April 2013 Board Report
Illinois Valley Community
College’s board recognized three outgoing leaders Tuesday including board chair
Dennis Thompson of Princeton.
Thompson, who led the board the past four years and served as a trustee for
eight, received a plaque with a gavel attached to recognize his chairmanship
and was lauded by IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
“Dennis was a
steering committee member and benefactor to the Peter Miller Community
Technology Center capital campaign, donated all labor for the repair of IVCC’s
baseball dugouts and he and (his wife) Linda provided tremendous financial
support to the Foundation,” said Corcoran. “Dennis has been a great role model.”
The board also
recognized outgoing trustee Jim Narczewski of Spring Valley who served the
board two years and Britney Burkart of Peru who, Corcoran said, “was incredibly
active” in her role as student trustee. Burkart, who is bound for the
University of Illinois, will be replaced by Taylor Gunia of Peru.
The board will
choose new officers, make committee assignments and seat newly elected trustees
Jane Goetz of Ottawa and Laurie Bonucci of Princeton at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May
In other action,
in his monthly Peter Miller Community Technology Center construction update,
Corcoran reported the circle drive closing has been pushed back to the week of
April 22 at the earliest due to weather conditions.
Pouring of a
temporary sidewalk, relocation of temporary fencing and installation of new
traffic signs should take place by the end of April, Corcoran said.
Construction inside the 80,000-square-foot building and on east campus additions
are progressing nicely, he added.
business, the board approved:
$569,954 in information technology and student technology equipment for the
PMCTC project. By beginning the process now, the equipment can be installed
soon after the Capital Development Board turns the building over to IVCC in
leave requests for political science instructor Amanda Cook Fesperman and
English instructor Kim Radek for the 2013-14 academic year. Fesperman and
Radek will receive half-pay for the full-year sabbaticals to work on their
doctoral dissertations. Radek will teach two classes in the fall and one in the
$437,000 bid from John’s Service and Sales of Oglesby for Building C boiler
an appeal with the State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board on La Salle
Nuclear Power Station’s equalized assessed valuation. While the La Salle
County’s board of review set La Salle Station’s 2012 EAV at slightly over $448
million, an independent appraisal, funded by the 11 taxing bodies affected by
Exelon’s EAV, set it at over $705 million.
reduction in force and adopted a resolution of honorable dismissal for Dr.
Elaine Novak, dean of career and technical programs, effective June 30.
other business, the board learned:
Duke, administrative assistant in the Continuing Education and Business
Services department, will retire effective May 1 after 14 years and Mary
Needham, administrative assistant for the truck driver training program will
retire effective June 30.
Divan, program manager, Continuing Education Center, Business and Workforce
Development, will resign effective May 3 and 15-year shipping and receiving
assistant Lolita Schmitz will retire effective May 31.
total of 138 students were recognized at the April 11 academic honors banquet
in the gym. Economics instructor Abhijeet Bhattacharya, the 2013 Stephen Charry
Memorial Teaching Excellence Award winner, delivered the keynote address.
“Bridging the Gap” grant proposal, authored by IVCC administrators Dr. Lori
Scroggs, Sue Isermann and Marianne Dzik, will be funded by the ICCB for $9,700.
The funding will help IVCC establish horizontal alignment in mathematics and
English between fourth year high school and entry-level college courses.
- Approximately 80 staff members attended a March
8 development day keynoted by 1996 IVCC graduate Jason Kotecki, an author,
motivational speaker, and cartoonist. Administrative applications programmer
Kris Curley was named the Support Staff Distinguished Service Award winner.
- The annual nurse pinning is 11:30 a.m. Saturday,
May 18 followed by commencement at 2:30 p.m.; GED graduation is 7 p.m. Monday,