April 2014 Board Report
Noted Chicago artist John Adduci will construct a 14-foot tall
stainless steel sculpture in front of Illinois Valley Community College’s Peter
Miller Community Technology Center (CTC) this summer, trustees learned
resembles a universal on/off switch and functions as a sundial. Resting on a
24-foot diameter concrete base, the 14-foot high by 12-foot wide arch will
emerge from a 15-foot-diameter partial circle or sundial.
The “Art in
Architecture” project is mandated by the Illinois Capital Development Board,
the state agency that oversaw CTC construction. CDB requires .5 percent of
state construction funds be used on art; IVCC received $22.8 million in capital
funding for an art-in-architecture budget of $114,224.
Adduci was one of
37 Illinois artists submitting proposals to a selection committee consisting of
representatives from La Salle County, City of Oglesby, the Illinois Arts
Council, Illinois State Museum and project architects Basalay, Carey &
In a 2010
profile, Chicago Art Magazine said Adduci was one of the city’s best sculptors.
energy, movement, and balance are key themes in Adduci’s work,” the magazine
said. Working in the body shop of his father’s south side car dealership,
Adduci learned welding, metal fabrication and painting from journeymen.
Adduci’s work is
on display in Chicago, Milwaukee and as far north as Manitoba, Canada.
said, “Adduci has been working for a long time and his enthusiasm for sculpture
said, “I still physically like the action of working. I love wrestling with the
In other action,
the board approved:
- Purchase of 21 iMac computers and a Mac OS X server from Apple for
the graphic arts lab at a cost of $39,256.
- Purchase of 20 Dell laptops for Ottawa Center and five for Jacobs
Library at a cost of $19,421. The computers will replace 20 used laptops donated
by State Farm.
- The resignation of health and wellness instructor and volleyball
coach Julie Sherbeyn effective July 21. Sherbeyn, who began work at IVCC in
1999 as a fitness center instructor, was named head volleyball coach in 2009.
She has accepted a position at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington.
- A resolution recognizing student trustee Taylor Gunia for her
service to the board.
- Temporary special assignments for Lynn Moore and Connie Skerston
of the admissions office due to admissions director Mark Grzybowski being named
Interim Associate Vice President of Student Services.
- The tentative 2015 board of trustees’ budget.
- An inter-district cooperative agreement with Joliet Junior College
to better serve students in the Seneca school district. IVCC has similar
agreements with Illinois Central, Sauk Valley and Heartland.
- A three-year extension of the security services contract with G4S.
- The $24,700 quote from Indicom Electric to replace the ground wire
for the gym. Indicom will correct work done by Excel Electric in 2010 that did
not comply with electrical code. Efforts to have Excel correct the problem were
The board also learned:
- Seven members of the Student Government Association visited area
legislators at the State Capitol April 2 as part of Student Advocacy Day. In
meetings with Sen. Sue Rezin and Rep. Frank Mautino, student leaders advocated
for level funding for community colleges, prioritizing the Monetary Award
Program (MAP) and setting aside 15-20 percent of the overall MAP appropriation
for students who make their college plans in late spring or early summer. “This
could be very beneficial to our students,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
- The nursing department inducted 10 students in the Alpha Delta Nu
Nursing Honor Society March 31. “When you learn of the time and work that went
into being able to even establish a society here, it helps one realize how
committed our faculty are to student success and why year-in – and year-out –
our nursing students do so well in passing the NCLEX exam and meeting the needs
of local healthcare providers,” Corcoran said.
Alex Boye’s March 29 concert in the Cultural Centre was a success,
Corcoran said, adding “more culturally-enriching programs are on the horizon,
especially with all of the facility enhancements that have taken place and are