Dr. Rose Marie Lynch, an alumna of Indiana State University, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Ill.
Lynch was an English and journalism instructor as well as adviser to the award-winning student newspaper at IVCC from 1970 to 2002 when she semi-retired. Since that time she has become a highly successful grant writer for the college.
Lynch earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Indiana State University in 1964 and 1965 respectively and a doctorate in English from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. in 1975. A graduate of Linton-Stockton High School in Linton, Ind. she began her teaching career at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill.
In accepting the award at a ceremony April 16, Lynch said: “I thank my teachers, from elementary through graduate school, who opened the windows to the world for me and inspired me to join their ranks.”
In 1999, Lynch was named the Illinois Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She has received awards from the Illinois State Board of Education for curriculum development projects, a teaching award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, and a merit award for service to the college and community from Illinois Valley Community College. In 2010, she was named one of the Women Making History by the LaSalle-Peru Area Zonta Club.
Since 2005, she has written and served as a co-Principal Investigator on three grants from the National Science Foundation totaling over $1.2 million. The grants are assisting the college to establish programs to train technicians for careers in alternative energy and to recruit people into careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
During the 32 years that she advised the college’s student newspaper, the paper won national awards from the Associated College Press, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and Rolling Stone Magazine as well as numerous state awards. The IVCC student newspaper was the first community college newspaper in the state to be available on-line. The Dr. Rose Marie Lynch Scholarship was established by her colleagues, with the first $500 scholarship awarded to an IVCC journalism student in 2010.
As a part of her grant projects, she has co-authored a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals and given presentations at numerous national conferences. She presented at an engineering conference in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, and will be presenting in Vancouver, Canada, in June.
Lynch has also served as a consultant for the college on strategic planning and accreditation.
Former chair of the IVCC Humanities and Fine Arts Division Mary Weeg said: “When we interviewed Rosie, we said as she walked out the door, ‘this one’s a winner.’ We were right.”
In addition to her college-related activities, Lynch has served on the board of education at LaSalle-Peru High School since 1985 and has been the president of the board of the Illinois Valley Food Pantry since 1988.
Lynch lives in Peru with her husband, Norman Clark. She has two step-sons and one grandson.