A massive effort to gather the entire history of Pratt Community College is underway. Funding for the project and establishing an area to hold the historical archives are the two of the biggest challenges facing the PCC Foundation, said Foundation Director Ann Ruder at the PCC Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.
So far, the Foundation has amassed over 23,000 photos. Putting those photos on DVDs at Walmart would cost the Foundation $6,500. Deciding what format to use for the pictures is also a major cost element of the project.
Right now, PCC has almost no space to handle a project of this size. But with just the items college has collected now, would take a very sizable facility to house it all, Ruder said.
Determining which items to put on display and which items could go into storage will also take a lot of time. Finding someone or some group to tackle that task is going to be key to the success of this venture.
Funding options for consideration include the PCC Foundation, library funds and college funds.
Other community colleges are also considering historical archives and they have similar questions to PCC. Hutchinson Community College has lots of questions including what is the purpose, who will use it, is the archive worth the start up cost, where will it be located, how will it be accessible, how will climate controls be operated, how will growth be handled and where will the money come from for cabinets, supplies, machinery etc?
The Trustees and Ruder determined a joint committee with members from the Foundation and the Trustees to construct some policies and rules.
The committee would be entrusted with determining what would be on display and what goes into storage.
Besides the pictures, other items include newspaper articles, several college bulletins, yearbooks, articles in the Pratt American, flyers, scrapbooks and numerous other memorabilia.
In other business:
Lisa Miller, vice president of student/enrollment management, said that fall enrollment for 2014 is up three from a year ago at this time and that was an encouraging sign for the fall.
Kurt McAfee, PCC athletic director said the men’s basketball team and the baseball team had not enrolled for fall yet and that would impact enrollment numbers.
President Michael Calvert said he wanted to see a new business model for the PCC rodeo. He wants the community to get involved because right now, the rodeo loses money every year. Former PCC Vice President of Instruction Jim Stratford has volunteered to serve as a community chair to work towards more involvement.