Board of Trustees
Minutes of the February 20, 2007 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 6:07 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

Present: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Kubiczky, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Mr. Stephens.

Absent: Mr. Murphy, Ms. Viverito. (Ms. Viverito arrived after the start of the meeting.)

Mr. Stephens stated for the record that Ms. Viverito called from traffic and will be joining the meeting shortly.

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of January 23, 2007. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Chairman Stephens noted that in the Human Resources Report, there is revised page 26 and new page 27.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
None.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Maggie Hahn Wade reported that the TCFA is having a Candidate Forum for the Board of Trustees next Monday at the Maywood Park District. She hopes the incumbents have received their invitations, and she has information available for anyone who needs it. Ms. Hahn Wade commented that faculty are looking forward to working with Lorette Dodt as interim Dean of Technology, but expressed concern over the issue created with less faculty and classes that need to be taught. She understands that having faculty go over maximum load is not the best solution, but bringing in someone fresh is not good either, and she hopes to work cooperatively with administration to solve the problems so that classes don’t have to be cancelled because of no teacher. 

Adjunct Faculty Association President Adrian Fisher noted that adjunct faculty will also be present at the candidate forum. She also reported that adjuncts are currently working to implement the contract and improving relations with administration. 

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA Vice President Eduardo Zuniga invited the Board to attend an Administrators Luncheon on March 6, and reported that an Administrative Forum is scheduled on March 27 to allow for conversation between students and administrators. Students are also preparing to share concerns with legislators at Lobby Day in Springfield April 24 and 25, and increase cancer awareness through the Relay for Life on May 4.

TRUSTEE ARRIVAL
Ms. Viverito arrived at 6:12 p.m.

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan introduced Scott Allen from Johnson Controls, Inc. who will give an annual report on the cogeneration project and energy costs. Mr. Allen reviewed the summary booklet that the Board received, highlighting that the guaranteed ten year savings of the Phase 1 Performance Contract entered into in April 1995 exceeded expected savings by 8 percent, with an actual savings of $3.9 million. Additionally, Mr. Allen explained how electricity is charged since Commonwealth Edison deregulation, and the optimization model which was implemented in January of this year where generators are turned on only when it is economical to do so. This has resulted in over $16,000 savings in thirty days. 

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marge Stabile reported on work completed on the Self-Study Report in preparation for the Higher Learning Commission’s visit on April 30 through May 2, recognizing the work of Criterion Chairs Lucy Smith, Liz Perez, Kathleen Navilio, Tom Porebski, and Virginia Brackett for their long hours of work. The document has been distributed to the Board, will be available on the web, and will be sent to the HLC on March 9. Ms. Stabile commented that the document is Triton College, capturing goods, bads, and what can be done better. She described efforts taken to allow everyone’s involvement, and the importance of the self-study to the college as it helps us move forward and implement the master plan. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados, in response to comments made at a previous meeting regarding clinical sites and providing the best service to our students, reported that through Dean Cheryl Antonich and faculty member Kristine Anderson, candidates were secured for the Clinical Contract Specialist position, and an offer has been made. In response to the Faculty Association Report tonight, Dr. Granados agreed that having faculty available to teach in the classroom is very important, and that everyone needs to work diligently to address needs before the semester begins, noting that faculty exceeding overload has to be the exception. 

Dr. Granados continued the discussion from last month’s presentations about serving various populations with a description of the Strengthening Institutions grant to help increase the success of multicultural students. Components of that grant include a Welcome Center (which is under construction now), a peer mentoring program, learning communities, and student portals. She also remarked on the Diversity Learning Center, which was relocated to the LRC for more prominence and position to serve diverse students. 
President Granados discussed other efforts to reach out to different populations as follows. The college has, for the past several years, held events to learn the needs of faith-based organizations, and has expanded adult education throughout the churches. Also, an advisory group of leaders is being formed to provide guidance on the needs of the African American community. Another initiative is enhancement to the website, where pages have been added in two languages. Vice President Stabile reported that pages have been translated into Spanish and Polish, about two pages deep in each landing page. Executive Director of Marketing Tom Olson added that each page has information about reaching a bilingual College Relation Associate. Dr. Granados distributed some marketing pieces which are also available in Spanish and Polish. 

Dr. Granados reported on ways the college seeks input from students, including the following. A survey of Eastern European adult students was conducted a few years ago regarding their interest in a Center (similar to Nuevos Horizontes), which resulted in feedback that these students preferred to be on the main campus. An assessment of the adult ed population was completed in December; this document was distributed to the Board. Currently, a survey is being developed that will target the Eastern European population in the credit area to assess their needs and wants for programmatic offerings and services. 

President Granados concluded her report with the good news that the Illinois Community College Board, after their recent visit to campus and review of the college’s compliance with regulations, has issued a Certificate of Recognition. She congratulated everyone on their efforts to achieve this status. 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens commented on last month’s visitor who talked about tuition being too low, and reiterated that the Board is aware of the area’s highly diverse population, both economically and ethnically. He has asked the president and administration to reach out to the community with a message on how the college can assist them. He asked the president to refortify that message to everyone at Triton College—to faculty, administrators, mid-managers, classified—to do things to connect in the community. Mr. Stephens commented that despite significant State funding cuts, the college has been able to maintain programs for special populations. He stated that the Board will do everything it can to make sure Triton remains affordable; but when appropriate, will move for an increase.

Chairman Stephens reported that Student Trustee Patrick Murphy has resigned from office for personal reasons. Per Board Policy and TCSA By-Laws, the TCSA President serves as Student Trustee until the next regular student election. Attorney Dan Cannon administered the oath of office to Ifeanyi Onwuachi, who will serve as Interim Student Trustee.

NEW BUSINESS
ACTION EXHIBITS
With no objection from the Board, Mr. Stephens asked for a consent agenda and one motion to approve the Action Exhibits including:
13779 Budget Transfers
13780 Renewal of Aura Technologies Contract FY 07 & FY 08 (Cernan Center)
13781 Student and Employee Assistance Program (S&EAP) Amendment
13782 Clinical Education Agreement between Arlington Eye Physicians and Triton College
13783 Hearing Impaired Student Support Contract with Caption First Inc.
13784 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
B29.16 Automotive Diagnostic Equipment
B29.17 Replacement LCD Projectors and Peripherals
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

BILLS AND INVOICES
Mr. Kubiczky made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $1,173,431.14.

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Kubiczky, Mr. Onwuachi, Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Ms. Viverito, Mr. Stephens. 
Motion carried 7-0 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 Mr. Stam. 

Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mr. Becker, Mrs. Del Giudice, Mr. Kubiczky, Mr. Onwuachi, Ms. Peluso, 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 6:43 p.m.

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

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

Motion carried 7-0 with the Student Trustee voting in the affirmative. The Board returned to Open Session at 7:37 p.m.
HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT
1.0 Faculty
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve pages 1 through 6 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.7.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Becker made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 7 through 17 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.7.14. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Viverito, to approve pages 18 and 19 of the Human Resources Report, items 3.1.01 through 3.5.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Onwuachi, to approve pages 20 and 21 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.4.01. Voice vote carried the motion 7-0 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting present on item 4.1.01.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Viverito made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 22 and 23 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.6.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 24 and 25 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.2.04. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve revised page 26 and new page 27 of the Human Resources Report, item 7.1.01 through 7.1.05. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Ms. Peluso to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ms. Viverito. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 7:43 p.m.

Submitted by: 
Mark R. Stephens, Board Chairman
Irene Moskal Del Giudice, Board Secretary