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Waubonsee Celebrates Past Year's Accomplishments

Read about Waubonsee's institutional and individual accomplishments during the 2013-14 fiscal year in this annual memo from President Dr. Christine Sobek. 

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Dunham Fund Establishes Scholarship to Honor Waubonsee Administrator

In honor of a career of public service in higher education, the Aurora-based Dunham Fund of Advisors has established the $50,000 Dr. Bill and Mary Marzano Endowed Scholarship with the Waubonsee Community College Foundation.

William Marzano, Assistant Vice President of Transfer and Developmental Education, has worked at Waubonsee for 15 years and retires this month. The scholarship will first be available to students in the 2017-2018 academic year, and will be for new or returning education majors with a preference for students who are interested in pursuing a career in post-secondary education.

Bob Vaughan, executive director of the Dunham Fund, said he and his colleagues were introduced to Marzano in February 2007, when they embarked with Waubonsee on their first-ever Dunham Fund grant, for the Dunham Early College Academy.

“It became very apparent to us that students always came first to (Marzano) and he was a strong advocate for their success,” Vaughan said. “When we heard he was retiring, we felt that this was a good way to pay tribute to that.”

The scholarship was a surprise to Marzano, who learned about it during a presentation at his retirement reception this month.

“I was completely surprised and amazed at the announcement,” Marzano said. “Of course, I can only humbly accept this honor in appreciation of all the wonderful colleagues who supported me in what I tried to contribute. Also, my wife Mary and I are overjoyed to know that Waubonsee students will benefit from this scholarship in years to come.”

Vaughan said this was a good way for the Dunham Fund to pay it forward to Marzano, because he “has always been great for the entire community and most importantly to us, the students.”

The Dunham Fund was established by John C. Dunham in 1996 and awards grants to organizations that encourage innovation and collaboration in educational and community development programs and projects to effect positive change in the Aurora area.

Marzano has worked at Waubonsee since 2000, holding various positions, including as Associate Dean for Continuing and Professional Education; Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts; Assistant Vice President of Community Development; and Dean for Social Sciences, Education and World Languages. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Business and Career Technologies Division since 2006.

Marzano began his career in higher education in 1973, serving as a Psychology Instructor at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, before heading into the private sector from 1985-2000 to help manage the family printing company Solar Communications in Naperville.

Marzano holds a Doctor of Education in Post Secondary Curriculum and Instruction from Illinois State University; a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois; a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University; and an Associate in Arts and Science from Morton College.

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Nominations being accepted for Waubonsee’s Athletic Hall of Fame

HOF Nominations being accepted until February 1

Waubonsee Community College is accepting applications for the Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at the school’s year-ending Athletic Banquet on May 12, 2016. Individuals or groups can be nominated for induction. Nomination forms are available online or through Waubonsee’s Athletic Office on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus. Nominations can be submitted until Feb. 1, 2016.

Inductees will then be determined by a selection committee representing Waubonsee’s staff, administration and former Waubonsee student-athletes. Nominated athletes must be five years removed from competing for Waubonsee. Nominees will fall into one of five categories: administrators, faculty and staff; athletes; coaches; community supporters; and specific teams. Criteria for induction varies based on the category of nominee, but includes involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes, years at Waubonsee, and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee. Hall of Fame selections will be announced the week of April 4, 2016. For more information, please contact the Waubonsee Athletic Department at 630-466-2524.

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Waubonsee Community Education Wins International Award

Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education Department received the International Award in the Best Programming category during the recent Learning Resources Network conference in New Orleans.

The award was given for the department’s Unique Local Experiences programming, which provides memorable things to do hosted by local experts.

Doug Grier, Dean for Community Education, and Lisa Inostroza, Community Education Program Developer, attended the conference to accept the award.

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Waubonsee Art Instructors’ Work Featured

Waubonsee Community College art instructors have been busy offering their expertise and showing their art throughout the Chicago area.

Waubonsee Adjunct Art Instructor John Steck Jr. was selected as an Artist in Residence for this year’s HATCH Projects, a year-long juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators.

Adjunct Art Instructor Julie Weber’s work will be included in the culminating exhibition that is part of her residency with the Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH Projects. Her work was also featured in a few recent publications: LVL3 Media and ArtAscent. Her work was curated into Rafael E. Vera’s solo show Mutual Dealings at Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago. She also curated the exhibition Fluid Method that will run through Jan. 4.

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Waubonsee Jazz Band Members Receive Skyway Recognitions

Waubonsee Community College Jazz Band members received recognition during the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Jazz Festival.

Waubonsee students received the following recognitions: Rachel Plasch, vocalist, outstanding soloist; Roland Schuetz, alto saxophone; Miguel Chavez, trumpet; and Mike Perrino, drums/percussion; honorable mention.

“The Waubonsee Jazz Ensemble played very well at the Skyway Jazz Festival,” said Terrence Peeples, Waubonsee Music Instructor. “I was proud as the new director of this fine ensemble.”

The event was hosted by Prairie State College on November 15.

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Waubonsee Student Awarded in Writing Competition

Waubonsee Community College students recently participated in the Skyway Writers Competition and Festival at Moraine Valley Community College.

During the event, Waubonsee student Lenora Murphy took second place in the drama category for her play, “For Nicole.”

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Waubonsee Math Instructor Honored

Waubonsee Community College Math Instructor Christopher Cunningham won first place at the Faculty Math League during the annual conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

The conference took place in New Orleans last month. During it, Cunningham also led the Midwest Region Faculty Team to a first place win in the national contest.

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Waubonsee Geology Students Awarded at National Conference

Two Waubonsee Community College geology students were among 115 nationwide to receive a competitive scholarship to attend their first geology conference, the 2015 Geological Society of America Annual meeting in Baltimore.

During the conference – held in November – Waubonsee students Garnet Flora-Holmquist and Leticia Lopez were able to network with more than 7,000 geoscientists from 58 countries.

“It is clear that the many presentations they attended and contacts that they made by attending this first conference solidified their interest in the geosciences as a career, as well as to help guide them to their specific geoscience disciplines,” said David Voorhees, Waubonsee Associate Professor of Earth Science/Geology.

The students received the scholarship through the “On to the Future” program sponsored by the Geological Society of America, which strives to build a diverse geoscience community by engaging groups traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences. The program brought 115 undergraduate students to the conference, and sponsored networking.

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Waubonsee Auto Body Students Hold Annual Competition

Waubonsee Community College students recently competed against each other in the college’s annual Auto Body Refinishing Competition.

The event was started eight years ago by Andrew MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Auto Body Repair, as a fun way to gauge the full refinishing potential of the students.

This year, finishing in first, second and third place were Javier Resendiz, Maria Newkirk and John Cisneros respectively.

“They refinish these front ends 12 to 15 times,” MacDonald said, explaining that the competition is a lot of work. “This is a way to get them to do their very best. The competition is based on their skills of applying the color evenly and to work to remove any imperfections in the painted surface after it has been refinished.”

Judges for the competition were Patrick Phillipi, Vice President of Body Builders Auto; Dr. Deborah Lovingood, Waubonsee Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs/Chief Learning Officer; Janet Koehring, Administrative Specialist Social Sciences, Education and World Languages; Kerri Wilson, Administrative Specialist Mathematics and Sciences; and Sarah Dwinnells, Administrative Specialist to the Assistant Vice President of Career and Technical Education.

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Waubonsee Grant Will Help Temporary Workers

Waubonsee Community College’s Workforce Development Division will offer a free workplace safety seminar on Dec. 15 for employers about keeping temporary workers safe. “Playing it Safe: What Every Staffing Agency Needs to Know about OSHA Regulations,” will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Aurora Campus, Room 160. The seminar will go over the increased safety risks faced by temporary workers, liability of staffing agencies to ensure the safety and health of temporary workers and information about Waubonsee’s OSHA-funded Basic Safety Training program.

The training is made possible because Waubonsee has again received the U.S. Department of Labor’s Susan Harwood Training Grant to provide training to temporary workers. Waubonsee officials will use the $107,525 grant to help employers provide health and safety training for the region’s exceptional number of temporary workers. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded a total of $10.5 million in one-year federal safety and health training grants to 80 nonprofits across the nation. The grants are to provide education and training programs to help high-risk workers and their employers recognize workplace hazards, implement injury prevention measures and understand rights and responsibilities. Waubonsee is one of only 26 recipients to receive the grant as a follow-up to the 2014 grant cycle, awarded for demonstrating an ability to provide services.

“Faced with a rebounding yet fragile economy, employers are increasingly turning to temporary help to fill a labor force gap,” said Cheryl Gray, Waubonsee Workforce Development Grant Writer. She stated that in Kane and Kendall Counties during 2014, the number of temporary jobs exceeded the national average by 267 percent. She added that during 2011-2015, the region’s temporary services industry grew by 72 percent, compared to growth across the country, which averaged 24 percent.

The primary goal of the grant is to reduce workplace risks for temporary workers by increasing their safety knowledge. Training topics include worker rights under OSHA, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, hazard communications, materials handling, ergonomics, respiratory protection, electrical safety, means of egress, powered industrial trucks and fire safety. Training will be provided in English and in Spanish. Free seminar tickets for the Dec. 15 training session are available at training@waubonsee.edu or by calling (630) 906-4132.

“The training that we have accomplished and the fact that we are the only ones in the country doing it, that’s something Waubonsee can be proud of,” said Lesa Norris, Waubonsee Dean for Workforce Development.

Norris said that there are nearly 300 staffing agencies in the five counties that Waubonsee serves.

“We don’t take that for granted in this region,” Norris said. “The fact that Waubonsee jumped on it right away and got this grant shows that. This year we are the only college in the state who received these funds.” 

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Waubonsee Student Honored with Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award

Waubonsee student Christian Urrea, of Aurora, received a Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award from the Rotary Club of Aurora. The annual awards recognize Fox Valley youth ages 14 to 19 who have shown qualities of citizenship, service and leadership in their school, church or community. The luncheon and award are sponsored by Aurora Rotary, the Aurora Navy League and Aurora University.

Urrea was nominated by Meg Junk, Waubonsee Student Life Specialist. In her nominating letter, Junk said she met Urrea during his orientation at Waubonsee and was immediately impressed. Describing his “compassionate nature,” Junk said Urrea has seized every opportunity to give back on campus and in the community.

“As the Student Life Specialist, I also work with leadership opportunities and civic engagement events and I see Christian’s name on almost every roster,” she wrote. “He is in search of ways to improve himself and truly passionate about opportunities to make a difference in the community.”

A first-year student at Waubonsee, Urrea has amassed an impressive list of community involvement and leadership positions throughout his life, including volunteer leadership positions within Bridging the Gap of East Aurora Snowball and membership in six high school organizations. At Waubonsee, he wasted no time joining campus groups including the Campus Activities Board, Latinos Unidos and by volunteering in service activities.

Urrea and other honorees received a scholarship and certificate of recognition during a ceremony at the annual Pearl Harbor Day Luncheon on Dec. 7 at Gaslight Manor in Aurora.

“All of the volunteer work I’ve done with my school and community, along with the events that I have been a part of over the past few years of my life, have helped shape me into the leader I am today,” Urrea said.

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Waubonsee Honors Biology as Student Success: Featured Program

Biology, or the study of life, may date back centuries, but that doesn’t keep the Biology Department at Waubonsee Community College from being a model of innovation. For their commitment to working together, implementing technology in the classroom and collaborating with community partners, Waubonsee is pleased to recognize the faculty and staff of the Biology Department as this month’s Student Success: Featured Program.

The department’s full-time faculty and adjunct faculty work together as a team, a commitment that benefits students greatly. To that end, the department created a manual for adjunct faculty that outlines exams, labs and procedures. Adjunct instructors are given professional development on the use of cadavers once per semester, and a shadowing program allows instructors to observe a full-time faculty member in the classroom. Faculty and instructors work together to create common assessments such as embedded exam questions.

This collaborative spirit for the good of students has not gone unnoticed across campus and among colleagues in the field.

“This department has a cohesiveness that others admire and emulate,” said Mary Edith Butler, Waubonsee Dean for Mathematics and Sciences. “The full-time faculty work constantly with the adjuncts to ensure a high level of consistent, quality instruction. This biology faculty makes student success the priority in everything they do.”

The department dates back to the very beginning of Waubonsee Community College: Biology classes were among the first offered when Waubonsee opened in 1967. That year, General Botany and Introduction to Biology were offered, and by the following year, an associate degree in biology was offered with classes in topics like botany, plant taxonomy, zoology, biology and human physiology. Today, the department offers about 135 course sections each semester.

When it comes to implementing technology meaningfully in the classroom, the Biology Department is often at the forefront: They were one of the first disciplines at Waubonsee to implement a “flipped classroom” format, which is where instruction is given before the class meets via online lectures and material, and actual class time is devoted to experiments and hands-on learning. Students use tablets, laptops and apps for research and virtual interactive lessons.

The Biology Department has a strong presence in the community, thanks to a variety of efforts to engage partners and colleagues and to foster a spirit of curiosity about science. To that end, the department offers tours and demonstrations of cadaver labs to area high school students, gives public presentations about topics of interest via the Asset Earth series, presents in high school classrooms and participates in college readiness initiatives.

Above all, the department is celebrated for their commitment to student success. Biology faculty members mentor and coach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students through activities including the Skyway STEM poster contest, Women in STEM workshops, and in weekly meetings. The department was the first to offer students a chance for supplemental instruction, and is known for offering field trips and other hands-on experiences. 

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Waubonsee Board Appoints Jimmie Delgado to Finish Pilmer Term

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees has appointed Jimmie Delgado to replace former trustee James Pilmer, who recently resigned upon accepting a new position as the executive director of the Fox Valley Park District. Delgado will finish the rest of Pilmer’s term, which ends in 2017.

Delgado is currently the controller at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District in Oswego, and has more than 12 years of experience as an accountant. He is an MBA candidate at Aurora University with an expected graduation in May 2016.

Delgado’s ties to Waubonsee began as an undergraduate. He graduated from Oswego High School and enrolled at Waubonsee after receiving a Lucile Gustafson Scholarship. In addition to volunteer service as part of the Gustafson Scholarship program, Delgado served as a peer tutor, Student Senate secretary and as Student Trustee during the 2002-2003 academic year. He graduated from Waubonsee in 2003 and was named one of the college’s “Fab 40” in 2006.

After graduating from Waubonsee, Delgado enrolled at Aurora University(AU), where he was awarded the Dunham Scholarship and continued his community service activities through this scholarship program. He was president of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society at AU and a founding member of the university’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. He also received AU’s Senior Award, which is especially noteworthy because the award is given to the student who made the greatest contribution to his or her class over their four years. Delgado only attended AU for two years.

Delgado is an active community volunteer, including service with the Joseph Corporation, Aurora Noon Lions, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, United Way and Angel Tree. He is a director of the Oswego Kiwanis, where he is a founding member. He lives in Oswego with his wife Tara, who is also a Waubonsee graduate, and their three children.

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Waubonsee Board Honors James Pilmer For His Service and Dedication

The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees honored long-serving board member James Pilmer during their board meeting on Nov. 18 where they also approved his resignation from the board. Pilmer has served as an elected member of the board for 22 years, serving as vice chair for 11 years and as a member of the policy committee throughout his tenure. During the meeting, board members passed a resolution recognizing him for his decades of service.

The resolution commending Pilmer for his service states that he “has given an extraordinary amount of volunteer time, expertise and service to Waubonsee Community College,” and that Pilmer “is known for his leadership and dedication in bringing the Board of Trustees his expertise and knowledge of the Waubonsee community, which has greatly aided Waubonsee’s partnerships and collaboration.”

In a letter written last month to the board and Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek, Pilmer cited his recent appointment as Executive Director of the Fox Valley Park District as reason for his resignation. He originally came to Waubonsee as a student athlete, graduated and then volunteered for the Alumni Association. His leadership at Waubonsee has spanned 33 years. In addition to his service on the board, he also served seven years as a member of the Waubonsee Foundation Board of Directors, including one year as vice president and three years as president. 

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Waubonsee Art and Graphic Design Programs Receive Accreditation

Waubonsee Community College recently became the second community college in Illinois to receive accreditation for their Art and Graphic Design programs from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The application process included a self-study, site visits and peer reviews. The four-year project benefited from collaboration among faculty and staff in the Art and Graphic Design departments, and other areas of the college.

“Receiving this accreditation has reinforced the quality and rigor of our programs as well as the quality of instruction provided by our full and part time faculty,” said Cindy Sparr, Waubonsee Dean for Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts. Sparr noted that NASAD officials were impressed with Waubonsee’s facilities, particularly the state-of-the-art art ceramics studio.

“The accreditation will benefit students as they transfer to four-year institutions, affirming that our students are obtaining the appropriate skills to be successful in their programs,” she said. “Being advocates for continuous improvement, this accreditation process was an excellent opportunity to reflect on our practices, curriculum and facilities.”

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Waubonsee Awarded Grant to Improve Student Success

Waubonsee Community College was recently awarded a five-year grant totaling $2.6 million from the Department of Education to improve student success through enhanced services and offerings. The Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, also known as Title V, provides grants for institutions to increase retention and completion of Hispanic and high-need students through improved educational offerings, services and initiatives. In order to qualify for the program, at least 25 percent of the student population served by an institution must be Hispanic.

For the second consecutive cycle, Waubonsee is the recipient of a Title V grant from the Department of Education. The grant is for five years, at $525,000 per year, totaling $2.6 million. Waubonsee’s goals for the grant are to increase first and second year retention and completion; improve success rates in online courses through course redesign, increased faculty professional development opportunities, and improved online readiness for students; and to decrease time to degree completion by highlighting options such as dual enrollment, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement(AP) testing, and prior learning assessment.

Waubonsee has partnered with the higher education technology company Civitas, which specializes in predictive analytics modeling. That partnership will allow Waubonsee to use data to better identify trends, themes and patterns in order to mitigate student attrition. The grant will also support the college’s plans to hire four Student Success Coaches who will handle students’ academic, financial and social needs in order to help them persist toward graduation.

“Waubonsee had great success with our first Title V grant, and we’re excited about implementing these new programs that will help our at-risk students succeed,” said Dr. Stacey Randall, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Title V Project Director. “These funds will allow us to implement proven strategies that support students and encourage them to complete their certificate or degree.”

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Dunham Grant to Help Waubonsee Launch Accelerated Associate Degree

The Aurora-based Dunham Fund has awarded Waubonsee Community College a grant which will allow the college to launch an accelerated associate degree program with a business emphasis.

The grant award is for a maximum of $500,000. The new program will begin in fall 2016, and will enroll a maximum of 20 students in order to meet the terms of the grant.

The Dunham Fund Quick Path degree program will allow students to earn an associate degree – traditionally a two-year degree – in one year. The program will be intensive and will require a full-time commitment on the part of the student. This innovative program offering is unique to the district and region, and will allow students to enter the workforce quickly, or – if they desire – to enroll in a four-year institution and be able to receive a bachelor’s degree in three years. 

“Waubonsee Community College is committed to improving educational attainment for our communities through a variety of opportunities and flexible scheduling options, and this accelerated program provides another alternative for motivated learners seeking to complete their degree in a shorter amount of time,” said Dr. Jamal Scott, Waubonsee Vice President for Strategic Development.

The Dunham Fund was established by John C. Dunham in 1996 and awards grants to organizations that encourage innovation and collaboration in educational and community development programs and projects to effect positive change in the Aurora area.

Robert Vaughan, Executive Director of The Dunham Fund, said the organization feels strongly that dedicated students who desire to pursue an accelerated degree should have the opportunity. 

“The Dunham Fund is proud to provide these students the financial and educational support that will be required as they approach their educational goals in this demanding program, which should prepare the students well for the workplace while allowing them to obtain their degree in one year.”

Waubonsee administrators are in the process of identifying eligible students for the pilot program.

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Waubonsee Foundation Announces Scholarships Available

Waubonsee Community College Foundation Scholarship Applications are now available online for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Scholarships will be awarded in early April 2016 to be used beginning in the fall semester 2016.

To apply for a Waubonsee Community College Foundation scholarship, visit www.waubonsee.edu/foundation. All applications must be completed and submitted online; paper copies will not be accepted. The due date is midnight, Feb. 8, 2016.

If you have questions or need assistance with completing a scholarship application, please call the Waubonsee Community College Foundation at (630) 466-2613. 

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Waubonsee Trustee Jim Pilmer Resigns After Decades of Service

Waubonsee Community College Trustee Jim Pilmer has tendered his resignation from the Board of Trustees after 23 years of dedicated service. The resignation will be effective Nov. 8.

In a letter dated Oct. 21, Pilmer cited his recent appointment as Executive Director of the Fox Valley Park District as reason for his resignation.

“In my new leadership role at this public institution, I will need to focus all of my energy and efforts into this endeavor and the residents served by the District,” he said.

Pilmer was first elected to the board in November 1992, but his service to Waubonsee has spanned decades. He enrolled in the College in August 1978 as a student athlete, graduated from Waubonsee in 1981 and then began volunteering for the Alumni Association beginning in 1982. He has also served on the Waubonsee Foundation Board of Directors from 1985-1992, serving as vice president from 1988-1989 and president from 1989-1992.

“Without question, Waubonsee has given far more to me than I could ever give back in return,” he said. “It has been my honor and privilege to be affiliated with such a vital and vibrant educational institution. I have been inspired by the students, faculty, administrators and fellow board members past and present who always motivated me to strive for good governance, prudent and responsible policy making and collaboration among our key stakeholders.”

Pilmer was recently announced as the new executive director of the Fox Valley Park District. He will serve as the sixth director in the park district’s 68 years, and will begin his new role on Nov. 9. The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees will appoint someone to fill the board vacancy for the remainder of Pilmer’s term of service, which ends in 2017.

“Mr. Pilmer’s presence on the board will be missed, but the impact of his decades of service to Waubonsee will continue to benefit the college indefinitely,” said Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek. “We are grateful for the guidance and leadership he has provided for many years and in many roles, and we know that his talents will continue to serve our region in his new role with the Fox Valley Park District.”

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Waubonsee’s Community Education Announces “A Season of Pure Magic”

Sugar Grove – Hypnotism, magic, and career development are all part of the offerings for Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education special events programs this year.

Dubbed “A Season of Pure Magic,” the schedule kicks off on Oct. 10 at the Sugar Grove Campus auditorium with “Miracles of the Mind,” an encore performance by Brian Imbus. His all-new show includes hypnotizing audience volunteers and leading them through a journey of the imagination. Imbus will also read minds and make predictions.

Imbus sold out his Waubonsee shows in 2013. Tickets are $19 for adults, and $12 for children age 12 and under.

For a limited time, you can save money when you purchase tickets for “Miracles of the Mind” and a spring performance by Daniel Martin, “Magic Made Me Do It. Until Oct. 10, tickets for both shows are for $29 for adults and $19 for children age 12 and under.

Martin’s March 5, 2016, show also takes place at the Sugar Grove Campus auditorium, and will showcase a high-energy blend of magic, escapes and comedy. Martin’s work has been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH1, ESPN and at thousands of live events.

Tickets to Martin’s show are $19 for adults, and $12 for children age 12 and under.

For those looking to challenge their mind in terms of careers, Dr. James B. Huntington will present “How to Find a Lasting Career in the New Age of Work.”

This presentation is for those who are underemployed, unemployed or in transition in their careers. The author of several books on career development in the modern age, Huntington will discuss the new world of work and the 20 lasting career paths you need to know now. He will offer advice on successfully adapting your skill set to succeed in the world of automation, globalization and efficiency.

Huntington’s presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Sugar Grove Campus’ Academic and Professional Center. Tickets are $10.

Waubonsee’s Community Education program offers personal enrichment courses, trips and tours, the Lifelong Learning Institute, special events, youth programs, community theater, and more. Information about these can be found at www.waubonsee.edu/communityed. To purchase tickets for these special events, visit www.waubonseetickets.com.

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Waubonsee’s Distinguished Contributor Award Goes to 551 Volunteers

For more than a decade, a group of stalwart volunteers has gathered to assist low-income residents with their income taxes on nights and weekends during tax season at the Waubonsee Aurora Campus. 

Their efforts have translated into millions of dollars back to the community, real world experience for Waubonsee Community College students, and one less worry for hard working residents who receive the services. In short, the program exemplifies what can be achieved when the classroom meets the community.

The local effort, a partnership between Waubonsee and the Center for Economic Progress (CEP), is part of a nationwide Internal Revenue Service program known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Similar sites are hosted around the country.

This year, Waubonsee is honoring its VITA program volunteers with the Distinguished Contributor Award, which recognizes individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to or given exemplary support to the college.

Launched locally in 2005 by accounting faculty members Dan Gibbons and Catherine Collins, VITA asks volunteers to commit to a minimum of 20 hours during the tax season, and to complete Internal Revenue Service certifications. Those training sessions equip volunteers with the necessary skills to assist clients.

George Sterling, Certified Public Accountant and Instructor at Waubonsee, currently manages the local program with the assistance of his wife Therese. The program provides services to families with annual incomes less than $50,000, and individuals with incomes less than $25,000.

Gibbons said he is impressed by the growth of the site since its beginning in 2005. He said that in the first year, volunteers completed 40 returns, and the next year, they completed more than 400. The program has continued to grow since.

Today, the work of 551 volunteers over 11 years has resulted in $13.1 million returned to the community. Since 2005, the program has served 7,267 clients who have filed a total of 13,570 federal and state returns.

Last season, the program served nearly 1,030 low-to moderate-income families and individuals, bringing $2 million in income tax refunds back to the local economy.  Gibbons said the program has benefited everyone involved.

“Volunteers have the opportunity to give back to their community, and both volunteers and students make long lasting connections,” he said. “Waubonsee has benefited as well. Due to connections we have made through VITA, two of our volunteers teach classes within the accounting program. One of those individuals has expanded the impact of the VITA program by managing a new site, unaffiliated with Waubonsee, in West Chicago.”

VITA coordinators and clients praise the volunteers for their work ethic, their commitment to the community, and for helping their clients maintain a sense of dignity and respect while dealing with what can be a stressful situation.

“I drive trucks and sell fruits and vegetables on the side,” said Curtiss Llong Bey, a 2015 client. “The service was exciting because everything got done faster than I thought. I really appreciate it. I have been telling people about it too. I used to do it myself and make errors. I went to the library last year to ask what the wording on a tax form meant, and they told me to come here. This is my second year, and I will be coming back as long as I make money.”

VITA is supported by a Waubonsee course, - ACC 245 VITA Program: Tax Procedure and Practice - which provides students with a service learning opportunity while gaining college credit. The program also provides field experience for students in the Legal Interpreting program, as those students provide interpreting services for clients while earning credits toward their required field experience.

Ne’Keisha Stepney, Assistant Dean of Business and Career Technologies, helps to oversee the program at Waubonsee.

“This program gives students a hands-on experience and a chance to work in their community from a different perspective,” she said. “It’s pure service learning.”

Therese Sterling, Assistant Site Manager, said the volunteers demonstrate that there is great value in being of service to others.

“We are grateful for their ongoing support, as many volunteers have been with the program for five or more years,” she said. “They show up with a smile, caring attitude, and approach the work they do whole-heartedly. Our volunteers not only support district residents, but also do so in a way that strengthens goodwill throughout our community.” 

