April 2, 2020 - College Update

12:15 p.m.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country and within our communities, public officials have indicated that social distancing, achieved through stay-at-home orders, is helping although it will take time to experience the full benefit. Experts are unable to predict exactly when these measures will no longer be necessary. We know that this continued uncertainty makes an already difficult situation more challenging.

In compliance with the recent announcement by Governor Pritzker to extend the stay-at-home order through April 30, Waubonsee campus buildings will remain closed through Sunday, May 3. Credit courses have resumed online and academic support and student services are available via a number of alternative methods. Please view the colleges’ Services Directory available at www.waubonsee.edu/covid19.

We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and community members as we work together through this unprecedented situation.

Emergency Needs Fund

During these difficult times, we know that there are many needs and people are struggling with a variety of things. This is certainly true of community college students. The coronavirus has impacted many students' ability to continue on the path to their academic goals.

We ask that you consider making a donation to the Waubonsee Foundation to help our students get the education they are working so hard for. Today's students are tomorrow's nurses, doctors, scientists, police officers, fire fighters, teachers and all other professions. The people in these positions now are making our world safer and our lives better today. Help us as we help our students as they prepare to serve us in those roles in the future.

The Waubonsee Community College Foundation will match donations made to the Emergency Needs Fund up to a total of $10,000. If you would like to contribute to the Emergency Needs Fund to support students, please click on the "Donate Now" button on this page, use the secure donation form, and select “Emergency Needs/Scholarship Fund” from the designation drop down menu.

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College Policies


The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees has policies that guide the college. The entire Board Policy Manual is available for review. There are a few specific policies that apply to the current situation. They are:

Other resources available with information about college practices and efforts are:

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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
  • Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations; Mr. Dave Quillen
  • 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