Call to Order
The meeting was
called to order at 6:05 p.m.
Roll Call by
Secretary to the Board
Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor
Absent: Brannan, Rasmusson
arrived at 6:07 p.m.
Additions/Deletions to the Agenda
There were no
additions or deletions to the agenda.
Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items
There were no
comments from the public.
and Board Member Reports
Chairperson Laverty stated that the September meeting minutes reflect
that the Board was to hold a public hearing this evening. He asked
Mr. Rich Howard to provide the
Board an update on this issue.
Mr. Howard stated that since the September Board meeting Ms.
Norma Mendez and he met with Mr. Mike
Bryanton, city and township clerks. He also met with legal counsel to
further clarify the election process that is required in order to be
in compliance with selecting an election date. Mr. Howard said the
Board must first pass a resolution this evening that specifically
mentions an election date which would call for a public hearing. The
Board would then hold a public hearing in November and a resolution
would then need to be passed to hold the election.
IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Canady to pass
the resolution calling for a public hearing on
November 15, 2004 regarding the
November odd-year election date for the Lansing Community College
Board of Trustees.
Chairperson Laverty clarified that the public hearing will be held in
November to entertain public comment regarding the newly selected
There was no discussion.
Roll call vote:
Ayes: Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
Chairperson Laverty distributed the strategic plan and the executive
summary that the Board previously received in their Board Briefing
books (these materials are on file with the official Board
materials.) He wanted to make sure that everyone had the same
information as the Board proceeds with discussing the strategic plan.
Chairperson Laverty read out loud portions of the Executive
Summary. He asked that two special Board meetings, prior to the end
of year, be scheduled to dedicate time to the Strategic Plan. The
purpose will be to review what has been implemented from the plan and
determine how the institution should go forward.
The November 29 date that was previously sent out will no longer work due
to scheduling conflicts. He announced that December 6 is the new date
to look at for scheduling the next development session.
Laverty reported on the following other items:
September 28 -
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame event. He commended President
Cunningham, Judge Charles Filice, and Ms. Sue Fisher for their work
with the event. He encouraged everyone to view the display of the
distinguished alumni located in the Dart Auditorium.
September 23 -
Visitation to the ISUS program in Dayton,
He asked President Cunningham to further elaborate on this topic in
September 28 - The
Cherry Commission held a public hearing at the West Campus.
President Cunningham is a member of that commission.
Development Board - The Lansing area in partnership with Lansing
received one of the Regional Skill Alliance grants in manufacturing.
RED Team - There was
discussion about a new race track, General Motors, plants in Lansing
area, and the branding of Lansing. He shared that the RED Team
discussed what the image of Lansing is to the community and the
outside area. The response was not a positive one. The team will
be working hard to change that image.
A meeting with LCC
and the UAW regarding School Registered Apprenticeship at the Ingham
School District. He was there representing the UAW. The meeting
was regarding expanding apprenticeships beyond building trades,
manufacturing, and health care among other areas.
On Friday, October 15
there was a follow up meeting to the ISUS Program visit. He asked
President Cunningham to elaborate more on this topic in her report.
He announced that
Lip Sync will be held on Sunday, October 24, and he will be
participating in this year?s event. His main act is from
Big River, playing
the character ?The Young Fool.?
- Japan Adventure Program
reminded the Board of the slideshow he gave in June where he pointed
out that the College's counterpart in Japan has honored their
relationship with LCC in various ways. He had asked administration to
do the same and they came up with two options. One option is to
dedicate a room in the Herrmann
Conference Center and the second
option is to recognize the work of Dr. TaiSung Kim and the Biwako
Kisen Company through a professorship. Trustee Canady stated that
President Cunningham had the opportunity to speak with several
representatives from Biwako Kisen Company and asked that she elaborate
on that discussion.
