New Student Trustee seated
At Tuesday's meeting, new Student Trustee Caleb Buntin of Thompsonville was officially seated for the coming year. He replaces outgoing Student Trustee Kody Schwarze, who was presented a plaque by Board of Trustees Chair Dave Edmison for his service. Edmison thanked Schwarze for the valuable insight and comments he has provided to the board over the past year.
One bid approved, two others sought
Accepted the low bid of $102,300 from Joiner Sheet Metal and Roofing Inc. of Greenville for the Science Building roof replacement project. Seven bids were received. Protection, Health and Safety funds will be used to pay for the project.
The board also granted permission to seek bids on two other projects. One is Welding Lab Phase III, which includes 11 welding booths on the north end of the existing lab at an estimated cost of $84,994. The expenditures for the booths and accessories, estimated at $78,379, will be funded by the Department of Labor grant. All costs associated with the in-house renovation work to prepare for the new booths, estimated at $6,615, will be paid with institutional funds.
Permission also was granted to bid five automation training units at an approximate cost of $55,000. The purchase is necessary to meet the needs for Continental Tire of the Americas Inc., a partner in the Department of Labor Community-Based Job Training grant. The purchase also will contribute to the sustainability of the college's Industrial Electronics and Maintenance program after the grant period. The equipment will be purchased with grant proceeds.
Three retirements, one resignation accepted
Accepted with regret the retirement resignations of:
• Ginger Hogan, Administrative Assistant in the Communications and Information Department, effective June 30. She has been employed full-time with RLC since October 1994. "I have loved every day I have spent at Rend Lake College, the people I have worked with, and the students that I have come in contact with. Although I may no longer be the 'Voice of Rend Lake College,' I will always be a 'Voice FOR Rend Lake College,'" Hogan wrote in her retirement letter.
• Bonnie Tolbert, Practical Nursing Professor, effective May 31. In her retirement letter, Tolbert wrote, "Mere words cannot express my feelings of fulfillment from my tenure here at Rend Lake College. I thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development that have been provided to me during my time with the college. It has been an honor and privilege to be part of the ongoing mission of this highly respected institution." Tolbert has been employed full-time with RLC since August 1996.
• Brenda Garvin, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Special Programs, effective May 31. She has been employed full-time since September 1997. "I have worked for Rend Lake College for 18 years and made many lifelong friends. I have enjoyed working with dedicated faculty and staff who strive to help students meet their educational and personal goals," Garvin wrote.
Additionally, the board accepted with regret the resignation of Shelly Kuhns, Allied Health Division Chair, effective May 13. "I have sincerely appreciated the opportunity to serve the students of the RLC district in this capacity for the 2010-2011 academic year. I have learned a great deal and will take that knowledge with me as I progress into new areas in my career," Kuhns wrote.
New certificate, two new courses approved
Approved a new two-semester Culinary Arts occupational certificate as well as two new courses, Instructional Methods Workshop and Advanced Instructional Methods, and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. The two new courses are designed specifically for Rend Lake College faculty members who will be teaching online courses.
In other business, the board ...
• Set the out-of-district tuition rate at $142.50 per credit hour beginning with Summer Term 2011. ICCB guidelines state that the college may set the out-of-district tuition rate for all other credit instruction offered by the college at a minimum of 1.5 times the highest in-district tuition rate of any of its neighboring contiguous college districts. It was determined that Southwestern Illinois College's rate of $95 per credit hour was the highest and was used to compute RLC's out-of-district rate.
Mark your calendars …
• Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, RLC Theatre.
• Illinois Community College Trustees Association Southeast Region Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, Aquatics Center Patio.
• Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, seating of newly elected trustees and reorganization.
• Board / Faculty / Staff Recognition, 3 p.m. Friday, May 6, RLC Theatre.
• Commencement, 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, RLC Gymnasium.