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

50th Anniversary Video-Ray Lehner, Retired Respiratory Care Technology 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.

This week, we hear from one of the very first faculty members at MVCC, Ray Lehner. He talks about his decision to join the faculty as joining a place where he could make the biggest difference. He shares some of his teaching methods and speaks about the camaraderie of the faculty. Ray feels that Moraine Valley is “a resource, a reference, a refuge, a lifeboat, an oasis, a haven, and for some a second home.”  

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

50th Anniversary Video-Ray Lehner, Retired Respiratory Care Technology Faculty Member

50th Anniversary Video-Holly Katavich, Manager of Compensation and HRIS, Human Resources

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.

Holly Katavich started at MVCC as a student worker and has been here ever since. In those 17 years, she was encouraged to pursue her education and establish her career. She credits the caring faculty and staff at MVCC for her success. She remembers a fountain on the first floor of the library that she liked to study by and a very different T building with an open floor plan. She also describes the atmosphere on campus on 9/11.

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

Holly Katavich, Manager of Compensation and HRIS, Human Resources

Rock Solid for 50 Years

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.

Brian Andersen and Matt Walsh, charter members of the Moraine Valley Foundation, tell us of involvement of the Oak Lawn Rotary in the establishment of the college. The campus was located on a former turf farm which did not make for sturdy building foundations. All the buildings therefore have beams down to solid rock–a rock solid foundation.

The efforts of the Foundation have played a large part in the success of the college. They created many events and fundraising efforts that led to greater awareness of the college and increased enrollment. Children’s fairs, a golf driving range, referendum passage, scholarships, and the construction of the Fine and Performing Arts Center are just a few of the things that the Foundation made possible.

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

Brian Andersen and Matt Walsh, Charter Members of the Foundation—Andersen, Executive Vice President; Walsh, Foundation’s First President