Meetings watch: Mesalands Community College

The Mesalands Community College board met Tuesday at the college. Officials attending included Thomas Newsom, president, trustees J. Bronson Moore, Jimmy Sandoval, Jim Streetman, Liz Estrada and Theresa Stephenson, and vice president of Academic Affairs Natalie Gillard.

The following items received board consideration:

• An executive session was held to discuss pending litigation, no decision.

• No public comments were made and no chairperson’s report.

In his president’s report Newsom:

• Reviewed and reaffirmed the board’s policies.

• Updated the progress of the Arts in Public Places project, which will be set up in October in quad area adjacent to wind center.

• Approved a deposit of required for matching funds of $35,000 for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) endowment.

• Reviewed August American Profile magazine, delivered with the Quay County Sun, featuring cover photo of Sandra Creamer, Mesalands’ farrier student.

• Reviewed organizational restructuring. The rodeo coach and Small Business Development Center will now report directly to Newsom.

• Updated the board on the 2012 Working Ranch Cowboy Association donation of $10,000. Newsom said they will be working to update and replace pens behind farrier science building.

• Updated the board of trustees on Newsom’s intention to conduct a tuition and fees study.

Other items before the board of trustees included:

• Contract confirmations: Dean Garcia, director of personnel, and Amanda Tafoya, secretary.

• Presentation of the 2012-2013 Student Learning Assessment Committee annual report by Gillard.

• Approval of July and August’s monthly financial reports (reports were previously not available for trustee’s approval)

— Compiled by QCS Senior Writer Thomas Garcia

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