Connie Hamm-Sesser, IL

Connie Hamm, 65, of Sesser, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at her home.

She was born on November 22, 1955 in Canton, IL to Lewis and Lucille Harn. She married Kenneth A. Hamm on June 23, 1994.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth A. Hamm; father Lewis Harn; children Amy (Tim) Bays, Marty Hamm, Kenneth L. Hamm and Gregory Hamm; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; three sisters Jan, Judy and Lisa and two brothers Dave and Richard.

She was preceded in death by her mother and one son Joseph Hadsall.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no services.

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Frances Jean Collins – Carmel, IN

Mrs. Frances Jean Collins, age 92, of Carmel, IN, passed away at 10:17 p.m. Monday, September 13, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Graveside Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the Brady Cemetery, East of Akin, with Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.
Mrs. Collins wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.
Frances was born on September 3, 1929, in Akin, Illinois, the daughter of Chalon Hungate and Mary Ellen (Cardwell) Hungate. She was married to Elmer Eugene “Rip” Collins, and he preceded her in death on January 31, 1989.

She was a retired retail salesclerk.

Mrs. Collins formerly attended the Akin Missionary Baptist Church.
She enjoyed the Hungate Historical Society, playing BINGO, arts and crafts, playing slot machines.

Through her husband’s military service in World War II, and her sons time served in the Vietnam War; she was an active supporter of the V.F.W. and their Ladies Auxiliary.

Most of all she enjoyed her time spent and visiting with family.

Surviving is her son Kevin Collins and wife Gerda of Zionsville, IN; grandchildren: Jonathan David Collins of Indianapolis, Deborah Ruth Collins of Indianapolis, Scott Fenech, Theresa Ellenwood; great-grandchildren: Emmarie, Audra, Amanda, Megan and Alex; a brother: Randell Hungate and wife Carol Sue of Benton, IL; best friend Shirley Dial of West Frankfort, IL; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons: Michael David Collins, Phillip Lee Collins; two sisters: Sandra Fay Hungate Skinner, Leatrice June Benedetto; and a great-granddaughter Lily Johanna Collins.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Frances Jean Collins, may be made to V.F.W. Auxiliary and will be accepted at the services, or can be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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Barbara Summers – Christopher, IL

Barbara Sue Summers, age 78, of Christopher, passed away at 5:36 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Herrin Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton, with Pastor Larry Adams officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. The Leffler Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara was born on September 9, 1942, in Benton, Illinois; the daughter of Robert Adams and Helen (Prince) Adams. She married Robert Summers on December 15, 1962, and he survives.
Barbara was a retired legal secretary.

She was a member of the West City Baptist Church, where she played the piano and organ.
Mrs. Summers enjoyed cooking, fishing, and being around her children and grandchildren.

Surviving is her loving husband of 58 years, Robert “Bob” Summers of Christopher, IL; two sons: Jeff Summers and wife Lori of Dallas, TX, Robbie Summers and wife Lisa of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren: Jennifer Summers of Eldorado, IL, Jordan Summers of Louisville, KY, Mitchell Summers of Farmington, MO, Liam Kirk and Laney Kirk, both of Benton; a brother Robert Adams of Enfield, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Merrell Adams and Dean Adams; a sister-in-law: Jean Adams; and a nephew Ronnie Adams.

Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara Sue Summers, may be made to the West City Baptist Church, and will be accepted at the services, or may be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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Mike McDaniel – West Frankfort, IL

Mike McDaniel, 45, of West Frankfort, passed away on Monday, September, 20, 2021 at the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

He was born September 9, 1976 in Carbondale, Illinois to Charles McDaniel and Sharon ( Wicker ) McDaniel.

He is survived by his parents, Charles and Sharon McDaniel of West Frankfort, his fiancé, Toni Sinks and children, Lucas and Makinley Roberts of Ewing a son, Hunter McDaniel of Benton, two brothers, Mark ( Carla ) McDaniel of West Frankfort and Tim (Amy) McDaniel of Carterville.

Also surviving are nieces, Kylie and Logan Cameron, Kourtney McDaniel ( Kodey Costello ) and Morgan McDaniel ( Jimmy Drennon ), nephews, Tyler McDaniel ( Alayna Scholz ) and Ethan Mathes and great niece, Addison Cameron.

Mike was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Helen and Verron McDaniel, his maternal grandparents, Harry and Zelma Wicker and by a aunt, Cathy Wicker Harkins.

