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Minutes of Regular Meeting BC3 Board of Trustees

March 16, 2011

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Meeting Subject Subject Description
Members PresentWilliam DiCuccio, Jessica Forsythe, Grace Hawkins, Gordon Marburger, Bruce Mazzoni, Dick Rittelmann, Eric Schultz, Ray Steffler
Members AbsentJoan Chew, Brian Ellis, Gene Marcink, Bill McCarrier, Glenn Miller, Dale Pinkerton,  Robert Smith, Don Tylinski
Also PresentLinda Dodd, John Kearney, Nick Neupauer, Bill O’Brien, Brian Opitz, Julie Sheptak, Francie Spigelmyer, Jessica Dandoy, Ken Hawk-Butler Radio Network, Sandy Pontius-Butler Eagle
Call To Order Mr. Steffler called the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m. 
Agenda Ms. Forsythe moved to approve the agenda.  Motion Carried.
MinutesMr. Schultz moved to approve the Minutes of the February 23, 2011, Regular Board Meeting.  Motion Carried.
Introduction of Guests Jessica Dandoy introduced today’s guests.
Treasurer's Report Jim Hrabosky reviewed the February 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
-All Pennsylvania college and university presidents are still evaluating the impact of the state budget.  There is a 10% hole in our budget which equates to $840,000.  We are trying to quantify line items to be cut or zeroed from the Governor’s budget.  A cut in Distance Education is of concern.  Community Education Councils and New Choices could be zeroed out.
-Dr. Neupauer attended the American Council on Education conference on March 5-7.  Forty percent (7.6 million) of college enrollment in the United States is at community colleges.  Federal government aid has increased significantly since 1990.  The following cost increases have occurred since 2000:

Public higher education     45%      

Private higher education    23%
Medical care                       43%
Community colleges          9%     
Medicine                             37%      

Median familyincome        5%
Housing                            31%

College Activities
-Dr. Neupauer, staff and students will participate in the annual Lobby Day events in Harrisburg on April 5.
-The Women’s Basketball Team won the Region XX tournament.  The team qualified for the NJCAA Division III National Championship in Rochester, MN, where they finished sixth in the nation.
-BC3, in partnership with the Butler Chamber of Commerce, hosted three Marcellus Shale information sessions on March 7-9.  Kudos to Bill O’Brien’s staff for coordinating these sessions.
-An Open House is scheduled on the Main Campus for Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  A larger turnout than last year is expected.
Committee Reports  
Executive No report. 
Finance Mr. Schultz reported that the Committee met on March 15 to evaluate the impact of the state budget cut and the loss of federal stimulus funds.  Thank-you to Jim Hrabosky for his work on the preliminary budget numbers.  With funding from the Federal Dept. of Justice grant, three classrooms can be upgraded in the Public Safety Training Facility.  No College funds will be used for the upgrade.  The bid award follows:

Action Item
Resolution 11-01 - Award of Advanced Disaster Management Simulator Audio Visual Support Bid
Mr. Schultz moved to approve the bid of $130,565 to Dagostino Electronic Services of Pittsburgh, PA for audio support for the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator.  Dagostino Electronic Services submitted the only responsible bid for this grant-funded project.  The grant budget is $147,000.  Motion Carried. The PA Commission for Community Colleges requested each college’s policy on reserves.  Jim Hrabosky submitted ours. The  Finance Committee recommended Jim Hrabosky move $250,000 from the operating fund to the capital reserve fund - $130,000 from the Children’s Creative Learning Center insurance and $120,000 for collateral on the Student Success Center.

Facilities Mr. Rittelmann complimented the quality and value received for BC3 @ LindenPointe.  A great team effort resulted in a great building at a great price. 
Executive Session An Executive Session was held from 1:00-1:15 p.m. to discuss personnel-related issues.
Personnel Dr. DiCuccio reported that the Personnel Committee met on March 16, to discuss personnel-related issues. Action
Motion - Tenure
Dr. DiCuccio moved to grant tenure to Karen S. Aul and Amy M. DeVore.  Motion Carried.
Motion - Advancement in Rank
Mr. Rittelmann moved to promote the following Faculty members:
Joy I. Walsh-from Assistant Professor to Professor
Kimberly S. Fish-from Associate Professor to Professor
Motion Carried.
Academic
Assessment
Mrs. Hawkins reported that three new programs are ready to be considered.  A committee meeting will be called shortly.  Francie Spigelmyer summarized the Academic Assessment Project.  The project is currently in the data collection stage.  It is going very well and will be worked into the PRR.  The Course Level Assessment Project is also in process.  It is going over very well with 18 Faculty members working on it.
Delegate Reports
Foundation Ruth Purcell reported on the following:
- Information on our 70 scholarships and the application process can now be viewed on-line.
- The net goal for the August 29, Foundation golf outing is $45,000.
-Donations in Doris Rose’s memory have totaled $2,600 to date.
-A contract has been signed for the Butler Rotary Jazz Festival to be held at the Conservancy on August 21.
Old Business No report.
New Business No report.
Adjournment Dr. DiCuccio moved to adjourn the meeting.  Motion Carried.  The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.
 
 
Jessica Forsythe
Secretary

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