Members Physically Present:
Melissa M. Olivero, Chair
Larry D. Huffman,
Tipton, Student Trustee (2016-2017)
Others Physically Present:
Jerry Corcoran, President
Cheryl Roelfsema, Vice
President for Business Services and Finance
Anderson, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Campbell, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Grzybowski, Associate Vice President for Student Services
was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Dr. Huffman to approve the agenda, as presented. Motion passed by voice vote.
women’s basketball players and coaches were honored for being co-champions of
the Arrowhead Conference and advancing to the Region IV championship. They finished with a record of 21-10 and
carried an overall 3.3 g.p.a. for the fall semester. Coach Tom Ptak noted the team is also involved
in community activities and he is very proud of them. The team’s assistant coaches are Sammy Kromm
and Nick Bernal.
Olivero read a resolution and presented it to Sarah Tipton along with a gift on
behalf of the Board of Trustees to express their sincere appreciation that she
has given generously of her time, energy, and talents in her responsibilities
to the college as a student trustee.
Sarah thanked the College for an amazing experience and noted it has
been by far the most fulfilling position she has ever had. She said it has been a pleasure working with
Olivero was honored for serving two consecutive terms as Board Chair. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in
April 2009 and served as Vice-chair from 2011-2013. She was elected Chair in May 2013. Dr. Corcoran noted that she and her husband
have attended and supported many College and Foundation functions and the
College owes her a debt of gratitude. He said Ms. Olivero has done a fantastic
job as Board Chair and it was a real honor to work with her. Dr. Corcoran
presented a plaque to Ms. Olivero for serving as Board Chair from 2013-2017.
officers will be leaving the board and Dr. Corcoran recognized them for their
Huffman was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2009 and elected in
April 2011. He served as Board Secretary for four years, Planning Committee and
Closed Session Minutes Committee for two years, and chair of the Audit/Finance
Committee for six years. Larry and his
wife Chris have attended every major event at IVCC and have been so supportive
of the College and Foundation. Dr.
Corcoran wanted to let him know how much he has meant to him as a friend,
colleague, and role model and wished him many more years of success. Dr. Corcoran presented him with a gift as a
token of appreciation.
Driscoll was not present for the meeting as he had other obligations. Dr.
Driscoll was appointed in March 2009 and elected in April 2011. He has served as Board Vice-Chair for four
years and took on a leadership position for the Planning Committee. He is a phenomenal person to work with. He is a reminder of the College’s Core Values
and taught everyone so much of how behavior has to be in step with core values. Dr. Corcoran noted he will miss him
tremendously. Dr. Corcoran also has a
gift for Dr. Driscoll as a token of appreciation.
was moved by Ms. Goetz and seconded by Dr. Huffman to approve the consent
agenda, as presented. Motion passed by voice vote.
following items were approved in the consent agenda:
– March 9, 2017 Board Meeting
Fund - $952,866.67; Operations & Maintenance Fund - $142,724.93; Operations
& Maintenance (Restricted Fund) - $26,166.74; Auxiliary Fund - $63,258.56;
Restricted Fund - $5,343.13; and Liability, Protection & Settlement Fund -
the stipends for pay periods ending March 4, 2017 and March 18, 2017
Corcoran reported IVCC’s March 24 Career Expo was a great event -- 883 students
from 13 schools visited with faculty, staff and representatives of the Building
and Constructions Trades regarding all kinds of career-training options in the
Illinois Valley. The business after-hours on the east campus the night before
the expo hosted by the Building Trades group and promoted by the local chambers
of commerce was terrific. Feedback from the 150 attendees was very positive. Dr.
