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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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Jeppesen Tells Story of Ceramics Program in Studio Potter Journal

An article telling the story of the development and accomplishments of the Waubonsee Community College Ceramics Art Program has been published in a leading journal dedicated to ceramic arts.

Titled “Time and Place,” the article, authored by Doug Jeppesen, Associate Professor of Art/Ceramics, was published in the Volume 43, Number 1, Winter/Spring 2014/2015 edition of The Studio Potter journal.

The Studio Potter, a non-profit organization based in Manchester, N.H., and dedicated to promoting discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics and history of ceramic arts studio practice, has published The Studio Potter journal for more than 40 years.

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Waubonsee Students Take Part in Model Illinois Government Simulations

Seven Waubonsee Community College students gained a taste of lawmaking in action when they participated in this year’s Model Illinois Government simulations in Springfield, Feb. 26-March 1.

Students chose their roles, then debated and voted on various proposed laws, as they experienced the process of enacting legislation in Illinois’ State Capitol.

More than 300 students from 28 colleges and universities participated in the exercises.

Delegates participating from Waubonsee included Tyler Carter, Joseph Runkle and Oklin Lara, each of Yorkville; Jesse Garner and Reginald Van Julun, of Aurora; Carsten Wieske, of Batavia; and Daniel Noll, of Hinckley.

Waubonsee students have participated in Model Illinois Government simulations for more than three decades, said Richard J. Kiefer, Associate Professor of Political Science and History at Waubonsee and faculty advisor to the Waubonsee Model Illinois Government group.

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Waubonsee Offers Free Spring Concert Series

Waubonsee Community College again will offer an abundance of live concerts this spring – and no tickets will be required.

From April 26 - May 17, Waubonsee will host a series of six live performances in an assortment of musical genres. All shows are free and open to the public, and will be performed on Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

The series starts on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m., with a Sophomore Recital in The Little Theatre, Von Ohlen Hall, Room 114.

The Waubonsee Jazz Band continues the series the following Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m., with a concert in the Waubonsee Auditorium. The show includes a special guest performance from the Vern Spevak Big Band.

The Waubonsee Chorale and Concert Band will take the stage on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Waubonsee Auditorium. On Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Waubonsee Rock Band will present its spring concert, in the Waubonsee Auditorium, and the Waubonsee Steel Band will follow with its show on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

A General Student Recital will cap off the weeks of free music on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in The Little Theatre, Von Ohlen Hall, Room 114.

For more information, contact the Waubonsee Music Department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2500.  



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Dean for Adult Education Dixon Elected President Elect of IACEA

Jeri Dixon, Dean for Adult Education at Waubonsee Community College, has been elected the next president of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators’ Association.

Dixon was elected to the post at the IACEA’s conference March 4-6 in Springfield.

Beginning July 1, Dixon will serve as the association’s President-Elect. She will begin serving a one-year term as IACEA President on July 1, 2016.

Dixon has participated as a member of the IACEA since 2001, and was elected to the organization’s board in 2010. Previously, she has served as the IACEA’s Junior Division Chair for Support Services, Senior Division Chair for Support Services and Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Dixon said she believes the opportunity will offer her the chance to deepen her skills and bring new opportunities home to Waubonsee’s faculty and students.

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GFOA Recognizes Waubonsee for Financial Reporting Excellence

Waubonsee Community College has again received national recognition for the college’s financial reporting practices.

For the 16th consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded Waubonsee the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting.   

The award, given for financial reports for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, represents a significant achievement by the college, reflecting the commitment of Waubonsee and its staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting and financial reporting.

The GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

The GFOA, with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., is a non-profit professional association serving more than 17,000 government finance professionals.

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Wadworth tabbed All-American, highlights Waubonsee's post-season awards

Wadsworth first ever Waubonsee women's basketball player to be named an NJCAA All-American

Waubonsee Community College’s Julianna Wadsworth was recently named to the NJCAA’s Division II Women’s Basketball All-American team, the first Lady Chiefs player to ever earn that distinction. The Oswego native was selected a Third Team All-American to headline Waubonsee’s post-season basketball awards. The Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) and the NJCAA’s Region IV Committee also recognized the Lady Chiefs’ historic season. Wadsworth and Bailey Klaas were both tabbed to the All-ISCC First Team and All-Region IV First Team, while teammates Sarah Grams and Brooke Harner were both named to the All-ISCC Second Team. Head Coach Jim Sury was selected the Region IV District L Coach of the Year after leading Waubonsee to the Region IV title and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time ever. Men’s basketball players Josh Lynn and Jayquan Lee were each named to the All-ISCC First Team.

