The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

October 19, 2013

DACC recognizes college's founders, history

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College recognized five individuals and an organization Friday that were instrumental to the founding of the college during a Founders’ Day luncheon and program.

This year’s honorees were Danville District 118, Peggy Gardner, the late Marjorie Holmes, Lou and Sybil Mervis, and Marilyn Satterwhite. Each honoree received a commemorative plaque with an ink drawing of the college on a 110-year-old slate tile from one of DACC’s original buildings. They also each received two proclamations from the 98th General Assembly, one from state Sen. Mike Frerichs and the other from state Rep. Chad Hays.

This was the fourth Founders’ Day celebration. The last one was in 2011.

The program’s master of ceremonies was Mike Hulvey of Neuhoff Broadcasting.

“Founders’ Day connects a lot of dots for people in the community and for students,” Hulvey said. “The college has been a bridge to the future for many.”

A committee planned the Founders’ Day activities as well as selected the honorees. The committee members were Lara Conklin, Chris Cornell, John Hoagland, Maggie Hoover, Alice Marie Jacobs, Dave Kietzmann, Carrie Thurman, Barb Todd and Tracy Wahlfeldt.

The purpose of Founders’ Day is to honor individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in helping the college become the institution it is today as well as appreciate the history of the college.

Fourteen speakers, including the honorees, made presentations during the two-hour-long fete.

DACC Trustee Dick Cheney recognized Danville District 118 as the founding organization of the college. When the University of Illinois decided after three years to close its extension site — the predecessor to the college — in 1949, District 118 supported the continuation of a local two-year college from 1949 to 1966 at Danville High School.

“In 1965, District 118 voted to separate from the college so it could run independently,” Cheney said. “The college wouldn’t be possible without the support of District 118.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Run to benefit camp

    April 16, 2014

  • Digital checkout limit increased

    April 16, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston council hears water project update

    Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, updated city council members Tuesday on the continuing progress of the ground and elevated water storage tank project.

    April 16, 2014

  • Trojans get past Ramblers

    STAFF REPORT sports@dancomnews.com ATTICA, Ind. -- Regan Foster hit a home run and drove in three runs as the Covington softball team defeated Attica 8-5 on Tuesday in Wabash River Conference action. Andi Taylor had three hi

    April 16, 2014

  • Mayor looks for fire committee members by Labor Day DANVILLE - Now with budget discussions done for the time being, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer is looking for people to serve on a committee to analyze the fire division and its future. He'd like recommendations from the committee to the city council by Labo

    April 16, 2014

  • Salary talks go on at meeting DANVILLE -- Few members of the Vermilion County Board came out strongly for or against the issue of salaries for county offices and positions. Members of the Vermilion County Board discussed the issue of salary increases for offices up for election i

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston group discusses economic development

    Economic growth was on the agenda Monday night in Hoopeston as about 50 people gathered at St. Anthony's Parish Hall to discuss an economic development strategy for the city.

    April 15, 2014

  • Covington Middle School students win at Purdue Science Fair

    Eighth-grader A.J. Kline and seventh-graders Shiley Claypool and Diana Shelby told school board members about their science fair projects Monday night. They competed at the Lafayette Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Purdue University last month.

    April 15, 2014

  • Oakwood sells its water and sewer systems

    Village trustees are faced with a responsibility many small towns would love to have — what to do with $2 million in cash.

    April 15, 2014

E-edition
AP Video
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Must Read