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​The following position is open: Technician I, part-time in the Miner Memorial Library 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...

KCC professor Kim DeYoung is one of only nine college employees in the nation to earn a scholarship to the 2015 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Conference. "I am appreciative of KCC’s support to simulation and excited to have the college represented in this way," Kim said. “We started with our simulation program in 2008 and have probably conducted close to 100 simulations, with plans to add an additional pediatric and maternal simulator in the ...

The following positions are open: Assistant professor/program coordinator, full-time, for the law enforcement program in Business/Technology Division. Assistant professor/program director, full-time, for the massage therapy program in Health Careers Division. 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...

​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,...

​Congratulations to the Students for Eco Quality Club for for winning the 2014 holiday tree decorating contest. Five clubs participated this year. Pictures of the Eco Quality tree are shown on this page. They also took first place in 2013. Club Advisor is Karen Becker and co-advisor is Kristen Larson.  Other participating clubs were Phi Theta Kappa, Psychology Club, Student Advisory Council and Student Activities. The Psychology Club tree finished in second place.  This year's theme was “Team...

The Testing Center in Room D218 on the Riverfront Campus will be open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. beginning in Spring 2015.  The KCC website has complete information on Testing Center locations & hours.     *** Go to Online Update  ...

​Time sheets for the pay period Dec. 14 to 27, 2014 will be due to the Human Resources Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan 5, 2015.  These days of work/winter break will be reflected on the Jan. 9 paycheck. Any time sheets received after Jan. 5 will be processed on Jan 23, 2015.   *** Go to Online Update...

​The Employee Morale Committee encourages employees to use Thanks-a-Grams as a way of recognizing each other. Thanks-a-Grams have two components:First, present a "Thanks-a-Gram" to a deserving co-worker. Thanks-a-Grams are online and in print in marketing and public relations. Second, the person giving it can give a copy or email it to the human resources department. Human Resources will ask the recipient(s) if it is OK to be published in Update and posted on the "You Rock" w...

​WKCC raised nearly $15,000 during its Fall Fund Drive, which concluded Friday. As of 4 p.m. on Dec. 12, the drive had brought in $14, 329. The recipient of the drawing for lunch or dinner with John Avendano was Ken Kesicki, a tutor for the Learning Services Department. WKCC holds on air membership drives twice a year, in December and May. Listener-supporters offset the costs for WKCC to offer programming such as NPR News, A Prairie Home Companion, The Takeaway and CarTalk. Classical music, ja...

​Awards for Excellence is a mini-grant project established by the KCC Foundation to encourage the development of new ideas and/or innovations that support student success. KCC full-time faculty and staff were invited to apply for a mini-grant for the 2015 calendar year. All mini-grant proposals must promote student success. The KCC Foundation granted five awards.  Congratulations to the 2015 recipients: Kim DeYoung, Health Careers Division, "Mock Code Simulation: Crash Cart Supplies.&quo...

​Following are tips the Information Technology Services department is sharing to help everyone set up out of office email and phone messages. Outlook (on campus - Office 2010 client)To create a rule for when you are out of the office, click:• File > Info > Automatic Replies (Out of Office)• Click Send automatic replies; check the box for "Only send during this time range"; enter the starting and ending dates and times• Click the tab “Inside My Organization”; enter your away mess...

​WKCC 91.1 FM will offer seasonal programming for Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The celebration begins on the first night of Hanukkah (Dec. 16), continues through the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) and concludes with Christmas Music and moments as well as New Year’s eve programming filling the airwaves. Following is the full program schedule, including additional details for some highlighted shows. Tuesday, Dec. 166 p.m.: Chanukah in Story and Song with Leonard Nimo...

​Sixteen children from five families went shopping for Christmas gifts as part of KCC’s “Shop with a Cop” event Dec. 10.Each child had $60 to spend for Christmas.  “Most bought their favorite toys,” said Jane Clark, a KCC employee who helped organize the event. “Some bought clothes or other necessities, and some even spent their money on gifts for their mom.”“Walmart was very supportive,” said Rich Soderquist, KCC’s director of facilities and campus security, who serves as the college’s police c...

