Summer enrollment brings more record-highs
Last month, the Board learned of a record-high enrollment in terms of both headcount and credit hours for Fiscal Year 2006 (Summer Term / Fall Semester / Spring Semester). Last night, reports presented indicated the current, official Summer Tenth Day Credit Hours generated total – which will be included in FY07 figures – is 6,919, which represents an 18.3 percent increase over last summer and an all-time high (surpassing the previous best of 6,708 in FY04). Headcount figures are 25.6 percent higher than a year ago (1,939-1,544) and 231 more than the previous high in FY04.
RLCF to loan money for Hitting Zone expansion
Entered into an agreement with the Rend Lake College Foundation to repay the Foundation for expenses related to improvements currently being made to The Hitting Zone on-campus. The lease agreement will be in the amount of $207,249 for a period of five years at an interest rate of 5.98 percent. The RLC Foundation has agreed to secure a five-year loan to finance the expansion so the college is able to complete the project in a timely and less costly manner. At the end of the five-year loan agreement, the Foundation will gift the facility addition to the college.
Low bids accepted on three upcoming projects
Accepted the low bid submitted for three different projects . . .
• The bid of $52,783 from C.K. Robinson Construction of Bluford was accepted for the base and alternate bids for materials and labor necessary to complete the South Oasis Exterior Steps and Sidewalk Replacement project. The lowest of four bidders, C.K. Robinson Construction was recommended based on previous experience as well as price.
• Robinson Construction also submitted the low base and alternate bid totalling $24,647 for materials and labor necessary to complete the Academic Building Crosswalk and Steps Repair Project. A total of four bids were received.
• T. Ham Sign Company of Mt. Vernon was awarded the Electronic Information Display Sign bid. One of two bids received, the $60,522 figure will cover materials and labor required to remove an existing sign and to replace it with a 5-foot by 50-foot electronic information display sign to promote the college and RLC MarketPlace activities on the west side of Mt. Vernon.
RLC-SWIC reach Cooperative Agreement
Approved a new Interdistrict Cooperative Agreement between Rend Lake College and Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. RLC will accept students from SWIC’s district in Agriculture Business, Ag Mechanics, Ag Production and Management, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Diesel Technology, Graphic Design, Heavy Equipment Technology, Industrial Electronics and Maintenance, Manufacturing Technology, Mining Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Programming with Visual Basic, Surgical Technology, Surveying Technology, Truck Driver Training and Wireless Communications Technology. SWIC will accept Rend Lake College students in Auto Collision Repair Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Pilot Training, Avionics, Construction Management Technology, Fire Science, Paralegal, Physical Therapist Assistant, Process Operations Technology and Respiratory Care.
Wireless program equipment to be bid
Granted permission to advertise and bid for electronic equipment to be used in connection with the Title III Grant Wireless Communications Technology Degree program. The equipment is needed for instructional purposes.
Student-related handbooks gain approval
Approved two student-related handbooks which have been revised and reviewed by the college’s attorney . . .
• The 2006-07 Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.
• The Athletic Handbook.
Obsolete Equipment Sale brings in $3,639
Learned proceeds from the June 15 Obsolete Equipment Sale conducted on the Ina campus were $3,639, less advertising costs associated with the auction. Staff members Bob Carlock and Rob Little donated their time and services for the sale.
Ex-Trustee Hollmann named Science Instructor
Appointed Gregory Hollmann as a full-time General Science Instructor – a 36-week, tenure-track position – effective August 21. Hollmann, the elected Student Trustee at Rend Lake College prior to his 1999 graduation with an Associate in Arts Degree, has taught physical science and astronomy classes for RLC during the past academic year and has had considerable experience organizing and conducting a variety of science workshops. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and experience with Guided Discoveries and YMCA of the Rockies Outdoor Education.
O’Daniel new Co-op/Employment Specialist
Employed Jennifer O’Daniel as the Cooperative Education and Employment Specialist, effective July 31. It is a 50-week, nontenure-track position.
Programmer Analyst post to Diefenbach
Appointed Destry Diefenbach as Programmer Analyst on a 50-week, nontenure-track contract, effective July 12. Diefenbach’s B.S. Degree in Computer Science is from Murray State University, where he also worked as a Computer Lab Assistant.
Myers, Moore join In-Focus Grant project
• Employed Denny Myers as the In-Focus Coordinator on a 50-week, grant-funded, nontenure-track contract, effective July 10. Myers received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Relations from Seina Heights College in Adrian, MI. Most recently, he served as Athletic Director and as a Cross-Country and Track and Field Instructor for Vincennes (IN) University.
• Employed Lyndsey Moore as In-Focus Counselor on a 50-week, grant-funded, nontenure-track contract, effective July 31. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Moore served as a Social Work Intern at Herrin Middle School during the past academic year.
Etnier to direct The Hitting Zone
Employed Tony Etnier as The Hitting Zone Director, a 50-week, nontenure-track appointment, effective July 3. Etnier, who will also coach the baseball Warriors, was an Assistant Baseball Coach for the SIU Salukis. The past year Etnier has been responsible for running the indoor facility, Sports Blast Baseball Academy in Carbondale, for ages 5-20 years.
Six RLC employees assuming new roles . . .
• Ed Ruffino will become Director of the STARS (Student Transfer and Retention Support) Program after having previously been named Director of Adult Education.
• Sarah Bilderbeck was reassigned from an instructional position to become Assistant to the Rend Lake College Foundation Chief Executive Officer.
• Jo Ann Dick becomes Assistant to the Dean of Instruction after having served previously as Assistant to the RLC Foundation Chief Executive Officer.
• Created the position, approved the job description and appointed Christie Sanders as the Assistant Cooperative Education and Employment Specialist. Her appointment to the 50-week, nontenure-track, grant-funded position is effective July 31.
• Created the position of Coordinator of Program Development within the Adult Education and Literacy Department and transferred Yvonne Hallam into the new position. Hallam has been a full-time employee in the department since March 2003. It is a full-time, nontenure-track, grant-funded position which becomes effective immediately. A job description also was approved.
• Approved a revised job description for the position of Adult Education and Literacy Workforce Training Coordinator and transferred Laura Kern into the new position. Kern has been a full-time employee with the college since March 1999. Restructuring of the Adult Ed and Literacy Department necessitated both moves.
Marketing / Public Info Assistant sought
Granted permission to create the position of Assistant Director - Marketing and Public Information, a full-time, nontenure-track position with an annual salary of $25,000 and an estimated start date of September 1. Trustees also approved the job description and advertising to fill the position.