As 2014 comes to a close...a message from Dr. Perry!

As we wrap up 2014 and move into the New Year, I wanted to take some time to acknowledge the efforts of our campus community and share with you just some of the great things that we were able to accomplish throughout the year.

Students First
A total of 1,399 degrees were awarded in May 2014: 844 Associate in Arts degrees and 555 Associate in Science degrees. Graduates came from 140 cities within California, 15 states, and 6 foreign countries. Butte College students also earned 1,853 certificates to improve their skills in the labor market. The number of students that transferred to CSU for this fall is the highest in recent years and is up by 30% since 2009-2010. Over 87% of the students that transferred to CSU for this fall are going to CSU, Chico. The number of students that transferred to UC for this fall is at the high end of our historical range.

Butte College is one of the first colleges to offer the associate degrees for transfer with 20 Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree options. These degrees provide students with a streamlined, two year, 60-unit pathway that leads to guaranteed admission to a California State University. In May 2014 63 students earned one of these degrees – this number will continue to grow. This program is designed to increase the number of four-year bachelor's degrees by streamlining the transfer process and limiting the number of units students are required to take.

The Butte College Associated Students (A.S.) funded and supported over 30 clubs and three essential programs on campus: The A.S. Culture and Community Center (CCC), the A.S. Sustainability Resource Center (SRC), and the A.S. Chico Center Student Lounge (CCL).

On November 5, the Butte College Student Veteran's Organization (SVO), led by SVO President Brian Flower, organized a memorable Veterans Day Celebration. The celebration offered guests the opportunity to hear inspiring remarks from guest speaker Dan Hiney of the Wheelers for the Wounded (WFTW) - California Chapter, who spoke of his experiences during Operation Desert Storm and his passion for helping veterans with similar experiences.

The Annual President's Student Athlete Awards Luncheon was celebrated during May 2014 on the Campus Athletics lawn. Recognition was given to 35 student athletes who maintained a 3.0 or above GPA, and 13 top sophomore student athletes received academic recognition. Thirteen coaches representing 8 sports also received awards. Special recognition awards went to athletes from Cross-Country, Track and Field, and Football.

Honoring Alumni
At the Butte College Foundation Spring Gala in March 2014, Butte College honored two outstanding alumni of the year, Mary Mooney of Mooney Farms, and John E. McAmis of J.E. McAmis, Inc. The Spring Gala is an annual fundraiser that supports student scholarships, services, programs, and athletics. Click here to read more about our 2013-2014 Outstanding Alumni of the Year.

John McAmis and his wife Renee gave back to the college by creating a John and Renee McAmis Veterans Scholarship in memory of those who died serving our country. Beginning in fall 2015, this scholarship will be offered to student veterans attending Butte College.

Board of Trustees
In February 2014, Trustee Fred R. Perez was honored as "Alumnus of the Year 2013" by the Orland Alumni Association and was the recipient of Umpqua Bank's "Good Deed Award" in November 2013.

In May 2014, Trustee Tom McLaughlin was honored by the Community College League of California with a "Fulfilling the Trust" award for community college trustees with 20 years of service.

Throughout the year, the Board of Trustees took quite a few notable actions, including approval of numerous new courses, revisions to existing and approval of new Board Policies, approval of a new Certificate of Achievement in Law Enforcement Academy – Basic, approval of new Associate of Arts Degree and Certificate of Achievement – Recording Arts, approval of new Associate for Transfer Degrees - Agricultural Business and Journalism, adoption of a resolution in support of Community Colleges offering Baccalaureate Degrees, adoption of the 2014-2015 final budget, and adoption of a resolution authorizing issuance of 2015 general obligation refunding bonds. At the most recent meeting on December 10, Trustees Boeger, McLaughlin, and Perez were all sworn in as reelected Trustees.

Plans, Plans, and More Plans
Over the course of the year, many of our great faculty, staff, and students took part in creating (and revising) numerous District plans that align with our Educational Master Plan.

Most of these plans have been approved by the Board of Trustees, with just a few that will be presented to the Board upon our return from break. Board of Trustee-approved plans include the Educational Master Plan, Student Equity Plan, and Student Support Services Programs Plan (SSSP). In the spring, the Board will be presented with the Human Resources and EEO Plan, the Facilities Master Plan, the Technology Master Plan, and the Outcomes Assessment Plan. Additionally, the college recently completed its Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report. This document was recently approved by the Board of Trustees.

There are so many people who were instrumental to the successful development of our plans and the Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report, so I will simply say thank you for all of your efforts and we could not have done it without you.

Our Great Faculty and Staff
The Technology Center was awarded three multi-million dollar system-wide technology grants from the Board of Governors of the California Community College Chancellor's Office, including the Online Education Initiative (awarded to Foothill-De Anza Community College District, in partnership with Butte College, the Common Assessment Initiative, and the Education Planning Initiative. These grants aim to improve student success and completion for all California Community College students by placing students more effectively in English and math, making it easier for students to develop educational plans to stay on track, and improving access to impacted courses needed for transfer to CSU.

Our Facilities Planning & Management Department has been busy over the last year. While the campus is on break throughout the year for various holidays, during spring break, and over the summer, FPM is hard at work completing projects to make our campus more beautiful and more efficient in our operations. Some of these projects include construction on the new dugouts, storage shed, and press box at the softball field, a remodel of the Regional Testing Center, and a Building Automation System that utilized Proposition 39 funds and PG&E incentive funds.

During the upcoming holiday break, FPM will be busy yet again! When you return, you may notice some upgrades to the electrical system at the Welding Machine Shop, a new electrical outlet in the Student Lounge at the Chico Center, repairs to the SAS building domestic water system, and a missing hazardous Eucalyptus tree in Parking Lot 3.

As you can see, there have been many great accomplishments throughout the year. What's more amazing is that this list just touches upon some of what you have done as a campus community to make Butte College so successful.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday break and I look forward to a great 2015 as well!