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Fort Scott Community College Trustees Meeting Minutes of March 25

FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Minutes of the Board of Trustees Training
March 25, 2019

PRESENT: John Bartelsmeyer, Bernita Hill, Liz Meyer, and Robert Nelson

ALSO PRESENT: Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, staff, and community members.

Chairman John Bartelsmeyer called the meeting to order at 5:35 pm. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

COMMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Chairman Bartelsmeyer reported that FSCC has processed $4,644,126.69 in federal financial aid for the academic year, 51.8% of which was dispersed directly to students.

HOUNDS OF THE WEEK UPDATE: Head football coach Kale Pick summarized the football program’s Hounds of the Week program that encourages academic success of team members. Coaches do academic checks and recognize four players each week to students who are excelling in academic representation of the team.

CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote to move item E (Approval of Gordon Parks Museum Foundation by-laws) to the Action Items section of the agenda and replace item E of the consent agenda with Approval to Proceed with the Culinary Arts Certificate Program. A motion was made by Meyer, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the Consent Agenda as revised.

ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:

  1. Adam Borth and Russ Souza reviewed details of FSCC’s retention project. They and their committee have spent a year gathering data about why students stay at FSCC and why students leave FSCC. The data has revealed some patterns and provided insight that the committee is eager to address. They will be introducing a pilot Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in English in the fall, including the cost of the Hawkes software in the course fees, and revising the late enrollment period, offer pro-active tutoring, and revamp the college orientation class, all in hopes of addressing the barriers to student retention. The next step in the project is to develop a strategic initiative.
  2. A motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the presented tuition and fee schedule for academic year 2019/2020, including additional fees provided the night of the meeting.
  3. A motion was made by Hill, seconded by Meyer, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the base bid of $877,000 from Crossland Construction to complete the addition to Burris Hall.
  4. A motion was made by Hill, seconded by Meyer, and carried by unanimous vote to appoint Jim Fewins to fill the Board vacancy.
  5. A motion was made by Nelson, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the Gordon Parks Foundation By-Laws as revised. The phrase “Board of Trustees” shall be replaced with “Gordon Parks Museum Foundation Board every place it appears in Article III, IV, and V, and in the last sentence of Article II.

REPORTS:

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard reports from Miami County Campus, Student Services, Finance and Operations, and the President.

Robert Nelson provided highlights and the pamphlet from the Phi Theta Kappa Luncheon held on March 7 in Topeka. He said the group heard a great speaker and a student speaker. FSCC had three students from main campus and three students from Miami County campus that were honored.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at 6:44 p.m. by Nelson, seconded by Hill, and carried by unanimous vote.

Chairman Clerk

To see the agenda and other documents sent with the monthly trustees packet click below:

4.20.19 Consent Agenda(2)

 

FSCC theater department ties up semester with ‘Loose Ends’

 

Before dropping the final curtain on the school year, Fort Scott Community College presents “Loose Ends,” a night of five student- and guest-directed one-act plays (and two monologues) designed to make the audience laugh, cry, think, curse or all of the above.

There is no admission charge for the event, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 2-3 in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center.

This gives us one last opportunity to showcase our student performers, technicians and directors,” said Allen Twitchell, FSCC theater instructor. “It puts a nice bow on our season.”

The plays, in tentative order of performance, are:

  • Easy Credit,” written by Samuel M. Post and directed by Clayton Whitson, FSCC speech instructor. The cast includes Wendy Monahan, a junior at Fort Scott High School; Massiel Ordonez, freshman from Panama City, Panama; and Amy Walker, sophomore from Fort Scott.
  • Piece of Your Heart,” written and directed by Katelynn Coe, sophomore from LaCygne. The cast features Jasper Dunn, sophomore from Whitehall, Wis.; Kaitlyn Hanks, freshman from Redfield; Meaghan Hay, freshman from Fort Scott; and Ordonez.
  • Hands of Fate,” written by D.M. Larson and directed by Mickey Donahue, sophomore from Fort Scott. The cast includes Aiden Ballinger, freshman from Pleasanton; Dunn; Monahan; and Marcus Robinson, freshman from Paola.
  • Last Day of Camp,” written by Jeffrey Sweet and directed by Twitchell. The cast features Ka’Si Gates, sophomore from Bronson; Hanks; and Robinson.
  • Teacher Boot Camp,” written by Adam Sharp and directed by Gates. The cast includes Ballinger; Coe; Hay; and Walker.

In addition to the short plays, Royalty Mercer, a freshman from Lithonia, Ga., will perform two monologues.

Assisting with the technical aspects of the production is Michael Woodward, a freshman from Fulton.

