March 2013 Board Report
Illinois Valley Community College
trustees Tuesday learned of the college’s efforts to increase enrollment and
retention and of the financial aid office’s efforts to encourage students to
apply early for state and federal aid.
Admissions Director Mark Grzybowski said enrollment initiatives have included
community outreach at YMCAs and supermarkets, enhanced social media, improved
communication with applicants, testimonials from current students and prospect
tracking of high school juniors.
In more than 30 high school visits between September and February, Grzybowski
and his staff met with approximately 1,300 students and parents. Members of Phi
Theta Kappa, the honorary society for two-year colleges, spoke to visiting high
Grzybowski also showed trustees the new online site “www.ivcc.edu/save”
where prospective students and parents can compare IVCC’s tuition and fees and
per credit hour costs to other Illinois universities and see the savings they
will realize by attending IVCC first.
Presenting the campus update alongside Grzybowski, Financial Aid Director Patty
Williamson said the number of students receiving financial aid has steadily
increased over the past four years. Williamson’s department processes over
4,000 applications annually and last year 2,361 students received more than $11
million in aid.
for the state Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant has resulted in filing
deadlines being “tightened drastically,” she said. The deadline, once as late
as August, was March 1 for the coming 2013-14 academic year. Last year over
100,000 eligible Illinois students were not awarded MAP grants due to a lack of
office has significantly increased communication with current and prospective
students regarding the need to apply early. Initiatives include “FAFSA
Fridays,” newsletters, reminder postcards, emails and a financial aid section
trends include increased loan fees, shorter deferments, higher interest rates,
and fewer grant-eligible students, Williamson said. In a positive note, she
said IVCC’s student loan default rate fell from 9.3 percent in 2009 to 7.9
percent in 2010.
In other action,
trustees began the meeting with a moment of silence for longtime IVCC English
instructor and coach Robert Mueller of Peru who died March 6.
business, the board approved:
a reorganizational meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7.
purchase of file cabinets for the Peter Miller Community Technology Center
(PMCTC) from Henricksen of Peoria at a cost of $14,498.
Illinois Community College Trustee Association (ICCTA) Faculty Award nomination
of economics instructor Abhijeet Bhattacharya of La Salle. Bhattacharya
recently won IVCC’s Stephen Charry Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. In
nominating Bhattacharya for the Charry, four students noted his exceptional
class preparation, application of economic concepts to everyday life and his
dedication, friendliness and accessibility.
ICCTA Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member Award nomination of peer tutoring
coordinator and instructor Cathi Nelson. Dean of English, Mathematics, and
Education Marianne Dzik said Nelson’s “years of teaching experience,
understanding of how people learn, teaching strategies and knowledge of several
subject areas allow her to adapt her approach to each individual student.”
The board also
and receiving coordinator Raeleen Bartolt, who has run the mailroom for 14
years, will resign effective April 26.
his monthly PMCTC construction update, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran
reported: first floor drywall will be completed soon and stairwell framing and
light installation has begun; the startup of two geothermal pumps took place
Monday; boilers and boiler pump start ups are scheduled for March 29; additions
to the auto and welding facility is progressing well and the new maintenance
building is ready for occupancy; the circle drive drop-off area is expected to
close by April 1 for about two months.
March 8 Career Day Expo attracted hundreds of eighth and ninth graders. The
annual event is held in partnership with Starved Rock Associates for Vocational
and Technical Education, Illinois Valley Building and Construction Trades
Council, and the Illinois Valley Labor Management Committee.
Success’s 2012 performance report revealed the federally-funded program for
first generation, low-income and disabled students is meeting all objectives
such as persistence (81 percent), good academic standing (88 percent),
graduation (56 percent) and transfer (59 percent). “Overall, 162 participants
were well served,” said Corcoran. “This places IVCC in a great position
for future grant applications. Cynthia Cardosi, Diane Scoma, Theresa Bowen and
Chris Herman deserve credit for their hard work on behalf of our students.”
instructor Cindy Schultz, assisted by other faculty and calculus students,
coordinated a math competition for seven high schools and approximately 180
students Feb. 23 at IVCC.
- Six high schools
participated in the annual writing competition March 1 at IVCC coordinated by
English instructor Randy Rambo and department colleagues. A total of 15
students took part in the essay competition and 16 in the journalism contest.
- The IVCC Foundation’s ninth annual Irish Night
Feb. 23 in La Salle attracted over 215 guests to hear the Larkin and Moran
Brothers of Chicago.
The women’s and men’s
basketball teams recently concluded successful seasons. The Eagle women
finished 22-9 and sophomore guard Arnisha Thomas was named Arrowhead Conference
MVP and signed to play at Division I Eastern Illinois University next fall. The
men finished 18-11 and sophomore guard Alec Schwab was a National Junior
College Athletic Association All-American nominee and unanimous first team
All-Region 4 selection. “I commend women’s coach Pat Cinotte and men’s coach
Tommy Canale and their assistants for their ability to recruit locally and win
consistently,” said Corcoran.