January 2017 Board Report
Illinois Valley Community College’s board
Thursday authorized Cultural Centre auditorium renovations including lighting,
wall treatments and painting totaling nearly $400,000.
The improvements will be financed through
a bequest from former longtime IVCC Foundation director and trustee Walter
Durley Boyle of Hennepin. IVCC was one of the beneficiaries of Boyle’s estate
following his 2008 death.
The project includes replacing all house
lighting in the theater with LED fixtures, installing wall treatments to
improve aesthetics and acoustics and painting areas of the ceiling and stage
black. The project will be bid and is expected to be completed by the beginning
of the fall semester Aug. 16.
In other business, trustees approved
- The appointment of
nursing director Julie Hogue to fill the vacancy left by the promotion of
Bonnie Campbell to Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Hogue began
teaching part-time at IVCC in 2004 before being hired full-time in 2007. She
earned her BSN and MSN from Illinois State University.
- The planned
resignation of economics instructor Abhijeet Bhattacharya effective Dec. 31,
2017. In his resignation letter, Bhattacharya, who has taught at IVCC since
2008, said he plans to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and spend time with
his parents in India.
- New board policies
involving alcoholic beverage sales, fraud, waste and abuse, supplier diversity,
and temporary transfer from the working cash fund. In addition, trustees
approved revisions to policies involving placement testing, decision to dismiss
a faculty member and drug-free work place.
The board also learned:
- The overall GPA
for student athletes this fall was “a very impressive 3.08,” said President
Jerry Corcoran. “Coaches Jason Goode, Chris Herman, Jim Lukosus, Tim Cottingim,
Julie Milota, Tom Ptak, Ed Young, Cory Tomasson, and Erin Polte should be
commended. It’s clear our student athletes are indeed students first.”
- A highlight of the
Dec. 21 staff holiday luncheon was the music performance by IVCC’s Black
- A total of 216
students earned 278 degrees and certificates this fall compared to 204
graduates earning 246 degrees and certificates in fall 2015.
recognized Princeton’s Perry Memorial Hospital leader Rex Conger on his
retirement. “Rex has been a huge supporter of the college for many years and
was a leader in ensuring district hospitals supported our nursing program by
helping cover some of the costs for an instructor position.”
- In a letter, La
Salle County Sherriff Tom Templeton announced his retirement at the end of the
spring semester as a part-time instructor. Corcoran credited Templeton, “for
his willingness to share his knowledge with students and elevate the reputation
of our criminal justice program, while playing a role in keeping our campus
safe for 25 years.”