Bond issuance for ERP system approved
The board granted approval to issue bonds in the amount of $1.5 million to pay expenditures related to the purchase and implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning system. The board previously took action in approving the purchase of the ERP system and approving the issuance of debt certificates to pay for costs associated with renovations and the purchase of software and equipment needed to begin the implementation. The bond issuance approved tonight will be used to repay the debt certificates and fund the complete project.
The ERP system will integrate many of the functions of the college and provide for more streamlined operations. During the Higher Learning Commission's reaccreditation visit to RLC in November 2008, the HLC noted that institutional data management was an area which could be improved. The implementation of a new ERP system will help address this. In February this year, the board accepted the administration's recommendation of SunGard Higher Education's PowerCAMPUS software solution as the ERP of choice after a lengthy and intensive selection process. The PowerCAMPUS software meets the functionality, technology and system architecture requirements of the college.
The new system is needed not only to improve data integrity and reporting abilities, but also in preparation for the offering of an online degree. The new system would improve data security and would create a portal environment to improve online access and communication with students.
Two new certificates, several new courses approved
Approved two new occupational certificates – Ford MLR (Maintenance and Light Repair) and Agricultural Automation – and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action.
In addition, five new courses were approved and authorized for submission to ICCB: Maintenance and Light Repair (AUTO 1266); Drug Dosage Calculations (EMTP 1250); English Review (ENGL 1410); Digital Photography (GRD 1204); and Advanced Digital Photography (GRD 2202).
Changes to existing curriculum and courses were approved and authorized for ICCB submission as well. These include changes to the total credit hours required for the Cosmetology program and a change in the number of credit or lab hours for four courses in the program, changes to the repeatability of six Real Estate courses, and the inactivation of the Manufacturing Technology curriculum.
New Culinary Arts team in place
The board employed a Lead Culinary Arts Instructor and two additional Culinary Arts instructors:
• Robert Wilson, Lead Culinary Arts Instructor, effective Aug. 1. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Alaska Pacific University and completed the National Culinary Apprenticeship Program. He most recently was a chef instructor for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and previously served as department chair for Alaska Vocational Technical Center's Alaska Culinary Academy.
• Jeff Fairbanks, Culinary Arts Instructor, effective Aug. 1. He earned his Associate in Applied Science Degree through Rend Lake College's Culinary Arts program, and presently serves as a lab assistant and part-time instructor in the program. He has been executive chef at Rend Lake Resort and lead cook at Brehm Preparatory School.
• Nicholas Stout, Culinary Arts Instructor, effective Aug. 1. He earned his Associate in Applied Science Degree from Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., which is well-known for its Culinary Arts program. He has served as an Assistant Instructor at Sullivan and most recently was sous chef and executive pastry chef at the German American Club.
Three full-time appointments made
• Garrett Collier, Web / SharePoint Developer, effective July 18. He holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree from RLC's IT Systems Specialist program and holds several professional certifications. He is a part-time faculty member at RLC and has served as director of technical operations at Ag Energy Resources Inc. in Benton.
• Lora Phillips, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Career Technical Instruction, effective July 18. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University as well as Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degrees from Rend Lake College. She most recently was medical records director at Vandalia Correctional Center.
• Daniell Weinhoffer, Radiologic Technology Instructor, effective Aug. 1. She holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree from RLC's Radiologic Technology program and currently serves as a CT / MRI technologist at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Steele transfers to new position
Transferred Walt Steele to Business Process Analyst / Trainer from the position of Help Desk / Web Assistant effective July 18. Steele will be a key member of the applications development team responsible for the creation, documentation and support of college-wide business process improvement and core / standardized reports from the college's reporting databases. He expects to finalize his Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from Western Governors University this September.
Bid accepted for roof replacement
Accepted the bid of $64,345 from Doug Eubanks Construction Co. of Sesser for the shingle roof replacement on the Learning Resource Center and Theatre. Eubanks was the lone bidder on the project. The majority of the funds for the replacement will be provided by Selective Insurance due to severe weather damage from last spring.
Applicants sought for two positions
The board granted permission to readvertise for the position of Human Resources Specialist and approved a revised job description for the position. Permission to advertise for this position was granted in October 2009, but due to the length of time that has elapsed, the administration wanted to bring it back to the board's attention.
The board also granted permission to create the position of Information Systems Specialist and to advertise to fill the position, and approved the accompanying job description. The RLC technology infrastructure has been ameliorated to include multiple virtual server and storage network environments. These new environments require creation of a new position with responsibility for managing the server, storage and related aspects of the infrastructure.
Resignation, retirement approved
• Accepted with regret the retirement resignation of Connie Sample, Subsidized Child Care Specialist for Child Care Resource and Referral, effective Aug. 31. "It has been my pleasure to be a part of Child Care Subsidy at Project CHILD," Sample wrote in her retirement letter. She has been employed by Rend Lake College since November 1988, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Staff Award in 1990.
• Accepted with regret the resignation of Loughton Smith, Culinary Arts Associate Professor, effective June 30. "It is my hope that the hard work that went into making this Culinary Arts program great continues in the future. [I] wish the best for Rend Lake College, the Culinary Arts program, the faculty, staff and students in all of their future endeavors," Smith said in his resignation letter. He had been employed full-time at the college since November 2005.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved revisions to board policy concerning stipends (second reading) and to board procedure concerning fees.
• Granted permission to request proposals for audit services for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 fiscal years.
• Approved the 2011-2012 Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.
• Approved an inter-district agreement for educational cooperation with Southwestern Illinois 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.