Clubs & Organizations

December 10, 2019

The Kishwaukee College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held an induction ceremony December 5 on campus. NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the nation and aims to help people discover and achieve their goals.

The following 32 students were inducted this fall:

Cortland: Raina Sands
DeKalb: Asia Brown, Margaret Gannon, Alan Getty, Caitlyn Nelson, Edith Reynolds, Samantha Rivera, Cameron Smith and Hannah Sutter
Genoa: Jeanette Brann, Dina Fowler and Anna Hansen
Kingston: John Haberstich
Kirkland: Crystal Gonzalez and Kaelee Spear
Rochelle: Katelyn Ackland, Michael Castellanos, Brandi Ferrari, Allison Hidalgo, Hannah Lager, Mandi Lamb, Senice Mack and Ryan Mickey
Lindenwood: Carly McMurray
Shabbona: Kimberly Rotella
Sycamore: Alyssa Bigelow, Leticia Cardenas, Kelsy Daluga, Graham Flieder, Hannah Kurowski, Robert “Cole” Nelson and Aubrey Villarreal


Pictured: (L to R) Samantha Rivera, DeKalb, NSLS inductee and chapter officer, student president; Carly McMurray, Lindenwood, NSLS inductee; and Edith Reynolds, DeKalb, NSLS inductee and chapter officer, student fundraising chair.

November 22, 2019

Kishwaukee College is adding men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s bowling and co-ed electronic sports (eSports) to its intercollegiate athletics beginning Fall 2020. The sports were approved at the November 12 Board of Trustees meeting.

“The general feeling of the Board of Trustees is that athletics are a very important part of the college experience at Kishwaukee College. For many years, trustees have encouraged increased opportunity for in-district student athletes to continue participation in their chosen sports post high school,” remarked Bob Johnson, board chair. “Under the leadership of Athletic Director Scott Kawall, Kish will now offer nine sports.” By Fall 2020, Kish will offer men's baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's bowling, women's bowling, men's cross country, women's cross country, coed eSports, men's golf, women's golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's softball and women's volleyball for a total of 14 teams playing nine different sports.

“Over the last three years, Kish has increased its in-district student athlete population from 21 percent to nearly 60 percent. There is a real value to participating in intercollegiate sports that offers a new dimension to the college experience. We are proud to continue to expand athletics and recruit local talent,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish.  In 2016, the College had three athletic teams with 48 student athletes participating. With the addition of golf, bowling and eSports for Fall 2020, the College will have 14 teams with a projected 160-170 student athletes.

“The recommendation to expand our athletic offerings was based on current student interest,” explains Michelle Rothmeyer, vice president of student services. “We have an active eSports and gaming club already on campus, and the area has a vibrant gaming community. There is also high involvement with golf and bowling in the local communities, and we believe our local students would be eager to participate in these sports at the collegiate level.”

Ben Holda, president of Kish’s eSports and gaming club, is “ecstatic” about eSports becoming an official sport at the College. “I am happy eSports is being taken seriously and is being legitimized as a sport. I hope this brings greater cultural awareness to the gaming community,” commented Holda.

Growing in popularity, eSports are competition involving video games. Similar to participation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Kish’s eSports team will also participate in the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) along with NJCAA.

Critical thinking, split-second decision making, strategizing, cooperation and team building are a few of the skills developed through eSports reports Holda and two other members of the eSports and gaming club, Jonathan Kurtzman, current vice president and Tyler Hill, former president.

To participate in the new sports, student athletes will need to meet the same requirements as the current intercollegiate sports. Students will need to be enrolled full time at Kish and meet certain GPA requirements to compete.


Photo: Kishwaukee College’s Board of Trustees vote to add bowling, golf and eSports to the athletic offerings next fall. Pictured: Students in Kish’s eSports & gaming club compete against one another during a club meeting.

November 15, 2019

This fall, Kishwaukee College’s Performing Arts Club will present Seasons of Emotion, a production created by Kish students based on the complexities of the human experience. The debut theatrical performance will take the audience on an emotional exploration through various art forms. The performance will be at 7:00 pm on November 22 in the Kishwaukee College Theatre. The show is free of charge and open to the public.

