Fran Kroll: Part-Time Employee of the Year Award Winner

March 31st, 2015

Congratulations to Fran Kroll for being selected as Moraine Valley Community College’s Part-Time Employee of the Year.

Fran Kroll

Fran Kroll

Fran Kroll works for the library during the evenings. Fran has worked part-time with the library since 1999. She has been nominated many times but this is the first time that Fran has won this award. Fran’s dedication to our students, faculty and staff has not gone unnoticed. She is constantly going out of her way to assist students in any way she can and staff often let us know how much they appreciate her hard work. Fran is a friendly face at the library circulation desk that students know they can come to for help in the evenings.

Congrats Fran! You deserve it!

About the Award:

The Part-Time Employee of the Year Award is presented annually to a part-time support staff person for outstanding service and dedication to the college. Candidates must have a minimum of three years part-time service at Moraine Valley, and employees may not receive the award more than once every five years.

Moraine Valley Authors’ Display and Reception (March 30, 2pm)

March 30th, 2015

Join us for our annual recognition event as we honor MVCC’s authors and artists.
Moraine Valley Authors’ Display and Reception, Monday, March 30, 2pm – 3:30pm

Syria and the Syrian Refugee Crisis (online video)

March 20th, 2015

Dr. Zaher Sahloul and Suzanne Akhras-Sahloul members of the Syrian American Medical Society, discuss why we should care about Syria, where more than 12 million Syrians, of which more than 75 percent are women and children, are either refuges or internally displaced. Learn more about the thriving Syrian American Community in the U.S. that has mobilized to provide humanitarian assistance. The U.S. will be resettling thousands of Syrian refugees in the next few years and it is critical that our community has a better understanding of this crisis and its repercussions. Cosponsored by the Arab Student Union and Global and Diversity Education.

Syria and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The audio of this event is available below:

En avant les calories! (“Bring on the calories!) French fine cooking

March 18th, 2015

Culinary and cultural event featuring Michael O’Shea of MVCC’s Culinary Arts program and Kevin O’Connell from the Foreign Language Department focusing on French food. This was part of the Moraine Valley Community College Library’s One Book Program on Giovanni’s Room.

En avant les calories! (“Bring on the calories!) French fine cooking

The audio of this event is available below:

Spring Break Hours & Library Remodel

March 3rd, 2015

The library is excited about our construction and expansion project that we are currently undergoing to improve resources for our students and increase student study space.  During spring break the library will be open March 9-12, but only through the lower level emergency exit adjacent to the L building Main entrance. There will be a construction project throughout the top floor of the library during this time so we will need to close the main floor completely starting at 1pm on Friday March 6.  The whole library will be closed March 7 & 8 and March 13-15 for this project.

From March 9-12 the library will be open from 8am -5pm each day, but we will have some service limitations.

The library will not be able to offer access to the following resources during the spring break holiday:

Print periodicals
Reference Materials
General Reserve collection items
After Class collection
Microscopes & Slides
AVL Kits
DVDs on reserve

We will be providing for students, access to:

Desktop Computers
Laptop Computers
Anatomy Models
General library collection (lower level materials)
Electronic Database and resources through our library website

UPDATE: Library System Back Online (March 3)

March 3rd, 2015

system maintenance

Update: The library system is back online.  Thank you for your patience!  remember: For research help, please contact the library’s reference desk 708-974-5234, or Ask a Librarian page.


We are experiencing problems with the library system. We are unable to provide access to our databases from off campus. Our library’s systems staff members are working with MVCC’s IT staff to correct the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing.

For help, please contact the library’s reference desk 708-974-5234, or Ask a Librarian page.

MVCC Connecting Students Around the World: Using Soliya

February 26th, 2015

Our librarians helped support this project, and we are excited that it was such a success. Using Soliya, MVCC students held conversations with other students in Europe and the Middle East. It was a very cool use of technology. Check out the video:

Soliya Connect at Moraine Valley
Students share their experiences using Soliya Connect at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill.

Science Fair Winners

February 25th, 2015

A huge congratulations to our Science Fair winners!

  • STEM Track–Engineering an Innovative Telescope, Tim Szymanski and George Capetanos
  • Sustainability Track–Upcycling: Reducing Ecological Footprint Through Creative Reuse, Stephenie Presseller

A huge thank you to all of our presenters who all put in a lot of hard work and spent the afternoon presenting their projects and answering questions. Great work!!

  • Sustainability in Lip Care, Anna Bialy and Adaliz Benitez
  • Biodegradable Plastics: An Examination of the Solubility Efficiency of Polyvinyl Alcohol, Anthony Dudlo, Sara Johnson, and William Park
  • Ethanol From Cellulose Biomass, Szymon Koszarek, Sherjeel Hassan, and Jesus Ahumada.
  • Microbial Fuel Cell from Muck, Szymon Koszarek, Sherjeel Hassan, and Jesus Ahumada.

And special thanks to our judges: Sharon Byerly, Sam Chen, Ewa Fredette, Elena Maans, and Barb Miller


Science Fair Today!

February 25th, 2015

Drop by the C building today between 1-4 pm to take a look our Science Fair projects. It will be an opportunity to see some of the projects going to the STEM Skyway Conference, what’s happening in an MVCC chemistry class, and learn about easy ways to upcycle your clothing. See you there!

Writing for a Change: James Baldwin and the 1960s featuring speical guest John D’Emilio (Building F)

February 15th, 2015

We are excited about this week’s event. Please note that this will be held in Buidling F.

Writing for a Change: James Baldwin and the 1960s featuring speical guest John D’Emilio
February 17, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, Oremus Theater, Building F
The 1960s are remembered as an era of popular activism, of people demonstrating and organizing for justice, equality, and peace. Writing was also a key way of making change, and James Baldwin, through his novels and his essays, was on the cutting edge in the 1960s, challenging injustice and inequality based on race and sexuality. This talk featuring the University of Illinois at Chicago scholar John D’Emilio will explore Baldwin’s life and work in this important era. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.