June 1, 2020 - President’s Monday Message

Happy Monday Waubonsee and welcome to the first week of June! It has been great to have a couple of days of warmer weather. Maybe summer is actually here.

In case you didn’t see my email last week, I wanted to make certain that you are aware that buildings on Waubonsee campuses remain closed through June 30, 2020. Summer session credit courses will be taught online or through alternative delivery methods and academic and student support services will continue to be delivered virtually.

For the month of July, our priorities include facilitating completion of 2020 spring semester credit courses for those students who need on-campus hours and face-to-face activities. Another priority is to phase in a return of on-campus student support functions that are critical for the start of the fall semester.

And, although much remains uncertain, we do know that classes, instruction, and access to academic and student services will continue to look different for summer and into the fall semester. Our comprehensive Return-to-Campus Plan will adhere to Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois Plan” and incorporate guidance from the Illinois Community College Board.

We will share further details regarding COVID-19 screening protocols and our Return-to-Campus Plan soon. In addition, we are reviewing and studying a variety of instructional delivery options and will announce plans for fall semester courses in mid-June.

I know that it can be difficult to deal with uncertainty. The author Deepak Chopra is quoted as saying, “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” I’m certain that something great is just around the corner.

Have a good week and my best wishes for good health for you and your loved ones.

May 28, 2020 - College Update on Campus Access

This unprecedented time in our country continues to challenge all of us in many ways. Please know that Waubonsee faculty and staff are thinking about all of you and your families and wish you safety and good health. 

Waubonsee’s buildings will remain closed to students through June 30. As previously announced, all summer session credit courses are being taught online or through alternative delivery methods and academic and student support services will continue to be delivered virtually. 

There are some courses with labs and other hands-on elements that require an in-person experience to complete. Some students still need to get those on-campus hours in order to complete their spring semester courses. One of our immediate priorities is to plan to offer those opportunities in July. As a result, some buildings and departments on the Sugar Grove Campus, and possibly other campuses, may be open and available for limited face-to-face instruction and services in July.

With all of the uncertainty surrounding us at this time, one thing that is certain is that classes and instruction and access to academic and student services will look different for the remainder of the summer session and into the fall semester. We will continue to adhere to Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois Plan” and will incorporate guidance from the Illinois Community College Board’s Return to Campus Committee within our own Return-to-Campus Plan. With regard to fall semester credit courses, we are reviewing and studying a variety of delivery options and will announce fall semester plans in mid-June.

When we are able to return to campus, additional COVID-19 screening protocols may be required prior to entering campus buildings. Further details regarding these protocols will be communicated prior to implementation and will also be available on the college’s COVID-19 web page, www.waubonsee.edu/covid19. We will continue to communicate in as many ways as possible, including social media and the mywcc student portal. Please continue to stay connected with us so that you are up to date on our progress to ensure that you are successful on your Waubonsee Community College journey.

This pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. Each of us responds to and deals with COVID-19 and all the related changes and challenges differently. Your continued flexibility, perseverance, and understanding are greatly appreciated.

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Waubonsee Response Teams

Emergency Management Group (EMG)

Waubonsee has an Emergency Management Group (EMG) that has overall responsibility for continuity of campus operations and strategic response to all emergencies and incidents. While the issue of the coronavirus is not a current emergency for the college, it is a significant incident that is being overseen by the EMG. The EMG is made up of:

  • College President; Dr. Christine Sobek
  • Vice President of Finance and Operations; Mr. Douglas E. Minter
  • Vice President of Educational Affairs; Dr. Diane Nyhammer
  • Vice President of Student Development; Dr. Melinda Tejada
  • Vice President of Strategic Development; Dr. Jamal Scott
  • Executive Director of Marketing and Communications; Ms. Amanda Geist
Coronavirus Action Team

The EMG has created a team of people to help coordinate the college’s response to the coronavirus. Each member of this team has specific areas of expertise as well as oversight of college operations. The members of that team are:

  • Executive Director of Campus Safety and Operations; Mr. Dan Larsen
  • Executive Director of Marketing and Communications; Ms. Amanda Geist
  • Executive Director of Human Resources; Ms. Michele Needham
  • Chief Information Officer; Mr. Terence Felton
  • Assistant Vice President of Student Services; Dr. Scott Peska
  • Assistant Vice President of Education and Workforce Development; Ms. Suzette Murray
  • Assistant Vice President of Finance; Ms. Darla Cardine
  • Assistant Dean for Online Learning and Flexible Delivery; Mr. Eamon Newman
  • Purchasing Manager; Ms. Theresa Larson