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Seven long-time members of the East Central College faculty are the first to earn emeritus status from the institution.

 

For 2014, college trustees approved faculty emeritus status for Lee Adams, John Anglin, L. Dean Bittick, Ray Cousins, Michael Kamler, James Shollenberger and H. Patrick Woolley.

 

The emeritus policy was established last spring.  Upon retirement, following 15 consecutive year of full time service to the college, a faculty member may apply for emeritus status.  The faculty member completes an application and submits required documents to ECC's human resources office.  A seven member committee appointed by the college president and comprised of five faculty members, one administrator and one member of the professional staff recommended the faculty for emeritus status. 

 

Jean McCann, vice president of instruction, noted that the newly adopted policy created much interest among the large number of retired faculty.  "The College has many retirees in the community and interest was high in the newly created faculty emeritus status,"  McCann said.  "We received many well qualified applicants."  Retired faculty who did not apply are encouraged to submit application materials and be considered for next year's applicant pool.

 

Among the benefits to retired faculty attaining emeritus status are eligibility for tuition waivers for credit courses, identification in college publications and a plaque on campus, invitations to campus social activities, an ECC email address, a campus ID card noting emeritus status and the option to attend commencement in full academic regalia.

 

BOARD POLICY AND PROCEDURE REVISIONS

 

At their March 3 meeting, trustees approved a revision to the policy on supplemental employment.  The policy clarifies several issues related to any assignment for pay with ECC or any other employer that is outside a full-time employee's defined, regular college position.  Personal leave and vacation days may not be utilized to work a supplemental job at the college.

 

Board members were also given several additional personnel policies to review with a recommendation to adopt those changes planned for the April 15 board meeting.

 

BID APPROVED FOR SOUND MITIGATION

 

Installation of an acoustic curtain in the band room at ECC's Union campus was approved by trustees.  The curtain will lessen the sound when instrumental groups use the space.

 

The low bid of $28,400 from Sieve Contractors of Washington was approved.  Two other bids were submitted from Jasper Development and TJ Wies.  The bid includes installation of 18 sections of sound absorbing fabric curtains 10 feet wide and 11 feet tall that can be manually controlled.  Installation will begin this spring.

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