REND LAKE COLLEGE FALL ENROLLMENT AT ALL-TIME HIGH
Heard a very positive enrollment report from Dean of Student Services Mary Bornheimer indicating official Tenth-Day figures represent all-time highs for Fall Semester in terms of both credit hours generated and headcount. This is the third time in the last four years college officials have been able to report record numbers. Fall credit hours generated surpassed the 31,000 standard (excluding Corrections) for the first time – 31,768 – and represented a 4.4 percent increase compared to last year’s 30,415 total. The previous high was 30,806 for Fall 2003. Fall Tenth Day headcount (excluding Corrections) was 3,996 for a 32.19 percent increase over the previous year’s 3,023; the previous high was 3,192 in Fall 2003. “We have had a great fall enrollment,” Bornheimer commented. The encouraging enrollment report, according to President Mark S. Kern, “is due to the efforts of a lot of people and a lot of other factors.” Dual Credit courses taken by high school students within the district account for almost 4,000 hours this fall, Kern noted.
• Bornheimer also shared an Illinois Community College Board report indicating Rend Lake College experienced a 15 percent increase in the number of Associate Degrees awarded from the 2002-03 academic year to 2003-04, tied for the third-highest increase outside of Chicago. RLC awarded 348 Associate Degrees the year prior to the comparison, 414 in 2002-03 and 475 in 2003-04. Rend Lake College has made a concerted effort in recent years to encourage its students to graduate before transferring. “There are some colleges larger than us that we are right up there with in terms of graduating our students,” Kern said.
FISCAL YEAR 2006 OPERATING BUDGET APPROVED AT 16.8 MILLION
Approved the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget as presented for the combined Operating Fund (Education and Operations/Maintenance) showing $16,862,740 in anticipated revenue and $16,758,874 in expenditures. Operating Revenues by source: Local Government, $1,595,619 (all but $20,000 of which is from local taxes); State Government, $7,831,696 (all but $1,055,000 from Illinois Community College Board Credit Hour and Equalization Grants); Student Tuition and Fees, $6,032,486; Other Sources, $1,422,939. Of the expenditures, 49.51 percent goes toward Salaries ($8,297,260) and another 11.96 percent to Employee Benefits ($2,004,417). Expenditures by program reveal nearly half go toward Instruction (38.89%), Academic Support (5.35%) and Student Services (4.88%). The budget was presented in tentative form in August and was available for public inspection for 30 days. There were no questions regarding the budget at a public hearing prior to the regular board meeting.
RESOLUTIONS PASSED FOR $1.1 MILLION BOND ISSUANCE
Approved two resolutions, one expressing the college’s intent regarding three capital expenditures to be reimbursed from proceeds through the issuance of a district-wide bond and the other authorizing issuance of a general obligation debt certificate in the amount of $1.1 million. The list of capital projects for which the college will be reimbursed as the result of issuance of the bond consists of the purchase of a 2.43-acre tract of land located adjacent to the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon ($200,000, with the purchase agreement approved last month); construction of an all-weather track and field facility on-campus at an estimated cost of $600,000; purchase of The Hitting Zone,a baseball/softball complex constructed in 2003, from the RLC Foundation at a cost of $300,000.
BIDS SOUGHT FOR SECURITY CAMERA MONITORING SYSTEM
Granted permission to advertise for bids for a new security camera monitoring system to be installed both on-campus as well as at the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. “This security camera system will provide 24-hour surveillance inside and outside of critical areas of the buildings and facilities,” according to administrative rationale provided. It will consist of approximately 90 cameras, recorders, monitors and other electronic equipment and cabling and is estimated to cost approximately $197,200, of which $25,000 is for the labor to install. The project will be funded through Insurance Reserve Funds. Vice President for Finance and Administration Bob Carlock indicated the college could expect to see a similar cost-reduction in future security personnel needs late at night and the system could prove quite beneficial for insurance purposes.
