August 2017 Board Report
Illinois Valley Community College
tonight announced the largest gift in its 93-year history, a bequest of more
than $1 million from the estate of Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg, a longtime English
instructor and humanities division chair who died April 19, 2015 at age 84.
Weeg’s gift of $1.1 million
surpasses the $1 million gift of Miller Group Charitable Trust in November 2011
to name the Community Technology Center for Peter Miller Jr. and his son Peter
IVCC President Jerry Corcoran made
the announcement at Thursday night’s board meeting.
The board will meet in special
session at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 to officially name the college’s Cultural
Centre for Dr. Weeg. A ceremony honoring Weeg will follow the meeting at about
3:40 p.m. in the CTC pre-function area.
The bequest will be endowed to
support a Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Arts Scholarship, the Scholarship Campaign
fund, the Adult Education department, Student Emergency Fund and IVCC
Foundation related needs.
“This monumental and unprecedented
gift from a beloved professor and academic leader will have a profound effect
on generations of Illinois Valley Community College students,” said Corcoran.
“Throughout her life, Dr. Weeg
generously shared her financial resources, time and counsel with students in
need and those seeking a better life through Adult Education,” he said. “As a
lifelong champion for classic literature, music and theatre, naming the
Cultural Centre for her is a most fitting honor.”
Weeg retired in 1989 – 35 years
after beginning her teaching career at La Salle-Peru High School and part-time
teaching at IVCC predecessor La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College. In 1964 she
was appointed chairman of LP’s English department; when the IVCC district was
created in 1967, she was named chair of the college’s humanities division. She resigned
the chair in 1980 to return to teaching full time.
“My friend and mentor Mary Margaret
might be a bit overwhelmed by this recognition of her many contributions to
IVCC,” said Dr. Rose Marie Lynch, executor of the Weeg estate. Lynch was hired
by Weeg in 1970 to teach English and journalism.
“This bequest provides a tangible
legacy, but her true legacy is in the thousands of students, teachers and
friends she inspired with her love of language, literature, music, art and
travel,” said Lynch.
In other business, the President
reported renovation work in the Cultural Centre financed by the estate of
Walter Durley and Hazel Marie Boyle has been completed with potentially more
enhancements to come.
Vertical wood grille treatments
have been installed on the auditorium’s side walls and projection booth to
enhance acoustics and aesthetics and 78 LED lights have been installed to
increase energy efficiency and lighting levels. With remaining Boyle funds,
IVCC is reviewing additional Cultural Centre enhancements including new
The Boyles will be honored this
fall with the ceremonial unveiling of a plaque placed near the Cultural Centre
“With the lighting upgrades, paint
and wall coverings, the Centre is again a first-class venue for musical and
theatrical performances and other special events,” Corcoran said.
The board also approved:
- A 2018 budget
totaling over $31 million following a public hearing. Revenue for all funds is
$31,208,559, a 5.1 percent decrease from 2017 and expenditures are $31,850,619,
a 5.1 percent decrease. Operating revenue is $21,354,944, a 3.1 percent
decrease and expenditures are $21,431,944, a 3.8 percent decrease. To balance
operating funds, there will be a transfer of $87,000 from auxiliary funds for
- Allowed a change
in the resignation date of economics instructor Abhijeet Bhattacharya from Dec.
31, 2017 to Aug. 10, 2018. The change, requested by Bhattacharya, will allow
him teach the entire year.
- Renewal of
insurance coverages, including property, general liability, commercial auto and
workers’ compensation, among others, for a total of $263,998. The renewals were
recommended by insurance consultant Bushue HR.
Trustees also learned:
- Special Saturday
Express Registration at Ottawa Center July 22 attracted 24 enrollees and
generated 226 credit hours.
- The July 24 LPN
pinning ceremony featured 17 graduates.
- Summer camps for
kids offered through the Continuing Education Center served 240 students in 21
camps and 120 students in the Ed’ Venture program alone.
- The Illinois
Community College Board has approved a grant application for $10,000 prepared
by Tina Hardy to better serve Special Population students who may be pursuing
- Tuesday’s New
Student Convocation attracted an estimated 350 students.
- In personnel news,
Sarah Morgensen was appointed shipping and receiving coordinator, Abbi Bosnich
resigned as assistant volleyball coach and Ralph Wedekind resigned as