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July 10, 2013

RLC equipment auction a success

INA – The annual obsolete equipment auction at Rend Lake College June 20 brought in a total of $9,733, said Randall Shively, director of the RLC Physical Plant.

Roughly $2,400 of that amount was paid to Bob Little Auction Services for their work at the event. Even so, RLC officials consider the auction a success since it allowed the college to get rid of about 200 unwanted items, “everything from small computer parts to shelving,” Shively said.

“We're eliminating some items that we don't use any longer,” Shively said. “There's no benefit to saving it, and it helps us out on our storage space.”

Shively delivered a brief report on the auction at Tuesday night's RLC Board of Trustees meeting.

The auction has been a college tradition for well over 20 years and it typically generates between $8,000 and $10,000.

However, the main benefit of the sale is freeing up space at the college, Shively said.

“It's amazing how much we accumulate in a year,” Shively said “It's really good for us to have that sale.”

In addition Tuesday, the RLC Board hired Hillary Halsey as coordinator of the newly created First Year Experience program.

Halsey will meet with all first-time degree-seeking students on a weekly basis to provide guidance and support.

The new program launches next spring. It is meant to augment the college's current new student orientation process, which apart from a tour day is mostly completed online.

“Research shows that, especially for the community college, the more you can make a relationship or rapport with a student, the more they're going to stay,” said Lisa Price, RLC's vice president of student services. “And what we have decided to do is go with a true First Year Experience program, where it will be face-to-face.”

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