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Waubonsee Names Kendall Sheriff Baird as Distinguished Alumnus

Given its name, it’s no wonder Waubonsee Community College takes its mission of serving the community very seriously. So too do many of the college’s most successful alumni, including Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird. As he nears his 25th year of serving and protecting as a member of local law enforcement, the college is proud to name Baird its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus.

A career in public service was always in Baird’s plans, from the time he was a teenager. In fact, his plan back then was to serve as an officer in the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, then the Oswego Police Department, then become a lawyer, a judge and finally a state senator.

Remarkably, it’s a plan he’s stuck to — for the most part. He’s worked at both the Sheriff’s Office and the Oswego Police Department, and while not a lawyer, judge or state senator, as Sheriff, he is an elected official.

The foundation for all of Baird’s various roles was built at Waubonsee. After graduating from Oswego High School in 1986, Baird headed to the college to study criminal justice under longtime faculty members Bob May and Neil Lippold.

 “I had heard great things about Waubonsee, and it was a good fit for me,” Baird said. “I could work a couple of jobs while still getting my education.”

When he earned his associate degree in 1988, Baird was still too young to test to become a police officer, and so he continued his job in loss prevention at the Montgomery K-Mart store until he turned 21 and was hired on at the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office by then-Sheriff Richard Randall, also a Waubonsee alumnus.

Perhaps Randall saw in Baird the same thing Baird now sees in the Waubonsee graduates who apply to work for the county.

“The great thing I see in Waubonsee and other community college graduates is that they have often worked in the real world and have that life experience,” Baird said. “That experience helps them relate to the people and situations they’ll be dealing with.”

After working in countywide law enforcement for a few years, Baird went on to the next step in his career path — a job with his hometown police department. He spent more than 22 years there, rising through the ranks to become chief and also serving as the interim village administrator for a time.

As he moved up the ranks, Baird sought out additional education, earning his bachelor’s degree from Aurora University and his master’s degree from Western Illinois University. Throughout these experiences, he continued to draw on his time at Waubonsee.

“I would still find myself reflecting on projects I did at Waubonsee or even referencing books I had used there,” Baird said.

Baird consulted his long-held career plan once again in 2014 when he ran for and was elected Kendall County Sheriff.

“Kendall County is very diverse, ranging from suburban areas to more rural townships,” Baird said. “One day we could be dealing with a cow in a roadway and then the next with a drive-by shooting. It’s a very diverse area, and the workload is ever-changing.”

Whatever the nature of the communities in the county, Baird is making efforts to connect with all of them. He decided to have the Sheriff’s Office head up security at the Kendall County Fairgrounds this year in order to be more visible in the community. For National Night Out on Aug. 4, the office participated in “Cops and Kids: Taking a Swing at Crime,” an exhibition softball game between the office and some Oswego Pony League players.

“We really want to build relationships and respect between citizens and police,” Baird said.

Baird’s advice to new and aspiring police officers echoes this theme of respect. “Police power and authority is given by the people, and we’re there to serve them, not ourselves.”

Because of his exceptional service to local residents, Baird has been recognized many times throughout the years. Among his many honors and awards are the Lifesaving Award from the Illinois Police Association, the Medal of Valor from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Metropolitan Enforcement Groups Director Award, Youth Service Volunteer Award, Oswegoland Optimist Police Officer of the Year, Governor’s Medal of Honor and the 2014 Illinois Crime Commission Police Chief of the Year. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Auto Body Repair Professor Named Outstanding Faculty

For the past several years, Waubonsee Community College’s Auto Body Repair Program and its students have received a variety of awards and accolades, including the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Makeover Grant and several first-place finishes in SkillsUSA competitions. And this month, the man behind the program, Assistant Professor of Auto Body Repair Andy MacDonald, of Plano, is receiving an honor of his own in the form of the college’s 2015 Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Like all Waubonsee faculty members, MacDonald measures his success by the success of his students, which has been impressive since he joined the college on a full-time basis in 2007. Over the years, MacDonald’s students have earned 17 top-three finishes in state-level SkillsUSA contests, along with five top-10 finishes at the national level, including two national champions.

“Placing in these contests provides students an opportunity to build a portfolio for employers, increase their self-confidence and receive another level of evaluation of their work,” MacDonald said.

Waubonsee auto body student Jose Martinez-Joya, who was the 2014 SkillsUSA National Champion and who will graduate this year, is quick to credit MacDonald for his success. “[MacDonald] is a great, great person and very experienced,” Martinez-Joya said. “He really knows his stuff and can teach it to others.”

What MacDonald strives to teach is all-encompassing. “My lesson plans and classroom instruction require students to become critical thinkers using logic to problem-solve, to work on projects alone and with a team, learn from their mistakes, and integrate soft skills with hard skills every day,” MacDonald said.

Of course those hard skills in auto body repair are essential, and it’s essential that they’re up to date in a field that’s constantly changing. To that end, MacDonald dedicates himself, his students and the entire program to continual professional development efforts. MacDonald routinely hosts Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) professional development courses in the Sugar Grove auto body shop, which offers him and his students a convenient way to keep up with the latest industry trends. Students graduate from Waubonsee’s program with several industry-recognized credentials, including an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certificate, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety and pollution certificate. They also have the opportunity to earn several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.

In 2011, the program received accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

As with many career and technical education programs, it isn’t just the culture of the program that drives success but also the quality of its equipment and facilities, and those have been a passion of MacDonald’s since he arrived at Waubonsee. He has spearheaded several improvements, including the introduction of a solvent recycler, the development of an inventory system, and the addition of a computer lab since technology skills have become a requirement of the field.

MacDonald was also instrumental in the college applying for and receiving a prestigious $50,000 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant from the Collision Repair Education Foundation in 2013. The grant dollars were used to install a new, modern automotive paint spray booth at the Sugar Grove shop.

“The shop is so important to instruction because for one semester each academic year, it operates like a business,” MacDonald said. “We take in cars for minor repairs, and the students do the work, learning how to manage time, estimate and job cost. In this way, students graduate having done real work on cars with real problems.”

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

FAFSA Workshops Offered

Waubonsee Community College is offering open house sessions for parents and students to learn how financial aid works and get help completing their 2017 – 2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is required for any student hoping to receive financial aid at any college or university, including Waubonsee. For the 2017 – 2018 school year, the FAFSA is available earlier than ever, and applicants can file it beginning on Oct. 1. In order to maximize chances of receiving aid, it is recommended that paperwork be submitted by Dec. 2, 2016 for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Laptops will be provided at the events, but students are also encouraged to bring their own. Participants should also bring student’s and parents’ 2015 federal tax returns and student’s and parents’ social security numbers.

The FAFSA Fairs take place:

• Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sugar Grove Campus, Student Center, Room 106

• Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 160

• Saturday, Oct. 15, noon to 2 p.m., Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 160

• Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 160

The Sugar Grove Campus is located at Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive in Sugar Grove. The Aurora Downtown Campus is located at 18 S. River St. in Aurora.

Reserve your spot online at www.waubonsee.edu/financialaid.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Adult Education Programs Provide Economic Opportunity

National Adult Education and Literacy Week, September 26 – October 1, underscores the continued demand for programs and services for adult students who need to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and math and obtain a high school equivalency certificate. More than 36 million adults nationwide, including 1.2 million in Illinois, lack basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance in education and at work.

Waubonsee Community College is one of more than 84 adult education providers offering programs funded through the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) that improves and expands the nation’s available pipeline of workers by assisting those who lack the educational requirements to achieve gainful employment in today’s increasingly high-tech, global job market. Adult education provides a path from low-income jobs and limited opportunities to the middle class wages and family sustainability. Full-time workers with a high school diploma earn almost $10,000 more per year than those without a diploma.

Waubonsee Community College offers classes and programs in Adult Basic Education, high school equivalency exam preparation, English as a Second Language, Adult Literacy, an Adult Education Computer Center and other special programs. Jeri Dixon, Waubonsee Dean for Adult Education, is attending the 2016 Literacy Leadership Awards Event in Washington DC this week. Jeri serves as the current President of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association.

“Nearly 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs of the future require education or training beyond high school,” said Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, ICCB Executive Director. “Illinois has taken the lead in creating partnerships between adult education providers and employers to ensure a seamless pathway for students to higher education and employment in high growth occupations.”

For more information about adult education programs and services at Waubonsee Community College visit www.waubonsee.edu/learning/adult Learn more about program and volunteer opportunities in the Waubonsee Adult Literacy Volunteer Project here: http://ow.ly/XG2c304oOHH. For information on adult education throughout Illinois visit https://www.iccb.org/adult_ed

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Featured Student Follows Heart into Nursing

Kati Sibenaller grew up wanting to work in health care, but after graduating from high school, she didn’t feel ready for college and so those dreams were sidelined until she was inspired by the dedicated nurses who helped her through a high risk pregnancy and the delivery of her son.

Today, the Yorkville resident is finishing up her nursing degree at Waubonsee Community College and is thrilled to be gaining clinical experience this fall at Delnor Hospital in obstetrics. She plans to complete her Associate in Science in Nursing in March, and then continue her path to advanced nursing degrees, and a career in that field. She hopes to eventually work in obstetrics or in pediatrics.

For her passion for nursing and her energetic engagement in student life at Waubonsee, Sibenaller is this month’s Waubonsee Student Success: Featured Student.

“I had my son three years ago and because I was high risk, I saw my nurses twice a week for the last six weeks,” she said. “They became my best friends and it really made me want to be there to do that for someone else. They really inspired me.”

Shortly after the birth of her son, her husband convinced her to pursue the degree she’d always wanted. She began taking classes online at Waubonsee in the summer of 2013.

Today, she is one of the lucky students who gets to complete their studies in Waubonsee’s newly renovated Aurora Fox Valley Campus, which is now home to the college’s health care programs. With an emphasis on providing students with hands-on learning and simulated medical environments, Sibenaller said each class feels like an adventure.

“There is so much effort that went into making these labs what they are, and our teachers are so into it, that it makes it very exciting and cool,” she said. “They are able to use the mannequins to simulate every possible situation we’ll encounter in our clinical or jobs.”

In addition to her studies, Sibenaller is president of the Student Nurse Association, is a member of Alpha Delta Nu and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies and is involved in the Leadership Society.

“I like to stay busy,” she explained. “When I decided to go quit my job in pharmaceuticals and go back to school, I decided I was going to excel. I wanted to make sure this wasn’t for nothing.”

Sibenaller said her hard work has paid off, as she is the grateful recipient of many grants and scholarships from the college and community.

“We’ve gotten so much help, it’s truly amazing,” she said. “It really does take a village.”

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Aurora Resident Named Waubonsee Student Trustee

Tori Joray, of Aurora, will serve as Waubonsee Community College’s Student Trustee for 2016 – 2017.

Joray was seated at the college’s board of trustees meeting on Sept. 21. The student trustee serves as the liaison between the Waubonsee Board of Trustees and the college’s students, representing student interests at the board level.

Pursuing a career in fashion and business, Joray is a 2015 graduate of West Aurora High School. At Waubonsee, she is a Lucile Gustafson Scholar and is involved in Phi Theta Kappa and Delta Sigma Omicron. Joray hopes to complete her associate degree and then transfer to Columbia College in Chicago.

She said serving on the board will allow her to serve her fellow students and continue to make connections during her time here.

“I hope to offer a strong voice,” she said. “I am excited to feel more connected to those around me at Waubonsee through this opportunity.”

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Congressman Bill Foster Recognizes 50th Anniversary of Waubonsee Community College

U.S. Representative Bill Foster (IL – 11) honored Waubonsee Community College for its 50th anniversary during recent remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The college was established in August of 1966 when the electorate of 12 school districts in most of Kane and portions of Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will counties voted to establish Community College District 516. Since then, more than 290,000 students have been served.

During the remarks, Foster said Waubonsee is “known for its reputation as an innovator in the areas of accessibility,” and noted that the college recently pioneered the Health Care Interpreting Associate Degree, a first of its kind in the state of Illinois, which is designed to assist patients and doctors who may speak different languages.

“Through its extracurricular programs, honor societies, cultural and art groups, leadership programs and collegiate sport teams, Waubonsee Community College truly provides a full learning experience to its students,” he said.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee To Host College Night

Representatives from more than 100 public and private colleges will be on hand for Waubonsee Community College’s College Night on Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive, in the Academic and Professional Center, and provides those researching college opportunities with a chance to meet with representatives from many schools. Sessions will also be offered on choosing the right college, applying for financial aid or attending Waubonsee.

For a complete list of participating colleges and presentations, or for information, visit www.waubonsee.edu/collegenight or call (630) 466-7900 ext. 5756.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Former Chiefs' Athlete earns another medal in Rio

Berenyi wins silver at Rio Paralympics

In a moment, in an instant, everything can change. Sometimes one fateful second can make all the difference in the world. No one knows this better than former Waubonsee Community College baseball player Joe Berenyi. In 1994 the Oswego resident lost his right arm, severely broke a leg and shattered his left kneecap, which had to be removed, in a construction accident. In a split second everything changed for Berenyi.   

Twenty-two years later, a second of time made all the difference once again for the 47-year-old. On September 9 Berenyi lost by just a second to Australia’s David Nicholas in the Men’s C3 3000-meter Individual Pursuit gold medal cycling race at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He had led for most of the race before the 24-year-old Aussie pulled ahead with approximately 500 meters left. In a post-race interview a smiling Berenyi was not disappointed with taking home a silver medal. “I gave it my all and lost by just one second,” stated the humble Berenyi matter-of-factly at the Rio Olympic Velodrome. “It’s never a bad thing to win a silver, I am just very happy because a lot of hard work went into preparing for this.”

The next day Berenyi just missed out on adding another Paralympic medal to his collection. The Aurora Central Catholic High School graduate placed fifth in the Men’s C1-2-3 1000-meter Track Time Trial, finishing just a second behind bronze medalist Tristen Chernove of Canada. The following day he was agonizingly close to the medal stand once again. Teaming up with Jennifer Schuble and Christopher Murphy, the U.S. trio placed fourth in the Mixed C1-5 750-meter Track Team Sprint. You guessed it, they finished just one second behind Spain for the bronze medal.

Berenyi competed in two other events in Rio before the closing ceremonies occurred this past Sunday evening. He placed sixth overall in the Men’s C3 Time Trial Road Race held on September 14. Two days later Berenyi finished 10th in the Men’s C1-2-3 Road Race through the hilly and scenic streets of Rio and the surrounding area.

The silver medal at Rio is Berenyi’s fourth Paralympic medal. In 2012 at the London Paralympics, he earned a gold, a silver and a bronze medal in cycling, setting a World Record in a qualifying race before grabbing gold in the 3000-meter Individual Pursuit. Although he had won a couple of gold medals in national competitions the two years leading up to the London games, he was still somewhat considered a long shot to even make the U.S. Paralympic team, much less win three medals in his first Paralympics. But in only his third year of full-fledged competition Berenyi officially emerged onto the world stage of para-cycling.

Since then he has continued to have success at the Union Cycliste Internationale Track World Championships. Berenyi has earned four gold medals and two silvers medals in competitions in Mexico, Italy and the Netherlands the last three years. He was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Men’s Paralympic Athlete of the Year for 2015. He was also nominated for an ESPY in 2015 in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability category, and was among a group of distinguished Paralympic guests invited to the White House in 2012.

Berenyi has certainly come a long way since that fateful August day in 1994, when he and another ironworker fell 40 feet to the ground when a beam on the steel skeleton of the Bolingbrook movie theater was knocked loose. Before that he was always a pretty good athlete, excelling on the baseball field and the gridiron as a running back in high school despite being just 5’9” and 160 pounds. Berenyi was an outfielder and part-time left-handed pitcher at Waubonsee in 1988 and 1989. He completed an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration after his sophomore season and began working in construction. Only a year before his accident, Berenyi had begun racing competitively in local events at the age of 25. After the accident he needed a wheelchair and a walker the first year. He underwent multiple surgeries and was told he would have trouble walking again. Berenyi didn't think much about cycling until neighbors began riding to get in shape and encouraged him to join in. Thirteen years after his accident, he started riding again, growing stronger and craving competition. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

A lot of moments, and meaningful seconds have passed since then. There have been a plethora of challenges, hard work and sacrifices made in that time. "I don't do it for the recognition or for anyone else really; it's just so I can do the best I can do with what I have," says Berenyi. Obviously there have been numerous joyful moments and memorable experiences as well. Being able to share all of it with his wife Jill and their three daughters Syd, Gwen and Tatum has meant more to Berenyi than anything. “'I’m looking forward to spending more time with them," hinting that this might have been his last Paralympics. "Even this year, I cut back some of the travel. The more you're gone, the more they get used to you not being around," laments Berenyi. Only time will tell whether or not he will embark on a new path at this stage. But Berenyi, more than most, knows just how quickly things can change.       

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee to Welcome International Artists to Wood Fire Conference

For decades, Waubonsee Community College has been home to a heralded ceramics program, and this year – as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebrations – the college will host artists from around the country and world for the International Wood Fire Conference.

The focus of the conference is to continue the ongoing dialogue about the wood fire process as it relates to ceramic arts. Registration is limited to 400 participants.

The conference consists of two separate but related events: A pre-conference for visiting artists will take place beginning on Sept. 26, and then the conference, which is open to the public for registration, takes place Oct. 6 to 8.

During the pre-conference, artists will work on their own pieces, some of which will be donated to the college after the conference for permanent display and to be used as educational tools showing various stages in the creative process.

The conference will feature speakers and workshops. Artists will also display their work in exhibitions open to the community.

A complete listing of those exhibitions, as well as registration for the public conference, is available at www.waubonsee.edu/woodfire .

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Fox Country Players Will Perform ‘Sister Act’

The Fox Country Players, in partnership with Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education, welcome “Sister Act” to the Waubonsee Auditorium stage next month.

The show runs October 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and October 16 at 2 p.m. at the Waubonsee Community College Auditorium, Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive. The musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 movie by the same name, and features music by Tony and Oscar winning composer Alan Menken.

The musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Fox Country Players, founded in 1979, is a community theatre group based out of Yorkville that is dedicated to excellence in theatre education and performance in the Fox Valley Community.

Director AnnaMarie Ahonen said the popularity of the movie helped draw cast and crew members from far and wide, which she said is unique for the local theater group.

“One of the most unique things is that we have people from all over,” she said. “Our leading lady is from the south side of Chicago and others are from as far east as Park Forest and Oak Park. It’s a wonderful mix of people who have been on stage before, for some it’s been many years while others just finished a show.”

Ahonen said she too was drawn to direct the musical based on her love of the movie.

“’Sister Act,’ the movie, was s special bonding moment for my mom and me shortly before she passed away,” she said. “And I’d say that 95 percent of the cast had seen the movie at some point.”

A strong contingent of Waubonsee faculty, students and staff are also involved in the production. Cast members from the college include: Loretta Malley, Karen Pieper, Laura Bartoszek, Linda Luxion, Annemarie Duncan, William Sitton and Nicole Baker.

Ahonen said one of her favorite things about directing community theater is watching generations interact on stage together. This cast includes 36 members, with the youngest being a junior in high school and several are in their sixties. There are 10 crew members.

“We also have a few families who are on stage together,” she said. Tickets are available online at www.waubonseetickets.com

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Previews Multiple Career and Technical Education Programs

Individuals interested in a broad variety of career and technical (CTE) programs will have the opportunity to sample these programs through sessions scheduled this fall at Waubonsee Community College.

The CTE Experience event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, beginning at 6 pm. at the Aurora Fox Valley campus, located at 2060 Ogden Avenue. Participants will learn about many of the college’s CTE programs in just one night, seeing specialized equipment and labs while having the opportunity to discuss programs with faculty and staff.

For those seeking more detailed information about a specific program, Waubonsee offers ongoing CTE Essentials sessions from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the year at one of the four Waubonsee campuses. These sessions include facility tours, faculty talks, and information focused on program admission requirements and career prospects.

September sessions will feature graphic design, surgical technology and photography. During the month of October, audio production, automation technology, computer-aided design and drafting, health information technology, machine tool technology, mass communications and medical assistant will be featured. November events will focus on computer information systems, emergency medical technician, fire science and web development, while December sessions will highlight nursing and real estate.

To learn more and to RSVP for any of these events, visit www.waubonsee.edu/CTEevents.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Congressman Hultgren Recognizes Waubonsee from U.S. House Floor

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (Il – 14) honored Waubonsee Community College for its 50th anniversary during recent remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The college was established in August of 1966 when the electorate of 12 school districts in most of Kane and portions of Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will counties voted to establish Community College District 516. Since then, more than 290,000 students have been served.

During the remarks, Hultgren said Waubonsee “provides innovative education to its students, offering career programs, business training and professional learning,” and that “the college has stayed true its mission of fostering a literate democratic society through accessible, quality and innovative institutions.”

He said that critical to Waubonsee’s success is the leadership of President Dr. Christine Sobek.

“As a member of my higher education advisory committee, she regularly provides me with advice and wisdom on the needs of community colleges and guidance on improving educational policy at the federal level,” he said. “I am grateful for her friendship and leadership in offering students high quality education.”

The remarks can be watched by clicking here .  

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee to Host Aurora Downtown Career Fair This Month

Waubonsee Community College will continue its tradition of drawing job seekers and employers together as they host the college’s annual fall career fair at the Aurora Downtown Campus on Sept. 23.

The career fair, presented in coordination with Rep. Bill Foster, the City of Aurora, Hollywood Casino and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 S. River St.

Organizers anticipate that employer registration will reach its capacity of 75 employers soon. Participating employers so far include Association for Individual Development, BrightStar Care, Cardinal Health, Eby-Brown, First National Bank, Grainger, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Hotel Arista, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Menards Distribution Center, Walgreens, Xerox, Rush-Copley Medical Center and more.

Employers will be hiring for full-time and part-time positions, as well as internships.

Job seekers can visit www.waubonsee.edu/careerfairs to see a full list of participating employers and register in advance to attend.

For more information, contact Waubonsee’s Career Development at (630) 466-7900 ext. 2368 or email careerdevelopment@waubonsee.edu.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee’s Renovated Aurora Fox Valley Campus Debuts to Students and Public

A full-service campus with a focus on health care was what Waubonsee Community College leaders had in mind when they committed to renovating their campus located at 2060 Ogden Avenue in Aurora. The college is inviting the public to tour the updated facilities during an event on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. In addition to tours, the event will offer family-friendly activities.

After closing in December 2015 for renovations, the Aurora Fox Valley Campus is now open. Now the primary home to the college’s health care programs, the campus features state-of-the-art technology and equipment to provide students with hands-on learning. The renovations also allow for expanded student services, including tutoring, a library and testing services.

While the focus of the campus is on health care, a full complement of general education courses are offered and open to all students as well.

Programs housed at the campus include emergency medical technician, medical assistant, nursing, nursing assistant, phlebotomy and surgical technology.

During the Oct. 22 open house, participants will be able to tour the facilities and see highlights that include:

• Medical assistant and phlebotomy lab designed to simulate a medical office, with realistic exam rooms and state-of-the-art equipment.

• Registered nursing lab with two simulation rooms with video cameras to recreate hospital and emergency room scenarios, with a control room in between. It also has 16 beds, six mannequins and a professional nurses’ station.

• Certified nurse assistant lab and classroom featuring six hospital beds and a simulated restroom for training.

• Emergency medical technician lab with a fully-equipped boxed ambulance to simulate real-world emergencies.

• Surgical technology lab allowing for hands-on, realistic experience with current equipment and procedures.

Opened in January 1997 on the Rush-Copley Medical Center campus, this facility is located in the far eastern portion of Waubonsee’s district. For more information on the renovated campus and course offerings, visit www.waubonsee.edu/foxvalley. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Offers Innovative Workforce Training Series

Waubonsee Community College’s Workforce Development is offering an innovative new series that gives employers sneak peeks of mini-training sessions that can be customized. The series – which kicks off this month - will feature trending business topics.

The first topic offered is “Harassment and Bullying Prevention,” and takes place Thursday, Sept. 15 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Waubonsee’s Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 S. River St. The session costs $40 and includes a continental breakfast.

The training session will be offered in a unique simulation format.

“A lot of lawsuits are being brought in this arena and the canned training is proving to be not as effective, so this is something we think will be more impactful for businesses,” said Harriet Parker, Workforce Development Account Representative. She said the sessions are ideal for human resources representatives looking for new or different training offerings for their employers.

Those interested in attending the session can contact Harriet Parker at (630) 906-4143 or hparker@waubonsee.edu. Tickets are available at www.waubonseetickets.com .

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Offers Late Start Classes at Plano Campus

Waubonsee Community College is offering late start, 12-week courses at its Plano Campus, beginning Sept. 19.

These classes are designed for those who want to start or continue their higher education, but were unable to begin at the traditional start of the fall semester in August.

For more information about late start at the Waubonsee Plano Campus, visit www.waubonsee.edu/latestart or call (630) 552-7900. In-person registration is available at the Plano Campus, located off Route 34 at 100 Waubonsee Drive, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Academic counseling is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

The following classes are offered as part of the late start program:

• Art Appreciation

• Introduction to Astronomy

• Introduction to Biology

• Nutrition

• Introduction to Business

• PowerPoint Presentations for Business

• Comprehensive Word Processing

• Business Information Systems

• Fundamentals of Speech Communication

• Principles of Economics-Microeconomics

• Introduction to Special Education

• Basic Composition II

• First-Year Composition I

• First-Year Composition II

• Survey of the Humanities

• The Global Village

• Mathematics Literacy I

• Basic Statistics

• Introduction to Philosophy

• Introduction to World Religions

• Introduction to American Government

• Introduction to Psychology

• Life-Span Psychology

• Introduction to World Religions

• Introduction to Sociology

• Sociology of Family

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Student-Athletes, Teams Recognized for Classroom Achievements

Twenty-three Waubonsee student-athletes and five Chiefs teams were recently recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their excellence in the classroom for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Of the 23 recognized individuals, two achieved the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a 4.0 grade point average; seven were honored with the Superior Academic Achievement Award by attaining an overall grade point average of 3.8 to 3.99; and 14 received the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award with a grade point average between 3.6 and 3.79 overall. I

n addition, the the women’s cross country team finished sixth nationally among all NJCAA cross country squads with a team grade point average of 3.47 overall. Four other teams were recognized for achieving at least a 3.0 team grade point average to be among the NJCAA’s Academic Team of the Year nominees. They included volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s soccer and baseball.

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Waubonsee Appoints Jessica Menez as Assistant Dean

Waubonsee Community College has appointed Jessica Menez as the college’s new Assistant Dean for Developmental Education and College Readiness.

Menez has served as Outcomes Assessment Coordinator for the college since 2009, coordinating a quality improvement process through conducting academic and service program reviews and guiding faculty and instructional deans through program and course outcomes assessment.

She is also an adjunct faculty member at the college.

She previously worked as an information desk receptionist at Waubonsee, and taught in preschool and K-12 classrooms, and worked as an assistant manager at a loan office. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University.

