The Kishwaukee College Foundation encourages innovation and creativity among faculty and staff through its Departmental Awards program. Proposals that enhance student academic and/or cultural experiences or those that increase and enhance the relationship between the College and the community are considered for funding on an annual basis.
In the Spring of 2016, the Kishwaukee College Foundation Board of Directors committed $20,000 towards this objective and six innovative proposals were selected.
Congratulations to our 2016 recipients!
Revision Learning Skills Center for Academic Success
The award will be used to provide professional development for the new Tutoring Services Coordinator to develop a Learning Skills Center that creates and develops interventions and innovative programming for the academic support of students in online courses, accelerated sequences, career/technical, adult/basic skills, and workforce short-term training sessions. Through this training, the coordinator will develop a professional learning community at the college with the Coordinator of Student Success, the Director of TRIO, and faculty librarians.
Kishwaukee College 50th Year Anniversary Video
The award will be used to create six 3-D CAD models representing the six building phases of the Kishwaukee College campus from 1968-2018. This will become the heart of the video to present to the public during the 50th anniversary celebration of Kishwaukee College. The video will showcase the historical campus community and answer the questions, “Where have we been?” and “Where are we now?”.
Juried High School Student Art Show and Studio Open House
The award will be used to host a juried art show for local high school students in the newly renovated Art Gallery along with an Open House for students to see the art studio facilities. The show would open with a reception to announce winners and allow the public to view the art. Walking tour guides would escort guests between the gallery and studio, and students would be encouraged to bring a portfolio of their work to participate in a 5-10 minute feedback session with KC art instructors. Additional demonstrations in classrooms would be available with the possibility of some “make and take” activities.
Page to Stage: A high school outreach monologue workshop
This award will be used to host a workshop for high school students to learn how to write and perform their own monologues. This workshop is based on the curriculum from the Canadian company Theatrefolk. The high school students would perform their monologues in an integrated schedule with college students who have undergone a similar workshop. This experience brings potential students to campus as well as members of the community.
Professional Development: National Association of Developmental Education
This award will be used to send two full-time mathematics faculty to the upcoming NADE national conference. The mission of NADE is to “improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels of the educational spectrum, the professional capabilities of developmental educators, and the design of programs to prepare developmental educators.” By sending two faculty members, it will allow for the experience of new pedagogies as well as networking opportunities with other developmental education faculty from across the nation. The conference will provide new approaches and ideas that can help improve the success and retention of Kishwaukee College students.
Instructor Station for the Programmable Logic Controllers
The ELE Department is updating the programmable logic controller to align with local industry requirements as well as advisory board recommendations. This award will allow the department to build a dedicated station for the instructor who can then demonstrate how to write various programs, setup the PLC, debug a PLC program, use various software commands to control and debug a PLC program, wire a PLC station professionally and other procedures to students. For students who have never worked with a PLC system or those with limited knowledge, having an instructor demonstrate to the students is key to student success.