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Adopted Meeting Minutes
January 21, 2005
Regular Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Brannan, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson

Absent: Canady

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda

Chairperson Laverty reminded the Board of the tragedy on campus that occurred since the last board meeting. On behalf of the Board, he offered his condolences and sympathy to the family of Professor Carolyn Kronenberg. He stated that the way the College handled the ordeal was commendable. Community leaders have also shared the same sentiment with him. The entire community was terribly upset about the tragedy. Chairperson Laverty thanked President Cunningham and staff for everything they did in dealing with this tragedy.

Trustee Murray expressed appreciation toward Mr. Rich Howard and the staff that did such a good job at keeping the Board informed. She shared that a close friend of hers was a dear friend of Professor Kronenberg?s. This person talked about how much she appreciated the way President Cunningham handled the situation. People felt that President Cunningham?s presence and words were comforting. Trustee Murray thanked President Cunningham.

Trustee Pelleran thanked Mr. Howard, President Cunningham, Officer John Imeson and the staff from Police and Public Safety for their good work. She apologized for not being at the memorial service; she was in New Mexico. Trustee Pelleran offered her condolences to everyone and to Professor Kronenberg?s family.

Chairperson Laverty asked for a moment of silence.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

There were no comments from the public.

Chairperson and Board Member Reports

Chairperson Laverty

Policy Governance Process

Chairperson Laverty presented the Policy Governance process documents, which included the policies and handbook materials (the documents are on file with the official Board materials.)

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Murray and supported by Trustee Brannan to approve the Policy Governance documents.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

The Board will begin following Policy Governance at the next meeting.

Election Resolution

Chairperson Laverty presented the election resolution to notify the County Clerk to hold the Board of Trustees election on May 3, 2005 (the resolution is on file with the official Board materials.) He shared that notices have been in the Lansing State Journal regarding the election where two seats will be up for election.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Brannan to support the election resolution.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

Calendar of Meetings 2005-2006

Chairperson Laverty presented the calendar of meetings for 2005-2006 (it is on file with the official Board materials.) He suggested changing the July organizational meeting from July 11 to July 1 at 7:30 a.m. due to scheduling conflicts.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Murray to approve the 2005-2006 proposed meeting schedule to include the amendment to the organizational meeting, which will now be held on July 1 at 7:30 a.m.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

Information and Announcements

  • Chairperson Laverty distributed contribution envelopes and pledge forms for the Foundation Capital Campaign.

  • He announced that there will be phone bank at the Michigan Education Association office from 2 to 7 p.m. regarding the St. Johns ballot proposals. He encouraged the Trustees to help if they were available.

Board Member Reports

Trustee Proctor - Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board met this past month. He stated that President Cunningham had already shared in her management update about the collaboration of the Capital Area Michigan Works! and Lansing Community College with respect to an ad campaign demonstrating their working relationship.

Trustee Murray - Foundation Board

She shared that the Foundation Board met on January 27. The audit report was given, which indicated that the assets of the Foundation grew by almost $2 million in the past year primarily due to an increase in contributions and investments. She shared that systems are in place to handle this growth and the net assets are now $5.5 million. The Foundation selected Fifth Third Bank as their investment manager. She announced that $12,000 is available this year for professional development grants for employees. The Foundation is working on compiling a list of LCC alumni, which will be used to invite alumni to contribute to the Foundation.

Trustee Rasmusson stated that at one time the Foundation did not have charitable remainder trusts available and asked if that is being done now.

President Cunningham responded that a vehicle is in place thanks to Mr. Dan McCormick. She asked Mr. McCormick to elaborate more on this issue.

Mr. McCormick stated that there is an on-going process, through the Foundation Chairperson Nancy Little, where the Foundation has access to legal counsel when those opportunities occur. There is not an aggressive program of procuring them; however, the Foundation is in position to accept such gifts and making progress in this fairly complex arena.

President Cunningham requested more clarification on Trustee Rasmusson?s question. She was unclear whether Trustee Rasmusson was concerned that the College is not actively pursuing such gifts or that there is no vehicle in place. President Cunningham responded there is a Finance Committee, chaired by Mr. Gary Olson from the Senate Fiscal Agency, which has made progress. She also shared that there was a meeting with Ms. Nancy Little and estate planners regarding counseling their clients to think about the College in their planning. She stated she would like to meet with Trustee Rasmusson.

Trustee Proctor recommended, if resources are available, having a planned giving officer that would deal with charitable gift annuities and encourage people to think about Lansing Community College in planning their estates.

Trustee Pelleran - Leslie Local Finance Development Authority

She reported that the Chairman, Mr. Don Vickers, was elected to the County Commission and he stepped down from being Chairman. Leslie will be having their annual Classic Car Cruise in August, which will be held at the high school. Vendors will be there and encouraged Lansing Community College to set up a booth at this event. She will be forwarding to Mr. Howard additional information.

