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 Two veterans, Rob Kenney and Paul Carlson, raised the American flag for the first time at the KCC Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center this morning (Nov. 21). Rob is coordinator of facility construction & building maintenance and Paul is associate dean of the Business and Technology Division.   *** Go to Online Update  ...

Electrical work and installation of emergency call stanchions on the Riverfront campus is continuing. On Monday, Nov. 24, there will be a concrete company on the campus doing curb work and island build out in the east and west employee parking lots (Lots P0 & P13) as well as the east side of Building A on West Campus (Lot P10). Barricades will be set up Monday morning to block all affected parking spaces.     *** Go to Online Update  ...

​Beginning Jan. 1, no more vehicles will be allowed to drive on the sidewalks next to the South Courtyard, the area between the flagpoles and the main building, on the Riverfront Campus. Deliveries can be made to the Physical Plant doorway on the east side of the building.     *** Go to Online Update    ...

​Miner Memorial Library has a few bookcases available to anyone who might need extra storage in their office or work area. Two are 82 inches high, one is single sided and one double sided. There is also one that is 42 inches high and 182 inches long. Please be aware that these items must remain on a KCC property. To see them, please visit the library.   *** Go to Online Update ...

​Thank you to the crafters and shoppers who made the 26th annual Homespun Holiday Hoopla a great success.Fifteen crafters participated this year. They were:Elizabeth Becvar, Paul Blankenship, Theresa Carlson, Bill Christy, Tracy Conner, Nicki Depatis, Willie Dixon, Jean Fons, Joan Kesicki, Dan Kirsch, Julie Larsen, Patricia Phillips, Alicia Post, Ellen Kirsch Stringer (daughter of Dan) and Linda Zullo. Janet Fager was offering KCC Cookbooks. Crafty staff can start making their homemade creations...

​The Livingston Workforce Services office will be closed Dec. 1-5 as it moves to a new location.The office will reopen Dec. 8 at Heartland Community College’s Pontiac Center, 211 E. Madison St., Pontiac, IL 61764. The Workforce Services Office is in Room 222 on the second floor of the building, which also is the Pontiac Public Library.The hours for the office will remain as 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, phone 815-842-6535. The Livingston Workforce Services office p...

​On Nov. 14, Kankakee Community College held a recognition ceremony to honor 39 faculty, staff and administrators for service at the college. Brian Yeoman of St. Anne was honored for 40 years of service, the first KCC employee to reach that milestone. Yeoman started at KCC on Feb. 19, 1974. He is currently the college’s assistant director of the Physical Plant Department.“He is and has been on call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for many years,” said Rich Soderquist, KCC’s director of facil...

​A black men's wool overcoat and brown gloves were missing at the Hilton Garden Inn coat check following the recognition program on Friday, Nov. 14. "Someone must have mistaken it for their own," said the man who lost his coat. Any man who might have accidentally taken the wrong coat is asked to bring the coat and gloves to the KCC receptionist desk. Thank you for your help!     *** Go to Online Update  ...

​​The Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society is sponsoring a Midwest French Colonial History Tour from May 20-25, 2015. Guided tours during the trip will be given by historians Vic Johnson, Dr. Charles Balesi, and Dr. Jim Paul. Jim is a retired KCC history professor. To learn more about this trip, and for registration information, go to the historical society web site. Note: the registration deadline has been extended. ***Go to Online Update ...

​Congratulations to Alice "Tinker" Parker on completing the "Ethics Training for University Employees" course offered by Governors State University. Tinker completed the class earlier this month and received a certificate of completion from GSU. "Tinker's commitment to continuing her education and benefitting our students is appreciated," said Dr. Jill Channing, associate dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division.   *** Go to Online Update    ...

​Small Businesses Grow Thanks to KCC Small Business Development CenterMelanie DeVore turned a hobby into a dream with the help of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Kankakee Community College (KCC). DeVore had a career in healthcare, but she always loved weddings and party planning. To put her dream into motion and to make extra income, she rented table and chair covers for weddings on the side.DeVore expanded her side job into a full-time business, left her healthcare position, and...

