March 2014 Board Report
Valley Community College will use a portion of its surplus operations
and maintenance funds to complete plans for a student center and cyber
café, board members decided Thursday.
years, the café will open in the main lobby and the student center will
open in the former counseling area. IVCC will apply for $259,400 in
capital renewal funds to upgrade lighting, electrical
and data wiring in the lobby to accommodate students’ technological
In addition, an
accessible elevator will be installed in the student center for $370,642
and prior to Phase 3 construction, asbestos abatement of $134,250 will
take place in the area’s to be renovated. Excess
Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) funds will cover the cost.
IVCC will use
$270,000 in surplus O & M funds to complete projects totaling more
than $1.5 million. The board’s action addresses a decades-long need for a
large gathering area for students to interact
and work on projects.
Other “phase 3” plans –
recommended by the board’s facilities committee Feb. 21 – include moving
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) into the former home of electronics in
lower level D and expanding Jacobs Library
into the vacant cashier’s office off the main lobby.
In other business, the board approved personnel moves including the appointments of:
- English instructor Adam Oldaker as Interim Dean of
English, Mathematics and Education. Oldaker replaces the retiring
- Director of admissions Mark Grzybowski as Interim
Associate Vice President for Student Services. He replaces Tracy Morris
who is resigning to become Vice President for Student Services at
Illinois Central College in East Peoria.
- Danielle Stoddard as grant coordinator, Steve Alvin
as curriculum process leader and Rose Marie Lynch as AQIP accreditation
process leader. The temporary special assignments were necessitated by
the appointment of Sue Isermann as Interim
Vice President for Learning and Student Development.
In other business, the board approved:
- The sabbatical leave request of early childhood education program coordinator Diane Christianson for the fall semester.
- The $23,377 bid of Midland Paper of Wheeling for copier, fax and printer paper.
- Spending up to $53,000 on fuel for the truck driver
training program; Sapp Bros. in Peru and Flying J in La Salle will be
- A tuition increase for dual credit high school
students to 60 percent of the standard tuition rate, an increase of
$15.36 that brings the hourly total to $62.16. Dual credit students do
not pay the $7.40 per hour universal fee.
- An inter-district cooperative agreement with
Heartland Community College to serve students on the edges of the
Fieldcrest and Woodland high school districts.
- Ottawa’s request for a 13-year extension of the I-80 North TIF.
- The nomination of English instructor Nora
Villarreal of Ottawa for the 2014 Illinois Community College Trustees
Association (ICCTA) Outstanding Faculty Award. Selected by her peers for
the 2014 Stephen Charry Memorial Award for Teaching
Excellence, Villarreal is also coordinator of IVCC’s Writing Center.
Other nominees were Charles Kwiatkowski, Jim Moskalewicz, Oldaker, Sue
Caley-Opsal, Michael Pecherek, Kim Radek and Delores Robinson.
- Ottawa Center counselor Valery Calvetti as the 2014
ICCTA Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award nominee. An employee since
1997, Calvetti has counseled students at the Ottawa campus since it
opened in 2010 and previously served as director
of community relations and marketing.
The board also learned:
- 2013 Charry award winner Abhijeet Bhattacharya, an
economics instructor, has earned his doctorate of Business
Administration in Global Business and Leadership from California
- Ottawa Center coordinator Jeannette Frahm won the
2014 Distinguished Service Award for support staff. Other nominees were
Tracie Klieber, Marlene Merkel, Kelly Obermiller and Frances Whaley. All
will be honored April 25 at the annual employee
recognition reception at Grand Bear Lodge.
- In his monthly construction update, President Jerry
Corcoran said phase 2 is at substantial completion except for
demolition, re-grading, and seeding. The heater exchanger in the gym has
been replaced and the Cultural Centre sound system
project is at the 95 percent design-review stage and ready to go to bid
- IVCC’s Mu Alpha chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta recently earned the chapter activity award at the Sigma Kappa DeltaInternational Convention in Savannah, Ga.
instructor Dawn Wiggins, faculty sponsor for Indefinite Limit,
announced upcoming events for the student math club. T-shirts are being
sold to raise funds
for a charity and later this month the group, along with the Student
Government Association, will celebrate Einstein's Birthday and Pi Day.
The event will include a “digits-of –Pi” contest and a
of high school students are expected to attend the Building Trades Expo
9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, March 28 at IVCC. The event is organized in
Starved Rock Associates for Vocational and Technical Education,
Illinois Valley Labor Management Committee and Illinois Valley Building
- IVCC Foundation’s March 1 Irish Night celebration at Senica’s Oak Ridge raised $15,000 to support scholarships.
than 40 students and staff were guests at a Feb. 26 etiquette dinner
hosted by career service’s Cathy Buck and Cristina Sarabia. Oglesby
native Lee Ann Piano was
- British-born singer and actor Alex Boyé will perform in IVCC’s Cultural Centre Saturday, March 29 as part of
IVCC’s partnership with Starved Rock Country. Bagshot Row will open for
Boyé at 6 p.m.