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Advisory Council Minutes April 21, 2022

The regular meeting of the NJC Advisory Council was held Thursday, April 21, 2022 in ES French Hall# 126.
Members Present: 
Kendra Anderson
Wade Tyrrell
Members Absent:
Jamie Jo Axtell
Jeff Long
Karen Ramey-Torres
Karla Rosas

Others Present: Mike White, Steve Smith, Jeri Estrada, Lisa LeFevre, Celeste Delgado-Pelton, Tim Stahley, Tom Myers, Brandon Melnikoff, Kevin Stump, Jesse Quinlin, Mike Anderson, Rachelle Davis, Andrew De Souza, Vanessa Soliz, Kat Marty, Noelle Meagher, Steve Spurgeon, Rylyn Nelson, Sara Lynch, Katey Kelly, Dez Perales, Akayla Mahaffey, Mia Glover, Brittney Lopez, Kylie Walker, Destiny Boden, Yeidy Mendoza, Clinton Eckenrod, Kaylee Soule, and Callie Jones from the Journal Advocate.

  1. Wade Tyrrell, called the meeting to order at 1:31 p.m.

  2. The group participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  3. The agenda for the April 21, 2022 Advisory Council Meeting will be approved via email. (No Quorum)
    • Jamie Jo Axtell made the motion by email to approve the agenda for the April 21, 2022 Advisory Council Meeting and Wade Tyrrell seconded the motion by email to approve the agenda for the April 21, 2022 Advisory Council meeting.
  4. The minutes of the February 17, 2022 Advisory Council Meeting will be approved via email. (No Quorum)
    • Jamie Jo Axtell made the motion by email to approve the minutes from the February 17, 2022 Advisory Council Meeting and Wade Tyrrell seconded the motion by email to approve the minutes from the February 17, 2022 Advisory Council meeting.
  5.  RESIGNATION OF ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER – President White
    • Sergio Sanchez informed President White on April 1, 2022 that he was resigning from the NJC Advisory Council effective immediately. President White will be looking for someone from the Yuma community to replace Sergio. President White thanked Sergio for his years of service to the NJC Advisory Council.
    • Marylu Smith-Dischner, the Yuma Campus Director, has been interviewing a new potential Yuma Representative for the NJC Advisory Council.
  6. NEW FACULTY/STAFF INTRODUCTIONS – Jeri Estrada
    • Andrew De Souza was introduced as the new Campus Safety Coordinator
    • Vanessa Soliz was introduced as the new Finish What You Started Project Manager
  7. CELEBRATING SUCCESS
    1. STUDENT SUCCESS
      1. PTK All-Colorado Academic Team Winners – Tim Stahley
        • Paige Finegan (not present)
          • Paige Finegan is from Orchard, Colorado where she grew up on a farm and ranch. At Wiggins High School, she was involved in many activities such as volleyball, basketball, track and field, FFA, Honors Society, and Student Council. Outside of school, she was greatly involved in 4-H where she showed dairy, market goats, and horses. Currently, Paige on the NJC Ranch Horse Team where she is the Vice President. She is also working towards her Equine Science degree here at NJC. After her journey with Northeastern Junior College, Paige plans to transfer to West Texas A&M University where she will pursue a bachelor's degree in Equine Industry and Business. Paige’s main goal is to become an equine physical therapist and rehabilitator. In her spare time, she likes to ride her horses, Ike and Riata, and working on the ranch she grew up on dealing with the cattle operation. Paige also likes to work with her local 4-H to be a volunteer instructor for the Horse Program in Brush, Colorado.
        • Kathleen Marty
          • Kathleen (Kat) Marty grew up in Strasburg, Colorado. She is currently attending Northeastern to study Ag Business and Soil Science.  Kat takes interest in many different organizations; she is an active member in the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. She has served as a member of the policy committee for both Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and National Farmers Union. She is also a leader in her local 4-H club where she helps members with their projects. Outside of the classroom, Kat participates in many clubs and boards. Kat currently serves as the First Vice President of the Associated Student Government at Northeastern, and is also the chair to the Student Senate. She also serves as the Northeastern representative to the State Student Advisory Council for the Colorado Community College System. On campus, she is a member of NJC’s Aggies Club, Math and Science Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Recently, Kat has also been elected to the Premier Farm Credit Student Board. Kat’s goals after graduating in May is to attend the University of Kentucky to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Community Food Systems. When she is finished with her education, she would like to move to Washington D.C. to work as a Congressional Ag Liaison. In her spare time, Kat enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Kat spends most of her time at home on her family’s farm playing with baby goats and her Border Collie, Kenai. During the summer, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and white-water rafting.
      2. Rising Star Award Winners – Tim Stahley
