The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved naming the first floor, north wing of the Academic Building the Mike Brown Wing during their meeting Thursday afternoon.
Brown was a longtime agriculture instructor and rodeo coach at WC who died in November 2015.
“Mike Brown lost his life in an unfortunate accident doing what he loved best—riding and roping,” said Dr. Andra Cantrell, executive vice president of financial and administrative affairs. “Due to this loss to the student body and to the entire college community, there have been many express a desire to memorialize Mike on our campus.”
The area being named after Brown currently has a display celebrating WC’s agriculture and rodeo achievements and a mural is in the works. Classes in the agriculture program were recently relocated to this area of campus.
“As I walked through the halls a minute ago of the academic building and looked at what we are recommending, I came across a framed picture of Mike,” Cantrell said. “The mat had been hand tooled, and it was one of the students—one of his rodeo kids that he taught—who made it. It told me right then that he was more than an instructor to these kids. They loved him. And I think they’ve done their part, and now it’s a good time for us to remember Mike.”
With the impending demolition of Couts Hall to make way for the new Workforce and Emerging Technologies Building, the campus police department was moved into the Agriculture Building and the ag program was moved into the Academic Building.
Reflecting this move, the board also approved the renaming of the Agriculture Building to the Police and Maintenance Building.
A small name change was also shared with the board related to the Jim and Veleda Boyd Technology Building. Since it’s creation some 20 years ago, the building has expanded beyond technology and thus will now be called the Jim and Veleda Boyd Building or the Boyd Building for short.
The board is expected to received a contract to consider action on the demolition of Couts Hall at the March meeting, said WC counsel Dan Curlee.
Matt Boles with RBC Capital Markets also updated the board on financing the construction of the new Workforce and Emerging Technologies Building, which is expected to be approximately 60,000 square feet. He informed the board due to low interest rates, it is a great time to issue bonds for this type of project.
In other business the board:
- Approved the minutes from the Jan. 16 board meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending Jan. 31.
- Approved to dispose of obsolete and surplus items through online auction.
- Approved the purchase of a diagnostic medical ultrasound system for the sonography program lab.
- Received a report on 2020-21 tuition and fees. Currently the Tuition and Fees Advisory Committee is recommending the following:
- An increase of $6 per semester credit hour for in-district students, a 7 percent increase.
- An increase of $13 per semester credit hour for out-of-district students, a 9 percent increase.
- An increase of $9 per semester credit hour for out-of-district WC Wise County students, an 8 percent increase.
- An increase of $12 per semester credit hour for out-of-district Education Center at Granbury students, a 9 percent increase.
- An increase of $18 per semester credit hour of out-of-state students, a 9 percent increase.
- An increase from $60 to $80 in the differential tuition rate for the Associate Degree Nursing program.
- The addition of an RN-to-BSN program differential tuition rate of $80.
- An increase of $50 per semester for room and board charges for both the 10-meal and 19-meal plans.
- Elimination of the following: Virtual College of Texas fee, CE Virtual College of Texas fee, V/C Instruction Fee (three-hour course), V/C Instruction Fee (four-hour course), Teacher Certification Intern fee, Health Science Reasoning test fee, IC3 test fee, MOS test fee and the Teacher Certification Application fee.
- A streamlining of summer parking permits to $30 for the entire summer, rather than $20 per summer semester.
- Received a Guided Pathways report from Mike Endy, vice president of academics and student affairs, who reported the college is preparing to send a group to attend an institute in Houston this April as well as an upcoming visit from Guided Pathways coach Dr. Linda Garcia to the WC campus in March.
- Received a demand student update from Endy highlighting the consideration of a pass/fail option for gateway courses to improve student success and completion.
- Received a vet tech program report from Endy, updating the board on the upcoming modifications to the college agriculture facility this summer and the need to acquire and install imaging equipment at the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter starting this fall as program classes begin.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:
- Recognized Dr. Scott Tarnowieskyi, Kim Kelly, Lisa Martin, Julie Moeller and Nick Pugh on their collective efforts to register WC students to vote.
- Presented a plaque from Steinway and Sons to the Board of Trustees recognizing WC as an All-Steinway Institution.
- Congratulated the WC Foundation on surpassing the $10 million net asset mark.
- Recognized the outstanding work of the Coyote athletic teams.
- Announced the retirement of fine arts instructor Myrlan Coleman and said there is a special reception in the works to celebrate her unprecedented 50 years of service to the college.
- Announced the resignations of respiratory care instructor Jennifer Crocker, associate degree nursing instructor Jessica Hess and testing services coordinator Rebecca Spikes.
- Provided an enrollment report for the Spring 2020 semester. As of census date, the system-wide enrollment stands at 5,523 students, a decrease of 375 students year-to-date, primarily resulting from changes in technical dual credit policy.