AUGUST 12, 2009— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, August 11, 2009, in the administration center on the Creston campus.
Construction of a new apartment-style dormitory on campus was again a topic on the board agenda.  The board adopted the proposed plans for construction of a new residence hall and scheduled a public hearing for September 8, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at Southwestern Community College.

Prior to the board’s approval, the college administration had presented on the need for additional student housing on SWCC’s campus.  Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, reported that as of May 15, 2009, the college’s residence halls were full for fall 2009 semester.  Currently, the SWCC dorms have a capacity of 116 students.  For fall 2009, there are 152 students who have applied to live in the dorms.  

Following Thompson’s presentation, Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, covered the financial aspects of the project.  Krejci stated that revenue bonds and possibly a no-interest loan from CIPCO would be used to finance the residence hall.  The college is also eligible to apply for Build America Bonds.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, showed the board initial drawings of the building.  This residence hall would be similar floor plan to Spartan Suites.  The goal is to have the project completed for the fall 2010 semester.  Contractors may contact the architect directly if they are interested in the project.

Lesan also reported on the remodeling project currently taking place at the college’s technical center.  The targeted completion date for this project is November 2009.

The board approved the employment of Elizabeth Hensley for the position of nursing instructor for the 2009-10 academic year.  Hensley was hired at a salary of $37,847 for a 194-day contract.  Most recently, Hensley was a registered nurse for Adair County Health Systems.  She has served as a nursing clinical instructor for Southwestern, as well as Kaplan University in Des Moines. 

During the president’s report, Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of student services, explained the new College Experience Course to the board.  This course is an eight-week course designed to give SWCC students strategies for creating success in college and in life.  All new SWCC students will be required to enroll in the course.  The class will meet twice each week and will provide students with information on financial aid, career services, and support services available at the college.