​A number of KCC clubs and organizations held holiday donation drives recently. Pie in the FaceThe Office of Student Life and the Student Advisory Council Pie in the Face Fundraiser included "winners" Eric Springer and Ken West who were rewarded with .... pies in their faces. In case you missed the fun, the Pie in the Face video is on YouTube. Others who participated but did not get to experience pie were Mike Caparula, Amy Porter, and Susan LaMore. A total of $72 was raised. Laura Ga...

Happy Holiday Greetings Everyone! As we conclude the fall semester, I would like to thank each and every one of you for all of your contributions that have been made this year. As an expression of gratitude, there will be a holiday breakfast buffet for all employees on Tuesday, Dec 23, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the College Center catered by Arena Food Service. The buffet will be set up in front of the cafeteria. Additionally, pizza, salad and beverages will be served at noon in the Cavalier Roo...

​During winter break, Dec. 24 to Jan. 4, buildings on KCC's Riverfront Campus will be locked. Any employee who needs to enter is asked to follow these procedures: 1. Phone security at 815-802-8190 or 815-867-0009. 2. Set up a time and meeting place with the officer. 3. Tell the officer what room or area you will be in while in the building. 4. You must present your KCC staff ID to be let in the building at the appointed time. 5. Contact security when you are departing the building. Secur...

​Two people have recently transferred positions at KCC. Gregg Beglau is now site supervisor II/adult education instructor for the Adult & Community Education Department, effective Dec. 1. Previously, he was a part-time adult education instructor. Karen Slager is the new executive secretary in the President’s Office, effective Dec. 1. Previously, she was a part-time administrative assistant I in the Office of Admissions & Registration.   *** Go to Online Update  ...

​One person has recently ended employment with the college. Oshunda Carpenter Williams, coordinator of admissions & recruitment services in the Department of Student Services, employment ended effective Dec. 12.   *** Go to Online Update  ...

​KCC is closed to the public Dec. 22-23 as the SQL migration testing continues. When people call the college's main phone numbers on those days, a message will  inform them about the limited services that might be available. Though we’ve shared this information with our students and the public for several weeks, a few students may still visit campus. On these days, a skeleton crew of student services, accounting  and bookstore professionals will be ready to help. Online registration is also a...

​Submitted by Michael O’Connor, director of Information Technology ServicesThis is just a reminder that KCC’s final SQL data migration date is rapidly approaching. Datatel will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19 until 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22. During the migration, Information Technology Services staff, in conjunction with Marketing Department staff, will provide updates via email about the migration progress, including when the system is back online.The only two systems affected by this d...

​The Office of Student Life and Phi Theta Kappa would like to thank everyone who donated at the Red Cross Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Drive on Dec. 3. KCC’s goal was to collect 25 units of blood. That goal was exceeded! Laura Gardner, coordinator of student life and development, said "Thank you for making a difference and supporting the local community." she also provided some additional information about blood donations:  Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood; More t...

​A representative from the State Universities Retirement System office will visit KCC's Riverfront Campus on Tuesday, March 3, to meet with employees contemplating retirement. To schedule an appointment, follow the Scheduling Counseling Session instructions by clicking the link or go to O:\Share\KCC\Human Resources\HR Forms\. Appointments for March 3 can be scheduled any time from Jan. 6 to Feb. 7. Due to a limited number of appointments available March 3, employees may also schedule a phone a...

​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...

​Please note: If you consented last year to receive your W-2 forms electronically, you can disregard this reminder. To begin receiving your W-2 tax forms electronically, please follow the steps below to ensure you receive your necessary tax forms the fastest! You will no longer receive a paper copy from Human Resources. Note: The form itself is the same regardless if you print it or if the Human Resources Office prints it.  1) Log in to your KCConnect account online. 2) Click on the “Empl...

