Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
World Trade Center
St. Paul, Minnesota
Trustees Present: Will Antell, Andrew Boss, Nancy Brataas, Brent A. Calhoun, Mary Choate, Daniel Coborn, Ivan Dusek, Robert Erickson, Bob Hoffman, Jim A. Luoma, Lew Moran, Joann Splonskowski, Joseph Swanson, Michael Vekich, Chair
Trustees Absent: Dennis Dotson
a. Approval of Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting of February 21, 2001
Trustee Splonskowski moved approval of the corrected minutes of February 21, 2001. Trustee Brataas seconded and the minutes were approved without dissent. Trustee Erickson abstained as he was absent from the meeting of February 21.
b. Report of the Executive Committee Meeting of March 7, 2001
Chair Vekich reported that the Executive Committee met on March 7, 2001.
Chair Vekich congratulated President Kathleen Nelson, Lake Superior College, for her commitment to MnSCU, and her 30th wedding anniversary that she celebrated while attending last evening's dinner meeting with the Board of Trustees and MnSCU presidents.
Chair Vekich recognized some of the good work being done on our MnSCU campuses. First, a hearty congratulations to the St. Cloud State Huskies for their championship in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, in overtime, in a 6-5 victory over North Dakota on Saturday. Now it's on to the NCAA West Regional. Congratulations, Huskies and Coach Craig Dahl, and good luck with your game Sunday. Next, hats off to the Lady Spartans of Fergus Falls Community College for their national championship title. The team won the National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday by defeating Manhattan Borough by 61-58. And Fergus Falls' coach, Ann Williams, was named All-Tournament Coach. Also at that tournament, the Ridgewater College women's basketball team placed third in the nation. Congratulations to both teams. Also, today at 2 p.m., the Mustangs of Southwest State University will compete in the Elite Eight men's basketball tournament in Bakersfield, California. Southwest State and St. Cloud State faced each other in close competition for the North Central Regional title, and the Mustangs won by 67-65.
In other campus news, inauguration ceremonies for President Roy Saigo will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. That date has extra significance because he is St. Cloud State's 21st president and the first president for the 21st century. The celebration will be held in connection with Founders Day to mark the successful finish of the university Foundation's Campaign for a New Century that has brought in $21 million dollars. Congratulations to President Saigo and the Foundation. St. Cloud State is in the news for one more event, today's Midwest Summit on American Indian Mascots on the campus. The event is aimed at raising awareness of the issue, giving American Indian students a forum for talking about their concerns, and developing a policy that participants can take back to their campuses for possible implementation.
President Jim Johnson of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical has been elected to the National Council of Occupational Education representing Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska for a three-year term. Congratulations, President Johnson. Also, the Winona Campus of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical will celebrate the grand opening on April 26 of its new Truck Driver Training Center, where hundreds of students will be prepared annually for the open road in one semester of daytime or evening classes.
Students in the dental assisting program at Central Lakes College are giving free exams and teeth cleanings to dozens of children who are 3 to 5 years old. The Central Lakes students are doing this to contribute to National Children's Dental Health Month. The children are enrolled in a regional Head Start program and for most of them, this is their first experience in a dentist's chair. The Central Lakes student volunteers teach the children how to take care of their teeth while they gain experience working with young clients.
a. Finance/Facilities Policy Committee
c. Audit Committee, Mary Choate, Chair
Committee Chair Choate reported that the Board of Trustees accepted the Network Security Report that was prepared by the Office of Internal Auditing in the consent agenda. As a result of information in the report, research is being done on the cost, risk, and timeliness of shoring up MnSCU's network security and will be reviewed at a future date.
Recorded by Penny Harris Reynen