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IVCC’s River Project: Testing

November 19, 2018

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Illinois Valley Community College participates in the River Project in which stu- dents and faculty volunteer their time to ensure the safety of the water and wildlife in the area. Saturday, Sept. 15 was the first date to colunteer, but 8:30 on Saturday, Oct. 13 will be the next available time to go. Students meet in the IVCC parking lot and depart to the Vermillion River, where they perform qualitative and quantitative research to test the health of the river. Biology, chemistry, geology, geography and sociology are all used during this testing, according to IVCC’s River Project website. ...

Electrical Fire at IVCC

November 19, 2018

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An electrical problem caused the cancellation of Monday night classes at IVCC’s main campus after 5:30 on Oct. 8. Although classes did not resume for the rest of the evening, a volleyball game did continue. Firefighters arrived to asses the situa- tion, and eventually, the building was deemed fit for classes the next day. ...

SGA Freshmen Elected

November 19, 2018

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Mackenzie Brady of La Salle has been elected freshman representative of the Illinois Valley Community College Student Government Association following recent freshman elections. Isabel Pozzi of Dalzell and Chelse...

College Night Preview

Rachel Maggio, IV Leader Web Editor

November 19, 2018

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The 46th Annual College Night hosted by Illinois Valley Community College will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m, Oct. 23 from. in the gymnasium. Although this event is directed normally toward students in high school who ...

New Faces on Campus: Teacher Spotlights

November 19, 2018

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David Barnes, Economics Where are you from originally? I was born in Nashille and raised in Paris, Tenn., a small town very much like Princeton, where I now live. Where did you attend college and what degree do you hold? I finished college at UT Knoxville (Go, Vols!)in Business Administration – Economics. I went to UNC – ChapelHill (Go, Tar Heels!) forgrad school in Economic Development (City and Regional Planning),and to seminary in Chicago. My PhD work is from the Fighting Blue Hens of the University of Delaware! What classes or positions are you currently assigned? I get to teach Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Business Statistics and the introductory Fundamentals of Economics. Are you new to teaching? If not, where did you teach before IVCC? Yes! This is my first full-time teaching position. I’ve taught Invest- ment Management and Portfolio Analysis a couple of times at another community college, and team-taught with mymentor six courses onOrganizational Leadership / Change Management at UD. What are your im- pressions, not only of the students, but also the at- mosphere at IVCC, and your fellow faculty and staff ? I love the feel of IVCC. That students and staff are so real and eager to do a great job. It’s a beautiful campus – even though it took me a whole day thissummer to find my wayaround the building names from the map! So far, what is your favorite aspect of IVCC?By far, the people! Students and my colleagues help in so many ways. They make this a fun place to be every day! What is your favorite thing about the area? I like the water and hiking trails! And all the local restaurants. I really like to eat! What should a student know about you? I’m curious about what you want to know, what you want to learn, where you’re coming from and what you want to do with the new knowledge we gain! What do you hope to achieve during your time at IVCC? I hope to help students be able to be even more successful in their careers. Jessie Bouxsein, Nursing Where are you from originally? I grew up in Waltham Township, just North of Utica. Where did you attend college and what degree do you hold? I received my Associ- ate’s degree here at IVCC. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Western Governors University. I currently hold a Masters degree in nursing education. What classes or posi- tions are you currently assigned? I am one of the in- structors for lab, clinical, and seminar for NUR 1201 and NUR 1202 this fall. I will be a lecture in- structor for NUR 1211 in the spring. Are you new to teach- ing? If not, where did you teach before IVCC? Yes, this is my firstteaching job. What are your impressions, not only of the students, but also the atmophere at IVCC, and your fellow faculty and staff ? The atmosphere is wonderful here, every- one is so kind and help- ful. The students and staff have been welcoming andflexible. So far, what is your favorite aspect of IVCC? My favorite aspect is the atmosphere and how much I have already con- nected with my students and co-workers. What is your favorite thing about the area? My favorite thing in the area is when the leaves start changing. Such beautiful colors! What should a student know about you? I am always willing to try new ways of teach- ing. If you’re not gaining the knowledge that you require to thrive, please inform me, I appreciate constructive criticism. You are more likely to succeed if we can work together to achieve your goals. What do you hope to achieve during your time at IVCC? I hope to make a difference in my students’ lives. Our nursing program is already great, I hope to contribute to its greatness in any way I can. ...

