Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Will Antell, Andrew Boss, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, Daniel Coborn, Dennis Dotson, Ivan Dusek, Robert Erickson, Bob Hoffman, Jim A. Luoma, Lew Moran, Joann Splonskowski, Joseph Swanson, Michael Vekich, Chair
Trustees Absent: Nancy Brataas
a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of May 31, 2001
Trustee Erickson moved approval of the meeting minutes of May 31, 2001. Trustee Swanson seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent.
b. Amendment to Board Policy 1A.2, Board Expenses, Per Diem and Reimbursement (Second Reading)
Trustee Antell moved that the Board of Trustees adopt the amendment to Board Policy 1A.2, Part 2, Board Expenses, Per Diem and Reimbursement. Trustee Boss seconded and the motion carried without dissent.
c. Proposed FY 2002 Meeting Calendar (First Reading)
Chair Vekich reported that the proposed FY 2002 meeting calendar was presented as a first reading. The calendar will be approved at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees on July 18, 2001.
Chair Vekich noted that details are being worked out for an October Board meeting at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Chair Vekich introduced Janice Fitzgerald who will be joining MnSCU as Chancellor-designate Dr. McCormick's chief of staff.
The public hearing on the FY 2002 Institutional Allocations and FY 2002-2003 Tuition and Fees scheduled for Friday, June 22 is canceled because there has been no legislative resolution on the budget. Chair Vekich announced that the Board might need to meet in a special meeting during the week of July 9, depending on whether or not there is a state shutdown.
Chair Vekich announced that Governor Ventura has appointed Michael Redlinger to the Board of Trustees effective June 22. Mr. Redlinger, president of Minnesota State University Student Association, will replace Brent Calhoun whose term expires this month.
Chair Vekich commented that he attended a dinner in honor of Trustee Andy Boss at the University of Minnesota on June 4. Trustee Boss was the recipient of an outstanding service award, which is the highest award given by the University of Minnesota in a non-degree area. Chair Vekich commended Trustee Boss for his outstanding career in public service and for his family's long association with the University of Minnesota.
Chair Vekich highlighted some special achievements on our campuses. Anoka-Ramsey Community College faculty member Barbara Schewe was named Instructor of the Year by the Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges for her effective teaching and outstanding contributions to the mathematics profession.
The summer institute at South Central College is helping more than 100 high school business teachers gain high-level certification in Microsoft business software. And this week the college's Ag Literacy Institute is showing K-12 teachers effective ways to integrate agriculture into their curriculum.
Bemidji State University's 23rd annual Summer Science and Math Program has enrolled nearly 100 youngsters from kindergarten through 8th grade. The students are having fun and learning by making things like fraction burgers and geometric constructions. Anoka-Hennepin Technical College enrolled 300-some middle school students for a Career Camp where they will try out various technical career skills and learn more about the value of college education.
St. Cloud State University is expanding its Teachers of Color Project, which helps students of color pay for college in return for a two-year commitment to teach in an area school district. Now the university has 11 school districts in central Minnesota that are cooperating in this program. Thirty students are enrolled in the program, and the goal is to have 30 new teachers of color graduating each year. Also, St. Cloud State University is responding to the state's nursing shortage with its new board-approved bachelor's degree in nursing, as well as the state's first accelerated baccalaureate nursing program. In the accelerated program, students who already have degrees in other areas will be able to finish in just 15 months. Both programs still are subject to approval from the State Board of Nursing.
North Hennepin Community College's nursing graduates had the highest success rate of any public college or university on the state board exams - 95 percent of the graduates in the Class of 2000 passed on their first try.
Hennepin Technical College had several top winners in the 2001 Minnesota Skills USA-VICA competition. They go on to the national competition in Kansas City later this month. The organization, which was formerly called Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, holds contests in a variety of skills, from advertising design to cabinetmaking. Congratulations to the first-place winners: students Alison Hartzell, Christopher Hensel, Rachel Frank, Brent Newville, Terry Larson, Israel Hunt, Duayne Weir, and Kyle Nielsen
Bemidji State University's Student Health Service has met national standards for quality care by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and has been awarded a certificate of accreditation. Northwest Technical College's Bemidji campus has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. That's the highest level of achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence. Riverland Community College students spent the past academic year constructing and wiring a 2,000-square-foot home in Austin valued at $198,900. The home was sold in May.
And a pilot program at Lake Superior College called "Women in Machine Tools" was featured on the cover of the Duluth News Tribune on Monday, June 18. The new program is funded by the city of Duluth in an effort to employ more women in nontraditional jobs. They are being trained to work with computerized machines that cut and drill metal parts for everything from airplanes to bicycles.
Finally, we want to congratulate in advance the award winners at the first annual MnSCU System Office State Service Awards recognition breakfast that will be held on June 22 at the Radisson Inn/City Center Hotel in St. Paul.
a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee, Robert Erickson, Chair
FACILITIES: Lew Moran, Vice Chair
c. Audit Committee, Mary Choate, Chair
Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen