Outgoing Trustee Presentation, Appointment of Acting Secretary
The board accepted the resignation of Trustee Eric Black of Mt. Vernon. Black has served on the Rend Lake College Board of Trustees for seven years, having been elected to a four-year term in 2011 and re-elected to a six-year term in 2015. During his tenure, he served as the Board Chair for three years, from 2013-2016, and prior to his resignation, he served as the Board Secretary. His vacated seat will be temporarily filled for the remainder of his six-year term. Black cited his desire to concentrate on his family and business as reasons for his resignation.
“After having served the college for several years now, I can wholeheartedly say it has been a pleasure,” he wrote in his resignation letter. “There has been quite a bit of work, some late nights, and some long phone calls, but I have enjoyed the experience. More importantly, I have had the pleasure of getting to know some very fine individuals, both on the board and faculty and staff. What a great team. Thank you and keep up the great work.”
Trustee Brian Dorris was appointed acting Secretary of the board.
Agreements with Southeastern Illinois, John A. Logan colleges approved
The board approved three agreements Tuesday.
- An agreement for instructor share and course cost sharing between Rend Lake College and Southeastern Illinois College. This agreement allows for course offerings at both institutions that normally might not be offered due to low enrollment or lack of instructor qualifications.
- A Memorandum of Understanding with Southeastern Illinois College. The agreement lays out the details of the contractual relationship between Rend Lake College and Southeastern Illinois College for Cosmetology within Academic Services. This memorandum highlights the continuation of shared resources between both colleges where appropriate and beneficial to the individual institutions.
- A Joint Agreement for Dual Credit between Rend Lake College and John A. Logan College to provide additional educational programs to the high school students of each district.
Renn joins CCR&R team
The board appointed Kelsi Renn as Specialist – Subsidized Child Care – Child Care Resource and Referral, effective July 16, 2018. Renn holds Associate of Science and Art degrees from Rend Lake College. She currently serves as a bank teller at Peoples National Bank and was previously a student worker at Rend Lake College.
Retirement resignation amended
The board amended the retirement resignation of Leah Stallman, TRIO Director, to now be effective Sept. 1, 2018. Her original retirement resignation was approved by the board on Sept. 13, 2016, with an original effective date of Aug. 31, 2019. Stallman wrote in her amended retirement letter, “I will continue to support Rend Lake College as a community member and I wish the college and staff all the best in the future.”
Resignations from two
The board accepted two resignations with regret Tuesday.
- Danielle Kaufman, Student Success Coordinator and Women’s Golf Coach, effective June 21, 2018. “It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation. The past three years at Rend Lake College have been wonderful,” Kaufman wrote in her resignation letter. “I’ve enjoyed working for Rend Lake and being a part of a successful team.”
- Christopher Thomas Murphy, Computer Technician, effective June 18, 2018.
The board heard a report on the college’s reaffirmation of accreditation activities. The college is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is due for a comprehensive evaluation visit by the HLC Sept. 24-25, 2018. Chad Copple, Dean of Marketing and Information Technology, passed out an updated draft of the Assurance Argument, which is due Aug. 27. Copple also reminded the board of the HLC visit, set for Sept. 24-25.
In other business, the board …
- Ratified payment of college expenses including travel reimbursements.
- Approved revisions to the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Health Information Technology (HIT), Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, and Employee handbooks.
- Approved the release of closed session minutes from July – December 2016.
- Approved the destruction of closed session tapes after they have been held for 18 months, in accordance with and as provided by the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
- Approved revisions to Board Policy & Procedure 3.1115 – Stipends to better meet the needs of the college.
- Accepted the College Mission Statement, as well as the mission document, as part of an annual board review and to keep the mission prevalent in the college’s regular operations.
- Approved the creation of Rend Lake College Policy & Procedure 2.1516 – Record Retention (first reading) to better serve the needs of the institution.
- Authorized the purchase of Canvas, a learning management system, and sign a 5-year purchase agreement dating Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2023 for a total of $288,103.51. The college currently uses Blackboard Learning System, but will replace with Canvas, a comprehensive cloud-based software package. The agreement allows for 24/7 tech support for our students and is compatible with the college’s current ERP system.
- Approved the branding of the Rend Lake College Athletic Program to provide various teams with consistent logo graphics for uniforms, apparel, and other print and digital uses.
Mark your calendars …
- Learning Resource Center Trivia Night, Friday, July 13, The Rec on campus. Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m.
- Faculty Orientation, 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, Theatre on campus.
- Student Learning Day, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, Theatre on campus.
- Thirty-seventh Annual Rend Lake College Foundation Golf Outing, noon shotgun start, Thursday, Sept. 13, Rend Lake Golf Course, Whittington.