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Waubonsee Coach accepted into USA Volleyball Training Program

Kish to work with USA Volleyball's High Performance Program

Waubonsee Community College’s Women’s Volleyball head coach Steve Kish was recently accepted into USA Volleyball’s High Performance Coaching Program. The ultimate goal of the program is to identify and develop future USA Olympians, while bridging the gap between the USA National Teams and youth programs across the country. Kish will be trained in the U.S. National Team’s skill and system model, their training and competition programs, and be able to network with some of the top volleyball coaches nationwide.

The Aurora East High School graduate is just beginning his fifth season guiding Waubonsee’s volleyball program. Prior to his arrival Waubonsee volleyball had only four winning seasons in the previous 17 years. In just his second season Kish's 2013 team equaled the school record for wins in a season set in 1994, going 35-8 overall. The following year his squad captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) title for the first time ever, going undefeated (10-0) along the way. Waubonsee went on to grab the Region IV Division II District B title for the first time and earn a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. Kish’s crew placed 14th nationally, finishing 35-16 overall, as he was named the ISCC and Region IV District B Coach of the Year. Last fall the Yorkville resident’s team finished second in the ISCC and were the Region IV Runners-up as Kish became the fastest Waubonsee coach to 100 career wins. Heading into this season Waubonsee is ranked 13th nationally in the NJCAA’s Division II pre-season poll. 

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Oswego Fire Protection District Named Waubonsee Distinguished Contributor

Waubonsee Community College has honored the Oswego Fire Protection District as their 2016 Distinguished Contributor.

Dr. Michelle Evans, Assistant Dean for Health Professions and Public Service, said the Oswego Fire Protection District has worked closely with the college in recent years to provide opportunities to maximize skill development opportunities and student networking opportunities.

Those efforts have included participation in advisory committees, allowing paramedics to participate as preceptors for the paramedic program, donating hay and pallets for live fire training, and donating use of equipment and parking. In addition, firefighters have participated in college events including the Fox Valley Fire Challenge, assisted in managing equipment and helped staff prepare training sites.

In 2014, the fire district donated a 1998 International Road Ranger ambulance. That vehicle provides students with opportunities to learn and practice valuable patient care skills while participating in practice scenarios. Evans said that the relationship between Waubonsee and the district demonstrates how a community employer can have an impact on programs at multiple levels.

“We have been very proud to collaborate with the Oswego Fire Protection District in building and sustaining our Fire Science Technology and Paramedic programs,” Evans said. “The growth of these programs over the last two years would not have been as significant without their contributions.”

Evans credits the leadership of Chief Mike Veseling and the Oswego Fire Protection District Board of Trustees for supporting the collaboration between his district and the college.

“We were more than eager to help foster this relationship and the direction which Waubonsee was moving,” Veseling said “We were very excited to see the energy being placed into the Fire Science / EMS programs. The Oswego Fire Protection District believes that good academic, technical, and experiential education is critical to our mission, and vital to the safety of the general public as well as the safety of our own members.”

Veseling said many of his colleagues are former Waubonsee students, and some district employees are currently pursuing degree work through the college.

“We believe that the current and future firefighters will need all the knowledge, experience and training they can get if they are to meet the challenges facing them today and in the years to come,” he said. “Waubonsee using our facilities is the perfect fit in helping to deliver this type and level of training.”

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Puamuh T. Ghogomu II Named Distinguished Alumnus

Waubonsee Community College has named Puamuh T. Ghogomu II its 2016 Distinguished Alumnus. Ghogomu, of Evanston, is currently Senior Counsel in the Employment Law department at Walgreens.

The 1998 graduate of Waubonsee serves as a role model for the many students who come to the college looking to pursue their college degree while adapting to a new country.

His journey through higher education and into his career began at a young age and in a situation many would find intimidating: At just 16-years-old, he moved to the United States from Cameroon and – already a high school graduate – needed to find a way to pursue his higher education and adapt to life in a new country.

Although he was born in Houston, Texas, Ghogomu spent much of his childhood in Cameroon. His father, a native of Cameroon, was an attorney for a subsidiary of Shell Oil. When political and economic instability struck the country in 1994, Ghogomu’s mother and siblings moved to be near his grandparents in Montgomery, Ill., while he and his father stayed behind in Cameroon so that he could complete his high school education. Ghogomu returned to the United States to be with his family at the age of 16, and was challenged by the adjustment to life in a new country. Not yet ready to move away for college, he enrolled at Waubonsee, where he was active in sports, student government, clubs and graduated with academic honors.

While a student at Waubonsee, Puamuh joined the African Cultural Alliance and Latinos Unidos. He became a student ambassador and student senator, ran cross country and played soccer and tennis. He was named a National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Academic All-American and also won one of Waubonsee’s top athletic awards, the Vermilion and Gold Award. He graduated with honors.

He said that the volume of resources and extracurricular options at Waubonsee was a new concept for him, because options such as those in Cameroon were fairly limited.

“Once I got more acclimated, I wanted to get involved in things that caught my interest,” he said, adding he joined student government, the soccer team and student organizations. “These were opportunities I wasn’t used to having, and I wanted to take advantage as much as I could.”

He received his Associate in Science from Waubonsee in 1998, and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in biology from University of Illinois, and later his Juris Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

It was through an internship during his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that he completed an internship with Walgreens in their Employee Relations department. Upon completion of his law degree, Puamuh was hired by Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest employment and labor law firm where he worked for two years before returning to Walgreens where he is now Senior Counsel. Among his many responsibilities in his current role, Puamuh provides legal guidance to all levels of management regarding compliance with relevant state and federal laws related to employment and labor matters, and represents the company in employment matters pending before federal, state, and local agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor.

Puamuh is a strong supporter of community colleges and serves on the Oakton Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors.

He said that ultimately, his experience at Waubonsee not only eased his transition to a new culture and country, but gave him confidence academically and socially, which prepared him to go on to the University of Illinois. Even today, Ghogomu speaks fondly of his Waubonsee faculty members, saying that many of them were encouraging, engaging, and/or mentored him.

His advice to current students is to take advantage of all the activities and resources available.

“Everyone has different interests but what I really liked about Waubonsee was that it was academically rigorous, it provided a setting that encouraged engagement with faculty, and there was such a wide variety of student clubs and organizations that I could get involved in,” he said. “For someone new to the United States, just trying to get their feet wet and getting to know people, joining a club is a great way to break down barriers because you know you have similar interests.”

Ghogomu has kept in close contact with Dr. Melinda Tejada, Waubonsee Vice President of Student Development.

“Puamuh represents the many students who make Waubonsee their first choice for education and the amazing places a quality educational experience can take you,” she said.

He said that being recognized by Waubonsee is humbling.

“It’s unexpected and that’s motivation for me to keep doing more and to give back where I can,” he said.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Danielle DuCharme Named Waubonsee Outstanding Faculty Member

After only a few seconds inside of Danielle DuCharme’s office on the first floor of the Science Building, it’s easy to see why the Associate Professor of Biology was selected as the Waubonsee Community College 2016 Outstanding Faculty Member.

Her walls are covered in illustrated posters – made by students – of various biology topics. Also, it’s impossible to miss the insects. Framed displays of every type of insect are on every surface. These are signs of the passion that for DuCharme, began as a child and was fostered throughout adulthood as she studied biology, entomology and science education.

In addition to her reputation as an expert in her field and an advocate for innovative teaching in science, biology and STEM, the 1998 Illinois Math and Science Academy graduate also demonstrates her passion for these studies through her leadership and involvement in many professional and community organizations dedicated to science education.

Her innovation in instruction is evident through her many curriculum contributions, including working as a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship program, creating sustainability courses, teaching graduate courses through Aurora University in partnership with Waubonsee’s Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT), creating a lab textbook for Biology 101, writing instructor’ guides, and organizing conferences.

A fixture in the popular Waubonsee summer camps, DuCharme has taught both the Science Xplosion and Bugology camps through community education, while also teaching summer courses. She also has worked on countless college committees, and spoken to and advised student groups.

DuCharme began working as a full-time instructor at Waubonsee in 2007. Since then, colleagues say she has distinguished herself in the areas of instructional effectiveness, contributions to the college and commitment to ongoing professional development.

“In the department we joke about how Dani is on or has been on every committee the college offers,” said Justin Hoshaw, Waubonsee Assistant Professor of Biology. “Her dedication is a great inspiration.”

Colleagues say DuCharme is almost always teaching or leading a class. Among those, she designed and ran a course called “Engage the Community College Learner,” which allowed faculty to learn different techniques to test in their own classrooms.

It was that freedom to innovate that – in part – led DuCharme to a career at Waubonsee. After finishing a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola, and then a master’s in entomology and science education at University of California Davis, she returned to her home state of Illinois to live with a friend, who encouraged her to apply for an open teaching position at Waubonsee.

“I just feel like no one says no here, in a good way,” she said. “There’s just a lot of support and encouragement and very little naysaying.”

DuCharme also cites the college’s state of the art labs and equipment, students who are passionate and curious, and colleagues who are “rock stars,” as other reasons why she hopes to stay at Waubonsee for a long time – at least until the time capsule in her building can be opened in 40 years, she jokes.

“When I say this is the best job in the world, I mean it,” she said. “I didn’t realize until I got here how rare these jobs are, and there are so many benefits to having this beautiful campus.”

DuCharme is known for taking her students into the waters of the Blackberry Creek on Sugar Grove’s campus or looking for frogs at the Plano Campus. She said she doesn’t have to look far for educational field trips. That energy and sense of adventure are contagious, colleagues say.

“Besides everything else, I think her never ending energy and genuinely happy spirit are what most people will pick up on the minute they meet her,” Hoshaw said. “She is a joy to be around all the time and I know students enjoy her classes because of this energy, and then her excitement about science, biology and insects is going to capture the attention of everyone in the class.”

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Extended Hours for Services, Aug. 18-20

To help you get ready for the fall semester start on Aug. 22, student services offices at the Sugar Grove and Aurora Downtown Campuses will be open extended hours this week and weekend. Admissions, Assessment, Counseling, Financial Aid, Registration and Payment will be open:

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Dunham Fund Quick Path Scholars Introduced

John Dunham believed in the power of education to change people’s lives, and this week, Ryan Maley, Chairman of the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, met a group of Waubonsee Community College students whose lives are about to change due to that enduring belief and legacy.

The college’s inaugural class of Dunham Fund Quick Path Program scholars were welcomed during a ceremony that officially launched the innovative and intensive program, which will provide a one-year, free associate degree to 20 students. Funded by a $500,000 grant from the Dunham Fund, the program provides students with full tuition, books, a computer, a stipend, lunch every day and coaching by a dedicated staff member. Courses will run in eight-week blocks and will be delivered in-person and online. The curriculum has a business focus but still results in a degree that is fully transferable.

The ceremony took place at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus Academic Professional Center, where students and their families were welcomed by Waubonsee administrators, faculty, staff, Dunham Fund board members and staff.

“I am excited about the innovative nature of this program,” Maley said. “It may be a way to transform education.”

Maley acknowledged that for many students, “time is the enemy.”

“The longer it takes to complete your education, the more likely it is that degree will be delayed as life circumstances get in the way,” he said, explaining why the combination of generous funding and intensive learning is emphasized in the program.

Viridiana Diaz, of Aurora, described the program as the opportunity of a lifetime. Born and raised on the east side of Aurora, she graduated from East Aurora High School three years ago. Having grown up in a single parent, low-income household, she turned down scholarship offers from colleges in order to stay home and help her mother. She took a full-time job at a hotel and tried to balance school and work, but found that she had to set her dreams aside because the priorities were too difficult to balance. Then, she heard about the Dunham Fund Quick Path Program at Waubonsee on Facebook.

“It was a dream come true,” she said. “For 20 of us, this makes our world so much better.”

Fluent in three languages, Diaz said she hopes to pursue a degree in international business.

“Thank you for this opportunity,” she said. “We’ll be your best investment.”

Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek explained to the students that the college is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and that they likely felt the same way as the college’s first students who enrolled five decades ago.

“Like those first students who enrolled in a new college and faced the unknown, you might feel like this is a leap of faith as you embark on this ambitious program,” she said. “Each of you will be a different person at the end of this year.”

The inaugural class of students are: Monica Aguirre, Aurora; Mahelet Bernal, Aurora; Timothy Borneman, Aurora; Viridiana Diaz, Aurora; Sasha Figueroa, Geneva; Izac Gomez, Aurora; Maria Hernandez-Zenteno, Aurora; Miguel Lara-Bueno, Aurora Josue Morales, Montgomery; Martin Morales, North Aurora; Alan Morrow, Aurora; Rebecca Price, Aurora; Trenton Roberts, Oswego; Stephany Rodriguez, Aurora; Lisette Rosales, Aurora; Jori Stewart, Yorkville; Karli Vass, Geneva; Caleb Vest, Aurora; Hailey Von Ruden, Geneva; Lizet Zuniga, Montgomery.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee and Mutual Ground Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Waubonsee Community College and the Aurora-based Mutual Ground signed a memorandum of agreement, formalizing a long-standing partnership that provides for services for survivors of, as well as prevention of domestic and sexual violence.

Located in Aurora, Mutual Ground serves the greater Aurora area, southern Kane and all of Kendall County. The agency is one of the oldest and largest domestic violence and sexual assault service agencies in the state.

The signing took place on Friday at Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove campus, in front of a room full of Waubonsee administrators, faculty and staff, Mutual Ground board members and staff, local politicians and community members.

"Waubonsee has long considered Mutual Ground to be a trusted community partner, dating back to its inception in the 1970's,” said Kelli Sinclair, Waubonsee Dean for Counseling, Career and Student Support. “My counseling team and I continually rely on the expertise of our Mutual Ground colleagues to serve students in need. Mutual Ground has also been a great resource for our instructional units (particularly Human Services) as well as for student life programming. Our partnership has always been one of informal support and collegiality.”

Sinclair explained that recent national and state legislation aimed at preventing sexual violence prompted the college and Mutual Ground to formalize their partnership.

“Mutual Ground's role is more important than ever before as we work together to educate our students on sexual violence prevention, college support services and community resources for sexual violence survivors,” she said.

Michelle Meyer, Executive Director of Mutual Ground, commended Waubonsee for “taking a proactive approach” for supporting awareness, prevention and intervention on behalf of students.

“To acknowledge how important this relationship is to us means a lot,” Meyer said. “We’ve been partners for a really long time.”

As part of the memorandum of agreement Mutual Ground will serve in the “confidential advisor” roles specified in the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (PA 99-426), and the college will provide public and confidential private space to Mutual Ground as needed.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Community Education Announces Upcoming Season of Special Events

Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education has announced their 2016-2017 season of special events, and catalogs will arrive in district mailboxes this week.

Main attractions include “National Geographic Live! Secret Underwater Edens” with David Doubilet, the world’s leading underwater photographer. Doubilet will share his experiences diving to capture unique images of some of the world’s most remote places. His event takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Academic Professional Center, Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

Also, Chris Fleming, a world famous medium, paranormal researcher and spiritualist will deliver a presentation about his first-hand encounters with ghosts, lessons he’s learned from the spiritual world and news on current paranormal research. That event takes place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Auditorium on the Sugar Grove Campus.

A variety of Unique Local Experiences are also on the schedule, offering participants opportunities to learn cartooning with an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, learn about making better coffee, wine making and all-natural facials. Holiday – themed craft workshops are also scheduled.

The popular “Trips and Tours” offerings are also back, with local excursions that include a visit to the Pullman National Monument and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Morton Arboretum and the Fireside Dinner Theatre.

More information about all of these events and programs and more is available at www.waubonsee.edu/communityed and tickets can be purchased at www.waubonseetickets.com.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Art Department Presents James Jankowiak

The Waubonsee Community College Art Department invites the public to a new exhibit “Closer Than You’d Think,” by James Jankowiak. The artist will also offer a lecture that is free and open to the public on Sept. 7.

Jankowiak’s work will be displayed from August 10 to September 11 in the college’s Arrowhead Room Gallery, located in Dickson Center on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

The lecture takes place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 7 in Von Ohlen Hall, Room 200, also on the Sugar Grove Campus. J

ankowiak was born and raised in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. He honed and developed the knowledge and skills he gained from his early years as a graffiti artist, and now applies them to his full-time endeavors as a professional artist, activist and educator.

Although mostly self-taught, Jankowiak studied for short periods of time at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

He currently works as a teaching artist with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Urban Gateways, and After School Matters through their visual arts program’s “Contemporary Painting Studio” at the Eric Solorio Academy High School.

Jankowiak’s Public Art commissions include the 2011 artwork design for the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s permanent entrance; and the 2016 Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Downtown Public Art Project. This summer, the CTA will unveil Jankowiak’s one-of- a-kind art on glass panels, which will be featured in the Union Station Transit Center underneath the canopied waiting areas for bus patrons.

Jankowiak’s work has also been exhibited widely throughout Chicago; venues include the MCA, SAIC’s Roger Brown Gallery, the Hyde Park Art Center, Johalla Projects, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In 2017, he will be engaged in a project facilitated by the Avondale neighborhood venue Corner Gallery. For more information, contact Cecilia Vargas, Art Coordinator, at cvargas@waubonsee.edu or (630) 466-2964.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Community College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

With the start of the academic year, Waubonsee Community College is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebrations this month with a full slate of events and initiatives planned to honor the milestone. The college’s focus for the anniversary will be on honoring those who’ve helped shape the college’s “Proud Past, Bold Future.”

The college was established in August 1966, when the electorate of 12 school districts in most of Kane and portions of Kendall, DeKalb, LaSalle and Will counties voted to establish Community College District 516. A naming contest held in March 1967 drew 600 entries, resulting in the current name, which means “early dawn” or “early day” and comes from a Pottawatomie Native American chief who lived in the Fox River Valley during the 1800s.

Five decades later, the college has proudly served more than 290,000 students – including 33,568 degree and certificate earners - and has grown to four campuses, as well as online offerings. Waubonsee is proud of its reputation as an innovator in the areas of accessibility, distance learning and sustainability, as well as its history of bold initiatives in partnership with the community, including the 2020 College Master Plan and Vision 2050.

The celebrations will begin on campus later this month, when new students will be welcomed to their academic life on campus during the college’s first New Student Convocation on Aug. 25. That event will be followed by a campus-wide welcome celebration.

In September, Waubonsee will host a grand re-opening of their Aurora Fox Valley Campus. That event will showcase the college’s renovated space, now home to state-of-art learning facilities for health care programs in addition to its many general education courses.

Alumni and friends of the college will be invited to attend a reunion in March to reconnect and to celebrate the achievements of the many accomplished Waubonsee alumni as well as share stories of the many college and community leaders who made this success possible.

In addition to a number of programs and initiatives to honor the college’s many community partners, the college’s faculty, staff and students are being challenged to complete 50 hours of volunteer work this year for the 50 Hours of Caring initiative. That challenge is designed to recognize the way the college exemplifies and encourages involvement beyond its campuses and classrooms through community service, collaborative partnerships and cultural activities.

To follow the college’s 50th anniversary reflections and celebrations throughout the year, visit www.waubonsee.edu/50 or look for updates on the college’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee and Fox Country Players hold auditions for “Sister Act”

Auditions for the musical, “Sister Act,” will be held this month and are open to all members of the community.

Presented by the Fox Country Players and Waubonsee Community College Community Education, the show runs October 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. and October 16 at 2 p.m. at the Waubonsee Community College Auditorium, Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

Auditions will be held at the same location on Monday, August 8 from 6 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 13, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Call backs will take place on Saturday, August 13 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Anna Ahonen, Director, asks that those who audition prepare a song from the show or a song that presents their vocal range (bring music for the accompanist), and be prepared to perform cold readings from the script. Those auditioning should also wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to learn a short dance combination. Backstage and technical help are welcome.

For more information, visit www.foxcountryplayers.org.

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Schoolfield Named Associate Degree Nursing Program Director at Waubonsee

Marjie Schoolfield has been named Associate Degree Nursing Program Director at Waubonsee Community College.

In this leadership role, she will serve as a liaison with the college administration and share responsibility for leadership, development and direction of the nursing program. She will be responsible for ensuring that the program is in compliance with all accreditations, laws and regulations. She will also coordinate clinical faculty placements and the nursing curriculum.

Schoolfield has a bachelor of science and a master of science in nursing from Lewis University and an associate degree in nursing from Waubonsee. She also has certification in oncology nursing.

Currently a full time faculty member at Waubonsee, she has also worked at Delnor Hospital since 1999, and has served as a Team Leader there since 2004. Her previous positions at Delnor were as an Oncology Educator in Medical-Surgical Nursing, a Patient Care Coordinator and a Staff Nurse. She has also worked as a Clinical Instructor at Waubonsee since 2009.

Schoolfield has attended discipline-related conferences, including the Illinois Community College Faculty Association Conference. She has also taken courses that include “Integration of Technology in the Classroom,” “Making Connections for Engaged Learning,” “Greening Your Curriculum” and “Bridging the Culture and Poverty Gap in Education.”

At Waubonsee, she has participated in the College Readiness Committee, College Night, Healthcare Petition Committee, New Faculty Learning Academy, Feed My Starving Children, Leadership Academy, Curriculum Council, Student Conduct board and Foundations of Excellence.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Aurora Fox Valley Campus to Open for Student Services

Students who need to register or seek other services at Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Fox Valley Campus can do so beginning July 29.

Located at 2060 Ogden Avenue in Aurora, the campus had been closed since December to allow for renovations. It will now be the primary home to the college’s health care programs, and features state-of-the art technology and equipment to provide for hands-on learning. Campus renovations also provided for expanded student services, including tutoring, library resources and testing services. Programs that are housed at the campus include emergency medical technician, medical assistant, nursing, nurse assistant, phlebotomy and surgical technology.

While the focus of the campus is on health care, a wide variety of general education courses will continue to be offered at this campus and are open to all students as well.

Opened in January 1997 on the Rush-Copley Medical Center campus, this facility is located in the far eastern portion of Waubonsee’s district.

For more information on the renovated Aurora Fox Valley Campus and course offerings there, visit www.waubonsee.edu/foxvalley.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Public Comments Invited for Accreditation Process

Waubonsee Community College is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional agency. The college will host a visit September 26 – 28, 2016 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Waubonsee Community College has been accredited by HLC since 1972. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Commission on Waubonsee Community College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by August 26, 2016.

Accreditation is important because the process and status evaluate and ensure that a college has the necessary instructional support and other services to help students meet their educational goals.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee student-athletes and teams earn NJCAA All-Academic status

23 Waubonsee student-athletes and 5 teams recognized

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently announced the student/athletes that earned All-Academic honors for 2015-2016.  A total of 23 Waubonsee Community College student/athletes were among the honorees from across the country that were recognized for their excellence in the classroom this past school year. In addition, five of Waubonsee’s 12 teams achieved NJCAA Academic Team of the Year nominations.  

Two Chiefs’ student-athletes achieved the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence with a 4.0 grade-point-average (GPA). Emily Grams, a soccer player from Kaneland High School, along with tennis player William Sitton from Plainfield North High School, both achieved this lofty status.

Seven Waubonsee student-athletes were honored with the Superior Academic Achievement Award by attaining an overall grade-point-average of 3.80 up to 3.99. The group includes volleyball players Anna Senese from Kaneland High School and Vanessa Melendez from Plano, baseball pitchers Brett Becker from Mendota and James Tunney from Aurora West High School, men’s soccer player Kyle Romas from Kaneland, and women’s soccer players Nicole Charielle from Oswego and Nicole DeLarm from Goose Lake, Iowa.

Fourteen individuals garnered the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award with a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79 overall. The group consisted of four women’s cross country runners, Nixa Del Real Robles and Isabel Torres from Aurora East High School, Natalie Bartos from Batavia, and Abigail Etheridge from Oswego. Volleyball players Bailey Martenson from Indian Creek High School and Haley Koziol from Yorkville, and golfers Jacob Cook from DeKalb and Jakob Sanders from Kaneland were among the honorees. Tennis player Connor Anderson from St. Charles East High School, basketball player Elizabeth Skaggs and baseball player Jared Liebelt from Aurora West High School, soccer player Jack Wolf and cross country runner James Walker from Kaneland, and soccer player Nina Ellmann from Batavia rounded out the contingent.

