Coal Mining Training Center to be bid
Granted permission to advertise for bids for the construction of a new building to house the Coal Mining Training Center. Rend Lake College, with assistance from Eggemeyer Associates Inc., will design, engineer and construct a new 100-foot by 200-foot steel building for the purpose of coal mining training. It will include classroom and office space, operational coal mining equipment, and a mock mine. The estimated cost of the project is $1,192,992 and will be funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant. Projections call for bids to be brought before the Board of Trustees at the July meeting, with in-house site work being during the period from late May to the end of July.
Two programs, several courses approved
Approved Associate in Applied Science Degrees in Enology (the study of wine and the making of wine), Viticulture (the study of grapes and vineyards) and Welding Technology, as well as several courses, and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. The Enology and Viticulture degrees stem from a grant project in partnership with Missouri State University's Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance. The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Welding Technology will be an addition to the current Welding program, which features five occupational certificates.
Among the courses submitted for action are: Enology - Introduction to Enology, Winery Sanitation, Winery Equipment Operations, Intermediate Enology, Wine Production Internship, Cellar Operations Technology, Wine and Must Analysis, and Sensory Evaluation; Viticulture - Introduction to Viticulture and Vineyard Establishment, Winter/Spring Viticulture Technology, Summer/Fall Viticulture Technology, Integrated Pest Management, Midwest Vineyard Management, and Soils for Viticulture; and Nursing - International Trauma Life Support.
History of Rend Lake College project okayed
Entered an agreement with Bob Kelley to write the history of Rend Lake College from approximately 1972 through July 1, 2008. Howard Rollinson, the first Dean of Rend Lake College, wrote a book entitled "The First Fifteen Years," covering college history through 1972. If this history is not continued, it could be permanently lost. As a former Director of Marketing and Public Information and sports reporter, Kelley already is familiar with much of the material needed to update the history and has the necessary writing ability. The anticipated completion date will be November 2008.
Lease / loan agreement approved for purchase of computers
Approved entering a municipal lease and option agreement with Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Co. to finance $271,000 toward the purchase of computer equipment and accessories and authorized Vice President of Finance and Administration Larry West to sign any needed paperwork.
Career Fair a success
Heard a report from Kathy Craig, Director of the Center for Business Services, on the recent Career Fair held at RLC. Approximately 47 businesses were in attendance, and an estimated 500 students participated. RLC President Mark S. Kern praised the efforts of Craig and her colleagues in making the event a success.
In financial matters ...
Approved a revision to the amount of coverage needed under a surety bond for the college district as required by state statute. After reviewing current cash balances, investments held and bonds outstanding, it was determined that the college needs a surety bond of not less than $16,378,882.
Prusacki becomes Distance Learning & Media Technology Specialist
Employed Krystal Prusacki as Distance Learning and Media Technology Specialist effective May 16 and approved the accompanying job description. Prusacki holds a Bachelor's Degree in Radio and Television Production from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has taught Communications and Human Relations classes part-time at RLC since August 2007.
Ragland takes helm of Community Ed
Transferred Lori Ragland from Assistant Director of Community Education to Director of Community Education effective July 1. Current Director Dawn Gibson has announced her retirement. A full-time employee since April 2000, Ragland won the 2003 RLC Outstanding Staff Award.
In a related action, the board granted permission to hire a new Assistant Director of Community Education with ratification at the June 10 Board of Trustees meeting. The accompanying job description also was approved.
DOC staff to receive stipends
Approved a stipend payment for RLC staff members employed through contracts with the Illinois Department of Corrections. RLC has instructional programs at both Big Muddy River and Pinckneyville correctional centers. IDOC has requested that programs submit budget amendments to provide a stipend for staff. The money for the stipends is provided by DOC.
Criminal Justice Professor Heischmidt retiring
Accepted with regret the retirement resignation of Ed Heischmidt, Criminal Justice Professor, effective June 1, 2009. He has been with the college since August 1977.
Hallam, Greer, Hanson moving on
Accepted the resignations of: Yvonne Hallam, Coordinator of Program Development for the Adult Education and Literacy program, effective May 2; Brian Greer, Agricultural Mechanics Associate Professor, effective April 28; and Vanessa Hanson, Lead Child Care Provider at the RLC MarketPlace Early Childhood Center, effective May 14.
In other business, the board ...
o Approved reciprocal agreements with John A. Logan, Kaskaskia, Southwestern Illinois, Shawnee and Southeastern Illinois colleges. These agreements allow students to take programs at another college at in-district tuition rates if their sending college does not offer that program.
o Approved a memorandum of agreement with Southern Illinois University Carbondale to offer upper-division or graduate courses and degree completion programs for the students of the RLC district. SIUC currently offers the Weekend Bachelor of Science Degree program as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.
o Approved revisions to administrative procedures regarding stipends and job descriptions to account for a Men's Head Soccer Coach and Men's Assistant Soccer Coach.
o Approved a new administrative procedure regarding assessment of student learning and revisions to administrative procedures regarding course fees and the college organizational chart.
o Approved the list of obsolete materials to be sold at auction at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29.
Mark your calendars ...
o Board Retreat, 4 p.m. Friday, May 30, Private Dining Room.
o Higher Learning Commission Visit, Nov. 17-19.