's list, and only four Minnesota schools made the list.
Fargo-Moorhead has been honored with the title of All-American City, and Moorhead State University, which is soon to be Minnesota State University Moorhead, played a significant role in this award.
Northwest Technical College is pleased to announce that it will soon be offering courses at the new Whitefeather/Moe Education Technology Center in Redby, Minnesota. Over 200 people attended the grand opening ceremony at the center on June 15. The new center is named after Red Lake Tribal Chairman Bobby Whitefeather and Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe. Gateway Computer Corporation is donating 10 computers to the center, which contains three shops and five classrooms as well as facilities for a future interactive television classroom.
Riverland College is offering its first on-line course this summer as a pilot project that is supported by the TeachNet Project. The TeachNet vision is to create a regional community of instructional technology professionals who support faculty and staff in their efforts to transform student learning through the application of technology. In addition to Riverland College, Winona State University, Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and the University Center Rochester are involved in the project.
Chair Vekich introduced Ivan Dusek, Robert Hoffman, and Lew Moran who will begin serving their terms on the Board of Trustees beginning July 1, 2000.
Chair Vekich reported that the Board of Trustees hosted a farewell celebration last evening for Trustees Kathleen Caffey, David Erickson, Christine Fritsche, and James Wafler whose terms expire on June 30. They were honored for their service and commitment to higher education, in general, and MnSCU, in particular. Effective July 1, 2000, they have been conferred with the title of Trustee Emeritus.
Trustee Caffey commented that frequently she tells her children that "we are who we are because of where we have been." Serving on the Board has been a tremendous learning experience from which she will be able to walk away from knowing that each person has offered a part of themselves that she has woven into the very fabric of her life and changed her in such a way that it has made her a better person. She thanked every one for the opportunity to have befriended and worked with them.
Trustee Wafler commented that it has been a privilege and an honor to serve on the Board. He noted that he is making a lateral transfer as an adjunct faculty member teaching American National Government this fall at Winona State University.
Trustee David Erickson commented that he has served on the MnSCU Board for six years, and on the Community College Board for about two and one-half years prior to that. He commented that he has met a lot of hard-working, dedicated people within MnSCU who are committed to education and kids and what is important in life and they all (Board members, presidents, administration, faculty) do an excellent job. The foundation for the MnSCU system is built pretty solidly today, and it will continue on. He thanked everyone for their commitment and encouraged them to take risks for the future because only those people who take risks will remain free and the students will be that much better for it.
Trustee Fritsche commented that serving on the Board has been a pleasure and an honor. She expressed her gratitude to the members of the MnSCU staff for their responsiveness - Chancellor Morrie Anderson, Vice Chancellor/Chief Financial Officer Laura King, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Linda Baer, Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Bill Tschida. She especially thanked Senior Vice Chancellor Linda Baer for her guidance and leadership on educational policy issues. Additional thanks went to Executive Assistants Colleen Houle and Inge Chapin for their support.
b. Audit Committee
c. Personnel Policy Committee
d. Educational Policy Committee
Michael Vekich, Chair
Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen