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Kovarik’s spirit enlivened Gibault

By on May 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Sev Kovarik stands next to the school’s 50th anniversary sign at the main entrance. (Sean McGowan photo)

Sev Kovarik spent 13 years at Gibault Catholic High School attending every event possible, coordinating with local newspapers, tracking down donors and enhancing the school’s facilities.

The bottom line: she cares. Which, according to the 57-year-old Waterloo woman, is why someone new needs to step into the role of director of development.

“I don’t want to be one of those people who comes back and says, ‘Well, that’s not how we’ve been doing it,’” she expressed. “I want to step back and let someone bring in new, fresh ideas.

“Just because we’ve done something a certain way doesn’t mean it can’t change. That’s one of the reasons I’m retiring. The position needs rejuvenation.”

Gibault principal Russ Hart said Kovarik’s impact on the school will be clear long after she retires.

“Sev’s impact on our school over the last 13 years is immeasurable,” Hart said. “She moved our fledgling development department to a whole new level, significantly increasing annual fund giving, expanding the success of the Oktoberfest and helping to launch the very popular Taste of the Region event.”

In a final letter addressed to the school, Kovarik told students, staff and administrators that she treasured getting to know everyone through the years, as well as attending different school events…>>>

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years. email:sean@republictimes.net