March 14, 2019 Minutes of Regular Meeting
Board of Trustees of Illinois Valley Community College District No. 513 convened
a regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Board Room
(C307) at Illinois Valley Community College.
Jane E. Goetz,
Solon, Vice Chair
M. Marenda, Student Trustee
O. Mallery, Secretary
Jerry Corcoran, President
Roelfsema, Vice President for Business Services and Finance
Deborah Anderson, Vice President for Academic
Mark Grzybowski, Vice President for Student
Schiffman, Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences
Williamson, Director of Financial Aid
Walt Zukowski, Attorney
OF SECRETARY PRO-TEM
Ms. Goetz appointed Ms. Stevenson as
secretary pro-tem in the absence of Mr. Mallery.
was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Mr. McCracken to approve the agenda, as
presented. Motion passed by voice vote.
CAMPUS UPDATE –
FALL 2018 STUDENT DEMOGRAPIC REPORT
Mark Grzybowski presented the Fall 2018 Student Demographic Report. He shared
information on Fall tenth day enrollment by enrollment status, residence,
college-bound seniors, location, gender, age group, percentage of students
receiving financial assistance, number of students receiving Foundation
assistance, ethnicity, education goal, and employment status. Student demographic metrics of the 2018 Fall
semester remained consistent compared to those at the same point in time during
recently completed fall semesters. Mr. Grzybowski noted an interesting trend is
the percentage share of total enrollment accounted for by students aged
18. These students accounted for 21.2%
of IVCC’s total enrollment as of the tenth day of the 2018 Fall semester. This
figure represents a nearly 2% increase from tenth day Fall 2017 and is reflective
of a younger student body. Mr.
Grzybowski pointed out that in Fall 2010 the mean age of IVCC students was 25
years old. The mean age was 23.8 years
old in the Fall of 2018. Mr. Grzybowski informed that student financials have
been slightly readjusted this year to provide a more accurate snapshot of
institutional data. In the past, information on this slide detailed an awarded amount of aid as opposed to a received amount of aid. In the Financial
Aid world, the term awarded refers to all FAFSA filers who list IVCC as a
school on their FAFSA, which inherently includes some who choose to enroll
elsewhere. Mr. Grzybowski added that we
found it to be more applicable to share the received aid figures, which is reflective
of only those FAFSA filers who chose to enroll at IVCC. Mr. Grzybowski thanked
Ms. Patricia Williamson, Director of Financial Aid for her contributions to
was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Dr. Boyles to approve the consent
agenda, as presented. Motion passed by voice vote.
following items were approved in the consent agenda:
– February 14, 2019 Board Meeting.
Fund - $1,875,192.96; Operations & Maintenance Fund - $76,245.69; Operations
& Maintenance (Restricted Fund) - $575,241.80; Auxiliary Fund - $95,878.52;
Restricted Fund - $10,249.14; Liability, Protection & Settlement Fund - $21,278.63;
and Grants, Loans & Scholarships - $1,160.00.
the stipends for pay periods ending February 2, 2019 and February 16, 2019 and
the Part-time Faculty and Staff Appointments of February 2019.
congratulated Jacob McGeorge for winning this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. writing contest, and John Delaney and Marlee Theisinger for finishing
second and third with their entries. Dr. Corcoran noted that the event was held
this year on February 20 and is one of many offered throughout the year by
IVCC’s Diversity Team, led by Amanda Cook-Fesperman. Dr. Corcoran was delighted
to report that on February 28th he received great news from the Phi
Theta Kappa organization that our Rho Omega Chapter
of PTK was named a 2019 REACH Chapter and will receive special recognition in
the form of five graduation stoles to be worn during commencement by PTK
officers. The REACH Rewards program recognizes and rewards Phi Theta Kappa
chapters that excel in the area of membership development. Ninety-one
percent of PTK members will complete an associate degree or transfer to a
four-year college, compared to just 38 percent of students nationally. Dr.
