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Illinois Valley Community College’s infrastructure plans aren’t stopping with the newly constructed $30 million Peter Miller Community Technology Center and knocking down the old east campus building.
There is a third phase that was approved by the board Thursday that will include turning the old counseling center into a student life space and the old lobby into a cyber café. Both projects and others are to be completed in the next two years and cost about $1.5 million.
“I’m very, very delighted we’re going to move forward on the cyber café because it will impact so many students,” said IVCC president Jerry Corcoran. “I’m very excited about this.”
As the college administration and designers were developing plans for the technology center there was a need identified on campus for more student life space. While the new building has some areas for students to sit down and relax, it was decided that since the counseling center was moving into the new building the left over space would be completely dedicated to student life.
The college will use $270,000 in surplus operations and maintenance funds to complete the project. Another $260,000 in capital renewal funds will be used to upgrade lighting, electrical and data wiring in the lobby.
Also, the plans call for installing an accessible elevator in the student center for $371,000 along with $135,000 for asbestos abatement.
Other plans include moving emergency medical services programming into the former home of electronics in lower level D building and expanding Jacobs Library into the vacant cashier’s office off the main lobby.
Board member David Mallery said IVCC staff — which has had input on all of the projects — had done a good job reassessing their immediate needs which trimmed a lot of money off the bottom line of the project.
“A large part of this is going to student life space that was originally going to be included in the new building,” Mallery said. “But this is a better location and investment.”
In other news:
- Board members unanimously raised the dual credit tuition rate to 60 percent of the tuition cost from 50 percent. Board member Larry Huffman said: “This is one of the items we have to look at in a time of declining revenue. It’s moving in the right direction.” The $15.36 per-hour increase brings the hourly total to $62.16. Dual credit students do not pay the $7.40 per hour universal fee.
- Board members approved the appointments of English instructor Adam Oldaker as Interim Dean of English, Mathematics and Education. Oldaker replaces the retiring Marianne Dzik; director of admissions Mark Grzybowski as interim associate vice president for student services — he replaces Tracy Morris who is resigning to become vice president for student services at Illinois Central College in East Peoria; and the temporary special assignments of Danielle Stoddard as grant coordinator, Steve Alvin as curriculum process leader and Rose Marie Lynch as AQIP accreditation process leader. The temporary special assignments were necessitated by the appointment of Sue Isermann as interim vice president for learning and student development.
- Board members approved the sabbatical leave request of early childhood education program coordinator Diane Christianson for the fall semester.
- Board members approved a $23,377 bid of Midland Paper of Wheeling for copier, fax and printer paper; spending up to $53,000 on fuel for the truck driver training program; Sapp Bros. in Peru and Flying J in La Salle will be the vendors.
- Board members approved the city of Ottawa’s request for a 13-year extension of the I-80 North TIF.
The board learned:
- Economics instructor Abhijeet Bhattacharya has earned his doctorate of Business Administration in Global Business and Leadership from California Intercontinental University.
- Ottawa Center coordinator Jeannette Frahm won the 2014 Distinguished Service Award for support staff. Other nominees were Tracie Klieber, Marlene Merkel, Kelly Obermiller and Frances Whaley. All will be honored April 25 at the annual employee recognition reception at Grand Bear Lodge.
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IVCC Committee members said they would recommend using $270,000 of $443,106 in surplus operations and maintenance funds to complete projects totaling more than $1.5 million.
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