Some plays contain mild profanity and mature themes.

 

Fort Scott Community College Agenda For April 15

On April 15, 2019 the  Board of Trustees Fort Scott Community College will meet at 2108 S. Horton Fort Scott, KS 66701

The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room at Fort Scott Community College.

Dinner in the Heritage Room at 5:00 p.m. followed by regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.

*** FSCC offers a 14:1 student to faculty ratio.

THE AGENDA

5:30 ROLL CALL, 3 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE CALL TO ORDER,

4 A.Comments from the Chair,

4 B.Criminal Justice Program Update,

4CONS ENT AGENDA,

5 A.Approval of Agenda,

5 B.Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on March 25, 2019,

6C.Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims,

10 D.Approval of Personnel Actions, 5 ITEMS FOR REVIEW,

56A. Letters of Appreciation/Correspondence,

56REPORTS ,

57 A. Administrative Updates,

57 EXECUTIVE SESSION,

72 ADJOURNMENT, 73

FSCC Celebrates 100 Years In the Community

Alysia Johntson announced the Centennial Celebration of Fort Scott Community College at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee Thursday at the college gym.

The school is oldest continually operating community college in Kansas and will celebrate one hundred years of existence September 20 and 21, Johnston told the coffee attendees.

Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston.

“Fort Scott Community College started in Fort Scott High School in 1919,” Johnston told the coffee attendees.

That move allowed students who wanted to start college, but not have to go out of the community, to attend college, said Mert Barrows, a member of the Centennial Committee.

The college moved to the present site on South Horton Street in 1967, Johnston said.

“Today we provide online degrees and also have one of the best occupational areas around,” Johnston said.

“I was a student here for the 50th anniversary (of the college),” Harold Hicks, Centennial Committee Chairman, said.

“This college has a special place in my heart,” Hicks said. “Several members of the committee are graduates and much of our success in life, the seeds were planted here.”

To celebrate the centennial, there is a banquet and tailgate party planned for the community.

The celebration will kick off Friday evening, September 20, with a banquet for graduates, employees, and their families, according to a press release from FSCC. Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, will feature a tailgate party at the stadium for all members of the community and conclude with the Homecoming game at 7 p.m.

Other activities planned include the burial of a time capsule, a series of featured articles in the newspaper, display cases around the campus, cake celebration, a video depicting campus activities, and appearances at local fairs and other community events, and other activities in the works, according to the press release.

Fort Scott Community College (then Fort Scott Junior College) was voted into existence on November 8, 1918, in a city-wide election. Rees Hughes, principal at Fort Scott High School, administered the newly formed college with fully qualified teachers to teach a program of consisting of foreign languages, English, mathematics, and science that would be identical to that offered by the University of Kansas, according to the press release.

According to a Fort Scott Tribune article published in April 1918, “By establishing the two years of college work in Fort Scott, it offers an unusual opportunity for students in Fort Scott and Bourbon County and adjacent counties to secure two years of normal school or college work while near home. The work done in the Fort Scott Junior College will be fully accredited at any of the colleges, normal schools or universities of the state,” according to the press release.

Centennial Committee members: Hicks, Barrows, Carolyn Sinn, Valetta Cannon, Bernita Hill, Robert Nelson, Bob Cable, Lori Cable, Rhonda Bailey, Ellen Fairchild, Leslie Damien, Karri Johnson, Marcel Normand and Kassie Feugate-Cate.

Contact person for the Centennial Committee is Harold W. Hicks, haroldh@fortscott.edu, Fort Scott Community College, 2108 South Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Tel: 620.223.2700 X3150

 

FSCC Adds eSports to Extracurricular Activities

picture of a man playing a computer game and the F S logo in the right top corner

Competitive online gaming is coming to Fort Scott Community College as an extra curricular activity.

eSports is competitive tournaments of video games, especially among professional gamers, according to dictionary.com.

“Competitors from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers: Fortnight, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Madden NFL, to name a few,” according to the FSCC website. “These gamers are watched and followed by millions of fans all over the world, who attend live events or tune in on TV or online. Streaming services like Twitch allow viewers to watch as their favorite gamers play in real time, and this is typically where popular gamers build up their fandoms” (Willingham, A. 2018).”

“Esports is considered a varsity sport, similar to our other athletic teams,” said Tom Havron, FSCC Vice President of Students and Athletic Director. “Our students will be developing valuable traits during their time with the team, but there is not a specific major that the students must strive for. One person might want to be a nursing major, while another student might want to look into a John Deere technician major. Esports will not limit them to what they want to do professionally, but will give them an avenue to better experience college through connecting them with other students that have similar interest and providing them a path to be a part of something special.”