Wadsworth, a freshman from Oswego East High School, led unranked Waubonsee to an 11th place finish at the National Tournament. The 5’9” forward elevated her play throughout the season, culminating with a great post-season run. In the Lady Chiefs’ three games at the NJCAA Division II Tournament in Kansas, Wadsworth averaged 23 points per game after posting a 15.7 average during the regular season. She also averaged 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 steals and made 85 percent of her foul shots during the post-season. In addition, Wadsworth set a new NJCAA Division II Tournament record with 16 made free throws in Waubonsee’s 78-73 victory over North Arkansas. On the season she booked a team-leading 583 points, grabbed 259 rebounds and made 118 steals while shooting 75 percent (132 of 177) from the foul line.

Klaas, a 5’3” sophomore from Yorkville, averaged 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. The diminutive point guard led Waubonsee with 150 assists while averaging only 1.3 turnovers per game as the team’s primary ball handler. Klaas was second on the Lady Chiefs’ squad with 450 points, 93 free throws made, 159 made field goals, 78 steals and 39 three-point baskets. She nearly doubled her scoring average of 6.8 points-per-game from last season.

Grams averaged 11.8 points per game and had a team-leading 84 three-point baskets. The 5’4” guard also averaged 3.4 assists, handing out 117 on the season. The Kaneland High School product shot 40 percent from three-point range in ISCC play, and exceeded those numbers at the National Tournament. Grams nailed seven treys, one short of the tournament record, in the Lady Chiefs’ opening game loss to fifth-ranked Monroe (NY) Community College. In Waubonsee’s three tournament games Grams made 13 of 27 (48 percent) from beyond the arc.  

At only 5’6” tall, Harner averaged 8.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while often defending the opposing team’s top scorer. The Kaneland High School graduate also averaged 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals per contest while shooting 91 percent from the foul line in ISCC play. Harner was second on Waubonsee’s squad with 90 offensive rebounds, 250 total rebounds and 117 assists on the season.

In his first season at the helm of Waubonsee’s program after taking over for long-time head coach Dana Wagner, Sury led the Lady Chiefs to the program’s first Region IV District L title and first ever appearance at the National Tournament. Sury’s squad missed out on repeating as ISCC champions when they lost a last second game to eventual co-champion Oakton 74-72 in the regular season finale. Waubonsee finished the season 21-14 overall, with the trio of sophomores winning an unprecedented 46 games the last two seasons combined. 

Lynn, a 6’4” sophomore forward averaged 11.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Waubonsie Valley High School graduate shot 55.3 percent from the field on the season and led Waubonsee in points (335), field goals made (151) and total rebounds (128).

Lee, the Chiefs’ 6’0” point guard, averaged 9.2 points, 3.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per contest. The Aurora West High School graduate led Waubonsee with 62 assists and connected on 81.4 percent of his free throw attempts in ISCC play.

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Waubonsee Students Moran, Noll Named to PTK Illinois All-Academic Team

Two Waubonsee Community College students will be honored among the top community college students in Illinois.

Later this month, Waubonsee students Daniel Noll, of Hinckley, and Brian Moran, of Sandwich, will be recognized as members of the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa Illinois All-Academic Team.

The selections annually recognize outstanding students at two-year colleges for achievement and leadership in their classrooms, at their colleges and in their communities.

Students selected for the honor are nominated by their schools.

Moran, a computer engineering major, was recognized for his academic achievement, as well as his service to the college and community. At Waubonsee, Moran serves as a student senator; vice president of outreach for Phi Theta Kappa; secretary of the Christian Fellowship campus organization; and as a member of disability service organization Delta Sigma Omicron.

Moran has also helped organize the college’s semiannual WCC Day of Service, organizing teams of students to perform volunteer tasks to support various non-profit organizations in Waubonsee’s communities. And he has organized a student team through Delta Sigma Omicron to package food supplies at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora.

Off campus, Moran volunteers at the Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich and at his church.

Earlier this year, Moran’s efforts on campus and in the community were recognized when the Aurora Rotary, Aurora Navy League and Aurora University selected him to receive the Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award.

