2015-2017 Catalog

Student Life

The Student Life Office enhances the educational goals of the students through co-curricular activities. Its mission is to facilitate student development through intellectual, recreational, service, and social activities at the college and in the community. For program information, visit Building U, Room U115, or contact the office at (708) 974-5717, morainevalley.edu/student life, studentlife@morainevalley.edu.

Student Organizations

Organizations are sanctioned by the college and generally receive funding through college activity fees.

College Bowl This is a varsity sport of the mind. This challenging competition is a cross between Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit. Moraine Valley’s College Bowl Team competes in the Skyway Conference Tournament, and the fall and spring regional tournaments. (708) 608-4177

Combat to College Student Veterans’ Organization This organization’s mission is to inform all Moraine Valley Community College veterans of all their current education benefits and to provide a strong network to help achieve future academic and career goals, leading to the development of lifelong friendships and peer support. This organization is open to all family members of veterans, Department of Defense, State Department employees and all who support the Student Veterans’ Organization’s mission. (708) 608-4068

Forensics (Speech Team) Students engage in competitive public speaking or dramatic interpretation at intercollegiate competitions. Travel required; three to five weekend tournaments each semester. (708) 974-5556, morainevalley.edu/forensics

Inter-Club Council The council consists of elected representatives of all chartered clubs on campus. The ICC meets twice a month to organize and conduct events and discuss student issues. The ICC approves the charters and constitutions for all clubs and coordinates club trips, events and fundraisers. (708) 974-5353

International Conversation Partners Program/International Student Ambassadors This program offers Moraine Valley’s international and American students the opportunity to learn about cultures and countries throughout the world. The International Conversation Partners program pairs international and U.S. students for conversation and English practice. The International Club offers trips, events and cultural activities for students to socialize, build new friendships, develop leadership skills, and increase international awareness.

Peers Educating Peers (PEP) PEP is a group of trained student leaders whose primary goal is to promote and support healthy lifestyle choices in our community college environment. PEP provides an opportunity for interested students to educate fellow students about topics that lead to positive/healthy choices and personal safety. These trained leaders will educate the college community about issues such as alcohol and substance use and abuse, sexual responsibility, keeping physically fit, HIV/AIDS, self-esteem, stress management, healthy eating, family relationships, and mediation.

Phi Theta Kappa This is the international honors society of two-year and community colleges. Since 1918 Phi Theta Kappa has chartered 1,100 chapters and inducted over one million members. Moraine Valley’s chapter, Alpha Iota Lambda, conducts meetings, initiates service projects, attends special activities geared toward the annual honors study topic, and is active on the state and national levels of PTK. A 3.5 grade point average and at least 12 credit hours are required, and there is a one-time induction fee. (708) 974-5353, morainevalley.edu/ptk

Student Government Association (SGA) The SGA upholds the mission, strategic priorities and core values of Moraine Valley by promoting awareness, leadership and service, and serves as a forum for an open exchange of ideas. The SGA acts as an advisory committee for the student body and as a voice of the student. The SGA is a liaison to the college administration. (708) 974-5353, morainevalley.edu/sga

Student Trustee The student trustee, elected from the student body, represents the students on the Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees. Other responsibilities include representing the Student Government Association at college functions and serving as the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee representative. The student trustee must be willing to commit a minimum of five hours a week to the position and be willing to travel off campus. Elections occur every spring semester. (708) 608-4165, morainevalley.edu/sga


Glacier The student newspaper offers journalism experience and leadership opportunities through volunteer service or classroom instruction. The Glacier is available in a print and online version.

Mastodon This literary magazine contains works by Moraine Valley students and staff. The Mastodon also sponsors open mic performances twice per semester.

For information on both publications, call (708) 608-4177.