He was a member of the Whittington Church. He was also a member of the West Frankfort Masonic Lodge #567 and the Fraternal Order of the Police.

Mike was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and also a Notre Dame Football fan. He was very active in the Shop With A Cop program in Benton.

He was a police officer having worked for the City of Benton for 19 years.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort with Terry Lybarger officiating.
Burial will be in the Denning Cemetery on the Orient road. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hunter McDaniel Scholarship Fund for his education and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, it is recommended that you wear a mask for the visitation and funeral per a mandate by the Governor of Illinois.

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Patrick Wilson Delar – Johnston City, IL

Patrick Wilson Delar, 69, of Johnston City, passed away at 5:00 a.m., on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at his residence.

Mr. Delar was born on May 11, 1952, to Frank and Marian (Dailey) Delar in Chesapeake, VA. On June 2, 1998, he married Donna Book.

Patrick is survived by his loving spouse of 23 years, Donna Book Delar; mother, Marian (Dailey) Delar of Virginia Beach, VA: brother, Frank “Sonny” Delar of Smithfield, VA; sister, Bonnie Delar of Clemmons, NC; daughter, Ann Ethridge of Jarvisburg, NC; and son, Pat Delar, Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO.

He was preceded in death by Father, Frank Delar.

Services have been entrusted to Pate Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Benton, IL.

Per Mr. Delar’s wishes cremation will take place.

Online condolences can be given at www.patefh.com.

RLC Board highlights

Meeting Highlights

Under New Business, the Board:

Approved revisions to Rend Lake College Policy and Procedure 3.1530 – Holidays, second reading, effective September 14, 2021

RATIONALE: June 19th is now recognized as a holiday by the federal government.

Approved Course/Curriculum approvals, effective September 14, 2021

RATIONALE: The requests have been approved by the Curriculum Committee and Academic Council. These course and curriculum changes improve the college’s educational offerings and support efforts to enhance the quality of the institution.

Approved revisions to Rend Lake College Board Policy & Procedure 3.1205 – Performance Evaluation and Tenure of Faculty Members as presented, effective September 14, 2021

RATIONALE: The tenured/tenure track faculty seniority list is updated each February and October as needed and requires Board approvals for revisions.

Approved revisions to Rend Lake College Policy & Procedure 4.1115 – Fees, effective Spring Term 2022

RATIONALE: Rend Lake College Policy & Procedure 4.1115 – Fees need to be updated to better reflect the needs of the college.

Approved the adoption of the FY 2022 Budget as presented at the August 10, 2021 meeting

RATIONALE: Provided as a separate document, the FY 2022 budget was presented in tentative form at the August meeting. As required by law, the proposed budget has been available for public inspection for thirty (30) days. A public hearing on said budget was held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Approved to accept/determine the 2021 Tax Levy (Payable 2022). The proposed tax levy will be filed in accord with the Truth in Taxation compliance laws.

RATIONALE: The total proposed taxes to be levied for tax year 2021 payable 2022 come to a 1.41 percent increase. Due to the fact that the amount of the proposed corporate and special purpose tax levy is not greater than 105% of the prior year’s levy, Rend Lake College is not required to publish a notice of tax increase and to conduct a Truth in Taxation hearing. President Terry Wilkerson said the college tries to keep property taxes low for members of the community, pointing out that RLC’s revenue sources are 42 percent state, 35 percent tuition and fees, 18 percent local taxes and five percent from other sources.

Approved the transfer of $9.95 million from the Bond & Interest Fund to the Working Cash Fund, retroactive to June 30, 2021, based upon recommendation from auditors, effective Sept. 14.

RATIONALE: During the state financial crisis in 2016-2017, Rend Lake College completed two bond issuances and recorded the proceeds in the Bond & Interest Fund. Since this fund is a restricted purpose fund, the auditors have recommended that the proceeds of these bond issuances be transferred to the Working Cash fund. Institutionally imposed restrictions on the use of these bond proceeds remain unchanged by this transfer.

Approved to transfer an amount not to exceed $600,000 from the Auxiliary Enterprises Fund to the Education Fund retroactive to June 30, 2021

RATIONALE: In FY21, the Auxiliary Enterprises Fund generated a surplus. The surplus—not to exceed $600,000—will be transferred to the Education Fund.

Granted permission to bid to replace the Event Center Lobby roof and existing doors using PHS Levy funds for FY23, effective September 14, 2021.

