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Board of trustees approves purchase of 139 computers

Jerry Corcoran,
IVCC president
Jerry Corcoran, IVCC president

OGLESBY — At its recent meeting, the Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 139 replacement computers for rooms E214 and E216, faculty offices and smart rooms for $82,724 from CDW and the renewal of the Microsoft software maintenance and support agreement with CDW for $25,454.

The board also approved:

• The $13,159 bid of Midland Paper of Wheeling for multipurpose paper for copy and fax machines and printers.

• Purchase of a 3D printer from JBH Technologies for $18,770.

• Pepsi Beverage Co.’s five-year proposal for beverage services.

• Course schedule consulting from RSM US LLP not to exceed $50,000. “It has been several years since our Master Course Schedule has been updated,” Vice President for Business Services Cheryl Roelfsema said.

In other news:

• A record 470 people attended the 23rd annual IVCC Foundation Scholarship Recognition Reception Aug. 29 in the gym. The event allows donors to meet recipients of their scholarships. Bud Matthews of Brookfield, Wis., a 1977 IVCC graduate, was the featured speaker. A total of 268 students received scholarships this year.

• Farm Bureau members from Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties visited the campus Sept. 3 for an event hosted by the agriculture department.

• The annual Discover Manufacturing Career Expo on Oct. 29 will begin with 350 to 400 district high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors visiting local manufacturing sites. Students will then be bussed to IVCC for activities showcasing the college’s facilities, faculty and relationships with area manufacturers.

• IVCC is still being considered a potential site for Oglesby’s emergency call center, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said. A possible location is the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CETLA) on the third floor of E Building. CETLA would move into Building D as part of a plan to transform the Learning Commons into a “Technology Commons.”

• There were 165 summer graduates earning 175 degrees or certificates compared to 158 graduates earning 183 degrees or certificates in summer 2018.

• Electronics instructor Jim Gibson submitted a report about his spring semester sabbatical to Germany where he learned about the industrial culture and manufacturing practices as used by Siemens Co. Gibson also visited a salt mine in Bertestgarten that’s been in continuous operation for 500 years.

• The annual Spirit Day celebration recently held was a success, Corcoran said. The gathering in IVCC’s courtyard allows student clubs and organizations to recruit new members through hands-on activities and games.

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