Trustees hear about good things happening at FSCC

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston spoke of positive things happening at the college during the board of trustees meeting Monday evening.

"We are first in the nation of community colleges through an organization called Smart Asset," Johnston said. "We are very proud...(and) are going to celebrate that accomplishment Oct. 14."

She said the date will also be a grand opening of the new as yet unnamed coffee shop located in the commons area of Bailey Hall.

"The coffee shop will be open next Monday to students, staff, anybody who'd like to use it," Johnston said.

The coffee shop will be managed by Great Western Dining Services, Inc. and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Future planning

The community is invited to help forge the future of the college on Oct. 15.

"We will be working on a strategic plan," Johnston said. "We have one. We need to develop it more. We've got to have some measurable outcomes, a time frame and somebody in charge."

The first conversation about the issue will be during the FSCC inservice, also scheduled that day she said.

The community is invited to share "what their vision is, about where strategically we should move the college," Johnston said. "We really do want input from people on the 15th."

Administration will mull over the ideas and narrow the focus down after receiving input.

"In January, in an in-service we can truly then develop a workable, long-term plan," Johnston said.

A report will be given the board of trustees each month on progress, she said.

"Making sure when we do budgeting and scheduling...all those changes are based on our strategic plan," Johnston said.

Other accolades for the school were given during the meeting:

* FSCC volleyball placed 18th in the nation.

* FSCC student Dillion Adolph took first place in bull riding during the Colby Community College rodeo held Sept. 18-20.

* The livestock judging team earned first place overall in the Flint Hill Classic in Manhattan.

* Sports Illustrated has a former Greyhound, Lavonte David, on the cover this month.

* FSCC Math Competiton will host 400 area high school students on Oct. 15

Other business

* The board tabled action on the memorandum of understanding for the Bourbon/Crawford/FSCC/Greenbush Virtual Dual Credit Program.

* Recently FSCC received 80 computers from Greenbush Education Service Center, Girard which will be designated student computers.

* Financial aid disbursements will be Oct. 9.

* The Gordon Parks Celebration is Oct. 22-24.

* The FSCC Alumni and Friends will be sponsoring a hot dog tailgate at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 before the homecoming game with Independence Community College at 1 p.m.

* The endowment scholarship dinner is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Ellis Center.

* Board member Liz Meyer reported on a recent Kansas Association-Community Colleges conference she attended in Cloud County.

* Executive staff Charles McKown and Regena Lance attended a Council of North Central Junior Colleges conference in St. Louis and gave a report.

* The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency test will be administrated on Oct. 15 for students graduating in December. The CAAP is the standardized, nationally normed assessment program from ACT that enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate, and enhance student learning outcomes and general education program outcomes, according to its website.