Aquatics Center tuition waivers approved

Approved tuition waivers for two different classifications of students in the Rend Lake College Aquatics Center . . .

• To encourage additional participation in credit classes by community members who purchase Aquatics Center memberships by the semester or on an annual basis, tuition was waived for those enrolling in any Physical Education credit class conducted in the Aquatics Center during the same semester they boast Aquatics Center individual or family membership.

• Tuition likewise will be waived for any RLC Warrior Lady Warrior team member who is registered for PYED 1125 – Swimming I as part of a team conditioning activity and where the class is designated as an “athletes only” section. This will benefit those team participants who are not recipients of student-athlete grant-in-aids and yet are required to take the class.

Background checks increased for some

Revised the Administrative Procedure regarding Selection – Responsibilities for the Process and the need for more staff and/or student background checks. “In order to properly protect the safety of students, staff, visitors and campus assets, the administration feels it would be in the best interest of the college to conduct a criminal background check for all individuals whose job responsibilities would include handling of monies, working with children under the age of 13 or having access to confidential financial information,” according to administrative rationale provided.

Special Culinary Arts class approved

Approved a new lecture course, CULA 1206 – Selected Topics in Culinary Arts, and authorized its submission to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) for action. This course will provide an in-depth study of a variety of topics in the culinary arts field; the content will vary from semester to semester depending on the subject covered and will be repeatable up to three times.

Tenure, advertising, travel business matters

In other business-related matters, the Board . . .

• Approved revisions to the Administrative Procedure regarding faculty tenure. The college is required by state statute to provide by February 1 each year a list of all tenured staff and those eligible to achieve tenure. Twelve names were added and a like number removed.

• Approved a change in the Administrative Procedures re: Advertising Guide – Full-Time Employees. As a result, the college is only required to place job opening advertisements in a minimum of “one paper of general circulation within the region” (compared to three previously) in order to reduce costs. Job openings also are available on the college website – – and through other means.

• Approved the 2004 travel reimbursement rate at 40.5 cents per mile, effective January 1 to December 31 as required by the Internal Revenue Service.

Ex-student worker Dick returns to RLCF

Appointed Jo Ann Dick as a full-time Rend Lake College Foundation Assistant Director, effective January 18. She holds two Associate Degrees and in recent years has served as Administrative Assistant for The James Trogolo Company (2003-04) and Owner/Office Manager for J.D. Petroleum Services, Inc. (2000-02). She also worked one year prior to that as a work-study student in the RLC Foundation Office.

Three resignations accepted with regret

Accepted with regret resignations from three employees . . .

• Network Specialist Don Darnell, effective January 17. Darnell joined the Management Information System staff in 1995.

• Steve Mandrell, Construction Occupations Instructor at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center, effective December 17.

• Oletha Taft, who was officially hired during last month’s meeting as Business Management Instructor at Big Muddy River Correctional Center but submitted her resignation January 5.

Hitting Zone Director granted raise

In another personnel-related matter, Trustees approved the administrative recommendation to increase the salary of Bobby Simpson, Director of The Hitting Zone, by $3,000, retroactive to July 1. The baseball-softball training complex, according to administrative rationale provided, is “finally covering the variable (operational) costs.” “Mr. Simpson’s reputation is vital to making The Hitting Zone a success.”

Recruitment, Assessment Committees new

Revised Administrative Policy related to Committees and Extra-Duty Assignments to add two committees – a Standing Recruitment Committee, for the purpose of coordinating and guiding recruitment efforts on behalf of the college, and an Assessment Committee, not only to help improve instruction at the college but also to improve future dealings with North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the national accreditation organization.

Special Meeting December 23 ~

Bowman to coordinate Industrial Training

During a special meeting via conference call on December 23, Sharon Bowman was appointed to fill a new full-time position of Industrial Training Coordinator to work as a liaison with business and industry in Southern Illinois. Bowman was one of eight people interviewed and 65 total applicants for the 50-week, nontenure-track position. Bowman is a Rend Lake College graduate who went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from McKendree College and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has worked for Follett Software Company in McHenry since 2001. Prior to that, she worked for many years as a Teacher and later a Media Specialist for the Thompsonville School system. She also has experience with Digital Creators in Boulder, CO, TeleTech Holdings, Inc. of Denver and TBS Consulting in Johnston City.

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