June 2013 Board Report
Community College may soon partner with Oglesby or the La Salle County
Sheriff’s Office to provide an armed police presence on campus.
night, trustees authorized administrators to pursue proposals from the
city and Sheriff’s office to assign an officer to the college a minimum
of 20 hours a week, a common practice at other
Illinois community colleges. IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said 25 of
35 community colleges surveyed in 2011 had armed officers.
When IVCC outsourced its security to G4S Secure Solutions more than two years ago, it considered an armed presence.
all along has been to provide as safe and secure an environment as we
can for our students, staff and the public,” said Corcoran. “Having
Oglesby police or our sheriff’s office working
with G4S on a daily basis would be another significant safety
action, the board approved the purchase of nearly $1 million in
equipment, technology and furniture for the Peter Miller Community
Technology Center including:
Instructor audio-visual podiums from Nomad Technologies of Eden Prairie, Minn., for $296,460.
Furniture from Kruger International (KI) of Green Bay, Wis., for $714,866.
Servers, wireless controllers, consultation
services, IP phones and licensing from Dell, Burwood Group, Dexon
Computer and CDW-G totaling $168,243.
Network switches and accessories to commission the building’s HVAC system from Dexon for $34,710.
And, $55,625 in student planning and retention
alert software for the counseling office within the William and Dian
Taylor Student Development Commons. The package includes e-Advising,
scheduling and retention software to help students
attain degrees and certificates.
In other business, trustees approved:
A 2.5 percent increase for most support staff,
administrators and part-time faculty. In athletics, the board approved a
freeze on head coach’s salaries and reduced pay for assistant coaches
to a total of $2,500 per sport.
A 2.5 percent increase for vice presidents Lori
Scroggs and Cheryl Roelfsema and a three-year contract and a 3 percent
increase for Corcoran. The board also eliminated the Vice President for
Planning and Institutional Effectiveness position
formerly held by Scroggs.
Salary adjustments for nursing instructor Jennifer
Savoia and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of
Workforce Development Sue Isermann. In a recent reorganization, the
division of Workforce Development’s nine instructors
came under Isermann’s supervision.
A resolution to file a “request to intervene” with
the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board in response to an appeal made by
Marquis Energy LLC for the 2011 assessment.
Renewal of an $8.6 million capital “RAMP” request
for additions and renovations to Jacobs Library and the fitness center.
The project is number 31 on the state list.
The prevailing wage resolution for fiscal 2014 and
authorization to continue payment for standard operating procedures from
July 1 until the fiscal 14 budget is adopted.
The resignation of Dr. Jeff Anderson, Dean of
Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences effective July 12 and the
appointment of his interim replacement, history instructor Steve Alvin.
The hiring of nursing instructor Karie Stecken to
fill the vacancy of Chris Foster. Stecken, who earned her master’s in
nursing from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee and her bachelor’s
in nursing from Bradley University, worked as
an RN clinical supervisor and staff nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in
A $15,700 contract with Progressive Impressions
International (Pii) of Bloomington to help the college recruit a greater
share of district high school graduates. Pii will assist the college in
developing personalized marketing to approximately
5,000 sophomores, juniors and seniors this summer and over the course
of the 2013-14 academic year.
The board also learned:
The 29-33 percent of district high school graduates
IVCC attracts, represent the majority of full-time students and make up
approximately 40 percent of the student body, said Scroggs in a
presentation to the board. Career and technical
students make up 36 percent of the headcount and many attend part-time
seeking AAS degrees and/or certificates.
IVCC extended its food service contract with
Country Catering of Lostant for one year beginning July 31. “Feedback
from students and staff indicate Country Catering’s menu and food
quality meet our needs very well,” said Corcoran.
The food vending machine contract with Tri-City Vending and Foodservice has also been extended one year beginning July 1.
The administration made a $15,242 change order in
the restroom modification project that will bring its total cost to
$776,042. A $21,598 change order was made in the building C boiler room
upgrade to bring that project’s total to $458,598.
Assistant men’s basketball coach Chris Herman has
resigned after six seasons but will remain as director of Project
Success. Academic technologist Janna Blaydes also resigned.
Bonnie Jasiek has been appointed
interim-administrative assistant in the Continuing Education Center to
replace 15-year employee Cherie Duke. Ryan Ziegler has been hired as
shipping and receiving coordinator.
Illinois Valley Community Hospital has closed CampusCare at IVCC due to the low number of patients using the clinic.
This spring, 546 graduates earned 681 degrees and certificates; last spring, 562 graduates earned 701 degrees and certificates.
The July 1 restructuring of the local workforce
investment system will result in four of eight Dislocated Workers Center
employees being retained by BEST, Inc., including DWC director Joel
Torbeck as a placement coordinator, Sally Pflibsen
as a career advisor in Ottawa, Sara Price as a trade career advisor in
Ottawa and Lisa Cofoid as a part-time career advisor at IVCC. Remaining
staff – Randy Vecchi, Mary Beth Liss, Nicole Medawar-Wiltse and Jennifer
Marini – did not apply for positions.
- In his monthly construction update, Corcoran said
the change order for work in the circle drop-off has been approved by
the CDB and work will resume next week; a large sign featuring IVCC’s
shield and flame logo has been mounted above the
main entrance; and, the building’s grand opening will be at 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1.
More than 20 La Salle County ROE high school and
IVCC English and math instructors attended the first “Bridging the Gap”
workshop on curriculum alignment June 17. Susan Goodale worked with nine
English faculty and Dan Serafini with eight
math instructors to align junior and senior curricula with
A total of 19 new employees participated in the June 7 Leadership and Core Values retreat.