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​“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller KCC's long-term growth will be a result of work and diligence by employees, students and community members. To lead the way, all college employees (and students) are invited to share ideas which could boost KCC's inquiries, enrollment and persistence to graduation. To submit ideas, please click on the feedback icon or send a note to Kari Nugent, director of marketing and public relations.    *** Go to Online Update   ...

​On Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, KCC will host the regional 2015 WYSE – Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering – Academic Challenge.  About 180 students from 12 local high schools will be competing; the students will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. and depart around 2 p.m. The Academic Challenge is a battery of tests created by the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering program and offered to high school students. Subjects tested are biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, E...

​The KCC Hammes Bookstore is doing its part to keep us warm this winter. The bookstore will have all sweat shirts on sale for 50 percent off throughout February. Stop in soon for the best selection!     *** Go to online Update...

A piece of art from the college’s permanent collection is missing. Jean Janssen, curator of the art collection, is asking for help in finding Stairway to Heaven, a watercolor. Its last known location was Room V114. The size is 25 inches by 32 inches, framed. Anyone with information on Stairway to Heaven is asked to email Jean at jkjanssen@kcc.edu. *** Go to online Update  ...

​Hello! It’s such a simple word, but it says so much. Hello says “you are welcome.” It says “you belong” and “you matter.” To develop an atmosphere of inclusiveness, and increase feelings of community and belonging here at KCC, the Psychology Club is embarking on a campaign and we’d like you to join us. Experience the #PowerofHello! What is the campaign? The challenge is simple … say hello to people! Say hello to strangers, reach out to someone you pass every day, reconnect with someone fro...

​KCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter is sponsoring a Carnation Sale for Valentine’s Day. The event will be Friday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the College Center. View attached flier for information. Free Riverfront Campus delivery is available during the entire sale.Cost is $1 per flower and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. To be eligible for Phi Theta Kappa membership, students must have a 3...

The Foundation scholarship cycle is in full swing, and students are currently applying for next year's awards.  After the scholarship deadline of March 1, committee members are needed to review the applications. Committees read and rate the applications and essays of the applicants. Scholarship reading is done entirely online using a software called NextGen. "We value your time and will make every effort to add you to no more than three committees," said Aindrea Hogan, coordinator of...

Your feedback is valued Submitted by David Cagle After taking one year off, KCC is once again encouraging all full-time employees, current adjunct instructors, and part-time employees averaging 16 hours or more of work per week to complete an employee satisfaction survey. In 2013, we had 191 responses. This year, our goal is for at least 210 employees to complete the survey. The survey link will be emailed on Feb. 2. It should take about 20 minutes to complete. Noel Levitz is administering ...

Just a reminder that if you receive a call from a news reporter, or if you want to share a KCC story with the media, you should direct it to the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. Marketing and Public Relations ensures that the college speaks with one voice. Having a reliable one-stop shop also fosters media confidence and builds relationships. Following are a few guidelines:If you receive a media inquiry, direct it to Kari Nugent or Ellen Skelly in the Office of Marketing and Public ...

​A new medallion highlighting the LEED Gold status of the KCC North Extension Center is now in place. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, and the status was awarded following application and approval by the U.S. Green Building Council. *** Go to Online Update    ...

​The Harold and Jean Miner South Extension Center has new advising hours. They are: Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.Thursdays 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Additional times available by appointment. For full operation hours and more information, visit the SEC page on KCC's website.   ***   Go to Online Update...

​Teaching Squares is an exciting new professional development opportunity! This voluntary program attempts to improve teaching and build community through a structured, non-evaluative process of classroom visits and shared reflection. Your Teaching Squares experience offers you the opportunity to improve your own teaching by visiting your Square Partners in an actual classroom situation. There is also an online option to learn about Square Partners online teaching strategies and course design t...

​Submitted by Jean Janssen, KCC's art curator You might notice artwork missing from spaces and walls around campus. This is part of the restoration of KCC’s permanent art collection. We should have artwork back on the walls by the middle of March. Some pieces may be relocated for various reasons. I think you will notice a difference in the way our artwork looks after this process is done. If you have any questions, please email me at jjanssen@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8719.     *** Go to ...

Input related to KCC from employees, students and the community is always welcome. One way to provide feedback is to utilize the Candid Comments form. The form is available electronically. The paper forms are located: • In the College Center, near the Workforce Development Center hallway • Near the copier outside Room L355. • Inside the entrance to the Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library, on the south wall. Feedback icon also an indicator that input is welcome Update is a natural tool to...