Waubonsee’s Women’s Cross Country team finished sixth nationally among all NJCAA Cross Country squads with a team GPA of 3.47 overall. Four other teams were also recognized for achieving at least a 3.00 team GPA to be among the NJCAA’s Academic Team of the Year nominees. They included Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer and the Chiefs’ Baseball team.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Students Recognized on Spring 2016 President’s List

The President’s List at Waubonsee Community College celebrates excellence among students who attain a 4.0 grade-point average while enrolled in 6 or more semester credit hours. The President’s List honors the following students for the spring 2016 semester at the college:

Aurora: Elias Acevedo, Joaquin Acosta, Atakora Agoro, Jennifer Aguilar, Jori Allen, Crystal Alperin, Ivan Anaya, Cindy Anderson, Alyssa Arocho, Janeth Arredondo, Alyssa Arroyo, Aroob Askari, Jennifer Avitt, Janira Ayala, Jesus Ayala, Emine Azemi, Yvette Bailon-Bahena, Nicole Baker, Sarah Balla, Arundathi Bannur Suresh, Payton Bauman, Hannah Becker, Claire Bluestone, Andrea Bohateret, Veronica Bonilla, Colleen Brown, Tiffany Brown, Breanne Bryan, Andrea Buell, Riley Burgin, Brian Campbell, Kathleen Candler, Martin Cano, Erik Cardenas, Anthony Carlini, Diana Carreno, Edwin Castellanos, Dolores Ceja, Maricruz Cervantes, Alegra Chavez, Jacqueline Chavez, Luis Chavez Perez, Robert Ciavarella, Leslie Cisneros, Paige Clark, Heather Collum, Aaron Colon, Ana Contreras, Jose Coronel, Elizabeth Coyt, Brianna Craft, Alexsia Cruz, Karina Cruz, Melissa Cruz, Denise Curts-Lueth, Devin Damolaris, Steven De Jesus, Shelby Deiters, Nixa Del Real Robles, Meghan Delaney, Yanira Delao, Leobardo Dominguez, Mariya Doneva, Jennifer Du, John Eastwood, Courtney Egofske, Giri Ekkurthi, Mark Ekladious, Cheryl Ellis, Mirabela Ene, Mma Enuenwosu, Michael Erlano, Rafael Escobedo Quiroz, Janene Eskridge, Emilio Esparza, Oladipupo Prince Filade, Annabelle Foster, Nicholas Frieders, Madison Fullerton, Ana Galgano, Gloria Galvez Novoa, Dennise Garcia, Enrique Garcia, Gilda Garcia, Juan Garcia, Marlene Garcia, Sinai Garcia, Ingrid Garduno, Kiesha Garrett, Chamberlyn Gaynor, Bruce Geraghty, Michele Gibson, Bryanna Giles, Katerina Gilpin, Karina Gonzalez, Lorena Gonzalez, Olga Gonzalez, Julia Graham, Tessa Grewer, Lillian Gross, Dora Guerrero, Armando Gutierrez, Methawee Hall, Aleshia Hawkins, Jackson Hazlett, Abigail Heinz, Stephen Henning, Kristen Hephner, Belinda Hernandez, Jessica Hernandez, Perla Hernandez, Maria Hernandez-Zenteno, Hector Herrera, Amna Hoda, Sarah Hodge, Diana Holguin, John Holt, Wendy Huerta, Angel Huitron, Maria Hurtado, Elizabeth Inman, Kimberly Johnson, Rachel Jones, Tori Joray, Kassidy Kaiser, Kyle Keca, Stephen Kinczyk, Elizabeth King, Ekaterina Kobak, Nancy Koester, Norbert Koput, Nicholas Krueger, Sandra Latham, Emanuel Leal, Rachel Leathers, Camryn Lee, Quinton Lee, Christopher Lewis, Elsa Linares, Michele Linden, Courtney Loews, Jacqueline Lopez, Leslie Lopez, Samantha Lopez, Esmeralda Lucero, Samantha Macisso, Guadalupe Magana, Hector Maldonado, Carolina Martinez, Esmeralda Martinez, Jesse Martinez, Karina Martinez, Patrick McCambridge, Julita McCutcheon, Mark McDonough, Anna McLean, Cesar Medina, Christen Medina, Vanessa Medina, Pablo Melendez, Maria Mendez, Natalie Merlo, Jenna Miller, Carolina Molina, Kaitlin Moore, Kevalyn Moore, Nicholas Mosley, Michael Mueller, Miranda Mueller, Kevin Murphy, Crystal Nagy, Emmanuel Noufele, Patrice Olinger, Kerri Olson, Sarah Oppenborn, Alison Orebaugh, Sabrina Ortega, Angel Ortiz, Kelly Ososky, Craig Parker, Arabia Patino, Andrew Pauley, Jessica Pawlak, Eric Peterson, Rebecca Piatz, Francis Picicci, Yosemite Pinedo, Rohan Pisharody, Amanda Placek, Kayla Pokorny, Taneika Pomerlee, Rachel Porter, Marie Prokuski, Maribel Puga, Maria Ramirez Guerra, Yvonne Ramos, Ryan Rayes, Jocelyn Rico, Ixya Rios, Robert Ritter, Anna Rivera, Jacob Roberts, Christopher Rodriguez, Daniel Rodriguez, Kiara Rodriguez, Raquel Rodriguez, Omar Rojas Martinez, Suzanne Rotrekl, Isai Ruiz Cortes, Alejandro Salas, Vanessa Sanchez, Leola Saverson, Clare Scheidler, Victoria Schieler, Morgan Scott, Francisco Segundo, Jesse Seymour, Breanna Shanahan, Katherine Shields, Yolantha Siegfried, William Sitton, Elizabeth Skaggs, Kristin Slader, Heather Slifka, Jeffery Smith, Annette Soto, Justice Srednick, Antwan Swanigan, Kristiana Szymanski, Alexa Tapia, Tammy Terrell, James Thomas, Xavier Thompson, Amanda Torres, Karina Torres, Nancy Torres, Vicente Torres, Delphine Uwase, Erik Vann, Cristina Vargas, Sarai Vargas, Marisol Vega, Ryan Wagner, Kathryn Walker, James Wallbaum, Mayia Washington, Darryl Watkins, Dennis Weaver, Samantha Whisenant, Patricia White, Laud Williams, Ayanna Willis, Stephanie Wollert, Hannah Woolridge, Samuel Wuthrich, Amanda Zamora, Karina Zepeda

Bartlett: Brent Munoz

Batavia: Emily Barrett, Alyson Benitez, Andrew Bernard, Addie Bobosky, Teresa Braden, Michelle Brogan, David Cain, Denise Cartina, Stephanie Chandler, Colton Christianson, Jacob Clarke, Theresa Daunheimer, Wayne DeFelice, Ryan Deisz, Nicholas Diehl, Emily Dremel, Hannah Eng, Sergio Espana, Rebecca Galasso, Matthew Gans, Asucena Gonzalez, Charles Grimse, Taylor Hartman, Madison Hertel, Irena Hix, John Hoffman, Kyle Hogan, Josie Holly, Eric Holmes, Donald Jones, Mathew Jones, Anna Kuroshchenkova, Ross Lamb, Dustin Lawless, Tyler Letsinger, Ying Lin, Kariann Mackie, Mackenzie Malley, Olyeg Marlow, Deborah Martin, Todd Martin, Marie Monzel, Drew Mueller, Ethan Mukand, Eileen Nelson, Haley Niedzwiedz, Patricia O'Brien, Jennifer Otto, Catherine Papanicholas, Mary Phillips, Nicholas Pinette, Sydney Redfield, Kimberly Richards, Lindsey Santora, Jordan Schmidt, Adriana Serrate, Alixandra Shuger, Christopher Stahl, Tyler Stanton, Wendy Stanton, Rebecca Strand, Shannon Sutton, Caroline Sweeney, Abigail Sylvester, Renee Sylvester, Michael Thayer, Riley True, Nicholas Valente, Brittany Wahlen, Brandon Waldschmidt, Samantha Wickham, Jeff Wilson

Big Rock: Chelsey Chambers, Jared Forth, Christopher Jay,

Bolingbrook: Giovannie Casimir, Jon Wirsz

Bristol: Lauren Jennings, Jennifer Johnson

Brookhaven, GA: Ashley Tamayo

Charlotte, NC: Jacinda Brooks

Chicago: Davis Garcia, Shayla Gibbs, Briana White

Cicero: Adan Rosales

DeKalb: Sabrina Brooks, Benjamin Camp, Alexander McKay, Kathryn Pagendarm

Denver, CO: Glenn Hanlon

Downers Grove: Rollin Benson

Eagle, ID: Carrie Snyder

Earlville: Jamie Jacobs

Elburn: Nicole Cassavoy, Casey Crosby, Brett Davidson, Sarah DeJohn, Gaetano Di Cosola, James Fell, Amy Fitzgerald, Emily Grams, Tyler Hill, Brooke Howland, Aidan Isaacs, Anson Isaacs, Chariz Jalandoni, Elizabeth Leonhard, Kathryn Leonhard, Lenora Murphy, Kayla Norell, Jacob Robitske, Melissa Scheibal, Caleb Soto, Lilian Soto, Emily Zahnle

Elgin: Cameron Skaja

Geneva: Monica Altmayer, Marianne Benedek, Hannah Bernas, Justin Blommaert, Henry Buchanan, Bryan Butz, Jocelyn Contreras, Ronald Daszkiewicz, Brian DeLarche, Dominic DeLuca Sr., Jeanette DiPasquantonio, Michelle Donatelli, Madeline Dunn, Elle Durovey, Brittany Foreman, Cory Frandsen, Madalyn Germann, Meredith Hanson, Pascal Hearn, Ryan Hutchinson, Kevin Iwatsuki, Colin Koepke, Sean Lassiter, Shannon Leahy, John Lee, Denise Linke, Erin Lotterer, Jackson Mackowski, Lisa McCauley, Noah Miller, Giselle Navarro, Abby Novak, Ryan Osselborn, Danielle Podgorski, Sarah Principe, Allina Rosas, Taylor Schroyer, Jennifer Shyne, Jenna Slepikas, Kyle Smola, Daniel South, Heather Spilotro, Sabrina Szigeti, Eli Tomlin, Phoebe Trowbridge, Adam Turnquist, Andrea Voirin, Andrew Wise

Harvard: Rosa Rodriquez

Henry: John Boyer

Hinckley: Chloe Albright, Charles Brantley, Samantha Chan, Johanna Galvan, Amanda Musialek, Hunter Seierstad, Staci Seierstad, Daniel Small, Conor Snedeker, Nicole Wegrzyn

Joliet: David Bertolotti, Deborah Boedeker

Kaneville: Nicholas Sifuentes

LaFox: Sheila Gut

Lake Geneva, WI: Skye Ochsenschlager

Leland: Shelley Barshinger, Bethany Gunderson, Krystyna Johnson, Alyssa Toma

Littleton, CO: Jeremy Hayes

Maple Park: Sally Alef, Dominic Bastone, Evelio Blanco, Riley Capes, Michelle Conklin, Bryan Pinner, Nancy Pinner, Alexander Rose, Jessica Sensor

Marengo: Kelly Bekeris

Millington: Brandi Talbot

Montgomery: Samantha Aguilera, Abel Alegria, Mariana Alyo, Christian Arellano, Carlos Arias, Alejandro Avila, Melissa Baggett, Britney Barnes, Heather Basile, Karina Bautista, Jordan Bearce, Grace Boshell, Ana Buenrostro, Sean Burns, Amanda Buzenski, Nancy Cadena, Russell Caskey, Veronica Cernyar, John Cisneros, Adam Clark, David Crumpton, Benjamin Denwood, Gina DeStefano, Robert Diaz, Howard Dunbar, William Espinosa, Abigail Etheridge, Dianne Falche, Obed Fernandez, Skye Forister, Heidi Franta, Martha Garcia, Vanessa Garcia, Maria Goldstein, Naomi Gomez, Moriah Hagans, Staci Hart, Jessie Henzman, Emmanuel Hernandez, Yvette Hernandez, Travis Hoffman, Samantha Hornbaker, Devon Huffman, Shawana Jernigan, Benjamin Joseph, Khadija Khan, Anastacia Kidwell, Michael Lang, Nicole Leach, Chinedu Mbamalu, Danika McGee, Ashley Mueller, HollyBeth Mueller, Jorge Ochoa, Ulises Ortiz, Bertha Pena, Lori Primbas, Shawn Pundsack, Corey Riley, Noralina Rodriguez, Nadia Saracco, Cidney Smith, Steven Smith, Cecilia Soria, Katherine Trevino, Alison Van Horn, Nina Williams, Aja Wrobleski

Naperville: Paramita Chatterjee, Julie Clements, Daniel Dispensa, Michelle Hatcher, Darlyn Iglesia, Antoinette Kemno, Amaris McClinic, Qiao Meng, Jessica Neil, Sarah Patel, Evan Perry, Alex Valladares

Newark: Zachary Anderson, Deanna Drew, Maria Betania Newkirk

North Aurora: Maria Argyrou, Yolanda Arreola, Marcus Bahr, Stephanie Bahr, Natalie Bartos, Jeffrey Becker, Cody Bilmar, Sherlene Bolden, Margaret Buck, Ruben Carrera, James Cerza, Kara Chapman, Steven Davids, Michael De La Torre, Anna Ebey, Sydney Edwards, Colin Eggers, Michaela Gienger, Eric Greenfield, Dimitry Husen, Alissa Johnsen, Colton Karas, Kyle Kolander, Rachel Lally, Eric Lay, Nathan Leatherman, Kaitlyn Leung, Cynthia Lopez, Haley Mannino, Saule Matrisciano, Jamie McCreedy, Alicia Megchelsen, Michael Meyer, Emma Molenhouse, Amber Nendick, Lucas Oswald, Estephan Perez, Zachary Peters, Krystian Reformado, Natalie Reyes, April Robinson, Serenity Schwaller, Michelle Sleezer, Abby Tyioran, Martin Valenzuela, David VanMaldegiam, Jessica Vargas, Paige Wagner, Rachel Waltermire, Dominika Wiercinski

Norwalk, CA: Heather Stephenson

Oak Forest: Allison Greenberg, Dana Greenberg

Ohio, Ill: Janet Hutchins

Oswego: Thomas Abner, Skyler Aikerson, Brittany Allagaier, Alyssa Allen, Madeline Alvendia, Rachel Amoah, Juan Anguiano, Hannah-Mae Arney, David Barnes, Jennifer Bell, Anthony Below, Amy Berkland, Tracy Best, Michael Bivins, Sydney Blount, Cassandra Bocanegra, Broderik Borces, Alysia Bounds, Brandi Brewer, Samantha Brinley, Kellie Buckley, Eden Bunna, William Butler, Gicelle Camacho, Michelle Canoura, Nicole Charielle, Kaitlyn Christie, Katherine Claus, Cameron Cole, Adianis Contreras, Hannah Crispi, Vianca Davis, Paige Dean, Alexandria Deane, Cynthia Dearth, Michaela Dearth, Reginaldo DeLuna, III, Anna Dreas, Joseph Duda, Anna Dutton, Ariadne Egan, Juliana Eichinger, Dominic Fecarotta-Lumino, Angela Ferguson, Sarah Flynn, Jacob Foster, Danielle Guddendorf, David Guevara, Susan Gutkowski, Dane Hagen, Benjamin Hawks, Dominic Hernaez, Jacob Hill, Sarah Emily Holloway, Marsha Hughart, Samantha Hung, Jesse Johnson, Lucas Kammerer, Noah Kararo, Zachary Kavcar, Michele Kellen, Ashleigh Kerkman, Kelsie Kerkman, John Kipfer, Daniel Klingbeil, Jason Landgraf, Alexandro Leal, Kristian Madsen, Anthony Masellis, Sheila McCusker, Joel McGray, Grace McLennan, Brandon Mickelberg, Hannah Milner, Anna Mirkes, Brian Misius, Laura Muniz, Samantha Noehre, Nicole O'Hara, Dana Olson, Kamal Ospino, Margaret Parello, Kristina Parys, Joseph Pearson, Cole Perkins, Kyle Perkins, Kaitlin Podgorski, Karrighan Quick, Osvaldo Ramirez, Bruno Reinert, Daniel Rivera, David Rivera, Carol Rudnick Goldblatt, Matthew Schaschwary, Scott Seimer, Jacob Shepherd, Michaela Smith, Lori Sparkman, Daniel Sparks, Emma Spero, Adam Stelter, Jessica Stookey, Madison Tatum, Kayla Taylor, Myrelle Tchamago, Melissa Varacalli, Ryan Vukmir, Rose Ann Whiteside, Kathleen Wilson, Miguel Woodham, Jordan Wright, Brianna Wunderlich, Curtis Wurster Jr., Sarah Zinzer

Paw Paw: Nicholas Ekstrom

Pingree Grove: Jennifer Fairbank

Plainfield: Sarah Bombrys, Maya Dennis, Scott Falconer, Joseph Glassman, Michael Guerrero, Marissa Mionskowski, Courtney Rosine, Kelly Schwab, Kasey Strejc, Cody Thorpe

Plano: Amber Alvarez, Krystal Casas, Leisa Castro, Sarah Cowan, Nicole Fidis, Katie Geers, Ashley Harmon, Elizabeth Hauser, Fredy Hernandez, Aaron Holbach, Antoinette Korallus, Jeremy Littlejohn, James Makuro, Ashley May, Jonathon McDermott, Rachelle Mckie, Vanessa Melendez, Daria Melnic, Melissa-Helene Moreno, Anthony Muellner, Loren Mustard, Daryl Nayback, Vincent Olen, Jonathan Opperman, Brenda Pomorin, Marlynda Powlishta, Haley Reiland, Pablo Rizo, Kalla Ronning, Jack Russell, Kyle Sollinger, Nathanael Sollinger, Robert Steinberg, Hannah Whitmer

Rockford: Karen Deason, Michele Krueger

Sandwich: Elizabeth Aguilar, Shawn Barks, John Barto, Elyse Bott, Mitchell Boyd, Jacob Colgan, Daniel Cortez, Heather Gomez, Kyle Hannenberg, Keegan Hays, Robert Holmes, Peyton Hyatt, Andrea Jacob, Mitchell Johns, Caitlyn Kaltenecker, Amie Kuntz, Leslie Lenhardt, Valorie Lockwood, David McGary, Peter Medlin, Emily Mulhall, Ronald Nelson, Gonzalo Pantoja, Kendra Robinson, Stephanie Shields, Kenneth Smith, Kayliegh Vasica, Andrew Webb, Christopher Zagielski Shabbona: Jacobe Christian, Bailey Martenson Sheridan: Elijah Banks, Debbie Franzone, Cassidie Schupp Shorewood: Lisa Mueller Somonauk: Shelby Ahlborg, Kaleigh Bahl, Kimberly Dady, Lisa Garcia, Tamra Gonigam, Ashlie Jandt, Tori Mayers, Karla Quezada Manzo, Chayce Stoddard, Johnathan Taylor, Kelly Zielezinski South Elgin: Sarah McCarthy St Charles: Isabella Duarte, Sean Fennell, Jeffrey Johnson, Lauren vonNordeck Sugar Grove: Garrett Austin, Jesse Balluff, Daniel Banek, Somer Benson, Justin Berdell, Andrea Bieritz, Haley Crane, Christine Crews, Kory Crotteau, Katherine Draper, Sean Dunphy, Elissabeth Fehlman, Kristina Frohlich, Kristin Gabrielson, Kelsy Goodwin, Elizabeth Harrison, Michael Hill, Michael Howard, Samuel Keilty, Kelly Knauf, Cherissa Krajniak, Mandy Marsh, Brooklyn Martner, Brianna McElroy, Eric McLaren, David Mensching, Alexia Orosco, Kristyna Perillo, Mary Piazza, Sabrina Pilkington, Dutch Schneeman, Rachel Sorenson, Zachary Stanczyk, Daniel Steinmiller, Brianne Strobel, Curtis Thorson, Ethan Wahl, Audrey Whybrew, Brin Wilk

Shabbona: Jacobe Christian, Bailey Martenson

Sheridan: Elijah Banks, Debbie Franzone, Cassidie Schupp

Shorewood: Lisa Mueller

Somonauk: Shelby Ahlborg, Kaleigh Bahl, Kimberly Dady, Lisa Garcia, Tamra Gonigam, Ashlie Jandt, Tori Mayers, Karla Quezada Manzo, Chayce Stoddard, Johnathan Taylor, Kelly Zielezinski

South Elgin: Sarah McCarthy

St Charles: Isabella Duarte, Sean Fennell, Jeffrey Johnson, Lauren vonNordeck

Sugar Grove: Garrett Austin, Jesse Balluff, Daniel Banek, Somer Benson, Justin Berdell, Andrea Bieritz, Haley Crane, Christine Crews, Kory Crotteau, Katherine Draper, Sean Dunphy, Elissabeth Fehlman, Kristina Frohlich, Kristin Gabrielson, Kelsy Goodwin, Elizabeth Harrison, Michael Hill, Michael Howard, Samuel Keilty, Kelly Knauf, Cherissa Krajniak, Mandy Marsh, Brooklyn Martner, Brianna McElroy, Eric McLaren, David Mensching, Alexia Orosco, Kristyna Perillo, Mary Piazza, Sabrina Pilkington, Dutch Schneeman, Rachel Sorenson, Zachary Stanczyk, Daniel Steinmiller, Brianne Strobel, Curtis Thorson, Ethan Wahl, Audrey Whybrew, Brin Wilk

Walworth, WI: Kelli Shulz

Waterman: Michelle Horn, Nancy Ibarra, Tasha Mapes, Emily Nelsen

Wheaton: Briana Benson, Michele Keith

Woodridge: Lisa Warren

Yorkville: Jorge Arciniega, Matthew Balling, Antonio Bautista Mendez, Nicolas Catuncan, Stefani Cipolla, Jan Cormier, Katie Doherty, Dawn Downey, Timothy Fay, Summer Ferrario, Ashley Getchman, Amelia Godinez, Rommel Gonzalez, Daniel Graunke, Jeremy Grubar, Jason Gruben, Kyle Hammond, James Hart, Kesha Henderson, Natalie Hrcek, Rori Insco, Danielle Iorfida, Steve Jackson, Tereza Janouskova, April Keeley, Drew Kleyweg, Kaylee Kross, Kristopher Lackey, Nicole Lemke, Alicia Lingane, Rosa Lopez-Washington, Jane Lucas, Brice Mack, Rachel Mathre, Laura Messmore, Victoria Moreau, Lauren Mozen, Alison Murphy, Brian Murray, Dale Nelson, Joshua O'Neill, Michael Paku, Sharon Quincy, Falastine Reese, Jaden Richardson, Melanie Roth, Timothy Sellman, Kati Sibenaller, Taylor Simon, Rebecca Strykowski, David Tardio, Kristina Thomas, Michelle Thurston, Dainy Valerio, Jacob Walter, Samantha Walton, Brandon Wayda, Gabrielle Witcpalek, Edric Yu, Andrew Zedwick, Vanja Zivkovic, Joseph Zubek

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Waubonsee Students Recognized on Spring 2016 Dean’s List

The Dean’s List at Waubonsee Community College celebrates excellence among students who attain a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while enrolled in at least 6 semester credit hours. The Dean’s List honors the following students for the spring 2016 semester at the college:

Aurora: Ivan Acevedo, Luis Acevedo, Miguel Aguilar, Maria AguileraGuerrero, Courtney Ahuja, Batool Akbari, Cindy Alanis, Sergio Alcala, Kali Alexakos, Mario Alfaro, Celia Almaraz, Rosa Arredondo, Rosa Arriaga, Diego Avila, Stephanie Avila, Victor Avila, Alexcis Ballesteros, Mercedes Ballines, Paola Ballines, Migdalia Ballona, Elliot Barbel, Daniela Barrera, Nicolas Barrios, Brianna Barsanti, Aron Bartoszek, Bauda Basnet, Bhagi Basnet, Patrick Bauer, Jennifer Beltran, Michael Bermes, Kermith Bilbao, Alexis Blackmon, Daizy Blanco, Jessica Bluhm, David Booth, Jonathon Burkhalter, Mark Burton, Francisco Cabrera, Hesed Dianne Campanano, Diana Campos, Erica Cano, Alondra Cardenas, Jesus Cardenas, Joscelyn Carpenter, Juliana Casas, Felix Castellanos, Alondra Castro, Anabella Catania, Mohammed Chabuk, Tulasha Chamlagai, Evelyn Chavarria, Luis Chavez, Luz Cheeks, Javier Chiu, Anjana Chuwan, James Coltharp, Antonio Contreras, Katherine Contreras, Crystal Corral, Andrea Correa, Kelsie Dalton, Taryn Damolaris, Whitney Daniels, Kristina Dedovich, Ariel Del Villar, Morelia Delgado, Carlos DelToro, Martha Devereux-Poch, Nidya Diaz, Nicole Dior, Chelsi Dixon, Samantha Dulceak, Emily Dumont, Jacob Dunn, Nadine Dunsing, Javier Echeverria, Brooke Ekstrom, Kelvin Elliott, Ashley Emery, Arian Esparza Barajas, Celina Espinoza, Elizabeth Estrada Cervantes, Xiuzhen Fang, Hira Farooq, Elena Ferancy, Leia Fisher, Brandon Fitzgerald, Diego Franco, Brittany Gabriel, Daniela Galvez, Dulce Garcia, Haydee Garcia, Jazzmine Garcia, Jessica Garcia, Jose Garcia, Theresa Garcia, Tiffany Garcia, Jorge Garcia Pantoja, Christopher Geist, Nickolaos Georgis, Isaac Gonzales, Francisco Gonzalez, Amy Grande, Jennette Grau, Virginia Greer, Marie Grieco, Joshua Griffin, Payton Griffin, Abriana Guazzelli, Diego Gutierrez, Nikolas Gyori, Karissa Hackemer, Derek Harris, Stephen Harris, Samantha Harrison, Brooke Harter, Carly Havemann, Lauren Havemann, Brenda Hernandez, Tabitha Hernandez, Marco Hernandez Guevara, Conner Hildner, Madeline Hoskinson, Maria Huerta, Ulisses Huerta, Eric Hunt, Lavarous Johnson, Monica Johnson, Bria Jones, Mallory Jones, Julio Juarez, Lluvia Juarez, Manuel Juarez, Alicia Julseth, Melissa Kelly, Kathy Kerby, Shankar Khatri, Ryan Kish, Grace Koester, Kayla Konen, Zachary Krugler, Samuel Larson, Varun Latamba, Joni Laury, Sarah Ledger, John Lemos, Jared Liebelt, Marie Suzanne Limbaco, Peter Linden, Timothy Linden, Amelia Lopez, Karina Lopez, Patricia Lowe, Linsey Luangrath, Miriam Luna, Aide Marquez, Matthew Marruffo, Nicole Marshall, Baili Martin, Aida Martinez, David Martinez, Jose Martinez, Kimberly Mascote, Juan Mata, Sande May, Cole McDonald, Patrick McGowan, Claire McNamara, Christopher Melin, Araceli Mendez, Maria Mendez, Mayra Mendoza, Joseph Milani, Andrea Millan, Linda Mitchell, William Mollohan, Maria Montiel, Audrey Moore, Patricia Morga, Saragrace Morris, Kevin Mounts, Kyle Mulcahy, Kristin Mulligan, Alexi Muniz, Ian Murray, Yash Nadkarni, Klay Nafziger, Armauni Nash, Chalisha Nash, Nancy Navarro, Jean-Marie Nazareth, Shane Nicholson, Daniela Nunez, Iliana Ochoa, Zachary Ochoa, Sean O'Connor, Danielle Odo, Trevor Offen, Henry Olivas, Jessica Ontiveros, Alexis Ortiz, Daniel Ortiz, Iovana Ortiz, Bridgette Ortlieb, Alejandra Padilla, Roxanna Patino, Nelson Pena Rodriguez, Vivian Penuelas, Adriana Perez, Andrea Perez, Dulce Perez, Eduardo Perez, Geoffrey Perez, Ryan Petzke, LaShawn Phillips, Mia Pidlaoan, Brittany Pitts, Steven Pruitt, Dorothy Pryor, Dania Pulido, Alex Quintana, Esmeralda Quintero, Roberto Quintero, Cynthia Ramirez, Yvonne Ramirez, Angelica Ramos-Galvez, Joshalyn Reese, Alexander Retacco, Jessica Reyes, Jennifer Rios, Elizabeth Rivera, Miguel Rivera, Amanda Rocha, Reyna Rocha, Jasmin Rodea, Jesus Rodriguez, Kathryn Roman, Virginia Romero, Riley Roos, Celina Rossi, Adilene Ruiz, Freddy Ruiz, Uriel Ruiz, Vanessa Ruiz, Jonathan Salinas, Isabel Saltijeral, James Sanders, Karen Santacruz, Karla Santillan, Patrick Schlapp, Randell Schmid, Clarissa Serrano, Christopher Settles, MaryMalia Shroka, Alan Silva-Patino, Christine Sindelar, Jeremy Skelly, Jason Smith, Josephine Starke, Larry Stuebinger, Jessica Sudges, Elizabeth Swift, Sarah Tews, Ashley Thomas, Meggan Tigges, Michelle Tigges, Ileana Torres, Jesus Torres, Rafael Torres, Samuel Torres, Carlos Toscano, Melissa Trimarco, James Tunney, Beatriz Uribes, Christian Urrea, Michael Valadez, Jamila Valentine, Karlo Valenzuela, Noemi Valles, Holly VanScoit, Erika Vazquez, Maira Velasquez, Karina Villa, Mayely Villagran, Zyanya Villalpando, Carlos Villarreal, James Walker, Bradley Walls, Alec Ward, Michelle Ward, Pamela Weaver, Jamica Wesby, Megan West, Robert White Eyes, Lauren Wiesbrook, Justin Wilson, Gavin Wimberly, Alex Wisniewski, Aaron Wolf, Julia Wright, Ernesto Yep Jr., Jazmin Zavala, Jennifer Zavala, Kimberly Zavala, Dania Zuniga

