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 Waubonsee Community College.

The award shall be given to a nominee who meets the following criteria:

  1. The nominee 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.
     
  2. The nominee 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.
     
  3. The nominee 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.
     
  4. The nominee shall not be a current employee of the college.

Nomination Form

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Recipients 1984-2018

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2019 Dr. Gina Santori, Waubonsee Foundation Board of Directors
2018 Jerry Rich, President, Rich Harvest Farms and Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board Member
2017 Richard “Shorty” W. Dickson, Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees, Chair
2016 Oswego Fire Protection District
2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), Volunteers, Waubonsee Community College in partnership with the Center for Economic Progress, Aurora
2014 Andrew Faville, President & CEO, Falex Corporation, and Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board Member/Investment Committee Chair
2013 Bernie Looney, Retired VALEES Director
2012 Michael Ochsenschlager, Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board Secretary
2011 Penelope “Penny” Cameron, Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board President
2010 Susan M. Kiley Memorial Scholarship Fund and Oswegoland Optimist Club (Margie Kiley, Jerry Kiley, Trustees of the Susan M. Kiley Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Board of Directors of the Optimist Club of Oswegoland)
2009 William Roberts, Former Mayor, City of Plano
2008 The Dunham Fund
2007 William C. Murphy, Of Counsel, Kinnally, Flaherty, Krentz and Loran P.C., and Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board Member
2006 Roger Griffin, Technical Training Instructor, Nissan Corporate
2005 Award Rescinded
2004 Richard Feltes, Vice President and Co-Owner, Feltes Sand and Gravel Company, and Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board Former President
2003 Honorary Co-Chairs of the Friends of Waubonsee  (William Skoglund, Jack Barto, Ed Bonifas, Kevin Burns, Phil Bus, Penny Cameron, Juventino Cano, Linda Chapa La Via, Tom Cross, Rey Cruz, Suzanne Deuchler, Joe Diedrich, Lynn Dubajic, Rev. David Engbarth, Jean Gaines, Theodia Gillespie, Scheketa Hart-Burns, Kay Hatcher, Steve Hatcher, Dale Hornyan-Toftoy, Sherman Jenkins, David Krahn, Chris Lauzen, Patricia Reid Lindner, Mike McCoy, Marilyn Michelini, Sean Michels, Robert Mitchler, Kimberly Moss-Dobbins, Jerry Palmer, Ed Petka, Arthur Prochaska, Richard Randall, William Roberts, Mark Ruby, Colleen Ruddy, Jeff Schielke, Tim Schmitz, David Stover, Tom Thomas, Bob Vaughan, Craig Weber, Dr. James Willey, David Wirsing)
2002 Noel Ryan, President, Mitutoyo America Corporation
2001 L.D. “Joe” Porter, Human Resources Manager, Wheel Loaders and Excavators Division, Caterpillar, and former member of the Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board
1998 Janet Bodie, Waubonsee Community College Board Chair/Member
1997 Original/Founding Waubonsee Board of Trustees 1966-1967  (Dale Von Ohlen, Lucile Gustafson, Evar Erickson, Ruby Collins Sweigart, George Akerlow, Thomas Redd, John Nickels)
1996 Robert Sundlof, Jr., Robert Sundlof, Sr., Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board Members
1995 David Pierce, Mayor, City of Aurora
1994 Justice John Nickels, Founding Trustee of Waubonsee Community College
1989 William J. Ball, M.D.
1988 John A. Sizer, Waubonsee Community College Foundation Board Member
1987 Evar Erickson, Founding Trustee of Waubonsee Community College
1986 Ruby Collins Sweigart, Founding Trustee of Waubonsee Community College
1984 Dr. Lucile Gustafson, Founding Trustee of Waubonsee Community College