Dr. Wally Fronczek, Dean of Liberal Arts

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“I think we’re very innovative here at the college.”

Dr. Wally Fronczek has been at Moraine Valley Community College for 32 years. He began his work here in Student Activities and has had the opportunity to do many different things and be involved in a variety of projects. He recalls lots of exciting events on campus, including respected guest speakers and big name performances.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Dr. Wally Fronczek, Dean of Liberal Arts

Michael Espinoza, Instructor of Criminal Justice, and Eric DeVillez, Associate Professor of Communications/Literature

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“I found a home.”

Michael Espinoza and Eric DeVillez have both taught here at Moraine Valley for many years and have had many family members attend classes here. Both feel that a highlight of their job is hearing from former students about what they’ve gone on to do. They’ve heard many success stories. They also have some funny stories to tell about things that have happened to them on campus.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Michael Espinoza, Instructor of Criminal Justice, and Eric DeVillez, Associate Professor of Communications/Literature

Library Pumpkin Contest

It’s almost time for the 2017 MVCC Library Pumpkin Contest!

Moraine Valley faculty, staff, students, groups, and student organizations are invited to donate decorated pumpkins (no carving please, you may use fake pumpkins) to compete for the title of “The Great Pumpkin”. Be creative, the more fun you have the more votes your pumpkin may get!

Pumpkins can be dropped off at the library beginning Monday, October 23rd at 8am. There is no entry fee. Please remember that you are donating the pumpkin and its decorative accessories. The winning pumpkin and runners-up will be announced on Friday, October 27th at 1pm. A trophy will be awarded to the first place pumpkin.

Not quite into decorating pumpkins? No problem, participate by voting for your favorite pumpkin or making a donation to take one home!

Votes sell for 25¢ each or five for a dollar. Voting for the best pumpkin begins Monday, October 23rd, and continues through Thursday, October 26th. The library will sell the donated pumpkins individually for a minimum $20 donation on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Monday, October 23rd. Pumpkins stay in the library until 1pm, Friday, October 27th.  All proceeds go to the Moraine Valley Library Student Scholarship fund.

Who knows what team will hold the title of “The Great Pumpkin” this year?!

 

Glenn Carpenter, Photographer

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“Diversity and variety make the job fun.”

Glenn Carpenter became Moraine Valley’s photographer 27 years ago and has been living out his life’s passion everyday by taking pictures. He believes that pictures are the invitation to the story and Glenn has enjoyed capturing Moraine’s story for so long.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Glenn Carpenter, Photographer

Dr. Margaret Lehner, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Assistant to the President

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“It gave me the opportunity to be a part of something that was new and to build something from scratch.”

When Dr. Margaret Lehner first came to campus in 1969, the campus was hard to spot. She drove up and down the street seeing only houses. Luckily, someone flagged her down and directed her to her interview location. Since that initial introduction to Moraine Valley, she has served in many roles at the college. She began as a Professor of Communications and Literature, later becoming Dean of Liberal Arts and then Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She went on to hold the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and is now the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Moraine Valley Community College provides something new everyday–new people to meet and new opportunities.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Dr. Margaret Lehner, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Assistant to the President

Teresa Hannon, Counselor

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“Moraine Valley, it’s always felt like home.”

Teresa Hannon feels a very strong connection to Moraine Valley Community College. She grew up in the district and attended classes here studying psychology. Her son and mother in law also graduated from MVCC.

She loves hearing stories from her former students when they come back to campus to visit. She always knew she wanted to help people and she enjoys helping students make it all the through to graduation.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Teresa Hannon, Counselor

Streaming Classical Music

September is National Classical Music Month which makes this a great time to listen to some of your favorite classical pieces or discover some new favorites. The Naxos Music Library database is a vast collection of streaming classical music. It boasts over 2 million tracks with thousands being added every month. You have the option of searching by composer or title of work or you can browse through different geographical study areas and take guided tours through musical eras.

Naxos Music Library can be accessed from the Art databases on the Library’s Research Tools page. If you are using the database from off campus you will need to enter your MVCC username and password.

Additional classical music resources are available in the MVCC Library as well. Click here to see some of our books, CDs and DVDs on classical music. You can also search the Library Catalog for composers or classical works.

Dr Vernon O. Crawley, President 1993-2014

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“Student success became my motto.”

When Dr. Vernon O. Crawley came to Moraine Valley at the start of his 21 years here, there were only three permanent buildings. He is very proud of all that transpired at the campus and the transformation the campus has gone through.

He started his career as a scientist, but because he wanted more contact with people, was drawn to leave private industry for education. He wanted to serve students and believes that focus on student success is what makes Moraine Valley a great college.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Dr Vernon O. Crawley, President 1993-2014

Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, President

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“Being the college president is just a position that allows me to give more support to many, many people.”

Dr. Sylvia Jenkins started at Moraine Valley as a part-time librarian in 1986. She went on to hold various positions at the college and is currently the President of Moraine Valley Community College. When she began in 1986, many of the founders of the college were still here and she was able to learn a lot from them. She enjoys being surrounded by people who understand that the purpose of a community college is to help people succeed.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, President

Douglas Gehrke, Retired Economics Faculty Member

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Each week this semester we will highlight one of the videos.

Douglas Gehrke spent 44 years on the faculty at Moraine Valley and sent all three of his kids here. He tells stories of teaching in the old open-concept temporary buildings with hard to control temperatures and flooding during rainstorms. He reminisces us about the early campus sports teams, how the union began, and about some of the contributions that past presidents made to the college.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Douglas Gehrke, Retired Economics Faculty Member