New Trustees seated, officers chosen
At Tuesday's meeting, the college welcomed newly elected Board of Trustees members Randy Rubenacker (Dahlgren), John Kabat (Scheller) and Eric Black (Mt. Vernon). Rubenacker is the co-owner and manager of Rubenacker Farms Partnership in Dahlgren and 4R Equipment, a McLeansboro farm equipment dealership which dates back to 1987. He also sits the Board of Directors of the Rend Lake College Foundation. Kabat is a long-time agriculture education instructor and FFA sponsor at Mt. Vernon Township High School. Black is the pharmacy manager at The Medicine Shoppe in Mt. Vernon.
The board selected officers as well: Chair Bryan Drew, Vice Chair Ed Cunningham and Secretary John Kabat. Trustee Marvin Scott was chosen to continue his duties as the board's Illinois Community College Trustees Association representative, and Bob Carlock, Vice President of Finance and Administration, was named Treasurer. In addition, the law firm of Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Hewson of Carbondale was again appointed board attorney.
Outgoing Trustee David Edmison was presented with a commemorative gavel and a framed certificate in honor of his 18 years with the board. "It has been a real honor to serve," Edmison said. He said he had met many great people over the years and said he believes he is "leaving the board in good hands." Drew said Edmison had been an integral part of the board and a vocal proponent for the college.
Nowak joins Big Muddy instructional staff
Appointed John Ben Nowak as Horticulture Instructor at Big Muddy River Correctional Center effective after approval from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Nowak holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and most recently served as an arborist and horticulturist for Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.
Robert, Crouse take administrative duties in Allied Health Division
The board approved revisions to board policy concerning stipends for the Allied Health Division Chair and the Director of Nursing (first reading), and appointed two existing employees to fill those positions. Kim Robert, currently the Radiologic Technology Program Director, was appointed Allied Health Division Chair. Barbara Crouse, Practical Nursing Professor, was appointed Director of Nursing.
Permission to hire two Executive Assistants
Granted permission to hire an Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Career Technical Instruction and an Executive Assistant to the Dean of Special Programs, and to ratify both appointments at the June 14 Board of Trustees meeting. The position in Career Technical Instruction has been vacant since March 2010, and the position in Special Programs will become vacant with the retirement of Brenda Garvin at the end of May.
Additional programmer / analyst to be sought
Granted permission to advertise for an additional programmer / analyst. This position is needed to assist with data conversion, testing, validation and report creation for RLC's current and future Enterprise Resource Planning system requirements.
Two employees moving on
Accepted with regret the resignations of:
• Chris McCann, Director of Correctional Education at Big Muddy River Correctional Center, effective June 30, 2011. He has accepted a position as superintendent of Kell Elementary School. He said in his resignation letter that as both a former student and employee of RLC, "I not only believe whole-heartedly in the college's mission, but consider myself to be a living example of it. As an alumnus, I look to the future and am excited about opportunities through which I can continue to support the college and give back to an organization that has given me so much."
• John Laughhunn, Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator, effective April 15. "I appreciate the opportunities I have been given here, and wish the program much success in the future," Laughhunn wrote in her letter of resignation.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved two new courses (Digital Radiography and PACS, and Inside-Out Prison Exchange), prefix changes to 19 courses (from NURS to EMS) and withdrawal of six NURS courses and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action.
• Approved the list of obsolete materials. These materials will be sold at auction at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at the 4-H Building on the west side of campus.
• Approved a revision to the amount of coverage needed under a surety bond for the district as required by state statute. The amount must be no less than 25 percent of the total of all bonds, notes, mortgages, moneys and effects of which the Treasurer is to have custody. After a review of current cash balances, investments held and bonds outstanding, it was determined that the college needs a surety bond in an amount no less than $17,783,879 to meet the legal requirement for the protection of the district's counties and the state of Illinois.
Mark your calendars …
• Board / Faculty / Staff Recognition, 3 p.m. Friday, May 6, RLC Theatre.
• Registered Nurse Pinning Ceremony, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, RLC Gymnasium.
• Commencement, 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, RLC Gymnasium.