Batavia: Aaron Armstrong, Jon Beltrano, Nicholas Biancheri, Scott Brasel, Sarah Bristow, Michael Cave, Matthew Chludzinski, Amelia Cintula, Adam Deisz, Thomas DeLine, Ivana Doskocilova, Evan Ellmann, Nina Ellmann, Maria Escamilla, Kylie Felvey, Emma Foelske, Matthew Forsyth, Natosha Ginter, Madison Goodwin, Bryanna Hanson, Robert Heylmun, Garrett Hiles, Jamie Holland, Jessica Holmberg, Michael Hudetz, McKenna Imes, Pavel Klopov, Heather Kronenberg, Ashley Leach, Ashley Lee, Danielle Letsinger, Elizabeth Lowe, James Malach, Maggie Marshall, Justin Martin, Daniel McLean, Amber Miele, Ryan Minniti, Kevin Murphy, Robert Napierkowski, Melissa Neumaier, Jake Neumann, Kyle Niedermeier, Stefan Pribilsky, Sergio Rangel, Alyssa Rauba, MacKenzie Rea, Amy Roate, Monique Saucedo, Alex Schimelpfenig, David Sharp, Samuel Shepard, Ryan Simpson, Abigail Smith, Matthew Sowinski, Gregory Steging, Austin Sumner, Mikayla Tate, Ivy Watkins Szabo, Colleen Williamson, Macy Wilson

Big Rock: Djordje Kovacevic, Amanda Morar, Dirk Schoger

Bolingbrook: Janet Horbowski, Yanru Pu

Bristol: Kenda Durham, Joshua Harrison

Carol Stream: Stella Uzoewulu

Chicago: Jeffrey Pabich, Maryann Parada

Coal City: Cameron Cox

Cortland: Kathryn Downing, Benjamin Kurnat

Dekalb: Rachel Faivre, Kaylee Kuter, Bailey Lucius, Darnell Williams

Elburn: Johnathan Bahena, Anna Bateman, Rachael Bentel, Tristan Boyles, Emma Bradford, Melissa Cherry, Jason DeWane, Jeremy Faivre, Rodney Faulk, Heather Flannagan, Wendy Galvan, Rebecca Garcia, Dawn Gradert, Natalia Guzman, Luke Hesik, Johnathan Heuman, Sonja Isaacs, Peter Jefferson, Patrick Jennings, Austin Jones, Rachel Kowalski, Elizabeth Lonigro, Joshua Lopez, Kristin Manna, Kaley Martens, Alexis Masnjak, Anthony Parillo, Max Ritschdorff, Ashleigh Robertson, Kaleb Schuppner, Tricia Selmer, Kaylee Shoaff, Nicholas Steers, Amanda Strayve, Hilary Swett, Tyler Tate, Nicole True, John Venneri, Joseph Vest, Lucas Welz, Nicholas Welz

Elgin: Mason Buster, Janet Jaramillo

Geneva: Nicholas Allen, Ashley Bara, Sarah Bennett, Ashley Blumenthal, Rachel Bonvini, Vitonio Brandonisio, Madeline Brown, Jack Buchanan, Jacob Cichorski, Kristen Coady, Justin Davis, Mara Dunn, Katelyn Ekstrom, Brandon Elizondo, Nicholas Ferris, Mason Fisher, Sarah Fleck, Kyle Frandsen, Daniel Gibson, Christopher Goodale, Daniel Grady, Ashton Gregory, Jillian Gutierrez, Alyssa Haake, TilonKirby Hood, Alyssa Johnson, Delaney Johnston, Sophia Kamen, Alex King, Lauren Kohout, Brianna Kusnerz, Joseph Macaluso, Joseph McCarthy, Amy McVey, Camila Mercado, Mitchell Meyer, Jesse Miller, Andrew Modjeski, Kyle Munsayac, Mary Nutley, Iran Orozco, Richard Ouellette, Samuel Post, Analise Regalado, Victor Roza, Jonathan Sather, Janet Schmidt, Kimberly Shew, Kyle Sixt, Megan Solner, Savanna Stevenson, Kevin Tee, Marissa Trevino, James Tripp, Jacob Volk, Hailey Wishne, Jeffrey Woods

Hennepin: Jennifer Zolo

Hinckley: Melissa Lewis, Kirsten Mueller, Jacob Ryan

Huntley: Saamia Majid Joliet: Mario Ramirez, Jenae Rowe

Leland: Rebekah Earle, Alexis Landa, Jasmine Martinez

Maple Park: Cari Anderson, Louis DiGrazia, Felix Fontanez, Michael Mietka, Jessie Miles, Adam Poczekaj, Michael Putzer, Lindsay Sensor, Ashley Shearer Marseilles: Michelle Lafferty Mendota: Kelly Perrin

Millington: Bryan Hagerstrom

Montgomery: Kamila Adamowicz, Aaron Aguilera, Anatalia Alberty, Diana Alfaro, Ed Alicea, Katera Amann, Jeremy Anderson, Jacqueline Anonales, Robert Aviles, Joelle Beck, Rebecca Bonzo, Lauren Boshell, Guadalupe Camargo, Patricia Castro, Amanda Cisneros, Valencia Cruz, Rayne D'Alessandro, Sobeidy De Jesus, Nicole Delassacquere Klein, Caitlyn Dotson, Jorge Duran, Michael Dynowski, Kerri Fiedler, Melanie Gamble, Brittany Garcia, Jennifer Garcia-Gamez, Isabel Gonzalez, Mischka Grant, Jennifer Gutierrez, Salvador Heredia, Michael Herlehy, Jesus Herrera, Nicholas Hessling, Rebecca Hiles, Joshua Hoover, Heather Huey, Adriana Ikonomi, Diana Iracheta, Sierra Isberg, Janice Iverson, Alexis Jones, Lydia Krauz, Sabryna Kusiak, Kelly LaDew, Crystal Magana, Lissett Martinez, William McClintock, Maiya McKee, Carmecia McKnight, Tanner McQuality, Jason Mejia, Bozena Michalski, Amber Michelson, Meghen Nance, Vanessa Neuhalfen, Victoria Noceda, Hailee Norris, Adam Panasewicz, Fernando Patino, Austin Patsch, Angelica Preacely, Luis Rivera, Nicholas Rudny, Doug Shilney, Timothy Simms, Samantha Sperekas, Maria Tapia, Ignacio Toscano, Brittany Verstat, Julissa Villa, Katelyn Wierzbicki, Kami Wimmer, Jason Mejia, Jennifer Garcia-Gamez, Jennifer Gutierrez, Jeremy Anderson, Jesus Herrera, Joelle eck, Jorge Duran, Joshua Hoover, Julissa Villa, Kami Wimmer, Kamila Adamowicz, Katelyn ierzbicki, Katera Amann, Kelly LaDew, Kerri Fiedler, Lauren Boshell, Lissett Martinez, Luis Rivera, Lydia Krauz, Maiya McKee, Maria Tapia, Meghen Nance, Melanie Gamble, Michael Dynowski, Michael Herlehy, Mischka Grant, Nicholas Hessling, Nicholas Rudny, Nicole Delassacquere Klein, Patricia Castro, Rayne D'Alessandro, Rebecca Bonzo, Rebecca Hiles, Robert Aviles, Sabryna usiak, Salvador Heredia, Samantha Sperekas, Sierra Isberg, Sobeidy De Jesus, Tanner McQuality, Timothy Simms, Valencia Cruz, Vanessa Neuhalfen, Victoria Noceda, William McClintock

Naperville: Amy Assoian, Taylor Brink, Leigh Condon, Kimberly Cotter, Zahra Elmoumou, Kathryn Holyoak, Samuel Kigyos Newark: Sarah Bogden, Dylan Emerson, Kayla Race, Baron Slatton

North Aurora: Matthew Acuff, Noah Bauch, Eric Bilmar, Brandon Burke, Jose Cruz Jr., Gabriella Destefano, Mackenzie Elliott, Amy Elzy, Shannon Fixmer, Amanda Gaffino, Jacobo Gamboa, Ana Garcia, Eric Grandt, Kaylee Hoebbel, Erin Jefferson, Kelli Keinath, Neal Kleren, Jessica Klopp, Dogbovi Lawson, Joshua Lewis, Alan Martinez, Kelly McKiness, Emily Newman, Melissa Oleferchik, Adriana Perez, Samantha Powers, Nada Rajak, Nancy Renteria, Samantha Rivera, Alanis Romero, Janice Sanchez, Sophia Spence, Jennifer Starai, Matthew Thom, Colleen Tyioran, Smith Virasith

Oswego: Sarah Aguilar, Kenneth Beitzel, Sara Bendel, Daysha Blackburn, Michael Brennan, Sadie Budzynski, Isayah Cantu, Caroline Casillas, Jorge Castellanos, Diana Castro, Susan Charapata, Donald Curtis, Jennifer DeVito, Sabree Dirksen, Haley Dixon, Julie Dreas, Matthew Dreas, Mason Dunbar, Eduardo Duran, Rebecca Ericson, Jennifer Fell, Morgan Franczyk, Katherine Galazka, Cristina Gallo Perez, Alexis Gee, Juan Giraldo, Cortney Gossman, Robyn Green, Jonathan Gregoire, Jordan Grondin, Tait Hagen, Brooke Holm, Tom Horne, Matthew Hossfeld, Jessica Howard, Shae Hunt, Elise Johnson, Austin Kachler, Cassiday Kayer, Stephanie Kearbey, Thomas Kearbey, Casey Kearby, Kelly Kennedy, Melissa Kenney, Meagan Kirkwood, Anthony Kresl, Khadijah Leverette, Kevin Lewis, Kyle Lewis, Gianna Liberatore, Claudia Mauricio, Zachary Maxa, Kyle Mazzocchi, Andrea McCarther, Raven Mcgee, Cameron McIntosh, Jenna McLaughlin, Jessica Mendez, Hannah Miller, Roseanne Miller, Stephanie Moore, Chris Morales, Jacob Nalley, Tomas Navarro, Evan Nielsen, Sergio Noyola, Kyle Offerman, Jasmine Pakdaman, Nathan Palfalvi, Kelly Payer, Precious Perez, Jacob Pike, Carla Pinto, Megan Pinto, Sharon Plocki, Casey Quarnstrom, Kristina Reinbacher, Alexea Resner, Claire Rhoden, Rebecca Richardson, Alexandria Rinehart, Connor Robinson, Daniel Rossi, Britnee Saelens, Michael Salamone, Amanda Saltijeral, Carolina Santilllan, Robert Schopp, Kelly Schuler, Lauren Shreffler, Harsukhraj Sidhu, Thomas Slezak, Alexa Smith, Dora Soto, Eric Spies, Christina Stanton, Kelvin Thomas, Raymundo Velazquez, Alexandra Wagner, Delaina Washington, Shianne Williams, Jakob Zakosek, Zachary Zamin, Emily Zgobica

Ottawa: Amy Scorby

Plainfield: Barbara Benz, Alaina Cribaro, Kelli Hooser, Daisy Rivera, Maggie Shattuck, Alexander Stich, Janel Venegas

Plano: Oluwadamilola Adekoya, Mario Alanis, Robert Bent, Abigail Berg, Pamela Black, Patrick Block, Erica Cimaglia, Maricela Correa, Garrett Fischer, Amber Foster, Matthew Galloway, Charlie Garay, Samantha Gatz, Amanda Hansen, Jenae Heffington, Jeremiah Heffington, Lois Hoppe, Kevin Izurieta, Scott Lange, Dora Lee Lazarit, Andres Lerma Jr., Paul Magnuson, Sarah Molitor, Diego Nevarez, Jose Nevarez, Mark Nixon, Amber Ortiz, Joshua Page, Stephanie Phylactos, Edwin Quiles Jr., Gabriel Quiles, Mariesa Shapiama, Jessica Trudeau, Clint Updike, Shaun Urbaniak

Sandwich: Manuel Alfaro, Sean Coakley, Liliana Corral, Nicholas Donka, Justin Fasel, Tammy Green, Deborah Guyer, Lindsie Haben, Carolyn Hanson, Alexandria Hornback, Gwen Isola, Monique Italia, Nicole Jerabek, Jodi Jilbert, Arianna Kersten, Mitchell LaVoy, Erin Littlejohn, Jacob Logsdon, Lon McCaslin, James Merkel, Tessa Mezger, Thomas Moulding, Daniel Mumaw, Irene Needham, Stephanie Olson, Taylor Ordonez, Madelene Pakula, Katelyn Phillips, Ashley Pickett, Mycaleen Ravnikar, Claudia Resendiz, Noelle Roy, Hayley Slaughter, Kerri Smith, Sydney Smith, Rene Valdez, Yazmin Vazquez, Jared Vegrzyn, Ashley Wallis, Brianna Zenk

Sheridan: Anna Bertrang, Daniel Gallup, Julie Musich

Somonauk: John Adams, Jeremiah Anthenat, Scott Bolek, Amy Freeman, Dallas Gudewicz, Valerie Johnson, Rylie Olson, Payton Orzech, Jonah Roach, Jack Stocker, Lyndsi Wellner, Vanessa Wish

South Holland: Elliot Lee

St Charles: Tyler Boyd, Stephen Coomes, Cynthia Dunlap, Nicholas Manisco

Sterling: Marchet Harts

Stone Park: Marquita Edwards

Sugar Grove: Connor Anderson, Christian Andrzejewski, Ryan Barr, Joanna Barragan, Taylor Browder, Nicholas Crawford, Nathaniel d'Escoto, Nicole DeLarm, Emily Eckert, Elise Fichtel, Ryan Ford, Samuel Ford, Michael Hauge, Nicholas Hopp, Anna Lopatin, Tyler Packard, Mallary Phalen, Thomas Price, Shannon Ransford, Kyle Romas, Yisell Rucker, Jakob Sanders, Timothy Schroeder, Anna Senese, Matthew Sindelar, Taylor Swanson, Ruth Trimarchi, Christa Trumph, Ripley Vonhoff, Kali Wald, Steven Weltzer, John Wolf

Sycamore: Maria Vazquez, Nicole Garza

U.S. Armed Forces: Alyssa Neyer

Warrenville: Ashley Buoy

Waterman: Denise Horn, Shane DeFalco, Taylor Johnson

West Chicago: Laura Gonzalez, Sarah Wilkening

Wheaton: Nicole Partipilo

Wilmington, NC: Keith Kovach

Yorkville: Zachary Aloisio, Maira Alvarez, Olivia Angelo, Emilee Ballard, Laura Ballines, Ryan Bateman, Davonta Bell, Steven Burch, Tyler Burgess, Mariah Cathey, Austin Childers, Jacob Cook, Brenda Corrigan, Matthew Dabbs, Emily Darrow, Kellie Deane, Elisha Ekl, Diana Fanaro, Lisa Fauber, Holly Frankino, Tarah Gilich, Andrew Haugen, Amanda Hellmann, Danielle Holt, Ryan Humenik, Jenae Johnston, Colton Jundt, Kaitlyn Kellogg, Cassidi Kollmeyer, Paulina Kot, Haley Koziol, Christopher Lange, Margaret Latimer, Zachary Latimer, Ashley Legler, Jun Li, Taylor Lincoln, Michael Lozada, Joshua Maciejewski, Scott McCarty, Sarah Merkel, Dana Musko, Alexandria Nerko, Megan O'Doherty, Jennifer Payne, Rachel Plasch, Gabriel Polhill, Michael Polizzi, Rikiyah Pryor, Tahanee Rule, Kelly Skalnik, Brianne Soles, Lindsay Spencer, Taylor Stacy, Sara Strong, Ryan Suwanski, Courtney Thomas, Talina Thornton, Vincent Tofteland, Jason Wayda, David White, Tyler Wickens, Amber Yelenosky, Abigail Zedwick, Jeremy Zielie

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Lifelong Learning Institute Honors Retiring Administrator with Donation

Waubonsee Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs/Chief Learning Officer Dr. Deborah Lovingood was hoping to retire quietly this month after 21 years at the college, but that didn’t stop members of the college’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) from surprising her this week with a donation to the general scholarship fund in her honor.

As Lovingood worked in her office on Friday, LLI members led by Dick Sackett, LLI President, surprised her with a check presentation and proclamation. Sackett said the group wanted to pay tribute to her instrumental role in the LLI’s success and her long-term commitment.

The Lifelong Learning Institute is for adults age 50 and older, whose members plan, lead, and participate in courses, course-related trips, and social events.

“I am very honored,” Lovingood said as a check was presented for the occasion. “What a surprise, I didn’t know.”

The $1,000 donation to the Waubonsee Community College Foundation in honor of Lovingood will be designated to the General Scholarship Fund as part of the permanent endowment.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Art Department Welcomes Visiting Artist

Waubonsee Community College’s Art Department is now exhibiting work by Chicago-based artist, educator, curator and gallery director Edra Soto. The exhibition, “It’s Been a Very Good Year,” can be found in the college’s Dickson Window Art Project Space in Dickson Center at the Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive. In addition, the artist will offer a lecture in September that is open to the public.

Viewing hours for the exhibit are Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The work will be displayed until October 23, 2016.

Soto’s lecture at Waubonsee takes place from 11 a.m. to noon in Von Ohlen Hall, Room 201, of the Sugar Grove campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“It’s Been a Very Good Year” uses decorative iron vine fencing as a symbol for cultivating civility. In the installation, Soto uses vines as a metaphor to the concepts associated with vines, including interconnection, opportunity, fertility, continuation, eternity and diversity. Soto’s education includes an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Beta-Local in Puerto Rico and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida through a 3A Arts Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

She is currently a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is co-director of THE FRANKLIN, an outdoor project space that Soto and her husband designed, fabricated and direct together.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Welcomes New Administrator

Dr. Jonathan Paver joins Waubonsee Community College as the new Assistant Vice President of Transfer and Developmental Education. Dr. Paver earned a Doctorate of Education degree in Instructional Technology from the College of Education at Northern Illinois University in 2012. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Religion and History from Trinity International University, earned graduate credits in History from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications – Radio & Television Broadcasting from Western Illinois University.

Dr. Paver most recently held the position of Dean of Academic Support & Learning Technologies (ASLT) at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, providing leadership for a division that included the Library, Learning Center and the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL). In addition, Dr. Paver has served as the Dean of Instruction at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon where he provided strategic organizational leadership for instruction and assessment at the college, along with oversight for catalog development and course scheduling. He has also served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois providing leadership for a division that offered 40 degree programs, 10 certificate programs and coursework for the majority of their 15,000 students and supervision for eight department chairpersons, two non-academic department directors, 65 full-time faculty, over 300 adjunct faculty, and two dozen staff members.

Before moving into academic affairs leadership positions, the majority of Dr. Paver’s experience in higher education had been in the fields of technology integration, distance education, and professional development, where he held both administrative and staff positions at Triton College, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and Montana State University.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Sale of Former Aurora Downtown Campus Complete

In keeping with a decades-long commitment to invest in and partner with the City of Aurora, Waubonsee Community College is pleased to announce the sale of the former downtown Aurora campus to Seize the Future Development Foundation. The sale was completed June 29, 2016.
The property is located at 5 East Galena Blvd. and 2-20 South Stolp Ave.

The sale of the former campus marks another milestone in Waubonsee’s commitment to the Aurora community and its growth and development. Since establishing a permanent presence in Aurora in 1985, the college has invested more than $54,000,000 in its campuses, which is among the largest investment in Aurora by a single entity. That figure includes ongoing renovations to our Aurora Fox Valley Campus, which will re-open as home to our healthcare programs this fall.

During the redevelopment of the current downtown campus, which opened in 2011, Waubonsee acquired a series of vacant and dilapidated buildings for which numerous redevelopment proposals had failed. Waubonsee’s Aurora Downtown Campus attracts a significant number of students and staff to the area daily, with a beautiful facility that enhances the physical environment and serves to boost private investor confidence in the future of downtown Aurora. Through a partnership with the City of Aurora, the project also made possible a new riverfront public space and a critical river walk connection with both the upper and lower river walk. Beyond its physical influence, the campus serves an academic mission that provides more than 3,600 students annually from the city of Aurora and its adjacent communities with critical education and training.

The 132,000 square foot campus is home to signature degree and certificate programs such as Computer Information Systems, Health Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, Healthcare Interpreting, Interpreter Training and Sign Language. Also, the campus offers a wide variety of transfer classes such as First Year Composition, Introduction to Psychology and Fundamentals of Speech. Popular non-credit offerings at the campus include Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and General Education Degree programs. The Aurora Downtown Campus is also the primary home to our Workforce Development department which offers professional development and career training courses in addition to customized training to local businesses. Additionally, the campus provides community space for meetings and cultural events and has a bookstore, café and library.

Since establishing a permanent presence in downtown Aurora in 1985 – including a second location at our Aurora Fox Valley Campus, next to Rush Copley Hospital - Waubonsee has served 126,482 students from Aurora and its adjacent communities, and currently employs nearly 400 people in Aurora.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Local Businesses Awarded Through Business Plan Competition

Three local businesses were recently named winners in the second annual Poised for Growth Business Plan Competition, organized by the Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Elgin Community College (ECC) and Waubonsee Community College.

First Place went to Geneva and Rena Pedersen of Treasure Breads in Yorkville. Their company was awarded a $10,000 cash prize and a consulting engagement valued at $5,000.

Second Place went to Rebecca Gengler of More Polish Pottery in Big Rock. Her company was awarded a cash prize of $2,500.

Third Place went to Laurie Petrick of Eagle Engraving in St. Charles, who was awarded a cash prize of $1,500.

The prize money was provided through donations from local organizations. More Polish Pottery and Treasure Breads are clients of the Waubonsee SBDC.

More Polish Pottery plans to hire a marketing intern with their award money, and Treasure Bread will use the funds from their award to upgrade their web site.

The remaining finalists were: Dawn Phillips of Early Light Café in Geneva, Shari Ralish of Peaceful Parlour in Geneva, Toni Greathouse of Custom Community Creations in Bolingbrook, Shay and Elizabeth Rodriguez of The Gypsy Haven in Elgin, and Chris Molloy of Harmoney Deicing Products in St. Charles.

To participate in the contest, a business had to be headquartered in Illinois, be at least three-years-old, be classified as for profit and a small business. Thirty-five applications were received.

In the competition, owners submitted a written plan detailing their tactics for the future growth of their business over the next three years. In the final phase, the top eight contestants were required to pitch their growth plans to a panel of three judges. The competition and prizes were sponsored by the following local businesses: First National Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Rubino Engineering, JD Main Ltd, The UPS Store in Algonquin, Kimmers Ice Cream, Old Second Bank, JJR Marketing, Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Auto Students Place in National Competition

Waubonsee Community College students recently placed in the national SkillsUSA competition. During the 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, Ky., Waubonsee had three students among the top finishers.

Daniel Dwyer placed first in Collision Repair Technology; Melanie Thomas placed fifth in Automotive Refinishing Technology and Drew Kleyweg placed eighth in Automotive Service Technology.

The team was prepped by faculty members Andy MacDonald, Assistant Professor of Auto Body Repair, Ken Kunz, Professor of Automotive Technology, Jim Armitage, Professor of Automotive Technology and Guy Tiberio, Automotive Technology Instructor. Additionally, Randy Hines, CADD Instructor, participated in the conference as a judge for the National Contest for Additive Manufacturing and serves as the Illinois State Supervisor for the Additive Manufacturing Contest.

In order to participate at the national level, Waubonsee students placed first in the Illinois SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Springfield in April.

SkillsUSA has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,5000 instructors and administrators are professional members.  

“It puts them in front of industry leaders, outside their own classroom,” MacDonald said of the competition.

MacDonald said the students who compete prepare for the contest outside of their regular coursework, and that he is pleased that through SkillsUSA, his students have the ability to take the experience they gain in Waubonsee’s auto body shop and test it against their peers across the state and country.

“This prepares them for a competitive world,” he said.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Support Staff Recognized in Awards for Excellence

Waubonsee Community College recently recognized support staff employees in their first Support Staff Awards for Excellence. Three honorees were announced during campus-wide ceremonies this month.

The college received more than 60 total nominations for the categories of Service and Quality, Diversity and Equity, and Innovation and Creativity. The winners are: Faustina Sepulveda-De Patino, Custodian, recognized with the Support Staff Award for Excellence in Service and Quality; Dr. David Beer, Career and Technical Education Analyst, was recognized with the Support Staff Award for Excellence in Diversity and Equity; Kendall Vance, Resource Sharing Specialist, was recognized with the Support Staff Award for Excellence in Innovation and Creativity.

The Support Staff Award for Excellence in Service and Quality was created to recognize a staff member who exemplifies excellence in delivering outstanding quality service in working and communicating with others internally or externally. Sepulveda-De Patino’s nominator said that she “possesses all the qualities of an outstanding staff member,” and that she always gets her work done and often does extra work.

Also nominated in that category were: Sue Baier, Betty Bechtold, Pablo Castanon, Esmerelda “Meddi” Delgado, Amanda Eberlein, Esther Espino, Shannon Flavin-Cox, Zachary Fowler, Linda Frieders, Donna Larkin, Jessica Menez, Jeanine Niedzwiedz, Julie Peck, Mark Salem, Earl Shumaker, Dawn Sparks, Scott Strain, Terri Swanson, Kathy Thomas, Diana Torres, Kendall Vance, Kathy Wall, Chris Wise, Monica Woodward.

The Support Staff Award for Excellence in Diversity and Equity was created to recognize a staff member who exemplifies excellence in commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Beer’s nominator said that he has been “very conscientious in creating meaningful and impactful ways to improve non-traditional by gender participation and understanding across the college.”

Also nominated in that category were: James Kenney, Ellen Scalpelli, Bill Stefek, Ann Walder, Kisha White-Shepard, Lisa Egner and Kate Ragsdale. 

The Support Staff Award for Excellence in Innovation and Creativity was created to recognize a staff member who exemplifies excellence in improving operating efficiency via creative and innovative channels. Vance’s nominator said that he “works tirelessly and, often, behind-the-scenes to keep much of the department’s tools working,” and regularly implements creative solutions for workflow.

Also nominated in that category were: Sue Baier, Danielle Depke, Sarah Dwinnells, Christopher Foster, Zachary Fowler, Julie Frankino, Bruce Geraghty, Sarah Kocunik, Sandra Miller, Don Wiercinski, Vicki Wittman, John Wohlers.

The three winners received a framed certificate, recognition at the Board of Trustees meeting, lunch with Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek, and one day off with pay to be used within one year of the award.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee looking for Cheerleaders

Interested individuals can schedule a tryout

Waubonsee Community College is looking for students who are interested in being a part of the school’s Co-Ed Competitive Cheerleading squad. Interested individuals can schedule a tryout by contacting head coach Zech Palm at zpalm@waubonsee.edu. Tryout packets and waivers are available in the Athletic Department Office on Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove campus, or by going on-line to waubonsee.edu/experience/athletics/teams/cheerleading.  

You must be a current or incoming Waubonsee student for the 2016-2017 school year to be eligible. Each person trying out will be required to demonstrate some minimum athletic skills, including stunting skills, jumps and short floor cheering. Tumbling skills are not required, but highly encouraged. More information regarding requirements and dress code can be obtained through the tryout packets.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Stuckey Named to Conference Hall of Fame

Martine Stuckey, Waubonsee Community College Professor of Art, Painting and Design, was recently inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) Hall of Fame.

