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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees 7/23/20 Workshop

Workshop Agenda

Meeting Date: July 23, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Student Union, Room 3214

  1. Resolutions
    1. Affirming Rockland Community College’s Commitment to Equity and Inclusion (Resolution 28-2020)
  2. President’s Agenda President, Dr. Michael A. Baston
    1. Monthly Summary
    2. Affirming Rockland Community College’s Commitment to Equity and Inclusion (Resolution 28-2020)
  3. Academic Affairs Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
  4. Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Vice President, Dr. Helen Brewer
  5. Finance Interim Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Dan DoBell
  6. Operations and Strategic Initiatives Vice President, Dr. Beth A. Coyle
  7. Institutional Advancement Vice President, Ms. Susan Lyddon
  8. Information Technology Services Chief Information Officer, Mr. Michael Salem
  9. Board Secretary Report Secretary, Ms. Mary Lou Dillon
    1. Previous meeting minutes 6/25/20 (corrections/additions/deletions)
  10. Board Community Outreach Report Liaison, Mr. Grant Valentine
  11. Old/New Business Board Chair, Mr. Martin Wortendyke

Workshop Minutes


A Workshop of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees was held Thursday, July, 2020 vat 145 College Road, Suffern, New York 10901.

Trustees Present: Mr. Martin Wortendyke, Board Chair; Mr. Joseph Rand, Board Vice Chair; Ms. Mary Lou Dillon, Board Secretary; Mr. Grant Valentine, Community Outreach Liaison; Ms. MariEllyn Dykstra Donnellan; Ms. Ileana Eckert; Ms. Lynne Hilowitz; Ms. Susan Oelkers-Ramos; Mr. Emanuel Bastos.

Also Present: Dr. Michael A. Baston, President; Dr. Susan Deer, Provost and Executive Vice President; Dr. Helen Brewer, Vice President Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Dr. Beth A. Coyle, Vice President Operations and Strategic Initiatives; Ms. Susan Lyddon, Vice President Institutional Advancement, Executive Director Rockland Community College Foundation; Mr. Michael Salem, Chief Information Officer; Mr. Peter Arvanites, Representative, Faculty Senate; Mr. Michael Kluger, Videographer; Mr. Javonne Johnson, Videographer; Mr. Scott Bookstein, Public Safety; Mr. Benjamin Naylor, Chief of Staff.

Absent Was: none

The meeting was called to order at 5:01 pm by Chair Wortendyke

  • Roll call was taken.
  • Chair Wortendyke welcomed everyone back to campus.

President’s Report

  • Dr. Baston
    • Reported that there has been no change in the Covid-19 Campus Impact Data.
    • Announced that RCC has been approved by the state to operate in an modified campus mode, a combination of onsite, telecommuting and virtual instruction.
    • Provided a budget update, reporting that our state aid payment for June was reduced by 20 percent. CARES Act dollars help offset that loss. Students who qualify have begun to receive CARES Act funds.
    • Reported that there is no plan for workforce budget reduction measures at this time.
    • Continues to raise RCC’s national profile as a panelist on a number of high visibility webinars, highlighting issues such as equity and inclusion, and leadership in the time of COVID-19.
    • Showed clips of the recent RCC panel discussions, “Teaching Inclusively and Equitably”, and “Our Voices: A panel discussion about Black Lives Matter.”
    • Announced upcoming RCC reopening information sessions for the campus community.
    • Will be virtually signing an articulation agreement with Pace University.
    • Discussed Resolution 28-2020, Affirming Rockland Community College’s Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the reopening plan and diversity on campus.

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Discussed the Title V grant
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Report

  • Dr. Brewer
    • Reported that summer enrollment exceeded expectations.
    • Is working to encourage all faculty and staff to act as brand ambassadors.
    • Announced that RCC has been selected to participate in the SUNY Pathways Scholars program which provides non-financial aid related incentives and wrap around services to students.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding enrollment, advisement, financial aid, and the laptop loaner program.

    Finance Report

    • Dr. Dan DoBell
      • Dr. Baston answered trustees’ questions regarding the budget, cash flow, and the reduction in state aid in Dr. DoBell’s absence.

    Operations and Strategic Initiatives

    • Dr. Beth Coyle
      • Reported that NYS approved the phone upgrade project.
      • Publicly recognized Thomas Morley, Director of the Small Business Development Corp. and his team for their hard work.
      • Announced that two floors were consolidated into one at the Haverstraw Center, saving $250,000 annually.
      • Commended Bill Murphy and Myriam Martinez on the great jobs they are doing to keep the campus safe and clean, and their preparations for the campus reopening.
      • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center.

    Institutional Advancement

    • Ms. Lyddon
      • Answered trustees’ questions.

    Information Technology Services

    • Mr. Salem
      • Reported that his team completed 41 projects in July.
      • Answered trustees’ questions.

    Board Secretary Report

    • Secretary Dillon
      • Asked for corrections/additions/deletions to the June minutes.
      • With Trustee Valentine, provided a report on the NYCCT webinar on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    Board Community Outreach Report

    • Mr. Valentine
      • Attended various community meetings.


    Chair Wortendyke welcomed Mr. Emanuel Bastos, the new student trustee to the Board.

    Student Government Association

    • Mr. Bastos
      • none

    Old/New Business

    • Chair Wortendyke
      • Discussed planned changes to upcoming workshops and meetings.
      • Reminded the Board that elections will be held at the September meeting.


    MOTION & ACTION
    By Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Donnellan, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Eckert, Hilowitz, Ramos, and Bastos to enter into executive session at 6:43 pm to discuss a legal matter.


    MOTION & ACTION
    By Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Ramos, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Eckert, Hilowitz, Ramos, and Bastos to exit executive session at 6:55 pm. No action was taken.


    MOTION & ACTION
    By Trustee Ramos, second by Trustee Valentine, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Eckert, Hilowitz, Ramos and Bastos to adjourn at 6:55 pm.