2013 Report to the Community - page 9

Skyhawk volleyball player
Kalli Scheppers
put the star on top of
an outstanding season for SVCC as she was named to the NJCAA
Division II All-American second team as a freshman. Scheppers
also helped the Skyhawks make it to the Region IV tournament
championship game.
The Skyhawk softball team clinched the
Region IV championship
title and advanced to the national tournament in Clinton,
Mississippi this spring.
Kaiti Mathey
became the first SVCC softball
player named to the NJCAA’s Division II All-American third team.
Mathey was also named an Academic All-American.
Russ Damhoff, SVCC athletic director and
men’s basketball coach, earned his
career win
in the 2012-13 season with a win
against Blackhawk East. The milestone came
during Damhoff ’s 27th year in the position.
Western Illinois University – Quad Cities and
SVCC met in May to sign an agreement that
will allow students to concurrently enroll at
both institutions to obtain a
degree in recreation, park and tourism
Students will apply to both
schools, and if accepted by WIU, will be able to
take classes at both institutions to finish the
degree in three years.
SVCCmarketing department
earned awards from two national groups during the year.
Higher Ed Marketing Group selected the College as a winner in the 28th Annual Educational
Advertising Awards in the following categories: logo design (Student Activities) – bronze award,
internal publication (The Hawk’s Nest) – merit award and imprinted material (View Book) –
merit award. The department also received a Graphic Design USA American Inhouse Design
Award for poster series (Student Activities).
The SVCC Board of Trustees appointed
Andrew Bollman
as the new chairman. The Board
also welcomed newly elected trustee Paula Meyer. The College said farewell to long-time trustee,
Dr. William (Bill) Simpson who served for over 30 years. A scholarship in Bill’s honor has been
established by President Mihel, many of the trustees, faculty and staff at SVCC.
Student Support Services
at SVCC had 78 students graduate this year with many transferring
to schools such as University of Illinois-Chicago and Northern Illinois University to major in areas
including engineering, biology, psychology, criminal justice and healthcare. Ninety-seven percent
of SSS students were in good academic standing as they utilized services including tutoring, study
skill workshops and study groups.
SVCC, the University of Illinois Extension and the YWCA of the Sauk Valley’s Immigrant Family
Resource Program worked with 20 families (61 participants) in their
Families United for a Strong
Education (FUSE) program
This bilingual program offered to Hispanic/Latino English language
learners with children assists participants in setting higher education goals and improving quality
of life.
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