November 2013 Board Report
An Illinois Valley Community
College student farm may be taking root next spring, board members learned
Sociology instructor Jared Olesen, advisor to the student organization
IVSustainability, said the group is looking to organically farm a half-acre on
the south edge of campus near the track.
Olesen said the project will provide students hands-on experience, the
invaluable skill of learning how to grow food and business experience “in
practice” by bringing their product to market.
IVSustainability is already involved in campus recycling, food waste composting
and hosting an annual Green Expo. “We are advocates for sustainability at IVCC
and the broader Illinois Valley,” Olesen said.
In other business, the board approved an $11.2 million levy. IVCC anticipates a
2.5 percent decline in assessed valuation for 2013 for an estimated EAV of
$2.98 billion. The anticipated total tax rate will be .3663, an increase of 3.6
percent over 2012.
“This is due to a decrease in EAV, and the higher additional tax rate,” said
Cheryl Roelfsema, Vice President for Business Services and Finance.
extensions for the year are $117,194 higher than 2012 but $126,714 less than
2011. The levy will be submitted to county clerks in late December. With an
increase of less than five percent over 2012, it will not require public notice
or a public hearing.
The board also
employees high-deductible health insurance in addition to the two existing
plans. For employees choosing the high-deductible option (HDHP), IVCC will
offer a health savings account with suggested annual contributions by the
college of $2,500 for employee-only coverage and $5,000 for “employee plus one”
and family coverage. HDHP will be available Jan. 1.
of the building G (gym) water heater system by John’s Service and Sales of Oglesby
for $94,279, the lowest of eight bids.
cash farm lease bid of Chris Kolodziej of La Salle for 149 acres of campus
farmland at $380 per acre for a total annual payment of $56,620.
appointment of Tracy D. Lee as English composition and creative writing
instructor to fill the vacancy created by Mark Brown’s resignation. A native of
Michigan, Lee is now a part-time English instructor at Paradise Valley
Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.
- IVCC earned an “unmodified opinion” for its 2013
audit. Auditor Randy Ragan of McGladrey told the board’s finance
committee Oct. 22 an unmodified opinion “is the best opinion you can get.”
- The first programs moved into the Peter Miller
Community Technology Center are admissions, financial aid, Project Success,
counseling, and career services. Continuing Education will likely move before
Thanksgiving and Adult Education shortly thereafter.
- In other phase 2 plans, asbestos abatement will
resume in mid-January so the 45-year old temporary buildings can be demolished
in the spring.
- An estimated 300 high school juniors and seniors
are expected to attend Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s (R-Channahon) 16th
District Youth Leadership Conference Friday in the Cultural Centre and CTC.
- Seattle Sutton, keynote speaker at the Oct. 24
Illinois Small Business Development Center Breakfast of Champions at Deer Park
Country Club, announced plans to donate $10,000 to IVCC’s nursing program.
- Instructors Cheryl Hobneck, Mary Black, and
Trisha Blood presented on IVCC’s new “Fast Track to College Math” at the
Illinois Learning Specialists and Developmental Educators conference at Moraine
Valley in Palos Hills Oct. 18.
- Graphic design students Amy Weber and Desiree
Brantner of La Salle won honorable mention in the Engineering Education Service
Center’s 2013 Poster Contest. Of 143 entries in the competition, Weber and
Brantner were recognized for posters inspiring students to pursue degrees in
engineering, engineering technology and other STEM fields.
- Jacobs Library received the FY13 value statement
from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in
Illinois. For the approximate $29,000 IVCC expended with the organization, it
received $245,000 in services and products. Consortium membership helps
students become familiar with many of the same research tools they’ll use later
at four-year institutions.
- Corcoran recognized several individuals for
donating materials and labor to the nearly complete softball dugout replacement
project: Illinois Valley Building and Construction Trades Council (specifically
Dave Argubright of Carpenters Local 195 and Steve Conrad representing the
Cement Masons), Roelif Loveland and Maze Lumber, Mike Sitterly of Western
Sand & Gravel and Joe Piano of Cyclops Welding.
Gerilyn Smith of
Wenona has been hired as the facilities department administrative assistant.
Addendum to November board story
Tuesday night’s closed session, the Illinois Valley Community College board
accepted with regret the retirement of Vice President for Learning and Student
Development Lori Scroggs effective March 1.
Prior to her
2012 appointment to her current position, Scroggs had served the college since
1995 as Division Chair for Social Science, Director of Development, trustee and
Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.
Princeton native, is relocating to Wisconsin with her husband.
The board also
approved creation of a temporary, full-time coordinator for disability services
due to increases in the number of students with disabilities and work-hour
limitations for part-time staff mandated by the Affordable Care Act. An interim
coordinator will serve through June 30.