Butler County Times Gazette
  • Trustees celebrate opening of 'Art Without Walls'

  • The new exhibit s an exhibition of works created by inmates at the El Dorado Correctional Facility
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  • The Butler County Board of Trustees gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the newest gallery at the Hubbard Welcome Center on the El Dorado campus.
    The new exhibit, titled "Art Without Walls" is an exhibition of works created by inmates at the El Dorado Correctional Facility. Trustees took the time to stroll through the aisles of paintings, drawings and needlework before moving to their meeting down the hall.
    The board meeting began with the recognitions of various students, clubs and administrators from the college. The first to be recognized were the Butler culinary arts students and Chef John Michael. Their participation in the Cystic Fibrosis Wichita Wine opener. The team won the Best Tasting award at the event, which was the only food award presented.
    The Butler Headliners and Valerie Lippoldt-Mack were recognized for singing the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Wichita Thunder Hockey Games.
    Anne Gillis was recognized for her efforts in organizing and hosting the Arkansas Oklahoma Kansas section meeting for the American Association of College Physics Teachers. James Gross was recognized for his invitation to the Historic Memorial Service for the third director of the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York City.
    Tonya Kerschner was recognized for her efforts to help organize an event on campus for fourth grade teachers titled "It's raining resources." Matt Udland was recognized as the student volunteer coordinator for the Walk to End Alzheimers.
    Matt Jacobs was recognized as the WSU Sport management Alumnus of the Year and a special recognition was given to the Butler Employee Veterans.
    The meeting was based around the discussion of the proposed indirect cost policy of the college. Dr. Gene George took the time to explain that through federal grants, the college is allowed to use a certain percentage of the grant funds to support overhead costs of the institution receiving the grant. These funds may go to payroll, facilities, oversight, training, research and evaluation.
    "As we develop this policy, it is important to remember that we have a very limited number of grants that we may use to help the college move forward," said George. "There is a 27 percent maximum indirect cost for a typical grant. Some grants limit it below that and others do not allow it at all."
    The proposed internal indirect cost distribution policy dictates that of the funds received, 25 percent must go to the college, 25 percent must go to the office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness and the remaining 50 percent must be distributed across the units based on the grant scope of work. Trustee Jim Wilson moved to approve the policy and the motion was carried 8-0.
    The board also:
    • approved the purchase of video surveillance
    Page 2 of 2 - • approved he status change for the CTE/ATC Administrative Support.
    Kari Adams can be reached at kadams@butlercountytimesgazette.com.
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