RLC boasts second-highest FTE growth last 5 years

Received ICCB data indicating Rend Lake College experienced a greater growth rate in full-time student equivalency (FTE) from Spring 2000-2004 -- 42.8% -- than any other Illinois community college save for nearby Kaskaskia College and ranked fifth overall during that same period in terms of student headcount increase at 39.5%, behind Kaskaskia, South Suburban, Carl Sandburg and Olney Central. The Rend Lake College headcount for Spring 2004 of 3,756 students translates into a full-time equivalency rate of 2,235. There are 48 college campuses which comprise the statewide system.

Degree/Certificate awards projected highest ever

A chart provided by Information Technology sources shows the total number of degrees and certificates awarded to RLC graduates increased by 165 from FY2002 to FY2003 -- 621 to 786 -- and is projected at the present time to be an all-time high of 1,160 for FY2004, an increase of 48%.

Architectural Technology program, courses approved

Approved revisions to the Associate in Applied Science Degree program of study in Architectural Technology and authorized the curriculum's submission to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for action. Also approved four related courses for consideration -- Architectural Drawing; Architectural Building Technology; Architectural Engineering Project, and Architectural Documents and Estimating -- and one other course related to the Therapeutic Massage program (National Certification Exam Review).

Lease agreement will lead to purchase of three buses

Approved entering into a municipal lease and option agreement with Old National Bank for the purchase of three multi-purpose standard school activity buses from Central Management Services. The cost of the 2004 model buses is expected to be approximately $105,000. The five-year lease in the amount of $100,000 is based on a 3.80% annual rate of interest, with the total cost at $109,980. According to administrative rationale provided, "Due to potential safety concerns and insurability issues . . . it would be in the best interests of Rend Lake College to retire a portion of our current fleet of 15-passenger vans and to replace them with 14-passenger multi-purpose standard school activity buses."

Benton's Adam Nagreski elected Student Trustee

Learned Adam Nagreski of Benton will be joining the Board next month as the newly elected Student Trustee following recent voting on campus.

Four Administrative Procedures revised

Approved revisions to Administrative Procedures regarding the areas of Stipends and Fees . . .

** A $3,400 stipend was added for the Teacher-Summer PreK Program. This position would be in relation to a grant Rend Lake College has received from the Illinois State Board of Education to offer a PreK program for the children of the district who are between the ages of 3-6. The grant is for a period of 36 weeks; the stipend would be for a period of eight weeks not covered by the grant.

** Lab fee changes were revised to reflect Learning Resource Center lab fees "to meet current needs and to make charges much simpler" and lab fees for three new Architecture classes that have been developed.

** Payment of Fees to the RLC Foundation Children's Center were revised, effective July 1, "in order to ensure the Rend Lake College Foundation Children's Center can continue to operate in a fiscally sound manner."

** Revisions also were made to Procedures for Use of Van.

Campus Smoking Policy revised on first reading

Approved on first reading revisions to Administrative Policy re: Smoking Policy. The more comprehensive policy permits smoking only in areas outside campus buildings.

Bids sought for LRC periodical subscriptions

Granted permission to seek bids for Learning Resource Center periodical subscription services for FY2005.

Tenure for Adamson, Catalfamo, Heinzmann, Holman

Granted tenure to the following faculty members . . .

** Massage Therapy Instructor Michael Adamson

** Culinary Arts Instructor Diane Catalfamo

** Child Development Instructor Brenda Heinzmann

** Biology Instructor Steve Holman

All are completing their third year as faculty members and received positive evaluations from immediate supervisors. The granting of tenure becomes effective August 17.

RLCF Children's Center employees get new contracts

Approved new Fiscal Year 2005 contracts for four full-time employees of the RLC Foundation Children's Center due to a change in the facility's operating schedule . . .

** Margaret Dolce, Head Teacher-Toddler Classroom

** Michelle Welch, Head Teacher-Infant Classroom

** Caroline Smith, Operations Assistant

** Monica Clouse, Head Teacher-Preschool Classroom

The first three are on full-time, 45-week, nontenure-track contracts, while Clouse is on a similar, 37-week contract. The new contracts are effective beginning July 1.

Monica Clark, Christy Hamilton, Tom Mikutis leaving

** Accepted with regret the resignation of Counselor Monica Clark, whose last official day will be April 14. She cited family responsibilities as the need to relocate.

** Accepted with regret the resignation of Christy Hamilton, Youthful Offender Coordinator for RLC at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center, effective March 22. She has accepted a position with Southern Illinois University.

** Accepted with regret the retirement of RLC Golf Outlet Manager Tom Mikutis, which will not go into effect until April 30, 2005.

Other personnel decisions include Business hiring

** Learned of the recent hiring of Christine Cochrane as Administrative Assistant for the Center for Business Services, effective March 11.

** Contingent upon approval by the Illinois Department of Corrections, granted an unpaid leave of absence to Mary Stark, Director of Correctional Education for Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina, for the period of March 11-26. Plans call for her to return to work March 29.

** Extended for one year the tenure probationary period for Graphic Design Instructor Jennifer Tarantino Linsin.

** Denied tenure and terminated the employment of Don Pound, Computer Science Instructor.

** Accepted the resignation of Custodian Alan Elliott, effective March 2, and ratified a voluntary separation agreement with him.

College awarded $36,800 'Digital Divide' Grant

Learned the college has been awarded grant funding of $36,800 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) under the "Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant Program." The local grant will assist area residents in obtaining the computer-related skills needed to compete in the emerging digital economy.

Upcoming events . . .

** Phi Theta Kappa Induction in the RLC Theatre -

Tuesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.

** Southern Illinois Golf Expo in the RLC Gymnasium

Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28

10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday) / Noon-5 p.m. (Sunday)

** Taste of RLC / "Students for Students" Art Auction

at Rend Lake Resort Conference Center

Thursday, April 1, 4 p.m. / 6 p.m.

** Phi Theta Kappa Academic Team Banquet in Springfield

Tuesday, April 20, 6-9 p.m.

** Student Lobby Day in Springfield

Wednesday, April 21, 9 a.m.-Noon

** Lobby Day in Springfield - Wednesday, April 28

** Athletic Banquet at Rend Lake Resort Conference Center

Wednesday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.

** Annual Board-Faculty-Staff Dinner at Rend Lake Resort

Friday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

** Commencement - Friday, May 14, 7 p.m.

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