Jerry Bennett, Mayor of Palos Hills

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.

This week we hear from the Mayor of Palos Hill, Jerry Bennett. Having held office for 35 years he has seen amazing transformations at the college. The architecture and landscaping have made the college a showpiece for the city and for the area. Because of the academic reputation of the college and its commitment to the surrounding community, providing amazing opportunities for the south suburban area, Palos Hills is proud to be home to Moraine Valley Community College.

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

Jerry Bennett, Mayor of Palos Hills

Demetrius Robinson, Manager of Student Life

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.

Demetrius Robinson describes Student Life on campus, before the S and U buildings were built, when activities were housed in the old College Center. He shares some of his favorite memories as times when the whole MVCC community came together in celebration. He remembers a party for the Chicago Bears trip to the Super Bowl and dressing as a clown to celebrate the passage of a referendum.

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

 

Demetrius Robinson, Manager of Student Life

Elaine Echols, Class of 2007

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.

Elaine Echols was one of the first inductees into MVCC’s Alumni Hall of Fame. She came to the college later in life and studied Criminal Justice. She went on to further studies and currently works as a court appointed children’s advocate as well running the Sister2Sister Network that she founded. This summer, at the age of 61, she will begin law school at Northwestern University.

She believes that her decision to come to MVCC was the best thing she could have done because of the support and encouragement she received from her professors. So much of what she does in her job and her women’s support network she learned here at Moraine Valley and she hopes that she can inspire other students to overcome obstacles and to achieve their goals.

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

Elaine Echols, Class of 2007

50th Anniversary Video–Pat O’Connor, Chief of Police

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates it 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 those videos.

This week, since MVCC was recently ranked in the top 10 of the safest community colleges in the country, it seems fitting to start with the interview of Pat O’Connor, Chief of Police.

His history with MVCC goes back to almost the beginning days of the campus when he was a musician and played a concert here in 1973. A few years later he enrolled in a class here that wound up guiding him into law enforcement. See below for the interview video. To enjoy more of these oral histories, historic photos, and documents you can visit the MVCC College Archives.

50th Anniversary Interview Video–Pat O’Connor, Chief of Police