April 2012 Board Report
The future of
men’s and women’s tennis at Illinois Valley Community College was a major topic
of discussion for the Illinois Valley Community College board Tuesday.
The board tabled
a motion that would continue the programs in 2012-13 with only nominal
financial support from the college. Key elements of the motion are elimination
of 12 tuition waivers (six for each team) and the use of unpaid volunteer
The model was
proposed by a group of local tennis advocates led by former IVCC tennis star
Julie Milota of Tonica, players and parents. The plan would facilitate a
women’s fall season and a men’s spring season at little cost to the college.
Before the group
came forward, the college had been prepared to cut both programs due to a lack
of adequate playing facilities and other related issues. Milota’s group has
expressed its commitment to fundraise enough money to cover team expenses and
secure a qualified volunteer coach to take over the programs.
The tabled motion, which will be considered by the board at its May 15 meeting,
also included termination of the contracts of men’s coach Lukas Burkon and
women’s coach Bonnie Peterson effective May 18. IVCC will, however, honor all
tuition waivers for current players planning to return next fall and spring.
reducing its financial support, the college would save approximately $35,000 in
tuition waivers, coach’s salaries and other expenses.
In another action that could eventually save an estimated $50,000, the board
approved a new procedure for awarding tuition waivers for volleyball, golf,
men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball. The college typically
awards approximately 74 waivers over eight sports.
will limit baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball to 320 credit
hours each (an equivalent of 10 full-time waivers each). Golf and volleyball
will be limited to 160 credit hours (the equivalent of five full-time waivers
As the new
waiver system is phased in over the next two years, IVCC will honor all waiver
commitments currently in place.
business, the board approved:
of an Exmark Lazer X mower from Smith’s Sales & Service of Peru for $6,178,
resignation of Vice President for Learning and Student Development Rick Pearce
effective May 19. Pearce has accepted a similar position at Heartland Community
College in Normal. Corcoran praised Pearce for his work with faculty and staff
on the design of the Community Technology Center, the innovative Running Start
program at Marquette Academy and his success in forming educational agreements
with several universities.
retirement of 31-year automotive instructor Dan O’Connor of Peru effective June
1. “For more than 30 years, Dan has offered his expertise to hundreds of
students,” said Corcoran. In his letter of resignation, O’Connor said, “I have
really enjoyed teaching and watching my students learn their trade and succeed
in the workplace.”
retirement of 33-year instructor Doug Stockley of Earlville who started at IVCC
in 1979 as an agribusiness instructor. “During Doug’s tenure he has
transitioned from agribusiness to computer classes, being one of the first to
incorporate computers into the agriculture field,” Corcoran said. He credited
Stockley for his work with the college’s agronomy plots and for the successful
operation of the college farm. In his resignation letter Stockley said, “I
consider it a privilege and a pleasure to have been able to work at IVCC. It
has been an honor to serve our students.”
leave for history instructor Steve Alvin for spring 2013. Alvin will be a
visiting professor at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury,
for outgoing student trustee Brad Cockrel of Ottawa for his devoted service to
students, the college and board. Cockrel will be succeeded by Britney Burkart
with McGladry & Pullen for auditing services for the next three years and
with Centrue Bank for banking services.
filing of a complaint to the La Salle County Property Tax Appeal Board
regarding its $504,000,000 assessment of La Salle Nuclear Power Station. An
independent appraisal authorized by 11 taxing bodies affected by the plant’s
EAV set La Salle Station’s EAV at $704,000,000.
proposal of Chamlin & Associates of Peru to investigate the integrity of
the IVCC pond dam for $22,900. In the spring of 2009, the dam failed and
drained the pond located just west of the pine grove.
of Athletic Director Tommy Canale’s position from full-time to part-time effective
July 1. Canale, who also serves as men’s basketball coach, will no longer have
the duties of retention coordinator/advisor, a position he’s held since
action, the board learned:
technician Jim Barnes will retire effective May 17. “I have enjoyed my years at
the college and in the library. I will truly miss my wonderful friends and
colleagues at IVCC,” Barnes said in his retirement letter.
- Foundation pouring has begun on the Peter Miller Community
Technology Center. Ameren will lay new electrical lines this
week and the electrical ‘tie-in’ is scheduled for
29 when power to the entire campus will be shut down. Steel erection for the
new building is scheduled to start the week of May 4. Three rigs on the geothermal
field are drilling at a rate of one well per day per
rig. An estimated 192 wells will be drilled.
last week’s Student Government Association elections Omar Aburomi was elected
president; Toni Kessel, vice president; Burkart, student trustee; Steffan
O’Brien secretary; Nick Finney, treasurer; and Delaney Ridley, Brandon Harmon
and Hailee Brayton as programming board members.
total of 78 students were honored at the March 21 Phi Theta Kappa induction
ceremony. IVCC now has 260 active Phi Theta Kappa participants.
March 23 Building Trades Expo brought nearly 900 students to campus to learn
about a number of careers. Corcoran credited Jim Conness of the Electrical
Workers Union and representatives of 10 trades for working with the Area Career
Center and IVCC faculty and staff on the annual event.
Interactive Health Solutions representative recognized IVCC March 23 for being
one of the healthiest companies in America. IVCC was one of just 70 of IHS’s
1,700 clients recognized for overall participation in the wellness program and
low-risk health-assessment scores.
March 26 I-Read Volunteer Tutor Appreciation event honored approximately 70
volunteers and last night’s Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society induction
ceremony recognized 20 students for academic achievement.