Cunningham stated that the Biwako Kisen Company would prefer to honor
the founder of the program and not the company, as is the Japanese
tradition. They respect the individual who founded the Japan
Adventure Program who was Mr. Shigematsu.
preference was to name a room after the founder of the program because
it is more tangible. However, he asked the Board for their input.
Laverty asked for a chance to review the options and have it on the
agenda at the next meeting.
recommended asking the State Representative and the State Senator for
joint resolutions in the Senate to show that it is also from our state
Cunningham stated that the 25th anniversary of the Japan
Adventure Program is coming up in less than two years. She stated
that something could be done now and also suggested having the
resolutions presented at that time.
The Board agreed
with President Cunningham?s recommendation.
suggested contacting the Lansing City Council and the Mayor for
similar resolutions. He recommended that this be tabled for next
month while these items are worked out. Trustee Canady volunteered to
contact the City Council and the Mayor.
Proctor & Trustee Murray - Association of Community College Trustees
distributed a written summary to the Board of Trustees that contained
highlights of the Association of Community College Trustees Leadership
Congress in New Orleans, LA (the summary is on file with the official
and Murray reviewed the document with the Board.
Laverty thanked Trustees Proctor and Murray for having attended the
conference. He asked President Cunningham to elaborate on the
presentation she and staff gave at the Leadership Congress.
Cunningham stated that along with herself, Vice President Ruth Borger,
Ms. Annette Parker, Ms. Debra Dolman, and Mr. Chris Thelander from
Siemens presented on the College's alternative energy initiative.
Over 60 people attended the session and it went very well. She shared
that people were amazed that a community college was involved with
alternative energy and had received the money to help fund the
initiative. President Cunningham also thanked Trustees Proctor and
Murray for attending the conference.
There was brief
discussion regarding alternative energy initiatives and potential
Rasmusson - Legal Counsel Discussion
Laverty distributed a potential change to bylaw 1.6.1 for discussion
which pertains to legal issues (it is on file with the official Board
materials.) He stated that the Board had a discussion in September
regarding what the Board is doing in reducing legal costs. There have
been strides made already to reduce costs and asked the Board for
explained that the proposed bylaw change embodies the six issues he
mentioned before such as bidding, areas of expertise of attorneys, and
the fiduciary obligation of any counsel is to the College not to a
Board member or officer, as an example. Trustee Rasmusson asked the
Board to review this and discuss this next month.
Spotlight - LCC Television
Cunningham asked Vice President Borger to introduce the spotlight.
Borger stated that the LCC TV program is a successful example of how
programming can be managed effectively across the College. Over the
last year a special focus has been added on expanding community
programming through the joint efforts of the Office of Advancement and
Media Services in the Student and Academic Support Division led by
Dean Judith Cardenas. She introduced Mr. Martin Pennoni the Director
of Media Services.
shared that over a year ago it was decided to improve LCC TV
programming because it was an under-utilized college asset. He
provided a presentation on the new programming on the LCC TV channel
(the presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)
introduced two students, Mr. Kenneth Akini and Ms. Sara Cosenza who
both are Media Technology students and are working in the Media
Mr. Akini shared
how his education and experience in working with the LCC TV Channel
has benefited him greatly.
shared that her education and experience in working with the College's
radio station helped her get a job with a radio station in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Pennoni also
introduced the following Media Services staff members that were
present: Mr. Dave Downing, Ms. Karen Love, Mr. Dennis Clark, Mr. Lyle
Laylin, Mr. Marc Smyth, and Mr. Thor Leach.
He also introduced Ms. Chris Hollister and Mr. Chris Holman who are
not part of the Media Services Department, but they assist the
department in many ways.
stated that she thinks the shows are wonderful and enjoys the ?Coffee
Break? show. This channel is a nice showcase for LCC and the
shared that he thinks the Media Services Department is on the right
track in putting students to work.
Cunningham thanked the wonderful staff for doing an outstanding job.
She shared that any TV or radio program in the community is aware of
the great work of Mr. Dave Downing.
