October 27, 2016

John A. Logan College Board of Trustees Chairman Don Brewer and College President Dr. Ron House awarded Presidential Scholarships to eight students at the College’s October Board of Trustees meeting. To be eligible for a Presidential Scholarship a student must have a perfect 4.0 grade point average for three consecutive semesters as a full-time student and have obtained sophomore standing.

The following students were recognized: Abdulrahman Alweh (not present), Carbondale; Abigail Doerr, Du Quoin; Alexander Gaidula, Carterville; William Lopez, Herrin; Tabitha Martin, Marion; Nicole Short, Royalton; Caleb Southerland, Carbondale; Jadon Urban, West Frankfort.

In other board news, Acting Vice President for Instruction Melanie Pecord reported that last spring, 1,350 students graduated from in-district high schools, and that 642 of those students are currently enrolled at JALC for the fall semester. According to Pecord, at 47.6 percent, this number ties the highest ever percentage of in-district students, and that it is the highest actual number of students from in-district high schools in 25 years.

“Our extra efforts in dual credit and enrollment along with renewed efforts in recruitment and retention are paying off,” said Pecord. “This past spring, we had every high school on our campus for registration and orientation and we have already met with every senior class this year.”

Retiree Barb James asked the board to consider the possibility of a food pantry on campus. James suggested that it would aid with student retention and pointed to a recent announcement that SIU plans to open a pantry on their campus. Board members were open to the suggestion and agreed to look into the possibility further.

Director of Emergency Planning and Risk Management Don Priddy gave a report on the campus police department. Priddy provided information about the various services the campus police department provides to the campus community. Priddy also reported that College recently published its annual crime statistics and that the College only had minor crimes to report over the past year.

The following consent agenda items were approved: final statement for the auditorium lighting project; campus-wide copier contract with RICOH USA, Inc; use of UniversityLease for financing campus-wide copier equipment; Jenzabar service contract; and revision to Board Policy 5141.

In new business, the board approved the annual College audit provided by RSM US LLP. The audit firm reported no major findings.

In personnel, one term-faculty member was approved and one continuing education instructor was approved. One retirement request was granted and two grant employees were honorably dismissed.