50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences. Learn more about the College’s history at the Moraine Valley College Archives.

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

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Forgotten History: Myths & Oddities of the American Revolution

As a part of the college’s year-long engagement with Hamilton, Moraine Valley History Professor Jim Mc Intyre will de-bunk some of the myths and share some of the lesser-known facts about the American Revolution, the War of Independence, and the Founding Fathers.

Forgotten History: Myths & Oddities of the American Revolution

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From the Archives: Women’s History at Moraine Valley

Members of the Glacier Gals present doll house to hospital (left to right: Jackie Baker, Norma Allan, Penn Berrens, Lucille Glonek, and Shirley Lawrisak)

Women have been instrumental in the growth and success of Moraine Valley Community College since its founding in 1967. In turn, the college has implemented programs and organizations over the years to foster and support women’s education.

An early women’s group at the college was the Glacier Gals. The organization grew to as many as 85 members and was active from 1969 to 1974. Its objectives were to promote friendship among women associated with Moraine Valley, to perform services for the college, and to provide a scholarship fund for a female Moraine Valley student.

Article from The Reporter, a local newspaper, on September 2, 1971: Glacier Gals Donate Doll House To Hospital

In 1971, the Glacier Gals completed construction of a children’s doll house which they donated to Little Company of Mary hospital. In the same year, the women’s group donated $50 worth of books to the school library.

To learn more about women in the history of Moraine Valley, be sure to stop by the library on Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. Dr. Sylvia Jenkins and Dr. Margaret Lehner will be joined by two retired faculty members, Dr. Sharon Fritz and Lenette Staudinger, for a panel discussion, “50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley”. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Linda Brandt, a counselor at Moraine Valley for over 40 years.

First page of the Glacier Gals 1971-1972 yearbook

Author of “Hamilton: The Revolution” Jeremy McCarter to Speak at MVCC

We are very excited to share this announcement as part of our One Book, One College program on Hamilton.


Moraine Valley hosting “Hamilton: The Revolution” co-author

Moraine Valley Community College will host Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Thursday, April 20 in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine Arts and Performing Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The book, co-written with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in “Hamilton,” follows the musical’s development from a performance at the White House to its opening night on Broadway; and includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of the show.

“It is exciting to have Jeremy McCarter present to our college community,” said Dr. Walter Fronczek, Liberal Arts dean. “This talented writer, director and producer will give our students and staff an insight on the arts and how they play an active role in our society.”

McCarter’s presentation is part of Moraine Valley’s One Book, One College, a collaborative effort between the college’s Library and Bookstore started in 2004 to encourage reading and conversation. The college selected the musical “Hamilton” as its One Book text for the 2016-17 academic year.

“The faculty, staff and administration on this campus work every day to inspire our students in the same way “Hamilton” has inspired so many young people,” said Dr. Linda Brandt, a counselor, who helped to bring McCarter to campus. “The stories from this book will provide our students with a glimpse of their own strength and resilience and knowledge that together we can be a powerful force in creating a better, more just world.”

The event is made possible by Moraine Valley’s Liberal Arts and Student Engagement subdivisions, and the Library. For more information, call the Moraine Valley Box Office at (708) 974-5500.

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Fake News, Journalism, and Media with the Chicago Tribune’s Margaret Holt

Margaret Holt, Standards Editor with the Chicago Tribune, discusses her career as a journalist and editor. She also discusses the impact of fake news and the state of journalism.

Fake News, Journalism, and Media with Margaret Holt from the Chicago Tribune

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New to the Collection: Neither Snow Nor Rain by Devin Leonard

Do you ever wonder what might become of the U.S. Postal Service with the advancement of technology? We can print stamps at home on our personal computers, pay more and more bills online, use E-mail instead of “snail mail,” and even have packages shipped directly from vendors to recipients without ever setting foot in a post office. While stamps are probably one of the best bargains around, the U.S. Postal Service has been losing money, closing many of its offices, and debating whether to cut mail delivery days.

New to the MVCC Library collection is the book Neither Snow Nor Rain: a History of the United States Postal Service by Devin Leonard. The tagline always was that “neither snow nor rain” or any type of bad weather could keep the postman away. What could possibly keep them away would be dogs; in fact, I just saw a postman interviewed on a morning show this week stating that, while it’s humorous to think of, the biggest stumbling block for him has been dogs chasing him down! Even the word “snail” mail emanated from the dawn of E-mail because it was faster sending electronic mail than using the slow postal service.

An excerpt from Leonard’s interesting book reads: “In parts of America that it can’t reach by truck, the USPS finds other means to get people their letters and packages. It transports them by mule train to the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Bush pilots fly letters to the edges of Alaska. In thinly populated parts of Montana and North Dakota, the postal service has what it refers to as ‘shirt pocket’ routes, which means that postal workers literally carry all their letters for the day in their shirt pockets.” Hearing situations such as these remote delivery areas leads one to wonder if the U.S. Postal Service will continue to exist in the future…pick up this book and check it out!

For a limited time you can find the book shelved in the library lounge on the 2nd floor among the new arrivals. Otherwise, it can be found here in our catalog.

Syrian Refugee Discussion

We were excited to host this discussion today about the causes of the Syrian refugee crisis and the needs of Syrian refugees in the United States. This event was organized by the MVCC Arab Student Union.

Syrian Refugee Discussion

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A Dakota Access Pipeline Primer

Activities that impact the environment usually require environmental impact statements.  They also, typically, require public participation.  Why didn’t this happen for DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)? Or did it?  Who are the DAPL stakeholders?  Why did the law fail the Standing Rock Indian Reservation?  What is it like living in the protest camp?  Why should this matter to everyone in Illinois? Learn what you can do to protect your water supply.  Water is Life!  Join our panel for a look at the DAPL timeline, one Native American’s view, and the personal experiences of a local Water Warrior at Standing Rock.

A Dakota Access Pipeline Primer

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World Down Syndrome Day

“World Down Syndrome Day is observed annually on the 21st of March. This date is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Why this date?  Because it is the 21st day of the 3rd month. The numbers represent the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”

There are many organizations that help “raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”

A recent indie film, My Feral Heart, gives a positive portrayal of a young adult with Down syndrome.