College thanks outgoing trustees as new trustees are elected

Sarah Kirby
Siskiyou Joint Community College District Board of Trustees President Carol Cupp shows outgoing trustee Jim Hardy the plaque he received in recognition of his service during the board meeting held Nov. 6, 2018 at the COS Weed campus. Looking on is COS President Stephen Schoonmaker.

Jim Hardy celebrated his last meeting sitting on the College of the Siskiyous Board of Trustees Tuesday of last week. After serving four four-year terms on the board, he was honored with a plaque, which was handed to him by board president Carol Cupp. Hardy stated that he enjoyed his time on the board, and he wished the best for the college.

Later in the meeting, it was announced that Cupp and COS President Stephen Schoonmaker had a luncheon in Dunsmuir in late October with retired board member Penny Heilman. She also received a plaque to thank her for 24 years serving on the board. Heilman stated that she had a wonderful time serving.

The meeting was held on Nov. 6, which was election day for filling the seats Hardy and Heilman have long held in Areas 1 and 2 of the Siskiyou Joint Community College District.

As of Friday’s election update from the Siskiyou County Clerk’s Office, Kevin Dalton of McCloud had 7,116 votes in Area 1 and Len Foreman had 5,948. In Area 2, Deborah Derby had 7,589 votes to John Adamson’s 5,693.

Cupp explained during the meeting that the College is working with the city of Weed to make the town feel more like a college town. She said she spoke with parents who attended the last COS football game about their experience visiting the area.

“We talked to a parent that reached out to us about the lack of anything going on when they came into Weed, so we met with the city council members to address some of those issues. Students should be able to show their student body card when they go to a restaurant and get a free cup of coffee or a discount. They also mentioned adding better signage,” Cupp said.

Schoonmaker shared that he’s been meeting with campus faculty one-on-one to get to know them each a bit better. He ventured to Dorris and the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce for his Presidential Tour. Feedback received from these tours and previous tours will be utilized, according to Schoonmaker, to create conversations about partnerships and community engagement with the college.

Tenured Professor of Communications and Academic Senate President Jayne Turk thanked Schoonmaker for visiting some of her classes during October.

Turk shared what a typical week is like for COS faculty. She said, “My philosophy is that if any of us notices what someone else is doing, then we should probably pay better attention to ourselves... a typical week for me is right at about 64 hours. I really try to keep them under 50, but that never works. I also try to not have too many weeks over 60, but since I’m teaching an overload that is pretty typical. So, I just wanted to share some of that with you because you don’t necessarily know what we do other than teaching in the class room.”

She added that the typical faculty member is on anywhere from four to seven committees, which includes evaluating one another. Turk reported that faculty members also attend academic senate meetings, but the biggest task she noted is grading. Turk said she has more than 100 students, and she typically has a paper from each one every week. She said her colleagues in English have even more papers than that to grade.

An Institutional Research and Institutional Review Board is being solidified by the College to help staff and faculty conduct better research in relation to academics and process management systems, according to Nathan Rexford, Research and Assessment Analyst at College of the Siskiyous.

Rexford informed the board that the IRB board will strive to ensure students’ rights are being respected during research procedures.

Trustees voted on the Second Reading for Revisions to Board Policy 2100, which changes the system of voting to only allow district residents to vote for that district’s trustee, essentially changing the original voting procedures from an at-large to by-trustee-area election. The board has voted on this issue during the last three meetings this semester. The item again passed with a vote of 5-1. Greg Hanna, who has consistently opposed the measure, voted nay again. However, he provided no response as to why he opposes changes to the policy.

The board was informed by a COS staff member that the College’s Injury and Illness Prevention Plan had been revised and updated to meet State criteria. Little had been changed in the plan, and members of the College continue to perform well when it comes to injury and illness prevention on campus.

In the Campus Connection, Schoonmaker added that in early October he attended a meeting to discuss applying for a TEDx license. The College still has plans to hold a conference in the future.

The board approved those individuals who are interested in serving on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Some of the language surrounding the job descriptions for Financial Aid Processing Technician and Food Services Assistant were modified to meet revised job tasks. The board approved the consent agenda.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11 instead of Dec. 4 on the Weed campus.