Long-time Foundation CEO Pat Kern to retire, Assistant Director Shawna Hall to take reins
Veteran RLC Foundation Chief Executive Officer Pat Kern will retire effective Dec. 31, 2011. Although the RLC Foundation Board of Directors already had accepted her resignation last August, Kern asked the RLC Board of Trustees to accept it as well due to the close connection between the two entities. Kern's service has lasted two decades.
Kern has accepted a consulting position with the Foundation beginning March 1, 2012. "I look forward to continuing with the Rend Lake College Foundation and will be available whenever needed. I want to thank the many people from the Foundation and College who entrusted me with the RLCF CEO position that proved to be more rewarding than I could ever imagine," Kern said in her retirement letter.
RLC Board of Trustees Chair Bryan Drew said the size of Rend Lake College's Foundation today is a testament to what Kern has been able to accomplish during her years of service. Drew thanked Kern on behalf of the entire board for everything she has done. "She's done a tremendous job," he said.
The RLCF Board of Directors has appointed Shawna Hall, currently the Assistant Director for the Foundation, to the CEO position effective Jan. 1, 2012. On Tuesday, the board accepted Hall's resignation from the Assistant Director position effective Dec. 31, 2011.
"I am honored to have this opportunity," Hall said. "Rend Lake College is an excellent place to work, and has been a true catalyst in my upcoming transition. The experience I have received is invaluable and the relationships I have formed are irreplaceable."
2011 tax levy approved
Accepted the 2011 tax levy, payable 2012. The proposed taxes to be levied for fiscal year 2011 total $4,730,232, an increase of 2.74 percent over last year. Because the amount of the corporate and special purpose tax levy is not greater than 105 percent of last year's levy, the college is not required to publish a notice of tax increase or to conduct a Truth in Taxation hearing.
Capital Renewal Grant projects submitted
Granted permission to submit various capital improvements to the Illinois Community College Board for approval, and to bid the projects after approval is received. The projects are expected to exceed the $50,000 limit set by the ICCB's guidelines and must be advertised for competitive bids. Total funds available through Capital Renewal Grant funds are $283,000.
Projects included in the application are:
• Science Laboratory Upgrades – The existing sinks, flooring and water piping in three rooms are original, from the early 1970s. The tops and sinks are aged and damaged from use and the flooring is loose in many locations.
• Aquatic Center Upgrades – The main pool, therapy pool and whirlpool have not been recoated since construction in 1996, and additional repairs are needed to the pool plaster.
• Student Center Low-slope Roof Replacement – The membrane on the low-slope portion of the roof has exceeded its 20-year warranty. Leaks have been repaired where the low-slope roof meets the steep-slope shingled roof, and the flashings are aging and in need of replacement.
PHS projects for 2013 approved
Granted permission to submit to the ICCB a Protection, Health and Safety project to re-roof the RLC Foundation Children's Center and improve HVAC equipment and controls in the Science Building, Gymnasium and RLC MarketPlace. The projects are expected to exceed the $50,000 limit set by the ICCB's guidelines and must be advertised for competitive bids. Total funds available for fiscal year 2013 PHS funds are $125,000.
Hutcheson becomes Director of Institutional Research
Employed Christina Hutcheson as Director of Institutional Research effective Nov. 1. This new position was created due to increased demands for data collection, evaluation, tracking and reporting. Hutcheson holds a Master of Science Degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, both from Oakland City University in Indiana. Currently, she serves as Director of Adult Education and Family Literacy for RLC. In a related action Tuesday, the board accepted her resignation from that position contingent upon her appointment as Director of Institutional Research.
Rhine becomes manager of Textbook Sales
Appointed Casey Rhine as Manager – Textbook Sales and Rental / Retail Store / Copy Center effective Nov. 1. Rhine has filled that position for the past year on an interim basis, and has proven himself as an effective manager during that time, according to administrative rationale.
Shadowens moving on
Accepted with regret the resignation of Bobbi Shadowens, Literacy Services Specialist, effective Oct. 5. "As an employee of RLC for nearly 14 years, I have been given great opportunities, made friends who are like family and learned the value of higher education," Shadowens said in her resignation letter.
Literacy & Data Management position created
Granted permission to create the position, approve the job description and advertise for a Literacy and Data Management Specialist. With the resignation of Shadowens and the transfer of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Department's administrative assistant, this position was created to combine these job duties.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved a changes in the total credit hour requirement for the Therapeutic Massage certificate, from 27 hours to 29, and approved submission of the change to the Illinois Community College Board for action.
• Approved an inter-district agreement for educational cooperation with Shawnee Community College. A cooperative agreement allows students to take programs at another college if their sending college does not have that program. They do not have to pay chargeback tuition and the sending college is able to receive state equalization.
• Approved creation of a board policy for laptop data encryption effective Nov. 8 (first reading). The policy's purpose is to ensure all sensitive and confidential information stored on the internal hard drives of college-owned administrative-use laptops is encrypted using college-approved technology.
• Approved revisions to board policy concerning stipends (first reading).
• Approved revisions to board policy and procedure concerning light duty (first reading).
Mark your calendars …
• RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 20, James "Hummer" Waugh Gymnasium.
• Rend Lake College Art Auction, Thursday, Oct. 27, Pheasant Hollow Winery, preview and music from 5-6 p.m., auction at 6 p.m., free admission and food.
• Fall Play: "Father of the Bride," 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 3-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, RLC Theatre.
• Fall Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, RLC Theatre.
• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.
• Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, RLC Theatre.