Noll, a political science major, was also recognized for academic achievement and his service on campus.

At Waubonsee, Noll represents the college’s student body as Student Trustee on the college’s Board of Trustees. He also participates in the Phi Theta Kappa and Model Illinois Government student organizations.

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Waubonsee Hosts Spring Student Art Exhibits in Sugar Grove, Aurora

Over the next few weeks, the Waubonsee community is invited to take in the artwork of some of the college’s finest student artists.

All exhibitions and shows will be free and open to the public.

Through May 6, Waubonsee’s Arrowhead Room Gallery, located in Dickson Center on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive, will host the Spring 2015 Skyway Selections Exhibition. The display will feature art in various media, produced by 25 students whose works were submitted for inclusion in the 2015 Skyway Juried Art Exhibition, held earlier this year at Morton College.

The Skyway Selections show will include the work of students Esther Espino and Ruby Garza, who each earned honors at the Skyway Juried show.

The exhibit, which opened April 10, will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Sundays.

Through May 3, Waubonsee’s Todd Library, located on the second floor of Collins Hall on the Sugar Grove Campus, will host the annual Spring 2015 Student Exhibition.

The exhibition features various art works, including paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture by some of the college’s outstanding art students.

The library’s gallery is open Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays, noon – 4:30 p.m.

Through July 1, the Waubonsee Aurora Campus Café will host Aw, Snap!, a juried exhibition of photographs by current Waubonsee photography students.

The exhibition showcases work created during the 2014-2015 academic year, reflecting the variety of interests, values and ideas of the student photographers, while highlighting their talents.

The Aurora Campus Café is located on the first floor of Waubonsee’s Downtown Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St. It is open Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Most artwork on display in the exhibits is available for sale. For more information, please contact Waubonsee Art Coordinator Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cavargas@waubonsee.edu.

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Waubonsee Iota Nu Chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma Welcomes 44 New Members

Waubonsee Community College students were recently inducted into the local chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, an international honor society established to recognize outstanding business students.

In all, 44 Waubonsee students were inducted to the society’s Iota Nu Chapter during a ceremony on March 25.
Students inducted at that time include:

Austin Revord, Colleen Galloway, Daniel Hernandez, Dania Prado, Kevin Cabrera, Matthew Skiba, Maria Perez Garcia, Milady Nunez Rentas, Paula Helms, Nubia Rodriguez, Rodrigo Bernal, Steven Ward, Timothy Young, Wendy Smetana and Andres Duarte, all of Aurora;

Amanda Krakowski, Devin Snyder, Jonathan Gray and Omar Medina, all of Batavia;

Joanna Reinecke, of Bolingbrook;

Shefali Majithia, of Carol Stream;

Alma Gonzalez, of Elburn;

Cherie Ammon, Hailey Wishne and Jacob Skibinski, of Geneva;

Cindy DeLaTorre, of Montgomery;

Grady Glissendorf, of North Aurora;

Alexandria Burk, Amanda Gilbert, Colton Mang, Joanna Repes, Dora Soto, Radha Balwani, Leanne Gammill, Ralitsa Valkanova, Scott Koedam and Colleen Walters, all of Oswego;

Danna Roe, of Plano;

Anthony Gebbia, of Sandwich;

Daniel Reiss, of Somonauk;

Katherine Draper, of Sugar Grove; and

Erika Howell, Maciel Porrao and Sydney Christlieb, of Yorkville.

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Laying the Cornerstone: Waubonsee Nursing Program Preps Students for Health Care Careers

As health care continues to grow and evolve in the 21st Century, the need for skilled practitioners and caregivers will only continue to expand, as well.

And few professionals will serve a more central role in the future of health care than nurses.

For decades, Waubonsee Community College’s Nursing Program has educated generations of nurses to provide our local communities with the best in high quality, skilled, compassionate health care.

For the commitment of Waubonsee’s nursing faculty and the program’s sustained success in educating and placing highly skilled nurses into health care settings near and far amid times of rapid change, Waubonsee Community College is pleased to recognize the faculty and staff of the Waubonsee Nursing Program as this month’s Student Success: Featured Program.

In September 1970, just three years after the college welcomed its first students, Waubonsee Community College, believing quality education is the cornerstone of the professional nurse, admitted its first 56 students into the Nursing Program.

