March 2017 Board Report
Amy Sipovic, a social studies teacher at
Streator Township High School, was appointed Thursday to fill a two-year
unexpired term on the Illinois Valley Community College board.
Laurie Bonucci of Princeton resigned from the board in January after serving
four of her term’s six years. Sipovic emerged from among four applicants
interviewed by the board for the vacancy Feb. 27, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with Amy,” said Corcoran. “Her
educational vision is aligned with our goals.”
A native of La Salle, Sipovic attended La Salle-Peru Township High School,
earned a bachelor’s from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s in
educational leadership from American College of Education in Chicago and a
doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois
Sipovic’s first meeting will be April 13.
In a statement near the close of the meeting, chair Melissa Olivero lauded
Bonucci for being a “fantastic addition to the board who represented her
constituents well.” Bonucci attended the meeting with her husband Steve to say
goodbye to board colleagues and college staff.
In other business, the board approved tenure for English composition and
creative writing instructor Tracy Lee and laboratory and developmental
mathematics instructor Emily Lesman.
Lee was credited for reinvigorating the student literacy journal River Currents
and for increased enrollments in creative writing. Lesman was praised for being
a “remarkable support” to developmental math students.
In other action, the board:
with regret the retirement of 10-year Director of Human Resources Glenna Jones.
“We thank Glenna for her service and wish her well as she pursues other interests
in her retirement,” said Corcoran. Jones’s last official duty will be helping
coordinate the 21st annual employee recognition ceremony April 28.
resignation of nursing instructor Eris Simons effective March 8.
$1,064,000 bid of PIPCO Companies of Peoria for the Building D chiller/air
handler replacement and Building G controls.
three-year, $54,000 contract with Illinois Century Network (ICN) for broadband
service payable at $1,500 per month.
2018 trustee budget totaling $14,750. That budget includes $11,500 for
membership in the Illinois Community College Trustees Association and is
contingent upon state funding.
The board also
demographics have remained consistent over the past three years, Associate Vice
President for Student Services Mark Grzybowski reported in his campus update.
“Enrollment status, gender, location of enrollment, permanent residence,
ethnicity and reason for enrolling all depict minimal percentage variances,”
Grzybowski said. While enrollment of traditional-age students remains strong,
adult enrollment has suffered due in part to improving employment rates, he
faculty renewed for 2017-18 are Jean Forst, English and reading, Heather
Knoblauch and Judy Lowe, nursing, Tammy Landgraf, early childhood education,
Willard Mott, agriculture, Andrew Seeger, world languages, Heather Seghi,
dental assisting, and Dan Serafini, math.
Bowen, administrative assistant for Project Success, retired March 1; part-time
computer instructor Mary Turchi will retire at the end of the spring semester;
Donald J. Corcoran, truck driver training specialist the past 15 years, retired
Feb. 24; and Continuing Education Center program manager Monica Near, another
15-year employee, resigned March 3.
Urban Bollis, educational psychology, and Promise Yong, chemistry, have been
named co-winners of the 2017 Stephen Charry Memorial Award for Teaching
Excellence and Wendy Lamboley, anatomy and physiology, is the winner of the
Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award.
credited longtime instructor Steve Swett for leading tornado relief efforts in
Naplate and Ottawa for the American Red Cross.
instructors David Kuester, Don Grant Zellmer, Betsy Klopcic and theater
technical director Matt Boehm are working with Horizon House on a disabilities
awareness program at Holy Family grade school in Oglesby. The program is in its
women’s basketball team will play for the Region IV, Division II championship
vs. Moraine Valley at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Waubonsee Community College in
Sugar Grove. The winner will advance to the NJCAA Division II national
championships in Harrison, Ark., March 21-25. The team will also be invited to
attend the April 13 board meeting.
officials will participate in La Salle-Peru High School’s career fair the
morning of Tuesday, March 14 and IVCC’s Spring Open House that night from 5 to
Aelsa Butler of Princeton and Trevor Finnan of Utica will be recognized for
academic excellence at the Tuesday, April 4 Phi Theta Kappa awards banquet in
annual student academic awards ceremony is Wednesday, April 5 in the gym.
Thursday, April 6, IVCC will hold its first Ag Open House in the morning and
the Foundation will host its first “One IVCC Giving Day,” an online fundraiser
replacing the spring dance and golf outing.