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

Dave Termunde, User Support Services Coordinator, Information Technology

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.

Moraine Valley helped Dave Termunde develop a love for computers and technology at a very young age. He began taking computer classes at MVCC at the age of 8 and by the age of 13 enrolled in credit classes here. He went on to hold various technology positions and became an instructor at the college. He’s always felt that Moraine Valley is a special place for helping students find what they enjoy.

“That’s one thing Moraine Valley exposed me to–is what I personally really enjoy waking up and doing everyday.”

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

Dave Termunde, User Support Services Coordinator, Information Technology

Norma Vazquez-Zwick, Enrollment Services Secretary

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.

Norma Vazquez-Zwick has worked a in few different areas in her almost 13 years at Moraine. One of the most rewarding was working with GED and ESL students. She got to meet people from so many different countries and coming from so many different stages in life who were all doing the same brave thing of trying to make a new life for themselves. 

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

Norma Vazquez-Zwick, Enrollment Services Secretary

50th Anniversary Video-Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager

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.

In honor of Earth Day this coming Saturday, it seems like a good time to focus on MVCC’s sustainability efforts. Stephenie Presseller talks about how proud she is of the college for the progress that she’s seen in her seven years here and that the President’s Climate Commitment pledges that Moraine Valley will be climate neutral by 2042.

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

Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager

Bill Helmold, Director of Client Services, Information Technology

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.

Bill Helmond started coming 50 here years ago when he was a child to play on the tennis courts. He later enrolled as a student. He remembers wearing his parka during classes in the poorly heated temporary buildings. He later became a member of the staff and is now faculty. Moraine Valley has always been a part of his life.

“I just want to say, for over 50 years, how grateful I am for Moraine Valley, to help me learn, grow and gain an entire career here. It’s been fabulous and the people are awesome.”

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

Bill Helmold, Director of Client Services, Information Technology