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Adopted Minutes
September 17, 2001
Regular Meeting

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m.

Roll Call

Present: Canady, Holden, Jeffries, Pelleran
Absent: Heywood, Patterson, Rasmusson

Trustees Heywood and Patterson arrived at 6:07 p.m.

Chairperson Jeffries asked everyone to take a moment of silence to reflect upon the events that took place on September 11, to pray and think of the souls of the dead, the hearts of the injured, the families, and for our country and the time to come.

Additions/Deletions to the Agenda

The Board agreed to pull item Five, item A 2, Partnership for Adult Learning Resolution.

Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items

There was no public comment.

Chairperson and Board Member Reports


Policy Committee

Chairperson Jeffries stated that at the July 30 Board of Trustees meeting a joint committee was formed to review existing policies, procedures and practice that exist at the College and this would also include the adoption of bylaws for the Board. There has been one meeting in which the committee reviewed some of the policies that currently exist and discussed what is policy and what is practice. Since that meeting there have been communication between the administration and legal counsel. Administration and legal counsel are collaborating to compile policies that exist and a set of bylaws. He stated that the schedule for completion for bringing it back to the Board for final consideration would be at the December Board meeting.

Partnership for Adult Learning Resolution

This item was pulled.

Board Member Reports

Trustee Holden - Foundation Board

Trustee Holden stated that the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees were invited to meet with the executive committee of the Foundation Board. The director of the Foundation gave a report on the Foundation?s strategic plan. Trustee Holden also reported that on September 12 there was a reception at Ms. Nancy Elwood's home, where Foundation members and donors were invited. It was a lovely event in light of the tragedies that occurred on September 11.

Trustee Patterson - MCCA Tuition Tax Repeal

Trustee Patterson reported that within the Michigan Community College Association there has been continued discussion regarding Senate Bill 371, which is the tuition tax repeal. The College should be proud that it has been able to keep tuition low. He stated that the Bill would be acted upon this week.

Trustee Canady asked if it has been studied how the tuition tax repeal would effect enrollment.

Trustee Patterson responded that he did not know the effect it would have on Lansing Community College.

Trustee Pelleran stated that what is important is who uses the tuition tax credit and if it is used by students.

Trustee Canady stated that having the tuition tax credit might be a deciding factor for a student in enrolling at the College or not.

Trustee Heywood asked if there was data indicating who is using the tuition tax credit at Lansing Community College.

Chairperson Jeffries stated that there is a report published by the Michigan Department of Treasury in February of 2001 that gave an example, which is an estimate that showed Lansing Community College's 8,796 students could utilize the tax credit. They would get a credit of about 126 dollars. The total, in terms of the actual tax credit dollars, that would be returned is 886,074 dollars. He said that the tuition tax credit is student based and it goes to the students, it does not come to the College. For Lansing Community College it has made a difference for students and it is something the Board has considered when setting tuition rates.

ACCT (Association for Community College Trustees)

Trustee Patterson stating that there will be an ACCT conference October 10 through 13, which he will be attending.

Chairperson Jeffries reported that LCC hosted a brunch for the Downtown Neighborhood Association Home Tour for the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition on September 16, 2001. There were over 100 people on campus and there were outstanding performances by LCC representatives. Trustees Pelleran, Holden, and Patterson attended the event as well. He thanked Vice President Barbara Larson who assisted in coordinating the event. He stated that it was a very nice affair and it showcased LCC very well.

President's Report


Lansing M-TEC Presentation

President Cunningham stated that we are still waiting to find out about land allocation from General Motors and she is encouraged by the discussion. An extension had been requested, and the College was given an extension of March 2002. President Cunningham asked Vice President Barbara Larson to provide an initial financial analysis.

Vice President Larson stated that the Board understands this is the early stage of the planning, it is difficult to show a detailed cost analysis without fully knowing what programs are going to be in the M‑TEC. She said that several staff members on campus prepared a concept for the Board in presenting a strategy with how the College might approach this from a cost standpoint. Messrs. Bill Darr, Tony Juliano, and Lee Whipple have collaborated with Vice President Larson in preparing the presentation. She asked Mr. Lee Whipple to begin the presentation.

Mr. Lee Whipple gave the Board a presentation regarding the M-TEC (presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)

Chairperson Jeffries asked if there are any restrictions from the State in utilizing the space in the M‑TEC building.

President Cunningham responded that as long as the classes are open entry and open exit the State does not have any restrictions.

Trustee Patterson asked if there was a scenario where there is no MTEC.

