Lease / option approved for computer purchases
Approved entering into a municipal lease and option agreement with Community National Bank in Benton for the purchase of desktop computers, servers and related equipment. This lease and agreement will allow the college to finance the purchase over a five-year period at a total cost of $375,322.50. The first of five annual payments of $72,064.50 begins next January; the applicable interest rate will be 3.75 percent. According to administrative rationale provided, "Following a strategic planning process, the college has established a five-year master plan in regard to technology and improvements to ensure the college maintains its competitive edge by staying abreast of changes in technology."
Enrollment headed for another all-time high?
A preliminary enrollment report for Fiscal Year 2004 indicates a potential record high on top of two straight years of record figures. Following a 31.8% Summer Term increase (7,534 credit hours) and 6.5% Fall Semester increase (31,162), RLC's Spring Beginning of Term figure of 30,146 compares favorably with last spring's previous all-time high of 28,499.
Policy, Procedure addressed for Student I.D.
Approved a new Administrative Policy (on first reading) regarding a Student Identification plan to be developed by the Administration. Approved an Administrative Procedure re: the Student I.D. system which states, "Students are required to have a Rend Lake College photo I.D. to rent or buy textbooks. I.D. photos are taken in the Security Office located in the Student Center. There is no charge for the I.D. card."
Educational Technology Specialist described
Approved revisions to Administrative Procedures dealing with Job Descriptions.
-- Specialist - Educational Technology was established, largely to work with faculty regarding the development of online courses; applying emerging technologies as required and integrating them for instructional application, and working with faculty instructional design teams to create projects which will include designing, authoring, testing, evaluating and revising presentations and courseware. This individual also will assist in the preparation of lab materials, maintain equipment and other inventory and maintain/update the RLC web site in cooperation with the marketing team.
-- A minor change was made in the Manager's position for the RLC Coffee Shop, which was approved in November.
Stipend for Sports Writer position increased
Approved revisions to Administrative Procedures related to Stipends. The stipend for a Sports Writer to help publicize athletic endeavors was increased to $4,000 for each semester as a result of additional job duties assigned.
Tenure list approved for state submission
In other routine business matters, approved revisions to Administrative Procedures as they relate to Tenure. The list provided adds new hires, eliminates those no longer working at the college and indicates any moves within the various academic divisions. This matter of housekeeping is required by February 1 annually to meet state statutes.
Huie appointed Assistant to V-P of Instruction
Jean Huie, a member of the full-time Rend Lake College staff since 1989, was named Assistant to the Vice-President of Instruction on a 48-week, nontenure-track contract, retroactive to January 5. Huie served as Department Secretary from 1989-99 for the Math, Science, Education and Business programs; the last five years she has held a similar Administrative Assistant position with the Applied Science Division. She was one of 55 applicants for the position. Huie recently completed her Associate in Applied Science Degree from Rend Lake College.
Ray named Assistant to Dean of Instruction
Gretchen Ray, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, was appointed Assistant to the Dean of Instruction on a 50-week, full-time, nontenure-track contract, also retroactive to January 5. Ray has been Business Office Manager since May for the Community Alternatives Illinois-South and before that Office Manager from 2001-03 at Freeman Environmental Services, Inc. She earned her Associate Degree from John A. Logan College and her B.A. through University of Washington in 2001.
Smith tabbed Children's Center Operations Aide
A new position was filled with the appointment of Caroline Smith as Operations Assistant for the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Assistant. It is a temporary, 50-week, full-time, nontenure-track position for the period of January 5-June 30. The position is needed due to a vacancy in the Director's position. Smith was hired in September as a Full-Time Toddler Teacher and before that worked as a Preschool Lead Teacher for TLC of Southern and Central Illinois Inc. She has an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Child Development from RLC.
Adult Ed's Cox leaving for SIUE position
Accepted with regret the resignation of Adult Education and Literacy Director Linda Cox, who has accepted a position as the Adult Education Specialist with the Southern Illinois Professional Development Center through Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Her last day at RLC will be January 14. Cox has worked in various capacities in the Rend Lake College Skills Center for the past 11 years.
Permission also was given to hire a Director of Adult Education and Literacy, with ratification at a subsequent meeting, and to revisions in the job description.
Stover new Receptionist for Studio RLC
Learned of the recent hiring of Keyla Stover as Receptionist for the Cosmetology program's Studio RLC at the Market-Place in Mt. Vernon. The Bluford resident started her new position January 6.
Unpaid leave of absence granted BMR's Stark
Trustees, contingent upon approval by the Illinois Department of Corrections, granted an unpaid leave of absence for 15 working days to RLC's Big Muddy River Correctional Center Director of Correctional Education Mary Stark, effective January 19. Rest at home was advised by her physician.