​The following dates will be casual days: Nov. 26, Dec. 11, 19, 22 and 23.  The Nov. 26 casual day is for those who are decorating for the holidays. See the related article about holiday decoration delivery from storage. The Dec. 11 day is a Scarlet Fever date for the Women's Basketball Pack the Place game. As a reminder, casual day guidelines are: -- Participation is optional. -- Jeans may be worn if accompanied by a collared shirt with "Kankakee Community College" on it or if ...

​There will be no Update email the week of Dec. 1; and the final Update email for 2014 will be Dec. 15. Current announcements and Update events will remain posted at www.kcc.edu/update/. College events still will be posted at http://r25.kcc.edu and in Update. The deadline for the Nov. 24 Update email will be Nov. 20 at noon. Articles and suggestions for articles can be submitted by phone at 815-802-8279, and by email to eskelly@kcc.edu.    ***Go to Online Update ...

The KCC Horticulture Club and grounds staff will be sponsoring a holiday tree decorating contest to support a local food pantry. The contest is open to all KCC departments, student clubs and organizations. Those interested in participating are required to make a food pantry donation. There will be up to eight potted planters with real trees available to decorate. The trees will be lined along the main courtyard and north patio area. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. The theme for...

​Kankakee Community College is hosting bone marrow and blood drives on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Cavalier and Iroquois Rooms at KCC.At the bone marrow drive, potential donors will have a cotton swab cheek specimen collected for testing and possible placement on the national registry of bone marrow donors. Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 to 44, and in good general health. No appointments are necessary.Each donor is asked to give a minimum of $1 to offset the co...

Volunteers are needed to help staff stations during Welcome Back Week on Jan. 12 & 13, 2015. Volunteers will provide a friendly welcome, help answer questions and give directions. Your assistance in this effort will be greatly appreciated. To volunteer, phone Laura Gardner in the Office of Student Life at 815-802-8628 or email lgardner@kcc.edu to sign up. *** Go to Online Update ...

​Submitted by members of the Supportive Staff Communications Committee  At the Nov. 12, 2014 Supportive Staff Communications Committee meeting, a concern was shared regarding overly strong fragrances. The issue stems from reactions to those who wear excessive amounts of cologne/perfume and/or have plug-in (or other) fragrance devices in their work area. Since there are employees with allergies, please be mindful that strong fragrances can cause physical reactions for other staff members.  **...

​Physical Plant Department staff will bring department holiday decorations from storage to the area behind the first floor information desk on Monday, Nov. 24. They will be delivered before noon. "Please plan ahead and have your department boxes picked up by the end of the day (Nov. 24)," said Mary Polka of Physical Plant Department. "Thank you."       *** Go to Online Update  ...

The following position is open: Custodian I, second shift, full-time for Physical Plant Department For detailed information about these and all other open positions, click on "Employment" at the bottom of any KCC web page, or go to www.kcc.edu/jobs/.​*** Go to Online Update ...

​Two people have recently begun employment at KCC, and one has recently left the college. Purva DeVol is the new director of institutional research & grants management for the Office of Institutional Research, effective Oct. 22. Terri Eakins is the new career development counselor/academic advisor for the Department of Student Services, effective Nov. 3.        One person is no longer employed by the college. Elias Caples, custodian I, Physical Plant Department, employment ended Oct...

​The Testing Services Office is utilizing Room D218 and D217. Following are summaries of how the two rooms are being used. Room D218 Testing Center is used for ACT Compass, Remote ACT Compass, Correspondence (Distance Learning) ASSET, make up testing for classes, disability accommodations with Kurzweil, GED (General Educational Development) Constitution tests.Some tests taken in Room D218 require an appointment, but most are offered on a walk-in basis. Specific requirements are on the Testing...

