The East Central College board of trustees accepted two bids for improvements to the gymnasium on the Union campus at their monthly meeting held Monday, June 18.

The purchase and installation of a new sound system from TSI Technology Solutions of St. Charles was approved at a cost of $23,918.

Tech Electronics was the only other bidder on the project.

Dr. Jon Bauer, vice president of finance and administration, noted that college employees were not able to determine the exact age of the equipment, but some of the pieces may have been installed when the building was constructed in 1973.

“For large events such as commencement, the current system is not adequate,” Bauer said.

Trustees also authorized the resurfacing of the gym floor by Creative Floors of Winfield, Kan.

Half of the money for the $27,470 project will come from the campus improvement fund. The remaining half will be funded with money raised for athletics through the ECC Foundation and by the college volleyball team.

The existing maple floor was installed in 1994.

“A floor of this type has an expected life of 50 years, and can be sanded and repainted twice during that time,” Bauer said. Bids were also received from TNT Enterprises of St. Louis ($28,461) and Just Around the Corner Flooring of St. Louis ($34,825).

The resurfacing project will be completed prior to the start of practice for the volleyball team.


Several personnel matters were also approved at the June 18 meeting.

The board accepted the resignation of Brad Bruns, student activities coordinator, effective Aug. 31, and Paula Smith-Culp, instructor of psychology and sociology.

The retirement of Cathryn Tiller-Crider, nursing coordinator at ECC in Rolla, also was approved.

One full-time instructor was hired. Dr. Suneetha de Silva will serve as associate professor of education/early childhood education beginning Aug. 8. De Silva earned her bachelor’s degrees from University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Trinity College of London (Cambridge University).

She obtained master’s degrees from Webster University and University of Phoenix.

De Silva earned her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction: emphasis in early childhood education curriculum from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

She currently is the director of curriculum assessment and school improvement at the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools. Previous teaching experience includes serving as adjunct professor at Chief Dull Knife College, and associate professor at Montana State University and Rocky Mountain College.

Stephanie Hebert, an ECC employee in Student Services since 2005, was promoted to the position of coordinator of the Student Service Center. Hebert earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Truman State University.

Sarah Havens was hired as coordinator of the Health Careers Transition Program, a position funded through the Graduate! St. Louis and MoHealthWINs grants.

Havens earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology. For the past two years she was a temporary biology instructor for ECC.

At their meeting, college trustees also approved the employment of part-time instructors for the summer session.