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December 13, 2013

RLCF hosts annual dinner

MT. VERNON —Teamwork and individuals who personify teamwork were honored during the Rend Lake College Foundation annual dinner.

The 2013 Men’s Basketball D-II National Championship team, the Allied Health Division and the Mining Technology program were honored, as was Alumnus of the Year, Trish Reed.

Reed, a Rend Lake College Class of 1987 graduate, was given a personalized plaque from the foundation.

“If there was one thing I took away from attending RLC it is the value of teamwork,” said Reed, who is president and general manger of UpTime Parts, LLC.

In the four years in this role, she has successfully reinvigorated a culture of team work and performance that has resulted in improved customer satisfaction, nearly double-digit growth in sales and a 90 percent increase in profitability.

“I am very honored and touched to be receiving this recognition,” Reed said.

Special recognition was given to to the RLC men’s basketball teamr by Jim Muir, the host of the evening, for the accomplishments as a team.

The Allied Health and Mining Technology programs at RLC were highlighted with a video presentation. The foundation recognized Tim Chamness, a coal miner who passed away and left a $60,000 endowment with the Foundation. Five scholarships are presented each year for the Mining Technology program each year thanks to the Timothy Keith Chamness Memorial Scholarship.

Terry Wilkerson, president of RLC, and Shawna Manion, CEO of RLCF, honored two board members of the RLCF for the long term dedication — Rich Yunkus and Hunt Bonan, who each received a token from the foundation.

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