HLC Self-Study completed, visit upcoming
Heard a report from Chris Kuberski, Interim Vice President of Academic Instruction, on the status of the Self-Study which was recently completed in preparation for the Higher Learning Commission's reaccreditation visit, scheduled for Nov. 17-19. The Self-Study is a major part of this process and acts as a reflective, honest evaluation of the college as a whole. The document and an accompanying Executive Summary have been completed and printed. The Self-Study identified the college's core strength (collaborative educational experiences), continuing focus (student learning assessment) and core challenge (gathering, organizing, evaluating and sharing institutional information). Two recommendations of the report were to consider hiring an Institutional Researcher and a Human Resources Officer, and the board asked Interim President Charley Holstein to look into these matters and bring his recommendations back to the board.
2008 tax levy adopted
Adopted the 2008 tax levy (payable 2009), to be filed in accord with Truth in Taxation compliance laws. The total increase (0.886 percent) is not greater than 105 percent of the prior year's levy, therefore the college is not required to conduct a Truth in Taxation hearing.
Welding lab renovation bids sought
Granted permission to advertise, ratify and award a bid for the renovation of the Welding lab. Fourteen welding booths are needed to accommodate the demand for certified stainless steel welders for Bechtel Construction Co. in support of the Department of Labor grant. The estimated cost of the booths is $96,240 and the cost of the in-house renovation is an additional $12,897. The bid will be awarded at the Nov. 4 Board of Trustees meeting.
Wilkerson takes reins of Applied Science and Technology Division
Appointed Terry Wilkerson as Interim Applied Science and Technology Division Chair effective immediately. The position was vacant due to the resignation of Dr. Sarah Bond. Wilkerson has demonstrated strong leadership, organizational and instructional skills, all necessary components of the responsibilities of a division chair, according to administrative rationale. Wilkerson is an Agriculture Professor at RLC and has been employed full-time here since August 1997.
Tenure for Helm, Smith
Granted tenure to Computer Science Instructor Brad Helm and Culinary Arts Instructor Loughton Smith, effective Jan. 12, 2009. According to administrative rationale, Helm has made great improvements in the Computer Programming curriculum, including updated textbooks, revised syllabi and the introduction of special projects which have been used as assessment tools.
Smith was described as organized and prepared, strong skills that he communicates easily to his students. These skills along with his instruction style will aid Culinary Arts students in preparing for employment in the field.
Murray joins IT Department
Appointed Ronald Murray as Network Specialist effective Dec. 12. He has been a part-time Computer Science instructor and a part-time Network Specialist for RLC. He has an Associate in Applied Science Degree as an IT Systems Specialist and has occupational certificates in Novell Networking, Microsoft Windows Networking, A+ and Cisco Routing and Switching, all from RLC.
Allen earns permanent full-time status
Transferred Ashley Allen from temporary full-time STARS Counselor to permanent full-time status effective Oct. 15. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technology Education from Ohio State University.
Sims, Woolsey become full-time police officers
Appointed Damon Sims and Jeff Woolsey as police officers effective Oct. 15. Sims holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and an occupational certificate in Police Science from RLC. Woolsey has an Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from RLC.
Resource Development Specialist leaves
Accepted with regret the resignation of David Cole, Resource Development Specialist, effective Sept. 12. "I appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this college and to have been associated with many fine co-workers," Cole wrote in his resignation letter. In a related action, the board granted permission to hire and ratify a Resource Development Specialist at the November 4 meeting.
Two stipend positions vacated
Accepted with regret the resignation of Steve Holman as Head Scholar Bowl Coach and as General Education Assessment Committee member, both of which are stipend positions. Both resignations are effective Dec. 31. Holman will remain at RLC in his full-time capacity as Biology Associate Professor.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved a Student Safety Agreement effective Oct. 15 concerning potential hazards associated with art classes, materials and equipment.
• Approved federal per diem rates as established by the General Services Administration for Oct. 1, 2008, through Sept. 30, 2009.
• Approved revisions to administrative policy regarding stipends.
• Due to personnel changes, authorized certain college employees to access the college's safe deposit box. For similar reasons, a list of individuals authorized to serve as contacts for RLC's credit card accounts also was approved.
Mark your calendars ...
• RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.
• RLC Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 (rescheduled from Nov. 11 due to Veterans Day Holiday).
• RLC Theatre Fall Play, "A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 6-8, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, RLC Theatre.
• Higher Learning Commission Visit, Nov. 17-19.
• RLC Madrigal Dinner, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 20-22, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, RLC Theatre.
• RLC Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, RLC Theatre.
• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.