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VC plans to add acoustic shell to Leo J. Welder Center

Feb. 24, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2013 at 8:24 p.m.

Sue Prudhomme


WHAT: Victoria College Board of Trustees Special Meeting

WHEN: 4 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Corporate Training Room, Academic Building, Room 101, 2200 E. Red River St.


The Victoria College board also is expected Monday to:

• Discuss a proposed Quality Enhancement Plan and related budget.

• Hear vice president's report on spring enrollment report (credit and non-credit courses) and an update on changes to Faculty Credentials and Qualifications Handbook.

•  Discuss the compliance certificate for its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The organization's approval of the college's accreditation will take place in June 2014. Once the organization approves the plan, VC will begin its five-year Quality Enhancement Plan.

•  Consider orders changing precinct lines to conform to city ordinance.

•  Consider resolution to designate a permanent change to the location of the main early voting polling place.

Better acoustics are on the horizon for Victoria College's public performance center.

The purchase of an acoustic shell will be considered by the college board of trustees at a special meeting Monday afternoon.

Sue Prudhomme, VC's director of cultural affairs, said the new shell would allow the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts to reach more in the community.

"The shell will make the building's acoustics sound better for our choir and nonamplified performances," Prudhomme said. "The shell will broaden our opportunities for different types of presentations and opportunities. We want to see more events happening at the facility."

The estimated cost for the shell is $70,000, said Prudhomme.

Funds for the new shell have been provided by the Cloyde and Ethel Lee Tracy Foundation. The Welder Center received a $90,000 grant for the purchase and implementation of the acoustic shell.

Prudhomme has reserved three weeks for the addition of the shell.

The board members will also consider an investment in hiring an exhibit designer for the Museum of the Coastal Bend's La Salle Odyssey exhibit.

"As far as the museum and Welder Center go, they both serve the students and public," said VC board chairman Ronald B. Walker. "We want to have the best possible facilities for teaching our students and at the same time provide access to the general public."



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