        • Noelle Meagher
          • Noelle Meagher grew up in Eaton, Colorado is studying Communications here at Northeastern. Noelle is a very successful two-sport athlete, competing on the Volleyball Team and Golf Team. She is a Resident Advisor on campus and works for the Athletic Department taking all of the athletic team photos, media day pictures, game/event pictures, and running social media accounts. She is also the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President on campus and will be in charge of running and facilitating the end of the Year Petey's Event Ceremony. Noelle has her own Photography business, which includes taking pictures for a salon she works at, couples pictures, athletic pictures and more. She also coaches a club volleyball team in Northern Colorado. Noelle’s goals for the future are to establish herself as a photographer and continue to grow her business. She would like to focus on sports photography, but also continue to shoot fashion, weddings, seniors, and other projects. Noelle enjoys spending a lot of time training her puppy. She also enjoys going on road trips and visiting new places. Noelle is a person who will go out of her way to make sure others are taken care of. She puts others before herself and is truly one of a kind. Transferring to Chadron.
        • Brandon Melnikoff
          • Brandon Lee Melnikoff is a Colorado native from the west slope town of Collbran. Brandon is currently a double major at Northeastern studying Agriculture Education and Agriculture Business. He is the current Associated Student Government President, a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau, Young Farmers and Ranchers, and the NJC Aggies Club. Brandon is interested in politics, history, agriculture (specifically cows and horses), working outside - especially in the mountains, and basketball. Brandon’s future plans include transferring and graduating from West Texas A&M University with an Agriculture Education degree, moving back to Colorado to teach, and hopefully get the opportunity to run for a political office of some fashion. Brandon is a phenomenal student leader on Northeastern’s campus. He continually raises the bar for student leadership. Brandon has written open letters to the editor of our local paper to discuss issues and commend others for their accomplishments, often writing well beyond his age. Brandon enjoys binge watching his favorite TV shows and movies including; The Office, Yellowstone, and Lonesome Dove. He enjoys attending local and state FFA events to show his support for the organization, Brandon was a former Colorado FFA State officer. He likes road trips, exploring the mountains, and refining his role as a connoisseur of mac and cheese.
      3. Inclusive Excellence Champion Award Winner – Tim Stahley
        • Steve Spurgeon
          • Stevins (Steve) Spurgeon comes to Northeastern from Bellevue, Nebraska. He is a left-handed pitcher for the Northeastern Baseball team, a Resident Advisor, an Admissions Ambassador and is studying Elementary Education. Steve’s interests include watching sports and eating food. He is involved in the Associated Student Government senate and spends a lot of time on the baseball diamond. His future plans include playing baseball at Jackson State University and continuing his education to receive his Bachelor’s degree, and eventually his masters and potentially his doctorate. His long-term career goals are to become an elementary teacher, specifically 3rd grade. He could also see himself becoming a principal or leader within his respective school district.  Steve also enjoys spending time with his friends and family. While at home, Steve participates in youth group and helps with the church kids programming. Steve is one of the most well-known students on campus for many reasons. Primarily, without knowing, Steve has built and developed a culture of positivity and acceptance. His happy, positive attitude is contagious. Steve has broken down silos among student groups, has established connections amongst peers, and instilled a sense of happiness and excitement among faculty and staff. Steve has single-handedly improved morale across campus just by simply being himself.
      4. Softball Players & Team Success – Tom Myers
        • Rylyn Nelson – NJCAA Division I Player of the Week; Broke NJC home run record (currently 2nd in the nation in home runs)
        • Jacquelynn Siefkin – Currently 8th in the nation in batting average
        • Team – Longest win streak in NJC history; 13 games – ended Sunday
        • Team – 2nd place in Region IX standings
        • Coach Myers complimented the sophomores on the team for their leadership on the team
        • Won 63 games so far!
        • Broken 22 records this year
        • Katey Kelly, Akayla Mahaffey and Sara Lynch – All Academic Team
      5. Student Art Projects – Celeste Delgado-Pelton & Will Ross
        • Four art students showed their artwork projects to the Advisory Council
          • Destiny Boden – painting
          • Yeidy Mendoza – painting
          • Clinton Eckenrod – painting
          • Kaylee Soule – stained glass
        • The NJC Student Art Show will take place for the next two weeks in the Youngers Art Gallery in ES French
