OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Southwestern Community College
23, 2002, 5:30 P.M. - Public Safety Training Center
The Board of Trustees of Southwestern Community College met for
its regular quarterly meeting, with a demonstration of the completed
Defensive Driving Training Range and barbecue dinner preceding
the meeting at 5:30 p.m., on July 23, 2002.
Chairman Conrad Burrell called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.
He welcomed back Mr. Penland who has been recovering from illness.
Grasty administered the oath of office to reappointed trustee,
Holt made a motion to approve the minutes of the quarterly meeting
of April 23, 2002.
Dr. Neslen seconded the motion which carried.
- Cecil Groves
Groves extended his thanks to the staff at the Public Safety Training
Center for their efforts in making the celebration of the completion
of the driving training range a success. Dr. Groves introduced
Faculty Senate President, Dr. Allen Grant.
Services - George Stanley
President Stanley reported on the situation with the college's
liability insurance policy which provides coverage in addition
to the State $500,000 limit. The college was able to secure liability
insurance and is currently insured.
North Carolina Financial Statement Audit has been completed. The
auditors will conduct an exit interview on Friday. It is Mr. Stanley's
understanding that no exceptions of note will be reported.
Continuing Education - Dwight Wiggins
demonstration of the new defensive driving training facility consisted
Vice President Wiggins' report.
Services - Gene Couch
President Couch drew the Trustees' attention to the photo display
in the main lobby of the Balsam Center. Utilizing funding secured
from the SCC Foundation, incoming freshmen were provided disposable
cameras to document their first year learning experience at Southwestern.
The photos were then compiled to document the learning experience
from a student perspective.
Development - Connie Haire
- Jim Campbell
President Campbell provided an update on the status of the college's
telecommunication projects. With the help of a grant from the
Janirve Foundation, the college is installing fiber to link its
infrastructure with Smoky Mountain High School and Swain West
Elementary. The eventual goal is to have a community-based infrastructure
in place to connect all the schools in the three county area with
the college. Dr. Groves noted that Mr. Campbell is considered
one of the experts in the state regarding telecommunications and
expressed his appreciation for all his efforts for the college.
Dr. Groves also reported that staff member Laura Pennington and
several members of the Appalachian Access project team are currently
visiting Washington D.C. to try to secure further funding for
the college's connectivity project.
AND STUDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE
President Wiggins reviewed the Continuing Education Enrollment
Report for Spring 2002. He recently received a complimentary phone
call from the System Office commending Joan Moulton and the HRD
staff on the excellent job they are doing.
President Couch reviewed Summer Enrollment for 1999-2002.
Couch gave a brief overview of the Learning Assistance Center
(LAC) which was developed to provide assistance with skill development
to SCC students.
Couch distributed copies of the latest edition of the college
literary magazine, The Milestone, which features the writings
and artwork of students and staff. A grant from the SCC Foundation
funded the cost of this year's edition.
Couch reported on a student success story - Alexis Bell, a May
2002 SCC graduate, recently received a $27,000 scholarship to
attend Cornell University.
President Haire provided a quarterly update on activities and
highlights for the Student and Institutional Development area.
AND CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE
President Stanley reviewed the Local Revenue Analysis and State
Current Expenditures for the period ending June 30, 2002.
Stanley presented the Budget Transfers, Budget Increases and/or
Budget Decreases for approval. Mr. Holt made a motion that the
Budget Transfers, Budget Increases and/or Budget Decreases be
approved. Mr. Bell seconded the motion which carried.
Reece reviewed Policy and Procedure Revisions. Procedure 3.39.1,
OC Aerosol Spray will be removed. After discussion with the college's
insurance company regarding the college's liability in the usage
of pepper spray, the college has decided that security officers
will not utilize the spray. Mr. Holt made a motion that the Policy
and Procedure Revisions be approved. Mr. Madden seconded the motion
Reece presented the Educational Leave Request for Thom Brooks.
Mr. Holt made a motion that the Educational Leave Request for
Thom Brooks be approved.
Dr. Neslen seconded the motion which carried.
Reece presented a resolution in appreciation of Zickgraf Hardwood
Company's gift of hardwood flooring for the renovated Business
Office complex. Mr. Holt made a motion that the resolution in
appreciation of Zickgraf Hardwood Company's gift be approved.
Dr. Neslen seconded the motion which carried. Mr. Stanley reported
that Zickgraf also plans to donate flooring for the administrative
Groves provided a brief update on the status of the State budget
situation and its effect on the college's budget for the upcoming
fiscal/academic year. The college continues to aggressively pursue
grant funding in order to cover some of the shortfall in expense
Groves and Mr. Stanley provided an update on the status of college
facility and property acquisition projects. Dr. Groves reported
on a recent informal discussion held with a key Cashiers landowner
interested in a possible collaboration with the college on a library/performing
arts center project.
Groves presented the findings from the audit conducted by the
System Office Program Audit Services staff on the maintenance
of records and reporting of student membership hours for Spring
Semester 2000 through Spring Semester 2001. No audit exceptions
or concerns were identified for the period covered by the audit.
Bell made a motion that the additions to the Full-Time Employee
List, additions to the Part-Time Employee List, 2002-2003 Faculty/Staff
Reappointments, and 2002-2003 Potential Part-time Employees be
approved. Mr. Holt seconded the motion which carried.
Groves presented the Revision of College Goals for approval.
Mr. Penland made a motion that the Revision of College Goals be
approved. Mr. Madden seconded the motion which carried.
Groves reported a resolution has been prepared in honor of former
president Edward E. Bryson and will be presented to his family
members at the October quarterly Board of Trustees meeting.
Burrell expressed his appreciation to Dr. Groves for his dedication
to his job during his recent illness. He also commended Mr. Wiggins
and the Public Safety Training Center staff for doing an excellent
job with the evening's open house and demonstrations.
Holt made a motion to adjourn. Dr. Neslen seconded the motion
next quarterly Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday,
October 22, 2002.
meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.
Board of Trustees
L. Groves, Secretary
Board of Trustees
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