Leadership Training Workshops

Student Life organizes leadership development seminars that are open to all students during the fall and spring semesters. The seminars assist students with developing leadership potential, learn more about themselves as team members, and enhance their college experience and professional etiquette. Seminars are free; registration is necessary. (708) 974-5353

Student Clubs

Getting involved in clubs is a great way to meet people, make new friends, gain valuable leadership experience, develop organizational skills, and have fun. Clubs are chartered and recognized through the Inter-Club Council, a college-sanctioned organization. Clubs can petition to the council for funding through set guidelines. morainevalley.edu/studentlife

Bob and Marge Bobb Student Social/Cultural Lounge

Located on the first floor of the Student Union, the lounge offers you an opportunity to relax and socialize between classes. Stay in touch with the world via the Internet in our cyber lounge area or just sit and relax with fellow students. Offices and meeting space for student clubs and organizations are located on the second floor of the Student Union. Other resources, including magazines and games, are available for students to check out with a valid student ID card.

Intercollegiate Athletics

At Moraine Valley, students can participate in an athletic program that will challenge them in a first-class conference.

Moraine Valley is a member of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and part of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The ISCC provides inter­collegiate competition with Elgin Community College, College of Lake County, McHenry County College, Morton College, Oakton Community College, Prairie State College, and Waubonsee Community College. Students must meet conference eligibility requirements to participate in intercollegiate athletics. (708) 974-5727, morainevalley.edu/athletics

Moraine Valley’s intercollegiate athletic teams include the following:

For Men For Women
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Soccer
Golf Softball
Soccer Tennis
Tennis Volleyball

Intramural Sports

Students can compete in a friendly game against other Moraine Valley students. Intramural sports include volleyball, flag football, basketball, and soccer. Form a team and sign up to play.

Music Groups

Moraine Concert Band A performing group of wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists which performs a wide variety of music including traditional marches, classical transcriptions, musicals, and contemporary works. This group performs several concerts each year, both on and off campus. Registration is by permission of the instructor and prior band experience is required. May be taken for credit or noncredit. (708) 974-5215

Moraine Valley Chamber Singers A performance group singing choral music of various styles. The vocal group performs at five concerts a year. Must be able to read music and match pitch. May be taken for credit only. (708) 974-5755

Moraine Valley College-Community Orchestra The orchestra is a performance group dedicated to the exploration of orchestra literature from the Baroque to the 20th century and beyond. Enrollment is open to orchestral instruments including violin, viola, cello, bass violin, and winds. Interested musicians should be proficient music readers with prior experience in high school or college orchestra and/or band. This ensemble will perform several concerts each semester. Director’s approval required for new members. May be taken for credit or noncredit. (708) 974-5637

Moraine Valley Flute Choir A performing ensemble of flutists dedicated to the exploration of a wide variety of flute choir literature. Musical styles include classical transcriptions, contemporary works, as well as jazz and popular works. This ensemble will perform public recitals and concerts each semester both on and off campus. Flutists must own or have access to a flute. Opportunities will be available to play piccolo, alto and bass flute as needed. May be taken for credit or noncredit. (708) 974-5636

Moraine Chorale A performance group of singers rehearsing and performing choral music of various styles. Members must be mature, experienced singers with a desire to perform. The Chorale performs five concerts a year on campus. Must be able to read music and match pitch. May be taken for credit or noncredit. (708) 974-5755

Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble A performing group of instrumentalists in which big band (jazz orchestra) performance practices are explained and achieved. Includes study of big band repertoire ranging from historic to contemporary as well as instruction in techniques of improvisation and correct interpretation of style. Registration is by permission of the instructor. May be taken for credit or noncredit. (708) 974-5215

Percussion Ensemble A group of percussionists dedicated to the performance of music such as ragtime, classical, popular, Caribbean/Latin, chamber and jazz. The ensemble performs several concerts each semester both on and off campus. New members need not have a percussion background in order to participate, but must able to read standard music notation at a performance tempo. Registration is by permission of the instructor. May be taken as credit or noncredit course. (708) 974-5215

Small-Group Jazz Ensemble A performing group of mixed instru­mentalists in which small-group (chamber) jazz performance practices are explained and achieved. Course study includes the analysis and performance of historic small-group repertoire, instruction in techniques of improvisation and exploration of music forms common to jazz. Group performs several on-campus concerts each year. Registration is by permission of the instructor. May be taken as credit or noncredit course. (708) 974-5215

Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference

Moraine Valley’s participation in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference gives students the opportunity to compete in art, jazz, STEM and writing competitions. These activities heighten students’ co-curricular activities at Moraine Valley. (708) 974-5379