WKCC 91.1 FM is offering three Thanksgiving-themed specials on Thursday, Nov. 27. "The Splendid Table," from 10 a.m. - noon, has helpful information for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show, "The Splendid Table," will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live program. Past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving din...

An opportunity to attend budget/business office training will be available on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. - noon. Topics will include Datatel account balance inquiries, account activity listings, budget reports, purchasing guidelines, travel guidelines, requisition preparation & R25 reservations. Training will be held in Room L165, so seating is limited. To sign up, please email Amy Savoie at asavoie@kcc.edu to reserve a seat.     *** Go to O...

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 ...

KCC students and employees can receive text messages for emergency closure, weather delays and other related notifications. To receive text alerts, log in to your KCConnect account and add your cell phone number through the address change form. More information and complete instructions are at www.kcc.edu/alerts/. The college is using School Messenger to manage the notifications. To opt out of text alerts, reply with STOP to the opt-in text message or visit School Messenger’s website. KCC do...

An exhibit of wood carvings will be part of KCC's Veteran's Day celebration. The carvings, by Richard W. Condon, will be on display Nov. 7 to Dec. 5. in the KCC Arts & Sciences Gallery, Room R103.  There will be an opening reception from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10. The opening reception will precede the Veteran's Day commemoration in the Harold and Jean Memorial Library. Condon is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1952-54 for the 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry ...

​​Throughout the fall, the Instructional Technology Office will continue offering a variety of sessions to help faculty and staff get acquainted with Canvas, the new learning management system. To see the schedule, go to the TLC Events Page. The sessions also will be listed as separate events in Update. Note: Canvas Office Hours will remain on the TLC Events Page instead of being separate Update events.  For more information, visit the Canvas page or email canvashelp@kcc.edu.     *** Go t...

Employees and students are invited to give the gift of literacy this holiday season. New or gently used children's books for birth to 8th grade will be collected ​Monday, Nov. 3 to Friday, Dec. 5. Donation bins will be located near KCC's main information desk on the first floor. Books will be donated to Lorenzo R. Smith Elementary School in Hopkins Park.       *** Go to Online Update...

Submitted by David Cagle, director of human resourcesIn the recent years, Dr. Avendano has graciously given employees the “gift of time” by allowing staff to leave early that last day of work before winter break. All employees are reminded that getting to leave early should never be assumed, and due to the data migration testing, should definitely not be the expectation this year. In reality, we could have some end-users testing their data well past 5 p.m. so when we return from winter break on...

​From Dec. 20 to 23, the college will be closed to the public. Offices will remain staffed and should follow the usual “between semesters” hours. Announcements saying the college is closed to the public will be on the KCC web page, on TV screens, on signs at all locations and sent to media as a press release. Also, faculty and staff are asked to alert students to the closure. On Dec. 22 and 23, college employees will test operational processes following migration of data during the SQL databas...

Submitted by Michael O'Connor, director of Information Technology Services On Friday, Dec. 19, KCC will enter the final phase of our 18-month SQL database upgrade project.   Beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 19, Information Technology Services will shut down Colleague (AKA Datatel) for approximately 55 hours to allow us to migrate data from the old database to the new SQL database. During this migration, no Colleague-dependent business processes will be available, including online registration. Once...

The community is invited to join two KCC professors in reading and discussing Capital in the Twenty-First Century by economist Thomas Piketty. “Because of the ongoing discussion of economic inequality on the national media and political scene, Piketty’s explanation of economic inequality and a solution for it has stirred a lot of discussion,” said Scott Kistler, one of the discussion leaders. “We thought that we could have some of that discussion here at KCC.” The discussions will be from 1-...

The Office of Continuing Education and Career Services is offering three Outlook “Lunch and Learn” workshops for KCC employees this semester.    All sessions will be 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Workforce Development Center Conference Hall. The presenter will be Dr. Kris Condon. All employees are encouraged to bring a lunch to learn!     To attend, please contact Erica Billington at 815-802-8206 or email ebillington@kcc.edu to reserve a seat.   Using Microsoft Outlook’s Task Managemen...

