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November 16, 2004

Board receives update on Academic Civic Engagement through Service program


The volunteer program at the college has a new name and a slightly different mission, members of the Board of Trustees learned Monday night during the Board’s regular monthly meeting.

Michelle Knoles serves as coordinator of ACES, which stands for Academic Civic Engagement through Service. The program, formerly known as Service Learning Central, has shifted its home to the Social Science Department. It also ties students who have a service experience closer to the classroom.

Knoles provided the Board with an update on the program Monday night. She gave Board members an overview of the program and the activities it has been involved in this semester. She also previewed upcoming projects the group plans to take on.

Students fill out reflection logs after each civic experience, Knoles said. Among the larger projects this semester was Operation Happy Holiday, in which 260 pounds of items were shipped to men and women serving in the military overseas. Items shipped include ink pens, paper, baby wipes, dryer sheets and beef jerky. Scholarship students in ACES have gone to several area schools to read to children. The group is sponsoring Santa Claus from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center, and from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Cowley’s Southside Education Center. Knoles said the group also plans to work on an oral history project involving Cowley County next spring, as well as an archaeology project with Social Science Instructor Chris Mayer, also next spring.

In other matters, the Board:

1) Saw Dr. Pat McAtee, president, present Andrea Iman of Elkhart with a gift for being named November Student of the Month.

2) Approved the audit report conducted by Parman, Tanner, Soule & Jackson, CPA, of Arkansas City. Elliott Jackson took the Board through the firm’s audit findings Monday night. “You’ve got a good staff,” Jackson told Board members. “We’ve got some dinky things here,” referring to minor infractions in accounting practices.

3) Set 7 p.m. Nov. 30 as the time and date for a combined Cowley-Butler trustee and legislative meeting. It will be held in the President’s Dining Room inside the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center.

4) Approved the adoption of Policy 111.00 Faculty & Staff Code of Conduct, and 1XX.00 Assignment/Use of Employee Work Area. These policies will be posted on the Intranet and be distributed to all employees electronically. It is important that all employees read college policies.

5) Approved the employment of Trang T.H. Trinh as records clerk at the Aviation Tech Center in Wichita. She will begin her employment Nov. 16.

6) Approved updating the lease agreement on college copy machines. Tony Crouch, vice president of business services, said the college was about three years into a 63-month lease agreement with Image Quest. He said by updating the agreement, the college would gain the ability to scan documents up to 100 sheets per minute, compared to the current 12 pages per minute. He said many documents were now being scanned and stored electronically as opposed to paper.

7) Approved switching the large electronic sign that sits on the corner of First Street and Fifth Avenue from light bulbs that run on electricity to one that has a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) panel. LED lights have a life of 100,000 hours, compared to the current light bulbs, which last about nine months. Crouch said the college also could save up to $5,000 a year in energy costs by switching to the sign to LED.