Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met by phone for their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was held electronically due to the potential for extreme weather in SWCC’s region.

The board approved the Clarke County Hazard Mitigation Plan as presented. With this plan in place, Southwestern will be able to apply for a grant from FEMA for a tornado safe room if the college chooses to pursue such a project. According to information provided to the board, FEMA grants cover 85 percent of costs for approved projects.

In personnel, the board approved early retirement requests from Greg Crill, maintenance technician and farm assistant, effective April 29, 2022; Linda Dainty, art instructor, effective at the end of the academic year; and Ron White, housekeeping, effective June 30, 2022.

During the discussion of monitoring process, Fred Shearer, board of trustees’ vice president from Corning, asked about the progress of the student hub. SWCC has been researching a hub that would provide various student services all in one location on the Creston campus. Dr. Marge McGuire-Welch, SWCC president, said the committee is still in its initial stages. She explained administration had a conversation with architects to get an idea of what the hub might look like, as well as an estimate of expenses required for the project. McGuire-Welch said the board would be briefed as the group gets answers.

Kim Bishop, SWCC dean of student services, reminded the board college commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 6. Bishop said the nursing graduation will be held at 4 p.m., with the arts and sciences/career and technical education commencement following at 7:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in the Student Center gymnasium on the Creston campus.

McGuire-Welch reminded the board about the University of Iowa nursing articulation signing ceremony on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m., in the SWCC Allied Health & Science Center.

Jerry Smith, board member from Osceola and designated Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, said the group did not meet in April. The next IACCT meeting will be held the first week in May.