Stuckey was honored during the ISSC Board of Presidents meeting for her years of service as a mentor to Waubonsee students competing in the conference’s art competition.

Stuckey received her Master Fine Arts and Bachelor of Art degrees from Queens College in Flushing, New York.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Gorski Named Waubonsee Assistant Dean for Outcomes Assessment

Dr. Kathleen Gorski has been named to the position of Assistant Dean for Outcomes Assessment at Waubonsee Community College. The position is effective July 11.

She has served as Director of Assessment at National Louis University in Chicago since July 2012. In this role, she managed training and support of faculty in planning, implementing and using assessment data to improve student learning.

Gorski has a Doctor of Education in Administration and Leadership from Argosy University, a Master of Education in Education Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Art in Communications from Valparaiso University.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Stepney Named Waubonsee Dean for Business and Career Technologies

Ne’Keisha Stepney has been appointed to the position of Dean for Business and Career Technologies at Waubonsee Community College. Her new position is a promotion, as she has previously been serving as Assistant Dean in the same division.

Stepney earned a Master of Business Administration in 2005 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2002, both from Benedictine University. She has nearly 15 years of higher education experience, including three years at a private university, four years at a for-profit institution and seven years at Waubonsee.

She has served as Assistant Dean of Business and Career Technologies since 2013. Her work in this area has included working with adjunct faculty to ensure a positive experience for faculty members and supporting special projects of the division, such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Williams Named Student Success: Featured Alumnus

Waubonsee Community College alum Alisa Williams’ journey through higher education was filled with life detours, but those experiences helped shape the focus and perspective she now has on the importance of mentoring, balancing priorities, perseverance and celebrating milestones along the way.

Now a Senior Finance Administrative Supervisor, Credit Services for Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, in Naperville, Williams serves on committees and groups through her employer and in the community that foster leadership, mentoring and engagement. She was instrumental in encouraging her husband to pursue and finish his degree at Waubonsee, and two of her three sons have also taken classes at the college.

For her perseverance and her commitment to mentoring and leadership development, Waubonsee is proud to recognize Williams as this month’s Student Success: Featured Alumnus.

Raised in her current hometown of Aurora, Williams graduated from East Aurora High School and enrolled at Northern Illinois University. But after having a baby and finding it difficult to balance the commute to school, studying and child rearing, she took time off, eventually deciding to transfer to Waubonsee.

Williams said current students can learn from a few of her regrets – she did not join clubs or get involved, didn’t take advantage of campus resources and did not attend her commencement ceremony.

“That’s the advice I’d share with students now,” she said. “Getting involved is what makes college feel special, and I really think if I’d attended my graduation, I would have finished my four-year degree sooner, because it would have brought closure on that phase and moved me to the next one.”

Williams said that as an undergraduate, she didn’t understand the value of academic advising.

“Students should use advisers to help them identify and map out their paths,” she said. “No student should walk the education path alone, and there are plenty of campus resources to help lead them toward their goals and dreams.”

Williams said she did enjoy one indulgence during her years at Waubonsee - taking photography classes.

“That was something special and different that I wanted to experience and I did do that,” she said. “It made my experience.”

After completing her degree at Waubonsee, Williams enrolled in Aurora University, but as her family continued to grow, her academic plans were again pushed aside.

“I finally completed my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lewis University when I was 38-years-old,” she said. “It took me plenty of time to get there, but I did.”

Today, Williams is pursuing a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Lewis University, while also working full time at Nalco. She’s worked for that company for 16 years, and said a classmate in her undergraduate program at Lewis was impressed by her work ethic and skills and recommended her to the person who continues to be her director today.

At Nalco, Williams is involved in an employee resource group for African American leadership, a women’s mentoring group and Toastmasters. She is also the Naperville Region Chairperson for Ecolab’s Community Relations Council, which provides grants to schools and 501c3 organizations in the communities where Ecolab associates live and work.

As part of her master’s degree program, she is currently working on developing a series of leadership development workshops.

“Leadership development is something that is so important, and I’ve been a proponent of helping people realize that in today’s world, leadership development training needs to extend beyond managers and supervisors,” she said.

Williams said Waubonsee provided her with a place to get her continuing path through higher education started, while also meeting the needs of her family.

“High school students are always enamored with the idea of going away to college, but I strongly believe that if you don’t know what you want to do, you need to start at community college,” she said. “It’s a place where you can afford to figure it out at your own pace.”

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee softball garners post-season awards

Eight Chiefs recognized for their outstanding play
The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA’s Region IV Softball Committee recently recognized Waubonsee Community College players for their outstanding play this past spring. Eight members of the Chiefs’ program were honored by the ISCC after Waubonsee captured at least a share of the league title for an unprecedented sixth straight year. Tiffani Palmatier, Courtni Neubauer, Abby Etheridge, Taylor Browder, Shannen Sutherland and Mary Wackerlin were each named to the All-ISCC First Team. Bianca Shuler and Alex Wagner were selected to the All-ISCC Second Team. In addition, Palmatier and Neubauer were chosen to the All-Region First Team in leading head coach Perry Clark’s squad. 
Palmatier set a Waubonsee single-season record with 74 runs driven in this spring, surpassing Lauren Vitiello’s mark of 67 set in 2011. Palmatier finished tied for 12th nationally among all NJCAA Division II players in runs batted in. The sophomore from Oswego East High School also slugged a dozen home runs to equal Vitiello’s Chiefs’ single-season record also set in 2011. In addition Palmatier smacked 19 doubles, tying her for 23rd nationally in that category. The right-handed hitter finished the season with a .350 batting average, 126 total bases and a .640 slugging percentage. In ISCC play Palmatier batted .439 with six doubles, a triple and four home runs, to go along with 19 runs driven in and 18 runs scored.
Neubauer batted a sizzling .442 on the season with 76 hits and 54 runs scored. The freshman from Burlington Central High School posted a .527 on-base percentage, placing her 50th nationally. The speedy left-handed hitter drew 25 walks, was hit by pitch six times and also swiped 38 bases out of 41 attempts, tying her for ninth nationally in stolen bases. In conference action Neubauer batted .432 with 15 runs scored, seven stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .544.    
Etheridge, a sophomore from Oswego High School, was also one of the Chiefs offensive catalysts. The left-handed hitter posted a .546 batting average in ISCC contests with 21 runs scored and seven stolen bases. Overall on the season Etheridge batted .407 with a team-leading 77 hits, 61 runs scored, and 26 walks which tied her for 28th nationally in that category. A two-time All-ISCC First Team selection, Etheridge finished her Waubonsee career with 143 hits in 345 at bats for a two-year batting average of .420.
Browder, a sophomore from Mendota High School, won nine games in the circle. The right-hander threw 97 and two-thirds innings with a team-leading 34 appearances. In ISCC action Browder won five games and posted a 4.08 earned run average.
The right-handed hitting Sutherland batted .500 in ISCC action, ripping five doubles, a triple and three home runs to go along with 18 runs driven in. Overall on the season Sutherland batted .316 with 10 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 30 runs knocked in. The freshman from Sandwich High School also posted a .537 slugging percentage.
In conference play Wackerlin batted .467 with three doubles, three home runs, 16 runs driven in and a .590 on-base percentage. The Mendota High School product finished the season with a .347 batting average, smacking 10 doubles, a pair of triples and seven home runs. A right-handed hitter, Wackerlin was second on the team with 47 runs batted in and a .580 slugging percentage. The Chiefs’ freshman catcher compiled a .972 fielding percentage with just five errors on the season.
A sophomore from Joliet West High School, Schuler batted .353 in conference action to earn All-ISCC accolades for the second year in a row. Overall on the season the Chiefs’ second baseman hit .322 with 10 doubles, a triple and a home run. Defensively, Schuler posted a .926 fielding percentage with 66 putouts in 122 chances.
Wagner, an Oswego East High School graduate, earned All-ISCC Second Team honors for the second straight year. The right-hander went 3-0 with a 2.37 earned–run-average in conference play. Overall Wagner won seven games in the circle while tossing a team-leading 103 and two-thirds innings. At the plate the sophomore batted .302 with 29 hits in 96 at bats. 
Clark, in his eight year as Waubonsee’s head coach and 19th with the program overall, guided the squad to an unprecedented sixth consecutive ISCC title. The College of Lake County had streaks of five straight titles on two occasions in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Clarks’ Chiefs went 11-3 in league play this spring and have gone 70-8 over the last six seasons in conference action. An Oswego High School alumnus, Clark has directed Waubonsee to 249 wins and three Region IV runner-up finishes during his eight-year tenure as head coach.  

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Waubonsee inducts three into Athletic Hall of Fame, recognizes 2015-16 achievements

WCC Honors Student/Athletes at Banquet

Waubonsee Community College inducted three new members into the Chiefs’ Athletic Hall of Fame and honored its’ top student/athletes for 2015-2016 at the school’s annual Athletic Awards Banquet. Individual achievements as well as team accomplishments were recognized during the festive evening in the college’s Academic and Professional Center as student/athletes from throughout the Fox Valley area and beyond were honored.

The tenth-class of inductees to Waubonsee’s Athletic Hall of Fame included former Aurora East basketball standout Phill Neal, who was the Chiefs’ first ever NJCAA All-American in 1971 when he finished third nationally in scoring with a 32.6 points-per-game average. Neal, who now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, retired in 2014 after 38 years working for the General Dynamics Corporation and its’ two predecessor companies. Also honored was former men’s cross country runner Dr. Kemp Schanlaber, who was a two-time All-Skyway Conference, All-Region and National Meet participant in the mid-1980’s. The Aurora West High School graduate went on to compete nationally in triathlons and is a successful podiatrist in New Hampshire. Joining them was Aurora West High School graduate Amanda Wolf who was the Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer in basketball the last 15 years. Currently a resident of Evanston, Wolf was a two-time All-Skyway performer, the Skyway Player of the Year in 2001 and an All-Region First Team selection.

Men’s Soccer player Juan Ponce was named the Male Athlete of the Year. The midfielder led the nation in assists for most of the season before finishing second with 18 assists. The sophomore also tallied seven goals for a total of 32 points, tying him for 50th nationally in that category among all NJCAA Division I players An Aurora native, Ponce was named an NJCAA Division I Third Team All-American, was chosen to the All-Region Champions Division squad, and was a two-time All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) First Team selection. Ponce led Waubonsee to a 15-7 overall record and a berth in the Region IV semi-finals.

Basketball player Julianna Wadsworth was a unanimous choice as the Female Athlete of the Year by Waubonsee’s coaches after she became the college’s first two-time All-American on the court. The sophomore finished as the Chiefs’ all-time leading scorer with 1,211 career points and also set a new mark for points in a season with 628. Wadsworth also was in the top-20 nationally among all NJCAA Division II players in scoring, steals and free throw percentage. A two-time All-Region First Team selection, the 5’9” shooting guard helped lead unranked Waubonsee to consecutive Region IV Division II District B titles and back-to-back top-12 finishes at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Wadsworth was also tabbed the ISCC Player of the Year after helping the Chiefs’ to an undefeated 14-0 league title.  

Men’s Cross Country runner Josh Robinson was chosen as Waubonsee’s Most Improved Male Athlete. The Aurora West High School graduate was the Region IV Runner of the Year after winning the Region IV Meet the end of October. Robinson helped lead Waubonsee to the Region IV title and a 20th place finish at the NJCAA National Meet in Iowa. The sophomore also earned All-ISCC honors this past fall. As a freshman Robinson was rarely even in the Chiefs’ top six runners.

Mendota High School graduate Mallary Phalen was selected as the Most Improved Female Athlete by Waubonsee’s coaches. On the softball diamond as a freshman Phalen did not start in any games, collecting 15 hits while playing sparingly in only half of the Chiefs’ contests. This past spring the sophomore batted .281 with 47 hits in 57 games played. Phalen knocked in 21 runs, smacked 11 doubles, was seven for eight in stolen bases and committed just one fielding error all season. Phalen was also a member of Waubonsee’s women’s tennis team.

Nixa Del Real Robles, an Aurora East High School graduate, was the recipient of the Vermilion and Gold Award. This award is given annually to the Waubonsee student/athlete who best exemplifies the true ‘heart and soul’ of Chiefs’ athletics. A member of Waubonsee’s Cross Country squad, Del Rel Robles was involved with activities all throughout campus as a member of several clubs. The sophomore earned All-ISCC and All-Region honors both years at Waubonsee and participated at the NJCAA National Meet twice. 

Softball player Abby Etheridge was tabbed as the S.T.A.R. Award recipient, given to the student/athlete that displayed a good work ethic, dedication to academics and achieved perfect attendance in Waubonsee’s athletic monitoring program. The Oswego High School graduate demonstrated these attributes and more while earning All-ISCC First Team accolades on the diamond this past spring. Etheridge batted .407 with 20 stolen bases and led the Chiefs in hits with 77, runs scored with 61 and walks with 26.

Other individuals achieving All-Conference, All-Region and Academic honors during the school year were recognized throughout the evening. Waubonsee coaches Trevor Howard, Jim Sury, Dave Heiss, Rodney Davis and Perry Clark were all recognized for leading their teams to Skyway or Region titles, and appearances at the NJCAA National Tournament. Team accomplishments were acknowledged including the Men’s Golf team winning the ISCC title, along with the Region IV crown for just the second time in school history. Women’s Softball was honored for winning the ISCC title for the sixth consecutive year, Women’s Basketball was recognized for capturing the Region title for the second straight year, and the Men’s Cross Country squad was praised for earning their way to the NJCAA Division I National Meet.    

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Waubonsee EMT Program Receives National Recognition

Waubonsee Community College’s Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic program has received national recognition from Advance CTE, a national nonprofit that represents state directors and leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education (CTE) programs across the U.S.

Waubonsee’s program was one of 11 programs selected for the Excellence in Action award, which recognizes innovative and impactful CTE programs across the nation.

Waubonsee’s honor was based on its “uniquely innovative and effective approach to offering rigorous coursework, authentic and meaningful work-based learning experiences, and supported transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and on to successful careers,” according to Advance CTE officials. Waubonsee received the award in the Health Science Career Cluster as a result of their commitment to providing a supported and seamless pathway between secondary and postsecondary education, work-based learning opportunities, and rigorous academic and technical coursework preparing students with the skills they need for success.

Waubonsee Dean of Health Professions and Public Service, Dr. Jess Toussaint, accepted the honor at an award luncheon and reception as part of the Advance CTE Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. this week.

“We are proud to receive national recognition that highlights the importance of secondary, post-secondary and industry collaboration in the development of rich CTE programs,” said Dr. Michelle Evans, Waubonsee Assistant Dean for Health Professionals and Public Service. “These collaborations have allowed our program to maximize educational opportunities for students while also meeting the unique needs of the communities where our students work after graduation.”

Kimberly Green, Executive Director, Advance CTE, said the awards highlight programs that demonstrate commitment to student success.

“These Excellence in Action award winners have high expectations that result in their students truly being prepared for success in college, careers and life,” she said. “By shining a national spotlight on these programs, we hope to challenge others to use them as a model for what high-quality CTE looks like and can achieve.”

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Waubonsee's Wadsworth chosen for Ring of Honor

Wadsworth honored by Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

The jersey of Waubonsee Community College’s women’s basketball player Julianna Wadsworth is now on display at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s “Ring of Honor” in Knoxville, Tenn. Wadsworth is one of over 100 players nationwide who was selected for the “Ring of Honor,” a tradition that has honored All-Americans at both the high school and collegiate levels since the Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1999.

Wadsworth, a two-time NJCAA All-American selection, is the first ever Waubonsee player to be chosen for this recognition. The Oswego East High School graduate finished her two-year junior college career as Waubonsee’s all-time leading scorer with 1,211 career points. She also set the Chiefs’ single-season scoring mark with 628 points this past season. Wadsworth finished this past season in the top-20 nationally among all NJCAA Division II players in scoring, steals and free throw percentage. The 5’9” shooting guard helped lead unranked Waubonsee to consecutive Region IV Division II District B titles and back-to-back top-12 finishes at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Wadsworth was also tabbed the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year after helping the Chiefs’ to an undefeated 14-0 league title. The sophomore will be continuing her collegiate career at NCAA Division II affiliate Missouri Southern State University.

 

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2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Waubonsee Community College has inducted three new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Phillip T. Neal, Kemp Schanlaber and Amanda Wolf were selected as the tenth class of the Waubonsee Athletic Hall of Fame for their involvement in sports, dedication to Waubonsee, athletic successes and contributions to the community or career accomplishments earned after leaving Waubonsee.

Phillip T. Neal, 1970 – 1972, Basketball

Phillip T. Neal was a stand-out basketball player for the Chiefs, leading the college to the first Skyway Conference Championship and laying the foundation for Waubonsee’s decades-long winning basketball tradition.

Neal was drafted to the U.S. Army in 1967 and was stationed in Korea. After returning to Aurora in 1969, he completed his GED and then enrolled at Waubonsee. His freshman season was in 1970-1971, when he finished the season third in the nation in scoring. He was the unanimous choice as the conference’s Player of the Year.

An injury derailed his sophomore season. He was later invited to a professional tryout with NBA’s Seattle Supersonics in 1973, and went on to play three years of entertainment basketball with the Harlem Diplomats based out of Toronto, Canada. He later began his career with Western Electric, the predecessor to AT&T, and retired in 2015 after 38 years.

Kemp Schanlaber, 1985 – 1987, Cross Country

Kemp Schanlaber was described by a former coach as “the hardest worker of any athlete I ever coached.” He came to Waubonsee from Aurora West High School, where he qualified for the Illinois High School Association State Track Meet his junior and senior years in the pole vault. For the Chiefs, he earned All-Skyway honors in 1985 and 1986 in cross country, helping lead the team to the conference championship his sophomore year. He also earned All-Region honors both years, twice qualifying for the NJCAA National Meet and placing 34th nationally overall in 1986 when there was only one division.

He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Fitness Leadership in 1989 and his Master of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1994 from Northern Illinois University. He later received a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the William C. Scholl College of Podiatry Medicine in 1999. Schanlaber continues to serve as a doctor of podiatry at the Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

Amanda Wolf, 1999 – 2001, Basketball

Amanda Wolf finished her basketball career for the Waubonsee Chiefs in 2001 with three college records including most points in a season, most career points and most three-point baskets made in a season.

She graduated from Aurora West High School in 1999, where she was a three-sport student-athlete for the Blackhawks. Among her many accomplishments during her career with the Chiefs were her selection as Skyway Conference Player of the Year, NJCAA All-Region Team and All-Tournament honors at both the College of DuPage Tournament and Waubonsee’s Invitational Tournament.

Wolf earned her associate degree from Waubonsee and then worked as an intern at Disney World in Florida. She later played basketball at Aurora University in 2002 and 2003, where she was a member of the team that won back-to-back conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. She graduated from Aurora in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and worked at several industrial supply companies. She eventually earned her certification as a personal trainer from the National Personal Training Institute and began working at Cheetah Gym in Chicago. She has run the Chicago Marathon twice. Today she is a stay-at-home mom and lives in Evanston. - 30 -

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Waubonsee Names Motivate to Complete Winners

For the second consecutive year, Waubonsee Community College has named winners in a competition calling on students to produce mixed media announcements to inspire themselves and their peers to accomplish their educational goals.

The Motivate to Complete: Students Inspiring Students to Finish What They Start Competition was started last year by Larry Modaff, Waubonsee Professor of Communications. This year, there were a total of 19 entries judged by a panel of three students, three faculty members and three administrators.

First place won $500, second place won $350 and third place won $200. This year’s winners are as follows:

First Place – Erin Carmack, “Pictures Speak Volumes”

Second Place – Jorge Arciniega and Juan Vizcarra, “Every Move Counts”

Third Place – Jorge Arciniega and Juan Vizcarra, “Finish It…You Can!”

Honorable Mention – Peter DeGuzman, “Road Map to Success.”

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Waubonsee’s Communities of Excellence Program Recognizes Completers

Waubonsee Community College this week recognized its second group of participants to complete the Communities of Excellence Program. Those recognized during the ceremony at the college’s Aurora Downtown Campus completed 96 hours of specialized training.

The program responds to the professional development needs of local government employees by enhancing a broad range of skills needed to serve the public. Participants come from a wide range of departments including Finance, Police, Parks and Recreation, Streets, Buildings, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Compliance. Communities of Excellence was custom-developed by the college’s Workforce Development Division, in partnership with local municipal leaders.

Those who completed the program this spring are: Christopher Atkinson, Plano; David Ballas, Plano; Craig Becker, Plano; Rhonda Besco, of Aurora; Barbara Chalfin, Plano; Janet Goehst, Plano; Zoila Gomez, Plano; Donald Haggard, Plano; Dawn Metzger, Aurora; Karl Tisberger, Plano and Ron Vander Band, Plano.

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Waubonsee Featured Student a Leader On and Off the Basketball Court

Julianna Wadsworth is perhaps best known as the Waubonsee Chiefs’ basketball star who this year became the first player in program history to top 1,000 career points, but her work ethic and tenacity extends beyond the court.

Wadsworth will complete one last class this summer at Waubonsee Community College, and will then head to Joplin, Missouri to continue her academic and athletic career at Missouri Southern, where she has accepted a full scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in health promotions or a related field.

For her extraordinary contributions as a student athlete, Wadsworth is Waubonsee’s Student Success: Featured Student.

The Oswego East High School graduate didn’t have plans to be a college student athlete until Waubonsee Basketball Coach Jim Sury attended her regional game during her senior year of high school and convinced her to join his team at Waubonsee.

“To be honest with you I didn’t know what I was going to do after high school,” she said. “Coming to Waubonsee and playing basketball was so good for me. One of my biggest lessons was time management. Until you get to college, it’s all decided for you.”  

Wadsworth said her daily life since then has had room for little besides basketball, homework and school. Even now – during the off season – she continues doing workouts and will spend her summer helping to coach Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball.

“But it pays off,” she added. “The teachers and staff here at Waubonsee, and everyone really, has been so open and welcoming and willing to help me out.”

This year, Wadsworth led the Chiefs to their second straight NJCAA National Tournament. They also won a second straight Skyway Conference title. Wadsworth finished her Waubonsee career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,211 career points and 628 points in a season, and was named the conference’s player of the year, NJCAA Region IV first team and an NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American.

But Julianna has impressed her peers and mentors outside the basketball court as well. “

The first thought that comes to mind regarding Julianna is her tenacity to handle any obstacle that may come her way, not just in the form of a student-athlete but as an individual in her daily life,” said Melissa Forte, a counselor with Waubonsee Athletics. “She is a great teammate and leader with a kind heart who will extend herself to anyone who needs her help.”  

Forte said that Julianna is always quick to volunteer, without even being asked.

“Julianna may be tough on the exterior, but has an interior with a heart of gold,” she said. “She is pursuing a career in the medical field, which is perfect for the type of individual she is who can handle any tough situation with a gentle hand.”

Wadsworth has a brother and sister, but will be the first in her family to move away from home to attend college.

“I am excited but a little nervous about that,” she said. “I am a very family-oriented person so being the first to travel hours away for college, it’s a great opportunity.”

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Waubonsee Faculty Will Use Grant to Engage Students in Research

A Waubonsee Community College Physics instructor plans to use a grant she recently received to expose students to her ongoing research with Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanomaterials (CNM).

Soma Chattopadhyay, Waubonsee Adjunct Professor of Physics, was awarded the Dr. Joseph T. Cipfl Faculty Grant from the Illinois Community College Faculty Association. These grants are used to support faculty research projects that are “strongly tied to student learning.”

Chattopadhyay said she will use the grant to engage students in her ongoing research with Argonne to find new anti-reflective coating (ARC) materials used for solar panels, eye-glasses and displays.

“I am really hoping to give students exposure to research,” Chattopadhyay said. “I hope that it can inspire them to think about jobs beyond the technical. So often the research concept scares people but it’s actually simple. I feel this could be the seed for planting bigger things in their minds.”

Chattopadhyay received her PhD in Physics from Tata institute of Fundamental Research in India. She did postdoctoral research work in the Department of Materials Science and engineering at Northwestern University, Electrical Engineering and Materials Science departments of North Carolina State University and at the Chemical Engineering department of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). She was a research staff scientist at IIT before she started teaching physics and engineering courses at Waubonsee and other colleges.

Waubonsee officials signed a user agreement with Argonne to help Chattopadhyay start her research on ARC materials with help from renowned scientists Dr. Elena V. Shevchenko and Dr. Seth B. Darling of the Center for Nanomaterials at Argonne.

Lorrie S. Stahl, Waubonsee Assistant Dean for Mathematics and Sciences supported Chattopadhyay’s efforts towards applying for and receiving the grant.

“Students at Waubonsee will directly be able to experience the research process afford by the grant,” she said. “It provides students an opportunity to start building their network of contacts in STEM for future research and employment.”

Each grant is funded by contributions from the 48 public community colleges in Illinois and is awarded to four professors every year in Illinois, on a competitive basis. In addition to awarding faculty research and faculty workshop grants, the ICCFA awards a number of student scholarships and supports an annual conference in teaching and learning.

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Waubonsee’s Volunteer Income Tax Assessment Program Wraps up 12th Year

Waubonsee Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assessment (VITA) Program recently completed its 12th year of service to the community, serving 931 clients and resulting in $1.8 million dollars refunded for 2016.

During the 2016 tax season, Waubonsee students and community volunteers prepared tax returns for low to moderate income families and individuals as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s VITA Program. The sessions were offered from January 27 to April 16 at Waubonsee’s Aurora Downtown Campus.

The college has partnered with the Center for Economic Progress (CEP) for 11 of those years to provide income tax assistance in the community. Since 1990, CEP has helped more than 370,000 families through the service and returned more than half a billion dollars in refunds and saved fees.

This year, Waubonsee volunteers gave 1,982 hours of their time to prepare a total of 1,750 federal and state income tax returns. More than 40 Waubonsee students were also clients of the program. The program has been lead by George and Therese Sterling since 2012, and who are stepping down from that role.

“We are so grateful to George and Therese Sterling for leading this program through a time of growth and for maintaining a high level of service to the community,” said Ne’Keisha Stepney, Waubonsee Assistant Dean for Business and Career Technologies.

Since the inception of the VITA program at Waubonsee, 548 volunteers have served 7,168 clients, prepared 14,276 federal and state income tax returns and returned more than $14.8 million to the community.

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Teenager and 71-Year-Old Mark Waubonsee’s Youngest and Oldest Graduates

A teenager who simultaneously finished high school and earned an associate degree while maintaining status as an honors student, and a 71-year-old who overcame a lifetime of addiction and is a two-time liver transplant recipient will both walk across the stage and receive their diplomas during Waubonsee Community College’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 14.

While these are just two of the 1,083 degrees being conferred this month, in many ways, the stories of Waubonsee’s youngest and oldest graduates demonstrate the diverse roles of a community college in meeting the varied services and needs for lifelong learning.

Here are their stories:

Abigail Zedwick

Abigail Zedwick turned 18-years-old one week before finishing high school and receiving her associate degree at Waubonsee Community College. The Yorkville teen enrolled in Waubonsee’s dual credit program, which allows students to take courses to earn both high school and college credit at the same time, in order to pull off the feat.