Organized into acts representing summer, fall, winter and spring, Seasons of Emotion will take the audience on an emotional journey through song, drama, dance and poetry. The production consists of original poems and an original piano composition by Kish students and music and monologues/scenes by other artists.

The Performing Arts Club is a new club formed this fall. It is an inclusive club that welcomes students who are interested in any aspect of performance art. The club strives to help students build their self-confidence, creativity and self-expression while providing them with outlets to develop and share their performing arts talents. It is a safe space where students can experiment with new art forms, ideas and approaches in a supportive environment.

"These students have so much talent and creativity!” commented Bonnie Miller-O’Dell, advisor for the Performing Arts Club. “We've worked hard on this show, and I'm excited to see it all come together. I hope members of the local communities will come out and see how much talent we have here at Kish."

Guests are encouraged to park in lot B and enter through door 56.

For more information on Seasons of Emotion, contact Performing Arts Club advisor Bonnie Miller-O’Dell at bmiller-odell@kish.edu or 815-825-9394.

November 13, 2019

Kishwaukee College’s International Ed Committee is presenting an Immigration to the Midwest Film Series. Light refreshments will be provided and a brief discussion will follow each showing. The series is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Each film will be shown twice. The first showing will run 9:00 am – 11:00 am in room C1121 on Kish campus. Guests to the 9:00 am showing are encouraged to park in lot A and enter through door 6. The second showing will run 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in room A1225 on campus. Guests to the 2:00 pm showing are encouraged to park in lot A and enter through door 16 or 17.

November 13, Mountains, Mists & Mexico, 56 minutes
The documentary tells the general history of Mexican immigration to the United States, focusing on the personal narrative of several generations of one family that settled in Wisconsin. Included in the film are interviews about experiences of racism and adapting to American culture, as well as the contributions of Mexican-Americans to the nation’s history. The film touches on concerns facing Mexican-American immigrants that are still prevalent today.

November 20, The Fourth Partition, 75 minutes
The film describes the arrival of Polish immigrants to Chicago, which became the largest center of Polish culture outside of Poland itself. Incorporating both historical and present day footage, the documentary shows the neighborhoods where Poles congregated to work in Chicago’s burgeoning industries, and it depicts their life, which was built around work, faith and a love of their mother country, as Poland fought for independence in the twentieth century.

For more information on the film series, contact Tammy Tiggelaar, coordinator of international education, at ttiggelaar@kish.edu or 815-825-9478. 

October 30, 2019

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) welcomed 32 new members this fall at Kishwaukee College. The new members were inducted during a candle-lighting ceremony held in Jenkins Auditorium at the College on October 22.

PTK is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3.5 million members worldwide. The society recognizes academic achievement of community college students and provides them with opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders. To be eligible, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework towards an associate degree and earn a 3.5 GPA or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment at the College. Membership is by invitation only. 

The following Kish students were welcomed to PTK during the Fall 2019 ceremony:

Chana: Mallory Ponto
Cortland: Lisa Guzinski
DeKalb: Adriana Aumann-Weyenberg, Charcolette Chatue Kamga Mamguim, Olivia Clausen, Taylor Dunaway, Jessica Holuj, Dakota Montavon, Dawn Nelson, Rebekah Reynolds, Katherine Sherman, Olasubomi Solomon, Melissa Stone and Julee Wolke
Genoa: Stephanee Dries
Paw Paw: Anthony Castaldo
Rochelle: Lillian Fulgencio, Jacob Helfrick, Mandi Lamb, Jakob Quincer and Jake Rodriguez
Sycamore: Megan Antos, Carolyn Blanken, Michael Burdi, Kerina Evenson, Abigail Lewis, Samuel Misch, Meghan Pinter and Aubrey Villarreal
Waterman: Madison Gilbreth
Oregon: Addison Kitzmiller and Sophie West

The Fall 2019 inductees and their guests were welcomed to the College by Dr. Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish. Adjunct instructor Eric Schroeder delivered a musical performance. The ceremony was presided over by the current officers of the Alpha Rho Eta chapter: Gwendolyn Papke, president; Kayla Taft, vice president; Miriam Nuñez, hallmark officer; Carley Ackland, public relations officer; and Katelyn Ackland, recording officer.

