Board of Trustees

October 27, 2017

Kishwaukee College has been cited by Sikich, the college’s independent auditor, for a successful and clean financial audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.  A Comprehensive Annual Financial Report(CAFR) is compiled and submitted annually by Kishwaukee College. The College’s CAFR will be submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA) for review.

Kishwaukee College has a history of award winning CAFRs and has received the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting award from the GFOA every year since 2012 when the College first submitted a CAFR. Kevin Fuss, Vice President of Administration, and Jill Hansen, Controller, compiled the FY2017 CAFR. Hansen stated, “The CAFR goes beyond the minimum financial reporting requirements to improve transparency for the public as they evaluate the economic condition of the College.”

Sikich has stated that the Kishwaukee College financial audit was one of the best they have evaluated this year. Bob Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees, stated, “This is one of the cleanest audits I have observed during my 13 years as a Kish Trustee. The efforts of both Kevin and Jill to ensure fiscal stability and transparency for the residents of our district are greatly appreciated.”

September 13, 2017

Kishwaukee College is proud to announce the establishment of the Student Success Scholarship. During their regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a Student Success Scholarship that gives back to the students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. Students who successfully complete their credit-bearing courses will receive a special scholarship equal to half of the per credit hour tuition increase approved by the Board in March 2017. 

Bob Johnson, Chair of the Board, stated, “Because Illinois showed no progress toward resolving the state budget crisis last March, we voted to increase the in-district tuition rate by $10 per credit hour for the 2017-2018 school year. It was something we thought about and debated but saw no other way through the state budget impasse. We reluctantly passed the increase at our March meeting. In July, when a state budget was voted in place, we knew we wanted to do something to give back to our students.”

According to the state budget passed in July for Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018, Kishwaukee College is scheduled to receive an additional $2.8 million and approximately $5 million, respectively.

The Student Success Scholarship will automatically be awarded to all students who are enrolled in credit-bearing courses and who complete their courses with a letter grade of A, B, or C. There are several programs at Kish that have a differential tuition base. Students will be reimbursed with the differential tuition taken into account. The Scholarship amounts will be: $5 per credit hour for general coursework; $7.50 per credit hour for programs that have a 1.5 differential tuition rate; and $10 per credit hour for programs that have a 2.0 differential tuition rate.

For the Fall 2017 semester, the Student Success Scholarship will be deposited in student accounts at the end of the term after grades have been posted. The scholarship funds can be applied toward the Spring 2018 semester or students will receive a refund check for the scholarship amount if they do not re-enroll for the Spring 2018 semester.

The Board also approved other ways to give back to students including waiving all user fees for the campus Wellness Center, discounts in the College Bookstore for Kish “spirit wear,” and food vouchers for use in Kish Café.

For more information on the Student Success Scholarship, visit

June 1, 2017

Kishwaukee College named Bob Wildenradt, Sycamore, as the recipient of the 2017 John C. Roberts Community Service Award. The Award was given to the Wildenradt during Commencement Ceremonies at Kishwaukee College on May 20. The John C. Roberts Community Service Award was established in 2009 to recognize the importance of community members in the success of Kishwaukee College. Bob Wildenradt served on the Kishwaukee College Foundation Board of Directors and was named an Emeritus Member of the Board upon his retirement from the Board. Wildenradt has been a strong supporter of the mission of Kishwaukee College throughout his successful career and as an active member of the community. Pictured are, L to R: Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Bob Wildenradt; Robert Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees; and Frank Roberts, son of the late John C. Roberts.

May 17, 2017

Kishwaukee College announced the annual Award of Excellence recipients at the End of Year Employee Event held at the Terrace Room at Hopkins Park on May 5. The Awards of Excellence program is sponsored by the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees to recognize outstanding employees and their contributions to the College. Awards are given in four categories: Full-Time Faculty, Professional Staff, Support Staff, and Adjunct Faculty. College faculty and staff members were nominated by community members, faculty/staff of the College, students and alumni.

The nominees for Full-Time Faculty (includes faculty, counselors, and reference library personnel) were Pernevlon Ellis, Sociology; Nadine Franklin, Theatre; Janet Gallagher, Horticulture – Floral Design; and Ami Irmen, English. The recipient of the 2017 Award of Excellence was Pernevlon Ellis. Ellis was recognized for his commitment to engaging and challenging students. Ellis holds brown bag lunch seminars on Sociology topics, is the advisor of the Sociology Club, and is a member of the Sexual Assault Awareness Task Force, Black Student Caucus, and the KCEA negotiating team.