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11/10/2014 11:30 AM - 12/5/2014 5:00 PM
KCC Arts and Sciences gallery, Room R103

​A new art exhibit featuring fine wood carvings by retired Korean War veteran Richard W. Condon, United States Army (retired), and father of KCC professor Dr. Kristine M. Condon is opening in the KCC Arts & Sciences Building gallery, Room R103. The art exhibit will be on display until Dec. 5. *** Go to Online Update...

11/24/2014 7:00 PM - 11/24/2014 9:00 PM
KVPD RecCenter, formerly the Armory, 150 N. Indiana Ave., Kankakee

​The KCC men’s basketball team will meet a local rival in a historic gym on Monday, Nov. 24. The game will be a homecoming of sorts for the Cavaliers, who played in the same gym from 1979 to 1988. The game site, at 150 N. Indiana Ave. in downtown Kankakee, is a former National Guard Armory which was built in 1921. It has been remodeled and is operated by the Kankakee Valley Park District as the KVPD RecCenter. “They had some great games there and I understand that the Kankakee park district ha...

11/25/2014 12:00 PM - 11/25/2014 1:00 PM
KCC Iroquois Room

The KCC Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action Project presentation, "Give the Gift of Life"  will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from noon - 1 p.m. in the Iroquois Room. Project leaders John Berens and Joshua Steele will present their research on blood diseases and potential cures for them which resulted in the chapter sponsoring an upcoming Bone Marrow Drive on Dec. 3.This presentations is open to everyone.The Bone Marrow Drive details are listed in the event announcements.  *** Go ...

12/2/2014 5:30 PM - 12/2/2014 7:30 PM
Room L165

​The Instructional Technology Office is offering a variety of sessions to help faculty and staff get acquainted with Canvas, the new learning management system. The session on Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Room L165 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. is Canvas Orientation, a two-hour demonstration and hands-on class leading you through the basics of setting up your account and your classes in Canvas. Please reserve a space by emailing the date and time of the session you will attend to canvashelp@kcc.edu. See a list ...

12/3/2014 9:30 AM - 12/3/2014 1:30 PM
Cavalier Room

​There will be a blood drive at KCC from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Cavalier Room. The American Red Cross is in serious need of donors, especially those with O-negative type blood. In most cases, the entire donation process takes about one hour. Participants must have at least 56 days since their last whole blood donation or 112 days since their last double red cell donation. Call 815-802-8100 or stop by KCC's main information desk to schedule a time to donate. Walk-ins also ...

12/3/2014 10:00 AM - 12/3/2014 11:00 AM
Room L165

​The Instructional Technology Office is offering a variety of sessions to help faculty and staff get acquainted with Canvas, the new learning management system. The session on Wednesday, Dec.3 in Room L165 from 10-11 a.m. is Canvas Gradebook, A one-hour course that builds on what you learned in Orientation to lead you through the additional special features of the gradebook. Please reserve a space by emailing the date and time of the session you will attend to canvashelp@kcc.edu. See a list of...

12/3/2014 11:30 AM - 12/3/2014 12:30 PM
Workforce Development Center Conference Hall

The Office of Continuing Education and Career Services is offering Outlook “Lunch and Learn” workshops for KCC employees this semester.  The session "Using Microsoft Outlook’s Categories Feature" will be 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Workforce Development Center Conference Hall. The presenter will be Dr. Kris Condon. All employees are encouraged to bring a lunch to learn!   The focus of this session is to learn how to use this color-coding feature to organize and ...

12/3/2014 1:00 PM - 12/3/2014 2:00 PM
KCC Room L315

The community is invited to a book discussion on  Capital in the Twenty-First Century by economist Thomas Piketty, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in KCC Room L315. The session will cover Chapters 11 and 12. See flier for all details. The KCC professors leading the discussions are Steve DePasquale and Kistler. “These sessions will be devoted to a serious discussion of the ideas in these books. Students and the community are welcome to attend and ask questions,” Kistler said. “Those who wish...

