CASSVILLE — The Crowder College Board of Trustees held their June meeting on the Cassville campus on Monday.

CASSVILLE — The Crowder College Board of Trustees held their June meeting on the Cassville campus on Monday.  
Among other new business items, the board  heard a first reading of a proposal to rename the MARET center The Roy Blunt Center for Alternative and Renewable Energy to reflect his prime role in its' creation.
The MARET Center has been part of the Crowder College Campus since 2012. Senator Blunt supported the project from its' inception and was instrumental in securing funding for the facility, which marks its' fifth anniversary in 2017.
"Many of you are aware of the vital role Senator Roy Blunt played in the development of the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MARET) at Crowder,” Crowder College President Dr. Jennifer Methvin informed the board  “Serving then in the U.S. House, Senator Blunt was instrumental in securing nearly $3 million in federal funds for the construction of the facility, and his enthusiasm for the project certainly aided Crowder’s ability to raise significant funds from private donors as well.
“Senator Blunt also aided Crowder in negotiating the federal regulations involved in the construction of the facility. We at Crowder are quite fond of quoting Senator Blunt’s words concerning the MARET Center.”
She quoted Blunt who once said,  "Programs like this (MARET) are crucial to the efforts we have for our economy and for our national security. Our nation needs to have a new energy policy, an all-of-the-above strategy, and this is definitely part of that all-of-the-above strategy.”
The board of trustees also considered personnel matters. Resignations included Timothy Dollins, transport training instructor, Joshua Curran, administrative assistant to the VP of Student Affairs, Kandace Norman, part time custodian on the Cassville campus, Drew Aggus, part-time switchboard operator, Tammy Holmes, nursing support specialist, and Kerry Whitehead, educational technology specialist.
New employees approved by the board included Taylor Yeager, welding instructor for the Joplin Advanced Training and Technical Center, Kristen Slankard, behavior technician at the Maddox Hill Behavior Support Center, Abbigail Nicholson, Life Science Instructor, McDonald County campus, Jayston Landon, preparation instructor CTEC and Anna Lusk, secretary receptionist for the Nevada campus.
In old business, the board heard a second reading on the proposal to create an Institutional Review Board, IRB. The Department of Health and Human Services provides standards and guidance which must be followed for any research involving human subjects, to protect the participants. Crowder College has not had a formal plan in place. With the board's approval, the IRB will be implemented in August.
The board also approved the Electrical Apprenticeship with Bill's Electric with a $59,978.75 Apprenticeship USA grant from the U.S. Department of Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development. This marks the second apprenticeship program Crowder will have in place. BEI Incorporated (Bill's Electric) and Crowder College signed a formal agreement on Tuesday at the Joplin Advanced Training and Technology Center, 420 South Grand in Joplin.
"I am exceptionally excited that Apprenticeship programs are playing such a vital role in supporting our initiative to expand career and technical education," Methvin said.
Mark Aubuchon, Campus Life Coordinator, presented an update on Campus Life and Housing. Members of the Campus Servant Leadership, Cohort 3, reported on their ear and Methvin presented a Crowder update, focused on summer events and programs on campus. A total of  250 Upward Bound students have been participating in summer courses since May and presented their research program on Wednesday.  Alos, 644 students made the Spring 2017 Dean's List.
The Crowder College Board of Trustees next meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 24 on the Neosho campus.  Methvin plans to devote her President's Update to an annual report on Crowder's current strategy plan, Building on our BASE.