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Trustees tour Andover remodel, approve meal, room rate plan for 2020-2021

Butler administration stand in the Student Union main lobby of the Andover 5000 Building.
Published: Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Butler County, Wichita field experience approved for Exercise Science students

EL DORADO, Kan. – The regular session of the Butler Community College Board of Trustees met Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grizzly Den of the Andover 5000 Building. Prior to the meeting, Trustees toured the building to assess progress on the remodel project which has been underway for months. The project was necessitated when Butler needed to vacate the Andover High School building on North Andover Road due to the Andover School District’s own construction project. The work in the 5000 Building is expected to be complete by the start of classes in August 2020.


Board members heard a division report by Richard Nichols, dean of Fine Arts and Communications. The division offers more than 300 classes and collectively provides more than 150 events on campus each year. More than 25,000 people attend those performances on campus and it is estimated the performance groups reach another 25,000 people through off-campus events. The student radio station, KBTL, along with the student magazine, The Grizzly, and the student newspaper, The Lantern, reach a large population as well.

In addition, Terry Sader, president of the Butler Education Association (BCCEA), provided an overview of the intent and purpose of the faculty association at the college.


Mark Jarvis, director of faculty development, provided a report to the Trustees on his area. Faculty Development is designed to support the teaching needs of Butler faculty, thereby improving student learning. Training sessions account for more than 10,000 contact hours with faculty each year, with the strength of the program being the willingness of Butler faculty to help expose each other to new teaching and learning strategies as well as new technologies for the classroom.


Trustees approved new meal and room rates for the 2020-2021 academic year. Bill Rinkenbaugh, vice president of student services, presented a proposal that increases on-campus meals by 3.1% and on-campus residency costs by 2.4%. In addition, the Fire Science Residency rates were also increased by 2.2%. It puts the total annual costs for room/board and meals for West Hall at $5,320, Cummins and East Halls at $6,420, and the Butler Apartments (no meal plan) at $6,720.

Under the Consent Agenda, Trustees approved the following field experience/internship locations for Butler’s Exercise Science students: YMCA-Andover, Birch Performance, Fox Fitness, Rogue Personal Training, Parisi Speed School, and PT Plus – Andover. These locations partner with Butler to provide valuable learning experiences for students outside of the classroom. Each student’s performance is accessed by college instructors.

Also within the Consent Agenda, Trustees approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of El Dorado regarding insurance coverage for Butler students in the Fire Science Residency program. The partnership secures accident insurance coverage through the City of El Dorado for Butler Fire Science residents who complete Fire Science 1 certification and are accepted into the City’s volunteer firefighter program. The Fire Science residency students are covered by the college’s Fire Science accident policy until switching over to the City’s.


Danny Mattern, professor of physics, was recognized for his participation in the NASA/IPAC Teacher Research Program which had an astronomy focus. Also, Jared McGinley, fulltime management and marketing instructor, and Davis Laughlin, part-time instructor, were recognized for being named John and Suanne Rouche Excellence Award winners. And, longtime chemistry instructor, Robert Carlson, was recognized for being named Butler’s Master Teacher of the Year.

Matt Jansen, Roger Morrow, Amy Kerschner and Christina Byram of Information Services, and Esam Mohammed of Institutional Research were recognized for organizing and hosting the Power Business Intelligence introductory training session conducted by visiting experts from Barton Community College.

The meeting adjourned with a budget work session following.