Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017
Media Contact: RVC Public Relations, 815-921-4510
Rock Valley College business students Heather A. Bilodeau and Sheila R. Wunder are this year’s recipients of merit awards from the RVC Business Division. Faculty from the RVC Business Division presented the students with their awards on Friday, May 12, just two hours prior to the College’s commencement ceremony.
Bilodeau earned the award for business administration, while Wunder won for accounting. The annual merit awards are awarded to the most outstanding student in business administration and accounting based on the student’s GPA, passion for their discipline, commitment to their profession, and demonstration of a positive attitude toward program peers and instructors.
Bilodeau (43) is currently a human resources coordinator at Zenith Cutter Company and has been with the company for the last 15 years. Her goal is to attend NIU or Rockford University to pursue a bachelor’s degree to further her career in human resources. She is fortunate in that her company encouraged her to continue her education. After attending classes at RVC for six years, Bilodeau is looking forward to graduation, and her husband and three young daughters will be there to cheer her on.
“I am definitely proud of my educational journey,” said Bilodeau, who also gave credit to her children. “My incentive was to have that accomplishment to give me more opportunities in my current role. I think my kids had something to do with it so I could encourage the kids to keep learning.”
The new graduate had high praise for RVC, saying “I’ve always enjoyed learning and enjoyed the professors’ willingness to go the extra mile for me. If you were stuck on something, they were always there to answer questions, and I was never afraid to ask them.”
Wunder (47) is currently an accountant working in the accounting department for Ringland Johnson Company, the contractor who is remodeling Classroom Building I at RVC. She will celebrate her one year anniversary with the company next month. Her company is supportive of her educational goals, and she would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resources.
“I have not decided where yet, but I want to take off a little bit of time and start next spring,” she said.
Wunder took three years to graduate from RVC and has three adult sons. She and her middle son took the same speech class one semester with Professor Bob Betts. He did not know that both a mother and her son were in his class until the end of the semester.
“He was pretty surprised,” said Wunder. “I am thankful to the faculty at RVC. They were amazing.”
Wunder’s husband and mom will be watching as she walks across the stage this evening to receive her diploma.