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

50th Anniversary Video-Lenette Staudinger, Retired Biology 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.

Lenette Staudinger was one of the original 30 faculty members at Moraine and taught Biology here for 32 years. She recalls the open concept buildings, both at 115th Street and in the temporary buildings on this campus. The open floor plan did create some issues, including fruit flies from the Biology lab wandering the whole building. She shares other interesting stories of scrounging flowers from a cemetery and more about those lab animals. What happens when you have a snake and then add gerbils to the population? Let’s just say that the cleaning crew no longer wanted to clean the animal lab.

Lenette is very proud of her time at MVCC and of the quality education and faculty dedication that Moraine students receive. “Whenever I get the chance, I tell people that I was a faculty member here.”

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

Lenette Staudinger, Retired Biology Faculty Member

50th Anniversary Video-Nicole Selvaggio, Alumna and Adjunct Communications Instructor

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.

“I talk about Moraine to anybody who will listen to me. I love it here.”

Nicole Selvaggio is an Adjunct Communications Instructor here at MVCC who has been able to be a part of the Moraine Valley family, as she calls it, in a few different roles. She began here as a student athlete. She was a star tennis player for the school and then became Head Women’s Tennis Coach immediately upon graduation. She’s seen great improvements in tennis facilities and in the FitRec center on campus.

She is also an instructor in the Communications Department as an Adjunct Faculty member where she is able to work with people who were mentors to her. She can now provide encouragement to her students and her athletes as someone who was in their exact spot several years ago. She hopes to be here at Moraine Valley 50 years from now when it’s time to celebrate the 100th anniversary.

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

Nicole Selvaggio, Alumna and Adjunct Communications Instructor

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences. Learn more about the College’s history at the Moraine Valley College Archives.

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

The audio of this discussion is available below:

From the Archives: Women’s History at Moraine Valley

Members of the Glacier Gals present doll house to hospital (left to right: Jackie Baker, Norma Allan, Penn Berrens, Lucille Glonek, and Shirley Lawrisak)

Women have been instrumental in the growth and success of Moraine Valley Community College since its founding in 1967. In turn, the college has implemented programs and organizations over the years to foster and support women’s education.

An early women’s group at the college was the Glacier Gals. The organization grew to as many as 85 members and was active from 1969 to 1974. Its objectives were to promote friendship among women associated with Moraine Valley, to perform services for the college, and to provide a scholarship fund for a female Moraine Valley student.

Article from The Reporter, a local newspaper, on September 2, 1971: Glacier Gals Donate Doll House To Hospital

In 1971, the Glacier Gals completed construction of a children’s doll house which they donated to Little Company of Mary hospital. In the same year, the women’s group donated $50 worth of books to the school library.

To learn more about women in the history of Moraine Valley, be sure to stop by the library on Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. Dr. Sylvia Jenkins and Dr. Margaret Lehner will be joined by two retired faculty members, Dr. Sharon Fritz and Lenette Staudinger, for a panel discussion, “50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley”. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Linda Brandt, a counselor at Moraine Valley for over 40 years.

First page of the Glacier Gals 1971-1972 yearbook

50th Anniversary Video-Mark Horstmeyer, Retired Director of College and Community Relations

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 his 17 years at MVCC, Mark Horstmeyer saw the college grow from being the 7th largest community college in the state to the 2nd largest. He credits the sense of community at the college with its success. He remembers experiencing this when knocking on doors for the 2006 referendum. He also recalls the glitch in the voting system that caused everyone to be on pins and needles for about a week waiting for voting results.

One of the highlights of his career here was coaching the cross country teams. He brought the program back to the college and was the coach through 16 very successful seasons. He is proud to see that his student athletes are now doing so many wonderful thing with their lives.

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

Mark Horstmeyer, Retired Director of College and Community Relations