Board of Trustees

Minutes of the April 15, 2008 Regular Board Meeting

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
Chairman Stephens called the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to order in the Boardroom at 6:21 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

Present: Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Esparza, Mr. Gary, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Mr. Stephens, Ms. Viverito.

Absent: Mr. Becker.

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 18, 2008. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
None.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
None.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Maggie Hahn Wade reported that recognition of Faculty Members of the Year will occur tonight, and that the three to be recognized exemplify the full-time faculty. Of concern to faculty are the faculty hiring recommendations received showing limited faculty hires. Ms. Hahn Wade commented that this affects faculty and the ability to provide services to students. She also reported on the concern about lack of support for online teaching, and asks for the Board’s assistance in securing the expertise needed. 

Mid-Management Association John Cadero reported that Mid-Managers are looking forward to working with the Board and administration in negotiating their contract. 

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA President Bill Niemiec reported on student attendance at Community College Student Lobby Day, where he and Mr. Esparza and seven other students pushed the concern of Triton and student-centered issues. He also reported that elections for the TCSA Executive Board are taking place with many good candidates involved. Mr. Niemiec discussed several student events, including a Student vs. Teachers softball game to take place on May 1 at Noon, and the International Bingo event which was held two weeks ago and proved successful at bringing students and families together. Lastly, Mr. Niemiec commented on the great job done by exiting Student Trustee Michael Esparza, and that students are looking forward to the leadership of Mr. Chiappetta and the new team. 

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.
Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services Nick Akinkuoye recognized Outstanding Faculty Award winners Debra Baker of Health Careers, Judy Jiang of the Science Department, and Magalene Sudduth of Counseling. President Granados applauded Ms. Baker on her dedication to students and the Ophthalmic Tech area; Dr. Sudduth on her engagement with students campus-wide; and Ms. Jiang for her involvement in and out of the classroom. She stated that all three faculty are committed to excellence and to serving our students. In addition, it was announced that Ms. Baker is the college’s nominee for the ICCTA Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year for the state. 

Associate Vice President of Student Services Doug Olson recognized the following students for their accomplishments.

Veterans Park District presented a plaque to Triton College for student involvement in planning the Bulger Park Community Center. Student Nancy Aquino was recognized as one of the students who worked closely with the park district in the design. Ms. Peluso explained the process of working with the architecture students and having them experience what it’s like to have a client, noting that it was a great opportunity and experience for all involved. She also recognized VPD Commissioner Tom Olson who was instrumental in this partnership. 

Andrea Svehla, Interior Design student, was recognized for receiving First Place in a Student Design Competition – Kitchen Design from the Midwest Chapter National Kitchen & Bath Association. Ms. Svehla received a certificate and a $500 award. Architecture Faculty JoBeth Halpin reported that there was a lot of competition for this award.

Luis Perez, Architecture student, received the ALA Student Merit Award from the Association of Licensed Architects. Mr. Perez received a trophy and certificate, and will be featured in the summer issue of the ALA magazine.

Magdalena Wesolowska, Interior Design student, received the 2008 NKBA/TOTO Outstanding Student Award from TOTO USA Inc. Mike Harrigan from TOTO USA announced that this award goes to the student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the kitchen and bath coursework at an NKBA Endorsed College. He presented Ms. Wesolowska with a plaque and a $450 scholarship. 

Bill Niemiec and Aaron Mrozik were recognized for earning a place on the 2008 Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team. This Team is sponsored by PTK, USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges in recognition of academic achievement and volunteer work for the college and community. Mr. Olson presented a plaque to Mr. Niemic. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados echoed Ms. Hahn Wade’s words and stated that faculty hiring is a priority as we work in collaboration to identify needs in delivering excellence in education. She explained that the recommendations come through the work of the Deans and Chairs, and that the list is a living document which can grow as enrollment grows. 

Dr. Granados applauded the students for going to Lobby Day, stating that it’s important for everyone to be united in increasing revenues. A focus now is aggressively going after grants and knocking on the doors of businesses for support. 

