Arts/Communications/Social Sciences

May 15, 2020

Kishwaukee College end-of-semester student art events are now available online. The 2020 Spring Juried Student Virtual Art Show along with a poetry reading, music recital and Performing Arts Club performances were all conducted virtually in support of the artistic talent at the College. The latest issue of the College’s literary and arts journal, The Kamelian, is also available online for viewing.

“The arts are still alive at Kishwaukee College,” says Associate Dean Barbara Leach. “We know how important artistic expression is and we wanted to ensure our students have the ability to be creative and share parts of themselves, even during the pandemic.”

Instead of the annual Spring Juried Student Art Show in the campus gallery, Kish created a virtual art show for students. Cecilia Schmitt, Rochelle, won first place for her acrylic painting titled “Lush.” Schmitt describes herself as an experimental surrealist who believes viewers tend to appreciate realistic pieces more.

“During this time period, one of the best things people can do is tap into their artistic side. Even cooking or organizing your house can become an art,” Schmitt says. “It’s about doing what is uniquely you.” Schmitt came to Kish in Fall 2018 to narrow down her artistic focus and intends to transfer to Columbia College Chicago this fall to study illustration or design.

Student Adriana Aumann-Weyenberg, DeKalb, also submitted to the art show. “We need the arts more than ever now,” Aumann-Weyenberg says. Aumann-Weyenberg, who completed her associate degree this semester and plans to transfer to University of Wisconsin-Stout to study psychology, participated in many of the other art events, including the poetry reading and Performing Arts Club events.

The Kish Performing Arts Club members were so disappointed to have to cancel their spring play because of the pandemic,” says Assistant Professor and Performing Arts Club advisor Bonnie Miller-O’Dell. Originally, the club was going to perform a play written by a Kish student and club member. When the College went remote, the club continued to meet weekly and put together multiple virtual performances on Zoom. The group performed two dramatic readings, one from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and the other from The Humans by Matt Haig.

Students across campus also submitted their best work in essay, poetry, two-dimensional and three-dimensional art work to the College’s award winning literary and arts journal The Kamelian. The journal is available to view online.

 “I think it’s wonderful that Kishwaukee College has been able to continue to support the arts while online,” Aumann-Weyenberg adds.

To view any of the virtual artwork or art events, please visit www.kish.edu/artevents.


Pictured: Kishwaukee College’s end-of-semester artwork and artistic events are now available online for viewing. Photo: “Lush” by Cecilia Schmitt, first place winner in the 2020 Spring Juried Student Virtual Art Show.

February 21, 2020

The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting the Juried High School Student Art Exhibition. The show will run February 24 – March 12. Closing reception will be held in the Art Gallery (C1260) on Thursday, March 12 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. A public reading of poetry and prose entries will be at 5:30 pm and the Awards Ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm.

Rising artistic talent is featured in this juried exhibition where regional high school students submitted their best art work and creative writing to share with the community. Prizes are awarded to top-ranking submissions. This year’s show features work by students from Hiawatha High School, DeKalb High School, Sycamore High School and Rochelle Township High School.

Admission to the Art Gallery and exhibition is free and open to the public. The Gallery is located in C1260 and is most easily accessed from Parking Lot B, entering through door 58. The Art Gallery is open weekdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm during exhibitions.  

For more information on the Juried High School Student Art Exhibition, contact administrative assistant Kim Jordal at kjordal@kish.edu or 815-825-9364.

November 26, 2019

Kishwaukee College is hosting the Fall Juried Student Art Exhibition from December 2 – December 14 in the Art Gallery (C1260) on campus. A reception and awards ceremony will be held December 3 starting at 12:00 pm.

Much of the work on display is a product of Kish’s art program. Awards will be given to student artists with artworks considered the best of their discipline as decided by the juror.

Works include a range of media such as painting, drawing, ceramics, metals, printmaking, design, and photography.

The Art Gallery is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on weekdays during an exhibit. Guests are encouraged to park in Lot B and enter through door 58. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more information on Kish’s art program, visit www.kish.edu/art. For more information about the Fall Juried Student Art Exhibition, contact administrative assistant Kim Jordal at kjordal@kish.edu 815-825-9364.

May 28, 2019

The Kishwaukee College Honors Program held its fourth annual Honors Research Awards presentations on May 2 at the College. Three students received awards for Excellence in Honors Research: Carley Ackland, Rochelle; Russell Heibel, Genoa; and Sydney Webster, Sycamore. 

