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IVCCD Board applauds Grinnell PTK projects

Iowa Valley Grinnell’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society advisor, an instructor and two recently graduated members reported on their Honors in Action initiatives when the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors met this week in Grinnell.

PTK advisor Brenda Kremer and IVG English instructor Laura Armstrong with recent graduates Katherine Neesen and Jodi Blackford outlined several PTK activities conducted during the past academic year, which took the fairly new IVG chapter to “Three Star” status. The Honors in Action initiatives focused primarily on sexual assault/domestic violence awareness and support for victims in Poweshiek County. Most recently, an April 24 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in which several men walked one mile in high heels was very successful. The chapter plans to continue its efforts by hosting a Zombie Prom in October to raise money for victims of domestic violence.

The IVCCD Board and College administration thanked the group for their efforts and congratulated them on their achievement of Three Star PTK status.

In personnel-related matters, the Board approved revisions to two Board policies defining part-time benefit-eligible employment as 30 hours per week rather than 20 hours per week effective July 1.  Several current 20-hour per week employees will be grandfathered in, allowing them to continue previously elected benefits. The Board also approved an agreement with MGT of America to conduct a non-faculty employment classification study, including reviewing current classification structures, evaluating staff job data and descriptions, and conducting a market comparison analysis. The project will begin this summer with a final report expected later this year.

In other action, the Board also approved: a 2015-2016 contract addendum and meal plan charges with Consolidated Management Company for food service at Ellsworth Community College, which reflects a 3 percent increase; an agreement with the National Student Clearing House for a degree verify agreement for educational institutions, which will benefit Marshalltown Community College and ECC students and graduates; a lease with Iowa Falls School District for operation of its Greenbelt Alternative High School in ECC’s Trades & Industries building; an agreement with Iowa Falls School District for ECC’s use of the Iowa Falls football field, baseball field, and football practice field; an agreement with the city of Marshalltown for operation and maintenance of the government/education cable TV channel McTV; an agreement with Security Equipment Inc. for security monitoring of the Orpheum Theater Center in Marshalltown; an agreement with McFarland Clinic to provide student health nursing services at ECC; and 2015 football and volleyball schedules for ECC.

Board members thanked Dr. Nancy Muecke for her nearly five years of service as ECC Provost; Dr. Muecke has resigned from that position effective June 30.

Several gifts were accepted by the Board, including: die forming tooling equipment from Ready Technology Inc. given to the MCC Machine Tool Technology program; a monetary donation from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation to repair and move a grand piano from the YMCA to the Orpheum; a monetary donation from Iowa Trust & Savings Bank to the Orpheum; and a monetary donation from Deborah Crosser for artwork in the hallway of McClure Hall at ECC.

The Board held a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy, but took no action upon returning to open session.

The next regular meeting of the IVCCD Board of Directors will be July 8 at 4 pm in Marshalltown.

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