Her family made the decision to pursue dual credit shortly after moving here in 2013 from upstate New York. Zedwick said the flexibility of home schooling allowed her to complete both high school and her associate degree in less than three years. She did all of this while maintaining a high enough GPA to maintain status in Waubonsee’s Honors Program.

But Zedwick’s accelerated path also came with sacrifices. Asked how she juggled the school work and still found time for hobbies such as reading, writing and drawing, she had one word: Perseverance.

Zedwick said she tried to join clubs – such as the Creative Writing Club at Waubonsee – but found it difficult to keep up with her school work as well. She also quit her 20-hour a week job at Culvers after two semesters.

“But the whole experience was still really fun,” she said. “I met a lot of people and I learned a lot.”

Zedwick will take a trip to Disney World with her family shortly after commencement, and then will spend her summer doing an accounting internship before continuing her higher education in September at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. She currently plans to pursue a degree in accounting or finance.

Brian McIntyre

Brian McIntyre, 71, of Ottawa, credits a series of miracles for where he is today: Alive, clean and sober for 25 years, a business owner, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, two-time liver transplant recipient, and - as of this month – a college graduate.

“I was a wild and crazy guy for 45 years,” he said, reflecting on his long journey toward a college degree just moments after completing his last final. “But at one point, I laid in a hospital bed and asked God what he wanted me to do. Since then, I live in solutions, not problems.”

Over the course of decades of drug abuse and alcoholism, McIntyre worked a series of jobs and even enrolled in college five separate times.

“But I never made it even to Spring Break,” he said. “I was too easily distracted in those days.”

In 2011, that changed. McIntyre enrolled at Waubonsee Community College and decided to stay in school until he finished his degree. He started classes in spring of 2012 and graduates this month with an associate degree in human services. He plans to continue his education further.

A certified counselor, DUI evaluator and substance abuse evaluator, McIntyre is now owner of Two Rivers Outreach in Streator, which offers DUI evaluations, risk education classes and substance abuse counseling. A two-time liver transplant recipient, he also works to promote the importance of organ donation.

McIntyre said being surrounded by “18-year-old kids,” in his classes at Waubonsee was at first intimidating for him, but he came to enjoy it.

“It made me more appreciative of young people and where they’re at in life,” he said. “I think it also made me a better grandfather and great-grandfather.”

McIntyre will proudly accept his diploma in front of his family during Waubonsee’s afternoon commencement ceremony. He said he hopes that his fortitude in returning to school and completing his degree at his age has inspired his own family, and others.

“My 37-year-old son went back to school, and I hope that maybe I had something to do with that,” he said. “You’re never too old to start over.”

This summer, McIntyre plans to run his business and continue his work supporting treatment groups, overdose awareness groups and needle exchanges.

“I have been given so many miracles in my life,” he said. “I am probably in the last quarter of my life now, and I am not going to waste it. It’s time to give back.”

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Record Number Participate in Waubonsee Commencement

View 2016 Commencement Videos

Waubonsee Community College’s commencement ceremonies this year saw a record number of graduates walk across the stage.

The ceremonies – held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 14 – moved back to campus this year to accommodate the college’s growing number of graduates who choose to participate. They took place in the Field House, which opened in March 2015.

A total of 352 graduates participated in the ceremonies, and the college awarded a total of 1,083 degrees, bringing Waubonsee to a total of 22,192 degrees conferred since their first commencement in 1968.

Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek said that after two years of holding commencement at the Paramount in Aurora, it was exciting to welcome graduates and their supporters back to the Sugar Grove campus.

“And this is a momentous occasion because today marks the first time we host these ceremonies in our new Field House,” she said.

Anna Dutton, of Oswego, was among the graduates, and was selected to be the student speaker.

She said that while she came to Waubonsee “reluctantly” on a scholarship after being unable to attend her "dream school," she quickly changed her perspective.

“Little did I know two years ago that I won the lottery when I chose Waubonsee,” she said. “I can say that because of the relationships I gained here, the experiences, and the clarity I now hold for my future. Here I am a name, not a number.”

Dutton shared stories of faculty who had gone above and beyond to challenge her in their classrooms and to share their passions. She added that she admired her many classmates who had faced challenges that made her own look “microscopic.”

Waubonsee alum and new Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman delivered the commencement address.

Ziman told the graduates stories of her humbling beginning days as a new police officer.

“Adapting is good but altering your identity to fit in is not,” she said, sharing a story of the day she learned that being herself would make her better and more effective at her job.

She also encouraged those in the room to never miss an opportunity to further their education, explaining that her constant pursuit of professional development and additional degrees helped her portfolio stand out from those of her peers.

“I caught that thirst for knowledge here,” she said of her time at Waubonsee.

Ziman also shared the story of a commanding officer who told her she’d make a terrible lieutenant. She used his criticism as fuel while she studied for the test – for which she earned the top score.

“If you use criticism as fuel, you will never run out of energy,” she said.

Ziman encouraged graduates to always assess the worst case scenario when considering a new opportunity, and decide whether or not they are willing to accept that. “Without courage, you’ll stay in your comfort zone,” she said.

 

View Waubonsee Community College 2016 Commencement Videos:

May 14, 2016 — 10 a.m.


May 14, 2016 — 2 p.m.

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Waubonsee Accepting Applications for First Dunham Fund Quick Path Scholars

Waubonsee Community College is now accepting applications for the first class of students who will pursue the college’s innovative, grant-funded, one-year associate degree. The program, funded by a $500,000 grant from the Aurora-based Dunham Fund, provides coursework and extra support necessary for students to earn a fully transferable associate degree in just one year – all tuition-free.

The Dunham Fund Quick Path program will accept 20 students for the first cohort, which begins in August. Priority deadline for applications is June 1.

While it is unique to the state and innovative for a community college to offer a one-year associate degree, Sean Warren-Crouch, Dunham Fund Project Manager, said the program is modeled after one at Miami Dade College in Florida.

Waubonsee’s program provides students with full tuition, books, a computer, an allowance, lunch every day and coaching by Warren-Crouch. His daily coaching with the class will cover topics including time management, goal setting, professionalism in the workplace, career exploration and college transfer.

Courses will run in eight-week blocks and will be delivered in-person and online. The curriculum has a business focus but still results in a degree that is fully transferable.

Eligible students must possess a high level of commitment and motivation to complete the accelerated degree, demonstrate financial need, demonstrate college readiness through a minimum 3.0 high school grade point average and placement in college-level courses, indicate interest in using the degree to transfer to a four-year school or enter the workforce and live within the Dunham Fund service area (defined as the geography bounded on the north by Illinois State Route 38 and on the south by U.S. Route 34; on the east by Illinois State Route 59 and on the west by Illinois State Route 47).

For more information about the program, contact Warren-Crouch at (630) 466-5757 or email quickpath@waubonsee.edu or visit www.waubonsee.edu/quickpath.

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Waubonsee Foundation Awards More Than $256,000 in Scholarships

For the upcoming 2016-17 academic year, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation has provided 287 scholarship awards totaling over $256,000 to 234 recipients.

John Acksel Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Christian Mueller of Hinckley.

Akerlow Memorial Scholarship: Maria Hernandez-Zenteno of Aurora.

Altrusa Scholarships: Cherin Dettman of Plano and Sabrina Szigeti of Geneva.

Aurora Business and Professional Women - Francis McKnight Memorial Scholarship: Patricia Botello of Aurora.

Aurora Elks Lodge 705 Scholarships: Jessica Dominguez and Armando Rodriguez of Aurora.

Aurora Noon Lions Club Scholarship: Samantha West of Sandwich.

Aurora Republican Women's Club Scholarship: Maria Serna of Aurora.

Aurora Residents Scholarships: Estevan Acevedo, Maryia Bahdanovich, Michelle Jaramillo, Ixya Rios and Sarai Vargas of Aurora.

Roy & Hilda Baker Scholarship: Rachael Bentel of Elburn.

Ball Horticultural Company Endowed Scholarship: Chad Wehrli of Sandwich.

Banking Industry Scholarships: Carmen Fernandez and Michelle Ward of Aurora, and Travis Hoffman of Montgomery.

Janet Bodie Memorial Scholarship: Renee Rutherford-Sobol of Sandwich.

Chuck Brieschke Memorial Scholarship: Angel Huitron of Aurora.

Emma Brighman Endowed Scholarships: Odette Uwamahoro and Laud Williams of Aurora.

Lyle Burrichter and Sharon Burrichter-Votaw Endowed Memorial Nursing Scholarship: Ashley Leach of Sandwich.

Penelope (Penny) Cameron Endowed Scholarship: Katherine Staffeldt of Sandwich.

Career Development Internship Scholarship: Stephanie Olson of Sandwich.

Cari Carter Memorial Scholarship: Marcus Holland of Saint Charles.

Caterpillar Inc. Scholarships: Gerardo Caballero of Aurora and Joseph Resko of North Aurora.

Lucille M. Clark Memorial Scholarships: Shannon Barrett, Tenna Christensen and Samra Raza of Aurora, and Kyle Smola of Geneva.

Cordogan Clark Architects Scholarships: Jose Guerrero and Adrianna Valle of Aurora.

Cosmopolitan Club of Aurora Scholarships: Rebecca Galasso of Batavia and Loretta Hughes of Aurora.

Harry L. Crisp Scholarships: David Aguilar of Aurora, Leah Erb of Montgomery, Valerie Johnson of Somonauk, Jessica Larson of Sandwich, Holly Saelens and Jacob Smutzer of Oswego, and Evan Tollios of Batavia.

Dempsey Family Endowed Scholarship: William Sitton of Aurora.

Anita Dickson Memorial Scholarships: Hector Cardenas-Zepeda of Montgomery and Brandi Oswood of Yorkville.

Daniel D. Dolan Family Scholarship: Daniel Mumaw of Sandwich.

Bobbie Jean Douglas Memorial Endowed Scholarships: Samantha Beard of North Aurora and Cherin Dettman of Plano.

Dreyer Community Health Fund Scholarship: Rosa Arriaga of Aurora. Martha and Ralph Egeland Scholarship: Michael Bermes of Aurora.

El Corazon Scholarship: Adriana Perez of Aurora. Elburn

NAPA Automotive Program Scholarships: Steven Pruitt of Aurora and Christian Rodriguez of Oswego.

Evar Erickson Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Savannah Vajgert of Maple Park.

Ivy Erickson Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Christopher Settles of Aurora.

Faville Family Endowed Scholarship: Eric Peterson of Aurora.

Richard J. Feltes Family Endowed Scholarships: Michel Jimenez and John Morice of Aurora.

First National Bank Endowed Scholarships: Paola Ballines of Aurora and Jaclyn Zielke of Sandwich.

Vern Florence Family Scholarship: Christian Paquin of Batavia.

Forty and Eight Nursing Scholarship: Faith Burmania of Aurora.

Fox Valley Heart Fund Scholarships: Iresha Jayarathna of Naperville and Denise Ramos of Geneva.

Geneva Lions Club Scholarships: Tamika Armstrong of Rockford and Marchet Harts of Sterling.

Gil Law Group Scholarships: Hugo Armenta, Veronica Diaz Vazquez, Lorena Gonzalez, Adriana Perez and Annette Soto of Aurora, and Briseida Valles of Sandwich.

Gil Law Group Single Mother Scholarship: Veronica Bonilla of Aurora.

Goetz Family Engineering Scholarship: Filiberto Medina of Aurora.

Goetz Family Nursing Scholarships: Brittany DeBruin of Oswego and Shannon O'Neil of Sandwich.

Muriel and Stanley R. Groh Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Janet Jaramillo of Elgin.

Jane Whinfrey Harris Scholarship: Dora Mendez of Aurora.

Arlene S. Hawks Fine Arts Scholarship: Are'Anna Brown of Aurora.

Heartland Bank Community Enhancement Award Scholarships: Kelsie Dalton and Ginger Ingram of Aurora, Angelique Franks of Sugar Grove, and Laura Martyniuk of Montgomery.

Henning Endowed Scholarships: Caleb Ahmed and Frank Dobner of Yorkville, Mikayla Cummings of Plainfield, and Cassie Dodd and Oscar Flores of Plano.

Human Services Faculty Scholarship: Kaitlyn Kellogg of Yorkville.

I-55 Auto Salvage Automotive Program Scholarship: Nick Kuntzi of North Aurora.

ICCSF-Health Trust Scholarship: Sandra Esquivel of Aurora.

ICCSF-Illinois Healthcare Scholarships: Holly Anderson of Oswego and Michelle Luna of Aurora.

IMA Education Foundation Endowed Scholarship: Izac Gomez of Aurora.

Willa Sweet Johnson Memorial Scholarship: Jocelyn Gonzales of Oswego.

Myrtle Belle Jones Scholarships: Hannah Alvis-Bastida of Montgomery and Shannon Barrett of Aurora.

Kane County Cougars Ozzie's Scholars Scholarship: Rachael Bentel of Elburn.

Kazanova McDonald's Scholarship: Erika Fonseca-Sanchez of Aurora.

Edward A. Kelley Memorial Scholarships: Omar Mata and Ivan Santos of Aurora. Cynthia L.

Kleronomos Endowed Scholarships: Jacob Cook and Jason Gruben of Yorkville.

Constantine and Jamie Kleronomos Endowed Scholarships: Tereza Janouskova and Shaun Staunton of Yorkville, and Rachel Skonning of Montgomery.

Rex C. Knapp Memorial Award: James Walker of Aurora.

Jami Knowles Memorial Scholarship: Cindy Saavedra of Aurora.

Land Development and Construction Industry Endowed Scholarships: Isabel Fernandez of Plano, and Antonio Hernandez and Jeff Smith of Aurora.

Lawyers' Scholarship: Melinda Ray of Oswego.

John M. Leatherbury Memorial Scholarship: Kevin Billenstein of Aurora.

Marion M. and Les Lester Endowed Scholarships: Britney Daniels of Aurora, Connie Duran of Montgomery, Kati Sibenaller of Yorkville, Sarah Snyder of Maple Park, and Ashley Spitzzeri of Elburn.

Lifelong Learning Institute Founders Scholarship: Amarilis Herrera of Aurora.

Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarships: Melissa Cruz and Kelsie Dalton of Aurora, and Jacob Robitske of Elburn.

Literacy Achievement Endowed Scholarships: Samantha Beard of North Aurora and Ochgerel Perenlei of Batavia.

LKQ Automotive Recycling Program Scholarship: Victor Avila of Aurora.

Florence Lorenz Trust Scholarship: Filiberto Medina of Aurora.

Mayes/McLean Scholarship: Michael Dominique of Aurora.

Ernest McFall Memorial Award: Jason Gruben of Yorkville.

James E. Meier Memorial Award: Jacob Goldsboro of Sheridan and Whitney Ostrom of Shabbona.

Mary Frances Mulcrone Endowed Scholarships in Interpreter Training: Grace Boshell of Montgomery and Marivel Leal of Aurora.

Louise Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Holly Saelens of Oswego.

Mary Jean Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Cassandra Robitske of Elburn.

Mary Lou Murphy Memorial Scholarships: Ebonee Redmon and Adrianna Valle of Aurora.

North Aurora Lions Club Scholarships: Noah Bauch, Joseph Garlando, Alissa Johnsen, and Cynthia Lopez of North Aurora.

National Latino Peace Officers Association-Aurora Chapter Scholarships: Gicelle Camacho of Oswego and Michael Dominique of Aurora.

Dona O'Keefe Tucholski Endowed Scholarships: Tiffany Brown and Nallely Nino of Aurora, Lashun Van of Naperville, and Zachary Weiss of Batavia.

Old Second Bank Endowed Scholarships: Michelle Horn of Waterman and Alondra Morales of Aurora.

Anna M. Oleson Memorial Scholarships: David Aguilar of Aurora and Dylan Norton of Oswego.

Norm Paul Memorial Scholarship: Natalia Guzman of Elburn.

Pulver Family Scholarship: Melissa Hallbeck of Sugar Grove.

Quad County Urban League Scholarships: Marcus Holland of Saint Charles, Kevalyn Moore of Aurora, and River Woodson of Newark.

Real Estate Brokers Developers and Realtors Scholarship: Denise Horn of Waterman.

Rotary Club of Naperville Downtown Scholarships: Deborah Boedeker of Joliet and Alexander McKay of Sugar Grove.

Rotary Club of Oswego Scholarship: Katera Amann of Montgomery.

Rush-Copley President's Scholarships: Amy Smith and Rose Ann Whiteside of Oswego.

Dr. Gina Santori Nursing Scholarships: Jelena Lazic of Aurora and Devin Thomas of Yorkville.

Larry Scranton Memorial Scholarship: Jacob Volk of Geneva.

Shodeen Family Foundation Scholarships: Hugo Armenta and Morelia Delgado of Aurora, Rebecca Galasso of Batavia, and Eric Woodham of Oswego.

Jennifer Shook Student Athlete Scholarships: Brett Becker and Mallory Jones of Aurora.

John Austin Sizer Fine Arts Scholarship: Kelley Siler of North Aurora.

Robert M. Sohol Endowed Scholarships: Jacob Clarke of Batavia and Lilian Soto of Elburn.

Ashley R. Souba Memorial Scholarship: Rose Ann Whiteside of Oswego.

Speedway Auto Parts Automotive Recycling Program Scholarship: Yovani Alcantar of Aurora.

Steiner-Kerman Educational Foundation Scholarships: Emily Adkins of Sandwich and Diane Kellett of Aurora.

Karen J. and David S. Stewart Scholarship: Alanna Hoffman of Montgomery.

Wayne and Corrine Stone Endowed Career Scholarship: Hector Cardenas-Zepeda of Montgomery.

Study Abroad Scholarship: Amelia Cintula of Batavia.

John J. Swalec Jr. President's Achievement Awards: Deborah Boedeker of Joliet; Erin Carmack of Batavia; Tracie Coleman, Xiuzhen Fang, Mario Rodriguez, Cindy Saavedra and Christopher Settles of Aurora; Kristina Creasey of Oswego; Samantha Garcia and Elvia Lee of Montgomery; Julie Graziano and Carrie McCoy of Yorkville; and Danielle McCormack of Sugar Grove.

John J. Swalec Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarships: Melissa Hallbeck of Sugar Grove, Christine Schrama of Yorkville, and Celsea Taylor of Oswego.

Mary Ann Thompson Memorial Science Scholarship: Joseph Zubek of Yorkville.

Three Brothers Scholarship: Giovanni Gutierrez of Aurora.

Margaret Tobin Memorial Scholarship: Shannon O'Neil of Sandwich.

Douglas Arthur Vest Scholarship: Alissa Johnsen of North Aurora.

Marie Von Ohlen Memorial Scholarships: Faith Burmania of Aurora and Conor Snedeker of Hinckley.

Vanessa Skeens Ward Memorial Scholarship: Jamie Pozezinski of Hinckley.

Waubonsee Student Nurse Association Scholarship: Maria Serna of Aurora.

WCC Automotive Technology Scholarship: Ignacio Toscano of Montgomery.

WCC Early Childhood Education Scholarship: Samantha Garcia of Montgomery.

WCC Employee Scholarships - General: Theresa Eberhardt and Ashley Pickett of Yorkville, Matthew Grogan of Plano, Denise Horn of Waterman, Christine Michaud of Sandwich, Amy Renner of North Aurora, and Holly VanScoit of Aurora.

WCC Employee Scholarships - Minority Student: Angel Huitron and Annette Soto of Aurora.

WCC Employee Scholarships - Single Parent: Laura Muniz of Oswego and Maria Vazquez of Sycamore.

WCC Faculty Council Awards Endowed Academic Scholarship: Kesha Henderson of Yorkville.

WCC Faculty Council Awards: Erin Carmack of Batavia; and Norbert Koput, Dorothy Pryor and Samra Raza of Aurora.

WCC Faculty Council Student Needs Awards: Yesenia Cereceres, Luis Granados, and Armando Rodriguez of Aurora; Ashley Pickett of Yorkville; and Samantha Rivera of North Aurora.

WCC Faculty Council Award - Union: Julie Graziano of Yorkville.

WCC Foundation Directors Scholarships: Jasmin Bello of Plano; Eric Biegalski, Mark Biegalski, Alison Brackett, Jovanis Cain, Tarsis Cintron Buitrago, Lesly Fountain, Laura Martyniuk, Ignacio Toscano and Taylor Walgren of Montgomery; Teresa Braden, Connie Tan and Nina Williams of Batavia; Hesed Dianne Campanano, Maricruz Cervantes, Tenna Christensen, Brooke Ekstrom, Itzel Flores, Ruben Franco, Alejandro Gonzalez, Andrew Pauley, Ismael Ramirez, Ebonee Redmon and Cody Wyeth of Aurora; Jacob Cichorski and Joanna Collins of Geneva; Autumn Clark and Christian Diaz of Sandwich; Angelique Franks and Abigail Herwaldt of Sugar Grove; Jocelyn Gonzales and Bruno Reinert of Oswego; Amy Hosey and Carrie McCoy of Yorkville; Cosmos Lok of Chicago; Cassandra Robitske of Elburn; and Conor Snedeker of Hinckley.

WCC Foundation Founders Scholarships: Celia Almaraz and Perla Hernandez of Aurora, Taylor Hughes of Yorkville, Iresha Jayarathna of Naperville, Ruth McLennan of Oswego, Whitney Ostrom of Shabbona, and Ochgerel Perenlei of Batavia.

WCC Hearing Impaired Program Award: Melissa Varacalli of Oswego.

Weblinx Inc. Scholarship: Maria Hernandez-Zenteno of Aurora.

Dr. William J. and Jane G. Weigel Memorial Scholarship: Emily Adkins of Sandwich.

Claudia J. Wennmacher Memorial Scholarship: Ginger Ingram of Aurora.

West Towns Community Resource Team Scholarship: Christine Michaud of Sandwich.

WHITSA Scholarship: Samantha Rivera of North Aurora.

Nick Wirth Memorial Fire Science Scholarship: Thomas Martino of Yorkville.

Woman's Club of Aurora General Scholarships: Lorena Gonzalez of Aurora and Marissa Trevino of Montgomery.

Woman's Club of Aurora Nursing Scholarships: Ashley Leach of Sandwich and Kelechi Oranika of Aurora.

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation Endowed Scholarships: Bertha Pena of Montgomery and Christian Urrea of Aurora.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Nominations Sought for Waubonsee Distinguished Contributor and Alumnus Awards

Nominations are now being sought for Waubonsee Community College’s 2016 Distinguished Contributor and Distinguished Alumnus awards. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, May 31 and should be submitted to Kim Caponi, Director of Presidential Communications and Operations, by emailing kcaponi@waubonsee.edu .

Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Waubonsee Distinguished Alumnus Award is dedicated to outstanding graduates of Waubonsee Community College District No. 516 in recognition of their unselfish and continued support of the college. The nominees should be graduates of WCC who meet the following criteria: Completed an associate degree at Waubonsee Community College, has documented evidence of a distinguished record in their chosen profession and/or occupation, has documented evidence of contribution and service to their community and has demonstrated a continued interest in lifelong education. The nominee cannot be a current employee of Waubonsee.

Nomination forms can be downloaded online here.  

Distinguished Contributor Award

The Waubonsee Distinguished Contributor Award is designed to honor individuals, groups of individuals or organizations who have made outstanding contributions or given exemplary support to the college. The award will be given to a nominee who meets the following criteria: Has supported an area of the general operation of the college in either a personal or professional capacity that has contributed to the overall growth and expansion of the college’s mission; Has contributed to the institution in a way which has enhanced a program, the operation and/or future development of the college which went beyond the ordinary and such results would probably not have occurred without the nominee’s special efforts; Is recognized by the college staff, community residents and officials, or community college leaders as having made an extraordinary commitment to promote the college and its mission. Nominees cannot be current employees of the college.

Nomination forms can be downloaded online here

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Waubonsee Students Place in State Automotive Competition, Will Compete Nationally

Four Waubonsee Community College students placed at the Illinois SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Springfield this month.

Gold medalists are: Melanie Thomas, of Marengo, Automotive Refinishing Technology; Daniel Dwyer, of Cortland, Collision Repair Technology; Drew Kleyweg, of Yorkville, Automotive Service Technology.

Andrew Butzow, of Marengo, won a silver medal for Automotive Refinishing Technology.  

The students who earned gold will head to Louisville, Ky., June 20 through 24, for the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference to compete for the national awards.  

A total of eight Waubonsee students from Auto Body, Auto Tech and Machine Tool Technology qualified to compete at the State level. The team was prepped and led by faculty members Jim Armitage, Ken Kunz, Andy MacDonald, Charlie Ruetsche and Guy Tiberio.   Randy Hines also participated in the conference as the Supervisor for the Additive Manufacturing contest.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Receives Financial Reporting Award, Maintains Moody’s Rating

Waubonsee Community College received news this month reaffirming the college’s efforts to responsibly and effectively manage funds while also addressing financial challenges brought by the ongoing state budget standoff.

Waubonsee received its seventeenth consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the audited financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

In addition, the college recently learned that Moody’s has reaffirmed the college’s Aa1 rating, with a stable outlook. This maintains the college’s rating one step from a AAA rating, the highest available, and is seen as a strong endorsement by Moody’s of the college’s financial stability.

Due to the lack of state funding for higher education in fiscal year 2016, Moody’s has been in the process of reviewing the credit ratings of all Illinois institutions. Several state universities were downgraded as part of the process.

This news comes as the college’s Board of Trustees has vowed to continue the high quality tradition of the college while maintaining a balanced budget while challenged with the ongoing lack of state funding, which amounts to approximately $7 million. Due to the budget impasse in Illinois, Waubonsee has not received any state funding in fiscal year 2016 and does not anticipate funding from the state for the upcoming fiscal year. In cost saving measures, Waubonsee this year reduced spending on travel, delayed filling vacant positions and the purchase of much needed equipment. The college also passed a small tuition increase for next fiscal year. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Recognizes Health Information Technology Program

A program providing hands-on experiences and instruction, resulting in 100 percent pass rates in recent years, is being recognized by Waubonsee Community College as a Student Success: Featured Program. The college’s Health Information Technology (HIT) Program helps students to develop entry-level competencies developed by the American Health Information Management Association.

Andrea Siekierski, Waubonsee HIT Instructor, describes HIT as the “business side of health care.” Health information is the data related to a person’s medical history, and health information professionals are highly trained in the latest information management technology applications. They ensure a patient’s health information and records are complete, accurate and protected and have a large impact on the quality of patient care. HIT professionals are focused on the technical side of managing health information, working with software and hardware used to manage and store patient data.

“There is a huge demand for HIT professionals and many of our students have found employment prior to graduating,” Siekierski said.

The program received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Informatics Management Education in October 2013. Since then, they developed a Health Information Advisory Committee consisting of alumni, faculty, employees and administrators from hospitals and other healthcare providers, launched the Waubonsee Health Information Technology Student Association, and an open lab to assist students with coursework, applications exercises, case studies and review for accreditation exams. The Health Information Technology program has received the Illinois State University Center for Specialized Professional Support New Look grant and the Illinois Community College Board Pathways to Results grant.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

YWCA Aurora Names Scholarship for Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek

Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek was recently recognized by YWCA Aurora, which named a scholarship in her honor.

