Christopher’s Sveda elected Student Trustee
Rachel Sveda of Christopher has been elected as the Student Trustee to serve on the Rend Lake College Board for 2005-06. She ran unopposed in the election conducted on-campus earlier in the month. Sveda is a Sociology major who made the President’s List academic honor roll Fall Semester and is a student-worker on-campus in the Financial Aid Office. She will be seated as the new Student Trustee at the April 12 Board meeting, according to Vice President of Information Technology and Student Services Salah Shakir.
Yukon submits low Culinary Arts bid
Accepted the low bid of $35,665.17 for the purchase of additional Culinary Arts Equipment from Yukon Refrigeration of Mt. Vernon. The equipment, to complete the newly renovated, state-of-the-art production kitchen facility in the Student Center, will be funded through the Perkins Grant. Yukon Refrigeration’s bid was the lowest of two received and was deemed acceptable based on previous experience with the company as well.
New Art class in Stained Glass approved
Approved a new course – ART 2121 - Introduction to Stained Glass – and authorized its submission to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for action. Designed for the beginning student, it covers the basics of stained glass construction in lead and copper foil and emphasizes the history of glass tools and supplies, pattern-making, cutting, grinding and soldering.
FY06 Out-of-District Tuition Rate set
Established the out-of-district tuition rate for Fiscal Year 2006 at $96 per credit hour, beginning Fall Semester 2005. The out-of-district rate was set at the minimum rate allowed of 1.5 times the highest in-district rate ($64) of any of the college’s neighboring contiguous Illinois community college districts.
Special resolution to salute Richard Rubenacker
Approved a Special Resolution from the college, to be written by President Mark S. Kern, in recognition of the achievements of Hamilton County farmer and businessman Richard Rubenacker and his family. Rubenacker was a longtime supporter of Rend Lake College, a former member of the Ag Advisory Board and a member of the RLC Foundation Board of Directors at the time of his death February 23. All three of Rubenacker’s sons graduated from RLC. The family-owned Hamilton County Equipment Company has sponsored student scholarships for many years, and Richard and his wife, Jody, recently contributed $25,000 to the Challenge Grant II campaign and were presented the Gold Major Gift Award at the RLC Foundation Annual Dinner.
Two more Job Descriptions revised
Approved revisions to the Administrative Procedure re: Job Descriptions, in particular . . .
• Testing and Placement Specialist, within the Academic Counseling Center;
• In-Focus Educator, part of the K-12 Programs.
Theatre participants say ‘Thank you’
Approximately a dozen participants in the recent RLC Theatre production of “Chicago” were on hand to thank Board members and show their support for the Theatre program offered by Rend Lake College under the direction of Tracey Webb.
Mary Bornheimer named Interim Dean
Appointed Mary Bornheimer as Interim Dean of Student Services on a 48-week contract, effective March 9 through June 30. Bornheimer was serving as Director of Institutional Research at the time of the appointment. According to administrative rationale provided, “Due to the new added responsibilities of Title III Project Director to Salah Shakir, currently Vice President of IT/Student Services, it is important to transfer some work load in order for him to devote adequate time needed to establish and make the new Title III Wireless Communications program successful.” Rend Lake College recently received a five-year, $1.8 million Federal Grant to develop a Wireless Communications program. Bornheimer has been a full-time college employee since August 1999, serving in various capacities as a Computer Instructor and member of the Information Technology staff.
Transfers for Jensik, Richardson, Hoffman
Approved the transfer of three full-time employees . . .
• Jena Jensik will officially become a Counselor in the Academic Counseling Center, effective March 20. Her contract will be increased from 44 to 50 weeks. As an In-Focus Counselor with the grant program since last August, Jensik “has been assisting with advisement and has proven to be an excellent advisor,” according to administrative rationale provided. She also meets all degree and counseling certification requirements.
• Sharon Richardson will become Teen Parent Services Case Manager, effective March 20. “Mrs. Richardson is an excellent employee who has an excellent working relationship with the Illinois Department of Human Services and is knowledgeable with the Teen Parent Services program,” the recommendation noted. “She has continued to stay abreast of mandates from IDHS for Teen Parent Services and will be the lead case manager.”
• Beth Hoffman will be the Upward Bound Student Advisor, also effective March 20. Hoffman’s education and experience qualify her for the position, which will consist of advising and tutoring Upward Bound grant students in five area high schools.
RLC seeks College Recruiter to start April 1
Granted permission to advertise, hire and ratify the position of College Recruiter, with a start date of April 1. The annual salary will be in the $30,000-$35,000 range, depending on education and years of experience. Administrative rationale provided indicated, “It is imperative this be done quickly as April and May are primary recruiting months. The college has, and is, developing programs with regional status. This person needs to work with staff to fill slots in these programs.”
Custodian Gibson submits resignation
Accepted the resignation of Third-Shift Custodian Brian Gibson, effective March 20.
Stipend approved for Dance Coach position
Approved the recommendation to revise Administrative Procedures re: Stipends in order to add a position titled Dance Coach for a yearly expenditure of $5,000. Administrative rationale provided stated, “Practically every high school in the state now has a competitive dance team. A dance team can consist of 20 members. This has the potential to bring 20 students to Rend Lake College who might not have attended otherwise. They will be able to participate in a wholesome activity while they are here.”