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May 20, 2019

4/19/2019 2:32:00 PM
IECC approves adding 11 acres for sport facility
Lincoln Trail College can move ahead with a planned outdoor sports complex and renovations to the Zwermann Arts Center Theater following action by the Illinois Eastern Community College District Board Tuesday.

The trustees, meeting at LTC, accepted a donation from the Lincoln Trail Foundation of 11 acres west of the baseball diamond.

Dubbed Statesman Park, it is the first land added to the main campus in decades. It will have men's and women's soccer fields, rest rooms and concessions and eventually a diamond that will allow the Lady Statesmen softball team to again play on campus. That is probably three to four years down the road, though, depending on funding.

The park will allow all LTC outdoor athletics to come together in a single location.

Trustees also approved a renovation and expansion project to LTC's Zwermann Arts Center.

This summer, as part of the ongoing "Theater Renaissance" project, ground will be broken on a 4,000-square-foot production center on the south side of the theater. It will offer storage as well as room set building.

The estimated $475,000 addition is being paid for through private funds and donations are still being accepted.

LTC also received a real estate gift of property at 303 E. Cherry, Robinson Tuesday.

In personnel matters, contracts were renewed for two years for IECC Chief Executive Officer Terry Bruce, LTC President Ryan Gower, Frontier Community College President Jay Edgren, Olney Central College President Rodney Ranes and Wabash Valley College President Matt Fowler.

The resignation of LTC Business Director Jamie Henry was accepted, effective May 4. The retirement of Carole Fusco, LTC assistant nursing professor, was accepted, effective June 1.

Also Tuesday, the board officially re-organized in the wake of the recent consolidate election.

It seated returning trustees John Brooks, Hutsonville; James Lane, Robinson; and Al Henager, Mount Carmel. Henager and Brooks were seated for six-year terms and James Lane was seated to fill the remaining two years of an unexpired term.

The oath of office was also administered to Corey Hall, who was seated for a one-year term as student member of the Board of Trustees. The LTC student succeeds student trustee Haylee Neuman.

Trustee G. Andrew Fischer was re-elected as board chairman and Trustee Brenda Culver was elected vice-chairman.

Ryan Hawkins was re-appointed district treasurer and Renee Smith was re-appointed board secretary and district ethics officer.

Trustees also approved the dates, times and locations of regular monthly meetings for the remainder of the calendar year. The meetings will continue to be 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., except for the December meeting, which is scheduled for the second Tuesday.

The meeting location will rotate between the four colleges. The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at OCC.

All rules, regulations, policies and actions of prior boards were adopted.

Activity fee allocations for 2019-20 were approved for the four IECC colleges. The board adopts the allocation of student activity fees at the colleges each year. The allocation notes what percentage of each dollar will be turned over to an appropriate self-balancing account in the auxiliary fund.

An honors program was approved for high achieving IECC students. The program has been developed to provide learning opportunities to talented students who seek intellectual and cultural growth through enriched academic experiences.

In other business, the board:

Approved an articulation agreement between IECC and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in the area of accounting and one with Chamberlain University for nursing. These agreements facilitate the smooth transfer from IECC's programs to the universities' programs.

Approved an affiliation agreement was approved with Harmon's Pharmacy of Oblong for LTC's Pharmacy Technician Program.

Entered into an agreement with area high schools to satisfy a state mandate with the goal of improving the transition from high school to college or work by reducing the number of students who need math remediation coursework in college.

Received a status report on the Identity Theft Prevention Program and a report on the upcoming HLC Year 4 Assurance Argument Review.

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