Bowser Given 4 Year Extension By Allendale School Board

At the February 21, 2018 Allendale School Board meeting held at the main office of Allendale School, the board:

Approved a 4-year extension of the contract for Superintendent/Principal Robert Bowser.  The contract extension is good through June 30, 2022.

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Adopted a Resolution of honorable non-renewal for Pre-K & Title I Aide/Parent Coordinator Alyssa Hopper, which is state grant funded. This will be effective at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. This position will be re-considered next school year based on new grant funding.

Adopted a resolution of honorable non-renewal for Individual Aide Melissa Gilil. This will be effective at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. This position will be re-considered next school year if needed.

Approved the use of the building for the All-School Reunion, which is to be held July 21, 2018.

Approved a 4-year extension of the contract for Superintendent/Principal Robert Bowser.  The contract extension is good through June 30, 2022.

Storm Sirens Readied For Spring Tornado Season

With the Spring tornado season right around the corner, Wabash County commissioners took action last night to make sure all storm sirens are ready to go. WEMA Director Gerald Brooks told the county board that two sirens were recently found to be inoperable. Those were the ones on Division Street and the other at 6th and Mulberry in Mt. Carmel. Brooks said it’s not known when the sirens were damaged either by a lightning strike or power surge. Commissioners approved the purchase of surge protectors for all storm sirens in the county as well as repairing the damaged sirens that Brooks said exceeded his budget.



Wabash Valley College is pleased to announce that they are hosting an Archery Senior Showcase, NFAA Indoor 5-Spot Target, in the Spencer Sports Center Gym at 10:00 a.m. Line Time on Saturday, March 3. This is your opportunity to earn a scholarship spot on the team!


Wabash Valley College has become a member of the United States Collegiate Archery Association and will compete nationally against colleges and universities. They are actively recruiting for the Fall Team. If you are interested and have questions about the Archery Program, go to the athletics website where you can fill out a form indicating your interest in the team. You will then be contacted directly to talk about the team. If you have immediate questions or would like to register for the Senior Showcase, contact Katie Hinderliter at 618-263-5537.


WVC Scholarship Info


Mt. Carmel, IL – Wabash Valley College’s 2018-2019 Freshman Scholarship applications are now available online by clicking Scholarship listings at or by visiting the Guidance Office at area high schools. For questions or more information, students should contact their Guidance Office or the Financial Aid Office at Wabash Valley College. Due date for submitting applications is March 12, 2018.




Mt. Carmel, IL – The Wabash Valley College Financial Aid Office has announced that one WADI Scholarship per county in the amount of $1150 is to be made available to income-eligible students in each of the following counties: Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, and White for use during the 2018-2019 school year. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office. Deadline is 5:00 p.m., April 26, 2018.


Wabash Valley College has announced that it will be hosting the 7th Annual Gunsmithing Day on Thursday, March 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the (Gunsmithing) Industrial Studies Building. Lunch will be provided.


Gunsmithing techniques will be demonstrated by current students. Instructor Brian Wick will be available to answer questions and provide information on Gunsmithing. Financial Aid and Registration information will be provided.

If you are looking for a DIFFERENT career path, one you can set your “Sights” on and have a clear “Shot” at Success, then the Gunsmithing Program at WVC can get you the “Bullseye!”

For questions or to RSVP, contact Tim Zimmer at 618-263-5024, or Cindy Kruse at 618-263-5043.


Standing before a wall covered in selfies, patrons may pause to wonder if this art exhibit in the Brubeck Arts Center Gallery on the campus of Wabash Valley College is art. Or one might contemplate if his or her Facebook pictures are technically art either.


In Arthur Fields’ exhibit in the Brubeck Gallery, which is now on display through March 18, the artist asks just that question: “Are the pictures snapped on our cell phones and posted online art?” Using social media platform Instagram, Fields points out that those #beachday, #foodporn and #selfie uploads are really just landscapes, still-lifes, and self-portraits.


Fields believes that we may not be using oil paints to replicate and memorialize the world around us, but we haven’t lost our need to do so. His exhibit takes us through his own Instagram feed, showing us how that snapshot at the barber shop and the selfie with friends are just pixels of a much larger photo. The larger image is one that shows our history and culture…in just one frame.

