Board Updates

Board Meeting Notes

2022

  • View the March 14, 2022 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • Jim Edstrom has graciously agreed to serve as the Board’s new Legislative Chair, stepping in for Michael Nejman.
      • Governor Pritzker is proposing $122 million in additional funds for grants for low-income college students (MAP), as well as $25 million for community colleges to recruit and train health care and social assistance workers.
      • The first Harper HEART Day has come and gone, and was generally well received.  A number of our members attended.  Plans are already underway for a bigger and better program next year.
  • View the February 7, 2022 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • There are several social activities coming up, including a brunch in mid-March at the Bread and Butter Café in Arlington Heights, the next book club discussion on April 6th, and a group volunteer activity at Feed My Starving Children on May 4th.  See the newsletter or the website for more details
      • Governor Pritzker’s proposed budget includes, among other items, an additional $500 million for the pension funds, additional monies to help pay down the bill back-log, and $106.3 million for TRIP and TRAIL funding.
      • The Foundation is sponsoring Harper HEART day(s), February 23rd and 24th, with opportunities to reconnect with other retirees, participate in classes and tours, and learn more about the many scholarship opportunities available to our students. 

2021

  • View the November 30, 2021 Annual HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • Highlights from the November 17th SUAA meeting were shared.  See the posted Board notes for a summary of some of the key issues that were discussed.
      • Highlights from the November 17th SUAA meeting were shared.  See the posted Board notes for a summary of some of the key issues that were discussed.
      • A primary focus of SUAA and its local chapters will need to be educating current Tier II members on the effects the changes to the system may have on their future security. 
  • View the October 18, 2021 Annual HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • The next HCAA lunch get-together will be held at Anna’s Red Apple on Wednesday, November 3rd, at 11:00 am.  Please let Diane know if you plan to attend.
      • The fall SUAA meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 17th, at 10:00 am.  If you’re interested in attending, whether in person (in Normal, IL) or via Zoom, please let Carole Bomba or Linda Frank know.
      • We are getting bounce-back messages for a few of our fellow members when emails are sent out.  We will be sending letters to these folks to try to get corrected info, but in the meantime, if you know you don’t receive emails from HCAA, please feel free to fill out the contact form provided on this website.
  • View the September 28, 2021 Annual HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Presentation by Harper College President, Dr. Avis Proctor, was held via Zoom. See the presentation here.
    • Highlights
      • A number of HCAA members met online prior to Dr. Proctor’s informative presentation on current Harper initiatives, and enjoyed seeing and catching up with each other.
      • A study has found that the Illinois state pensions are currently in a more stable position than they have been for years, due to a higher return on investments.  However, underfunding of the systems is still a major concern.
      • The HCAA Board voted to approve the new slate of officers for the years 2021-2023, and congratulates Carole Bomba on her new role as HCAA President.
  • View the August 16, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • The Board voted to make another $1000 donation to Hawks Care; Sharon Martin presented the check to Laura Brown on behalf of HCAA.
      • A membership drive table on the first day of Orientation Week was staffed by several Board members, who reported having an active day reaching out to current employees.
      • A new law signed by Governor Pritzker in July opens the door for community colleges to have residential housing on or near campus for the first time.
      • The annual meeting with the President will be held online Tuesday, September 28th at 11:00 am
  • View the May 3, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details
    • Highlights
      • We added several new members to our ranks, bringing our current total up to 293.
      • Upcoming social events include our book discussion meeting on June 2 nd at 3:00. We’ll be discussing “Not Always a Valley of Tears” by Harper retiree Pascuala Herrera. And watch for details about a breakfast at the Red Apple during the second week of June.
      • The roster of nominees for the 2021-2023 HCAA Executive Board has been created, with the new Board starting their tenure this coming September. We are looking for someone to join us as President Elect during the coming year, to prepare to step up to the role of President in fall of 2023. 
  • View the March 8, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Highlights
      • The SUAA letter campaign encouraging membership resulted in 320 new members for the organization, 8 of them in our chapter.
      • The co-sponsored webinar on preparing for retirement presented last month had 160 registrants, with about 60 of them Harper faculty and staff.
      • Updates have been made to the In Memoriam and New Retirees section of the website.  A new section was added called Extra Offers, which includes some added benefits to membership in SUAA/HCAA.  

  • View the January 18, 2021 HCAA Board meeting notes here to read details.
    • Highlights
      • Our list of email addresses is being updated and corrected so that all members should be able to receive our various communications.
      • Watch for a mailing from SUAA, encouraging membership in the organization, which is especially important at this time of serious budgetary concerns at the state level. A strong SUAA can fight more effectively for our pensions and benefits.
      • Our HCAA website continues to be expanded, and includes lots of useful tips and information for all. Most recent additions include helpful info for those planning to retire and/or sign up for Medicare in the near future.

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