October 2013 Board Report
The Illinois Valley Community College board Tuesday approved naming rights for
two prominent areas within the new Peter Miller Community Technology Center.
Trustees approved naming the massive lab at the northeast end of the center the
“Fives Cincinnati/Giddings & Lewis Manufacturing Center” in recognition of
the company’s gift of a $300,000 vertical machining center.
The donation was made possible by 1982 IVCC alumnus Dan Janka, formerly of La
Salle. Janka is president of Fives Machining Systems of Erlanger, Ky., and
former president of MAG IAS, third largest machine tool manufacturer in the
Janka, IVCC’s 2011 commencement speaker and 2012 IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame
inductee, is most deserving of the honor, said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran.
“Because of the role Dan has played in orchestrating the donation from Fives,
training and equipment support from Caterpillar, and a bridge to employment for
IVCC interns, we would like to name the center for the manufacturers he has
worked with over his extraordinary career,” said Corcoran.
The board also
approved naming the MIMIC (Making Industry Meaningful in College) meeting room
for 1951 LPO Junior College alumnus Ralph Scriba of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.
Scriba, a self-made international success story, philanthropist and aviation
parts pioneer, made a $50,000 gift to the Peter Miller Community Technology
Center capital campaign in April.
MIMIC is a
nationally recognized program uniting students from engineering design,
electronics and business into “company” teams to design, manufacture, market
and sell products.
better embody the IVCC MIMIC spirit than Mr. Scriba,” said Corcoran.
CTC-related news, Corcoran said with the Nov. 1 grand opening less than three
weeks away, most of the furniture is in and much of the technology has been
installed. The Fives vertical machining center is being installed, contractors
are completing “punch list” reviews and the new Cultural Centre stage floor has
The board also approved:
$11,914 bid of Grasser’s Plumbing & Heating of McNabb for HVAC
$51,110 bid of JBH Technologies Inc. of Glenview for a 3D printer to be used in
the Computer Aided Engineering and Design program and by MIMIC students.
purchase of two integrated hydraulic training systems for the industrial
maintenance program in the CTC for $43,715 from Parker Hannifin Corporation.
of a digital signage system from Springfield Electric for the CTC that includes
three 55-inch Samsung digital signage displays and software for $12,575. The
board also approved the purchase of lateral filing cabinets for the CTC from
Henricksen & Co. for $11,577.
purchase of 280 tons of rock salt from Cargill Incorporated Salt Division for
$14,714 or $52.55 per ton.
Corcoran to begin preparing the 2013 tax levy to be presented in November and
finalized in December.
a second reading, board policies on medical/occupational examinations,
drug-free campus, and bicycles and skateboards on campus.
The board also
Scheri, training specialist for the Business Training Center, was recently
honored by peers across Illinois as the winner of the 2013 “WeTrain Lifetime
Achievement Award.” Corcoran, who used to work with Scheri in the Dislocated
Workers Center, said, “Jennifer has been with IVCC for 20 years and there is no
one more deserving of this recognition.”
librarian Frances Whaley has been invited by the board of directors of the
Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois to join an elite
group of professionals to put together a new library director’s development
women’s volleyball team that includes student trustee
Taylor Gunia is 19-10 this fall and “has improved each season under Coach Julie
Sherbeyn,” Corcoran said. Tuesday, Oct. 22 is the last home match before
regional play begins Nov. 3.
women’s tennis squad qualified for the national tournament in Tyler, Texas next
spring. “Coach Julie Milota and the team deserve recognition for a job well
The Oct. 9 College
Night attracted 50 colleges and universities from around the state and Midwest.
Corcoran credited assistant director of admissions Connie Skerston and her
coworkers in student services for the success of the event.