President's Report

Informational Items

College Spotlight - Teacher Education

President Cunningham indicated that this will be postponed until next month due to one of the presenters being ill.

ISUS/High School Dropout Initiative

President Cunningham reported that progress has been made towards establishing a high school dropout prevention program. However, this initiative has had its challenges and the group is now looking at a structure that the committee agrees upon. A subcommittee will be meeting soon to make a recommendation to the advisory committee.

Chairperson Laverty agreed that this proposal has had its challenges and there is a lot of work to do, but there are a lot of dedicated people working on this.

West Campus Property

Vice President Barbara Larson presented the additional land acquisition at West Campus to the Board (it is on file with the official Board materials.) This will be brought back for Board action in March.

There was a question and answer period.

St. Johns Update

President Cunningham thanked everyone who has helped with the St. Johns ballot proposals initiative. She thanked the unions for their support and also thanked Chairperson Laverty for all of his hard work. President Cunningham thanked Mr. Brian Jackson for his expertise on these types of campaigns and shared how well respected he is in the community. She also thanked Vice President Ruth Borger for doing a tremendous job and shared that she has worked on 10 different millages from other institutions. President Cunningham stated that between Mr. Jackson and Vice President Borger we have the best team working on the millage initiative.

President Cunningham felt that the College has already won by giving it their best shot, working hard, informing the community and having everyone?s collaboration and support. She announced that a victory party will take place on Tuesday, February 22 from 8 to10 p.m. at the Ye Old Roadhouse in St. Johns.

Safety Update

President Cunningham stated this update is related to the tragic death of Professor Carolyn Kronenberg. She thanked several groups including the Board of Trustees for their support, the Counseling Department, and the Police and Public Safety Department. The Police and Public Safety Department handled the case in an aggressive, professional and ethical manner. President Cunningham shared that she received a letter from Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley complimenting the Public Safety officers for handling the case in a professional manner. She thanked Vice President Borger for handling the media so well. President Cunningham reported that the following things have been or will be put in place to increase safety on campus:

  • 80 new web cameras have been installed at entrances and exits of the buildings and stairwells
  • All classrooms have phones and will have emergency numbers located in a visible place
  • Consolidation of evening and weekend classes
  • Increased hours of auxiliary officers and sworn officers to provide escort services
  • Hiring of two new full-time sworn officers
  • Self-defense classes will be offered

President Cunningham will be meeting with the Counseling Services Department to find a way to keep the spirit of Professor Kronenberg alive at Lansing Community College. The College will continue to move forward in a bold way to make a difference and continue to help students, similar to the accused, in changing their lives around. Next month she will be bringing forward for Board action a resolution for two scholarships for Professor Kronenberg?s grandchildren.

Action Items

Approval of Minutes - January 18, 2005 Regular Meeting

President Cunningham presented the January 18, 2005 regular meeting minutes.

There were no changes from the Board.

Bond Resolution

Vice President Larson stated that the bond refinancing and additional borrowing resolution was briefly discussed at the Board Budget Workshop. She introduced Mr. Craig Taylor from UBS Financial Services and Mr. Bill Danhof from Miller Canfield. Since the window of opportunity to refinance is shrinking the administration was unable to present this at two different meetings prior to asking for Board action. Vice President Larson presented the bonds resolution (it is on file with the official Board materials.)

The Board decided to vote on this resolution separately.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Rasmusson to approve the bond resolution.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

Course Fees

President Cunningham presented the course fees to the Board, which were included in the Board packet last month.

There were no questions from the Board.

Finance - Approval of Bids

Ms. Beckie Beard presented the following bids for the Board's approval.

  1. Selective Demolition of vacated space in the Gannon Vocational Technical Building in the amount of $520,000. The bid was awarded to Moore Trosper from Holt, Michigan.

  1. Mechanical Demolition of vacated space in the Gannon Vocational Technical Building in the amount of $329,539. The bid was awarded to Shaw Winkler from East Lansing, Michigan.

  1. Electrical Demolition of vacated space in the Gannon Vocational Technical Building in the amount of $242,300. The bid was awarded to Delta Electric from Lansing, Michigan.

  1. LCC Investment Portfolio Manager. The proposal was awarded to Fifth Third Bank from East Lansing, Michigan.

  1. East Side Center Consolidation lease of space. The proposal was awarded to the Eyde Company for the Hannah Technology Research Park - Building #7 from East Lansing, Michigan.

There was discussion about the East Side Center Consolidation bid.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Rasmusson to approve the action items of the President's Report except for the Bond Resolution.

There was no discussion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

Closed Session

The Board did not go into closed session.

Public Comment

There were no comments from the public.

Adjournment

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Pelleran and supported by Trustee Brannan for the meeting to adjourn.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Brannan, Laverty, Murray, Pelleran, Proctor, Rasmusson

Nays: None

Absent: Canady

Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.

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