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Minutes of Regular Meeting BC3 Board of Trustees

February 23, 2011

Science & Technology Building Board Room

 

 

Meeting Subject Subject Description
Members PresentJoan Chew, Jessica Forsythe, Grace Hawkins, Gordon Marburger, Gene Marcink, Bill McCarrier, Glenn Miller, Dale Pinkerton, Dick Rittelmann, Eric Schultz, Ray Steffler, Don Tylinski
Members AbsentWilliam DiCuccio, Brian Ellis, Bruce Mazzoni, Robert Smith
Also PresentSusan Changnon, Linda Dodd, John Kearney, Pat Massaro, Nick Neupauer, Bill O’Brien, Brian Opitz, Julie Sheptak, Francie Spigelmyer, Jake Friel, James Lokhaiser, Steve Bartley-CUBE, Sandy Pontius-Butler Eagle
Call To Order Mr. Steffler called the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m. 
Agenda Ms. Chew moved to approve the agenda.  Motion Carried.
MinutesMr. Schultz moved to approve the Minutes of the January 19, 2011, Regular Board Meeting.  Motion Carried.
Introduction of GuestsSusan Changnon introduced today’s guests.
Treasurer's ReportJake Friel reviewed the January Operating, Capital, Academic Enhancement and Restricted Funds Budget Summaries, as well as the Enrollment Reports.  The Budget Summaries were accepted as presented.     
Public CommentNone
Presidentís Report Dr. Neupauer reported on the following:
State Activities
-The community college Presidents met in Hershey on January 31.  They met with legislators and discussed the state budget and the need to get stimulus funding back.
-Dr. Neupauer and Mr. Steffler attended the National Legislative Summit in Washington, DC, on February 14-16.  They met with Representative Altmire and Senator Casey.  Potential Pell grant cuts were discussed.  The Presidents are pushing to maintain the current level of funding available to the students.  These funds are used for textbooks, housing and transportation.  Approximately $6 million in Pell grants pass through BC3 with one-half as tuition and one-half going into the community.  Over 50% of students receiving financial aid receive Pell grants.  In 2009-10, 2,000 students received financial aid, with the average amount being $3,158.  Workforce Development and veterans’ issues were also discussed. 
-Dr. Neupauer was nominated to serve as vice-chair of the PA Commission for Community Colleges.
-Dr. Neupauer was invited to attend the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Community College Regional Summit on February 28.  It will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia.  Labor and industry partners, as well as education leaders will discuss barriers and solutions for community colleges to significantly increase the number of graduates prepared for the 21st century workforce.  It is a good opportunity for BC3 to have a seat at the table.
College Activities
-The College will be closed on Friday, March 11, for the spring break holiday.
-Spring enrollment is at 4,200 students, with 2,678 Butler residents served; BC3 @ LindenPointe enrollment is at 402 students; and out-of-state student enrollment is up 33%.
-High School Programming and Dual Enrollment have 333 students participating.
-Zimride, the online carpooling system, has 450 users; saving 2.6 million miles of commuting which decreased CO2 usage by 2 million pounds.
-Voters in the Butler Eagle’s Readers’ Choice Award selected BC3 as a gold recipient in the education and college/universities categories.
-Dr. Neupauer met with the Deans and Francie Spigelmyer on February 22.  There is much new curriculum, with 40-50 new items including a Homeland Security program.
-The College lost a dear friend, Doris Rose, on February 14.  Her husband, Gail Rose, was the first chair of the Board of Trustees.  They were so committed to the idea of a community college in Butler County that they used their home as collateral to back the College.  A memorial service was held on February 20.  Dr. Smith, Mr. Steffler and Dr. Neupauer spoke.  Kudos to Mr. Miller and Susan Changnon for their work in coordinating the service,

 

Committee Reports  
Executive No report. 
Finance Mr. Schultz reported that the Board of Trustees accepted the indirect cost study plan at the January board meeting.  Finance Committee members met with Mr. McMillin to review the plan and followed up with a six-point plan via a letter to address his concerns.  They also met with Julie Graham and the County Commissioners.  A meeting will be scheduled with Bill O’Donnell soon.  The report confirms that Butler County monies stay in Butler County.
Facilities Mr. Rittelmann thanked Brian Opitz and his staff, the Foundation and Administration for the successful completion of the LindenPointe facility.  The project was completed on-time and on-budget.  The facility is a tremendous value.
Personnel No report.
Academic
Assessment
No report.
Delegate Reports
Foundation Ms. Chew reported on the following:
-Foundation Board met on January 27 and welcomed new Board Member, Carol Achezinski.
-Paid final Rien Construction invoice for LindenPointe renovation and construction. 
-Michelle Jamieson received a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College
-Preparing for the 2011 Scholarship Selection Process. All scholarship information and the application process will be on-line.
-Conservancy Committee of the Foundation Board met on January 25.
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-Audubon Society of Western PA (ASWP) will hold their Board meeting at the Conservancy on February 26, to determine the feasibility of a partnership arrangement with the Conservancy.
-Working with Master Gardeners and Butler County Chamber of Commerce on the
May 14, Home and Garden Show at the Conservancy.

Mr. Miller reported on the following Alumni Association activities:
-There are currently 72 Alumni Association lifetime members.
-Alumni Council meets monthly and is in the process of planning the May 20, Pioneer Golf Outing at St. Jude and a BC3 Night at Pullman Park.
-Alumni giving increased 24% over this time last year.
-The annual Legacy Dinner is scheduled for October 15.
Old Business Mr. Rittelmann commented on the Education Technology presentation given by Ann McCandless at today’s luncheon.  As an instructor, Mr. Rittelmann said the technology is such a time-saver and so valuable to faculty and students.  Although the cost of the technology is significant, he questioned the cost to not provide it.
New Business Mr. Steffler announced that the March 16, board meeting will be held at BC3 @ LindenPointe.
Adjournment Ms. Chew moved to adjourn the meeting.  Motion Carried.  The meeting adjourned at 1:17 p.m.
 
 
Jessica Forsythe
Secretary

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