RATIONALE: The existing roof is in need of replacement based on recent roof inspections. It is showing signs of leaking and roof damage. Windows and doors also need replaced to properly seal the building and improve air quality and controls. This project is expected to exceed the $50,000 limit set by Illinois Community College Board’s guidelines and must be advertised for competitive bids. The Operations and Maintenance Fund does not have sufficient funds to complete this project.

Approved revisions to the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar as presented, effective September 14, 2021.

RATIONALE: Juneteenth has been added to the list of holidays observed. June 19th is now recognized as a holiday by the federal government. The attached calendar fulfills the requirements set forth for Rend Lake College by the Illinois Community College Board, RLC Board policy, and the faculty contract.

Approved the 2022-2023, 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 Academic Calendars as presented, effective September 14, 2021

RATIONALE: The calendars fulfill the requirements set forth for Rend Lake College by both the Illinois Community College Board, RLC Board policy, and the faculty contract.

Approved the Gene “Mr. A” Alexander Resolution, effective September 14, 2021.

RATIONALE: To approve the proposed resolution to honor Gene ‘Mr. A’ Alexander and acknowledge his years of dedication and financial support to Rend Lake College students, effective September 14, 2021. September 22nd, 2021 will be named Mr. A Day in his honor.

Approved the organizational restructure/transition of the administration, staff and support staff of Rend Lake College, as provided, effective September 14, 2021.

This recommendation includes the changes to the organizational chart (Policy & Procedure 1.5000), movement of staff, changes to titles and accompanying job descriptions, including those impacted by these changes.

RATIONALE: As the college moves to the future and extends its efforts to use institutional data for decision making, it is necessary to re-align our administrative structure. The college is placing more emphasis on student success, completion/retention rates, demographics and programmatic development, not just credit hours generated.

Under Personnel, the Board:

Ratified the appointment of Taylor Wilburn as Student Support Services/TRIO Advisor, effective Sept. 1.

RATIONALE: Ms. Wilburn possesses prior work experience, education, and enthusiasm for the Student Support Services/TRIO Advisor position. She holds an Associate in Arts degree from Rend Lake College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She had previously worked as a school-based Mental Health Counselor at the Egyptian Health Department.

Granted permission to create the position and job description as well as advertise for Instructional Design & Assessment Specialist, effective September 14, 2021.

RATIONALE: This position is needed based on the demand for quality distance education, rapidly changing instructional methods, and increased accountability in the assessment of student learning. This includes online, hybrid, remote, blended flex, and hyflex instructional modalities.

Granted permission to create the position and job description, advertise for and ratify the appointment of Human Resources Generalist at the October 19, 2021 board meeting, effective September 14, 2021.

RATIONALE: To effectively handle the workload that exists in Human Resources and to ensure trained back-up is available when needed, it is in the best interest of the institution to create a full-time dedicated position to free up the Director of Human Resources for enhanced administrative duties and reflect the needs of the institution moving forward.

Grant permission to create the position and description, advertise for and ratify the appointment of Shipping & Receiving Technician at the October 19, 2021 board meeting, effective September 14, 2021.

RATIONALE: This position is needed to improve the internal controls of shipping and receiving, as well as, the coordination of special events on campus.
Additional Highlights:

Additional Highlights:

Reports —
An overview of the Community and Corporate Education Division was presented by Dean Margo Wagner
An ICCTA report was given by Trustee John Kabat
A report was heard from RLC Foundation CEO Kay Zibby-Damron
President Terry Wilkerson reported some recent accomplishments by employees: Chad Copple, Associate Vice President of Institutional Outreach, earned a Ph.D. in Global Leadership; Kelsey Page, Assistant Director of the Rend Lake College Foundation, earned an M.B.A.; Alan Fox Sr., Director of Food Services, earned an M.B.A.; and Shari Carpenter, Director of Instructional Design & Assessment, was awarded the Canvas Certified Educator certification from Instructure.

Mark your calendars …

Fun Fest, Wednesday, Sept. 15, Rend Lake College Ina campus, noon to 3 p.m.
Mary & George Slankard LRC Ribbon Cutting, Friday, Sept. 17, Learning Resource Center, 1 p.m.
Mr. A Appreciation Day, Wednesday, Sept. 22, Warrior Way, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Auto Show, Saturday, Oct. 9, Rend Lake College Ina campus.
Faculty/Staff In-Service, Tuesday, Oct. 12, Rend Lake College Theater and/or Zoom
College Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 13, Rend Lake College Waugh Gym, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Criminal Justice Round Up for Scholarships, POSTPONED
RLC Foundation Scholarship Dinner, POSTPONED
Southeast Region Trustee Meeting, Thursday, Nov. 4, John A. Logan College, TBD.

