Board of Trustees

Minutes of the April 28, 2009 Regular Board Meeting

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
Chairman Mark Stephens called the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to order in the Boardroom at 6:28 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

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

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of March 17, 2009. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Mr. Stephens commented that in the Human Resources Report, there is a revised page 12.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
Kelly McDonald of Rosemont stated that she is representing the currently-enrolled nursing students who are concerned about the tuition increase to $165 per credit hour, which is a 160 percent increase. She understands that the TCSA was involved in the discussion, but the nursing students feel that TCSA didn’t fully understand the impact on them. Ms. McDonald requested that the current students be grandfathered in with current fees until they graduate. Chairman Stephens acknowledged that this is a big increase, and explained that the program was selected because it produces nurses that get a good wage upon completion, and will still be a good buy. The nursing program historically loses half a million dollars a year, and with the tuition increase it will break even. Mr. Stephens discussed the serious financial issues the school is facing caused by cuts in state funding. Vice President of Academic Affairs Angela Latham noted that there has been a concerted effort in the Financial Aid department to work with affected students. 

Mary White of River Forest, a nursing student, discussed a problem she experienced with the NUR 145 class caused by the instructor’s absence, multiple substitute teachers, and a lack of communication. Some students did not pass the final exam and after appeal, an offer to retest was given to ten students if they signed a waiver. She did not sign and did not retake the test, and has now hired an attorney.

Tiyonna Davis of Forest Park also discussed issues with NUR 145. She stated that nursing students risk being kicked out the program based on attendance and punctuality and wonders if the instructor faces any consequences. Mr. Stephens replied that the situation is being handled but stressed that personnel issues cannot be discussed in a public setting. The retesting situation was discussed. Chairman Stephens directed Vice President Latham to examine what has been done and if additional consideration can be given. 

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Debra Baker reported that faculty contract negotiations are ongoing. She thanked Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan for generously accommodating her schedule so they could move forward.

No other employee group reports were given because representatives were attending Lobby Day in Springfield.

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA Vice President Dante Colloly reported that students attended Lobby Day and got to meet with legislators. The TCSA Annual Recognition Dinner will be held on May 8 at 6:00 p.m., and students hope to see the Board of Trustees there. 

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Affairs
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Vice President Sullivan introduced Acting Police Chief Jeff Sargent who administered the oath of office to new Police Officer Roman Gronke.

Vice President Latham recognized the Outstanding Faculty of the Year as follows. Annette Jajko has been at Triton since 1989, becoming full time in 1999. She is currently coordinator of the Marketing Program and is a Triton graduate. Ms. Jajko was recognized for her dedication to students and has done a lot of work with the Assessment Committee. Lorette Dodt has been with Triton for twenty-six years and is Coordinator of Visual Communications. She has done a lot of curriculum work, having developed fifty courses and multiple degrees and certificates. She is currently working with innovative teaching practices including learning communities, and has authored two texts. Ms. Dodt is a photographer and artist and presented the Board with cards of her photos produced by VIS students. Both faculty members received plaques and were applauded. 

Vice President of Student Affairs Doug Olson introduced Lorelei Carvajal, the faculty advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, which just achieved 5 Star Status. PTK Officers Krystyna Santana, Grace Seuffert, Marzena Zukowska, Robert Kitchen, and Jose Isaac Lopez discussed their duties and the work they did to attend that 5 Star Status for the chapter. They hope to hold a leadership conference for the region and maybe the state. Ms. Carvajal was applauded for her commitment to the chapter. Chairman Stephens stated that he hopes to hear more about a regional conference, and congratulated PTK for a job well done.

Vice President Olson announced that Krystyna Santana and Tyara Simpson, who was not present, were named to the PTK/USA Today All Academic Team. They were recently recognized at the PTK Banquet in Springfield and were awarded medallions and photos. 

It was announced that PTK will be hosting International Night the evening of May 4 in the cafeteria. 

