2011-2012 The Year of Respect

As a way to live our mission, each year IVCC will select one of its five core values to be at the center of student, faculty, and staff activities.  As many of you are aware, this year's core value is respect.  We showcased respect in the following activities and events.


Green Expo Promotes Respect for the Earth and Future Generations

IVSustainability sponsored the Green Expo which promoted sustainability at the college and in the broader Illinois Valley.  Participants in the Green Expo included a master falconer, local musicians, local organic/green businesses, and upcycled crafts.

National Day of Silence

The Gay/Straight Alliance sponsored activities for the National Day of Silence on April 20, 2012.  The day of silence was created to end bullying on campus due to sexual orientation.  It started in high schools and has moved to schools and campuses nationwide.  

Respect Quilt Raffle

Respect QuiltThe Support Staff Service Project organized a quilt raffle to support the Illinois Valley Food Pantry in La Salle. Kim Herout, Marlene Merkel, Francie Skoflanc, and Gina Elias were instrumental in bringing the quilt to fruition.  IVCC employees provide ideas of what respect meant to them and Skoflanc's Fall 2011 graphic design students created the photo art work.  The quilt was displayed in different areas of the college, beginning at the Ottawa Center.  

Tickets were sold 1 for $2 or 3 for $5 and winner was drawn May 11. ### was the lucky winner of this unique quilt.





Information Desk Monitor Displays Slides About Respect

The Information Desk has begun including a slide each week that displays a different take on the word respect ranging from song lyrics to quotations.

Forks Over Knives Documentary

POWER (People of the World End Racism) hosted a viewing of the documentary "Forks Over Knives."  After the documentary, a brief discussion was held with specific guidelines:  listen to others and all comments must be respectful to others.   


Democratic Candidate Forum

The College Democrats and Women's History Month co-hosted a forum for the three candidates vying for the Democratic Party's nomination for State Senate in the 38th District. The forum was open to all students as well as community members. It offered an opportunity for a respectful exchange of ideas prior to the March Primary Election.


EDC 2000 Projects

The EDC 2000 (Educational Psychology) students participated in group projects that included social justice in the classroom, bullying, and respecting diversity.


Charles Darwin's Birthday Evolution Open Forum

Faculty members Mike Phillips, Kim Radek, Jason Beyer, Keith King, Jared Olesen, & Betsy Klopcic participated in an open forum to honor the birthday of Charles Darwin and discuss evolution and natural selection. All questions were taken and answered with respect. Many students had questions about Darwinian evolution and we offered a safe and respectful environment in which to discuss and learn.


Human Services Program Service Learning Celebration "Seek to Serve With Respect"

The Human Services Program (HSP) students collaborated with graphic design students and created posters. The posters were displayed at the Service Learning Celebration, the culmination of a semester-long effort to incorporate respect values.  The graphic design students also designed prints which were given to students and agency partners.


Shannon Washington Scholarship Fundraiser

The IVCC Leadership Development Studies class along with the Human Services Group Dynamics class raised monies to create the Shannon Washington Memorial Scholarship. The $500 award will go to a male or female IVCC basketball player in memory of the late IVCC basketball star. They plan to continue this effort annually.

Inside Job Documentary


POWER (People of the World End Racism) hosted a viewing of the documentary "Inside Job."  After the documentary, a brief discussion was held with specific guidelines:  listen to others and all comments must be respectful to others.  


National Coming Out Day

The Gay/Straight Alliance sponsored activities for National Coming Out Day.  This day is intended to make campus a safe and inviting environment to be themselves.  Students were asked to be respectful of one another through this process.

World Language Organization General Meeting

Anna Marie Pietrolonardo, Faculty Advisor for the World Language Organization (WLO), developed a program on Respect for a general meeting of the WLO.

Enrichment Day "The Power of...RESPECT"Respect logo

Several breakout sessions of the Fall 2011 Enrichment Day dealt with respect.  Some of them were:

  •  212º Service
  • Bullying in the Workplace
  • Respect Around the World and Through the Ages

Modules on Respect for Spanish Classes (Fall 2011)

Professor Anna Marie Pietrolonardo taught modules about respect to her SPN 1001 and SPN 2001 classes.


Human Services Organization Respect Table at Spirit Day

Respect poster

The Human Services Organization (HSO) had a Respect Table at Spirit Day where they asked participants to write down their views on respect. 





Student Nurses Association Focuses on Respect

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) students stress the importance of respect during the orientation sessions for incoming students.  Respect is also a prominent topic of discussion at SNA officer meetings year-round.

Community Relations and Development Monitor Displays Quotations About Respect

The office of Community Relations and Development (CR&D) has a monitor in the lobby with various slides of upcoming events and things people should know.  They have added slides that included quotations and definitions about respect.