President Cunningham responded that if this does not work out, there is another plan, because the facilities master plan calls for additional training and additional space.

Financial Balance Presentation

Vice President Barbara Larson gave the Board a financial balance presentation. (The presentation is on file with the official Board materials.)

Trustee Holden asked if there were any news on the capital outlay project.

Vice President Larson responded that the College had submitted the application.

Enrollment Information

Mr. Glenn Cerny, Chief Information Officer, reported the enrollment information for the Aviation, Truck Driver Training, and BCI programs. The Aviation Program has not lost any enrollment. The Truck Driver Training program has stable enrollment. The BCI has not lost any revenue, but costs were reduced to approximately one million dollars in terms of overhead. Mr. Cerny stressed that these are point in time comparison and they will fluctuate and change. What is being reviewed are trends, and the trend is stable enrollment and that is a good sign.

Mr. Cerny stated that in regards to overall college enrollment, overall seat count and credits were compared. There is a fairly good trend upwards in terms of percentage increases in all areas. He said that this would fluctuate. Currently, it is at 13 - to 14%. It will probably fluctuate between 10 and 12%, which is quite good compared to Oakland and Macomb community colleges, which have not seen double-digit increases.

Health Care Costs

President Cunningham reported that information had been received from the insurance carriers. Community Blues has projected a 29.2% increase, and PHP has projected a 19.2% increase. The Human Resources Executive Director will be reviewing this issue and will continue to provide a report.

Chairperson Jeffries asked when would the Board start discussing the health care negotiations and setting parameters for the Health Care Task Force.

Mr. David Davidson responded that in February or March of 2002.

Human Resources



Judith K. Berry, Dean, Business and Media Division

Linda F. Birchmeier, Director, Organizational Development, Information Services and College Development Division

William Darr, Dean, Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation Division

Eric A. Glohr, Auxiliary Services Manager, Administrative Services Division

Patricia S. Traynor, Dean, Student and Academic Support Division


Betty Barks, Faculty Member, Developmental Math, Student and Academic Support Division

Fred W. Clark, Faculty Member, Web Design/Animation, Business and Media Division

Susan C. Stanley, Faculty Member, Graphic Design, Business and Media



Lane Glenn, Director, Special Projects, Business and Community Institute

Melanie Rogers, Instructional Designer, Information Services Communication Division


Ruby Ivens, Faculty Member, Careers Division

Christopher Kibit, Faculty Member, Careers Division

Action Items

Approval of Minutes - July 30, 2001 Organizational Meeting

Trustee Pelleran asked that on page 7 Bennett be changed to Minihan.

Risk Management Coordinator to the Middle Cities Risk Management Trustee Resolution

Vice President Larson stated that approximately two years ago the College went out for bids for insurance coverages and it was determined to move the property general liability auto insurance to Middle Cities. Middle Cities is an organization that is made up of several community colleges in the state and they also work with many K-12 organizations. She said that at the time Ron Roush, former Director of Operational Services, was assigned as the Risk Management Coordinator for the College. Mr. Roush has left the College and Middle Cities requires that the Board of Trustees assign a coordinator to go to the meetings.

Trustee Canady stated that Middle Cities is a client of his and there may not be necessarily a conflict, but wanted to go on record that this organization is a client.

IT WAS MOVED by Trustee Canady and supported by Trustee Pelleran that the President's Report be accepted as presented.

Ayes: Canady, Heywood, Holden, Jeffries, Patterson, Pelleran
Nays: None
Absent: Rasmusson

Public Comment

Gretchen Couraud - I am the director of the Foundation and wanted to announce to you it is that time of year. We have put together our cast for the Best of the Best Celebrity Lip Sync All Star Review. You will recognize some of the names and some new acts are included. It is Sunday October 14, from 6 to 8. Our goal this year is to establish a scholarship that will assist our Atlanta University transfer students. As you can see there are several acts that I think you will be excited about and I hope you will be attending. We have back with us Paula and Pete Cunningham. We have some new faces and several people from the UAW this year. We have some elected officials, Mike Rogers, United States congressman, will be joining us as well as Mike Murphy and Paula Bees. We have many other folks on campus; one act that I will be excited to see is Barbara Larson and the interim deans. We are excited and there are two ways you can certainly help us by promoting this event. One is to get the word out and the second is to support it financially. You can be a sponsor of the event, which is 250 dollars, or we would like to see you there, certainly, and tickets are 25 dollars. So, if you are interested, Paula is selling them, and I am and many others on campus.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

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