VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM APPROVED; 31 COURSES SUBMITTED
Approved a new curriculum in Veterinary Technology – to be part of the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) program – and 31 new courses and authorized their submission to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for action. The courses include 15 specific to the Veterinary Technology program, 15 for Heavy Equipment Technology and a Physical Education course, Wrestling.
BILL SIMPSON ELECTED BOARD VICE CHAIR, DAVID EDMISON SECRETARY
Elected William (Bill) Simpson of Benton as Board of Trustees Vice Chair, filling a vacancy of several months, and filled the Secretary’s position Simpson vacated with David Edmison of Mt. Vernon.
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH KASKASKIA COLLEGE APPROVED
Approved a new Interdistrict Cooperative Agreement between RLC and Kaskaskia College. These agreements allow students to take programs at another college if their sending college does not offer that program. Rend Lake College accepts students from the K.C. District in Ag Mechanics, Architectural Technology, Diesel Technology, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Health Information Assistant, Heavy Equipment Technology, Horticulture, Hospitality Management, Manufacturing Technology, Medical Lab Technology, Mining Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Surgical Technology, Surveying Technology, Programming with Visual Basic, Wireless Communication Technology and the Associate Degree in Engineering Science. Kaskaskia agrees to accept RLC District students in Auto Collision Technology, Carpentry Occupation, Dental Assisting, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nail Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant and Respiratory Therapy.
CULINARY ARTS EQUIPMENT APPROVED, PROJECT SUBMITTED
Accepted bids from Boelter Contract and Design of Milwaukee, WI, at a cost of $59,654 and from American Energy Restaurant Equipment for $24,577 for commercial kitchen equipment for use in expanding facilities for the Culinary Arts program. Items were purchased individually as submitted by three bidders.
Granted permission to submit to the Capital Development Board the Culinary Arts Kitchen Classroom Renovation Project Phase 2, and to bid the project after approval is received. Approximately $71,434 is available through Capital Renewal Grant Funds, with any remaining costs to be paid out of Institutional Funds. The proposed renovation will create a second demonstration kitchen.
SIGNAGE AGREEMENT APPROVED, BIDS TO BE SOUGHT
Entered into an agreement with TA Operating Corporation for the installation of an electronic information display sign on the Mt. Vernon Travel Center of America property and then granted permission to advertise and bid the purchase of a 5-foot by 50-foot electronic sign for the purpose of promoting Rend Lake College programs and RLC MarketPlace activities. Estimated cost for the sign and installation is $63,000, to be paid from a municipal lease to be amortized over five to seven years.
IN OTHER BUSINESS-RELATED MATTERS . . .
• Approved a revision to the amount of coverage needed under a Treasurer’s surety bond (no less than $14,988,625) for RLC District 521 as required by state statutes for FY2007.
• Approved the transfer of $1 million from the Working Cash Fund to the Education Fund due to the timing of receipts of funds from the state to cover current obligations.
• Approved transfer of $1 million from the Education Fund to the Working Cash Fund to repay earlier transfers made in anticipation of revenues to be received, as legally required within one year.
TRACK EQUIPMENT BIDS, OBSOLETE EQUIPMENT LIST AND MORE . . .
• Granted permission to advertise for bids for approximately $60,000 in equipment needed for the new Running Track project.
• Approved the list of approximately 300 items of obsolete equipment. A sale is tentatively set for mid-June. The list includes considerable office furniture and chairs, file cabinets, light fixtures and computer-related hardware
• Approved Board Policy re: Extended Hours Schedule, which shows Counseling, Financial Aid, Student Records, Business Office, Bookstore and Learning Resource Center open until 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters.
JOE KLOEPPER TO COORDINATE HEAVY EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Employed Joe Kloepper as the new, full-time Heavy Equipment Technology Coordinator, effective May 15. As such, he will oversee the development of curriculum through a partnership with Fabick Caterpillar to train Heavy Equipment Technicians for their dealerships as well as others in the area. He also will recruit students, interact with Fabick Cat and Caterpillar, Inc. and serve as an instructor. Kloepper is a graduate of Trinity College and University (SD) and the University of Phoenix. A former Maintenance Supervisor and Instructor with the United States Navy, Kloepper worked three years for WinTec, Inc. in Washington, MD, as a Program Analyst / Operations Mobility and more recently three years for Access Systems, Inc., in Reston, VA, as a Senior Program Analyst / Operations Mobility.
STUDIO R.L.C. ELEVATES DAPHNE MITCHELL, ADDS GRETCHEN HAMPSEY
• Promoted Daphne Mitchell to the position of Cosmetology Education Leader / Director for Studio RLC, the college’s Paul Mitchell Partner School located in the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. This is a stipend position; she will continue some of her teaching duties as well.
• Transferred Gretchen Hampsey to the position of Cosmetology Business Manager, effective May 15. In this new position, she will assume the business-related functions for Studio RLC, such as state reporting, Paul Mitchell reporting, overseeing the retail portion of the operation, inventory management and control, accounting and assisting with recruitment efforts. Hampsey, who has been Executive Assistant to the Dean of Instruction, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Washington, a two-year Accounting degree and Retail Management certification.
SANDRA AYDT NAMED TEMPORARY FULL-TIME INFANT TEACHER
Appointed Sandra Aydt as Temporary Full-Time Infant Teacher at the RLC Foundation Children’s Center from May 1 through the first week of July to fill a need due to maternity leave for the regular teacher. Aydt has been a substitute teacher in the Children’s Center and has the proper qualifications to teach in the Infant classroom.
SHARON BEASLEY STEPS DOWN; TARA SULLIVAN, RHONDA CARLTON LEAVING
Accepted with regret resignations from three individuals . . .
• Dr. Sharon Beasley asked to be relieved of her duties as Allied Health Division Chair, effective August 20. She will maintain her faculty position as a Nursing Professor; she joined the staff in a full-time capacity in 1980.
• Learning Enhancement Specialist Tara Sullivan will leave that position June 30 and has accepted a teaching position (English) at Frankfort Community High School in West Frankfort. Sullivan was responsible for overseeing enhanced tutoring efforts for RLC students, in particular student-athletes. Six of 11 Warrior and Lady Warrior teams merited All-America status last year, each with cumulative grade-point averages of 3.0 or better on a 4.0-point scale.
• Rhonda Carlton as In-Focus / Keep-Focused Counselor and Head Volleyball Coach, effective June 30.
REND LAKE COLLEGE TO ADVERTISE TO FILL FOUR NEW POSITIONS
Granted permission to create four new positions and then advertise to fill them . . .
• Radiologic Technology Director – Rend Lake College has sought approval from the Illinois Community College Board to offer a program in Radiologic Technology beginning Fall Semester 2006. Accrediting standards require the program to have a qualified director in place prior to beginning instruction.
• Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator – A qualified individual also must be in place in this position prior to instruction being offered.
• General Science Instructor – Needed due to a shift in teaching responsibilities for another instructor. This person will be expected to teach introductory-level science classes, science for non-majors and Astronomy courses.
• Heavy Equipment Technology Instructor – This would be a second full-time, tenure-track position for this program. Administrators indicated there may be a need in the near future for an additional faculty member to cover required content in this area.