Ackland’s presentation titled “Who was Emily Dickinson?” explored the rich history of Emily Dickinson and her poetry. Ackland claims Dickinson’s death was “a happy beginning for poetry” as the poet’s influence grew posthumously. Ackland composed a poetry chapbook of original work influenced by the late poet’s distinct style. Once she graduates from Kish, Ackland plans to transfer to a four-year institution to study English with a focus in writing.

Heibel presented “Variances in Influence of Eastern and Western Africa in Relation to the Americas, Europe, and Asia” in which he explored the complex relationships between the U.S., Ghana, China, and Kenya. He explored motivations of the U.S. and China to enter Africa and the influence the two countries have had. Heibel graduated this semester, and he plans to transfer to NIU where he is considering a major in History. His career goal is to work as a professional researcher in the federal government or military.

Webster’s presentation “Das Konzept des Völkermord” translates into “the concept of genocide.” Webster examined genocide and various proposed definitions offered, including Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948) and the 10 stages of genocide as proposed by Dr. Greg Stanton. Webster analyzed The Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide in regards to the formal definitions. Webster graduated this semester, and she plans to transfer to NIU to study Organizational/Corporate Communications.

Former President of Kishwaukee College Dr. Dave Louis and his wife, Mary Anne Louis, sponsor the Excellence in Honors Research Awards through the Kishwaukee College Foundation. The presenting students received a financial award for their extensive work on the semester-long research project. Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of the Honors Program Branden McCullough believes presenting academic work publicly is a valuable experience for students.

The Honors Program is dedicated to providing Kish’s most exceptional, highly motivated and forward-thinking students with opportunities for intellectual growth, academic challenge, and greater competitiveness when transferring or entering the workforce. The program connects the expertise of faculty with a select group of students who are eager to demonstrate their own abilities and their willingness to learn at deeper levels.

For more information on the Honors Program at Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu/honors or contact Coordinator of the Honors Program Branden McCullough at bmccullough3@kish.edu or 815-825-9474.  


Photo: The Kishwaukee College Honors Program held its annual Honors Research Awards presentations on May 2 at the College. Three students received awards for Excellence in Honors Research: Carley Ackland, Rochelle; Russell Heibel, Genoa; and Sydney Webster, Sycamore. Pictured, L to R: Carley Ackland, Sydney Webster, and Russell Heibel.

May 13, 2019

Kishwaukee College and Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) are pleased to announce a new articulation agreement that provides Kish students a direct pathway to a bachelor’s degree at IW. The institutions held a virtual signing of the articulation agreement on May 13, 2019. 

“Thank you to Iowa Wesleyan for helping us provide unique, affordable, and quality bachelor’s degrees to Kish students,” states Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. “The new transfer program is a clear benefit to students, with being able to take classes at Kish for three years as part of their bachelor’s degree program. We are very pleased to offer this option to students in helping them achieve their educational goals.”

The 3 + 1 agreement allows students to complete three years of coursework at Kish. Credits will then transfer to Iowa Wesleyan’s online program for the fourth and final year of a bachelor’s degree. Students can earn their bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in management, criminal justice, or human services. U.S. News and World Report rank IW’s programs as one of the best online bachelor’s programs of 2019.

“Iowa Wesleyan is pleased to join Kishwaukee College in this exciting new partnership. Kishwaukee and Iowa Wesleyan are student-focused institutions that strive for educational opportunities on campus and online,” said Dr. DeWayne Frazier, Provost at IW. “Iowa Wesleyan is pleased to implement the 3+1 program to make a bachelor’s degree even more obtainable for the graduates of Kishwaukee.”

With the ability to complete the bachelor’s program online, students can remain in the local area and maintain fiscal responsibility by completing three years at the community college before transferring to IW.

For more information visit www.iw.edu or www.kish.edu/transfer


Photo: Kishwaukee College and Iowa Wesleyan University (IW) sign a 3+1 articulation agreement allowing Kish students a direct pathway to a bachelor’s from IW in business administration with a concentration in management, criminal justice, or human services. Pictured: L to R, Dr. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction at Kishwaukee College; and Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College.

April 24, 2019

The Kishwaukee College music and theatre programs invite the community to join them for two events in May. The Spring Student Music Recital and the Student Theatre Showcase celebrate the progress music and theatre students have made during their coursework this semester at Kish. Events are free and open to the public.

Spring Student Music Recital, May 7 at 10:00 am in the Jenkins Auditorium
Beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and voice students will deliver instrumental and vocal performances. Performing students have been taking individual and group instruction with Adjunct Music Faculty Soo-Yon Choi, Eric Schroeder, and John Rakes. A wide variety of music will be performed.

