The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 57
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 57

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, February 2, 1986
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 PageSZl Finance deficit is Mary mount president's first challenge By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer Stories of an impending shakeup of Marymount College's athletic and academic programs suddenly became true in January, with the announcement that the college faces a $300,000 operating deficit at the end of the current school year. The news, contained in a 25-page report written by newly hired President Dan Johnson, devastated supporters of athletics and left some faculty questioning whether the college could continue to call itself a liberal arts college, with no foreign language departments and only one full-time history professor. Among the recommendations to balance the school's budget were: • Reduce the number of faculty members by 25 percent • Eliminate Spanish classes. Eliminate the bachelor's degree in religious studies, which would be replaced with an associate degree. Eliminate the-music performance major. Reduce the theater production budget by $5,000 which would mean the department would produce three rather than four major .shows a year. • Reduce athletic operating budgets by $46,300, including cutting $40,000 from men's basketball and eliminating men's and women's track and women's Softball. The athletic scholarship budget would be reduced from $175,000 to $50,000 within three years. The cutbacks were necessary, Johnson said, to cope with a 34 percent drop in enrollment over the past five years and a lower than originally anticipated fund raising total for 1985-86. Johnson attributed some of the decline in enrollment to large graduating classes for the past two years. Last May, 138 seniors graduated from the college. In January 1985, when the college drew up its budget for the 1985-86 school year, the report states that officials projected a full- time enrollment of 400 and fund-raising revenue of $702,000. By June, however, the expectations for fund raising had dropped to $625,000 and in the fall only 353 full-time students enrolled, a decline of 23 from a year earlier, the report says. The college's budget has been balanced in three of the past five years, but Johnson said in the report that is due to "large, non- repeatable gifts and/or the expenditure of (physical) plant funds." Similar gifts are not expected this year. To address the projected $300,000 debt, $500,000 —15 percent of the college's operating budget —will be reallocated from programs reduced or eliminated. The money will be used to pay off the debt and enhance programs officials feel have growth potential. Some of the enhancements include: • Employing a director of freshman services who would be responsible for counseling freshmen and would help balance enrollments in general education classes. • The establishment of a bachelor of science degree in health care administration. • Increasing faculty salaries by an average of 3.5 percent starting with the 1986-87 school year. Also, $20,000 would be spent to begin a faculty health insurance program. • Allocating $20,000 to purchase computers and software for business, nursing, education, psychology and science courses. • Hiring a part-time person to direct the residence hall staff, at a cost of $7,000. Also career services and job placement services would be expanded at a cost of $10,000. Intramural sports would be expanded at a cost of $5,000. The number of films and lectures presented would increase and additional recreational equipment for residence Finances seemed to be on a sound footing when Dan Johnson took off ice last June. halls would be purchased, all at a cost of $10,000. • Beginning a soccer team at a cost of $15,000. Johnson said the reconfiguration of priorities within the college does not mean reduced or eliminated programs were unnecessary. "It is not saying that programs weren't good or that they haven't done a great job in the past, but it's to say in light of what we see ahead that this array of priorities is best likely to help Marymount College continue to do what it's always done well and even become stronger in the future," Johnson said. The cutbacks and enhancements were accepted as inevitable by some faculty and staff, disdained by others. Gerald Gillespie, assistant professor of psychology, thought the cutbacks were well thought out. Psychology is one of the departments, along with nursing, business accounting, education and science, slated to receive new computer equipment under Johnson's plan. "A lot of these moves were moves that were necessary," he said. A religious studies professor, teaching in one of the areas targeted for reduction, saw the cuts differently. "If you start cutting staff, how are you going to have time and energy to develop new programs?" said the professor, who asked to remain anonymous. Former basketball coach Ken Cochran was particularly upset over the school's decision to reduce its commitment to men's bas- ketball.which has produced 15 consecutive 20- win seasons. Cochran believes the program is a vital public-relations tool. "The basketball program, because of its visibility, gives somebody a common denominator people can visit about and one which can sell other programs," Cochran said. Johnson, however, gave college supporters an indication that his proposals were not set in stone. At a press conference following the Marymount Board of Trustees meeting where the recommendations were approved, Johnson gave supporters until March to come forward with financial support for the programs targeted for cutbacks. Marymount hired Johnson in May from Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, where he had served as president for nine years. He took over the Marymount presidency July 1, succeeding John Murry who now is employed with Brown Industries. During his tenure at Mount St. Clare, Johnson erased an operating deficit at the school that ranged between $20,000 to $40,000 a year. The school also doubled its enrollment during his presidency and added four-year graduate degree programs in business administration and accounting. Johnson was born in Oklahoma City but raised in Hutchinson. Johnson received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College in St. Louis, Mo., in 1964. He received a masters degree in philosophy in 1967 and a doctorate in philosophy in 1971, both from the University of Kansas. Johnson inherited the presidency at a time when Marymount appeared to be fiscally stable. The school paid off a federal loan on Antoinette Hall, the women's residence hall. Taking advantage of a U.S. Department of