Possible record enrollment this year
Interim Dean of Student Services Mary Bornheimer reported that 10th-day enrollment figures for Fall 2006 show 30,933 credit hours generated, down just 2.6 percent from last fall. However, hours generated by dual-credit classes in area high schools have not been recorded yet. Once these numbers come in, this could be another record. The previous fall semester record was set last fall, with 31,768 credit hours generated. The 2005-2006 school year was a record year, with 73,618 total credit hours generated.
Board shows its gratitude to Granberg
The board recognized State Rep. Kurt Granberg (D-107) for his help in getting $100,000 in previously allotted state money released for Culinary Arts facilities renovations. Plans call for a demonstration kitchen / dining area to be created in the Student Center. Granberg complemented the board and administration, saying they have been "a pleasure to work with." Vice President of Finance and Administration Bob Carlock said the college would not have been able to start the project without Granberg's help. "Kurt has been a good friend to Rend Lake College," said Board of Trustees Chairman Hunt Bonan.
Associate Degree Nursing Instructor incentive program approved
Rend Lake College, like all community colleges in the area, faces a shortage of qualified applicants for positions as Associate Degree Nursing instructors. State statutes require these candidates to possess a Master of Science in Nursing Degree and have two years of clinical experience. There are few MSN-prepared nurses in Southern Illinois, and most of those are working full-time in area hospitals.
The new incentive program will apply to any qualified part- or full-time instructor in RLC's Allied Health Division who agrees to enroll in an accredited Master of Science in Nursing program. The college will reimburse up to six credit hours of tuition per semester and will continue to employ the instructor on a part-time basis while he or she participates in the program. The instructor, upon graduation, agrees to continue to teach for RLC for a certain time based on the number of semesters for which they received tuition reimbursement.
FY07 Budget approved at $17.5 million
Approved the Fiscal Year 2007 Budget as presented for the combined Operating Fund (Education and Operations/Maintenance) showing $17,479,097 in anticipated revenue and $17,592,350 in expenditures. Operating Revenues by source: Local Government, $1,623,800 (all but $30,000 of which is from local taxes); State Government, $7,774,685 (all but $1,030,087 from Illinois Community College Board Credit Hour and Equalization Grants); Student Tuition and Fees, $6,616,492; Other Sources, $1,494,120. Of the expenditures, 48.19 percent goes toward Salaries ($8,493,069) and another 12.34 percent to Employee Benefits ($2,174,598). Expenditures by program reveal nearly half go toward Instruction (37.75%), Academic Support (4.66%) and Student Services (5.08%). The budget was presented in tentative form in August and was available for public inspection for 30 days. There were no questions regarding the budget at a public hearing prior to the regular board meeting.
Board lauds Academic All-Americans
Heard a report from Brent McLain, Assistant to the President for Athletics, regarding the academic accomplishments of some of the college's student-athletes. For the 2005-2006 school year, Lady Warrior tennis player Lisa Parker (Centralia) was named Distinguished Academic All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association, earning a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. Also named Distinguished Academic All-Americans were women's basketball player Courtney Magness (Newark, Ark., 3.90) and softball player Amanda Dawn Hutchcraft (Benton, 3.84). Academic All-Americans were baseballer Kevin Williams (Harrisburg, 3.73), tennis standout Laney Gillespie (Mt. Vernon, 3.72) and cross-country runner Brett Simon (Florissant, Mo., 3.64).
Four teams also were named Academic Teams of the Year: Women's Tennis, 3.70 (second out of 88 teams); Women's Basketball, 3.36 cumulative GPA (10th out of 370 teams); Women's Golf, 3.40 (fifth out of 47 teams); Softball, 3.04 (46th out of 325 teams).
Herbert becomes temporary CNA Instructor
Employed Betty Jo Herbert, RN, as a temporary full-time Certified Nurse Assistant Instructor. Herbert earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Rend Lake College and has been certified for teaching by the State of Illinois. She has been a part-time instructor in the CNA program since 1994.
College seeks Mining Instructor
Granted permission to create the position, approve the job description and advertise for a temporary, full-time Mining Instructor. The position is needed due to the resurgence of the mining industry. RLC has a need to hire a Mining Instructor to teach mine certification classes.
Two resignations accepted with regret
Accepted with regret the resignations of Mary Stark, Director of Correctional Education at Big Muddy River Correctional Center, effective Sept. 1, and Missy Houghland, Administrative Assistant at Pinckneyville Correctional Center, effective Sept. 18.
Equipment purchases approved for two programs
• Granted permission to purchase a 1987 John Deere 792 crawler excavator ($19,500) and a 1990 Caterpillar D4HII bulldozer ($27,000) and approved the future purchase of a used Bobcat skidsteer for the Heavy Equipment Technology program. The purchases will be funded through grant money.
• Accepted a bid from NAPA Auto Parts of Mt. Vernon for equipment for the Heavy Equipment Technology program for $9,713.60.
• Accepted a bid from Feedback Inc. of Hillsborough, N.C., for Industrial Electronics and Maintenance program equipment for $14,871.
Three PHS projects approved for submission
Granted permission to submit to the Illinois Community College Board the North Oasis gutter replacement, campus HVAC controls upgrades and RLC Foundation Children's Center emergency generator projects for Fiscal Year 2008 and permission to bid after approval is received from ICCB.
Bids sought for geothermal HVAC system for new Hitting Zone addition
Granted permission for the college to seek bids for three geothermal HVAC units for the Hitting Zone addition at an estimated cost of $62,595, which will be funded through an Energy Grant and institutional funds.
Revisions to administrative procedures, re:
• Working days for Office Support and Academic Support Non-Exempt personnel, and computation of hourly pay for Office Support and Physical Plant personnel.
• Stipends and fees.
• Part-time faculty pay rates to allow for consideration of experience teaching dual-credit classes as a high school teacher before retiring and becoming an adjunct faculty member for RLC.
• Job descriptions.
Mark your calendars ...
• RLC Foundation Golf Tournament, Thursday, Sept. 21, Rend Lake Golf Course, 11 a.m. lunch, noon shotgun start.
• RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.
• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved an extended hours policy for certain departments within the college.
• Granted permission to advertise for bids for the purchase of two 14-passenger, multi-purpose standard school activity busses.
• Changed the time and date of next month's meeting to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.