June 2010 Board Meeting Report
A 50-meter meteorological tower will rise near the Illinois Valley
Community College track in late July or August to help the college decide
whether to construct a wind turbine to use in the renewable energy
President Jerry Corcoran
informed board members Thursday he and other college officials met Wednesday
with Scott Engstrom of wind energy consultant Amersco to discuss what IVCC can
expect over the next year as it “determines the feasibility for purchasing a
wind turbine for generating power and preparing students for green jobs in our
wind energy technician certificate program.”
This fall, after the tower
has collected data for several months, Engstrom will report his findings to the
board’s facilities committee and discuss options, Corcoran said.
IVCC won a $30,000 grant
from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation last spring to fund the
study. It will compliment IVCC’s launch of a renewable wind energy technician
program this fall and plans to use geo-thermal heating and cooling for the
proposed Community Technology Center.
Also in his report, Corcoran
informed the board enrollment at the new Ottawa Center continues to climb.
Corcoran said 289 students have registered for 1,808 credit hours, 62 percent of
the facility’s capacity.
other business, the board approved:
- A three-year beverage
contract with Pepsi Beverage Company, the $27,589 bid of Midland Paper of
Wheeling for multi-purpose paper and the prevailing wage resolution for fiscal
- Reopening bidding for Ottawa Center exterior and interior
signage with revised specifications. In addition, 45 Dell computers and 38
monitors were approved for the facility for $33,019.
- Approved a three-year food service contract with Country
Catering of Lostant. Country Catering opened 30 years ago and is currently owned
by Cindy and Brian Burcar. They will be open in the
cafeteria 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- A total of $10,329 for audio-visual equipment for the
biology lab and the $43,939 purchase of 36 Dell computers with monitors and 24
without for room D109A and other smart classroom instructor stations.
- The $68,294 bid of JB Contracting of La Salle to replace
the heating water main between building C and the gym.
- Continuation of the contract to provide Truck Driver
Training at Waubonsee Community College. IVCC has operated the program at the
Sugar Grove campus since 2006.
- The appointment of Dr. Kathryn Kott as director of
nursing. Kott, who has her Ph.D. in nursing from Marquette University, replaces
Gloria Bouxsein who retired in December.
- The appointments of instructors Jennifer Savoia, nursing,
Adam Oldaker, English and Keith King, biology and the appointments of interim
deans Michael Pecherek, Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences and Jim
Stevenson, Student Development.
- Authorized creation of an Associate Vice President for
Student Services position to replace the Dean of Student Development position.
The AVP will oversee counseling, financial aid, admissions, Project Success and
- A change in the RAMP document for additions and
renovations to Buildings C and G. Due to the proposed Community Technology
Center, the estimated cost of the project has been cut from $13.7 million to
$7.9 million with the college’s matching share down to $1.9 million. RAMPs are
official requests to the state for capital improvements.
- Authorization to
continue normal operation of the college from July 1 through adoption of the
fiscal 2011 budget.
The board learned:
- Karen Gregorich has
been hired as admissions and credentials analyst and 26-year safety services
officer Bob Walters will retire June 30.
- There were a total of 519 spring graduates compared to
499 a year earlier.
- Board secretary David Mallery of Hennepin was recognized
at the June 4 Illinois Community College Trustees Association awards banquet in
Springfield for attending at least 15 ICCTA seminars during his tenure. In
addition, Dan Janka, President of MAG Global, was recognized as IVCC’s nominee
for the state distinguished alumnus award, Mary Black as the nominee for the
outstanding part-time faculty award and Dr. David Kuester, nominee for the
outstanding full-time faculty award.