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Schmitt appoints Sloan to seat on IVCC Foundation board

Julie Sloan
Julie Sloan

OGLESBY — Julie Sloan of LaSalle was appointed to the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation board by President Susan Schmitt at the board’s annual meeting.

Sloan, executive director of Illinois Valley United Way since 2010, will complete the unexpired two-year term of Bob Walsh of Ladd. Walsh, who died Feb. 25, was a 1959 graduate of LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College and served the foundation 19 years.

Sloan earned a master’s degree in finance from Illinois State University and worked 10 years in banking prior to joining United Way. She holds, or has held, leadership positions with Illinois Valley Food Pantry, Peru Rotary, Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Horizon House.

“We are flattered Julie will take time from her busy life to help lead our foundation,” Fran Brolley, IVCC director of Community Relations and Development, said. “She brings extensive nonprofit knowledge, a vast network of community contacts, and financial expertise to our board.”

The meeting began with a moment of silence for former 20-year foundation member Patty Godfrey of Ottawa. She died July 10 at the age of 82 and had served the board from 1994 to 2014. Godfrey also created a scholarship in her family’s name.

The directors who were reappointed to three-year terms were Daryk Brayton of LaSalle, Jim Loveland of Spring Valley, Karen Nussbaum of Ottawa and Jerry Yendro of Peru.

Schmitt, of Streator, was reappointed president; Kim Novak of Grand Ridge, vice president; Donna Swiskoski of Peru, secretary; and David Conterio of Hometown National Bank, treasurer.

In his report, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran credited Nussbaum and Board of Trustees chairwoman Jane Goetz for connecting the college with Kyle Dooley of CNH Industrial. The connection has enabled IVCC access to state-of-the-art ag equipment from CNH and Stoller’s International of Ottawa. Beginning this fall, ag students will use the tractors and implements on IVCC’s 150-acre land lab, Corcoran said.

Brolley reported on new scholarships, including the Clarence Sapienza Memorial award for aspiring elementary school teachers. The $1,000 award was created by Mike and Jackie Sapienza of Peru, and Clarence’s widow, Myrle. Sapienza, a World War II combat veteran and former superintendent of Oglesby schools, died in April at the age of 99.

The Scholarship Recognition Reception scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, will begin with a check-in from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m., followed by the program starting promptly at 6 p.m. The 23rd annual event in the gym attracts more than 300 scholarship donors, recipients and family members. IVCC alum Bud Matthews of Brookfield, Wis., will be the keynote speaker.

The 21st Century Scholars Society’s 13th annual dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Senica’s Deer Park Golf Club north of Oglesby.

Hometown Trust investment officer Philip Slevin reported as of June 30, the foundation’s assets total slightly more than $5 million, with an additional $588,000 in the scholarship campaign fund of 2015-17.

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