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Rockland Community College Board of Trustees 5/28/20 Workshop

Workshop Agenda

Meeting Date: May 28, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Via Zoom Conference

  1. Resolutions
    1. Approval of candidates for Professor Emeritus/Emerita Status (Resolution 18-2020)
    2. Approval to require the Intro to Schools course as a Graduation Requirement (Resolution 19-2020)
    3. Approval of Lowest Responsible Bidder – Emergency Generator for the Fieldhouse (Resolution 20-2020)
    4. Approval to Accept Funds from the State of New York, Campus Telephone System (Resolution 20-2020)
  2. President’s Agenda President, Dr. Michael A. Baston
    1. Monthly Summary
  3. Academic Affairs Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Susan Deer
    1. Approval of candidates for Professor Emeritus/Emerita Status (Resolution 18-2020)
    2. Approval to require the Intro to Schools course as a Graduation Requirement (Resolution 19-2020)
  4. Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Vice President, Dr. Helen Brewer
  5. Finance Interim Chief Financial Officer, Dr. Dan DoBell
    1. Approval of Lowest Responsible Bidder – Emergency Generator for the Fieldhouse (Resolution 20-2020)
  6. Operations and Strategic Initiatives Vice President, Dr. Beth A. Coyle
    1. Approval to Accept Funds from the State of New York, Campus Telephone System (Resolution 21-2020)
  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 4/30/20 (corrections/additions/deletions)
  10. Board Community Outreach Report Liaison, Mr. Grant Valentine
  11. Old/New Business Board Chair, Mr. Martin Wortendyke
    1. Middle States
    2. NYCCT
    3. Student Government

Workshop Minutes


A Workshop of the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees was held Thursday, April 30, 2020 via Zoom video conference.

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. Lynne Hilowitz; Ms. Susan Oelkers-Ramos; Mr. Thomas Leonard.

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; Dr. Dan DoBell, Interim Chief Financial Officer; Ms. Susan Lyddon, Vice President Institutional Advancement, Executive Director Rockland Community College Foundation; Mr. Mike Salem, Chief Information Officer; Mr. William Murphy, Executive Director Operations, Chief Law Enforcement Officer; Ms. Natalie Scott, Director, Human Resources; Ms. Kristen Kolka, Representative, Faculty Senate; Mr. Emanuel Bastos, Student Trustee, 2020-2021; Mr. Benjamin Naylor, Chief of Staff.

Absent Was: Ms. Ileana Eckert (excused)

The meeting was called to order at 5:09 pm by Chair Wortendyke

  • Roll call was taken.
  • Chair Wortendyke announced the winners of the SGA elections:
    • SGA President, Zoha Zuhair
    • SGA Treasurer, Abigaelle Toussaint
    • Board of Trustee Student Representative, Emanuel Bastos

President’s Report

  • Dr. Baston
    • Discussed preparations for the upcoming virtual commencement.
    • Commended the maintenance, security and housekeeping staffs for all their good work.
    • Announced that the Mid-Hudson Region has begun phase one reopening which includes industries such as construction, wholesale, and retail for curbside pickup. Education is in phase four.
    • Reported that the townhall meetings on May 12 for students and May 13 for faculty and staff were well attended and well received.
    • Is working to increase RCC’s national visibility through participation in webinars attended by thousands, such as Ellucian’s Funding Student-Focused COVID-19 Activities Through Grants.
    • Discussed SUNY’s five guiding principles for reopening. An executive summary of our campus restart plan must be submitted by Friday, June 6th to the SUNY Chancellor.
    • Introduced the three RCC operation modalities. We are currently in the tele-campus mode, tele-commuting and virtual learning.
    • Thanked the Executive Cabinet and the working groups for all their hard work.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Academic Affairs Report

  • Dr. Deer
    • Discussed the following resolutions:
      • Approval of candidates for Professor Emeritus/Emerita Status (Resolution 18-2020)
      • Approval to require the Intro to Schools course as a Graduation Requirement (Resolution 19-2020)
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding online tutoring, the library and the nursing program.
    • Trustees would like to recognize the nursing students, faculty and staff who have volunteered at local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis.

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Report

  • Dr. Brewer
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding registration, advertising that will target the Hispanic community, and the upcoming virtual commencement.

Finance Report

  • Dr. Dan DoBell
    • Discussed Resolution 20-2020, Approval of Lowest Responsible Bidder – Emergency Generator for the Fieldhouse
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding the CARES act, cash flow, and the budget.

Operations and Strategic Initiatives

  • Dr. Beth Coyle
    • Discussed Resolution 21-2020, Approval to Accept Funds from the State of New York, Campus Telephone System.
    • Will arrange a Board presentation to explain the collaborative relationship between Flik and the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center.
    • Answered trustees’ questions regarding events on campus, the summer camps, campus security, and the English Skills Academy.

Institutional Advancement

  • Ms. Lyddon
    • Thanked the trustees for their participation in the President’s Society.
    • Answered trustees’ questions.

Information Technology Services

  • Mr. Salem
    • Answered trustees' questions.

Board Secretary Report

  • Secretary Dillon
    • Asked for corrections/additions/deletions to the April minutes.
    • The fall NYCCT meeting will be held virtually, some time in November.

Student Government Association

  • Mr. Leonard
    • Introduced Emanuel Bastos, the new student trustee.
    • Announced that the Emergency Fund has an anonymous donor who will match donations up to $50,000. Over 100 student applications have been submitted.
    • Will be attending Georgetown University in the fall and thanked the Board for all their support.

Board Community Outreach Report

  • Mr. Valentine
    • none

Old/New Business

  • Chair Wortendyke
    • Extended birthday wishes to Trustee Eckert and Mr. Naylor .


MOTION & ACTION
By Trustee Valentine, second by Trustee Donnellan, and unanimously approved by trustees: Wortendyke, Rand, Dillon, Valentine, Donnellan, Hilowitz, Ramos and Leonard to adjourn at 6:19 pm.