The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday, May 20, 2019 for its regular monthly meeting. This meeting was held at the Kaskaskia College Nashville Education Center. Board members include Bill Hawley (Odin), Linda Stover (Centralia), Jack Mays (Centralia), Jim Beasley (Centralia), Bryan Holthaus (Carlyle), Laura Wedekemper (Shattuc) and Student Trustee Justin Huff (Dix)
Trustees approved several new transfer agreements with Greenville University, and amended two others that will provide KC graduates with a seamless transfer to Greenville. The new agreements ensure KC graduates in Biology, English, Media Communication, Agribusiness, Music and Music Education smoothly transition into the baccalaureate programs at Greenville with all KC credits accepted. At the same time the two institutions amended their Business Management and Organizational Leadership agreements to cover students who receive their Associates in these programs online or in a traditional setting. “We continue to move full speed ahead with our university partners and these articulation agreements,” said KC President George Evans. “This seamless transition is so important to our students and we are very thankful for such partners like Greenville University.”
Kaskaskia College now has over 100 of these agreements with more than 20 colleges and universities as it continues to establish partnerships with institutions of higher education to provide seamless transition pathways for KC graduates to continue their education. More agreements are expected to be announced later this year.
In personnel action the Board accepted the retirements of a number of longtime Kaskaskia College faculty. The retirements include Professors of Nursing Rita Bodem, Sharon Shanafelt and Natalie Ibendahl. Bodem’ s retirement is effective June 30 of this year, completing 47 years of service to KC, while Shanafelt and Ibendahl’ s retirements will take place in May of 2021. The Board also accepted the retirement of English Professor Dr. Sue Hardebeck which is also effective in 2021. By announcing their retirements now, it will allow the College to begin the process of searching for their replacements.
Trustees also approved establishing two new faculty positions effective this fall. The Engineering/Physics/Math faculty position was established to prepare the College for the retirement of current Engineering Professor Erich Hofelich who is retiring and will allow for a smooth transition by allowing the instructor to shadow Hofelich to learn the entire engineering program sequence. The new instructor will also teach some Math classes, and take over the College’s Engineering Club, SIUE Partnership, and Engineering Advisory Board. The second position is a full time Music Instructor to meet one of the College’s fastest growing programs. With the enrollment growth the department has seen along with additional programs such as Music Education, Music Recording, and Music Therapy, the College needed to add an additional full-time instructor to the department.
In other personnel moves the Board:
Accepted the resignation of Jeff Ebel as Dean of Institutional Advancement.
Hired Elyse Rench of Shiloh as the Evening Coordinator of the Nashville Education Center.
Hired Kristin Gebke of Germantown as a Network Support Specialist.
Approved reappointment of first-year probationary faculty to second-year status.
Approved the creation of a payroll specialist position for the Business Office.
In other action Monday Trustees:
Approved the College formally withdrawing from the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM).
Approved a bid from K.R.B. Excavating, Inc. of Trenton to replace the wooden pedestrian bridge east of the Lifelong Learning Center and rip rap the ditch that runs through the center of the main campus.
Awarded the bid for the renovating several stairwells on the College’s main campus and replacing hallway flooring in a number of locations to Korte & Luitjohan for $243,000. Funds for the work come from the College’s Public Health and Safety Fund.
Approved a request to combine the College’s Accounting and Business Clubs into one club to increase more student participation and involvement.
The summer semester for Kaskaskia College begins June 10 with registration continuing.