May 2012 Board Report
women’s tennis will continue next year at Illinois Valley Community College
with volunteer coaches and no tuition waivers for incoming players.
Tuesday the IVCC
board approved a model proposed by a group of local tennis advocates and
parents of current players that will facilitate a women’s fall season and a
men’s spring season without paid coaches or athletic waivers for freshman
Each team will
be expected to raise $2,000 for equipment and travel as well as a $2,000
contingency fund for post-season travel.
The employment of current men’s coach Lukas Burkon and women’s coach Bonnie
Peterson will be terminated May 18. The college will honor tuition waivers for
current players planning to return next fall and spring.
expects to save about $35,000 in tuition waivers, coach’s salaries and other
expenses. Last month, the board approved a new procedure for awarding tuition
waivers for volleyball, golf, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and
baseball that could save an additional $50,000.
expects to save an additional $100,000 following reorganization of top
administration. Dr. Lori Scroggs, Vice President for Planning and Institutional
Effectiveness the past three years, was appointed Interim Vice President for
Learning and Student Development to replace Dr. Rick Pearce who is leaving for
a similar position at Heartland Community College.
“Lori is the
most appropriate person to immediately fill the position because of her
education and unique combination of teaching, counseling and administrative
experience,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
Princeton, a former IVCC instructor, division chair and board member, taught at
Bradley University for six years.
In addition, the
reorganization will result in increased responsibilities for Vice President for
Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema of Marseilles. Roelfsema, a CPA,
will now oversee Information Technologies and Institutional Research –
departments representing 11 employees and a budget of nearly $2 million.
The board also
appointment of Bonnie Bennett-Campbell to Dean of Health Professions and
Interim Director of Nursing Programs effective June 1. Bennett, a nursing
instructor, is a former division chair and director of nursing.
Remediation of Chicago’s $55,000 bid to remove asbestos in Buildings A, B, D
$760,800 bid of Vanguard Contractors of Pekin for restroom modifications and
replacement of door panic hardware, ceilings, lighting, valves and piping in
- The Business
Office has earned the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished
Budget Presentation Award for the fourth straight year. IVCC was one of only 11
Illinois community colleges to receive the award.
Dorene Perez, Jim Gibson, Rick Serafini, Paul Leadingham and Tim Bias
coordinated a successful MIMIC Fair April 25.
April 19 Job Fair, the first coordinated by Cathy Buck, attracted 43 employers
and 321 job seekers.
benefactors George and Nancy Maze of Peru were honored April 24 by Mike
Pecherek’s Music Theory II class for funding an annual spring trip by the class
to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “This is a wonderful experience for many
of our students and one that many of them would not have had were it not for
the generosity of the Mazes,” said Corcoran.
second annual Green Expo coordinated by sociology instructors Christine Dove
and Jared Olesen April 24 featured IVCC’s wind energy program, eco-friendly
clothing, organic agriculture, green products, a master falconer, local
musicians and more.
- The fifth annual
IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in LP’s Matthiessen
Auditorium April 28 because of the closure of the Cultural Centre. Inductees
were Dan Janka, Dick Janko, Evelyn Moyle, Malcolm Whipple and Bill Vlastnik.
Corcoran credited Sue Monroe, Donna Swiskoski, Jenna Stinson, Dr. Rose Marie
- Corcoran and
trustee David Mallery met with seven district legislators May 2 at the annual
Illinois Community College Trustees Association-sponsored Lobby Day in
Springfield. Discussion centered on pension reform, the fiscal 2013 budget and
insurance for community college retirees.
- The Sigma Kappa
Delta English Honor Society’s May 4 induction ceremony hosted by instructors
Kim Radek, Delores Robinson and Adam Oldaker inducted about 25 students into
IVCC’s Mu Alpha Chapter. Virginia Campbell of Ottawa earned a national award
for her essay “From Amleth to Hamlet: Just Move the H?”
- The May 9 Tau
Upsilon Alpha National Organization for Human Services Honor Society induction
ceremony coordinated by Jean Batson-Turner attracted a number of students and
service learning partners.
Success’s May 11 year-end celebration in the cafeteria honored students who
distinguished themselves in the federally-funded program serving 160
first-generation, low-income and disabled students annually. The event was
coordinated by Chris Herman, Cynthia Cardosi, Diane Scoma, and Teresa Bowen.
- A 2 p.m. Monday,
June 4 press conference will announce details of a $99,000 USDA Rural Business
Enterprise Grant that is part of the $2.1 million capital campaign for CTC
- The resignation
of human resources specialist George Needs of Peru after eight years. Needs
accepted a position with another local employer.
- Work on the Peter Miller Community Technology Center is proceeding
nicely, Corcoran reported. Steel erection is scheduled to start on the west end
of the building May 29 and all foundations should be complete by May 31.
Drilling on the geothermal field will
end Wednesday and will be followed by backfilling. Pipe will be
run under the road to connect the field to the new building May 21-25.
Construction of the horizontal field will begin the week of June 11 and last
approximately six weeks. The Therapeutic Massage Lab
in the gymnasium should be substantially completed by June 12.
- Associate Vice
President for Student Services Tracy Morris successfully defended her
dissertation May 11 at Northern Illinois University. “We have a new doctor in
the house,” said Corcoran.