Laverty commended them for doing a great job and making dramatic
improvements to the channel. He felt that this channel is great for
the community, the College, and the students.
Resources - New Hires, Leaves and Sabbaticals
Nancy Dietrich, Director of Assessment & Advising, Counseling and
Advising Student and Academic Support
Cunningham reported that in September over 50 people went to Dayton, OH to review this program.
There was a follow-up meeting on October 15 and over 50 people
attended. She shared that there is a tremendous amount of momentum
involved in either replicating the program or something similar to the
construction program here in the community. At the end of the
follow-up meeting, the next steps were to work with Superintendent
Banks and others to pull together a small committee to review how to
structure this program, tackle this issue and bring this type of
program to the Lansing region. President Cunningham stated that there
is a tremendous interest from the community to develop a similar
program in this area. She publicly thanked Mr. Chris Holman for
donating the transportation for the trip to Dayton, OH.
Laverty stated that he completed some research on the high school
dropout issue in the community. He shared that the graduation rate is
approximately 70%. The dropout situation in the country has worsened
and it is costing about $844 billion a year. It equates to 2,800 kids
dropping out of school every day of the school year. It is estimated
that there will be a worker shortage of approximately 8,000 workers in
our community by the year 2010. He was very excited about hearing of
this program and is in support of developing a similar one here.
St. Johns -
Expanded Service Area
Cunningham was pleased to report that the administration has done
their due diligence in contacting people in St. Johns, having surveyed
the community, and having had meetings with community leaders
including the Mayor, Superintendents, construction workers, and small
business owners. Based on research the consensus is to have St. Johns
part of the College's tax district. Next month a resolution will be
brought forward for the Board's approval to annex St. Johns Public
recommended seeking legal counsel?s advice in adding language to the
ballot proposal that would include the benefits of becoming part of
the college district. He suggested the following: ?Should the
district be expanded to include St. Johns to enable the students in
the St. Johns district to take advantage of in-district costs and
in-district tuition.? He felt that it is important that similar
language be added, if allowed by the law, because that may improve the
chances of a successful election.
Cunningham responded that the administration will follow-up with the
College's legal counsel on adding this language.
Laverty shared that the UAW contract with Federal Mogul was ratified
recently and that may also help our chances.
Cunningham shared that when the survey was conducted in St. Johns the
contract had not been ratified and there was a concern that would
change the outlook of the responses. However, it did not change the
outlook because people showed more of an interest in retraining and
Cunningham asked Vice President Barbara Larson to provide the Board
with a budget update.
Larson reported that the College is four months into the fiscal year
and the state appropriation language did include the tuition restraint
incentive; therefore, the $28.6 million state appropriation seems to
be intact. She stated that the year has begun with some challenges
including the purchase of the constitution hall by the State of
Michigan. This will have a negative impact on the property tax
revenue stream by approximately $100,000. Vice President Larson also
shared that healthcare open enrollment has begun for non-bargaining
employees. Their plans are Community Blues and Physicians Health
Plan. The increase in Community Blues insurance premiums is 34% that
may mean an increase of $158,000 for the College if the employees
enroll in their current plans.
suggested doing some long-range thinking about healthcare. He
recommended budgeting a couple thousand dollars for a consultant, not
tied to the insurance business, to review other options.
distributed, for the Board's review, a document titled Healthcare
Expense and Modest Long-term Research for Solutions (it is on file
with the official Board materials.)
Laverty asked if work of this nature has already been done at the
Cunningham responded that there is a joint labor and management
Healthcare Task Force that is exploring a long-term solution for
healthcare. She suggested having the Task Force be a part of the
discussion in the future.
Master Plan Update
Cunningham stated that a submission to the State is required by law
every November. She asked Vice President Larson to provide a brief
overview of the Facilities Master Plan update.
Larson gave a PowerPoint presentation of the Facilities Master Plan
update. She distributed information to the Board (the presentation
and documentation is on file with the official Board materials.)