Join KCC's Weight Watchers At-Work series before Jan. 31 and receive a free Active Link - Weight Watchers activity and sleep monitor - a $59.95 value. Meetings for the 12-week series begins Wednesday, Feb. 4. The group includes 13 members, but if 20 members join, the series will run for 19 weeks. As a “concierge service”, the college will pay 25% of the cost for full-time employees, making the cost $117 for the 12-week series or $141 for the 19-week series. Payment options are available, incl...

​Do you work with a faculty member who: • Demonstrates excellence in teaching, commands a strong knowledge of their discipline, and stays current in their field?• Uses innovative teaching techniques to help students learn?• Motivates and encourages students to give their best? Each year the Faculty Growth and Development Committee collects nominations, solicits feedback, and selects one full-time and one part-time faculty member to be recognized with the KCC Outstanding Faculty Award. Those ho...

​A free college financial aid and scholarships session will be held at the Kankakee Community College Miner South Extension Center Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. The event is for all students and parents preparing to apply for college financial aid and scholarships, not just those planning to attend KCC. The Miner South Extension Center is at 1488 E. Walnut, Watseka. KCC staff will help participants prepare scholarship applications for KCC awards, and will help with the  Free Application for F...

For those employees who consented to receive their W-2 forms electronically, they are now available online through KCConnect.  Employees who did not consent can pick up the paper copy of their W-2 forms beginning Friday, Jan. 16.  W-2s will be available for pick up until noon on Thursday, Jan. 29. At that time, all remaining W-2s will  be mailed to the employee's home address. To pick up the printed copy, see Juli Gereg in the Business Office and bring a staff ID.   Anyone with questions reg...

​Betty Meents has retired from KCC’s board of trustees after 39 years of service. The Watseka resident was the college’s longest-serving trustee. She served on the board from April 1976 to January 2015. KCC will host a reception to honor Meents in the spring.“Through leadership and guidance, Betty helped KCC grow to become a well-respected and fiscally-strong institution,” said KCC’s president, Dr. John Avendano. “Her insights, perspective, support and commitment to the college will be greatly m...

​The following people have changed positions within the college: Nancy Schunke is now coordinator of the South Extension Center and marketing and public relations, effective Dec. 22. Previously, she was a part-time coordinator in the Marketing and Public Relations Department. Courtney Shott is now a receptionist I at the North Extension Center, effective Jan. 5. Previously, she was a part-time clerk I at the North Extension Center. Lindsey Zerbian is now the coordinator of admissions and recr...

​Submitted by Susan LaMore, member of the Wright in Kankakee doard of directors New volunteers are now being welcomed to work in various capacities at the Bradley House, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in the Riverview neighborhood of Kankakee. Training is provided for tour interpreters and gift shop volunteers. Volunteers can serve as few or as many hours as desired on any weekend, March to December. Hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are noon - 4 p.m. Other volunteer positions such ...

​Fire drills are scheduled for 9:10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. All staff should review fire evacuation procedures before the drill.In order that there is some degree of realism to the drill, faculty should not forewarn students.  During the drill, everyone should cooperate to assist students in leaving the building and staying a reasonable distance from the buildings.  *** Go to Online Update...

Appointments can now be scheduled to meet with a State Universities Retirement System counselor at KCC on Tuesday, March 3. The final date to schedule an appointment is Feb 7. A representative from the SURS System office will visit KCC's Riverfront Campus on March 3 to meet with employees contemplating retirement. To schedule an appointment, follow the Scheduling Counseling Session instructions or go to O:\Share\KCC\Human Resources\HR Forms\. Due to a limited number of appointments March 3, e...

​The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by economist Thomas Piketty and “Coming Apart” by Charles Murray. The books were selected for their different perspectives on economics and culture. View attached flier for information.“Since Piketty’s analysis comes from the left and focuses on economics, Charles Murray’s cultural analysis from the right seemed like a good counterpoint,” said Scott Kistler,...

​Submitted by Laura Gardner, coordinator of student life and development It’s that time of year again! The Office of Student Life is seeking volunteers to help at the 2015 Match Points Scholastic Competition on Friday, Feb. 20. Volunteer positions include timekeepers, scorekeepers, judges, and readers. All volunteers will receive free lunch Feb. 20 and will be entered into a raffle for a $25 VISA prepaid gift card. Three will be awarded. If you are interested in helping, please contact me, La...

