Revised RLC Mission Statement gains approval
Approved a revised Mission Statement as presented . . .
Rend Lake College believes in the democratic ideal of providing educational opportunities to all who desire and can benefit from them, in keeping with the specific needs of the community and general expectations of society. The college sees its success as inseparable from the success of its students. Through its community service programs and the process of instructing and training students in the fundamental skills of its baccalaureate and vocational programs, the college endeavors to be an active leader in the economic, cultural and social development of the region.
A committee of faculty reviewed the college's Mission Statement and suggested modifications to the President. A lengthy list of goals were set forth to accomplish that mission, based on Community, Baccalaureate, Vocational and Immediate Objectives.
FY04 tentative budget just under $14.5 million
Approved the tentative FY2004 budget as presented. It is a balanced budget just under $14.5 million in the Operating Fund (Education and Operations/Maintenance), representing an increase of 3%-4% from the previous year. As required by law, the proposed budget will be available for public inspection for 30 days and a public hearing will be held prior to the September 16 Board of Trustees meeting.
Tuition rate increased $2 starting with Spring
Approved an increase in the in-district tuition rate from $50 per credit hour to $52 per credit hour for Spring Semester 2004. The out-of-district tuition rate was set at $81 per credit hour (up from $73.50), while the out-of-state and out-of-country rate remains at $150 per credit hour. According to administrative rationale, "In order to meet the forecasted budgetary needs of the college and to maintain non-deficit spending, it is necessary to increase in-district tuition $2 per credit hour for the Spring. This increase will allow the college to remain competitive with our peer-group schools and will allow us to maintain our stature as one of the most affordable community colleges in the state."
Organizational Chart includes new Dean
Approved a new Organizational Chart, effective August 16, to accommodate a revised flow of reporting due to the addition of the Dean of Instruction position.
Dress Code approved to keep professional image
Approved a new Administrative Procedure regarding a college Dress Code, as presented. It was done "in order to maintain the professional image of the college" in regard to what is considered "appropriate dress." It applies to administrators, academic support staff, office support staff, physical plant staff and student workers, with some exceptions.
Lisa Payne becomes new Dean of Instruction
Revised the job description for Dean of Instruction and appointed Lisa Payne to the position on a 48-week, nontenure-track contract, effective August 16. As such, the former Dean of Special Programs will oversee Truck Driver Training and Driver Education, Center for Business, Cooperative Education, Community Education, Workforce Investment, Business/Office Systems Technology and Education-to-Careers. She reports to Vice-President of Instruction Jim Hull.
Andrea Witthoft tabbed Dean of Special Projects
Appointed Andrea Witthoft as Dean of Special Programs on a 48-week, nontenure-track contract, effective August 16. Promoted from a position as Director of Learning Resource Center, Witthoft will continue to supervise the LRC as well as AmeriCorps, Child Care Resource and Referral, Corrections Programs and Adult Education.
Nursing Prof Barbara Hicks leaving in January
Accepted with regret the resignation of Associate Degree Nursing Professor Barbara Hicks, effective January 12, 2004. "It has been an honor to serve Rend Lake College for the past 21 years," Hicks said in her letter of resignation.
Mary Stark to head Big Muddy River program
Appointed Mary Stark as Director of Correctional Education at Big Muddy River Correctional Center, effective September 2. Stark is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has been employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections since 1997, the first three years as a Correctional Officer at BMRCC and the last three as Staff Development and Training Specialist for IDOC.
LRC reorganization equals new Coordinators
Witthoft’s appointment resulted in some of her previous duties being distributed to two new coordinator positions . . .
* * Sandra West was transferred to Coordinator of Technical Services and Collection Management. She was serving as LRC Administrative Assistant.
* * Karla Lewis, the Distance Learning Specialist, was named to the newly created position of Coordinator of Distance Learning and Media Technology.
Abstinence Education Project gains three employees
Appointed three individuals to new positions related to an Abstinence Education Project grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of the three represented an internal transfer . . .
* * Cindy Sniderwin was named In-Focus Coordinator on a 48-week, nontenure-track contract, effective August 1. Sniderwin, a full-time employee for six years, had been a Case Manager for Teen Parent Services.
* * Lisa Wild was appointed In-Focus Counselor on a 44-week, nontenure-track contract, effective August 18. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and has been in Private Practice as a Licensed Counselor since 2000. She also served as a Diagnostic and Testing Supervisor for the SIUC Achieve Program from 1997-2001.
* * Rhonda Carlton was appointed Keep-Focused Counselor on a 44-week, nontenure-track contract, effective August 16. A graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Carlton has been serving as a part-time Mathematics Instructor, Fitness Center Lab Assistant and Head Volleyball Coach for the college.
Celeste Hunt moves to Teen Parent Services
Appointed Celeste Hunt as a Case Manager for the Teen Parent Services program, effective August 1. This is a 50-week, nontenure-track, grant-funded position. Hunt had been acting as the Marketing Assistant for the college and is the Affirmative Action Officer.
Kim Rogers appointed to new Accountant post
Approved creation of a new position, Payroll/Financial Accountant, and transferred Kim Rogers to the position. She has been splitting time in the Business Office and MarketPlace.
CCRR transfers for Cary Marshall, Paula Morgan
* * Transferred Cary Marshall from Professional Development Specialist to the position of Subsidy Services Coordinator within the Child Care Resource and Referral grant program located at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. It is a 48-week, nontenure-track position, effective August 16.
* * Transferred Paula Morgan from CCRR Subsidy Assistant to Quality Counts Program Specialist on a 50-week, nontenure-track grant contract.
Three positions to be advertised internally
Granted permission to create and fill three new positions. All three openings will be advertised internally.
* * Full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Office Systems Technology program, beginning January 12, 2004.
* * Full-time, tenure-track faculty position for Developmental Math, starting August 18.
* * RLC MarketPlace Assistant, a 50-week, nontenure-track position with an effective hire date of September 1 and an annual salary of $25,000.
Nicole Garrett of AmeriCorps submits resignation
Accepted with regret the resignation of Nicole Garrett as Member Support Coordinator with the Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps, effective August 31.