In 1972, Waubonsee awarded its first nursing degrees to 31 students.

Today, 80-100 nurses annually graduate from Waubonsee’s nursing program, adding to the total of more than 2,200 nurses since the program’s inception who have leveraged their Waubonsee education to find their places in hospitals, physicians’ offices and myriad other health care settings across the region and beyond.

“The Waubonsee program is well respected within the community,” said Mary Beth Hutches, Associate Professor of Nursing and Waubonsee Nursing Program Director. “Our community knows that someone who has been educated at Waubonsee is someone they can count on to know what to do and to have the rigorous thought process needed to arrive at the right course of action.”

Waubonsee’s nursing faculty, a roster including Hutches, Assistant Professors Tracy Limbrunner, Marjie Schoolfield and Melinda Finch, and full-time Nursing Instructors Laurel Krueger, Sharon Erickson, Lisa Henson and Pamela Augustine, each bring years of nursing experience and expertise to the classrooms and various other training settings, offering Waubonsee nursing students the guidance they need to not only earn a degree, but launch careers.

The faculty is backed by a team of Nursing Program administrators and staff, including Dr. Jess Toussaint, Dean for Health Professions and Public Service; Michelle Evans, Assistant Dean for Health Professions and Public Service; Secretary Kebra Crafton; Academic Specialist Amanda Lepic; Health Care Programs Secretary Desiree Kitching; and Nursing Lab Specialists Susan Keller and Ann Hahn-Baiyor.

In recent years, the Nursing Program team has led the effort to continue to equip classrooms and instruction for the future.

The program has developed an advisory board, which includes alumni, faculty and administrators from Waubonsee and representatives of hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Also recently launched was the Waubonsee chapter of Alpha Delta Nu, an honors society for student nurses.

The program has added simulation components to every class, using such devices as the Noelle birthing simulator and “hearing voices” psychiatric care simulators, expanding opportunities for students to experience specialty nursing subjects while still in school.

This superb classroom instruction comes on top of outstanding clinical experience offered to students at the health care facilities that partner with the Waubonsee Nursing Program, including local hospitals Rush-Copley Medical Center and Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva and Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb, as well as such other medical and nursing care facilities and organizations as the Elgin Mental Health Center, Dreyer Medical Clinic, Community Alliance Home Health and the VNA of the Fox Valley, among others.

The college further anticipates building on its tradition of excellence in coming months and years. In April 2015, the college expects to learn the results of a years-long effort to earn accreditation for the Nursing Program from the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN). Following a site visit in 2014, ACEN granted the program an initial recommendation for accreditation for five years.

ACEN completed its evaluation review in January 2015, and supported the initial recommendation.

ACEN’s Board of Commissioners met in mid-March to consider granting a final accreditation determination. A final determination letter is anticipated within 30 days of that meeting.

All of these steps have led to a program continuously fostering student excellence and success, a track record reflected by real-world results.

Graduates of Waubonsee’s Nursing Program, for instance, regularly perform well on the National Council Licensure Exam, or NCLEX, the national licensing exam required to practice as a Registered Nurse, or RN.

Since 2011, an average of 92 percent of all Waubonsee Nursing Program graduates have passed the NCLEX, clearing the way for them to enter the ranks of working professional nurses.

Many of Waubonsee’s nursing graduates also go on to further their education, earning Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees or more advanced degrees from a number of colleges and universities.

To help students complete that transition, for instance, Waubonsee in 2014 completed an articulation agreement with the University of St. Francis in Joliet, creating an easy, timely and affordable pathway for nursing students to earn bachelor’s degrees, while beginning their nursing education at Waubonsee.

No matter their ultimate career path or destination, graduates of Waubonsee’s Nursing Program can rest assured their Waubonsee education will propel them forward toward their dreams of providing quality, skilled care, in their home communities and beyond.  

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Local Departments Help Waubonsee's Fire Science Program

Over the past year, Waubonsee Community College’s Fire Science Program has undergone a variety of improvements, due in large part to the support of local departments. The most recent example centers on the Oswego Fire Department’s new training facility on Galena Road in Montgomery.

Thanks to an agreement between the department and the college, Waubonsee fire science students will be able to participate in live fire training exercises at the facility, which officially opens on Friday, April 17, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m.