Student Theatre Showcase, May 8 at 12:00 pm in the Student Lounge (C1130)
Theatre students in Adjunct Instructor Daniel'e Taylor’s Introduction to Acting will present a showcase of short scenes and monologues. Audiences can expect to see contemporary works both in the comedic and dramatic genres. Performances will be reflective of the Stanislavski Acting Method (one of several methods taught in class). Students in Adjunct Instructor Andy Stout’s Introduction to the Theatre will present 3D stage design projects and discuss them and their accompanying plays.

For more information about the events, contact Administrative Assistant Kim Jordal in the Office of Instruction at kjordal@kish.edu or 815-825-9364.

April 16, 2019

In celebration of National Poetry Month, up to 12 poets will take the stage for a Poetry Slam on April 30 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in the Student Lounge, C1130 on campus. Judges will be selected from the audience and scores will be used to determine who advances in the competition. Prizes are awarded to top-performing participants.

Inspired by poetry bouts/battles seen around the city of Chicago in the early '80s, the poetry slam has evolved into an international movement showcasing a new way for live audiences to experience poetry and a new way for poets to perform poetry on stage. Slams are popular events in nightclubs, cultural institutions, libraries, and school campuses across the world.

Rules vary from slam to slam. The April 30 slam will adhere to the following:

  • Poets must be prepared to perform 3 poems, one of which must be original work. Memorization not required.
  • Each poet gets five minutes (and a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. Points will be deducted for going over time.
  • No props, costumes, or musical instruments allowed.
  • Top-scoring poets each round will continue on to the next round until a winner is named.

Instructor of Communication Matthew Weibel and Adjunct Instructor of English Bear Wolf will co-host the event. Slots for performers are still open. The event is open to the public and community members are encouraged to participate in the slam.

Those interested in competing must register with Ami Irmen at airmen@kish.edu or at 815-825-9378.

April 15, 2019

The Kishwaukee College Spring Juried Student Exhibition runs now through May 18 in the Art Gallery on campus. Student artists received awards for artworks considered best of their discipline as decided by the juror.

Much of the work on display is a product of Kish’s art program, showcasing artwork in an array of media, such as painting, drawing, ceramics, metals, printmaking, design, and photography. Some artworks are available for purchase.  

Admission to the Art Gallery and exhibition is free and open to the public. The Gallery is located in C1260 and is most easily accessed from Parking Lot B, entering through door 58. The Art Gallery is open Monday and Wednesday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for the Spring semester. Other hours available by appointment.

For more information on Kish’s art program, visit www.kish.edu/art. For more information about the Spring Juried Student Exhibition, contact Administrative Assistant Kim Jordal in the Office of Instruction at 815-825-9364.


Photo Caption: The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting the Spring Juried Student Exhibition now through May 18. Pictured: One of three pieces from Ivan, Nadia, and Captain Max by Barbara Johnson. Unfired clay. Awarded Best 3D.  

April 10, 2019

Kishwaukee College professors will facilitate the final forum in The Dialogues series for the semester.  “Who’s on First?”: Analyzing the Candidate Pool for the 2020 Election will be held Wednesday, April 24 from 9:30 am – 10:45 am in Jenkins Auditorium, room A1224 on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Dialogues series allows for members of the community to join Kishwaukee College faculty, staff and students in thoughtful, civil discourse on topics relevant to the current events and issues facing the United States and its role in the world. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Pernevlon Ellis and Assistant Professor of History, Jennifer Jossendal will facilitate the discussion.

“Who’s on First?”: Analyzing the Candidate Pool for the 2020 Election will be an interactive discussion that explores the currently announced and potential candidates vying for the U.S. Presidency in the 2020 election. As of April 8, 670 candidates have filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president. The total includes 226 Democratic candidates, 84 Republican candidates, 24 Libertarian candidates, and 14 Green candidates. The forum will discuss some of the top contenders.  

“Who’s on First?”: Analyzing the Candidate Pool for the 2020 Election is one of a series of open forums that have been held during the spring semester at the College. The Dialogue series is designed to foster fact-based, open discussion about topics that have a contemporary focus within historical and sociological perspectives.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of History Jennifer Jossendal at jjossendal@kish.edu or 815-825-9376.

April 1, 2019

Calling all poets. Kishwaukee College’s Library and Poetry Committee in collaboration with the English department will host the Fourth Annual Kish Open Mic Poetry reading on April 9. The reading begins at 11:00 am in the Art Gallery, C1260. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The open mic gives the community opportunity to share original work or work by poets they admire. All poetic voices are welcomed. Participants will have up to five minutes to read.

Those interested in reading can sign-up with Assistant Professor Ami Irmen at 815-825-9378 or airmen@kish.edu.

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