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 or 815-825-9376.

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 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 4, 2019

Kish is hosting free educational events throughout April in celebration of Money Smart Week.

Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week brings together financial institutions, non-profits, libraries, universities, and government agencies to offer thousands of free financial education classes across the country.

Learn about budgeting, put your money knowledge to the test, and win prizes throughout the month of April at Kish.

GeoCache for College Cash, Kish Financial Aid Office, C2150, now thru April 25th
Scavenger hunt meets geocache in this contest. Using a smart phone or tablet, players read and respond to quiz questions for a chance to win prizes. This fun campus event features personal financial information every student should know. Prizes include a chance to win a scholarship, gift cards, and imprinted Kish wear.

Money Smart Mondays, Kish Financial Aid Office, C2150, April 8, 15, and 22
Join the Kish Financial Aid staff for fun activities and games. Each week there will be different opportunities to boost your money smarts and win imprinted Kish wear and gift cards.

FAFSA Fridays, Kish Financial Aid Office, C2150, April 5, 12, 19, and 26
Show the Financial Aid staff your FAFSA submission from that week and be entered to win prizes, or complete your Kish financial aid file that week and be entered to win prizes. It’s that simple.

Finding Your Balance, Kish Student Lounge, C1130, April 10 at 10:00 am
Having trouble finding your balance—with budgeting and saving? Join First National Bank in this fun and interactive session focusing on putting yourself in balance, discretionary spending, and elements of saving. Free giveaways and snacks provided.

Financial Literacy Family Feud, Kish Student Lounge, C1130, April 22 at 1:00 pm
Put your financial literacy to the test with Financial Literacy Family Feud presented by Illinois WorkNet.

For more information, contact Financial Aid Systems Specialist Meaghan Cassinelli at or 815-825-9533.

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

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 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 or 815-825-9378.

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

For more information on the Kishwaukee College SkillsUSA chapter, contact Assistant Professor Greg Brink at 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. 

March 20, 2019

Kishwaukee College student Johnathan Prose completed his term as Kishwaukee College’s Board of Trustees Student Trustee for the 2018-2019 academic year. “We have a history of outstanding student trustees and Johnathan was no different,” commented Bob Johnson, Board Chair, at the March 12 board meeting. Johnathan will be attending Iowa State University in the Fall to study Civil Environmental Engineering.

As part of his term as Student Trustee, Prose served as a voice for students on the Board. He reported on events, athletics, and announcements pertaining to student activities and achievements as well as bringing forth suggestions about the College made by students.

“One of the most valuable things for me was learning how a college is run,” Prose comments. “Understanding how data is collected and analyzed and then understanding the process of a construction project from beginning to end will help me to become an engineer.”

In addition to his student leadership role with the Board of Trustees, Johnathan is also an active member with Phi Theta Kappa. Prose will go to Springfield on April 9 to receive the Phi Theta Kappa All-State and Bronze Coca-Cola Academic Team scholarships. Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education. 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. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.

Iowa State offered Prose in-state tuition for up to 2 years because he was named a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar. He will graduate from Kish this summer with an Associate of Engineering Science degree.

“The advice I would give to students,” Prose says, “would be to get involved with as many things as they can; whether it’s being involved in clubs on campus, participating in college events/intermurals, playing a sport, or even participating in activities outside of Kish. I have learned the importance of building my resume and making connections with people; it’s never too early to start.”

Photo: Johnathan Prose was recognized for his service as Student Trustee on the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees during the 2018-2019 academic year. Pictured: L to R, Bob Johnson, Chair of Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees, Johnathan Prose, Student Trustee of Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees, and Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College.

March 18, 2019

Kish welcomes the McDonald Family Pipe & Drum Band and Irish Dancers for a live performance from 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm on March 20 in the Cafeteria (C1131) on campus. Shawn McDonald and family perform all around the Chicagoland area and will share the art of traditional bagpipe and drum music, singing and Irish dancing. The event is free and open to the public.

A $3.00 Baked Potato Bar with all the fixings (cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, butter and broccoli) will be available from 10:30 am – 1:15 pm in the Cafeteria as well. The event is sponsored by International Ed Committee. Proceeds from the Baked Potato Bar support Study Abroad Scholarships.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Business, Marketing, and Management Tammy Tiggelaar at or 815-825-9478.

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March 14, 2019

Kishwaukee College welcomed Enbridge representatives to campus on March 1 and accepted a $5,000 donation to Kishwaukee College Foundation for the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship.

Enbridge Inc. is North America’s premier energy infrastructure company with strategic business platforms that include an extensive network of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, regulated natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation.

The Scholarship was established in 2015 and is intended for students at Kishwaukee College who are enrolled in the Automated Engineering Technology Program or Welding Technology Program. “Enbridge has been very generous to the College over the years, making both monetary and material donations to support our students,” states Bernie Pupino, Coordinator of Career Internships & Apprenticeships at Kishwaukee College. The scholarship fund will provide five scholarships worth $1,000 each.  

“I love welding because I’m using my hands and building whatever I want,” comments scholarship recipient Mitch Meares, “There are no limitations to what can be made.” Meares was surprised he won the scholarship and relieved as the money will offset his out of pocket expenses for two semesters. 

Enbridge Inc. has a long history of commitment to supporting educational opportunities. The establishment of the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship at Kishwaukee College is a demonstration of the company’s support of technical education. For more information on Enbridge visit

For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit To contact the Kishwaukee College Foundation, email or call 815-825-2952.

Photo Caption: Representatives from Enbridge were at Kishwaukee College on March 1 to present President Laurie Borowicz with a check for $5,000 for the Enbridge Energy Company Pipeline Industry Awareness Scholarship. Pictured: front row, L to R: Jeff Keicher, State Representative of the 70th District; Mike Moeller, Region Director for Enbridge, James Kerfin of Rochelle, scholarship recipient; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Kayte Hamel, Executive Director of College Relations; back row, L to R: Dave Bareham, Area Manager for Enbridge; Timothy Riley of Sycamore, scholarship recipient; Mitchel Meares of Malta, scholarship recipient; Jim Connors, Community Ambassador for Enbridge; Bernie Pupino, Coordinator-Career Internships & Apprenticeships at Kish; and Taylor Smith, Community Engagement Advisor for Enbridge.