Education College Housing Discount Program, Marymount was able to pay off the $580,000 loan principal with a payment of $246,657. In 1985, Marymount's accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was extended through the decade of the 1980s. Three years ago ownership of Marymount was transferred from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia to the Salina Diocese. Staff writer Jessica Card also contributed to this story. Future (Continued from Page S19) rificed. The average ACT score of students entering the college last fall was 19.3. That was down from the 21 average in 1984, but above the scores for the two preceding years and above the 18.5 national average. The attrition rate has so far held fairly steady around 12 percent, Tiller said. In keeping with its church affiliation, Wesleyan has been aggressively recruiting Methodist students through church contacts, one-on-one meetings of admissions counselors with prospective students and their parents and an expanded telemarketing program. The college is also stepping up efforts to recruit out-of-state students, especially those from surrounding Midwestern states. * * * As chairman of the faculty last year, Janet Juhnke observed the changes which took place after Stanton took over. She agrees with the assessment that morale is high and that the quality of the educational program has not been diluted by cost- cutting measures. Juhnke said fa- Juhnke cutty members now feel their ideas have much more influence on the administration than was formerly the case. They appreciate that. But she also emphasizes faculty concern over continuing low salaries. A survey completed last April by the American Association of University Professors indicated that Kansas Wesleyan ranked near the bottom among Kansas colleges in faculty pay. The average salary for professors, at the top of the academic ranks, was $20,708 for the 1984-85 term. The average for professors at Kansas State University that year was $37,900. "(Faculty) salaries are nearly the same as they were four years ago," Juhnke said. "We feel so good about enrollment ... but if we don't get some salary raises for next year, I think it will be difficult to sustain high morale." "We've lost some good people in certain areas - mainly because of . uncertainly about salaries and about programs." As an English professor, Juhnke shares with her colleagues in other traditional liberal arts areas a concern that those programs — which have been Kansas Wesleyan's focus in the past — may be cut because of declining student interest. "I think the board is wanting us to look at all programs in terms of the cost and students.they bring in.... "I don't know of any cuts that are contemplated, but the crisis is not over at Kansas Wesleyan." Phillips born in Scotland Col. William A. Phillips was the founder of Salina. In 1857 he decided to locate a town and chose the site where Salina now stands. Phillips was born in Scotland on Jan. 14,1824, and came to America in his youth. Past (Continued from Page S19) past year at a cost of about $6,000. The early sixties were marked by the laying of the cornerstone for Murray A. Wilson Hall in 1961. The Hall was originally built as a men's dormitory and, now is a women's dormitory. Wilson, owner of Wilson and Company Engineers from 1932 to 1959, was a benefactor of the college. In 1969, the beginning of Paul W. Renich's term as president, the cornerstone was laid for the Fredrick Conrad Peters Hall of Science, named for a 41-year faculty member, and the New Men's Dorm opened on a site which formerly included Roach House and Schuyler Hall. Renich resigned in 1973, and C.M. Fogleman Jr. served briefly as interim president until Daniel L. Bratton arrived to begin a 10-year term at the Wesleyan helm. ' The newest campus building, Muir Gymnasium, was built in 1981. The gymnasium portion of the new physical education facility was named in honor of the late Bob D. Muir, Salina farmer and stockman. A gift of $500,000 received in September 1979 from an anonymous donor carried the stipulation the gym be dedicated in Muir's memory. In 1976 Aaron Schuyler, Glenn Martin and Murray A. Wilson were recognized as the first Kansas Wesleyan Hall of Fame honorees. In 1977, Albert H. King was elected to the hall of fame, along with Ann Curphey Brown, a former student who later became a high Methodist Church official. Elected later were KW alumni Grover Cobb, a broadcasting executive, and Dr. Herlan Loyd, a California hematologist, in 1978; former KW football coach and athletic director Gene Bissell in 1979; United Methodist Bishop Ernest Dixon Jr. in 1980; alumni Glen G. Eye, a nationally recognized researcher, author and lecturer, and Emice Dyck, high school teacher, in 1981. No one has been added since 1981, but the school plans to enshrine new members to the Hall of Fame as part of its centennial celebrations. One of Wesleyan's older traditions, the Lilac Fete, was begun in 1940 by Fern Fitzpatrick McCarty, an instructor of English literature, as a festival and dance to celebrate the arrival of spring. However, dancing was frowned upon by the Methodist Church of the day and the planned event attracted many letters of protest from ministers in the conference. A week before the scheduled formal, the school administration decided a dance could not be allowed on the campus. In its place, a program was held at which was begun the tradition of crowning a Miss Wesleyan. The postwar flood of veterans in 1946 brought about a relaxation of the church restrictions. Dancing was permitted and a formal was added to the Lilac Fete program. The Rev. Marshall P. Stanton is currently serving as president of Wesleyan. He took over the office on an interim basis when Bratton resigned, and a few months later was hired as Bratton's successor. During Wesleyan's centennial year tributes will be paid to three specific facets of its heritage at three special events. Education will be the topic at Founders Day Feb. 19. Church will be the focus during the Kansas West. Annual Conference May 27-30. And a community celebration will take place during the Festival of the Pioneers Oct. 10-12. Julie Lohmeyer, Kansas Wesleyan's associate director of development, contributed to this story. ROSSROADS OLLISION, INC. 1334 N.Ohio Salina, Ks. (913)823-5057 Our Professional Service is Offered with a Style Matched by Few in the Following Areas: * Heavy Duty Truck Frame & Cab Correction * Automotive Frame & Body Correction * Truck & Automotive Lazer Frame Gauging * Aluminum & Steel Mig Welding * Fleet Refinishing "We're the Class of the Truck and Auto Body Business" Mickey Nicholson Mike Anderson Mile North of Old Hiway 40 on Ohio Street. 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