Board of Trustees

Minutes of the January 27, 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 6:02 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken.

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

Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Chiappetta, Ms. Viverito.

Mr. Stephens commented that Ms. Viverito has a family commitment, and Mr. Becker should be on his way.

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting-Board Retreat of December 2, 2008 and the Regular Board Meeting of December 16, 2008. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

COMMENTS ON THIS AGENDA
Mr. Stephens commented that there is a revised page 1 in the Human Resources Report.

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
None.

REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS – Employee Groups
Faculty Association President Debra Baker reported that faculty are doing well in the first week of the semester. They are getting ready to negotiate this semester and anticipate a mutually beneficial agreement. 

STUDENT SENATE REPORT
TCSA President Vanessa Cedillo reported that the Student Association had their first meeting today and talked about recycling. Events being planned are Intergenerational Bingo on April 1, the TCSA Banquet on May 8, and an Administrative Forum on March 4. 

BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS
Finance/Maintenance & Operations
None.

Academic Affairs/Student Services
None.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marge Stabile recognized the following Employees of the Semester. Brenda Ferris from Admissions was recognized for her ability to solve problems; Roz Evans from Staff Services for her pleasant attitude and providing timely assistance; faculty member Antigone Sharris for going above and beyond in community work; and Maureen Musker for her commitment to assessment efforts at the college. Each employee was given Triton logo gear, a certificate, and a stipend. 

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Angela Latham introduced Dean of Health Careers Sue Collins, who announced that faculty member Sandra Hughes has been awarded a Nurse Education Fellowship by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The fellowship includes a $10,000 grant to Dr. Hughes who has been at Triton since 1999 and teaches all levels of nursing classes. 

Dean of Arts & Sciences Leslie Roberts introduced faculty member John Wager who reported on his Sabbatical during which he taught a Semester at Sea. Dr. Wager reported that he taught three courses aboard the ship and was involved in many culturally-rich field trips in locations such as: Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Brazil, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. He discussed how the trip was beneficial to the students, and also to himself and Triton, as it gave him more depth and a wider perspective. He finds that he is using a lot of things he experienced in his current classes, and thanked Triton for the opportunity.

Vice President of Business Services Sean Sullivan introduced Deputy Police Chief Jeff Sargent who issued the oath of office to new Police Officers Gregory Bednar, Konstantinos Giolas, Gary Rizza, and Police Sergeants John Hansen, and Robert Larson. 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Patricia Granados thanked everyone for their continued efforts in helping to achieve our enrollment numbers. She is hopeful that a 3 percent increase will be reached. 

Dr. Granados introduced outstanding faculty member Lorette Dodt, describing her photography exhibit and the publication of her photography into a book. Ms. Dodt thanked the Board for their support, commenting that she took her first photography class at Triton in 1975. Ms. Dodt donated to the school the photograph from her recent exhibit that was the “people’s choice” as favorite photograph. She also presented each Board member with a smaller framed print of the photo. 

An award was presented to Triton College from the Des Plaines Valley Region School College Partnership for articulation efforts. The plaque, which was accepted on behalf of many different programs, was presented to the Board of Trustees. 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Chairman Mark Stephens commented on the impeachment trial of the Governor and the swearing in of President Obama. He is hopeful that new leadership will make a difference in the economic situation. Mr. Stephens commented that the college faces some challenges, but has come through in the past and he is confident we’ll do so again. He encouraged everyone to stay focused on what is important—service to students. Mr. Stephens reported that he recently spoke with the parent of a successful high school honors student who wants to go to a university, but is considering Triton. He told her his personal story about college and how Triton helped get him back on the path. The parent was convinced that her daughter would attend Triton and has since scheduled a tour. Chairman Stephens emphasized that every contact made can make a difference. 

