Dean of Career & Technical Education Mel Whiteside gave a monitoring report for the college's STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) division at Butler Community College's Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, June 13. He explained a grant received by the STEM division.
"We received 50,000 dollars through the Board of Regents Perkins State Leadership Grant. This money will be used to design curriculum this summer that integrates math faculty instruction into automotive technology, auto-collision repair and welding," Whiteside said.
In addition, he mentioned that over $50,000 worth of Snap-on tools were donated by the Larry Thompson family in Andover to the automotive technology program. Then, Whiteside updated the board of trustees on recent film accomplishments of people in the information technology program.
"Interactive Design and 3-D students and faculty participated in a short film, Bender, and another one called Hoover Road. It's a short film that was produced outside of Newton – on a ranch out there. And then, what I think is really cool in addition to that, they worked on the filming of an episode of Midnight Shanghai. They worked with director Ricky Lee, and that will be on Netflix. So, be looking out for that," Whiteside said.
He also informed the board on the status of enrollment in the welding technology program.
"Welding enrollment has increased. Declared majors for welding is at its highest since 2012," Whiteside said.
Before the end of his report, Whiteside notified the board of trustees of a change in coaching staff for the Butler Livestock Judging Team.
"We lost [Coach] Marcus [Arnold]. Marcus moved on. And so, [Assistant Coach] Taylor Frank will be taking over Marcus' role as interim livestock judge and coach this next year," he said.
During the standing reports segment of the meeting, Trustee Ron Engelbrecht informed the board of the college's budget status.
"We seem to be on track with a month to go. We're tracking very closely to last year, except the expenses are a tad less than they were. So we're hopeful that we're able to end the year with the projected difference that we were thinking," Englebrecht said.
For the president's report, BCC President Kimberly Krull shared an enrollment update.
"We're about 46 percent towards our fall goal of 88,320 credit hours, with about 40,580 credit hours enrolled right now. And we're about 41 percent toward our goal of 9,600 students. So [we're] making good progress," Krull said.
Additionally, she stated that Chief Information Security Officer Bill Young will temporarily succeed Tom Erwin as vice president of information services and chief information officer. Erwin retired May 31, 2017 after being with BCC since 1985.
"So he'll be the interim vice president of digital transformation .... We'll leave him in that position until the end of the fall semester. We did go through, you know, a round of interviews search and a couple of interview for Tom's replacement but didn't find a successful candidate. I'm going to leave Bill in that position [for] a little bit longer term, and we'll decide as we go along here what our next steps are," Krull said.
During recognitions, Krull acknowledged that Senior Research Analyst Esam Mohammad just completed his Doctorate of Business Administration through Baker College in Michigan. Mohammad will move into the acting associate vice president role when Gene George, associate vice president of research and institutional effectiveness, resigns June 30. George's resignation was approved at the meeting. He has decided to embark on a career as an independent consultant.
"Gene fills a really unique role for our institution in his strategic planning and guidance of strategic enrollment management team .... And so, we're going to keep Gene on in probably, like, a consulting role. We haven't identified the actual term for that yet. But that's been his longterm goal for a long time, is to start his own independent consulting company or work," Krull said.
Also during recognitions, Krull mentioned that BCC Softball Coach Doug Chance was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Coach of the Year. The Grizzly Softball staff was also named the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year.
"And then, of course, our softball team [are] back-to-back national champions two years in a row. And so, we're really proud of those young women and Doug's coaching philosophy [and] his staff's coaching philosophy .... It's really neat, the way that they coach those young women because you don't ever see them yelling at those kids during a game. They really believe that, when you get in the game, you play. And I just really appreciate his leadership. So, we'll get those certificates to them," Krull said.
After the regular meeting adjourned Tuesday evening, the board of trustees held a work session related to the budget.