Bids sought for Radiology Program Lab
Granted permission to advertise for bids, estimated at $276,800, for construction renovation and equipment for a new Radiology Program Lab in the Advanced Technology Center. This program is expected to be available in January 2007.
FY06 headcount, credit hours at all-time high
Received reports indicating the college experienced record-high enrollments during the 2005-06 Academic Year (Fiscal Year 2006) in terms of both headcount (16,690, compared to 15,386 the previous year) and credit hours generated (73,605, compared to the high previously of 72,819 in FY2004). Those figures represent one-year increases of 8.5 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively. Since the Year 2000, Rend Lake College has grown by 55 percent in headcount and 28.5 percent in credit hours.
V-P Shakir joins prestigious Wireless Board
Learned Vice President of Information Technology and Student Services Salah Shakir is one of four newly elected members of the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC) Board, a leading organization in the wireless industry. His inclusion on the national board “adds prestige for the college and is an honor for Salah,” noted RLC President Mark S. Kern.
Bid accepted; camera project budget upped
• Accepted the low bid of $59,999.99 from First to Finish of Carlinville for Running Track Equipment which will accompany a new track facility currently under construction on-campus.
• Granted permission to increase the Security Camera Project budget from $197,200 to $258,477 due to an increase in cameras from 90 to 121 and infrastructure (fiber network) expenses.
Municipal lease/option agreements get OK
Approved entering into municipal lease / option agreements . . .
• With US Bank, Benton, at an applicable interest rate of 4.70%, for the purchase of a 2006 Caterpillar 420E Backhoe to be used in the Heavy Equipment Technician program and by the Physical Plant staff as needed.
• With Old National Bank, Mt. Vernon), at a fixed rate of 4.65%, to finance $200,000 toward the purchase of computer equipment and accessories as part of the college’s long-term strategic plan.
Three transfers of funds authorized
Adopted resolutions authorizing transfer of funds . . .
• Interest totaling $92,000 from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund and the Operations / Maintenance Fund.
• Interest of $75,351.12 from the Insurance Reserve Fund and a transfer of $200,000 from the Insurance Reserve Fund to the Liability / Protection / Settlement Fund to cover expenses of the purchase and installation of campus-wide security cameras.
Cooperative Agreements in place
Approved Cooperative Agreements to accept students from other districts in certain programs offered at RLC and vice-versa:
• John A. Logan College in Carterville
• Shawnee Community College in Ullin
• Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg
Also submitted two new courses in the Information Technology Networking Systems program for ICCB approval.
Staff salary increases of 4.2% approved
Approved Fiscal Year 2007 salary increases averaging 4.2 percent for administrators, academic support staff, office support staff and physical plant staff. The increases were comparable to those granted previously by a multi-year contract for faculty. According to administrative rationale provided to the Board, consideration was given to the college’s overall financial condition, state averages for similar positions, local salaries and the percentage of increase granted to instructional personnel.
V-P Hull gets two-year contract extension
Approved a two-year contract extension for Dr. Jim Hull, Vice President of Instruction. In making the recommendation, the administration explained, “Dr. Hull has served the college in an exemplary fashion. This is a critical position and he would be difficult to replace.”
Longtime Professor Kirsch retiring July 31
Accepted with regret the retirement resignation of Applied Science Professor Maurice Kirsch, effective July 31. Kirsch, second only to President Mark S. Kern in terms of service to the college among current employees, has been part of both automotive and agriculture staffs since joining the Rend Lake College faculty 30 years ago (August 1976). Trustees agreed to purchase 28.22 days in eligible sick leave, per the union contract, as well as a $17,920 retirement bonus.
Nursing’s Beasley leaving after 26 years
Accepted with regret the resignation of Dr. Sharon Beasley from the position of Nursing Instructor, effective June 30. The former Allied Health Division Chair has been a full-time employee since August 1980. She had resigned as division chair last month.
Copple, Cook, Swarms moving on up
• Created the position of Director-Marketing and Public Information and appointed Director of Public Information Chad Copple to the position, effective July 1. A former newspaper reporter, Copple has been employed full-time by the college since October 2003 and “has proven to be an excellent employee,” according to administrative rationale provided to the Board.
• Granted permission to create an additional full-time Practical Nursing Instructor position and employed Moya Cook to fill the position, effective August 2006. She has been a full-time temporary LPN Instructor the past two semesters.
• Appointed Brandon Swarms to fill the newly created role of Director of Information Technology, a full-time, nontenure-track position effective July 1. Swarms joined the staff in February 2005.
Poole new Educational Tech Specialist
Appointed Greg Poole as full-time Educational Technology Specialist in the Information Technology Department, effective June 14. Poole has been working part-time for the college the past three months. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Technology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and has been a Network Administrative Assistant for Benton Grade School and The American Coal Company.
Helm stays on as Computer Instructor
Appointed Bradley Helm as temporary full-time Computer Science Instructor for Fall 2006. Helm, who taught classes this past spring, holds a B.S. Degree in Computer Science from SIUC.
Transfers, reassignments approved
• Approved the transfer of Cindy Sniderwin from In-Focus Coordinator to the position of Academic Counselor on a 48-week, tenure-track contract, effective July 1. Sniderwin is a Rend Lake College graduate who earned both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from SIUC. She has worked for the college in various capacities since joining the staff in 1997.
• Approved the transfer of Mike McKee from Youth Enhancement Services (YES) Coordinator to Learning Enhancement Specialist on a 50-week, nontenure-track contract, effective June 16. McKee, who was hired by RLC in 2002, has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Illinois University.
• Reassigned the Director of the Center for Business Services, Ed Ruffino, to Director of Adult Education
• Reassigned Julie Mumbower within the same program to Student Transfer and Retention Support (STARS) Counselor.
Resignations accepted; four positions open
• Bob Simpson as The Hitting Zone Director, as of June 30.
• Jay Brooks as Director of Adult Ed / Literacy, as of June 15.
Granted permission to advertise and ratify these positions . . .
• The Hitting Zone Director • STARS Director
• In-Focus Coordinator • In-Focus Educator
In other business . . .
• Moved, upon approval from the Illinois Dept. of Corrections, to award stipends between $377-$653 to 13 members of Educational staffs at Big Muddy River and Pinckneyville Correctional Centers.
• Contingent upon approval by Correctional School District #428, approved a five-week unpaid grant for Youthful Offender Counselor Peggy Hammond at the Pinckneyville facility.
• Approved major revisions to the RLC Organizational Chart.
• Approved the Resource Allocation Management Plan.
• Approved a Resolution of Prevailing Rate of Hourly Wages.
• Approved the 2006 Associate Degree Nursing Handbook.