ERP financial resolution approved
Approved a resolution related to the issuance of $1.5 million in general obligation debt certificates for the purpose of purchasing computer hardware and software and altering, repairing, renovating, and equipping the college's facilities accordingly. The resolution was needed to provide the financial resources necessary to implement the college's new Enterprise Resource Planning system, which will integrate many of the functions of the college and provide for more streamlined operations.
In February, 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. 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 would help address this.
Bid accepted for five automation units
Accepted the bid of $54,260 from Beckhoff Automation of Burnsville, Minn., for five Beckhoff Automation training units. Beckhoff was the lone bidder for the units, which will be purchased using Department of Labor grant money. The purchase is necessary to meet the needs for Continental Tire the Americas Inc., a partner in the Department of Labor Community-Based Job Training grant. The purchase also will contribute to the sustainability of the college's Industrial Electronics and Maintenance program after the grant period.
Bids sought for roof replacement
Granted permission to advertise for bids to replace the shingle roofing on the Learning Resource Center and the stage area of the Theatre. The roofs were last replaced in 1996, and the shingles are in poor condition due to age and weather damage experienced over the past spring. Insurance will cover the cost of the replacement.
RAMP document approved
Approved the Resource Allocation Management Plan for transmittal to the Illinois Community College Board. The college is required to submit the RAMP document each year. This is a type of "wish list" submitted by higher education institutions throughout the state, which are then combined at the state level and prioritized for possible funding. Projects on RLC's RAMP list include a new Allied Health building, a Physical Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, a Learning Commons Addition and a new Physical Plant Department building.
Six full-time appointments made
Approved several appointments:
• Andrea Banach, Math and Sciences Division Chair, effective July 1. She earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics / Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She currently serves as Director of Correctional Education at Pinckneyville Correctional Center. The educational program at PCC is administered by the college. In a related action, Banach resigned the Pinckneyville position contingent upon her appointment as division chair.
• Zachary Vahlkamp, Heavy Equipment Instructor, effective Aug. 15. He currently serves in this position on a temporary basis, and this action will make the appointment permanent. Vahlkamp holds Associate in Applied Science degrees in Heavy Equipment Technology, Diesel Technology and Agricultural Mechanics from RLC.
• Melisa Lee Berendson, Associate Degree Nursing Instructor, effective Aug. 15. She holds both Master's and Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and most recently served as a registered nurse at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
• Nicole Haney, Practical Nursing Instructor, effective Aug. 15. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and most recently was clinical nursing supervisor for Advantage Nursing Services. She also currently teaches Certified Nurse Assistant classes at RLC as an adjunct instructor.
• Chad Caldwell, Programmer / Analyst, effective June 16. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University, plus an Associate in Science Degree and certificates in Microsoft Windows Networking, PC Maintenance and Cisco Routing and Switching from RLC. He most recently was a market / research analyst for Champion Laboratories Inc. in Albion.
• Catherine McInturff, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Special Programs, effective July 6. She holds Associate of Science and Arts degrees from John A. Logan College and most recently was executive secretary for Pepsi MidAmerica in Marion.
Herbert transfers to Registered Nurse instruction
Transferred Betty Jo Herbert from the position of Certified Nurse Assistant Associate Professor to the position of Associate Degree Nursing Instructor effective Aug. 15. She has been employed full-time with RLC since September 2006, when she was hired to teach in the Certified Nurse Assistant program in a temporary capacity which was later made permanent.
Three new positions created, applicants sought
Created three new positions, approved their accompanying job descriptions and granted permission to advertise to fill the positions. Two of them are Information Technology Department positions related to the proposed upcoming implementation of the new ERP system. The positions are:
• Business Process Analyst / Trainer – This position 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.
• Web / SharePoint Developer – This position will be a key member of the development team responsible for the design, development and documentation of all college portal solutions.
• Culinary Arts Instructor – This is a new position in addition to the two full-time Culinary Arts instructor positions currently maintained. This third instructor is needed due to the increased number of students enrolled in the program, the increased number of credit hours generated and the lack of availability of qualified part-time instructors.
Four resignations accepted
Accepted with regret the resignations of:
• Brian Kalata, Culinary Arts Associate Professor, effective June 30. "I want to thank Rend Lake College for the privilege of serving in this capacity for the last seven years," Kalata wrote in his letter of resignation. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with students that challenged me to be my best each and every day. I wish continued success to the entire Rend Lake College family who supported me and the Culinary Arts program all these years."
• Bobbie Barmes, Assistant Child Care Provider at the RLC Foundation Children's Center, effective May 27. "I am very thankful for the time I have worked here; I have enjoyed working with the children and being part of their life and watching them grow," Barmes said in her resignation letter.
• Dave Smith, Men's Golf Coach, effective June 30. Smith will remain employed in RLC's Welding Technology program as professor emeritus. "I am a very lucky person to have been able to teach what I do best and coach what has been a lifelong passion," Smith wrote.
• Andrea Banach, Director of Correctional Education at Pinckneyville Correctional Center, effective June 30. This action was necessary for Banach's appointment as the Math and Sciences Division Chair.
In other business, the board ...
• Approved the collective bargaining agreement with the Laborers' International Union of North America, the Southern and Central Illinois Laborers' District Council and Laborers' Local 1197 effective immediately. The agreement concerns the college's maintenance, custodial and grounds staff.
• Approved salaries for administrative, administrative support, academic support and office support personnel and authorized the administration to set appropriate contract lengths as they see fit, not to exceed one year.
• Approved two separate revisions to board policy concerning stipends, one on first reading and one on second reading. Also, the board approved revisions to board procedure concerning job descriptions, fees, and collection of student fees and debts.
• Approved inter-district agreements for educational cooperation with John A. Logan and Kaskaskia colleges. The agreements allow students to take programs at another college if their sending college does not have that program.
• Learned that a total of $8,707.50 less advertising costs was made from the college's annual obsolete equipment auction held Thursday, June 9.
• Retained the services of Clifton Gunderson LLP for the completion of the Fiscal Year 2011 audit.
• Retained the services of Chapman and Cutler LLP as bond counsel and First Midstate Inc. as bond underwriter for the upcoming bond issuance.
• Approved an action transferring up to $3.4 million from the Working Cash fund to the Education fund. This was due to the timing of receipts of funds from the state for various grant payments which may be delayed during future periods. The amount will be transferred back to the Working Cash fund when the money comes in from the state. Additionally, the board approved the transfer of $2,481,000 from the Education fund to the Working Cash fund to repay earlier transfers made in anticipation of revenues to be received by the college. The college is legally required to repay this transfer between funds within one year.
• Approved the resolution of prevailing wages effective July 1.
Mark your calendars …
• Illinois Community College Board Recognition Visit, June 27-28, Rend Lake College.