10th-day credit hours up 13.2 percent

Learned that 10th-day enrollment credit hours for Fall 2007 were up 13.2 percent, jumping to 35,023 from 30,933 at the same time last year. Additionally, dual-credit figures were not included in these 10th-day figures as yet. Final numbers for last fall's credit hours were 33,374, which was a record.

Vice President of Information Technology and Student Services Salah Shakir said that if current projections hold true, RLC could be looking at a third consecutive record year of enrollment.

FY 2008 budget approved

Adopted the final Fiscal Year 2008 budget as presented at the August Board of Trustees meeting. A public hearing was held at 6 p.m. prior to Tuesday's board meeting

Protection, Health and Safety projects okayed

Granted permission to submit to the ICCB the Vocational Building roof replacement and the sidewalk replacement on the south side of the Advanced Technology Center building for approval and granted permission to bid the projects upon ICCB approval.

Theatre renovation bids approved

Accepted the low bid of $82,188 from Morgan Commercial Structures of Murphysboro for the materials and labor to complete upgrades at the Theatre. These renovations will include new seats, new carpet and wall covering and a new stage curtain. The board also accepted the low bid of $88,388 from Zeller Elevator Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ind., for the labor and materials to complete upgrades on the theatre's lift.

Lambert, McClement-Engler earn tenure

Granted tenure to Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Georgia Lambert and to Art Instructor Melissa McClement-Engler. According to Allied Health Division Chair Kelli Lewis, a faculty clinical evaluation completed by her students yielded an overwhelmingly positive impression about her ability to lead in the clinical setting. "We would not have been able to accept 80 ADN students this fall if it were not for the dedication of my ADN faculty, Georgia foremost," in introducing high-level nurses into the community, Lewis said.

Liberal Arts Division Chair Chris Kuberski said of McClement-Engler, "Melissa's commitment to students and Rend Lake College is evident. She illustrates professionalism, dedication and creativity whether in the classroom or on the canvas." Kuberski added that McClement-Engler is a highly respected artist in her own right and this carries over to the classroom.

Wilson becomes Job Preparedness Instructor

Employed Danalyn Wilson as a full-time Job Preparedness Instructor at Big Muddy River Correctional Center, contingent on approval from the Illinois Department of Corrections. Wilson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and most recently was employed as a juvenile detention officer at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.

Resource Development Specialist Wynn moving on

Accepted with regret the resignation of Resource Development Specialist Trudee Wynn effective Sept. 18. Wynn was the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Staff Award and has been with the college since Sept. 6, 2001.

RLCF Children's Center's Carlton leaving

Accepted with regret the resignation of Clarissa Carlton, Assistant Child Care Provider at the RLC Foundation Children's Center Toddler Room, effective Oct. 5. "It has been a great pleasure working with [Children's Center Director Peggy Dolce] and all of the staff at the center. I have really enjoyed my experiences here," Carlton said.

Two employee transfers gain approval

Approved the transfer of Sara Alstat from Music Program Coordinator to full-time faculty in Music effective August 20. According to administrative rationale, the majority of the classes needed to offer an Associate in Fine Arts in Music will be finalized this fall, and with the increased offerings in music, Alstat will be required to teach more courses. "She has proven herself to be a sound instructor, avid recruiter and core contributor to the growth of the music program," the rationale states.

The board also transferred Cindy Lord, a temporary full-time instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program, from a standard faculty contract to an industrial contract effective Sept. 12. The move was necessary to provide flexibility in the department for meeting the needs of 80 ADN students, according to administrative rationale.

New courses approved

Approved nine new courses and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board for action: Aural Skills II, Practicum in Music Theatre, Karate II, Golf II, Basketball II, Tennis II, Volleyball II, Baseball II and Softball II.

Mark your calendars ...

• Ribbon Cutting at RLC MarketPlace Pre-K Center, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

• RLC Foundation Golf Tournament, Thursday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. lunch, 12 p.m. shotgun start, Rend Lake Golf Course.

• RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Rend Lake Resort Conference Center.

• RLC Foundation Annual Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.

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