      6. Alexis Camara – AFA Ambassador – Mike Anderson
        • Northeastern Junior College student, Alexis Camara, was recently selected to serve as an Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Ambassador on Northeastern’s campus. In this role, Alexis will work to build bridges among her peers that foster engagement and innovation in food, agriculture and natural resources.
        • Alexis is from Hawaii
        • Alexis is involved in Livestock Judging and the Aggies Club
        • She is currently a Freshman
    2. FACULTY/STAFF SUCCESS
      • Math & Science Contests – Rachelle Davis
        • On March 29-30, Northeastern had about 500 middle school and high school students on campus for the annual Math & Science Contests.
        • Raised $1500.
  8.  ITEMS
    • Commencement – Steve Smith
      • We will have 2 ceremonies on Friday, May 13th. One ceremony at 10:00am and the second ceremony at 2:00 pm.
      • No limitations on attendance or restrictions.
      • Receptions to follow in the cafeteria after each of the ceremonies.
    • T-Prep Program – Celeste Delgado-Pelton
      • To help curb Colorado’s dire teacher shortage in rural communities, CCCS and the University of Colorado Denver are expanding The Partnership for Rural Educator Preparation (T-PREP) program to NJC. Starting this fall, bachelor’s degrees in early childhood, elementary, and special education may be completed in their entirety without leaving the Sterling region. Beginning Fall of 2022, Northeastern and CU Denver are partnering to bring a BA with teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Students can complete their AA and continue on into the BA with licensure. Some of the BA courses will be face-to-face on Northeastern’s campus and some will be remote. There are scholarships available for both the AA and BA for this program, called the T-Prep Program. Northeastern’s Early Childhood Coordinator, Donna Brady-Lawler, is the liaison for the program. CU-Denver will be hiring a residency coordinator, Jenny Smock, to oversee the BA portion of the program on Northeastern’s campus, hired and funded through CU Denver.
      • A Launch Event was held on March 24th in the ES French Atrium.
      • The program is geared towards Adult Learners.
      • The program will start Fall 2022.
      • 38 students are currently in the que, somewhere in the process of T-Prep.
    • Event Preview – President White
      • Mike handed out Future Event Preview of upcoming spring events
  9. PRESIDENT’S REPORT – President Mike White
    • Livestock Judging finished 2nd overall in the last event of the season.
    • Enrollment
    • Sustainability and Partnerships – T-Prep, CCU, CSU
    • Grants – Precision Ag
    • Business Department – marketing, technology
    • CTE lots of opportunity
      • Air Force projects – electrical program.
    • Invite the community to attend classes/ talk to areas of expertise.
    • 700 FFA students on campus for CDE.
    • The Northeastern Collegiate Farm Bureau will hold its annual Beef with a Beef Fundraiser the evening of April 27th. The event will include dinner plus a live and silent auction.  All proceeds raised will go to the NJC Collegiate Farm Bureau to attend the Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference and other club activities throughout the year. Jerry Sonnenberg, Colorado State Senator, District 1, will be the featured guest speaker.
    • Concurrent Enrollment.
  10. REPORTS
    1. Associated Student Government (ASG) Report – Brandon Melnikoff, ASG President
      • Recap events: Family Feud (Faculty/Staff won), March Madness, Hypnotist, and Glow in the Dark Volleyball
      • The annual ASG Banquet will be held April 28th at 7:00pm in the Hays Student Center Ballroom
      • Brandon thanked his ASG Officer Team – Kat Marty and Jayce Maker. They fell like they revamped ASG to its glory days. They took pride in rekindled relationships with faculty/staff and the student body.
      • Student elections – the ASG team came together and created a blue book with background information and candidate information for voting.
        • 275 voted this year (+100) from last year.
        • 2 ballot initiatives. Student fee increase failed. ASG to SGA name change also failed.
      • New ASG Officers:
        • President: Phillip Ruch,
        • 1st Vice President: Joao Fonseca
        •  2nd Vice President: Audrey Glynn
    2. Faculty Senate Report Kevin Stump, Faculty Senate President  
      • The Faculty Senate evaluated the scholarship applications for the $500 Faculty Senate Scholarship. This year, the scholarship is awarded to Macie Smock who is a concurrent enrollment student that will graduating from Caliche High School this spring. Macie will be a Biology Major.
  11. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION  
    • Wade Tyrrell – Baseball Team success mentioned at the Chamber Event.
    • Culture change on campus is the talk of the community.
  12.  ADJOURNMENT
    • The meeting was adjourned at 2:36 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Shawn Rose

 Recording Secretary

cc:  Advisory Council Members, Mike White