During the YWCA 2016 Leaders of Change Luncheon in Aurora, the YWCA announced the creation of the YWCA Aurora Dr. Christine Sobek Scholarship, recognizing Sobek’s “passionate community outreach and devotion to empowering women leaders both through her work at Waubonsee and personally.”

The scholarship will award $2,500 to one Waubonsee student, and will be provided annually as funds allow. The application for 2016-17 is due Friday, May 20.

During the event, the YWCA also named a scholarship in honor of Dr. Rebecca Sherrick, who became president of Aurora University in 2000. Sobek has served as president of Waubonsee since 2001, and has spent her career as an educator and administrator in Illinois’ community college system.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Student Government Elected

Waubonsee Community College recently held elections for the 2016-2017 Student Senate members.

Elected to Student Senate President is Yosemite Pinedo, Aurora and the Student Trustee is Mildreth Torres, Aurora.

The nine Student Senators elected for next year are Estevan Acevedo, Aurora; Seth Coleman, Batavia; Samantha Coomes, Somonauk; Giovanni Gutierrez, Aurora; Elizabeth Lonigro, Elburn; Bailey Martenson, Shabbona; Sabrina Ortego, Aurora; Guadalupe Romualdo, Aurora and William Sitton, Aurora.

The Waubonsee Student Senate is composed of a total of 12 students: The president and five senators are elected in the spring and the remaining six are elected in the fall. The Student Senate provides the opportunity for a student-planned and operated system of projects for the college and provides one channel of communication through which the administration of the college and students can discuss topics.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Featured Alum Turned Passion for Wildlife into Career

Waubonsee Community College alum Katie Billing grew up idolizing animal adventurer and television star Steve Irwin, but she never dreamed during her undergraduate days that the hobbies and passions she was developing would lead to a fulfilling career in wildlife and conservation.

“I have always loved animals, and was always picking up worms and frogs as a kid, and running in mud,” she said. “And luckily I can say that today my purpose in life is to teach people about conservation and get people to understand that animals can’t help themselves. We have to help them.”

After completing her Associate in Science degree at Waubonsee in 2013, the Batavia native transferred to Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale to finish her undergraduate career, where she earned a B.S. in Zoology (wildlife biology and conservation). She is now working as Project Manager at Purposeful Networks in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For her dedication and for the example she set by launching her dreams as an undergraduate, Waubonsee is proud to recognize Billing as a Student Success: Featured Alumnus. Billing said deciding to attend Waubonsee was “the best decision that I ever made.”

“I tell everyone to go to community college,” she said. “It really helped shape me academically and prepared me for the next two years at SIU. It allowed me to do more with my hometown and with the environmental initiatives that were important to me.”

At Waubonsee, Billing was President of the Sustainability Club, a STEM scholar and helped to run Waubonsee’s Earth Week events. She was mentored by the college’s biology faculty, and was also involved in theater. She said it was that well-rounded mix of support, activities and interests that helped develop the professional skills that got her to where she is today.

“As it turns out, being able to combine my love for theater, improv and teaching people about sustainability and animals was perfect for me,” she said. “I was constantly on stage and helping to build sets at Waubonsee. Those were the foundations for my path after I left.” During her summers in college, Billing worked at Brookfield Zoo, which eventually led to a summer position at the Columbus Zoo, working with famed zookeeper Jack Hanna and his program. She also won an opportunity to work with Polar Bears International. “My job at Brookfield Zoo was what launched me into the sustainability world,” she said, explaining a project she did there – a 25-page book about how to become a conservation leader – won her an opportunity to attend leadership camp in Canada, working with scientists and learning about climate change.

“There I was on this tundra buggy in the middle of the Arctic, surrounded by polar bears migrating through the area,” she said. After that experience, Billing remained in touch with the scientists, leading to a return trip during her time as a student at SIU.

During her senior year of college, she took on as many leadership responsibilities as she could handle. She was involved in the Zoology Club and was a student ambassador for a company that encouraged college students to share about their sustainable activities such as recycling or reusing. That company evolved into Billing’s current employer, Purposeful Networks.

In her current position, she helps clients find creative ways to use technology to drive their missions. Billing recently became a project manager of a new project called Zoo Tracks, where she is working with zoos to create next-level guest experiences through mobile programs, customization, and immersion in zoological parks. The project encourages users to share their stories, learn more as conservation leaders, and do more sustainable behaviors post-visit for zoos and wildlife.

Billing said her engagement as an undergraduate helped her to grow a network that has nourished her career.

“I have quickly learned in the work environment, it is more about who you know versus what you know,” she said. “By being able to get involved and connected with other people, that helps you build team skills and become a leader. It widens your network.”

You can follow Billing’s conservation efforts on her blog, http://wildlifekatie.tumblr.com/.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Aurora Resident Named Waubonsee Student Trustee

Mildreth Torres, of Aurora, has been elected to serve as Waubonsee Community College’s Student Trustee for 2016-2017. Torres was seated at the college’s board of trustees meeting April 20. The student trustee serves as the liaison between the Waubonsee Board of Trustees and the college’s students, representing students’ interests at the board level.

A political science major, Torres graduated from Oswego East High School in May 2015 and hopes to attend law school, and then become a civil rights attorney. She is currently president of Waubonsee Business and Entrepreneurship Club and is involved in Campus Activities Board and a new student club, C.A.R.E., a club which assists Waubonsee’s office of Student Life to do service activities and civic engagement.

“I am looking forward to gaining this experience and serving as the voice of the students,” Torres said of her new role as student trustee.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Student Art Exhibits Open to the Public

Waubonsee Community College currently is offering several student art exhibits that are free and open to the public.

From now until July 10, Waubonsee student Michelle Conklin’s photography work is on display in the Aurora Downtown Campus Café, 18 S. River St. in Aurora. The show, called “Grit and Conviction,” is a series of photographs. Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Until May 1, the public can see the Spring 2016 Student Exhibition in the Todd Library, located on the second floor of Collins Hall on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive. Exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m.

Until May 6, the public can view Skyway Selections, a group show of 35 artworks selected by Cynthia Hellyer Heinz, Foundation Coordinator at Northern Illinois University. These student artworks can be viewed in the Arrowhead Room gallery, located on the first floor of Dickson Center of the Sugar Grove campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Satruday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From April 23 until May 8, Waubonsee presents the Spring 2016 Student Showcase at Von Ohlen Hall, second floor hallway, at the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

All Waubonsee exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cecilia Vargas, Waubonsee Art Coordinator, at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu. 

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Students Plan Day of Service

Waubonsee Community College students will spend Saturday, April 16 volunteering at seven sites throughout the area for their Day of Service.

Organizers say 125 students will do service projects with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Aurora Salvation Army, Kendall County Food Pantry, Aurora Humane Society/Fox Valley United Way, Rebuilding Together Aurora, Kane County Forest Preserve and Mutual Ground in Aurora. Throughout the day, students will assist in activities such as raking, weeding, moving branches, or assisting with the other needs of the service organizations involved.

“This is the largest Day of Service that we have ever hosted, thanks to our partnership with the Gustafson Scholarship program, said Meg Junk, Waubonsee Student Life Specialist. “We are excited to be able to partner with seven different organizations and make a larger impact.”

Junk said this is the third year that Waubonsee has hosted Day of Service, which began in Spring of 2014 and has been done once per semester since its inception.

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Free Spring Concert Series Schedule Released

Waubonsee Community College will offer a series of free concerts this spring. All performances take place in the Auditorium on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

The concert schedule is as follows: Chorale and Octapella, 3 p.m. April 24; Steel Band, 7:30 p.m. April 29; Rock Band and Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. May 5; Jazz Band with guest performers Callaloo, 7:30 p.m. May 6; Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. May 13.

Also, individual student recitals will take place in Von Ohlen 114 (Little Theatre). The sophomore recital is at 3 p.m. April 17 and a General Student Recital is at 3 p.m. on May 15.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Waubonsee Visiting Artist Offers Lecture to the Public

Danielle Dobies, a Fox Valley-based artist currently exhibiting her work at Waubonsee Community College, will offer a lecture on April 18 that is free and open to the public. The lecture takes place from 11 a.m. to noon in Von Ohlen Hall, Room 201 at the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Dobies’ artwork focuses on sculptural installations that use upholstery techniques, or is focused on glass and tile mosaics. Her art is usually wearable or interactive within an exhibition.

Dobies earned her BFA in Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Elmhurst College. She received her M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.

She has worked as an art instructor for the Fox Valley Jewish School, as a project director for local public mural projects and an artist in residence at Water Street Studios. She is currently an adjunct professor of sculpture at Elmhurst college. Her work can be viewed on exhibit in the Dickson Window Art Project Space in the Dickson Building at Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove campus until June 29.

For more information about the lecture, contact Cecilia Vargas, Waubonsee Art Coordinator, at cvargas@waubonsee.edu or (630) 466-7900 ext. 2964.

© 2012 Waubonsee Community College

Earth Week Events Offered for Community

Waubonsee Community College is offering more than a week’s worth of events in celebration of Earth Day. The events are free and open to the community.

For more information or for special accommodations, contact Eileen Keeney-Garcia, Waubonsee Buildings/Ground Manager, at (630) 466-7900 ext. 5797 or ekeeneygarcia@waubonsee.edu.

The events are as follows:

Saturday, April 16

Day of Service presented by Student Life Waubonsee students will kick off Earth Week by volunteering for one of seven community projects. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, April 18

Bringing Green into Your Home presented by Mavis Bates, Adjunct Professor of Math and Sciences A discussion of sustainability and energy saving tips that can benefit the environment and your family. 2 to 3 p.m. Academic and Professional Center, Room 160

Tuesday, April 19

Early Morning Bird Walk led by Ryan Johnson, Groundskeeper Discover the many species of birds that are found on campus and its surrounding trails. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Auditorium Parking Lot

Bring Nature to Your Yard presented by Jim Kleinwachter and The Conservation Foundation Learn how to modify your landscape to attract birds and butterflies. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Academic and Professional Center, Room 120

A Century of National Parks presented by Sue Bennett, Acting Chief of Visitor Services, Pullman National Monument Learn about the rich heritage of the national park system and how you can enjoy Chicagoland’s closest sites. 7 p.m., Auditorium

Wednesday, April 20

Learn about the Oaks! presented by Jan Sorensen and Wasco Nursery Learn about the wonderful ecosystem that supports over 200 species of wildlife! 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bodie Hall, Room 150

Trail Walk led by Joe Zappia, Lead Groundskeeper and Certified Arborist A light-to-moderate walk focusing on vegetative diversity and an in-depth look at our awesome woods. 1 to 2 p.m. Meet in front of Bodie Hall.

Thursday, April 21

Recycling Event Recycle electronics, batteries and glasses, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ceramic Kiln area and Student Center Lobby.

Habitat Walk led by Waubonsee staff A light-to-moderate walk to experience the different habitats that exist just within the campus borders, including wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. 1 to 2 p.m. Meet at the Overflow Parking Lot on the south side of campus.

Friday, April 22

The Benefits of Trees presented by Tricia Bethke, Morton Arboretum A discussion of the great benefit of trees and how you can help them. Noon to 2 p.m. Student Center, Room 106

Commemorative Tree Planting and Presentation Join the Waubonsee Grounds Department to celebrate Arbor Day and the end of Earth Week. Itree.com has donated a tree that they will be planting just northwest of the Student Center. Itree.com will also be providing tree planting advice during the ceremony. SavATree will be giving a presentation on post tree planting care. Attendees will receive a small tree purchased from the Arbor Day Foundation. Come and help us celebrate! 2 to 4 p.m. Student Center, Room 106

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Fox Country Players to Perform “Next to Normal”

Waubonsee Community College’s Community Education department and the Fox Country Players will present “Next to Normal” this month. Performances take place at 7 p.m. April 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. on April 17 at the Waubonsee Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

With music by Tom Kitt, and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, the play is the winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. The play was also chosen as "one of the year's 10 best shows" by critics around the country. The rock musical tells the story of a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder, and the impact that illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such heavy issues grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in psychiatry and suburban life. 

Fox Country Players, founded in 1979, is a community theatre group based out of Yorkville that is dedicated to excellence in theatre education and performance in the Fox Valley Community.

Director Patrick Stinson said Fox Country Players chose this show because of the message and topic.

“Mental illness is taboo in our society and with the rash of shootings that have been blamed on people needing help, and with so many people suffering from depression, we wanted to do a show that reaches out to that community and shows the that there is light,” he said.

Stinson, of Oswego, said the play features a talented cast of six, with two understudies. That cast includes two Waubonsee students, Ryan Drendel, of North Aurora, in the role of Henry, and Hannah Zepeda, of Batavia, as understudy in the role of Natalie. The rest of the cast includes: Lori Skubich, of Lombard, playing Diana; Ross Wheeler, of Yorkville, playing Dan; Michell Kinn, of Lisle, playing Gabe; Allison Kasbee, of Naperville, playing Natalie; Eliseo Martinez, of Aurora, playing Dr. Madden, Dr. Fine.

“Of anything I have ever done I want people to see this show, and I have done a lot of shows,” Stinson said.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors (65+). Tickets can be purchased at www.waubonseetickets.com.

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Waubonsee Ranked Among Best Community Colleges in Illinois

Waubonsee Community College was ranked among the best community colleges in the state by www.schools.com.

The college was ranked fourth among community colleges in Illinois. The ranking notes that Waubonsee “perhaps deserves extra recognition for its considerable percentage of students who transfer out with a goal of finishing. Only four schools on our list had higher transfer rates than Waubonsee.”

The top three schools ranked were Olney Central College, Lincoln Trail College and Highland Community College. Rounding out the top 10 were Elgin Community College, Lake Land College, Oakton Community College, McHenry County College, Harper College and John Wood Community College.

The article also mentions Waubonsee’s affordable cost of tuition and fees as being $900 less than the statewide average and ranked number one for affordability statewide in 2014. The ranking gives special mention to Waubonsee Community College Foundation’s robust institutional scholarships, and online application process.

“This ranking reaffirms our commitment to providing access for our students to high quality education at an affordable price,” said Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek. “We appreciate this recognition of our ability to prepare our students for their educational and career goals and our accessibility.”

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Waubonsee to Host Spring Job and Internship Fair on April 8

Registration so far for Waubonsee Community College’s Spring Job and Internship Fair on Friday, April 8 indicates that the event is on pace to break employer participation records once again.

The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Academic Professional Center at the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

So far, the spring event saw 50 percent of available employer spaces fill within the first week of registration opening. Some of the employers who have already registered to recruit at the fair include General Mills, Dukane Precast, City of St. Charles Police Department, Rush-Copley Medical Center, Kendall County Sheriff, Menards, Walgreens and Cardinal Health.

Julie Bechtold, Waubonsee Career Development Center Manager, said that the event is open to the public, and organizers are working on building the connection between students and employers.

“We purposefully collaborated with each of the academic areas to increase awareness of employment and internship opportunities,” she said. “Employers come to campus because they specifically want to engage with students and are excited about the opportunity.”

Job seekers are asked to register in advance. To do that, and to view a complete list of employers who are registered for the event, visit www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs.

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Waubonsee Students Featured in Skyway Juried Art Exhibition

The work of six Waubonsee Community College art students is currently featured in the 2016 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition, which runs through April 4 at Elgin Community College.

The students whose artwork are featured are: Anna Bateman, of Elburn; Anjela Cabanlong, of Aurora; Michelle Conklin, of Maple Park; Esther Espino, of Maple Park; Sabryna Kusiak, of Montgomery; and Monica Valentin, of Aurora.

Conklin won an Award of Excellence for her digital photograph, “Hand Prep.”

The 2016 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition is located at Elgin Community College’s Safety-Kleen Gallery One, Arts Center, Building H, H100, 1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin.

The Waubonsee artists’ Spring 2016 Skyway Selections will be exhibited from April 8 to May 2 in the Arrowhead Room at Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive.

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Featured Student Already Worldly Humanitarian

Danielle Adamowski’s young life has already taken her around the world in pursuit of her desire to help others.

Her humanitarian pursuits have led her to work with orphans in Haiti, reconstruct a solar efficient home for public viewing, build an afterschool program in a remote and poor town, prep a forest floor to prevent forest fires, teach kids how to garden and institute a school-wide walking program and build a running trail in Arizona.

David Brooks, New York Times columnist, once wrote that there are two kinds of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Adamowski is committed to the eulogy virtues, and so it is fitting that her time at Waubonsee began in a Peace Studies class.

For her insatiable desire to make the world a better place, and her demonstrated commitment to that goal, Adamowski is recognized as Waubonsee Community Colleges Student Success: Featured Student.

Adamowski, of Aurora, said her humanitarian mission began reluctantly, when – during her sophomore year in high school - a friend invited her to volunteer in Haiti. Adamowski lied and told the friend that her mother would not let her go. The friend called Adamowski’s mother, who agreed that her daughter should go.

“My mom is always pushing me to go out and explore and experience new things,” she said, admitting that her mother was right about the trip to Haiti. She spent her time there volunteering in orphanages, and the experience was life changing.

“It was the first time in my life where I saw the direct impact I had on a person that I was helping out,” she said. “I’d volunteered before, but it was always more at a distance, like collecting food for a shelter.”

The next year, Adamowski returned to Haiti, this time with her mother and sister. And she began looking into the National Civilian Community Corps. Excited to start, she graduated from West Aurora High School early and enrolled in a Peace Studies course taught by Ellen Lindeen at Waubonsee Community College.

An anthropology major, Adamowski plans on completing her studies in spring 2017, and then continue her humanitarian work, possibly by returning to agencies she’s volunteered with in the past.

“I am really hoping to spend my life traveling and helping,” she said. “Some of the courses and teachers I have had here at Waubonsee have really opened my eyes to the world.”

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Waubonsee Community College Announces Name Changes for Two Campuses

Waubonsee Community College publicly announces name changes for two of its campuses, which will better reflect the distinct identities of and create consistency across all four of Waubonsee’s campuses. Effective immediately, the Aurora Campus, 18 S. River Street in Aurora, will be called the Aurora Downtown Campus and the Copley Campus, 2060 Ogden Ave. in Aurora, will be called the Aurora Fox Valley Campus.

Waubonsee’s Plano and Sugar Grove campus identities will remain unchanged.

The Aurora Fox Valley Campus closed in December for renovations, and is scheduled to re-open in July for registration for fall classes, and will be fully operating and offering classes on-site in August, at the start of the fall semester.

The renovations will allow the college to better serve students in the far eastern portion of the college district, and provide a significantly enhanced facility for the college’s robust healthcare offerings. Programs that will be offered at the Aurora Fox Valley Campus are: Nursing, Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Nurse Assistant and Surgical Technology. In addition, the college will offer the Office Software Specialist certificate at that campus.

When the campus re-opens for the fall 2016 semester, it will feature expanded student services, including tutoring, library resources and testing services. While some classes will be offered in the traditional 16- week format, a majority of offerings will be in an eight-week format.

Since the 30,000-square-foot campus opened in January 1997, Waubonsee has been operating primarily out of the second floor, as first-floor office space was rented. Now that the campus will be fully used by the college, the first floor is undergoing a complete renovation, creating instructional and administrative space. Other facets of the $4.8 million project include a partial renovation of the second floor; a new roof; and new heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

“The renaming of these campuses aligns with our vision and reaffirms our commitment to the students, residents and employers in our communities,” said Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek. “The fast-paced climate of higher education today demands that we be agile and adept at evolving to meet ever-changing needs while maintaining a high level of quality and delivery. The renovation of the Aurora Fox Valley Campus exemplifies those efforts.”

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Students Invited to Compete in ‘Motivate to Complete’

Waubonsee Community College students are invited to take part in the second annual “Motivate to Complete” Public Service Announcement Contest, which aims to inspire students to complete their studies.

The competition, created and coordinated by Professor of Communications Larry Modaff, began last year. Modaff said that in light of local, state and national emphasis on college completion, he wanted to encourage Waubonsee students to explore their own college-related motivations and articulate those to their peers.

The contest’s prize money of $500 for first place, $350 for second, and $200 for third, is provided by the Waubonsee Student Senate. Students who would like to learn more about the competition can visit http://www.m2c.waubonsee.edu/. Prize-winning entries from last year’s contest can be viewed at https://www.waubonsee.edu/2015-MotivateToComplete-Winners

Entries are due by 3 p.m. on Monday, April 25th. In early May, an awards ceremony will be held to announce the three winning entries. Entries will be judged on creativity, production value, potential to inspire, and clarity and logic of the written description. 

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Waubonsee Student Named 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar

Waubonsee Community College student Anna Dutton, of Oswego, has been named a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.

Dutton is majoring in business and is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Delta Sigma Omicron and Sigma Chi Eta at Waubonsee.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention. 

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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Waubonsee Professor Previews Spring Forecast

The official start of spring comes this month – Sunday, March 20. Waubonsee Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Karl Schulze, who teaches classes such as Meteorology and Climate and Global Change, took a moment to tell us what we can expect here this spring.

Spoiler alert: No groundhogs were used in the making of this spring forecast.

March is off to a promising start, so can we expect an "early" and warm spring this year, or what are your predictions for the overall spring forecast?  

Professor Schulze:

The temperatures have been above normal for the entire winter, and the spring is certainly off to a warm start. I can't see any reason why we should suddenly drop to below normal for an extended period of time. 

Even though temperatures in the middle 60s is awesome for early March, we need to remember that the 30-year average temperature (or "normal high") should only be in the middle 40s. 

While I expect the spring to continue to be above normal as a whole, we can't rule out a few day stretch here or there where the temperatures can drop to below normal.

How will El Nino and other factors impact our weather in the coming months?  

Professor Schulze:

The current expectations are for El Nino to weaken later this spring or early summer, so its effect on our weather will gradually diminish. 

In addition, El Nino has its biggest impact on Illinois weather during the winter season, so it normally doesn't have much of an influence once we enter spring and summertime.

Are there any other significant factors that forecasters need to consider or that could change the expected weather patterns?  

Professor Schulze:

When meteorologists attempt to do a seasonal outlook or forecast, one element is El Nino or La Nina. From there, other important factors include soil moisture, amount of ice on the Great Lakes, the amount of snow cover in Canada, etc. 

When it comes to soil moisture this year, we are near normal.  If you recall the hot, dry summer of 2012, we had temperatures in the 80s on St. Patrick's Day, and the dry ground allowed the heat and dryness to continue into summer.  We don't have much ice cover on the Great Lakes this year, which should allow for warmer lake temperatures later this spring and perhaps less prominent lake breezes in Chicagoland this summer.  So given the current trend and all these other miscellaneous factors, it seems like spring should continue being warmer than normal as a whole.

Is there anything helpful that the average person might want to consider regarding the spring. For example, if it starts out unseasonably warmer, is it safe to plant earlier?  

Professor Schulze:

I wouldn't plant any earlier. 

Although the spring as a whole is expected to be above normal in terms of temperature, that doesn't mean we won't have another blizzard, or another cold Canadian air mass moving in, to cause a hard freeze and the loss of sensitive plants. 

In the Waubonsee neighborhood, we still have a 50 percent chance of seeing temperatures at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit all the way through April 29 (on average).  Maybe that date can move up a little this year, but since the length of our growing season is plenty to enjoy those flowers, I see no reason to rush and plant them early.

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Powers Appointed to AACC Faculty Council

Waubonsee Community College Associate Professor of History Amy Powers was appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Faculty Council. Her term runs until June 30, 2018.

The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s 1,200 community colleges. As a member of the AACC Faculty Council, Powers will lend insights and leadership to the association staff’s decision-making process for representing the interests of all of its member institutions. Powers’ first meeting with the council will take place April 8 in Chicago.

Powers has taught classes at Waubonsee since 2003. She obtained a Ph.D. in history from NIU in 2007, and earned a master’s degree in history from John Carroll University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Grove City College.

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Waubonsee Faculty, Staff Work Published

Members of the faculty and staff at Waubonsee Community College had their work published in various places during the past month.

Linda Haugen, Marketing and Communications Event Coordinator, had an article on event planning published in the January issue of Counsel, a publication of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

Ellen Lindeen, Associate Professor of English, wrote an article “Education, Junior High, Police, and Fixing our Killing Problem,” which was published several places in January. It was published by Common Dreams, the LA Progressive, Counterpunch, the San Diego Free Press, The Gilmer Mirror, Chicago Activism, and PeaceVoice. In the article, Lindeen presents positive options for policing that include carrying non-lethal weapons, training in de-escalation techniques and education in the sociology of race.

Billy Clem, Associate Professor of English, wrote a poem “Collateral Damage, or Note to a Friend for Election Day,” that was published in the January issue of the online magazine The New Verse News.

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Waubonsee Earns Tree Campus USA Designation for Sixth Consecutive Year

For the sixth consecutive year, Waubonsee Community College has earned a Tree Campus USA recognition. The national program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees, and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

As part of the designation, Waubonsee organized a campus-wide tree inventory, conducted entirely by student volunteers under the direction of the campus arborist, using advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. 

Waubonsee chose a GIS platform for the collection, formatting and management of its data with the support of the college’s GIS degree and certificate program. Students and faculty in that program and others across campus have been part of the effort. GIS is the most advanced management tool for tree inventories.

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'Opening a Window of the Universe' - Gravitational Waves Discovery Explained

Major news for the science world – and really, our universe – took place last week when scientists announced they’d detected gravitational waves. Waubonsee Physics Instructor, Dr. Pratima Jindal, sat down to explain to us why this is such big news.

Can you give us a little background on how this discovery came about?

Dr Jindal:

Einstein predicted gravitational waves in his general theory of relativity over 100 years back, the theory that proposed space-time as a concept.

The Light Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (or simply LIGO) collaboration announced the detection of gravitational waves coming from the merger of two black holes located somewhere in the Southern sky, in the direction of the Magellanic Cloud.

The two black holes-  one 36 times our sun’s mass and the other 29 times sun’s mass - spiraled into each other merging into one black hole 62 times heavier than our sun!

The remaining mass - three times the mass of our sun - was converted into energy by Einstein’s famous equation E= mc2. This energy was carried across the universe by these gravitational waves that are a distortion of space- time.

So how did scientists actually perform this experiment?

Dr. Jindal:

LIGO is a system of two identical detectors - one located in Livingston, Louisiana, the other in Hanford, Washington, carefully constructed to detect incredibly tiny vibrations (approximately of the size of the nucleus) from passing gravitational waves.

The project was created by scientists from Caltech and MIT and funded by the National Science Foundation.

On September 14, 2015, the gravitational waves that were produced somewhere between 700 million and 1.6 billion light-years away reached Earth, where they changed the length of the LIGO arms by a very tiny amount; 1/1,000 the width of a proton.

Why is this measurement exciting?

Dr. Jindal:

There's been a lot of indirect evidence for their existence, but this is the first time we actually detect two black holes merging and we know the only thing that predicts that is gravitational radiation.

Imagine having never been able to hear before and all you can do is see. Now we can listen to the universe where we were deaf before.

It's a different spectrum (from the electromagnetic spectrum). It's unlike anything we've ever detected before.

What's really exciting is what comes next. This is opening a window on the universe - a new field of science called gravitational wave astronomy.

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