Memo to: Montana Board of Regents

From:  Jane Karas, President, Flathead Valley Community College

Re:  January Campus Report

Date:  January 14, 2002

  • The FVCC Men's Cross-Country team finished ninth overall at the national cross-country championships with team member Brett Winegar capturing the national championship. The women's team finished in seventh place overall, competing against twenty-seven other schools.
  • The FVCC Libby Campus moved into their new building during winter recess. The new building is centrally located and meets ADA requirements.
  • The FVCC Foundation netted more than $27,000 from the seventh annual Christmas Tree Excellence (CTE) benefit. CTE is a true community effort and over the past seven years, has involved more than 325 community volunteers. Since its inception in 1995, CTE has raised over $325,281 to support student scholarships at FVCC.
  • FVCC hosted the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau program, "Why, That Dickens!" in December. The presentation, by Bill Rossiter, portrayed the complex, troubled, and brilliant Charles Dickens. More than one hundred people attended the lecture.
  • The students of FVCC Design I exhibited their artwork in the college library in early December. The exhibit showcased the diverse talents of art students and established artists alike, and included a quilt, fabric wall hangings, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, embroidery and mosaic.
  • The College's first capital campaign, Connecting for the Community's Future has now exceeded $3.6 million in gifts and pledges. The campaign's goal was $3 million.
  • FVCC Service Learning students have participated in tutoring reading, math and science in local schools, and are also volunteering at a number of agencies, including Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brendan House, Citizen's for a Better Flathead, and the Hockaday Museum.
  • Students and community members from the spring 2001 FVCC art study trip to Venice held an exhibition of artworks at the Whitefish Gallery in November. The collaboration of artwork ranged from collages to watercolors, and from first-timers to well-established artists.
  • FVCC Art Instructor John Rawlings and actor of stage and screen, David Ackroyd, will present Sono Michelangelo-an evening with the master, for the 6th Annual Wine & Cheese Art Lecture benefit for Stumptown Art Studio, on January 26. The original play was written by Rawlings and Ackroyd, and will be performed at the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish.