Community Advisory Minutes Wednesday, February 17, 2016
AttendeesKelly Bruns (absent), Tom Brown (absent), Alan Garey (absent), Stephan Herman (absent), Grant Jorgensen (absent), Mike Kelly (absent), Gilbert Larsen, Ted Lashley (absent), Kert McKeone (absent), Tyre Nelson (absent), Marilyn Pilcher, Stan Pilcher (absent), Barb Scharf (absent), Doug Schultz (absent), Bob Willis (absent), Ron Rosati, Jennifer McConville, Kathy Burr, Catherine Hauptman (recorder), Kim Mortensen, Dottie Evans (guest)
The NCTA Community Advisory meeting was called to order at 12:10 P.M. with the above referenced individuals in attendance.
- Dr. Ron Rosati welcomed everyone to the meeting.
APPROVE THE COMMUNITY ADVISORY MINUTES FROM THE 12/15/2015 MEETING
- Kim Mortensen moved to accept the minutes as written, Marilyn 2nd, motion carried. Minutes were approved.
- Dottie Evans updated the Community Advisory members on the upcoming Accreditation visit on March 28th and 29th 2016.
- Dottie reminded the members that there is still time to write a letter of support to the HLC (Higher Learning Commission) on behalf of NCTA. The due date is February 29th.
- Involvement from the community is needed during the accreditation visit. At this time the agenda for the visit is not known. Dottie asked that the community members to pencil in the 28th and 29th of March for a meeting with the HLC that she would like them to attend.
- Catherine Hauptman will follow up with an email on the information to send a support letter and when Dottie knows when the HLC will meet with the community members.
- Ron Rosati discussed the Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) that we have with the Sheriff’s office, Community Center and the Curtis Medical Clinic.
- Each community member was given a copy of the MOUS to review.
DSAS AND AMBIENCE COUNSELING ON CAMPUS
- NCTA now has two counseling services on campus Ambience Counseling Center, LLC of McCook and Domestic Abuse / Sexual Assault (DSAS).
- Ambience counseling comes to our campus once a month from 8am to 5pm and appointments can be made through their office. The day of the month they come to NCTA is based on their appointments.
- DSAS is available on campus every Tuesday 10am to 1pm.
- Both counseling services are located on the first floor of Ag Hall in Room 7.
PROGRAMS UNDER CONSIDERATION
- Ron Rosati discussed NCTA programs that are currently under consideration.
- NCTA is considering adding an additional veterinary technology program in Lincoln. This would be a partnership with the Veterinary School at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. This is projected to happen in 2018.
- Dairy Science is another program under consideration by NCTA. Currently we are looking into partnering with South Dakota State University on this program. This program would be a specialization under NCTA Animal Industry management. One semester would be spent at South Dakota State University to receive all of their hands on experience.
- Urban Agriculture is another program we are considering. Currently we offer urban agriculture classes available in Omaha but no programs.
WEATHER EMERGENCY DEBRIEFING
- Ron Rosati discussed the NCTA Emergency Management Plan with the Community Advisory members. Catherine Hauptman will send an NCTA help desk ticket to IT so that Kathy Burr, our Frontier county extension agent, be added to our NCTA faculty and staff list serve.
- No concerns were brought up about the weather emergency.
- NCTA and the Rural Futures Institute is working on a recycling proposal for the Curtis community. Doug Schultz is leading this project and Curtis was approved to have 2 interns.
RUTH GOOD RETIREMENT PARTY
- Ruth Good, NCTA math assistant professor, has been at NCTA for 10 years and is retiring. Her retirement party is March 3rd in the Student Union/The Barn from 1:30pm to 3pm. Cake and punch will be served and everyone is welcomed to attend.
ALUMNI BANQUET JUNE 11TH
- The annual alumni banquet for NCTA is June 11th in Curtis, NE. Events and tours have been planned throughout the day. Some events include trap shooting and golf. The social hour for the banquet is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the banquet begins at 7:00 p.m. The social hour and banquet is going to be held at the Curtis Community Memorial Center.
- The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named NCTA as one of the nation’s top 150 colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.
NCTA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Each community member was given an NCTA Calendar of events so they are aware of events being held on campus.
- Kim Mortensen addressed the members about the March 21st Farm Safety Day and Kathy Burr reminded everyone of the North Platte Kids Klub tour that will be on campus February 25th.
OTHER BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR
- No other business was discussed.
The meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM. The next meeting will be Wednesday April 20th at 12pm.