Hispanic Leadership Team ‘sweet cases’ Project to Benefit Illinois Valley Foster Teenagers

Summer Hoagland-Abernathy, IV Leader Editor-in-Chief

November 19, 2018

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Foster teenagers across the Illinois Valley only had garbage bags to hold their belongings until IVCC’s His- panic Leadership Team raised $600 this semester to help end this problem with “sweet cases.” Team members traveled door-to-door, asking lo- cal businesses from Princeton, Spring Valley, Streator, Depue, Mendota and LaSalle-Peru to donate to the cause, which will help children who go through the Illi- nois Valley Youth Service Bureau. The original objective was to raise enough money to buy reusable bags for the children to keep and to stuff them with gifts. However, according to Vice Presidentof the Hispanic Leadership Team, Erick Rosales, not only was the goal of $600 met, but the team collected a myriad of donations in the form of supplies as well. St. Margaret’s Hospital donated 30 duffle bags sothat the team would have more money to spend on sup-plies; Flower Mart in LaSalle sent stuffed animals andOSF HealthCare donated wallets, shirts, notepads and chapstick. The Hispanic Leadership Team will also be order- ing from Amazon hygiene products, travel kits, socks,fleece blankets, nail polish, deodorant and body spray. Said Rosales, “We were trying to do something to kind of... brighten [a foster child’s] day, I guess you could day. It’s something nicer for them to be able toput all their stuff in.” The Youth Service Bureau’s Coordinator of Home-less Services, Kelly Shymanski, can attest to how muchthe “sweet cases” come in handy for the foster children. She explained, “These bags give them something tocarry their possessions in, and it’s something of their own. It can be awkward to ask a stranger for shampoo, deodorant or a toothbrush, so it’s nice that these bags contain these type of items. We want the youth to feel welcome, so anything we can do helps.” According to Shymanski, this donation is actuallynot the first round of “sweet bags” to go through the Illinois Valley Youth Service Bureau, but where the first sets went to younger children, these duffle bags will be geared specifically to 12 to 18 years olds. The Hispanic Leadership Team will soon be choos- ing dates for the team and volunteers to pack and send the bags to the bureau. And even though the donations have been collected already, it’s still not too late to give to this cause. For in-formation on how you can donate, Sara Dady, staff ad- visor for the Hispanic Leadership Team, can be reached at 815-224-0355, and donations can be made to IVCC Hispanic Leadership Team. ...

FAFSA Open, IVCC’S Fall Registration to Open on Nov. 7

Megan Brooker, IV Leader Opinion Editor

October 11, 2018

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As the cooler temperatures and holiday cheer of fall are upon us, there is another reason to get excited about the upcoming season. That’s right; it’s time to register for spring classes and FAFSA. While those two things...

Say Yes to Your Flaws

Matthew Klein, IV Leader Staff Writer

September 19, 2018

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Luke Tomsha, founder of The Perfect- ly Flawed Foundation, told his story to anIVCC psychology class on Thursday, Sept. 6. Tomsha has a bachelor’s degree in En-gineering from the University of Illinoisand a son named Kash and is a former her-oin addict. He is the founder of The Perfectly Flawed Foundation, which is a local not- for-profit focused on strengthening com-munities affected by substance abuse by investing in children, individuals, and ed-ucation. Tomsha explained what he and The Perfectly Flawed Foundation are doing to-day to fight the ongoing opioid battle. According to perfectlyflawed.org, “Luke leads a life of fulfillment through community action and helping children and individuals affected by addiction, one small step at a time. Luke is a supporter of harm-reduction and emphasizes focusing on small wins and any positive change. “Whether it be medical-assisted treat-ment, abstinence-based programs, or more holistic approaches, Luke believes addic-tion is not a one size fits all package and advocates for multiple pathways to re-covery. Luke is an active member of the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council. He also speaks to groups in the Midwest about his experiences in hopes of educating the unsuspecting public about how the Opioid Crisis is slowly destroying our communities from within”. The Perfectly Flawed Foundation just launched its Community Partners Pro-gram. The program collaborates with local businesses and allows children the oppor-tunity to unlock their potential in enrich-ment activities such as art, music, karate, yoga, and more, as well as support through counseling. The aim of the program is to give chil-dren something to say “Yes” to. Learn more about Tomsha and The Per-fectly Flawed Foundation at www.perfect-lyflawed.org ...

Truck Driver Training: Fill Your Brain and Your Wallet

August 30, 2018

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Over 2,000 students have earned their class “A” commercial driver’s license, CDL, through Illinois Valley Community College’s Truck Driver Training, TDT, since the program opened in 2000. The CDL comes with all endorsements...

In Kahoots

Summer Hoagland-Abernathy and Sydney Johnson

August 30, 2018

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Freshmen hit the ground running at the Student Convocation on Aug. 14. The day started out with speeches from different teachers and department heads. To first-year student Noah Fabris, one teacher stuck out in particular:...

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