January 23, 2014 – Post 1

Call to Order and Opening Acts

The roll was called and all were present except Trustee McGuire.

The agenda was moved and seconded. Trustee Svoboda commented that she had hoped to see the earlier discussion of the mural appear on the agenda as an action item with a recommendation. Chair Birt reacted that she did not receive a formal request to have that item placed on the agenda and commented about the process related to a Trustee discussion item. More information has been provided about the mural to the trustees. Discussion ensued about the process by which Trustee Svoboda could have an action item placed on the agenda. Trustee Savage agreed that further action should be taken relating to the mural. Trustee Svoboda also stated that she had asked to have the SURS Return to Work issue placed on tonight’s agenda. She mentioned that she had provided information by email in December and made suggestions about people who could further educate the BOT. The tone of this became a bit heated as Chair Birt responded by raising the question of whether the board was really ready to have the discussion. Trustee Svoboda said yes, we are. Chair Birt ended the discussion and the agenda was approved.

Special presentation by the Chief of the Naperville Fire Department, who presented President Breuder with a brightly wrapped gift and asked him to open it in the public meeting. “It’s a get out of jail free card,” Breuder stated, holding up a folder containing a large gold badge.

College Branding Update – Joe Moore. Moore started with a brief overview of brand concepts and research conducted by the team working on the COD branding project. Details of the research and findings were provided to the trustees on flash drives. Implications of the research included stressing academic strengths, transfer programming, and the ability of students to get most elements of a “real” college experience here at COD. A brief slide show demonstrated the brand concept. Interesting tagline “Welcome to the new school of thought.” Several slides followed showing the brand concept in poster/ad designs. There will be a big internal launch in late February and the launch for outside audiences in late March. The Trustees expressed strong positive responses.

Student Trustee reported on Advocacy Day and other outreach efforts. Statewide Day of Service will be held on March 1. Coffee Connections event on Feb 4 for student leadership to meet with students.

No president’s report.