For more information, contact chapter adviser and associate professor of modern languages Tim Anderson at tanderson@kish.edu or 815-825-9484.


Photo Caption: The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Kishwaukee College held their fall induction ceremony on October 22 on campus. Pictured: The newest members of PTK and current officers, front row L to R Lillian Fulgencio, Adriana Aumann-Weyenberg, Aubrey Villarreal, Stephanee Dries, Dawn Nelson; middle row L to R Mallory Ponto, Olasubomi Solomon, Dakota Montavon, Jacob Helfrick; and back row L to R Miriam Nuñez, Kayla Taft, Gwendolyn Papke, Carley Ackland, and Katelyn Ackland.

June 3, 2019

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Kishwaukee College held their annual end of the year celebration, which included the installation ceremony for the new officers for the 2019–2020 academic year, on April 30, at the College.

During a candle-lighting ceremony, outgoing officers administered the oath of office to incoming officers. The following Kish students assumed their new roles in the chapter: Gwendolyn Papke, President; Kayla Taft, Vice-President; Miriam Nuñez, Hallmark Officer; Katelyn Ackland, Recording Secretary; and Carley Ackland, Public Relations Officer.

Outgoing officers are Johnathan Prose, President; Katherine Yunek, Vice-President; Yasmin Brooks and Richard Ragan, Hallmark Officer; Olin Simpson, Recording Officer; and Elizabeth Fritz, Public Relations Officer.

The outgoing officer team recognized chapter members who made outstanding contributions during the year with distribution of the 2019 Alpha Rho Eta Chapter Awards. The following students received awards: Yasmin Brooks, Hallmark Member; Elizabeth Fritz, Hallmark Member; Amanda Ness, Hallmark Member; Johnathan Prose, Hallmark Member, Outstanding Chapter Member, and Campus Leadership Award; Richard Ragan, Hallmark Member; Olin Simpson, Hallmark Member and Outstanding Chapter Member; and Katherine Yunek, Hallmark Member.

The Terry Martin Awards were also distributed at this year’s end of year celebration. Established by retired Kishwaukee College Biology Instructor and former PTK advisor Terry Martin, the award recognizes members who have demonstrated exemplary scholarship and service throughout the year. The 2019 recipients of the Terry Martin Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Award are Johnathan Prose and Olin Simpson.

PTK is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3.5 million members worldwide. The society recognizes academic achievement of community college students and provides them with opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders. To be eligible, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework towards an associate degree and earn a 3.5 GPA or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the College. Membership is by invitation only.

For more information on the Phi Theta Kappa, visit www.ptk.org. For more information on the Alpha Rho Eta chapter, contact chapter advisor Tim Anderson at tanderson@kish.edu or 815-825-9484.

April 8, 2019

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) welcomed 13 new members this spring at Kishwaukee College. The new members were inducted during a candle-lighting ceremony held in Jenkins Auditorium at the College on March 26.

PTK is the largest honor society in higher education with more than 3.5 million members worldwide. The society recognizes academic achievement of community college students and provides them with opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders. To be eligible, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework towards an Associate degree and earn a 3.5 GPA or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the College. Membership is by invitation only.

The Spring 2019 inductees and their guests were welcomed to the College by Dr. Joanne Kanter, Vice President of Instruction. Assistant Professor of History Jennifer Jossendal addressed the attendees about making the most of their college careers and Adjunct Instructor of Music Soo-Yun Choi gave a lovely piano performance.

The  following Kish students were inducted to PTK for Spring 2019:

DeKalb: Chloe Lucas, Miriam Nuñez, and Alexander Wisdom

Earlville: Katelyn Schilling

Kirkland: Kayla Taft

Malta: Deana Clark

Rochelle: Katelyn Ackland, Emily Bunger, Justin Julian, Christine Newman-Askins, Tiffany Newman-Askins, and Gwendolyn Papke. Callie Ackland and Carley Ackland, Fall 2018 members, participated in the Spring ceremony. 

