Clubs & Organizations

March 22, 2019

The Kishwaukee College SkillsUSA chapter is continuing their winning tradition. They will be sending 3 students to the state competition in Springfield on April 11 –13. Kish’s chapter holds more than 15 state champion titles over the last five years in several career areas. The Chapter hopes to bring back gold again this year. Fellow Kish student and Postsecondary President of SkillsUSA Illinois Tara Mathisen will join other State Officers at the competition to lead the opening and closing ceremonies.

SkillsUSA is a membership organization dedicated to empowering its members to become world-class workers and leaders by supporting applied technical learning and rigorous academics. Skilled workers can be found across industries, including STEM, healthcare, transportation, energy, and infrastructure. The organization emphasizes both technical skills and employability skills such as technological literacy, communication and teamwork.

The SkillsUSA competition begins in February each year with a written exam. Students who meet strict qualifying standards are eligible to compete at the state level. The first place finishers in each category at state move on to a one-week national competition held annually in Louisville, KY in June.

Kish students advancing to the SkillsUSA Illinois competition are:

Collision Repair/Automotive Refinishing

Amber Groebner, Kingston

Diesel Equipment Technology

Michael Remakel, Hampshire

Power Equipment Technology

Derek Cosman, Harvard

Students will compete at work stations, on a written test, and during a mock interview at the state competition. Competitions provide a way for students to showcase mastery and their college’s programs. For more information on SkillsUSA visit www.skillsusa.org.

For more information on the Kishwaukee College SkillsUSA chapter, contact Assistant Professor Greg Brink at gbrink@kish.edu or at 815-825-9416.


Photo: Three Kish students qualify for the SkillsUSA Illinois competition held April 11 – 13 in Springfield. Pictured: SkillsUSA state competition qualifier Amber Groebner sands a 1980 Chevrolet K5 in her Collision Repair class. 

November 6, 2018

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomed 22 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 16.

The ceremony was presided over by the current officers of the Alpha Rho Eta chapter: Jonathan Prose, Oregon, President; Katherine Yunek, Sycamore, Vice-President; Richard Ragan, Lee, Hallmark Officer; Elizabeth Fritz, Sycamore, Public Relations Officer; and Olin Simpson, Shabbona, Recording Officer. The Kishwaukee College chapter faculty advisors are Dominica Blalock and Timothy Anderson.

During the ceremony, inductees and their families and friends were welcomed to the College by Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. Attendees enjoyed a guitar performance by Eric Schroeder, Music instructor at the College. The key note speaker was Laurie Hoecherl, Teaching Chair of Math/Science/Business at Kish.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, is the largest honor society in higher education. Founded in 1918, there are now 1,250 Phi Theta Kappa chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. The society offers opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment, and personal development through programs based on the society’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.

To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of college level course work and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on 4.0 scale. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college. 

The following Kishwaukee College students were honored with membership in this prestigious organization for Fall 2018:

Belvidere: Alec Tworek;

Cortland: Jacob Ihm; Serene Labadi; Victoria Pham

DeKalb: Normam Donahue; Ataur Rab; Lily Smith-Riel; Whitney Sprague;

Genoa: Skylar Doherty; Jennah Smith;

Kingston: Amanda Ness;

Oregon: Raven Brewer; Hailey White;

Rochelle: Callie Ackland; Carley Ackland; Nancy Lopez Torrez;

Sycamore: Celia Carpenter; Emily Enriquez; Bryce Hanson; Jacob Madden

August 21, 2018

The Kishwaukee College National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) donated $330.00 to World Relief DuPage/Aurora on Monday, August 20. NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society; students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. The Kish College chapter raised funds through a spaghetti dinner event, which they will donate to World Relief DuPage/Aurora. World Relief Dupage/Aurora offers holistic services designed to promote local integration so that refugees and immigrants root and flourish in supportive communities. Pictured L to R are NSLS executive board: Christine Newman-Askins, Rochelle; Roze Komes, DeKalb; Emily Plauck, Sycamore; and Tiffany Newman-Askins Rochelle.

May 9, 2018

Members of the Kishwaukee College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international honor society, deliver a record number of donated goods to Hope Haven in DeKalb on May 2, 2018. PTK delivered over 50 bags of goods, plus additional boxes, in honor of Kishwaukee College’s 50th anniversary this year. Pictured L to R are PTK members: Jonathan Prose, Oregon; Elizabeth Fritz, Sycamore; Katherine Yunek, Sycamore; and Richard Ragan, Lee.

December 4, 2017

Members of the Kishwaukee College Criminal Justice Community Policing program and the HOPES Service Club decided to focus their outreach and assistance to local youth and even created a new student group on campus called All For The Kids. This fall, All For The Kids held two bake sale events at the College to raise money for the DeKalb County Youth Services Bureau. On Tuesday, November 28, the group presented a check for $750 to Youth Service Bureau Clinical Director Raya Newman. Newman stated the funding will be used to assist participating families for the holiday season. The donation represented the largest amount raised by any group in the history of the Community Policing Program. Pictured presenting the check are, front row, L to R: Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Shantal Howlett, Rochelle; Catherine Camacho, DeKalb; Victoria Rodriguez, Rochelle; Richard Rojas, DeKalb; Raya Newman, Clinical Director, DeKalb County Youth Services Bureau; and Trevor VanUs, Sycamore. Back row: Zachary Dodson, Sycamore; Kevin Smith, Chicago; Jaynan Harper, Chicago; Colton Beaird, Lindenwood; Dave Dammon, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice; and Arron Atkinson, DeKalb.

October 23, 2015

The Alpha Rho Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomed new members this fall at Kishwaukee College. The new members were inducted during a candle-lighting ceremony held in the College’s Jenkins Auditorium on October 14. The ceremony was presided over by the current officers of the Alpha Rho Eta chapter: Ian Kidd, Co-President; Argyle O’Leary, Co-President; Hailey Hopkins, Recording Officer; Chelsea Erickson, Public Relations Officer; and Allison Kozinski, Hallmark Officer. The Kishwaukee College chapter faculty advisors are Laura Chiavini and Allison Von Ende.

During the ceremony, inductees and their families and friends enjoyed a guitar performance by Tim Lockman. The Key Note Speaker was Chase Budziak, Communications instructor and Director of the Speech and Debate Team at Kishwaukee College.

After the ceremony was completed, inductees, families and friends enjoyed light refreshments in the Kishwaukee College Conference Center Dining Room.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, is the largest honor society in higher education. Founded in 1918, there are now 1,285 Phi Theta Kappa chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually. The society offers opportunities for scholarships, intellectual enrichment, and personal development through programs based on the society’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship.

To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of college level course work and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on  4.0 scale. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college. 

The following Kishwaukee College students were honored with membership in this prestigious organization for Fall 2015:

DeKalb: Janini Avalos, Casey Lothson, Brisa Martinez, Tia McMaster, Steven Morlan, Cheyenne Remington

Genoa: Daniel Hansen

Hampshire: Brian Stuehler

Maywood: Jada Coleman

Oregon: Bayley Kirchner

Rochelle: Alejandra Herrera, Morgan Miller, Jocelyn Ortiz

Steward: Abigail Gould

Sycamore: Debra Byrd, Myrna Guerrero, Damon Massier, Madison Schap, Kortne Shott, Michelle Turcios, and Keara Winters. 

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