​KCC Foundation scholarship applications are now available at www.kcc.edu/scholarships. “Scholarships have made a huge impact in my life,” said Sandra Chavez, a KCC psychology major. “Because of the money that I was awarded, I don’t have to worry about paying for tuition, books and fees. Instead, I can focus on school.” Chavez, of Gilman, received the GED Recipient Scholarship, the Peg Reeves Scholarship and the Humanities Division Scholarship. Ryan Dandurand of Grant Park said scholarships...

A series of Financial Aid Information Nights and Scholarship Application Workshops for the 2015-16 award year. Faculty and staff are asked to tell students about these opportunities. Financial Aid Information Sessions are designed to clarify the types of aid available and to help students and their parents understand the steps to obtain financial aid.The dates will be:* Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 6-8 p.m. in Room M120 * Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, 4-6 p.m. in Room M120 Open Labs to complete the ...

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2/3/2015 7:00 PM - 2/3/2015 9:00 PM
KCC College Center

​Jabali Afrika musicians will perform at Kankakee Community College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the KCC College Center. The event is free and the public is invited. Jabali Afrika brings a multi-cultural experience to the stage with costumes, dancing, percussion and vocals. The band plays traditional African melodies that are the foundation of modern jazz, gospel and blues, as well as rock and reggae arrangements. Band member Josek Asikoye said, “Our music makes you dance, it uplifts the soul...

2/4/2015 1:00 PM - 2/4/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” by economist Thomas Piketty. The session on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapter 15. The first part of the book was discussed in Fall 2014. View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are ...

2/11/2015 11:00 AM - 2/11/2015 1:00 PM
College Center

​The NOH8 Campaign (NOH8 meaning "No Hate") is a charitable organization in the United States whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. It formed in response to Proposition 8 in California, which banned same-sex marriage in 2008. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" pai...

2/11/2015 1:00 PM - 2/11/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” by economist Thomas Piketty. The session on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapter 16. The first part of the book was discussed in Fall 2014. View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are...

2/12/2015 9:10 AM - 2/12/2015 9:25 AM
KCC Riverfront Campus

​​Fire drills are scheduled for 9:10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. All staff should review fire evacuation procedures before the drill.In order that there is some degree of realism to the drill, faculty should not forewarn students. During the drill, everyone should cooperate to assist students in leaving the building and staying a reasonable distance from the buildings. *** Go to Online Update...

2/12/2015 5:15 PM - 2/12/2015 5:30 PM
KCC Riverfront Campus

​​Fire drills are scheduled for 9:10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12. All staff should review fire evacuation procedures before the drill.In order that there is some degree of realism to the drill, faculty should not forewarn students. During the drill, everyone should cooperate to assist students in leaving the building and staying a reasonable distance from the buildings. *** Go to Online Update...

2/13/2015 9:00 AM - 2/13/2015 1:00 PM
College Center

Phi Theta Kappa will be selling carnations on Friday, February 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the College Center for Valentine’s Day. Flowers are $1 each. View flier for information. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  *** Go to Online Update  ...

2/18/2015 1:00 PM - 2/18/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in KCC Room L315, will be the Prologue.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and Social Sciences Divisi...

2/25/2015 1:00 PM - 2/25/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 1 and 2.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and Social Sciences Di...

3/4/2015 1:00 PM - 3/4/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, March 4 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapter 3 and Appendix B.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and Social Sci...

3/18/2015 1:00 PM - 3/18/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, March 18 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 4 and 5. View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and Social Sciences D...

3/25/2015 1:00 PM - 3/25/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, March 25 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 6 and 7 and Appendix C.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and So...

4/1/2015 1:00 PM - 4/1/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, April 1 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 8 and 9 and Appendix D.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and Soc...

4/8/2015 2:00 PM - 4/8/2015 3:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, April 8 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 10 and 11 and Appendix E.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and S...

4/15/2015 1:00 PM - 4/15/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, April 15 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 12 and 13.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and Social Sciences...

4/22/2015 1:00 PM - 4/22/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, April 22 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 14 and 15 and Appendices F and G.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanit...

4/29/2015 1:00 PM - 4/29/2015 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to join two Kankakee Community College professors in reading and discussing “Coming Apart: The State of White America” by Charles Murray. The session on Wednesday, April 29 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapters 16 and 17.  View attached flier for information about the entire reading series. Most weekly readings are less than 40 pages.The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Scott Kistler; both are professors in KCC’s Humanities and Social Sciences...