Sycamore: Angela Sietsema

The ceremony was presided over by the current officers of the Alpha Rho Eta chapter: Johnathan Prose, President; Katherine Yunek, Vice-President; Yasmine Brooks, Hallmark Officer; Elizabeth Fritz, Public Relations Officer; and Olin Simpson, Recording Officer.

For more information, contact Chapter Advisor and Assistant Professor of Modern Languages Tim Anderson at tanderson@kish.edu or 815-825-9484.


Photo Caption: The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Kishwaukee College held their spring induction ceremony on March 26 on campus. Pictured: Front row (L to R): Carley Ackland, Emily Bunger, Miriam Nuñez, Katelyn Ackland, and Callie Ackland. Middle row (L to R): Kayla Taft, Angela Sietsema, Katelyn Schilling, Gwendolyn Papke, and Justin Julian. Back row, L to R: Johnathan Prose, chapter President; Katherine Yunek, chapter Vice-President; Yasmine Brooks, chapter Hallmark Officer; Elizabeth Fritz, chapter Public Relations Officer; and Olin Simpson, chapter Recording Officer.

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.

March 29, 2019

Kishwaukee College’s International Education Committee is hosting a film viewing and discussion around the theme Films on the Islamic World. There will be one film covered each week of April. Assistant Professor of History Branden McCullough will facilitate discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, April 3, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Student Lounge, C1130
This breathtaking documentary provides viewers with a stunning tour of artwork and architecture from all across the Muslim world. Highlighting nine different countries, and covering a span of many centuries, this film demonstrates the wide variety of artistic styles, and how these expressions of beauty and faith have evolved over a millennia to illuminate Islam’s place in the global culture today. (90 minutes)

Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember, April 11, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, room A1225
In this HBO documentary and film festival favorite, the viewer has the opportunity to follow the lives of three children from the countries of Senegal, Tajikistan, and Maldives as they compete in an international contest to learn and recite all 600 pages of the Koran. The film chronicles the family life, the successes, the failures, and the dreams of these children, providing a wonderful narrative about Islam’s place in the modern world and the struggles facing the next generation of Muslims. (80 minutes)

Saudi Arabia Uncovered, April 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Student Lounge, C1130
In this explosive PBS documentary, reporters go undercover to examine life in Saudi Arabia, particularly among those who have resisted the Saudi government. The rare look inside the life of Saudi dissidents and activists gives the viewer insight into the current political and economic issues facing the Saudi regime, and how they affect Saudi Arabia’s position in the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. (60 minutes)

Children of Syria, April 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Student Lounge, C1130
This timely film provides a behind the scenes glimpse of the struggle to live in the midst of Syria’s civil war. Chronicling the lives of four Syrian children, the PBS documentary follows their journey from tragedy in Aleppo to their escape and transition to life as refugees in Germany. Balancing grief and hope, this film captures the devastation and heartbreak of war, as well as the pain of starting over after losing everything. (60 minutes)

For more information about the film viewings, contact Associate Professor of Business, Marketing, and Management Tammy Tiggelaar at ttiggelaar@kish.edu or 815-825-9478.

March 25, 2019

Kish invites all to participate in the Community Pride Mural and the NOH8 Campaign in April. Both events are free and open to the public.

The third annual Community Pride Mural will take place April 2 and April 3 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Student Center (located near the bookstore) on campus. This year, the community will collaborate to create “a mural of a different kind.” Stop by and add your touch to the mural.

The NOH8 campaign will take place April 9 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Student Lounge, C1130 on campus. The campaign promotes an anti-bullying message through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. Participants may consent to have their photographs added to the National Campaign and/or the College’s Facebook page, if desired.

Both events are sponsored by the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Diversity. For more information on either, please contact Assistant Professor of English Ami Irmen at airmen@kish.edu or 815-825-9378.

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