Annual RLC Car Show set for Oct. 9

INA, IL – Help support the next generation of automotive enthusiasts by participating in the 8th annual Rend Lake College Car show.

Taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 9, the show will have a $15 registration fee that helps fund the RLC automotive student scholarships. Registration will run from 9 a.m. to noon with awards starting at 12:30 p.m. Participants must be present to win.

The show will feature more than 20 award categories and the first 100 to register will also receive a participation award. In addition, there will be a 50/50 drawing and door prizes every 15 minutes. Hot Rod Nights will be providing music, and concessions will also be available for purchase.

Anyone interested should contact Nigel Thompson at 618-437-5321 ext 1806 or email thompson@rlc.edu. You won’t want to miss it!

Lyndell V. Chamness – Benton, IL

Mr. Lyndell Vernell Chamness, age 79, of Benton, passed away at 12:26 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Carle Hospital of Champaign, IL.

A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the West City Church of God, with Rev. Harol Whitlock officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the West City Church of God.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Lyndell was born on August 6, 1942, in Herrin, Illinois; the son of Lester Vernell Chamness and Mabel (Williams) Chamness. He married the former Shirley Ann Niblett on July 7, 1967, and she survives.

He was a retired maintenance foreman with Old Ben Coal Company.

He was a member of the West City Church of God. Lyndell enjoyed worshipping his Lord with his church family, whom he loved like family. He also enjoyed the food and fellowship with the “Eating Out Crew,” and all church activities and services.

Lyndell liked hunting, fishing, and playing golf.

Surviving is his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Ann Chamness of Benton, IL; three children: Tina Harpool and husband Kevin of Benton, IL, Keith Chamness and wife Misty of Benton, IL, Michael Chamness of St. George, UT; grandchildren: Brittany Elliot and husband Eric of Edwardsville, IL, Bryson Harpool and wife Anna of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Sydney Chamness of West Frankfort, IL, Dillan Chamness and fiancée Katelyn of Mt. Vernon, IL, Tyler Chamness of Benton, IL, Faith Vernaci and husband Trey of Jackson, MS, Chris Chamness, Alex Chamness, Sara Chamness, and Devon Despotopulos of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Ronnie Chamness; two sons: Kevin Lee Chamness and Craig Chamness.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Lyndell Chamness, may be made to West City Church of God, and will be accepted at the services.

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Thomas “Tom” Dean Witges-Albers, IL

Thomas “Tom” Dean Witges, 60, of Albers, IL (formerly of Sesser, IL) passed away on Thursday September 16, 2021 at his home.

He was born on March 15, 1961 in Franklin Co., IL to Leonard Arthur and Isabell (Czerwinski) Witges. He married Lisa (Dublo) Witges on December 15, 2006.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Witges of Albers; two sisters Sandra Kinion of Florida and Diann (Tom) Reed of Springfield; one Brother Joe Witges of Sesser; sister-in-law Sheila Lappin; brother-in-law Jeff (Leeda) Dublo; nephews Zachary Witges, Jacob (Meghan) Witges and Jeffrey Dublo; nieces Ashton Lappin, Madyson Dublo and Morgan Dublo; great niece and nephew Makinlee Witges and August Witges.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a special friend of his sister Sandra, Wayne Bradford.

Tom loved to do woodworking, fish and hunt, especially with his nieces and nephews. He had worked at Waltonville Grain Elevator and then worked at Continental Tire, where he retired on March 1, 2011 after 30 years of service.

Funeral service for Tom will be on Friday September 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with Mark Kabot officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday September 23, 2021 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St Judes Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Children’s Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Dixie Lee Spotanski-Sesser, IL

Dixie Lee Spotanski, 87, of Sesser, passed away on Thursday September 17, 2021 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

She was born on March 3, 1934 in DuQuoin, IL to Earl and Emma (Eubanks) Beck. She married Leonard Spotanski and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son “JR” Tepovich, of Waltonville, and one daughter Crystal Laird of Mt Vernon; several grandchildren and great grandchildren and one sister Clatie Bursich of Sesser.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter Melody Minchif, three sisters and one brother.

Her wishes were to be cremated.

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