Corcoran thanked everyone involved in promoting the college. Aelsa Butler and Trevor Finnan are the
college’s top honor students this year and Dr. Corcoran was delighted that they
could attend the All-Illinois Phi Theta Kappa awards banquet in Springfield
with Eric Schroeder and Dr. Corcoran on April 4. Locally, trustees and
Foundation directors had a chance to visit with Aelsa and Trevor the following
night in the College’s gymnasium where the annual academic achievement program
was held honoring nine Publow Award winners, 10 McCormack Scholars and a total
of 206 students. With Jill Urban-Bollis and Promise Yong addressing the crowd, it
was one of the best academic award programs that Dr. Corcoran ever remembers
attending. Kudos to Mark, Linda Hawkins, and Crystal Credi on a job very well
done and a special thanks to Trustees Melissa Olivero and Jane Goetz for being
on hand to represent the Board of Trustees. Elections to IVCC’s Student Government
Association were held last week for 2017-2018 and Dr. Corcoran was pleased to
report that Matt Pehoski is the new student trustee, Nick Needs is student body
president, Lauren Tomasson will serve as vice-president, Parker Weber is now
the treasurer, Brianna Lenger is the secretary, Brianna Lau is the sophomore
representative, and Adrian Perez and Quincie Weber will represent the sophomore
programming board. Dr. Corcoran thanked the students for stepping forward into
these key leadership positions, and thanks as well to Sarah Tipton, Ellen
Herrmann, Lexi Scarpaci, Abbey Azarskis, Christian Mendez, Gabe Braboy, Nick
Needs, Dexter Baker, Hugo Perez, Lauren Tomasson and Matthew Pehoski for
serving as SGA officers in academic year 2016-2017. The College received lots of positive
feedback on last week’s agriculture open house from students representing the
nine high schools in attendance. Willard Mott’s work on resurrecting the agriculture
transfer program and expanding it with (1) the AAS in agricultural business
management (to be acted upon tonight) and (2) soon the AAS in agronomy has been
nothing short of phenomenal. Dr. Corcoran really appreciates the great support
Willard has gotten from Ron Groleau, Dr. Deb Anderson, Bonnie Campbell, Reed
Wilson and Fran Brolley. This has been a great team effort. Yesterday’s job fair was terrific. A person
behind the scenes who has quietly done a fine job on the college’s behalf of
orchestrating it and managing the Career Services office for Mark Grzybowski is
Lisa Witalka. Thanks to Lisa and Mark, 69 employers were represented and more
than 200 visitors to the campus were well served. Jeanne has updated the
Board’s calendars noting key upcoming events, so Dr. Corcoran encouraged Board
members to keep it handy and participate whenever they can. Last month the Board accepted with regret the
retirement notice of Glenna Jones, IVCC’s HR director for 10 years. Glenna was
unable to be present for the meeting, but Dr. Corcoran wanted to publically say
that he has admired her work and appreciated everything she has done for the
College in such a classy and professional way. He was sure he was speaking for
others in saying that he hopes she enjoys many years of a well-deserved
retirement. Dr. Corcoran thanked Fran
Brolley, Donna Swiskoski, Janice Corrigan and others for the fine job they did
of hosting the college’s first “OneIVCC Giving Day” event. He thanked those who
helped the College exceed its goal, especially first-time donors to the
Foundation. Their generosity and support was deeply appreciated. As a side note, although the University of
Illinois basketball program underwent a recent change at the head coach
position, which has resulted in some star recruits backing out of their
previous commitments, there is no truth to the rumor that IVCC Foundation
President O.J. Stoutner may soon sign on with U of I as a free-throw shooting
APPOINTMENT – DR. ROBYN SCHIFFMAN, INTERIM DEAN OFHUMANITIES,
FINE ARTS, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
It was moved by Ms. Goetz and seconded by
Dr. Huffman to approve the appointment of Dr. Robyn Schiffman, Interim Dean of
Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences, with additional compensation of
$400 per pay period, effective April 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017. Motion passed by voice vote.
OF THE ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE:AGRICULTURAL
It was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Mr.
Mallery to approve the Associate of Applied Science degree in Agricultural
Business Management, as presented.
Motion passed by voice vote.
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ILLINOIS VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND JOLIET
JUNIOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
It was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by
Dr. Huffman to authorize the administration to terminate the March 11, 2014
inter-district agreement with Joliet Junior College. Motion passed by voice vote.