Corcoran commended Eric Schroeder and Aseret Loveland, our club’s advisors, on a
job well done. Dr. Corcoran was delighted to report that Jennifer Scheri, our terrific director of continuing
education, just heard from Lumina Foundation that her team’s submittal of a
proposal to move forward with an All Learning Counts initiative has been
approved and we will soon be receiving a $10,000 planning award grant. The
overarching goal of this work is to ensure that all post-secondary level
learning from the military, work, and other experiences can count towards
earning high-quality credentials. He noted that although there were 74
responses to the request of Lumina Adult Learner, 28 were invited to move
forward and from that group we are one of four community colleges. Dr. Corcoran
thanked Jennifer and her staff as well as Bonnie Campbell and Dr. Deb Anderson
for their guidance and support. Dr. Corcoran informed that our annual Career
Fair was held last week on campus. He added that he was attending meetings in
Naperville and unable to be here, however, Susan Monroe reported that 1,038
students from 18 schools attended, there were 168 presenters, and 25 volunteers
assisted in getting students to their sessions. Dr. Corcoran noted that every
year this program underscores how lucky we are to work with our friends from
Starved Rock Associates for Vocational and Technical Education (SRAVTE) and the
partnership we have with the Building and Construction Trades and Contractors
Association. He added that the Labor Management Group takes care of setting up
all of the equipment on the east campus; they even held a business after-hours
event with IVAC the night before to help everyone get a better feeling for what
work in the trades involves. Dr.
Corcoran reported that per Bonnie Campbell, “student and instructor feedback
across the board was extremely positive.” Dr. Corcoran informed that the ICCTA
Northwest Region meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3 with a tour
beginning at 5:15 p.m., the meeting to begin at 6 p.m., a presentation by Dorene
Data on MIMIC and Women in Technology fields after the meal and wrap up by 8
p.m. He noted that it looks like all colleges in the region will have someone
in attendance. If you have not gotten back to Judy, please do so. Dr. Corcoran
reported that our 28th annual job fair will be held on Thursday, April
11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the gymnasium. He added that if you know of
someone looking for work, please feel free to spread the word. Dr. Corcoran
informed that our 23rd annual employee recognition event will be
held on Thursday, April 18 at Grand Bear Lodge with a social hour beginning at
4 p.m., appetizers at 4:30 p.m. and the presentation of awards at 5:30 p.m.
Please let Judy know if you can join us for this special event. Dr. Corcoran
reported that Julie Hogue, our excellent director of nursing, has advised that
our LPN Pinning ceremony will be held on Monday, July 22, at 5 p.m. in the Dr.
Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre. Please mark your calendars and join us if
you can. Dr. Corcoran congratulated the LaMoille High School Board of Trustees, administration,
faculty and staff for sponsoring the third annual STEAM conference on our
campus on Tuesday, March 12 in the IVCC gymnasium. Dr. Corcoran informed that about
240 junior high and high school students benefitted from the half-day event. He noted that Superintendent Jay McCracken
asked him to stop by for a visit and it was great watching students so engaged
in active-learning hands-on projects. Dr. Corcoran added that he was only able
to stay for 20 minutes but the program was well planned and executed and that it
was also nice to hear Mr. Jason Marquis deliver the keynote address. Dr.
Corcoran shared that it was very kind of the local labor management group to
host a business after-hours at the IVCC Ottawa Center last evening and a chance
for lots of people to pay tribute to Mayor Bob Eschbach for his 20 years of
excellent service. Dr. Corcoran noted that it was also fitting to have the
program at the Ottawa Center because of the role that Mayor Eschbach played in
launching the Center in the first place. Dr. Corcoran reported that Trustees
Jane Goetz, Everett Solon and Angie Stevenson were in attendance which reminded
him of the role that Everett played in facilitating the sale of the Centrue
Bank property to the City in the first place.
Dr. Corcoran noted that Mayor Eschbach and the City Council have been
incredibly supportive of IVCC and consistent advocates for postsecondary
education. Dr. Corcoran thanked Mayor Bob and Commissioners Dan Aussem, Tom Ganiere, Wayne
Eichelkraut and James Less and the late Ed Whitney (an IVCC graduate) for a job
Dr. Anderson informed that the tenure
process requires faculty demonstrate exemplary teaching, contributions to the
college and community, and involvement with professional organizations. Faculty
recommended for tenure were: Tammy
Landgraf, Willard Mott, Heather Knoblauch, and Dr. Andrew Seeger.
