SIC Board Passes Biofuels Agreement with SIU and Names Keating Center

Plus Coal Mine Training Facility Update: State Grant Funds in the Bank, but Cannot Spend It


The Southeastern Illinois College Board of Trustees met Tuesday, May 17 in the Rodney J. Brenner Board Room to pass a number of action items and discuss key planning items and other topics including significant transfer opportunities, a state construction project and a facilities naming resolution.
The board passed an articulation agreement with SIU Edwardsville for Biofuels Production as well as a Biofuels Internship agreement for students as an expansion of its domestic energy production programs.
“We teach students from Alaska to Maine in biofuels,” said SIC President Dr. Jonah Rice.
“Students here in Illinois as well as other states gain from our national vocational and transfer curriculum, and this partnership with SIU-E only strengths that market.”
Rice said SIC’s domestic energy production programs, including a portfolio of coal, biofuels, and oil, make SIC unique for both traditional and emerging sources of energy.
However, board members also discussed challenges in the economy with those industries.
The coal industry is suffering from increased regulation despite clean coal technology, and oil production is hurting from market shifts.
Adding to the challenge of coal training is the fact that SIC has in its possession $380,000 in grant funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) it was awarded over a year ago but can’t spend.
“We were ready to move dirt,” said David Wright, dean of administration and business affairs. “The stakes were set. The trusses were built right here in the district and then Dr. Rice called informing us that the executive order from the governor’s office froze any spending of that grant money.”
The frustration is that SIC was awarded the money, currently has the money in the bank, was ready to build a facility to protect miners, and then the money was frozen. Trusses have been in storage for quite some time.
“We’ve worked well with our local legislators—from both sides of the aisle, but their hands are tied,” said Rice. “This is not a partisan issue. This is a local economy and safety issue. Representative Phelps, many civic-minded local business professionals, and the Illinois Coal Association have tried one last big push to get DCEO to release the funds.”
“It’s terribly frustrating to be held hostage on a project that will help support and train local coal miners. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing. Just let us do it,” said Rice.
The board also considered an agreement to begin offering bachelor’s degrees on campus in criminal justice and possibly behavioral science.
The agreement would be with Missouri Baptist University from St. Louis, which has agreements with other colleges in Illinois already offering those degrees.
“The benefit of that partnership would be that students here in our district could earn a bachelor’s degree for a very reasonable cost and save on housing and living expenses by staying at home and working at their current job,” said Dr. Dana Keating, vice president of academic affairs.

The board also recognized Dr. Keating, who is retiring this month, by naming the Student Success Center after her to honor Keating’s 38 years of service to the College, including a stint as acting president.
“I’ve been blessed with a rewarding career at Southeastern,” said Keating. “It’s been my second home and family for 38 years. Our district has a great asset in Southeastern Illinois College, and I’m proud to have been a part of serving the thousands of students who come through our doors. Having the Student Success Center bear my name is a great honor.”
Administrators gave the board an update on new custom workforce training for the agriculture industry.
“We are responding to local farmers and support professionals who have worked with us on this curriculum,” said Dr. Karen Weiss, dean of career and technical education. “This is an exciting opportunity to listen, respond, and offer a credential of value to our local economy.”
The board also voted to hire a general contractor for Protection Health Safety work on the campus, with the lowest bid going to Evrard-Strang of Marion. No in-district contractor submitted a bid for this work.
In other business, the board voted by law on prevailing wage and working cash fund resolution. Additionally, the board accepted Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance from Williams and Associates in Harrisburg.
The board also reviewed work on the strategic planning initiatives and analyzed a regional consortium’s retention rates and profit/loss data from internal submissions and records.
In personnel, the board accepted resignations from Megan Gulley and Jozlyn Rogers, both Mary Jo Oldham Center for Child Study teachers, and Lucy Logsdon, English instructor; and approved several job description revisions. It also employed Brent Maguire as the special projects and campus safety coordinator and approved the temporary physics instructor position held by Aaron Aul be made full-time permanent. The board also approved a one percent cost of living adjustment for non-bargaining employees who earn $69,999 or less and approved several adjunct faculty recommendations.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. in the Rodney J. Brenner Board Room.Contact Nancy Lambert at the University of Illinois Extension office in Harrisburg at 618-252-8391 or at for more information.


  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    Tabs online consultant betaxolol without prescription establish purchase betaxolol no rx internet

    A huge part of a brand drug price consists of research and development costs, and advertising.

    [url=][b]Order betaxolol Online No Prior Prescription – Click Here To Continue[/b][/url]

    We offer you a wonderful solution for your and your family health! Hurry up to buy cheap!

    cheap betaxolol etc
    cheap betaxolol needed
    in cheap betaxolol this regard
    can i purchase betaxolol pill
    to buy betaxolol online fedex
    cheapest prices on betaxolol
    cheapest place betaxolol in jackson
    low cost betaxolol paypal
    betaxolol saturday delivery fedex tab
    online pharmacy betaxolol sale
    buy betaxolol priority mail uk
    betaxolol brand buy betaxolol online
    get betaxolol discounts overnight delivery
    betaxolol once daily buy
    cheapest betaxolol otc
    low price betaxolol discounts overnight
    otc betaxolol order uk tablet
    chear generic betaxolol us pharmacy
    buy betaxolol oklahoma city
    cheapest place betaxolol in kentucky
    purchase betaxolol without
    revia recipepurchase betaxolol no prescription

    best fat burning pills
    donating expired medications

    British scientists develop new saliva test for Covid19. http://xn--n1abdbeg.xn--p1ai/forum/post125063.html#p125063

  2. Your comment is awaiting moderation

    order motilium usa pharmacy user till cost motilium rupees

    Can you buy Cyclizine over the counter? What company makes generic Adderall?

    [url=][b]Order motilium Online No Prior Prescription – Click Here To Continue[/b][/url]

    motilium without a prescription cheap
    how to buy motilium online
    anchor purchase motilium
    buy motilium nyc
    without prescription motilium pharmacy overnight
    purchase motilium medicine saturday shipping
    low price motilium discounts overnight
    where can i buy motilium
    online pharmacy motilium with visa
    buy motilium firstclass delivery
    cheap motilium etc
    motilium pharmaceutical fast delivery montana
    buy cod motilium in adelaide
    cheap motilium buy cod
    cheap motilium pharmacy cost
    cyclovir motilium no script ohio
    buy motilium safely internet
    cheap motilium online fast michigan
    need motilium medicine cheapest order
    motilium without prescription vermont
    buy motilium online compare
    about motilium uk buy online
    motilium brand buy motilium online
    buy online order motilium

    natural remedies for allergies

    This weeks properties include a fourbedroom in Roslyn NY and a fivebedroom in Little Falls NJ. The Estate Tax May Change Under Biden Affecting Far More People. As of Wednesday the sevenday rolling average of daily new cases was down just 3 percent in New York over the past two weeks compared to a decline of 37 percent nationwide. DEREK LAWRENSON Tiger Woods emerging triumphant over malevolent twists of fate has come to define the second half of his career but how on earth does he come back from this. BUSINESS CLOSE FTSE pares losses as PM unveils lockdown easing plan. Star Jones Who39s a Who. We will right the unforgivable wrongs of Jan 6 Ms Cheney said at a virtual foreign policy event on Tuesday referring to the attack on the Capitol.

    [url=]low price tacrolimus amex system[/url] [url=]generic liv-52 saturday delivery canada target[/url] [url=]Rather purchase in canada diclofenac missouri[/url]


Protected with IP Blacklist CloudIP Blacklist Cloud