“We’re grateful to the Oswego Fire Department for this opportunity, which we feel will really round out the experience of our fire science students,” said Michelle Evans, Assistant Dean for Health Professions and Public Service at Waubonsee. “All of the local departments have been very supportive of our program and instrumental in improving and expanding learning opportunities for our students.”

While Oswego’s facility will serve as the college’s exclusive live fire training site, several area departments host fire science courses, including Montgomery and Sandwich. A few times a year, Waubonsee hosts Fire Science Business Advisory Committee meetings to solicit expert input and ensure its curriculum is keeping up with industry trends and demands. Participants in those meetings include representatives from the Oswego Fire Protection District, Montgomery and Countryside Fire Protection District, Aurora Fire Department, Sandwich Community Fire Protection District, Sugar Grove Fire Department, Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, North Aurora Fire Department, Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District, and Westchester Fire Department.

For more information on Waubonsee’s fire science program, visit www.waubonsee.edu/fire or call the college’s Health Professions and Public Service Division at (630) 466-2350.

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Waubonsee Seeks Volunteer Tutors

The Adult Literacy Project at Waubonsee Community College is seeking volunteers to tutor adult students in reading, writing and speaking English.

The Adult Literacy Project provides all training and materials free of charge. Prospective volunteers have two options for training — an online, self-paced format or a two-day, in-person course. The next course will be held on Saturday, May 9, and Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waubonsee’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St.

Prospective tutors must complete either training before working with adult learners individually or in a classroom environment.

Tutor applications are available online at www.waubonsee.edu/adultliteracy or by calling (630) 801-7900, ext. 4221.

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Waubonsee to Host Job Fair April 24

Waubonsee Community College will be the destination of choice for job seekers in the region later this month, when the college hosts its Spring Job and Internship Fair on Friday, April 24.

The job fair is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Academic and Professional Center on Waubonsee’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Almost 80 employers from a variety of industries are anticipated to be on hand to meet with job seekers that day.

Job seekers planning to attend the job fair are encouraged to research the employers who will be attending; to dress professionally; to bring plenty of resumes; and to be prepared to interview with employers on the spot.

For more information, including a list of participating employers, please visit www.waubonsee.edu/jobfairs, contact Waubonsee’s Career Services Department at (630) 466-7900 ext. 2368 or email careerservices@waubonsee.edu.

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Castle Bank Continues Support of Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee

Entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses in the region again will receive some extra benefits from the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Waubonsee Community College, thanks to continued support from Castle Bank.

The Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee has announced that Castle Bank, an Illinois-based division of First National Bank of Omaha, has, for a second year, committed additional funds to help the Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee sustain its mission of providing services to help entrepreneurs and small business owners continue to drive the local economy forward.

“The additional funding from Castle Bank will allow us to increase the variety and depth of services that we can offer our clients,” said Harriet Parker, manager at the Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee. “In particular, we will be offering a number of financial literacy services to help businesses improve profitability.”

Castle Bank provided the Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee with $15,000 in 2014 through funds set aside through the Community Reinvestment Act, which encourages banks to invest a portion of their capital back into the communities they serve.

Castle Bank chooses to use some of that money to help fund operations at various Illinois SBDCs operating in the communities it serves in Kane, Kendall, DeKalb, McHenry, Boone and Winnebago counties in Illinois, said Michael Algrim, director of business banking for Castle Bank.

In addition to the Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee, Castle Bank has also committed funds to support Illinois SBDC operations at Elgin Community College, Kishwaukee Community College and McHenry County College, as well as the Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center.  

“The Fox Valley has a lot to offer small businesses, and with the help of supporting organizations like the SBDC, we’re reviving the entrepreneurial spirit that was once such a large part of the area’s history,” said Algrim. “There’s an entrepreneurial movement gaining momentum in the Fox Valley and we’re excited to be able to support the organizations that are at the front lines of this initiative.”

Algrim said future funding for the Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee and other regional institutions will be reviewed annually, but the intent is to maintain some level of financial support now and in the future.

The Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


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Prospective Students Invited to Tour Waubonsee Campuses

Students interested in attending Waubonsee Community College are invited to experience its campuses this spring, with two tour options to choose from.

“Fully Caffeinated Campus Tours” begin at 2 p.m. on select Fridays throughout the spring, including March 20, April 17, May 8 and May 22. Tour attendees will enjoy a free drink from the Sugar Grove Campus’ Café and Starbucks Coffee Bar before exploring the college’s main campus and learning what it takes to get started at Waubonsee.

