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Forty & Eight Recognizes Waubonsee President, College’s Community Impact

Kane-Kendall Counties Voiture 592 of the Forty & Eight members Dr. Norris Erickson, left, and Retired State Senator Robert Mitchler, right, present Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek with a plaque recognizing her 10th anniversary as college president, as well as the college’s overall commitment to veterans’ educational assistance and providing quality, accessible nursing programs.

During a ceremony Nov. 16 at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, the veterans organization Forty & Eight recognized Waubonsee Community College President Dr. Christine Sobek and Waubonsee’s overall commitment to providing veterans’ educational assistance and quality, accessible nursing programs. Kane-Kendall Counties Voiture 592 of the Forty & Eight members, including Retired State Senator Robert Mitchler and Dr. Norris Erickson, chose the occasion of Dr. Sobek’s 10th anniversary as college president to mark the two decades of collaboration between Waubonsee and the Forty & Eight.

Longtime supporters of the Waubonsee Foundation, Forty & Eight has given funds to Waubonsee nursing students through a book scholarship since 1991. Residents of Kane or Kendall counties studying nursing who have at least a 2.5 grade point average are eligible for the Foundation scholarship, with preference given to veterans or children of veterans.

Forty & Eight, also known as La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, is an independent, invitation-only honor organization of male and female U.S. veterans. The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims, including actively supporting nurse training. The titles and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its First World War origins. Americans were transported to the battlefront on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a “40/8”, denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or eight horses.