Extra Credit Events – Spring 2017

Here’s a link to IVCC’s spring 2017 cultural events calendar. I allows students to attend up to two events for extra credit (but attend them all if you have time because cultural appreciation). Students will receive their choice of the following as long as the course-specific written response expectation and deadline are met.

  1. a removed absence.
  2. 2 points added to a to a formal essay.
  3. 20 points added to a missed assignment.

extra credit

Individual course response expectations are available in the
class Blackboard announcements link or extra credit folder in the assignments link.



Useful MLA Links

The IVCC Stylebook MLA section.

Purdue OWL Writing Lab MLA Formatting and Style Guide.

NoodleTools citation generator. If you’re accessing this off campus, use your full 14-digit IVCC ID card # and your last name to unlock NoodleTools. 14-digit will be: 24611 + purple student number + 01. Or you can type the entire number (black and purple) at the bottom of your IVCC student ID card.

Directions for citing Gale library database resources online.

Writing Center

Students seeking writing, planning, or revision advice about their academic writing sign up for 30-60 minutes sessions with IVCC English instructors and qualified student peer tutors. Located in the Learning Commons in D201, students will find services for any and all writing assignments for any an all IVCC classes. Plus, English Language Learner Conversation Partners are available for those learning English as an additional language.

Each semester the Writing Center sees hundreds of students and the schedule files up very quickly, so plan ahead and schedule and appointment a week or two in advance to guarantee yourself a time slot. Visit the Writing Center web page for a list of their complete services and academic schedule.

Follow the Writing Center on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-date reminders and resources.

What They Do 

This link provides detailed descriptions what what services are available, what to expect during an appointment, and what materials will make your sessions as productive as possible. According to their page, “The Writing Center is a free service available to all registered part-time and full-time IVCC students. For help at any stage of the writing process, sign up for an appointment with an English instructor or qualified peer.”

Who They Are

The Writing Center’s Who We Are page provides a list of current faculty and student peer tutors. Both English instructors and student peer tutors recommended by faculty members for their skill in all things academic composition will be available to assist students during 30-60 minute tutoring sessions.




Essay Formatting

To format a document in MS WORD:

FIRST, FIRST, FIRST select “no spacing” at the top right side of the screen:

  • It’s a white box near the “paragraph” menu. If you don’t select this, you’ll have “weird” paragraph spacing and will never ever ever be able to fix it unless you select “no spacing” half way through typing your essay, which will then remove all your formatting so you’ll have to start over. Not the end of the world, but a bit deflating or, at the very least, annoying.
Select Times New Roman, 12 point Font: 
  • select the “home” tab of your Word document–the top left
  • in the “font” box on the left side, click on the words “Calibri (Body)” and either type in Times New Roman, or select it from the drop down menu
  • type 12 into the number box (I believe 12 is default on IVCC computers, but it might be 11)
  • you’re done with font!
Double-space (you’ve got options):
Option 1:
  • select the “home” tab of your Word document–the top left
  • at the bottom right of the “paragraph” box, click on the tiny little square/arrow icon
  • choose “double” in the “spacing” section of the menu box that appears

Option 2:

  •  in the “home” tab, in the middle-right of the “paragraph” box, click icon with blue arrows going up and down
  • select 2.0 from the drop down menu

Option 3:

  • right click within the white portion of your document and select “paragraph” from the menu that appears
  • choose “double” in the “spacing” section of the menu box that appears

Margins:  IVCC computers have default 1 inch margins on their documents, and I’m pretty sure MS WORD always defaults to 1 inch margins.

  • if you want to double-check: select the “page layout” tab of your Word document–top, next to “insert” tab
  • there is a default 1 inch margin option to choose from
  • OR you can select “custom” and type in 1 inch in the top, bottom, right, and left windows.

How to add a header and heading:


  • appears on the top left of the first page of your ESSAY
  • includes your first and last name, the class, your instructor’s name, the assignment name, and the date (month, date, year order)
  • double-spaced in the upper left-hand side of your document
  • only on the first page
  • here is an example document: Example Header and Heading


  • appears in the upper right-side of your essay–on all pages, including the first page and the Work Cited page
  • includes your last name and the page number of your document

MS Word Header directions:

  1. select the “insert” tab of your Word document–at the top left
  2. hover over the “page number” square (it “feels like” you should select “header” since that is what you’re trying to insert, but then you won’t have a page number)
  3. from the drop-down menu, select the option that shows the number in the top, right side of the document
  4. type in your last name, hit the space bar
  5. double-click below the blue dotted line
  6. you’re done with the header! but if you need to edit the header, double-click on it and it’ll “allow” you to change it. Then double-click below the blue dotted line again to “get back to your document”

sample first page of an MLA style essay

OpenOffice Header directions:

  1. go to “insert” and choose “header”
  2. type your last name in the header and while still in the header
  3. go to “insert” and choose “fields” and then choose “page number”

IVCC Email and Office 365

As a registered student at IVCC, you can install MS Office 365 ProPlus 2013 or 2016 on up to five compatible personal devices for use while you are a student at IVCC. This package includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and more. And, you can use OneDrive for syncing across your devices. Visit the student email help page for more information.

Office 365 Download Instructions

Log into your Office 365 student email account, click on “Office 365” in the upper left corner, then click on ‘Install Office 2016’ in the upper right corner and follow the prompts. If you wish to install 2013 or learn about Phone & Tablet options, click on ‘Other installs’.

If you would like step-by-step instructions or MS Office Contact Support, please visit http://aka.ms/office365help and follow the steps for “Office for business”.

Initial Email Login Instructions:

  • Username and Email Address:  K-Number@Office365.ivcc.edu
  •  Initial Password:  EaglesXXXXXXX (the Xs are your IVCC 7-digit student ID number)
  •  Upon your first login, you will be prompted to create a new password.  Your new password must be 8-16 characters in length, containing three of the following:  uppercase letter, lowercase letter, number, special character.
  • Once logged in, you will be prompted to select a language (English) and a time zone (Central Time US & Canada).


Disability Services

The Disability Services office is located in room C-211, near the Cyber Cafe. If you’re entering the building from the main entrance, C-211 is on the left-hand side of the Cyber Cafe while the student lounge is on the right-hand side.

Visit the IVCC Disability Services page for a complete list of services, resources, and student or faculty expectations. As my course syllabus documents state, “If you are a student with a documented cognitive (learning disability), physical or psychiatric disability (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, and others) you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts in audio format, note taking services, etc…  If you are interested in learning if you can receive these academic support services, please contact Tina Hardy, tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, or 815-224-0284, or stop by the Disability Services Office in C-211.”

More Info 

This link provides information about what students who have self-identified and received accommodations need to remember about their responsibilities and accommodations. As well as a useful 10 Steps For Success checklist.

If you are a new or currently enrolled student who had accommodations or an IEP at previous schools but have not met with IVCC’s Disability Services, here a list of steps and resources to help.