The nominees for Professional Staff were: Joe Dahm, Coordinator of Truck Driver Training; Allison von Ende, Coordinator of Student Activities; and Connie Kessen, Manager of the Copy Center/Printing Services. The recipient of the 2017 Award of Excellence was Joe Dahm. Under Dahm’s leadership the CDL/Truck Driver Training program has had an increase in both contractual and non-contractual enrollment. Dahm has done a great job in anticipating changes in circumstances and business needs. Dahm is regularly at community events spreading the word about the program and recruiting students.

The nominees for Support Staff were: Tracy Komadina, Information Center Receptionist; Richard Fenton, Copy Center Operator; Kim Jordal, Admissions Assistant; and Linda Smith, Administrative Assistant - Enrollment Services. The recipient of the 2017 Award of Excellence was Tracy Komadina. In her role as Information Center receptionist, Tracy is often the first person who greets visitors to campus. She was recognized for her professionalism, excellent customer service, and willingness to step up to assist wherever extra help is needed on campus.

The nominees for the Adjunct Faculty Award were Dr. David Paulson, Modern Languages; Samantha Arbogast, Office Systems; and Jim Robar, Criminal Justice Sciences. The recipient of the 2017 Award of Excellence was Dr. David Paulson. Dr. Paulson teaches Spanish language courses for the College and also serves as an instructor and translator in the Adult Education department.  He has worked on aligning curricula for Spanish, French and German to the new sequencing at Northern Illinois University and other universities in Illinois and also serves as recruitment and retention specialist for the Adult Education department.        

In addition to certificates, each recipient received a monetary award and will have their names added to the BOT Award of Excellence plaque permanently on display at Kishwaukee College.

Pictured are this year’s recipients, L to R:  Bob Johnson, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tracy Komadina, Support Staff award recipient; Pernevlon Ellis, Full-Time Faculty award recipient; Dr. David Paulson, Adjunct Faculty award recipient; and Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. Not pictured is Joe Dahm, Professional Staff award recipient.

March 22, 2017

Courtney Huhta has been selected the winner of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Paul Simon Student Essay Contest at Kishwaukee College. Huhta, Sycamore, received a certificate and $500 toward her Spring 2017 tuition and fees from the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting held March 14.  Huhta’s essay will now be entered in the statewide competition to possibly earn an additional stipend to be used toward Fall 2017 educational expenses. 

The Paul Simon Essay Contest is held annually. Each community college in the state of Illinois is invited to hold the essay competition for its students, select the best essay submitted at their school, and forward that essay to the state-level competition. The essays submitted are required to be no more than 500-words on the topic How My Community College Changed My Life.  If her essay is selected as the statewide winner, Huhta will be invited to the annual ICCTA Conference in June.

Huhta crafted her essay, titled Dear Future Me, as a letter to her future self and how her experiences at Kish influenced her journey. Essays were juried by members of the Kishwaukee College English department.

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Pictured, L to R, are: Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Courtney Huhta; and Robert Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees.

Paul Simon Essay Contest – Kishwaukee College – 2017 winner Courtney Huhta:

Dear future me,

Whether you are at your dream career, or still trying to reach your ultimate goal, just remember something. Remember the place that you found your calling, the same place that you called home away from home. Kishwaukee College is where it all started for you. Even though you were timid when it came to making friends in high school, it all changed the moment when you walked into Kish.

Joining those extracurricular activities helped you develop new friendships that would last a lifetime. By joining the newspaper staff, you connected with classmates that had the same passion as you, and tool on leadership roles you thought in your wildest dreams you could never achieve. When you joined the speech team, all your public speaking fears dissolved, as you made the classroom your stage. When you became a volunteer note-taker, you helped your fellow classmates learn concepts they struggled with. Staying on campus from 8am to 10pm just so you could go to all your classes, help out with newspaper, practice with speech team, and attend all the basketball games was worth it in the end.

But most of all, never forget some of the greatest people you have met: your professors. When you took speech class and you were incredibly nervous, it was Miss Larson that worked with you to make you a better public speaker, or when you spent hours working on the final draft of the newspaper with Miss Carlson so it could be ready to print the next day shaped your determination to succeed. And at the conclusion of each semester, you were sad that you had to say goodbye to some of your favorite professors, but remembered that a new semester was right around the corner where new opportunities came your way.

Community College made you realize that although it may not have been as well-known as a university, it shaped you into the person you are today. Looking back at the two years you spent at Kishwaukee College, never forget all the staff members and classmates that helped get where you are now. It was all the help that you received from Dean Long, Dean Budziak, your newspaper family, the athletics department, and all the professors that made your time at Kishwaukee College a once in a lifetime opportunity.