June 2017 Board Report
The Illinois Valley Community College
board Thursday approved with regret the retirements of an influential
counselor, administrator, program coordinator and nursing instructor.
Sack retired May 31 saying in a letter to Associate Vice President for Student
Services Mark Grzybowski, “It has been a wonderful career at IVCC. I wish to
thank you and all of the administrators, faculty, staff and students, past and
present, for the opportunity to learn and grow among the very best!”
“Jane educated and
counseled students, parents and co-workers for the past 20 years at a
consistently exceptional level,” he said.
director of learning technologies, has announced her retirement effective Jan.
31. She began her career shelving books in Jacobs Library in 1990 and was
appointed to her current position 17 years ago.
significant contributions to the quality of the college’s online learning
program,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Deborah Anderson.
In her retirement
letter, Vescogni said, “Often, I found myself in awe of the faculty who pressed
me to think in new ways. That the college attracted many of them to uproot and
move to the Illinois Valley is a great gift to the community.”
“Throughout my years at IVCC, there have been so many times that I have known I
was in exactly the right place.”
massage program coordinator and instructor Cherie Monterastelli will retire
July 31. Monterastelli, who began the program in 1999, was instrumental in
getting licensure passed for massage therapists in Illinois.
“Cherie is not
only an excellent educator and professional, but a true ambassador for IVCC,”
said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. Monterastelli was first hired as a part-time
nursing instructor in 1995.
Linda Hanley will retire Aug. 10 after 14 years.
Nursing Julie Hogue said Hanley’s “professional and calm manner is reflected
with the patience she displays while in the classroom and clinical setting.”
In her letter,
Hanley said, “I have always felt proud to be associated with such a
high-quality, respected institution. Meeting the ongoing challenges, both as a
nurse and an educator, has been very fulfilling.”
five-year maintenance agreement with Ellucian for software maintenance
including $247,812 for the first year.
the contract with Daikin Applied Americas for one year of maintenance on three
chiller air conditioning units for $33,600.
Prevailing Wage Resolution.
Dunlap’s appointment as interim director of information technology services
following the retirement of Diann Jabusch. A full-time employee since 1995,
Dunlap has been the associate director of network systems the past 14 years.
Antle’s appointment as nursing instructor to fill the vacancy created by
Hogue’s promotion to director. Antle, who previously taught part-time at IVCC
and was an RN at St. Margaret’s Health in Spring Valley, has 25 years nursing
nursing instructor Taylor Myers to fill an opening created by Eris Simons’
resignation. Myers worked previously as an emergency department nurse in
to continue payment for standard operating expenditures from July 1 through adoption
of the budget.
of nearly $90,000 from the education fund to the restricted purposes fund to
complete the match for the Small Business Development Center which closed Dec.
electricity purchasing contract with MidAmerican or Constellation Energy that
could save the college up to $8,500 per year through “Day-Ahead Locational
Marginal Price Rates.” Midwest Energy representative Gary Gauger presented to
the board’s audit-finance committee May 23.
an upgrade for the Secure 32 check printing system for $16,935 from FIS
for travel expenses for trustees David Mallery, Jay McCracken, Amy Sipovic and
Angela Stevenson for training in Bloomington June 2 and for student trustee
Matthew Pehoski to attend the Student Leadership Institute in Bloomington June
the Illinois Community College Trustees Association at a one-time, 20 percent
reduced rate of $9,067.
of closed session minutes for 24 meetings ranging from July 1999 through
other business, trustees learned:
crowds attended the May 20 Nurse Pinning in the Cultural Centre and the 51st
annual commencement in the gymnasium. A total of 467 graduates earned 574
degrees and certificates this spring compared to 467 graduates earning 542
degrees and certificates in spring 2016.
Regional Office of Education and Business Employment Skills Team work study
program served 36 students at the Ottawa Center and main campus this year
including 21 who later earned high school diplomas. Corcoran said the remaining
15 are eligible to return next year to continue pursuit of diplomas.
- A record 28
student athletes earned Academic All-American honors from the NJCAA and
Arrowhead Conference. (Last year IVCC had 11.) By earning a perfect 4.0, 10
were named to the first team. Overall, 51 student athletes earned conference
- Ryan Ziegler,
shipping and receiving coordinator resigned May 25 and Sheri Mitchum,
audio-visual and computing specialist, will resign June 13. A 16-year employee,
Mitchum said in a letter, “I truly enjoyed working in education and I greatly
appreciate all of the learning opportunities the college has afforded me over