RLC men, women claim Indoor Track titles
The RLC men and women grabbed the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships after overwhelmingly overcoming their opponents from an overall field of 55 teams. The event was held last weekend at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Women's Track Coach Denny Myers was named Coach of the Year, and Myers and Men's Track Coach Brent McLain were both named Coaches of the Meet.
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Cristaudo to head VESTA grant project
Appointed Rachel Cristaudo as VESTA Project Coordinator effective April 1. At the November 2007 regular meeting, the board learned that RLC has been selected to participate in a grant project with Missouri State University's Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA). RLC will receive about $500,000 over the next four years as its portion of the grant, which totals about $2.927 million and is funded by the National Science Foundation. This will allow RLC to offer online courses as part of curricula in both viticulture (the study of grapes and vineyards) and enology (the study of wine and the making of wine). Associate degrees and occupational certificates will be available as part of the project. Cristaudo has experience in this business, including marketing and advertising the wine industry. She holds a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Stallman to lead Upward Bound
Appointed Leah Stallman as Upward Bound Project Director effective April 1. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Rend Lake College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Services. She has been the social worker in the Optional Education Program at Operation Rebound in Carbondale and previously worked at RLC as a Teen Parent Services Case Manager. She also has experience as a family case manager at the Adolescent Health Center.
Thomas to become new Student Trustee
Learned that Luke Thomas (Springerton) was the winner of the 2008 Student Trustee election. He will be seated at the April 8 Board of Trustees meeting. Thomas is a May 2007 graduate of Hamilton County Senior High School and currently is in his second semester as a full-time RLC student. The Agricultural Production and Management major won the Ag Production Tuition Waiver for summer and fall 2007 and spring 2008 and holds a 3.897 grade-point average.
Cunningham transfers to LEC
Transferred Sue Cunningham from the position of Kumon Center Director to Learning Enhancement Specialist effective April 1. Cunningham will oversee the Learning Enhancement Center on campus.
Tennyson becomes temporary OFTC faculty
Appointed Lynndi Tennyson as temporary full-time Office Systems Technology Instructor effective Feb. 19 through May 9. Tennyson holds a Master of Arts Degree in English and has taught part-time at both RLC and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Insurance dividend check presented
The board was presented an insurance dividend check for $7,860, the first of three anticipated annual installments with a grand total of $31,440. The check was presented by Gary Hill of MH Insurance Center of Marion and Jeff Weber of Insurance Program Managers Group through the Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust Program.
Nursing Professor Benns retiring
Accepted with regret the retirement of Deborah Benns as Associate Degree Nursing Professor effective May 15, 2009. Benns, the recipient of the 2007 RLCF Faculty Excellence Award, has taught full-time at the college since August 1990. Benns said when she began teaching part-time in the Practical Nursing program, she wasn't sure if she would like it, but after a couple of months, she was "hooked." She went on to earn both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in nursing and then became a full-time instructor. "I have truly enjoyed every day of my classroom and clinical work, and I hope that my dedication to my students has made and will continue to make a positive impression on this institution. Thank you for the opportunity to fulfill a dream," Benns wrote in her retirement letter.
Community Ed's Dawn Gibson retiring
Accepted with regret the retirement of Dawn Gibson, Community Education Director, effective June 30. Gibson has been with the college full-time since August 1999. "Words cannot express my feelings regarding my nine-year tenure at Rend Lake College. Suffice it to say I am leaving with a sense of pride and accomplishment that I have never before experienced," Gibson wrote in her retirement letter. Gibson was a recipient of the 2004 RLC Outstanding Staff Award.
Upward Bound / STARS's Waterbury leaving
Accepted with regret the resignation of Barbara Waterbury, Administrative Assistant for the Upward Bound and Student Transfer and Retention Support programs, effective March 7. "I have always been proud to be a part of the STARS and Upward Bound programs and have always promoted Rend Lake College and its successes within the community," Waterbury said.
New program, courses approved
Approved a new program, Disaster Communications, and 11 new courses and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. The new courses include Educational Assessment, High Beginning ESL (English as a Second Language), Music Theory III and IV, Aural Skills III and IV, Skills Evaluator Seminar, Disaster Communications, Basic Workforce Skills I, Intermediate Workforce Skills I and Advanced Workforce Skills I.
In other business, the board ...
o Learned that the RLC 2008 Spring Musical, "Cinderella," which was held last Thursday through Sunday, sold out all four performances.
o Approved administrative procedures regarding strategic planning and fees, and a revision to board policy (first reading) regarding Board of Trustees vacancies.
Mark your calendars ...
o Great Collaborators, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, RLC Theatre.
o RLC Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, RLC Theatre.
o Board / Faculty / Staff Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.
o Commencement, 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, Gymnasium.