July board report
To spur fall enrollment, Illinois Valley Community College will offer a free
three-hour class to a specific student population, IVCC President Jerry
Corcoran announced at Thursday’s board meeting.
The initiative will target more than 170 prospective students who have applied
for financial aid but have not yet enrolled.
Interim Associate Vice President for Student Services Mark Grzybowski said,
“Looking at completed FAFSAs, we found a number of these students fell just short
of eligibility for Pell and MAP awards, or qualified and received a small
“We believe some of these students will enroll if offered an additional
incentive,” he said.
The initiative, funded by a $30,000 gift from the IVCC Foundation, will offer
the free course to the first 90 students from the group who enroll in at least
“We owe the Foundation board and 21st Century Scholars Society
members a debt of gratitude for making this possible,” said Corcoran. The
Society put up half the money.
Specific questions about the incentive should be directed to Financial Aid
Director Patty Williamson at (815) 224-0440.
In other business, the board
approved a tentative 2015 budget. Operating revenues are projected to be over
$21.5 million, $187,404 down from 2014 including a projected 1.2 percent drop
The budget will be balanced by not filling 11 full- and part-time hiring
requests and an 11.7 percent decrease in utility expenses due to low utility
rates and fiber-optic installation, among other factors.
The overall budget, which includes $2 million from the state for ongoing
construction, contains $36.1 million in revenues – a 13 percent decrease – and
$38.5 million in expenditures – an 11 percent decrease.
The board will vote on final
approval of the budget following a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.
In other business, the board approved:
- Radio advertising contracts with four stations totaling
- The purchase of $54,000 in janitorial supplies
from Interline Brands of Peoria and $21,460 in elevator maintenance services
from ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation, also of Peoria.
- Expending up to $55,000 through WEX fuel cards
for the Truck Driver Training program.
- A one-year extension of the maintenance contract
with Daikin Applied Americas for six McQuay chillers for $56,665.
- The hiring of Robyn Schiffman as Dean of
English, Mathematics and Education effective Aug. 11. Schiffman, an associate
professor of English/Literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison,
N.J., earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of
- Purchase of network core and edge switches to
increase the college’s bandwidth from 1 gigabyte to 10 at a cost of $437,687.
Network and internet use has increased dramatically as more faculty stream
video and utilize other online resources in the classroom. In addition,
trustees approved the $35,085 purchase of two Dell servers and a storage array.
- A proposal from First Agency for student athlete
coverage for $34,420 and the $3,251 bid of Ramza Insurance Group for
catastrophic athlete coverage.
- The $18,650 bid of Universal Asphalt &
Excavating for pavement repair, sealing and marking of roadways.
- A 36-month copier rental agreement with Illinois
Valley Business Equipment for $43,999.
- Seeking bids for removal of 45 dead Ash trees
- A $39,500 contract with Chamlin & Associates
to prepare construction documents and act as the construction manager for the
18-spot ADA parking lot to be constructed near the middle entrance to the Peter
Miller Community Technology Center.
- Release of closed session minutes from Feb. 21,
2001, and June 18 and Aug. 20, 2013.
The board learned:
- Bryan Clark resigned as public services
librarian July 3 to accept another position and will be replaced on an interim
basis by part-time library technician Stephanie King.
18th annual IVCC Foundation golf outing organized by alumni
coordinator/foundation assistant Susan Monroe on June 26 raised over $10,000.
is working with fellow presidents to determine the feasibility of Illinois
community colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in applied technology and