Five people inducted into Hall of Fame
April 26, 2012
Filed under News
Four local leaders and a head of industry will be inducted in the IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at La Salle-Peru High School’s Matthiessen Auditorium.
The fifth annual induction ceremony will honor:
g Daniel Janka (IVCC 1982), President of MAG Global, largest machine tool manufacturer in the United States and third largest in the world. Janka, 49, a graduate of IVCC’s mechanical technology program, leads a company employing 3,500 at 27 facilities in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, China, India, Korea, Russia, Britain, Switzerland, Hungary and elsewhere. Headquartered in Erlanger, Ky., MAG is the market share leader in the automotive power train and aerospace industries and is Caterpillar’s global strategic technology partner.
g Dick Janko (friend of the college), legendary salesman, real estate developer and entrepreneur of Peru. Starting from a successful frozen foods business, Janko went on to build hundreds of homes, shopping centers, commercial and industrial buildings and hotels. His work has helped bring more than 3,000 jobs to the Illinois Valley. In 2009, Dick and his wife Carol began awarding nursing scholarships through the IVCC Foundation.
g Evelyn Moyle (LPO ’49), IVCC librarian. In the mid-1970s, Moyle helped IVCC become one of only a few community colleges to earn designation as a federal depository, a development that required IVCC to add 5,000-square-feet to the library to accommodate a tremendous influx of federal publications and government documents. In her nomination of Moyle, longtime friend and admirer Ella Weber said, “Today, Evelyn continues to extensively and generously donate much of her time at the Oglesby Library cataloguing the history and photos of La Salle County.”
g Malcolm Whipple (friend of the college), served as La Salle County Farm Bureau President in the1980s – a leadership position held by his father Warner in the 1940s and currently held by his son Monty. An agricultural innovator, Whipple has been honored for pioneering conservation practices on his Waltham Township farm. He has also been a vital part of many community organizations such as the La Salle County Historical Society, the IVCC Foundation (he has created two scholarships), the Illinois Valley Community Hospital board and has donated over 19 gallons of blood.
g William Vlastnik (LPO ’49). In 1955, Vlastnik, a Korean War veteran, joined his father and twin brother Frank in Vlastnik’s Menswear in downtown Peru (his father established the store in 1925). The first president of the Illinois Community Hospital board, Vlastnik has served 40 years on that board and 30 years on the Hygienic Institute board. He is a former president of the Retail Merchants (1955-1962) and Peru Rotary (1957). He has also served as chairman of the Peru Police and Fire Commission for 45 years.
Inductees were chosen for their distinction while at IVCC or LPO, career success and distinguished, lifetime service to the college and community.
The public is invited to the induction ceremony free of charge. For information, call Susan Monroe, foundation assistant/alumni coordinator, at (815) 224-0253.