Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Board of Trustees Meeting Recap

Posted from Wednesday, April 25, 2012 to Sunday, April 29, 2012.

The Rock Valley College Board of Trustees met Tuesday night for their regular meeting. Highlights from the evening’s business follow.
The annual reorganization of the board took place. The officers for the next year are:
Chair – Michael Dunn
Vice Chair – Mike Olson
Secretary – Mary Tuite
Chair Michael Dunn appointed members of the board committees:
Facilities committee – Randy Schaefer and Mike Olson, Chair.
Finance committee – Kathy Kelley and Ted Biondo, Chair.
HR committee – Mike Olson, and Stephanie Raach, Chair.
Teaching and Learning Committee – Mary Tuite, and Randy Schaefer Chair.
Dr. Michael Youngblood was acknowledged as Faculty of the Year.
Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team members Janet Saldana and Amy Kuhlen were acknowledged, and also Phi Theta Kappa Coca Cola Silver Scholar, Janet Saldana.
Casey Schoonover was acknowledged as the CISCO national competition winner.
New student trustee for 2012-2013 Daniel Slabaugh was introduced and will be seated at the May board meeting.
Retirees were honored for their service: Diana Barthelman; Jay Friberg; Scott Fisher; Mark Culhane; Norm Dean; Thomas Hunter; Bill Lawson; Patricia Edwards; Dan Wedemeyer; Charles Nelson; Robert Benham, and Vince Madama.
Thirteen individuals addressed the board. Many members of the RVC faculty and community members spoke on behalf of the AIC, asking the board to consider the value of the arts in all aspects of education and personal development.
Community and business leaders asked that the board consider the economic struggles of the community and whether an arts center is the best means of addressing those issues.
Mayor Larry Morrissey asked for continued discussions regarding capital and community partnerships to meet all needs of the community, including the arts.
Suzanne Dooley presented an update on the Learning and Opportunity Center. Just over 300 students are enrolled in 25 credit courses this semester. Facilitating resources at main campus has been key (Skype appointments and shuttle service). At the LOC 77% of students access some kind of financial aid and the persistence rate for Fall 2011-Spring 2012 was 60.8%. Data collection and analysis are assisting in planning for serving future students.
Leadership of SGA provided the Budget Allocation Committee Financial Report. The allocations include major conferences, clubs, and committees. The number of active clubs increased during this year and requests for FY13 were considerably higher than the available funds.
Sam Overton provided the third quarter financial report, indicating that the college is tracking slightly under budget, with possibly a slight surplus at the end of the fiscal year.
Amy Diaz provided an update on enrollment: Compared to last year, Summer is -9.5% in credit hours and -12.8% in headcount; Fall is currently -8.4% in credit hours and -7% in headcount. The enrollment goals are even compared to last year.
The employee complaint policy was tabled until the May meeting for clarification of some language in the document.
Announcements and Reports
Student Life and SGA are hosting a Leadership Banquet on April 27, and many spring activities are planned for students. Four students, and members of the board and Leadership attended Student Advocacy Day in Springfield.
The Board recommended that plans for renovation of CL-I using capital funds move forward now, regardless of their decision regarding the AIC project.
The Board recommended that ESP and PSA employees receive a $1,000 salary increase on base for FY13 and an increase in healthcare contribution of $900. Employees who are at the top of their range would receive a $1,000 lump sum amount, with nothing added to base. Trustees approved the commendation and Board Reports will be presented at the May meeting to affirm the action.
Dr. Becherer presented two items of new business that he will pursue:
The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between RVC and Highland Community College would offer students in the Pecatonica district the option of participating in either RVC’s Running Start program or Highland’s “CollegeNOW” program. Portions of the Pecatonica district fall into both RVC’s and Highland’s district and portions are geographically closer to Highland.
The Joint Institute of Engineering and Technology in Aerospace (JiET-A) is a collaboration of the area’s leading manufacturers, community and educational leaders to develop the necessary workforce pipeline to sustain and grow the Aerospace and Aviation business sector in Northern Illinois.
The Bridge to Healthcare program is being launched through Adult Ed and a press conference will take place next month.
The Foundation’s Starry Night event raised over $100,000 again this year, with many staff and faculty volunteers participating this year.
The next regular business meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. in WTC 117/119/121.