12/10/2014 1:30 PM - 12/10/2014 4:30 PM
Room L165

​An opportunity to attend budget/business office training will be available on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. - noon.Topics will include Datatel account balance inquiries, account activity listings, budget reports, purchasing guidelines, travel guidelines, requisition preparation & R25 reservations.Training will be held in Room L165, so seating is limited. To sign up, please email Amy Savoie at asavoie@kcc.edu to reserve a seat.***Go to Online Update...

12/11/2014 9:00 AM - 12/11/2014 12:00 PM
Room L165

​​An opportunity to attend budget/business office training will be available on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. - noon.Topics will include Datatel account balance inquiries, account activity listings, budget reports, purchasing guidelines, travel guidelines, requisition preparation & R25 reservations.Training will be held in Room L165, so seating is limited. To sign up, please email Amy Savoie at asavoie@kcc.edu to reserve a seat.***Go to Online Update...

12/11/2014 10:00 AM - 12/11/2014 12:00 PM
Room L165

​The Instructional Technology Office is offering a variety of sessions to help faculty and staff get acquainted with Canvas, the new learning management system. The session on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Room L165 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. is Canvas Orientation, a two-hour demonstration and hands-on class leading you through the basics of setting up your account and your classes in Canvas. Please reserve a space by emailing the date and time of the session you will attend to canvashelp@kcc.edu. See a ...

12/11/2014 11:30 AM - 12/11/2014 12:30 PM
Workforce Development Center Conference Hall

The Office of Continuing Education and Career Services is offering Outlook “Lunch and Learn” workshops for KCC employees this semester.  The session "Using Microsoft Outlook’s Categories Feature" will be 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the Workforce Development Center Conference Hall. The presenter will be Dr. Kris Condon. All employees are encouraged to bring a lunch to learn!   The focus of this session is to learn how to use this color-coding feature to organize an...

12/11/2014 5:30 PM - 12/11/2014 7:30 PM
KCC Ryan Gymnasium

​​Wear your "Scarlet Fever" T-shirt, show your school pride, and support our Cavaliers as they compete against Kishwaukee College on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ryan Gymnasium.Don't have a "Scarlet Fever" T-shirt? The main information desk on the first floor will be selling them one week before the event for $5. T-shirts will also be sold at the game.Free refreshments to the first 100 fans who attend. DJ Mike Berger will provide music. Every fan receives a chance to...

12/12/2014 10:00 AM - 12/12/2014 11:00 AM
Room L165

​The Instructional Technology Office is offering a variety of sessions to help faculty and staff get acquainted with Canvas, the new learning management system. The session on Friday, Dec. 12 in Room L165 from 10-11 a.m. is Canvas Gradebook, A one-hour course that builds on what you learned in Orientation to lead you through the additional special features of the gradebook. Please reserve a space by emailing the date and time of the session you will attend to canvashelp@kcc.edu. See a list of ...

12/15/2014 5:30 PM - 12/15/2014 7:30 PM
Room L165

​The Instructional Technology Office is offering a variety of sessions to help faculty and staff get acquainted with Canvas, the new learning management system. The session on Monday, Dec. 15 in Room L165 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. is Canvas Orientation, a two-hour demonstration and hands-on class leading you through the basics of setting up your account and your classes in Canvas. Please reserve a space by emailing the date and time of the session you will attend to canvashelp@kcc.edu. See a list ...

12/18/2014 5:30 PM - 12/18/2014 6:30 PM
Room L165

​The Instructional Technology Office is offering a variety of sessions to help faculty and staff get acquainted with Canvas, the new learning management system. The session on Thursday, Dec. 18 in Room L165 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. is Canvas Gradebook, A one-hour course that builds on what you learned in Orientation to lead you through the additional special features of the gradebook. Please reserve a space by emailing the date and time of the session you will attend to canvashelp@kcc.edu. See a li...