For those who want more detailed information about the overall college process at Waubonsee and beyond, the college offers its Experience Waubonsee events. Running from 6 to 8:30 p.m., these events combine in-depth college information, including financial aid details, with a campus tour. The March 25 Experience Waubonsee session will take place at the Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St., while the April 15 event will be held at the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events, go to www.waubonsee.edu/visit or call the Admissions Department at (630) 466-7900, ext. 5756.

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Waubonsee Dedicates Field House, Celebrates 2020 Plan Completion

Throughout its history, Waubonsee Community College has made a habit of celebrating achievements.

Tuesday, the college celebrated yet again, as a collection of dignitaries, friends and supporters gathered to mark the completion of Waubonsee’s 2020 College Master Plan and to dedicate the final pieces of that plan, Waubonsee’s new Field House and renovated Erickson Hall.

“I am proud to be here today to celebrate this new building, and all the new buildings of the 2020 College Master Plan,” said Richard “Shorty” Dickson, Chairman of the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees, during Tuesday afternoon’s event. “These projects have allowed Waubonsee to greatly improve and expand our educational programs and services.”

Launched 14 years ago with the support of voters in referendums in 2002 and 2003, the 2020 College Master Plan has reshaped the college, adding an abundance of new classrooms, labs and learning spaces, and has positioned Waubonsee to respond to the needs of its communities in 2020 and beyond.

From 2005-2011, Waubonsee opened a new building or new campus nearly every year, beginning with the Campus Operations building on the north side of the Sugar Grove Campus in 2005.

From 2006-2009, the college opened its new Science Building, Academic and Professional Center and Student Center on the Sugar Grove Campus.

In 2010 and 2011, Waubonsee opened its new campuses in Plano and downtown Aurora.

When the Field House/Erickson Hall facility opened to students earlier this month, it marked the completion of the 2020 College Master Plan, both on budget and ahead of schedule.

Waubonsee President Dr. Christine Sobek noted, since 2001, the population within Waubonsee’s district has increased 41 percent and today, Waubonsee serves more than 32,000 students, including nearly 2,000 students who earned degrees and certificates in 2014 alone.

Dr. Sobek thanked the college’s board of trustees; hundreds of volunteers through the “Friends of Waubonsee” organization who helped educate voters and foster the positive community response to the 2002 and 2003 referendums; and hundreds more faculty, staff and students who gave of themselves to support the 2020 College Master Plan.

“I am thrilled to be here today to celebrate the official completion of the 2020 College Master Plan,” Dr. Sobek said. “It’s been a wonderful 14 year journey, and I again extend my heartfelt thanks to all who helped make our dream become a reality.”

Dr. Sobek said the Field House stands as a worthy capstone of the 2020 College Master Plan.

“The same teamwork that brought the 2020 buildings to life will be reflected inside the walls of our new Field House and renovated Erickson Hall, as the college’s 13 teams and individual athletes practice, train and compete here,” Dr. Sobek said. “They look to carry on the Chiefs’ winning tradition, which now spans almost half-a-century.”   

Offering three indoor courts, a suspended running track and a fitness/dance studio, among other amenities, the Field House offers Waubonsee students and athletes almost 60,000 square feet of additional space to practice, train and exercise.

At the same time, the college rededicated Erickson Hall, Waubonsee’s longstanding gymnasium and athletic facility, to which the Field House is attached. While the Field House was under construction, beginning in November 2013, Erickson Hall also underwent extensive renovations as part of the $19 million project. Renovations included the expansion and upgrade of a dedicated athletic team workout room, improved locker rooms and a remodeled athletic study hall room.

Erickson Hall continues to serve as Waubonsee’s competition gymnasium, with bleacher seating capacity for 800 people.

The Field House/Erickson Hall complex offers a seamless, first-class facility to support Waubonsee’s athletics programs, credit and noncredit physical education, wellness instruction and general recreation.

Dr. Deborah Lovingood, Waubonsee’s Executive Vice President of Educational Affairs and Chief Learning Officer, said the Field House project is a result of the work of “a talented team of Waubonsee coaches, faculty, staff and students.”

“Because of their teamwork, our students and community members have this beautiful new facility in which to gather, train, learn and play,” Dr. Lovingood said.

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