Rooms named after donors, trustee
Approved the naming of three rooms at the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus and the executive board room on the main campus in Ina.
• At the Murphy-Wall Campus, these namings were approved: Robert J. Crawford Science Lab, Dr. Gene Stotlar Computer Classroom, and Rend Lake College Foundation Computer Center. The naming opportunities for the MWPC were an intricate part of the fund-raising efforts for the Science and Computer Center addition. These names represent individuals who have reached major giving levels for the project.
The fall semester begins this Monday, Aug. 15, and the science lab is ready for classes with the exception of a couple of cosmetic items which will be completed over the next two weeks. Chris Kuberski, Vice President of Academic Instruction, reported to the board that the science classes at the Pinckneyville campus already are full. The addition of the science lab means that students can now obtain a complete Associate Degree in many disciplines at the Murphy-Wall campus without the need to travel to the Ina campus.
Board Vice Chair Ed Cunningham said the City of Pinckneyville should be commended for its efforts in raising money for the project. "We should send a 'thank you' to the whole City of Pinckneyville. They really put their money where their mouth was," Cunningham said.
Drew applauded the efforts of the Rend Lake College Foundation for its efforts at raising the money for the project. The college itself did not have the money for the project, so it was funded entirely by the Foundation and the donations it was able to raise. "That's exactly what these foundations are for. They do a lot of good work," Drew said.
• In addition, the board approved renaming the executive board room in the Student Center on the main campus the Marvin W. Scott Executive Board Room. This was announced at a ceremony prior to last month's board meeting. Scott became an RLC trustee in 1978 and has represented RLC in the Illinois Community College Trustees Association for more than a decade. His name appears seventh on the list of the longest-serving community college trustees in Illinois history.
Scott and his family wrote a letter thanking the college for the honor. "We cannot find words to describe our appreciation," the letter states. Scott said the recognition event was amazing. "We cannot tell you how much we appreciated everything that you did. We had many calls and letters, which made us all humble and thankful. Thank you is not enough, but thanks anyway."
Long-time golf coach Smith honored
The board recognized David Smith, who recently resigned as Head Men's Golf Coach after 22 years at the team's helm. He was presented with a plaque which outlined some of his numerous accomplishments. He was named NJCAA Region XXIV Coach of the Year seven times, won eight Region championships, coached 13 All-Americans, a national champion, and missed taking the Warriors to the national championships only twice in 22 years with RLC competing as an entire team 14 times on the national stage.
Board Chair Bryan Drew, who played golf for the Warriors during his time as a student at RLC, said Smith "spent far more time [working with the team] than he was paid for. He brought this team from nothing to a prominent national powerhouse."
Smith took the time to thank the board for its support and appreciation for Warrior athletics, and said he hopes the board will continue that support into the future.
Board seeks AED, chiller bids
• Granted permission to advertise for bids for 11 Philips HeartStart FRx automated external defibrillators and associated accessories. The college's Safety Committee has determined that more defibrillators are needed on campus. The purchase will enable at least one AED to be located in every building on campus.
• Granted permission to advertise for bids to rebuild the 650-ton centrifugal chiller in the Vocational Building equipment room. The motor inside the chiller recently shorted and requires a complete rebuild. College and insurance officials will be investigating whether insurance could cover the repair due to the possibility that the short may have been caused by recent storm damage.
Tentative budget approved
Approved the tentative budget for the 2012 fiscal year effective July 1. As required by law, the proposed budget will be available for public inspection for 30 days and a public hearing on the budget will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, prior to the regular board meeting.
In personnel matters ...
• Employed Ron Murray as Information Systems Specialist effective Aug. 16. Murray had been employed full-time at RLC as Network Specialist since September 2008, and the board also Tuesday accepted his resignation from that position prior to appointing him to the Information Systems Specialist position. Murray holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree as an IT Systems Specialist from RLC, and also holds numerous occupational certificates and other professional certifications.
• Appointed Penny Murphy as the Director of Correctional Education at Big Muddy River Correctional Center effective Aug. 16. Murphy had been employed full-time at RLC as Youthful Offender Counselor at BMRCC, and the board also Tuesday accepted Murphy's resignation from that position prior to appointing her to the director position. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an Associate in Arts Degree from RLC.
• Employed Ashley Marthaler as Certified Nurse Assistant Instructor effective Oct. 3. Marthaler holds an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree and a Practical Nursing occupational certificate from Rend Lake College, and most recently served as a registered nurse at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Regional Health Center.
• Transferred Sharon Richardson from the position of Teen Parent Services Case Manager to the position of Subsidized Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist effective Sept. 1. Due to state funding cuts, the Teen Parent Services grant was not renewed for Fiscal Year 2012, which eliminated the case manager position.
• Created the position of Transition Coordinator, approved the accompanying job description and transferred Laura Kern to the position effective August 10. She had served as Teen Parent Services Case Manager as well, and this position also was eliminated due to the loss of the Teen Parent Services grant.
In other business, the board ...
• Appointed Marvin Scott as the voting delegate for the Association of Community College Trustees Congress.
• Held a public hearing on a resolution to issue bonds for the purchase and implementation of the college's new Enterprise Resource Planning system. No public comment was made.
Mark your calendars …
• Culinary Arts Open House, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, RLC Culinary Arts Lab.
• RLC Foundation Golf Tournament, Thursday, Sept. 15, Rend Lake Golf Course. Lunch at 11 a.m., shotgun start at noon.
• Fun Fest, Noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, RLC Campus.
• RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 20, Rend Lake Resort.
• Fall Play: "Father of the Bride," 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 3-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, RLC Theatre.
• Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, RLC Theatre.