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Arthur Fields holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Texas Woman’s University. He is a Board member of two photographic arts organizations: Ticka-Arts and The Texas Photographic Society. Also, he is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education where he served as Chair of the Multicultural Caucus and Student Volunteer Coordinator of the SPE National Conference for several years. Fields is an Assistant Professor of Art and currently teaches photography and runs the Shircliff Gallery at Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN.


The community is invited to “Meet the Artist” on Sunday, March 18, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. before the final performance of the spring musical “OVER THERE.”


Wabash Valley College is pleased to announces its Honors List for Fall Semester 2017. To be eligible for the CEO’s Honors List, a student must have a GPA of 3.90—4.0 based on a 4.0 scale and must have been enrolled for at least twelve (12) semester hours for the Fall Semester. Students on the CEO’s Honors list include: ALBION: Katherine Embry, Kaitlyn Hnetkovsky, Felicia Moutry, Amy Steele; ALLENDALE: David Evans, Jonas Trimble; BARNHILL: Kristina Major; BRIDGEPORT: Dylan Pentell; CISNE: Janet Billington; CROSSVILLE: Anthony Blankenberger; FAIRFIELD: Kenlee Bramlet, Donnita Scott, Virginia Williams; GRAYVILLE: Caua Fume Ferreira, Madison Ferreira, Gavin Martin, Thomas Potter; LAWRENCEVILLE: Slayton Dorney, Cailyx Ice, Shayla Lockhart; MOUNT CARMEL: Dennis Baumgart, Austin Beavers, Justin Berberich, Jazzmun Blair, Merrik Eddington, Megan Eder, Kyndell Ethridge, Sampson Folsom-Margelin, Lauren Goodson, Kracell Guard, Christy Haase, Megan Hanson, Jannik Hesener, Mackenzie Jackson, Zachary Kemper, Sara Kullberg, Alex Mason, Shelby McKnight, Osvaldo Mendez, Gorvanice Mercado, Taylor Miles, Joseph Molstad, Vy Hoang Nguyen, Daxton Peach, Wesley Pearson, Kara Price, Emma Robinson, Haley Shewmake, Maximum Smock, Alexis Thomas, Evan Thread, Clayten Traub, Mason Vinyard, Nina Wall, Jacob Webb, Julia Whittler, McKenna Zimmerman; NEWTON: Jeremy Herman; NOBLE: Blake Rogers, Luke Shan, Garrett Williams; OLNEY: Maci Graves, Matthew Herman, Derek Ochs; ROBINSON: Katelyn Hatfield; SALEM: Zachary Rose; ST. FRANCISVILLE: Tina Long, Alejandra Ravellette; SUMNER: Mark Boren, Susan Boren; WEST SALEM: Jacey Schwarzlose, Caitlynn Summerfield, Marla Swartzbaugh; BOONVILLE, IN: Taylor Miles; EVANSVILLE, IN: Brandon Nance, Erin Niederhaus, Timothy Peterson; MT. VERNON, IN: Kyle Lang; POSEYVILLE, IN: Nolan Gibbs; PRINCETON, IN: Kaylee Epperson, Tyler Marshall.

To be eligible for the President’s Honors List, the student must earn a GPA of 3.75 to 3.89 on a 4.0 scale and must be enrolled in at least twelve (12) hours for the Fall Semester. Students on the Presidents’

Honors list include: ALBION: Makayla Shaw; BRIDGEPORT: Allisen Rhinehart; CISNE: Jayden Brown; ENFIELD: Jeremy Smith; GRAYVILLE: Cydnee Cummings-Evans; MOUNT CARMEL: Wesley Adams, Jonathan Allen, Keri Ankenbrandt, Lilly Benedict, Jesse Brown, Matthew Burch, Zachary Carney, Morgan Combs, Trevor Detherage, James Fullerton, Tegan Henne, Lucus Keele, Nicholas King, Collin Lollar, John Smalley, Kobe Stephens, Courtney Sutton, Tien Tran, Taylor Waggoner, Cameron Whaley; NEW BADEN: Dylan Frerking; ROBINSON: Timothy Blankenbeker; WILLOW HILL: Adriana Reis; BICKNELL, IN: Alexis Vieck; GRIFFIN, IN: Hannah Fifer-Gish; MOUNT VERNON, IN: Austin Sailer; NEW HARMONY, IN: Glen Alexander; LEXINGTON, KY: Regina Sears.