President Granados discussed the vacant position for tech support for online classes mentioned in the faculty report, noting that the position has been available since July 1 of last year and has been difficult to fill. The position has been changed and upgraded to administration, and efforts are being made to fill the position. 

Dr. Granados thanked outgoing Student Trustee Michael Esparza for his work and commitment to students. She congratulated Mr. Chiappetta and welcomed him.

Lastly, President Granados read a letter she received from NIU President Dr. Peters thanking Triton for its support following the recent tragic shootings. Dr. Granados discussed the ways Triton responded, including our counselors providing support, the students holding a vigil, and crisis intervention training taking place facilitated by Dean of Student Services Quincy Martin and Faculty Counselor Magalene Sudduth. 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens reported that the first Community Advisory Committee was held today. He felt it was an impressive group of people who can help the college make further roots into our community and establish connections to help us better serve our constituents. 

Mr. Stephens addressed the tech job mentioned previously and how the job was elevated to help fill it while working through our existing hiring structure. 

Chairman Stephens discussed the state funding picture, noting that a quick synopsis of state funding reveals over $13 million in funding lost since 1991. He reported that the Board will host a legislative dinner on May 29 to talk to legislators about the college’s need for release of the funding for renovation of the Technology Building, which has been the number one project on the state’s list of capital projects for six years. 

NEW BUSINESS

ACTION EXHIBITS
With no objection from the Board, Mr. Stephens asked for a motion to approve the following Action Exhibits as a group.
13992 Budget Transfers
13993 Auditor Engagement Letter – FY 2008, FY 2009, & FY 2010
13994 Intergovernmental Agreement with Clerk of the Circuit Court – Cook County
13995 Intergovernmental Agreement – West Suburban Drug and Gang Task Force
13996 Realignment of the Johnson Controls, Inc. Planned Service Agreement (PSA) – FY 08
13997 Statement of Final Completion – Rehabilitation of Liberal Arts Building
13998 Statement of Final Completion – Potable Water Distribution Rehabilitation Project
13999 Education Agreement for Employees of Member Companies of Tooling Manufacturing Association
14000 Renewal of North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc. (NEMRT) Agreement
14001 Group Crisis Intervention Training (Confirmation of Board Poll)
14002 College Curriculum Recommendations
14003 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests
14004 Ratification of ICOPS Negotiated Agreement

Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Action Exhibits, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B30.36 One Utility Work Machine – Physical Plant Department
B30.37 Five Hospital Beds – Nursing Lab
B30.38 Printing of District Wide Schedule of Classes – Summer 2008 Continuing Ed Edition
B30.39 Automotive Engine System Trainer
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

BILLS AND INVOICES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $2,502,469.06.

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Gary, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens.
Absent: Mr. Becker.

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative.

CLOSED SESSION
Ms. Peluso made a motion to go into Closed Session to discuss and consider the hiring, discipline, performance, and compensation of certain personnel, matters of collective bargaining, acquisition of real property, and matters of pending, probable, or imminent litigation, seconded by Ms. Viverito. 

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Gary, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens.
Absent: Mr. Becker.

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board went into Closed Session at 7:03 p.m.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION
Mr. Chiappetta made a motion to return to Open Session, seconded by Ms. Viverito. 

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Chiappetta, Mrs. Del Giudice, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito. 
Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Gary, Mr. Stephens.

Motion carried 4-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board returned to Open Session at 7:25 p.m.

Ms. Peluso noted that Mr. Stephens and Mr. Gary were called away on family matters.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Chiappetta, to approve page 1 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.1.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 2 through 4 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.7.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 5 of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 6 and 7 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.2.05. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 8 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 9 through 11 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.5.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 12 of the Human Resources Report, item 7.1.01. Voice vote carried the motion 3-1 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting no and Mr. Chiappetta voting yes.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Ms. Viverito to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Stam. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Vice Chairwoman Peluso adjourned the meeting at 7:29 p.m.


Submitted by: 
Mark R. Stephens, Board Chairman
Diane Viverito, Board Secretary