 

Students will be required to retain a 2.0 GPA during their time in the extra curricular activity, Havron said.  Additional requirements may be added by the coach as they deem necessary in the recruitment of students.

“FSCC will be offering the following to students who are interested in becoming a Gaming Greyhound,” according to its website:

  • Books and Tuition scholarship for 15 credit hours
  • Private gaming area for practicing and competing
  • Travel for competitions
  • Networking with other gamers, spectators, and possible sponsors
  • A coach to lead them to victory

 

FSCC will be competing in the games League of Legends and Overwatch, with the possibility for more games in the near future.”

Attracting students to FSCC and possible scholarship opportunities are the motivation behind the addition to the college.

“We believe that eSports is going to be a very popular activity for us on-campus,” Havron said. “Our hope is that we will attract students to attend FSCC that may not have thought of us as a destination before we had eSports.”

“In addition to adding new students, we believe that having this sport will help us provide something new on campus that will further diversify our student body.”

“Finally, we have already been contacted by four-year institutions that also have eSports that are looking for new students. We believe that the program is going to open up new scholarship opportunities to our students that they would not have had before.”

A coach will be needed for eSports and FSCC will be recruiting one in the coming days.

” We currently have admissions and the VP of Students recruiting the team as we search for someone to lead the program,” Havron said.

“As with any activity, practice is going to help the students become better at their craft,” he said. ” In this case, more hands-on time with the game is going to improve their skill level.

The coach will also be responsible for:

    1. recruiting and retaining students for the eSports program
    2. coordinating off-season, practice and competition schedules
    3. assisting with team travel when necessary
    4. running camps, clinics, and promotional events
    5. pursuing sponsorship opportunities within the eSports business world
    6. ensuring team compliance with all league, conference, and institutional rules and regulations
    7. continuously ensuring personal behavior and program reputation are in alignment with the institution values and brand.”

Many high schools in the region are adding eSports, Havron said. “Being a casual gamer is also an option.  There are many competitions that can be seen on the internet, and students should find the game that they are most interested in and try to advance their skills.  If prospective students have any questions, they are more than welcome to reach out to me at tomha@fortscott.edu and I will be able to assist.”

eSports Is Coming to FSCC

FSCC gears up for Gaming Greyhounds

Fort Scott Community College is bringing competitive online gaming to campus with ‘eSports’. What is eSports? “eSports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different leagues or teams face off in the same games that are popular with at-home gamers: Fortnight, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Madden NFL, to name a few. These gamers are watched and followed by millions of fans all over the world, who attend live events or tune in on TV or online. Streaming services like Twitch allow viewers to watch as their favorite gamers play in real time, and this is typically where popular gamers build up their fandoms” (Willingham, A. 2018).

FSCC will be offering the following to students who are interested in becoming a Gaming Greyhound:

  • Books and Tuition scholarship for 15 credit hours
  • Private gaming area for practicing and competing
  • Travel for competitions
  • Networking with other gamers, spectators, and possible sponsors
  • A coach to lead them to victory

 

FSCC will be competing in the games League of Legends and Overwatch, with the possibility for more games in the near future.

We are thrilled to add eSports to our varsity sports programs. This is a multi-billions dollar industry that is growing every single year, and we are very excited to lead the way for two-year colleges in the region. Esports has been one of our most requested activities from prospective students in recent years. We believe this will open the doors to some exciting new partnerships with area sponsors, and we are looking forward to our gaming future” says Tom Havron, V.P. of Students and Athletic Director.

To find out more information or to become a Gaming Greyhound, contact Tom Havron at tomha@fortscott.edu or call 620.223.2700.

For information regarding scholarships, please contact Admissions at admissions@fortscott.edu or call 620.223.2700 ext. 3510.

Reference:

Willingham, A. (2018) “What is eSports? A look at an explosive billion-dollar industry”. Retrieved from https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/27/us/esports-what-is-video-game-professional-league-madden-trnd/index.html.

ABE/GED Orientation

 

The next ABE/GED orientation will begin Tuesday, March 5th. There are three class times to choose from: 9am-12pm, 1-4pm, or 4-7pm. We will work mostly towards the GED modules which include math, reading, social studies, and science. We also focus on college readiness, career readiness, and a little bit of technology. There is a class fee of $30 which covers materials, TABE assessments, GED practice tests, and many certificates. Please contact Aubrey Duft the Lead ABE Instructor at (620)223-2700 Ext. 4400 or email at aubreyd@fortscott.edu if you have any questions.