REQUEST – EMERGENCY REPAIRS FOLLOWING POWER OUTAGE
It was moved by Dr. Sipovic and seconded by
Ms. Tipton to authorize the emergency repairs by Cleaver Brooks to the boilers
in the amount of $30,900. This expense
will be covered by insurance after a $5,000 deductible. Motion passed by voice vote.
Ms. Olivero welcomed the College’s Student Trustee
for 2017-2018, Matthew Pehoski and the College’s new board member, Amy
Sipovic. She also congratulated Mr.
Mallery on his recent re-election to the Board.
This was Dr. Huffman’s last regular board meeting
and he commented about the responsibilities board members have to accurately,
honestly, and completely inform their various constituencies about factors that
face the College. Dr. Huffman said it
was an honor to serve as a trustee and thanked his trustee peers for their
service. Many times the solutions to the
College’s concerns and problems are not nearly as simple as they might appear
for people who do not have the breadth of knowledge, data and other information
the board has to base their decision.
The consequences must be carefully weighed and individual trustees’
opinions should be considered. In the
end the Board’s conclusions and decisions are to be reached in the best interest
of the College as a whole. Dr. Huffman
encouraged everyone to take a good look at the College’s financial plan because
it provides a rather worrisome outlook for the College’s future from a
financial standpoint. The executive
summary gives a good understanding of the challenges facing the College. Dr. Huffman fears the necessary solutions to
some of these challenges could endanger the comprehensive nature of IVCC’s
academic programs and services.
Personnel costs represent 78 percent of the total operating
expenditures. Coping with serious
financial challenges would almost certainly require elimination of academic
programs and services and, of course, the personnel involved with them. This has happened at other colleges where
employees were cut to cope with budget shortfalls. Although Dr. Huffman has high hopes for the
future of IVCC, he has concerns: 1) with
the dismal outlook, regardless of what the State may do, will the college be
able to sustain the comprehensiveness and the high quality for which it is
known; 2) will the college be able to maintain an athletic program and the 124
full-time students who participate in sports after the bookstore reserves that
have been used to support the program are exhausted as projected in 2020? With the stable but slightly declining
population and the expected decline in the number of high school graduates from
which this College draws a substantial portion of its enrollees, and if it
loses 124 full-time students if the athletic program goes away, how will the College’s
enrollment be impacted? It would be
unfortunate to experience a sufficient enough decline to no long qualify as an
equalization district. Equalization
allows the College to assess an additional tax that amounts to $4.1
million. If that $4.1 million goes away
that would mean a dramatic budgetary impact for the College. Dr. Huffman asked the board members to
support the college as well as the IVCC Foundation as they face the future
challenges. He personally feels that
every trustee should contribute $500 on an annual basis to the Foundation. Dr. Huffman wished the board members well and
he noted he may show up at a board meeting or two to express a constituent’s
opinion from time to time. He told the
Board they have a good administrative staff and good faculty and staff and he
has very high hopes for the College, but also real grave concerns of what the
College will look like financially in the future.
Melissa Olivero thanked Dr. Huffman and told him
he will be missed. She wished him well
in his retirement and hoped to see him frequently at the board meetings and in
It was moved by Ms. Goetz and seconded by Ms.
Tipton to convene a closed session at 6:58 p.m. to discuss 1) the appointment,
employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific
employees of the public body; 2) litigation; and 3) closed session minutes. Motion passed by voice vote.
After a short break, the Board entered closed
session at 7:05 p.m. On a motion by Dr.
Huffman and seconded by Ms. Tipton, the regular meeting resumed at 7:33 p.m. Motion passed by voice vote.
Mallery questioned if board members will be able to be included in the trustee
training. The College has not received
information on the training and the costs for nonmembers. The organizational
meeting of the board is scheduled for Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Huffman encouraged members of the board
to attend the Sweet Charity dinner theatre.
Olivero declared the meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.