Larson introduced Mr. Chris Strugar-Fritsch who is the new Director of
Facilities. He continued with the PowerPoint presentation and
reviewed the following four priority concepts included in the master
plan update: Dart Auditorium expansion, Hospitality Program
expansion, the Campus Beautification Plan, and a University/Student
There was a
question and answer period throughout the presentation.
Cunningham asked Vice President Larson to address why it is important
to include this update now.
Larson responded that this is an opportunity to submit the plan for
capital outlay funding. She stated that the last time the College
received capital outlay funding was in 1993 for the Abel B. Sykes, Jr.
Technology and Learning Center.
discussion regarding the future of the Old Central
Building, the potential sale of property and the parking situation on campus with
the recent and upcoming moves to the West Campus.
Trustee Pelleran would like the Board to take a
serious look at the property before it is sold and before we would go
so far down the road that it would be almost embarrassing not to sell
it. She also said we should do the same with the parking situation.
(Trustee Pelleran requested at the
15, 2004 regular Board of Trustees meeting that this be added to
adequately reflect her comments.)
expressed concern for the potential of an additional parking structure
without having a thorough analysis of the current parking needs on
campus. She asked that the administration provide such analysis
before the Board makes any decisions on the facilities master plan.
Cunningham responded that the plan must be submitted to the State in
November. The potential sale of any property will be a continuous
discussion and will be brought before the Board. She said the issue
of parking is a very fluid issue. More students are taking on-line
courses, there are 50 acres at the West Campus, and a potential
consolidation of classes in East Lansing; therefore, parking needs
will not be determined until the dust settles. However, contingency
planning continues and no recommendation is being given at this point
continued discussion about the facilities master plan.
Laverty expressed support for the four concepts that were added to the
Minutes - September 20, 2004 Regular Meeting
Cunningham presented the September 20, 2004 regular meeting minutes
for the Board's approval.
The Board had no
changes to the minutes.
Support Personnel ?Tentative Agreement
Cunningham presented the tentative agreement for the Board's
approval. She thanked Mr. Tim Zeller, Ms. Jan Stuart and Ms. Mary
Stroebel for their work on the tentative agreement.
discussion about the tentative agreement.
Cunningham shared that she has received very positive comments from
the union regarding the tone, tenor, and the relationship at the table
in negotiating this contract.
thanked Mr. Zeller and the administration for their timeliness in
working out the distribution of literature issue.
Approval of Bids
Larson presented the following bids for the Board's approval:
Engineering Consultant Services. The following vendors were selected
for this bid:
Structure Tec Corp.
from Kalamazoo, MI
Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. from Bingham, MI
Michigan Inc. from Lansing, MI
Fiskbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. from Grand Rapids, MI
Hobbs & Black Associates Inc. from Lansing, MI
Mayotte Jacob Architects from Lansing, MI
Architects from Berkley, MI
Clark Trombley Randers
from Lansing, MI
Matrix Consulting Engineers Inc. from Lansing, MI
Carl Walker Inc. from
Walker Parking Consultants from Kalamazoo, MI
Sole Source for a
two-year lease of the Livingston
County Center in the amount of
Cunningham shared that the College has been asked to have a presence
in the new Howell High School that will be completed by 2006.
Lansing Community College is the only
community college being asked to be a part of the high school.
Negotiations are currently underway of what this may entail and that
is why the lease presented was only for two years.
IT WAS MOVED by
Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Canady to approve the
Roll call vote:
Ayes: Canady, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
The Board did not
go into closed session.
New Speaker - I
just want to thank you for the presentation about the LCC channel.
Arts Performance 31. I was just wondering about an agenda for that.
Where do we find out what's on when? I really would like to see the
LCC Board meetings on TV.
Cunningham - Marti Pennoni, in the back, will get you a list of what's
IT WAS MOVED by
Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Proctor for the meeting to
Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson
The meeting was
adjourned at 8:01 p.m.