The KCC Foundation is gathering nominations for its annual alumni award. The John M. Fulton Distinguished Alumnus award recognizes graduates who overcame life’s obstacles, show a continuing interest in education and lifelong learning, and demonstrate outstanding success and distinction in their chosen fields. In addition, recipients of the award must also demonstrate humanitarian service that has proven to be beneficial to society, and completion of a recognized program of instruction at an Illi...

​Relive the fun! Photos taken by the Marketing Department at the Recognition Event on Nov. 14 are now on the KCC Flickr page.   *** Got to Online Update...

​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...

​Discount tickets are available to KCC employees and students for the Harlem Globetrotters’ appearance at McHie Arena in Bourbonnais on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Tip off will be at 7 p.m. All discounted seats are general admission. Tickets must be purchased in advance by mail, phone, email or fax. According to information from the Globetrotters, discounted tickets are limited and may run out before the deadline. Orders will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  To order discount tickets, downl...

​Submitted by Bert Jacobson, dean of environmental & institutional sustainability Did you know that every ton of plastic bottles recycled saves about 3.8 barrels of oil? The plastics industry realized more than 20 years ago that recycling plastics was an eco-friendly endeavor. Back in 1988 a numbering system was created to make the sorting of the different plastics easier for everyone. The numbers 1 to 7 are surrounded by the circle of triangles, usually at the bottom of the plastic articl...

To accommodate book buyback, which begins Dec. 15, the last day for guaranteed delivery of central supply items from the Hammes Bookstore will be Friday, Dec. 12. "We will make every effort to deliver orders received after that day prior to closing for winter break," said Bookstore Specialist Linda Chouinard. Early January deliveries also might be delayed due to book sales, she said.     *** Go to Online Update        ...

Submitted by Jane Clark, specialist I, Office of Business Affairs and Human Resources Life insurance benefits more than $50,000 are taxable and must be included on the W-2 form. The college is required to withhold SURS (State Universities Retirement System) funds on this amount. Due to this SURS withholding requirement, the SURS deduction will be taken out on the last paycheck of the year. Employees will see a stipend payment with an offsetting benefit deduction on the Dec. 26 paycheck.  Ple...

Time sheets are due to the Human Resources Office by noon Wednesday, Dec 17 for paychecks that will be dated Dec 26. Time sheets received after this date will be processed on Jan 9, 2015. The paychecks on Dec 26 (and the timesheet due Dec. 17) will be for the pay period Nov 30 to Dec 13, 2014. Checks will be mailed on Dec. 24 and direct deposits will be deposited on Dec 26. The Human Resources Office appreciates the cooperation.     *** Go to Online Update  ...

​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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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12/23/2014 8:30 AM - 12/23/2014 9:30 AM
College Center

There will be a holiday breakfast buffet for all employees on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the College Center catered by Arena Food Service. The buffet will be set up in front of the cafeteria.Both the College Center and the Cavalier Room are reserved so you can sit in either one of the two areas. *** Go to Online Update ...

12/23/2014 1:00 PM - 12/23/2014 2:00 PM
College Center

A holiday lunch of pizza, salad and beverages will be served at noon in the Cavalier Room on Dec. 23. If you want to showcase your baking abilities, feel free to bring a dessert to share at the pizza party. Please bring your dessert to share to the Cavalier Room by 11 a.m.  Both the College Center and the Cavalier Room are reserved so you can sit in either one of the two areas. *** Go to Online Update ...

1/21/2015 1:00 PM - 1/21/2015 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, Jan. 21 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapter 13. 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...

1/27/2015 10:00 AM - 1/27/2015 1:00 PM
College Center

​Learn more about getting involved on campus by visiting KCC's Spring Club Rush on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the College Center.KCC's clubs & organizations will each have a table where you can learn more about what they do and how to get involved. There will also be FREE entertainment throughout the day. Midwest Dueling Pianos will be providing an interactive musical comedy experience that will have you singing, shouting, and dancing! Students can also make spin-art t-shirt...

1/28/2015 1:00 PM - 1/28/2015 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, Jan. 28 in KCC Room L315, will be Chapter 14. 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...

2/4/2015 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 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...

2/18/2015 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, Kapril 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 ...

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...