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7/9/2013 9:13:00 AM Letters to the editor: IVCC committed to student-athletes, sports programs
In response to NewsTribune Sports Editor Kevin Chlum’s July 2 column, “Time for IVCC to decide,” let me be clear in saying we have no intention of dropping athletics. For over 80 years, since La Salle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College played its first basketball game in 1929, the college has enjoyed a rich and successful athletic tradition. We’ve celebrated our athletic history by inducting the 1958-1959 LPO Basketball Team, 1979 Football Team and 1987-88 and 1988-89 men’s basketball teams into our Hall of Fame. Athletics has enriched the lives of thousands of our students — many of whom would have not attended college at all had it not been for sports. When we honored the 1950 Gold Dust Bowl team with a reunion in 2002, we witnessed the lifelong friendships forged among teammates and the cherished bond they have with our college. However, like most other colleges and universities, we are facing significant budgetary challenges and no department or program has been immune from the difficult decisions we have had to make. In recent years, we have not filled nine full-time vacancies, and this year alone at least five full-time positions have been reduced to part-time. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its limited hours for part-time employees and coaches, has been a challenge to most institutions and IVCC is no exception. Despite this, we have remained competitive in eight intercollegiate sports: men’s and women’s basketball and tennis, women’s softball and volleyball, and men’s baseball and golf. Our teams perform wonderful community service and, more importantly, maintain excellent GPAs in the classroom. To merely say that I am proud of these individuals would be an understatement. Next fall, some of our athletes will continue their careers with full-ride scholarships at various universities and colleges including basketball players Alec Schwab at William Penn (Iowa), Josh Fenoglia at Eureka and Arnisha Thomas at Eastern Illinois. Many more of our athletes will transfer to the college of their choice; not to continue playing, but rather as students well prepared to attain bachelor’s degrees. Illinois Valley Community College is committed to, and values, our athletic program and our students that compete within it. We will continue to offer athletics as an enrichment and growth opportunity for our students for as long as we can. I believe it is an investment worth making. Jerry Corcoran, IVCC president
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
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Contrary to Mr. Cocoran's letter, freezing coach's salaries, cutting asst. coaching salaries in half, reducing athletic waivers does not look like he or the board are supporting athletics at IVCC. You get out what you put in...looks like the programs will begin to decline. It will then make it easy in the future to eliminate all athletic programs because they are not successful.
Losing Pat Cinnote was a big loss to all area girls basketball players. What a shame.
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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Corcoran- we are facing significant budgetary challenges and no department or program has been immune from the difficult decisions we have had to make. In recent years, we have not filled nine full-time vacancies, and this year alone at least five full-time positions have been reduced to part-time. HEADS DEEP IN THE IVCC PUBLIC TROUGH BUT LIMITED MONIES FOR ATHLETES AND SUPPORT STAFF:
IVCC FINANCIAL LOITERING: AND THE NEWLY ELECTED BOARD VOTED AND APPROVED 3 percent raise for Jerry and 2.5 for his FOLK.
ICCB www.iccb.org - 2012 Salary information for IVCC
JEROME CORCORAN PRESIDENT Base Pay: $ 171,357 Benefits: $ 32,230 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,334
CHERYL ROELFSEMA : VP BUSINESS & FINANCE Base Pay: $ 106,637 Benefits: $ 16,329 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,240
LORI SCROGGS : VP FOR PLANNING & INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS Base Pay: $ 94,907 Benefits: $ 16,669 Extra Duty Pay: $ 1,634
PATRICK BERRY : CONTROLLER: Base Pay: $ 68,536 Benefits: $ 20,348 Extra Duty Pay: $ 306
GLENNA SUE JONES : DIRECTOR OF HR College: Base Pay: $ 61,693 Benefits: $ 20,295 Extra Duty Pay: $ 535