N J C A A JUCO REVIEW MAGAZINE RANKS R L C ATHLETICS NO. 11 IN NATION
Trustees received copies of the Summer 2005 Special Academic Issue of Juco Review magazine, the official publication of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), in which Rend Lake College is ranked No. 11 in the country on the “2005 Pepsi NATYCAA (National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators) Awards NJCAA Scholarship Division Top Twenty.” The Pepsi NATYCAA Awards “are given to recognize overall athletic program excellence by two-year colleges at the national level,” according to the publication. Mesa (AZ) Community College was ranked No. 1; the only other Illinois representative honored in the Scholarship Division was Lincoln College at No. 15. Vincennes (IN) University was No. 17. Four of the Top Ten were from Arizona and four from Kansas, with the other two both from New York.
• The RLC Lady Warrior Tennis Team boasted the highest cumulative grade-point average in the nation (3.51 on a 4.0-point scale) among all women’s tennis squads, a first for the college. Coach Diane Metzger was at the meeting to show Trustees the NJCAA plaque her 2004-05 team received for that distinction.
• All four other women’s teams representing Rend Lake College in 2004-05 were saluted as Academic Teams-of-the-Year for cumulative GPAs over 3.0, including Volleyball (3.27) in the fall and Softball (3.40, tied for fourth), Golf (3.35, fourth) and Basketball (3.32, 13th) in the spring. The Men’s Basketball team (3.00, sixth) made it six-of-11 Rend Lake College athletic contingents to be recognized.
• Three NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-Americans from Rend Lake College are honored with pictures thanks to perfect 4.0-point averages – April Gibson (Tilden / Sparta H.S.) in softball, Kyla Parker (Marion) in basketball and Lisa Parker (Centralia) in tennis. Also saluted are two other Distinguished Academic All-Americans from RLC – Nicole Adams (O’Fallon) and her 3.82 GPA as a golfer and Aaron Johnson (Slaughters, KY) and his 3.80 GPA as a baseball pitcher – along with 10 other Warrior and Lady Warrior Academic All-Americans with GPAs between 3.60 and 3.79.
• Four-time NJCAA Coach of the Year Brent McLain, recently named Assistant to the President for Athletics, praised “the administration, the faculty and the great work of (Athletic Director) Tim Wills” for the accomplishments of the student-athletes.
THREE P H S PROJECTS TO BE SUBMITTED TO I C C B
Granted permission to submit Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) Projects for FY 07 to the Illinois Community College Board for approval. Projects and their estimated costs are: Exterior Building Locks and Security Devices Phase II (nine buildings on-campus), $46,625; Academic Building Crosswalk and Campus Step Repairs, $33,650; South Oasis Exterior Steps and Sidewalk Replacement, $69,650.
SANDROCK NAMED TEMPORARY CHEMISTRY INSTRUCTOR
Appointed Paul Sandrock as a temporary full-time Chemistry Instructor for Fall Semester 2005, effective August 22. Sandrock earned a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and taught organic chemistry for Rend Lake College last fall as an adjunct instructor.
HOUGHLAND NEW PINCKNEYVILLE CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Learned of the recent hiring of Melissa Houghland as Administrative Assistant for the Pinckneyville Correctional Center, contingent upon approval by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
FEES UPDATED TO INCLUDE SPRING 06 CHARGES
Revised the Administrative Procedure regarding Fees in order to keep the list up-to-date, effective Spring Semester 2006.
R L C FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT SEPTEMBER 22
Trustees and others were reminded of three upcoming events:
• RLC Foundation Golf Tournament – Thursday, September 22, at the Rend Lake Golf Course, with a shotgun start at noon. Participants will be helping celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this major fund-raising effort on behalf of student scholarships.
• Scholarship Dinner for student recipients and scholarship donors – Thursday, October 20, at the Rend Lake Resort Conference Center, 6 p.m.
• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner – Thursday, December 1, at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, 6:30 p.m.