The Dean’s Honors List includes those students with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 based on a 4.0 scale who have been enrolled in at least twelve (12) hours for the Fall Semester. Students named to the Dean’s List include: ALBION: Haleigh Ellis; BONE GAP: Cassidy Jordan; CLAREMONT: Daniel Sager; CROSSVILLE: Emily Mahon; FAIRFIELD: Meagan Borah; FLORA: Ryder Collins, Taylor Schymick; GRAYVILLE: Kaylea Hout; KEENSBURG: Jennifer Isham, Fallon Ruby; LAWRENCEVILLE: Hannah Noble-Frey; MAUNIE: Ashley Youngman; MOUNT CARMEL: Frednesha Adams, Presley Bailey, Madison Bauer, Eduardo Bello Bermudez; Dylan Burris, Paige Byrd, Caroline Campbell, Anthony Christian, Ashley Downs, Brian Fuentes Reyes, Holly Hawkins, Abygail Hicks, Ryan Layne, Jessica Lewis, Chandler Madden, Richard McFall, Kathryn Migliarese, Destinee Miles, Jade Montgomery, Ashley Moore, Joshua Morgan, Zion Morgan, Noah Myers, Ryan OConnell, Deasia Outlaw, Miguel Rivera, Miranda Saltsgaver, Michael Scheinost, Blake Stipp, Miranda Wagner, Gregory Wall; MOUNT ERIE: Dalen Stopher; NEWTON: Colin Ochs; OLNEY: Matthew Lenear; ROBINSON: Hunter Givens; ST. FRANCISVILLE: Jeffry Siegle; SUMNER: Devin Brian; HUNTINGBURG, IN: Levi Hoffman; OWENSVILLE, IN: Rachel Byrns, Jack Steele; PRINCETON, IN: Ashley Sisk.


Uncertain State Situation Causes IECC Tuition Hike

The Board of Trustees of Illinois Eastern Community College District No. 529 met Tuesday night, February 20th at Olney Central College, Olney, Illinois.  

The continued uncertainty of the state to fund the community college system has required the District to review current tuition and fees.  Trustees approved an increase in tuition of $5.00 per semester hour bringing the tuition rate from $83 per semester hour to $88 per semester hour.  The tuition increase is effective Summer Term 2018. 

The IECC District’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2023 was approved.  The Plan includes goals to improve student education experience, expand educational choices and support services, increase student head count and reimbursable hours, improve student life experience, and decrease financial dependence on State reimbursement grants.

The Board approved 6 affiliation agreements with area health care facilities for the District’s Health Informatics Program and the Certified Medical Assistant Program. 

In preparation for approval of the catalog, a two year Academic Calendar for 2019-2021 was adopted by the Board. 

Board approval was given for revisions to the Student Military Policy to limit tuition charged to veterans using federal veteran benefits to the in-district tuition rate.    This revision to the policy reflects current practice. 

The board announced their intention to consider the renewal of contracts that run from September 1, 2018 to August 30, 2020 for the CEO, the four college Presidents, and the Dean of Workforce Education.  The contracts will be presented for consideration at the March 20th Board meeting and presented for approval at the April 17th Board meeting.

The Board accepted the Calendar Year 2017 Annual Report of the IECC 403(b) Plan.

In personnel matters, the Board approved the seniority list for faculty for 2017-2018 and for reemployment of Faculty for the 2018-2019 academic year.   Approval was given for change in Academic Rank from Instructor to Assistant Professor to 49 faculty members.

Change in status was approved for Kristie Kolb from Office Assistant to Program Support Specialist for the TRIO/SSS Program effective February 21, 2018. 

Resignation ratifications were approved for Joshua Lipe, Workforce Education Instructor, and effective February 28, 2018 and for Robin Pearson, Office Assistant at FCC, effective February 9, 2018 and for Laurie Perry, Administrative Assistant at the District Office, effective March 16, 2018.    

A retirement ratification was approved for James Tucker, Assistant Professor, Speech at OCC, effective September 1, 2018.  

The Faculty Seniority Lists for 2017-2018 were approved for both bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit faculty.

Bargaining Unit and Non Bargaining Unit faculty were employed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, on Tuesday, March 20th, at 7:00 p.m.