WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY DEGREE, COURSES APPROVED
Approved six new courses and a new Associate Degree program in Wireless Communications Technology and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action. One of the new courses is GEOL 1102 – Field Geology. New courses associated with the Wireless Communications Technology curriculum are WCT 1260 – Introduction to Mobile Telephone Systems; WCT 2200 – Voice Over IP; WCT 2210 – Supervised Occupational Experience; WCT 2250 – Cellular Technology; WCT 2260 – Wireless LAN / WAN.
The Wireless Communications program prepares students to enter this dynamic field by emphasizing an understanding of radio frequency fundamentals, utilizing a systems approach along with component-level troubleshooting / analysis. Systems integration and networking also are studied. This multifaceted approach allows graduates to become effective technicians in the industry.
OVERALL 3.06% TAX LEVY INCREASE PAYABLE IN 2006
Adopted the 2005 Tax Levy (payable 2006) at $3,894,292, which represents an overall increase of 3.06 percent over the previous year’s levy of $3,778,433. Taxes to be levied are divided between Corporate and Special Purpose ($2,706,046, an increase of 4.99 percent over 2004 payable 2005) and Debt Service ($1,188,246, a decrease of 1.08 percent). The college is not required to publish a notice of tax increase or conduct a Truth in Taxation hearing since the amount of the proposed Corporate and Special Purpose tax levy is not greater than 105 percent of the prior year’s levy. A breakdown of the Corporate and Special Purpose tax levy reveals $1,266,494 for Educational Purposes; $828,927 for the Governmental Tort Immunity Act; $309,124 for Operations and Maintenance; $150,000 for Protection, Health and Safety; $125,000 for Social Security and Medicare, and $26,500 for Financial Audit.
COLLEGE ENTERS INTO THREE-YEAR RISK MANAGEMENT TRUST AGREEMENT
Granted permission to enter into a three-year agreement with Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT) commencing December 2005. According to administrative rationale provided, “In light of the current market and insurance renewal rates, the administration feels it would be in the best interest of the college to obtain a multi-year agreement with one provider at a fixed rate of renewal. ICRMT has agreed to enter into such an agreement. The cost of renewal for the first year will decrease by 8.02%. If the college’s premium rates as applies to its exposures increases by more than 20% for any year of the three-year period or more than 30% for the entire three-year period, the college retains the right to terminate the agreement.”
PHILLIPS BROTHERS PRINTING ONCE AGAIN SUBMITS LOW CATALOG BID
Accepted the low bid from Phillips Brothers Printing of Springfield for the 2006-07 college catalog at a cost of $9,064.00 for 8,000 copies. The same company has been responsible for printing the last eight catalogs (since 1994). A total of six bids were received.
COLLEGE CATALOG, FEE REVISIONS APPROVED
• Approved the 2006-07 Rend Lake College Catalog containing information related to academic standards, program requirements and student policies which cover admission, instruction and graduation.
• Approved revisions to the Administrative Procedure regarding Fees. Two recently added classes were shown with fees on the updated list.
NO QUESTIONS FROM PUBLIC RE: ISSUANCE OF FUNDING BONDS
There were no questions and no one in attendance for the specific purpose of a Public Hearing at the start of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting regarding the Issuance of Funding Bonds. The bond hearing dealt with three projects: purchase of a tract of land adjacent to the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon; construction of a running track and field facility on-campus, and purchase of The Hitting Zone baseball/softball complex from the RLC Foundation.
FOUR-DAY TICKET SALES FOR FALL PLAY, 'MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET,' TOTAL 1,140
A report provided indicated 1,140 tickets were purchased for the recent four-day run of the RLC Theatre Fall production, “Miracle on 34th Street” November 3-6. Totals included a high of 339 for the Sunday matinee and between 263-273 for the three previous evening performances by student and community members.
CARRIE RAGAN HIRED AS FULL-TIME BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR
Appointed Caroline (Carrie) Ragan as a full-time Biology/Anatomy/Physiology Instructor, effective January 9. It is a 36-week, tenure-track position. She has served as a part-time instructor for Rend Lake College since 2001, including two different stints as a temporary full-time instructor during Spring 2003 and Fall 2005. Prior to that, she was Office Manager / Technician at Central Hospital of Animals from 1997-2001 and a Researcher in Gene Mapping for the Washington University School of Medicine from 1996-97. Ragan is scheduled to complete her Master of Science Degree in Biological Science in May from Bradley University; she has a B.S. in Biological Science from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and an Associate Degree from John A. Logan College.
PAUL SANDROCK TO CONTINUE AS TEMPORARY FULL-TIME CHEMISTRY INSTRUCTOR
Appointed Paul Sandrock as a temporary full-time Chemistry Instructor for Spring 2006. Sandrock, who has a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, taught chemistry for Rend Lake College Fall Semester as an adjunct instructor and as a temporary full-time instructor.
MOYA COOK NAMED TEMPORARY FULL-TIME PRACTICAL NURSING INSTRUCTOR
Employed Moya Cook as a temporary full-time Practical Nursing Instructor, effective December 17. She has been filling the same position on a temporary basis since August. Previous positions have included Director of Nursing for Southern Seven Health Department; RLC Part-Time Instructor, Fall 2004; Office Nurse for Dr. David Walters; Staff Nurse / Relief Nursing Supervisor, Marion Memorial Hospital, 1997-2001; Staff Nurse, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan, Inc., 1993-2000. Cook is an Associate Degree Nursing graduate of Rend Lake College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana.
WILLIAM SLANKARD NEW CONSTRUCTION OCCUPATIONS INSTRUCTOR AT P.C.C.
Employed William Bradley Slankard as Construction Occupations Instructor for the Pinckneyville Correctional Center, contingent upon approval by the Illinois Department of Corrections. This is a full-time, contract-funded, nontenure-track position. Slankard is presently the lead carpenter for Troehler Builders, a similar position to the one he held with Bigler Construction Company from 1998-2005. He also served as Assistant Surveyor with Kerr-McGee Coal Corporation, 1989-1998. Slankard holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
TAD ANGLIN NAMED EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Appointed Tad Anglin as Educational Technology Specialist on a 50-week, nontenure-track contract, effective December 14. Anglin earned both an Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has worked as a PC Manager at John A. Logan College since September 2000. Prior to that, he was the owner and CEO for The Computer Store in Eldon and Chief Configuration Supervisor for CD Masters, Inc.
RETIREMENT FOR BOB KELLEY; RESIGNATIONS FROM LISA CONNER AND JARED CONNER
Accepted with regret resignations of three full-time employees ...
• Bob Kelley, Director of Marketing, for the purpose of retiring, effective September 1. Kelley, a Rend Lake College graduate who was a freshman when the college first opened its doors in Fall 1967, joined the full-time staff in June 1979
• Lisa Conner, Help Desk Technician, effective January 6.
• Jared Conner, Student Transfer and Retention Support (STARS) Academic Specialist, effective December 15. Conner has accepted a position as Academic Advisor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
NEW CONTRACTS FOR ROBERT SIMPSON, KELLY EUBANKS
Issued new contracts through June 30 to Robert Simpson, Director of The Hitting Zone and Baseball Coach, and Police Officer Kelly Eubanks.