A Growing Partnership: JALC Board of Trustees Gives Go-Ahead to Expanded Partnership with SIU Agriculture
October 29, 2015
STEVE O'KEEFE, Ed.D
Although no official action was taken, the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees gave a thumbs-up to Vice President Larry Peterson and Southern Illinois University Dean of Agricultural sciences Mickey Latour to proceed to partner on a program that would mutual benefit agriculture students at both institutions.
Latour said that both SIU and John A. Logan College’s enrollments could benefit from the program. Trustee Jake Rendleman, a graduate of the school agriculture, added that professions in agriculture go far beyond farming and offer opportunities for new programs at the College.
Peterson was pleased with the renewed dialog between JALC and SIU.
“Our business department is also in talks with SIU on how the two institutions can work with one another to find new and improved ways to serve our students, and this is only the start,” said Peterson.
Vice President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick informed the board that all budget officers have been notified that due to the state’s continued budget stalemate, purchases should be limited to only those that were deemed necessary for day-to-day operations. McCormick added that the enrollment decline is his greatest financial concern because 78 percent of the College’s funding comes from tuition.
The meeting began with a recognition of the 2015-2016 Presidential Scholars. Students who are currently enrolled as full-time, and have achieved sophomore standing (31 semester hours) with a perfect 4.0 GPA for three consecutive semesters are eligible for the award. The following students were recognized as Presidential Scholars: Jessi Bathon, Carbondale; Curtis Brown, Jr., Carterville; Brittan Cobb, Carbondale; Dennis Ellis, De Soto; Taelor Furry, Marion; Patrick Grossman, Carbondale; Buddy Hopson, Marion; Dylan Overturf, Johnston City; and Kyle Stearns, De Soto.
The Board approved the following items: the College audit prepared by Kemper CPA group; a first read of several board policy updates; a change in title from Vice President of Student Affairs and Community Education to the Vice President of Administration, with no change in duties.
An updated instructional calendar was also approved and according to Peterson, the calendar is now more student friendly.
“The earlier version of the College calendar had us starting later as well as going later than most other schools which proved to be a problem last spring,” said Peterson. “This revised calendar shows a willingness of student services and instructional services to work side-by-side to put the needs of students above all else.”
The Board did not go into closed session and approved all personal items as presented on the agenda. The next scheduled meeting is November 24 at 6:30 PM.
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