January 2013 Board Report
The Illinois Valley Community
College board Tuesday approved replacement of the Cultural Centre stage floor
this spring while the auditorium is closed for Peter Miller Community Technology
Center (CTC) construction.
Cost of replacing the
tongue-and-groove stage built in 1979 is estimated at $111,013 and is a
Protection, Health and Safety (PHS) project. Years of rehearsal and performance
foot traffic, set construction and set fastening has resulted in a cracked,
splintered and uneven stage surface.
In other action, the board agreed to seek furniture and fixture procurement for
the CTC through the state’s joint purchasing program.
President Jerry Corcoran said IVCC will interview at least four of the state
program’s vendors before choosing one based on price, style, warranty,
reputation and customer service. Joliet, Illinois Central, Rock Valley and
Kankakee community colleges have used the state program for furniture procurement.
board also accepted with regret the resignation of trustee Leslie-Anne
Englehaupt of La Salle.
a letter to board chair Dennis Thompson, Englehaupt said, “My other commitments
have become too great for me to be able to fulfill the requirements of my
position on the board; therefore, I feel it is best for me to step down in
order to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job.”
was elected to a six-year term in April 2009; there is approximately two years
and three months remaining on her term and the board has begun the process of
filling her vacancy.
was a thoughtful and passionate advocate for IVCC, our students and our staff,”
said Corcoran. “I sincerely appreciate everything she did for our college
including playing a critical role in upgrading our security standards.”
interested in applying for the vacancy must submit a cover letter and resume
to: IVCC President’s Office, 815 N. Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, IL 61348, by
4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. For information, call Jeanne Hayden, Secretary to
the board, at (815) 224-0402.
other business, the board heard a report on the Jan. 9 facilities committee
meeting and learned of the committee’s recommendation not to repair the failed
dam at the college pond southwest of the gym at this time, although appropriate
safety measures will be implemented immediately.
committee also recommended enhancement to the CTC main and east entrances to
include thousands of commemorative named bricks purchased by private donors.
The brick paver initiative will be launched this spring and is part of the $2.1
million CTC capital campaign.
other CTC-related news, Corcoran updated trustees on construction. East end
zinc panel installation is in progress and the two elevators on opposite ends
of the building will be delivered next week. First floor east end HVAC ductwork
and sprinkler installation is over 90 percent complete and west end metal
framing and ductwork rough-in is in progress. Construction of a new maintenance
building, additions to the auto and welding facility and demolition of Building
10 “is going very well,” Corcoran said.
The board learned:
sixth annual IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 in La Salle-Peru High’s School’s Matthiessen
Auditorium. Inductees include retired English instructor Ed Krolak,
former nursing division chair Carole Caresio Haas, Caterpillar executive and
IVCC alumnus Jim Blass, Carus Corporation Chairman and one of the leaders of
the movement to create IVCC in the mid-1960s, Blouke Carus, and the record
setting 1987-88 and ’88-89 men’s basketball teams. The public event is free.
Lower has been hired as a third-shift custodian. Lower had previously worked in
the facilities department part-time and at Menard’s.
American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter earned a “Commendable Award”
for its activities in 2011-12 from the national ACS office in Washington, D.C.
Instructors Matt Johll and Promise Young are faculty advisors for the chapter.
fall, 243 graduates earned 271 degrees and certificates.
overall GPA for IVCC athletes last fall was 3.0 including a combined 3.14 GPA
for the women and 2.87 for the men. Corcoran credited Athletic Director and
men’s basketball coach Tommy Canale, his assistants Chris Herman and Kevin
Schultz and coaches Cory Tomasson, softball, Eric Pinter, baseball, Jim Lukosus,
golf, Pat Cinotte, women’s basketball, Julie Milota, women’s tennis, and Julie
Sherbeyn, volleyball, for “sending a strong message to the community that at
IVCC, student athletes are students first.”
of Ottawa’s entry in the 2013 national “America in Bloom” competition have
selected an official logo designed by Katie Moriarity of Ottawa and a second
logo for kids by Nancy Scott of Streator. Moriarity and Scott are students in
IVCC’s graphic design technology program directed by Francie Skoflanc.