NEW BUSINESS

ACTION EXHIBITS

14155 Budget Transfers 
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Budget Transfers, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14156 Cooperative Agreement with the Center for Women 
Mr. Stam made a motion to approve the Cooperative Agreement with the Center for Women, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14157 National Able Network Agreement 
Mr. Stam made a motion to approve the National Able Network Agreement, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14158 Clinical Affiliation Agreement with Loyola University Medical Center 
Mr. Stam made a motion to approve the Clinical Affiliation Agreement with Loyola University Medical Center, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14159 Agreement with the National League for Nursing 
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Agreement with the National League for Nursing, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14160 Agreement with Elmhurst Memorial Hospital 
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Agreement with Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14161 Agreement with Chicago Area Interpreter Referral Services (CAIRS) 
Mr. Stam made a motion to approve the Agreement with Chicago Area Interpreter Referral Services (CAIRS), seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14162 Cernan Earth & Space Center Group Rate Discount 
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Cernan Earth & Space Center Group Rate Discount, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14163 Release of Minutes of the Closed Sessions of the Board of Trustees 
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Release of Minutes of the Closed Sessions of the Board of Trustees, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

14164 College Curriculum Committee Recommendations 
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the College Curriculum Committee Recommendations, seconded by Mr. Stam. Voice vote carried the motion 4-1 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting no.

14165 Out-of-Radius Travel Requests 
Mr. Stam made a motion to approve the Out-of-Radius Travel Requests, seconded by Ms. Peluso. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously with the exception of trip 3 on page 2 which carried 4-1 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting no.

14166 Independent Contractor Agreement with Linda Latusak
Ms. Peluso made a motion to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement with Linda Latusak, seconded by Mr. Gary. Mrs. Del Giudice asked about the contractor’s qualifications. Mr. Stephens reminded Trustees to review Board material in advance of the meeting and let him or the President know if they have questions. He asked Dr. Latham to obtain the requested information and get it to Mrs. Del Giudice. It was also requested that the spelling of the contractor’s name be checked. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

PURCHASING SCHEDULES
B31.12 Technology Equipment – Ethernet Switches – Powered and Non-Powered
B31.20 Triton College 2009-2010 Catalog Prepress and Printing
B31.21 Technology Equipment – Palo Alto Firewall
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve the Purchasing Schedules. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

BILLS AND INVOICES
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to pay the Bills and Invoices in the amount of $1,545,745.95. 
Roll Call Vote:
Affirmative: Mrs. Del Giudice with the exception of those items noted below, Mr. Gary Ms. Peluso, Mr. Stam, Mr. Stephens. 
Negative: Mrs. Del Giudice on the following items: Page 39 - $6,000, Page 74 - $1,450. Mrs. Del Giudice questioned the use of Rex Electric instead of Schwan Electric, and it was explained that Schwan did not meet the qualification component of the bid and so Rex was the lowest qualified bidder.
Absent: Mr. Becker, Mr. Chiappetta, Ms. Viverito.

Motion carried 5-0, with the exception of the items listed above which carried 4-1 with Mrs. Del Giudice voting no.

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

Motion carried 5-0. The Board went into Closed Session at 6:58 p.m.

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

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

Motion carried 5-0. The Board returned to Open Session at 7:47 p.m.

HUMAN RESOURCES REPORT

1.0 Faculty
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve revised page 1 of the Human Resources Report, items 1.1.01 through 1.3.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

2.0 Adjunct Faculty
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve pages 2 through 4 of the Human Resources Report, items 2.1.01 through 2.7. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

3.0 Administration
Mr. Stam made a motion, seconded by Ms. Peluso, to approve pages 5 through 8 of the Human Resources Report, item 3.1.01 through 3.6.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

4.0 Classified, Police & Engineers
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve page 9 of the Human Resources Report, items 4.1.01 through 4.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

5.0 Mid-Management
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 10 of the Human Resources Report, items 5.1.01 through 5.2.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

6.0 Hourly Employees
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Gary, to approve pages 11 through 14 of the Human Resources Report, items 6.1.01 through 6.3.04. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

7.0 Other
Ms. Peluso made a motion, seconded by Mr. Stam, to approve page 15 of the Human Resources Report, item 7.1.01. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Ms. Peluso to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Gary. Voice vote carried the motion unanimously. Chairman Stephens adjourned the meeting at 7:50 p.m.


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