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New Dean, North Central College Connection and "Moon Mania" at Waubonsee Community College

Jul 02, 2019 01:36PM ● By Hannah Ott

Pictured left to right Ms. Rebecca Oliver, Chair of the Board of Trustees; Christopher Hess, Dr. Christine J. Sobek, President of Waubonsee Community College. (image by Waubonsee)

Sugar Grove - Below, you can read all upcoming events and recent news coming from Waubonsee Community College. The campus is located at 4S783 IL-47, Sugar Grove. There are also campuses in Aurora Downtown, Aurora Fox Valley and Plano. 

Waubonsee Welcomes New Assistant Dean

Waubonsee Community College welcomes Mr. Derek Schreiner to the position of Assistant Dean for Business and Career Technologies (CTE).

Schreiner has been employed at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa since 2010. He has served as an Associate Professor of Electronics Technology and as the CTE Department Chair for the past four years. While at Southeastern, Schreiner served as the departmental assessment coordinator, developed the institutional class schedule, played a vital role in the strategic plan to maintain institutional accreditation and managed two advisory councils. Before working at Southeastern, Schreiner was a quality assurance technician and assistant manager in the telecommunications industry for more than 10 years.

Waubonsee Community College welcomes Mr. Derek Schreiner to the position of Assistant Dean for Business and Career Technologies. (image by Waubonsee)

Schreiner holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Iowa Wesleyan College, an Associate of Science degree and three Associate in Applied Science degrees from Southeastern Community College in Biomedical Technology, Computer Hardware Networking and Electronics Technology.

Schreiner assumed the duties of the position on May 20.

Waubonsee Creates Pathway With North Central College 

Waubonsee Community College has partnered with North Central College on a Guaranteed Admission Agreement. This agreement creates a clear pathway for Waubonsee students to transfer to North Central.

Students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree from North Central can complete a Guaranteed Admission Agreement Form at Waubonsee and be guaranteed admission to the 4-year college after earning a transfer degree with a 2.5 or higher GPA. Up to 64 credit hours will transfer to North Central.

North Central College is a private liberal arts college in Naperville. For the 2018 academic year, the college’s applicant acceptance rate was 56%. This guaranteed admission agreement is helpful for people who might not otherwise be accepted for admission to North Central but who wish to earn a 4-year degree in one of more than 55 undergraduate programs offered there. Also, there are scholarship opportunities available exclusively for students who transfer to North Central from Waubonsee.

People interested in this opportunity can visit or call (630) 466-2361 to learn more about this program. 

Waubonsee Hosts “Moon Mania” 

To help mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Waubonsee Community College is hosting “Moon Mania.”

“Moon Mania” is a free family event on Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Activities will be held in the Science Building and in the outdoor areas around the Science Building on the Sugar Grove Campus.

The event will feature authentic space and space program artifacts from NASA, snacks, crafts, games, raffles, an inflatable moon jump and StarLab. Attendees will also be able to view the night sky through telescopes.

Visit to learn more about this event and to RSVP.


Waubonsee Recognizes Support Staff Excellence

Waubonsee Community College presented the 2019 Support Staff Awards for Excellence. One award was presented in each of three categories: Innovation and Creativity, Service and Quality, and Diversity and Inclusion. 
     The award recipients are:

-   Sarah Dwinnells, Administrative Specialist Workforce Education and Training, of Yorkville, received the award for Innovation and Creativity Excellence.

-   Alyson Gaspar, Career and Technical Education Services Manager, of Montgomery, received the award for Service and Quality Excellence.

-   Gale Holladay-Baxter, Adult Education Data and Compliance Manager, of DeKalb, received the award for Diversity and Inclusion Excellence.

Support Staff Excellence Awardees pictured left to right: Alyson Gaspar, Gale Holladay-Baxter, Dr. Christine Sobek and Sarah Dwinnells. (image by Waubonsee)

Waubonsee’s Support Staff Awards for Excellence are presented each year. Nominations are submitted from across the college and the recipients are determined by the college’s Support Staff Committee. Awardees were presented certificates by Dr. Christine J. Sobek, President of Waubonsee Community College, at the college’s annual support staff meeting and were recognized by the college’s board of trustees in June.

Waubonsee Alumnus Recognized by Board of Trustees

Christopher Hess, from Aurora, was recognized by the college’s board of trustees at its June meeting.

Hess graduated from Aurora Central Catholic High School in 1985 and from Waubonsee Community College in 1987. He transferred to Western Illinois University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He was a stand-out baseball player throughout high school and college.

Hess played outfield at Waubonsee in 1986 and 1987. He was a two-time all-conference selection, an all-region selection as a sophomore and was the college’s first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American. Hess was inducted into the Waubonsee Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

More significant than his contributions on the baseball field, Hess contributed to the country and the community through service in the military, as a high school career counselor and through several civic organizations. Hess served in the Marine Corps for four years, which included a tour of duty in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991. He has also served in the Illinois Army National Guard since 2001.

Pictured left to right Ms. Rebecca Oliver, Chair of the Board of Trustees; Christopher Hess, Dr. Christine J. Sobek, President of Waubonsee Community College. (image by Waubonsee)

In that time he deployed in support of military operations in Iraq in 2003-2004 and in Afghanistan in 2008-2009. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, among others. Hess is also a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council, as well as several other civic and community organizations.

Hess is currently a Career Counselor of the Illinois National Guard Armory at East Aurora High School. In this role, Hess helps young people as they make career decisions, as well as helps develop future military leaders.

Hess was recognized by the college’s board of trustees at its June meeting as a Student Success: Featured Alumnus. 

Source: Steven Miller