As I was leaving my office for spring break last year, little did I know that I would not return to my office for a very long time. My beloved office where students stopped by to chat and have a cup of coffee or tea. Sometimes they needed help and other times, just to decompress from the rigors of being a student. The sounds that came out of my office are sorely missed. Laughter, small talk, sometimes a few crying sessions, and even impromptu violin concerts spilled into the halls of Akerlow Hall. I miss the interactions that occurred in my office and I yearn to return to normalcy.
April is a special month for everyone associated with community colleges; it is Community College Month.
During the last year, we all learned more about vaccines, viruses, and infection than we ever anticipated. The terms social distancing, PPE, and herd immunity are heard in conversations over dinner and on family Zoom calls. What we don’t hear as much about are the names and stories of the countless women and men who have worked around the clock for the last year to help keep us safe and supported the families who lost friends and loved ones to COVID. In honor of them, and as we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to share with you the story of a pioneering female physician who changed my life even though she died before I was born.
Sugar Grove – Waubonsee Community College was one of nine recipients of the Welding Workforce Grant, awarded through the American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation. The $22,500 award will be used to improve the quality and training capacity of Waubonsee’s welding programs to support the needs of local industries.
Sugar Grove – Prospective students and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about the many advantages of attending Waubonsee Community College during a series of virtual events that will run Wednesday, March 31 through Monday, May 3.
Sugar Grove – The Illinois Community College Career Services Professionals (IC3SP) Commission is hosting its first statewide virtual career fair, ‘Your Future Now’ on Friday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will include local and regional employers offering part-time, full-time and internship positions in business, government, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofits, science, social services, and more.
While I was growing up in India and going to school, math and science were my favorite subjects. I found that they just seemed so logical and came more naturally to me. I was probably also biased at that time, as both my parents were science graduates. Science was woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. As I grew older my love and passion for science increased and I went on to follow a research career in Physics. It was not until I started teaching as a physics faculty at Waubonsee Community College in 2013 that I began to appreciate how well my scientific attitude and critical thinking had helped me achieve all that I have in my life. I realized, at that time, my responsibility to bring that scientific thinking into the lives of my students.
It’s hard to believe that Waubonsee’s Spring Break is just around the corner and that last year at this time we entered entirely unfamiliar ground, a global pandemic. One year later, I am so proud of the incredible resilience that Waubonsee students and employees have demonstrated during such a challenging year.
It was a Sunday evening, 10:30 p.m., and I’d spent the entire weekend glued to my chair working on a paper that was due in a little over an hour. My husband and kids anxiously awaited the sound of the words, "I’m done." For it meant I could transform back into wife and step-mom again. This scene describes one of the many days in my current life as a student, working on a doctoral degree in community college leadership.
Sugar Grove – The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to keep the college’s tuition rate steady for the 2021–2022 academic year. The current in-district tuition rate of $132 per credit hour will remain in effect through next year, as will the current student fee of $8 per credit hour.