Board Tours New Campus Veterans Lounge

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on October 27, 2017. As part of the meeting, the Board toured the new campus Veterans Lounge, open to NSCC students and employees who have served in the military.

“We wanted to show our gratitude and give our veteran students a space that’s all their own,” Kathy Soards, NSCC chief financial officer said. Dr. Tom Stuckey, NSCC president, also mentioned that the College will host its upcoming Veterans Day luncheon in the lounge to increase awareness and participation.

Colin Doolittle, NSCC engineering faculty, presented a heartwarming story about recently meeting with a four-year-old born without a right hand. A student project was created to develop, test and produce a mechanical hand. To keep the costs minimal to the family, the 3-D printer materials were funded by an anonymous donor.

Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, provided an update to the Board on the Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. NSCC was one of only ten colleges in the United States to be awarded the $2.2 million grant (payable over five years), which will help expand student advising services, with the ultimate goal of increased student completion and success.

In other Board action:

  • Approved employment contract for William Hutchisson, training coordinator of advanced manufacturing; the promotion of Ashley Pere to grant writer; and the title change for Juan Gonzalez to associate director of financial aid
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and resignations
  • Approved a fiscal year 2017-18 budget adjustment for CTS/Scott Park and a transfer of funds from the unallocated fund balance to the contingency reserve fund balance
  • Approved nursing course simulation fees for the LPN, LPN to RN transition and RN programs, the career service fee (which complements the Title III Grant), and a new policy for College reserve funds
  • Approved the fiscal year 2017 affordability and efficiency report, as well as the updated five-year efficiency plan