Vice President Olson introduced Dean of Student Services Quincy Martin who stated that this has been a tremendous year for athletics. He introduced Athletic Director Harry McGinnis to present the Men’s Basketball team. Mr. McGinnis reported that it was an exciting season with 29 wins and 4 losses. He credited Coach Steve Christiansen for his outstanding job with the team who were Conference Champs and undefeated in the conference. Coach Christiansen achieved his 100th win in the finale of conference play in a home game. Mr. Christiansen introduced the players who were present and gave them credit for their hard work this year. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados reported that this is the second year of the President’s Leadership Academy and it is another outstanding group. She explained that the leaders select a project to work on during their year in the Academy that benefits the institution and helps them grow professionally. Leaders Mike Garrity and Izabela Zurawska were present to share information about their project. Mr. Garry reported that the Leadership Academy was a great opportunity for the staff, starting with the retreat which helped them grow professionally. For their project, they decided to offer what they were provided in the form of a Leadership Academy for Youth, so that the students selected can learn more about leadership and grow professionally and personally. Ms. Zurawska reported that she is honored to be part of the Leadership Academy. For the Youth Leadership Academy project, they are identifying students from high schools and community based organizations to attend an academy on Triton’s campus June 22-24. The leaders hope the participants will be motivated to be future leaders in the community as well as improve relationships with the high schools. The program will highlight fundamentals of leadership, financing your future, presentation skills, and emotional/social learning. Mr. Garrity added that the group hopes this is a pilot that will be integrated into the institution and continued in the future. Dr. Granados mentioned that leaders have been going to different meetings and giving presentations as part of their learning, and have been very well received at the Community Advisory Committee and K-8 Partnership. 

President Granados reported that the college is hosting an Athletic Alumni Banquet, and over 350 attendees are expected, 170 of which are alumni. She will report back on this event next month. Dr. Granados concluded with a reminder that the Retirement & Recognition Dinner is this Thursday and she looks forward to seeing everyone there. 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens commented that it was nice to have such recognitions as the Board has seen tonight. He reported on tentative good news of receiving the $10 million dollars for our Technology building. Mr. Stephens is cautiously optimistic about receiving the funding and continues to communicate with our local legislators to that end. 

Mr. Stephens thanked TCFA President Debra Baker for her gracious email congratulating him on behalf of TCFA. He also commented that he didn’t know all of the candidates on the ballot for the trustee positions, but he knew Marie Caronti and noted that she is a good lady and ran a classy campaign.

Chairman Stephens asked everyone to keep focused on enrollment. Community outreach will continue, and we are meeting with Melrose Park to expand the Best Buy initiative and hope to meet with Maywood soon. He encouraged everyone to get into the grassroots of the community.

NEW BUSINESS
BOARD POLICY – First Reading
Human Resources 4139 Travel – Board of Trustees and All College Employees
Mr. Stephens asked anyone with thoughts on the policy revisions to let him know through the President’s Office or e-mail. 

BOARD POLICY – Second Reading
Academic Affairs 6060 Course Outlines
Academic Affairs 6080 Course Syllabi
Ms. Peluso made a motion to enact the revised Board Policies, seconded by Ms. Viverito. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

ACTION EXHIBITS
With no objection from the Board, the Action Exhibits were taken as a group, including:
14194 Budget Transfers 
14195 Auditor Engagement Letter – FY 2009 & FY 2010
14196 Waiver of Facility Rental Fee – Village of Elmwood Park
14197 Cooperative Agreement with Advanced Occupational Medicine Specialists
14198 Cooperative Agreement with West Chicago Physicians
14199 Independent Contractor Agreement with Kay Langston
14200 Agreement for Meeting Space for Leadership Academy
14201 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests

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

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B31.28 Catering Services – Child Development Center
B31.29 Printing of Summer 2009 Triton College Continuing Ed Guide
B31.30 Backflow Preventor Installation – Flooring 
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Purchasing Schedules, seconded by Mr. Stam. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Mrs. Del Giudice announced that she had to leave the meeting to attend a wake. 

BILLS AND INVOICES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $3,246,979.62.

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Gary, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Saunders, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 
Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting yes. 

CLOSED SESSION
Mr. Gary 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 Mr. Stam. 

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

Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board went into Closed Session at 8:01 p.m.

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

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

Motion carried 6-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board returned to Open Session at 10:17 p.m.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 1 through 3 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 and 1.5.02. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 4 through 8 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.9.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve pages 9 and 10 of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.5.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Mr. Saunders made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve page 11 and revised page 12 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.6.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approved page 13 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 and 5.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 14 through 16 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve page 17 of the Human Resources Report, items 7.1.01 through 7.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Mr. Gary to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 10:20 p.m.

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