October 25, 2017

CARTERVILLE — While the state’s financial outlook continues to be gray, John A. Logan College — thanks to strong money management — passed a recent audit with flying colors.

“The audit, conducted by one of the most respected auditing firms in the nation, found no material deficiencies whatsoever,” announced Dr. Glenn Poshard, a member of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees who serves on the College’s budget and finance committee.

Poshard read from several pages of the audit conducted by RSM US LLP. “I’ve taken some time here tonight to read through this audit because I think it is very important for everyone to understand how great of a job our business office is doing,” Poshard said. “These are difficult times statewide, but we have a (financial) team here at John A. Logan College who I would like to commend. This is an impressive audit, to say the least.”

The John A. Logan College Board of Trustees met for over two hours last night, beginning with the presentation of Presidential Scholars and ending with the discussion of the audit and finances.

In addition, Dr. Ron House, president of John A. Logan College, praised the College’s Foundation for its efforts in helping promote the College’s 50th anniversary celebration set for Nov. 3 and 4.

“The Foundation has really stepped up in support of the 50th celebration,” House said. “We couldn’t be doing all that we are without them. I want to take my hat off to the Foundation.”

Tuesday’s meeting began with honoring students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The students — many with proud parents in the crowd — were presented a plaque by House and Bill Kilquist, chairman of the John A. Logan College Board of Trustees, for their achievements.

Those students included: James Burkhalter of Marion, Rachel Gould of Carterville, Drake Grinnell of Marion, Elysia Iwao of DeSoto, Alix Johnson of Carbondale, David Orange of Marion, Jared Ponton of West Frankfort, and Jarred Wise of Grand Tower.

Following the presentation to Presidential Scholars, the College’s Student Senate was introduced to the board of trustees. Timothy McDaniel, the College’s student trustee, is a member of the Student Senate. Members of the Student Senate discussed projects they are currently involved in.

“You never cease to amaze me,” Kilquist told members of the Student Senate. “We are proud of all you do.”

While the board of trustees met, the John A. Logan College men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced to the media in the Donald L. Brewer Gymnasium. Greg Starrick, the College’s athletic director, helped organize the media event.

“Greg Starrick is doing a great job as athletic director,” Kilquist said. “The athletic department is seeing a lot of success in a number of ways, including fundraising. I’m proud of their efforts.”

After board member Becky Borgsmiller, who serves on the College’s Integrated Technology Committee, discussed various IT matters on campus and board member Mandy Little, who along with board member Jacob “Jake” Rendleman, represents the College on the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) noted an upcoming ICCTA event, Rendleman — who also represents the board on the College Foundation — then announced the creation of a 50th Anniversary Scholarship.

“We have already begun to receive donations for this scholarship,” Rendleman said. “Anyone wishing to donate toward this historic scholarship can do so now.”

Rendleman also praised Ameren Illinois for a scholarship the energy company recently created at John A. Logan College.

Delivering on its commitment to develop more diverse companies and individuals working in energy efficiency, Ameren created the Illinois Energy Efficiency Scholarship during a recent press conference at John A. Logan College.

The scholarship was established to educate and train students at John A. Logan College for energy-related occupations. It is anticipated that the program will also aid in the development of diverse supplier companies capable of providing energy efficiency services to customers in the Ameren Illinois territory.

“The establishment of this scholarship is another example of the great work of our Foundation,” Rendleman said.

Melanie Pecord, acting vice-president for instructional and student services, also had good news for the College. The College’s dual credit program was recently recognized nationwide for  exemplary practices. Also, the College’s cyber defense team — which saw much success last year — has already begun another winning season by taking first-place during cyber defense competition at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved the renewal of Desire2Learn management system; approved a number of protection, health, and safety projects; and then discussed the audit.

Dr. Ray Hancock, a member of the board of trustees and a member of the board policy committee, outlined the first reading of proposed revisions and additions to board policies relating to board committees, retirement benefits, disposal of surplus property, exchange of tuition for services, and the academic continuity plan. These proposals will be made available to employees for input and brought back to the board for final action in November.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Kilquist announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros were tied 1-1 in the first game of the World Series and that there was still time to see the last few innings of the game, if board members chose to do so.