Tammy Landgraf – Early Childhood Education Instructor
Schiffman noted that Ms. Landgraf “loves what she does and it shows. Ms.
Landgraf represents the best kind of education that exists because she teaches
to the whole student. She is warm without being too familiar and tough without
being too demanding.” It was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Dr. Boyles to
approve the tenure of Tammy Landgraf, as presented. Motion passed by voice vote. Ms. Landgraf was
present with her husband Mitch to share her portfolio and celebrate her success
with the Board of Trustees.
Willard Mott – Agriculture Instructor
Anderson reported that Mr. Mott’s accomplishments include the development of
two Associate of Applied Science degrees in agriculture, the reinvigoration of
the student agriculture club, extensive community outreach to the agriculture
community, and the development of partnerships with area businesses and the
University of Illinois-Extension. In
addition to all of this, Mr. Mott also completed his master’s degree in
Agronomy during his probationary period.
It was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Mr. McCracken to approve the
tenure of Willard Mott, as presented.
Motion passed by voice vote. Mr.
Mott was present with his wife Stacy to share his portfolio and celebrate his
success with the Board of Trustees.
Heather Knoblauch – Nursing Instructor
Anderson noted that Ms. Knoblauch’s accomplishments include teaching a variety
of courses including pharmacology, obstetrics and gynecology and administrative
procedures during her first three years as an instructor. Dr. Anderson added that Ms. Knoblauch has
been active with both the college and community in the areas of service making
her the complete package as an instructor.
It was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Mr. McCracken to approve the
tenure of Heather Knoblauch, as presented.
Motion passed by voice vote.
Dr. Andrew Seeger – World Languages Instructor
Schiffman reported that Dr. Seeger’s accomplishments include the acceleration
of the beginning Spanish sequence into one semester with the introduction of
eight-week courses of intensive language instruction. Dean Schiffman added that
Dr. Seeger’s students enjoy his impressive knowledge of grammar and continue to
learn important lessons beyond language acquisition in his classes. Motion made
by Dr. Boyles and seconded by Ms. Olivero to approve the tenure of Dr. Andrew
Seeger, as presented. Motion passed by
RETIREMENT – JEAN BATSON-TURNER, HUMAN SERVICES INSTRUCTOR
It was moved by Ms. Stevenson and seconded
by Mr. McCracken to accept with regret the retirement and last working day May
31, 2019 of Jean Batson-Turner, Human Services Instructor. Motion passed by
RETIREMENT – PATRICIA WILLIAMSON, DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL AID
It was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Ms.
Stevenson to accept with regret the retirement of Patricia Williamson, Director
of Financial Aid effective June 20, 2019.
Dr. Corcoran thanked Ms. Williamson, who was present at the meeting, for
her many years of excellent service to the college and wished her well in her
retirement. Motion passed by voice vote.
Mr. McCracken thanked Dr. Corcoran for
visiting the STEAM conference held at IVCC on March 12. This was the third annual science, technology,
engineering, arts and math conference to be held at the college and the event
was sponsored by LaMoille High School and Superintendent Mr. Jay McCracken.
was moved by Mr. Solon and seconded by Ms. Stevenson to convene a closed
session at 7:05 p.m. to discuss 1) the
appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of
specific employees of the public body; 2) collective negotiations; and 3)
closed session minutes. Motion passed by
a short break, the Board entered closed session at 7:10 p.m. On a motion by Mr. McCracken and seconded by
Dr. Boyles, the regular meeting resumed at 8:22 p.m. Motion passed by voice vote.
APPROVAL OF CLOSED
was moved by Ms. Stevenson and seconded by Mr. McCracken to approve and retain
the Closed Session minutes of the February 14, 2019 Closed Session Meeting. Motion
passed by voice vote.
Ms. Goetz declared the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.