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Touch Base Tuesday 12-4-18
Dear Faculty and Staff:
Happy Tuesday! As you know, this is the last week of regular classes before finals. It is hard to believe that both the semester and year are almost over. It has been a productive fall semester. Let me share with you a few updates related to some of our accomplishments.
At the last President’s Council meeting, the following recommendations were approved:
• Proposed New Sustainability Fee
Sarah Johnson and Chris Cronin presented the Green Team’s recommendation to implement a $2 per student per semester sustainability fee. This team conducted a survey to assess whether students would be in favor of a new fee for funding sustainability efforts. The survey results showed significant support for the fee. The projected revenue is estimated to be about $29,000 per year and will fund various projects on campus. The Council approved the recommendation. I will be taking this to the Board in the spring.
• New Athletic Program: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field
Athletic Director Tim Brix presented a proposal to add Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field to SCC’s athletic program, effective fall 2019. He shared with the Council that there is tremendous interest from high schools in the area for this program. He also mentioned that there are no other community colleges nearby offering Cross Country and Track and Field. This new sport will contribute to increased enrollment and revenue. The Council unanimously approved Tim’s recommendation.
• Get Fit (Fueling Innovative Technology) Innovation Academy
Chad Shepherd, Andrea Compton, Jerol Enoch, and Monica Swindle presented their proposal for the Get FIT (Fueling Innovative Technology) Innovation Academy. The purpose of the Get FIT Academy is to provide space, time, and resources for faculty to develop, create, and implement innovative online or e-learning technology. The program will provide a $2,000 stipend for full-time faculty who successfully complete a project. The Council approved the recommendation.
On November 8, I held my monthly Tea with the President. It was a delight spending time with our wonderful faculty and staff.
On November 30, the Cabinet sponsored a lunch with the President’s Award recipients: Becky Thorn and Theresa Flett. Congratulations to both of these individuals for their excellent contribution to SCC.
On November 29, our Police Department facilitated Active Shooter Training. My appreciation is extended to Chief Ronkoski and his officers for a well-organized and informative training session. The event was well attended.
Please remember to join me next week (December 6 from 2:30-4:30) for our annual Winter Social.