Minutes from Administrative Council Meeting on November 20, 2013
Location: Blount County Campus
Attendees: Brandon Ballentine, Betsy Boyd, Susan Breeding, Holly Burkett, Spencer Joy, Nancy Rasnake, Lois Williams
Attendees By Adobe Connect: Carolyn Carson, J. Dean Copple, Michele DeFelice, Li Gao, Sarah McMurray, Joan Newman, Alice Wershing, and Nancy
Thank you, Holly, for the cake and coffee.
Minutes from last meeting were approved by Nancy Rasnake and seconded by Brandon Ballentine.
The original budget was $500, but with the sheet cakes for Valentine’s Day and trips to site campuses, Li Gao confirmed that there is a current balance of $395.09.
Valentine’s Day Reception
A big thanks to Rachael Cragle and all those who helped for the successful execution of the Valentine’s Day Reception. Hardin Valley did not have a sheet cake for the first time and had to make an emergency run to the store for cake. The snow days impacted the goodies turnout, but not the participation. The event occurred in the cafeteria annex due to a scheduling mishap, but all went well with a steady stream of faculty and staff. Les Fout delivered cake to Blount County Campus.
Nancy Rasnake gave an update on the auction. Nancy and Fonda Vickery have met and propose that the auction be a 2 day event as follows:
April 8, 2014 Beginning at 8:00 AM April 9, 2014 Ending at 3:00 PM
Each member of the Administrative staff will be asked to donate or make a contact for donations for the auction. The deadline for the majority of items will be March 26, 2014.
Holly Burkett will collect the items from Blount County.
Hand crafted items are very good and there is hope that this year there will be several.
An email will be sent out to faculty and staff soon announcing the auction.
The Administrative Council is happy for faculty to have taken over the book sale.
20/20 Blount County Activities
Holly Burkett introduced us to Blount County’s “Dream team” – the students who work as Student Success Mentors and Activities Coordinator. Each student told us what the position has meant to them.
T.J. Whitehead – He wasn’t much of a studier before, but now he studies all the time as an example to the students he mentors. Not only is he a tutor, but an encourager who is kind, thorough, and understanding. Students seek him out for help. He has matured more this year than any year before. T.J. has come into his own. He has been accepted at UT where he will continue to study chemistry.
Angela McGee – “This is the moment.” Angela has taken the moment and matured and become a leader on the college campus. In college it is more about who you are and not the brand name labels on your clothing. She tutors and mentors students.
Mandy Carroll – Mandy has opened up and learned time management. Mandy is quite creative and has a hand in many of the bulletin boards around campus.
All three are known for going to Holly or Betsy and saying, “What do you need me to do?” They have grown as a result of their jobs, their attitudes are awesome, so is it any wonder they are named the “Dream Team”?
Holly showed us many pictures of Blount County activities and told us about their many clubs. Below is a partial list.
Bible Club Book Club Hiking Club Green Paws Hiking Music Pellissippi Pride Psychology PTK Rotaract Stars
Betsy Boyd told us about STARS, Students Tackling Adversity & Reaching Success. This club is for the nontraditional students providing a support group and a way to socialize with activities and outings.
A walking trail will be constructed around the campus beginning in late March and will include a promenade with benches.
Eight to ten rocking chairs are also on the way to give students an alternative to the hard benches that are already on campus.
The tutoring center is a wonderful thing for Blount County and often a selling point for parents when visiting during the open houses. Open house event are scheduled for the site campuses as follows.
Blount County April 3, 2014 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Division Street March 26, 2014 5:00PM – 7:30 PM Magnolia Avenue March 27, 2014 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Strawberry Plains April 8, 2014 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thank you to Holly and Betsy for hosting our meeting and giving us an overview of the activities happening on the Blount County Campus.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 AM.
Recorder: Susan D. Breeding