Bill Finn, Athletics Director

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.

“Everything we do here and everything I do here is based on the fact that I want people to love Moraine like I love Moraine.”

Bill Finn came to Moraine Valley Community College when he was 22 years old as the head basketball coach. More sports were added the next year and he was asked to be the Athletics Director. His goal was to build a program where every kid in the area would want to go.

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

Bill Finn, Athletics Director

Dr. Linda Brandt, 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.

“For so many students Moraine becomes their village, their family–to really provide that foundation and encouragement to succeed.”

Dr. Linda Brandt has been with Moraine Valley Community College for 42 years. She feels it is an honor and privilege to watch students grow. Administration, faculty, and staff at the college are all working toward the same mission and goal of having an important impact on people’s lives.

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

Dr. Linda Brandt, Counselor

Ron Kurfirst, Retired Director of Buildings and Grounds

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 another home.”…”This campus is beautiful.”

Ron Kurfist worked at Moraine Valley for 16 years, from 1986 to 2002. He wasn’t sure he wanted the job when he first arrived on campus and saw all the temporary buildings. He remembers his time here very fondly though. He talks about the environment that was created for the students and of how appreciative everyone always was of the work his department provided.

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

Ron Kurfirst, Retired Director of Buildings and Grounds

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

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

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