August 31, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Foundation bid farewell to Board members, Evelina Jose Cichy, DeKalb, and Lorna Bemis, Sycamore, at their regularly scheduled meeting on August 10.  Cichy retires from the Foundation Board after three years of service. She served as a staff member at Kishwaukee College primarily in Adult Education programs for 36 years, retiring in 2014 as the Vice President of Instruction.  Bemis has served on the Foundation Board for 7 years along with several years of working with the Annual Benefit Dinner Committee.  The Kishwaukee College Foundation Board commemorated Cichy’s and Bemis’ service with plaques, recognizing their service and dedication. Pictured, L to R, are Bill Nicklas, Executive Director of the Foundation; Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College; Evelina Jose Cichy; and Brett Brown, President of the Kishwaukee College Foundation Board. Not pictured is Lorna Bemis who was unable to attend the meeting.


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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 24, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Criminal Justice Program has received a $5,000 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation that will contribute toward creation of a Use of Force Training Lab.  Kevin McArtor, Community Foundation Board member, was at the College on Friday, May 5, to present the grant to Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College.

“This grant from the Community Foundation will support our students in a meaningful way and enhance our Criminal Justice curriculum,” said Dr. Borowicz. “This will impact all of our communities. I want to thank the Community Foundation for this grant but also for their continuing support of Kishwaukee College.”

Dave Dammon stated, “We are very grateful to the DeKalb County Community Foundation for this generous grant towards funding this project. The lab will help our students and also local law enforcement as our graduates move into professional positions within those agencies.”

The Lab will be an interactive Use of Force and Firearms Simulation system that combines the latest technologies with unique feature sets, allowing for authentic scenarios that any future officer may encounter. Loaded with over 800 scenarios, the Training Lab provides a theater-style simulation experience that will help students prepare for challenging situations where they will have to think quickly and critically, evaluate complicated scenarios, and apply the most appropriate response.   

Dave Dammon, Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program, explained that the new Lab will assist students in the program to become better prepared law enforcement professionals.  Students will use the new lab at several key points during the curriculum, gaining an understanding of behavioral aspects of criminal behavior as well as how seemingly benign situations, such as traffic stops, can escalate. Dammon’s goal is to make certain that Kishwaukee College Criminal Justice students will enter the workforce able to confidently respond to complicated situations in which the use of force may be required.

For more information on giving opportunities to assist with fully funding the Use of Force Lab, contact Bill Nicklas, Executive Director of the Kishwaukee College Foundation at 815-825-2952 or at


For more information on the DeKalb County Community Foundation, visit For more information on the Criminal Justice Program at Kishwaukee College, contact Dave Dammon at 815-825-9538 or at

March 13, 2017

Christine Kyler has joined the Kishwaukee College Foundation as the Development Coordinator. She assumed her new position on March 1.

Kyler comes to Kishwaukee after serving in the local community in a variety of roles, both professionally and as a volunteer. She came to Kishwaukee from the Law Offices of Klein, Stoddard, Buck and Lewis where she had been a Legal Assistant. She had previously worked as a Legal Assistant for attorney Tom Dougherty, been a realtor, and served as a youth program coordinator with the Rockford Diocese. 

In addition, she has extensive volunteer experience that has impacted people in the communities, including involvement with such diverse organization as Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly and the original Hope Haven Homeless Shelter (PADS) in DeKalb, Opportunity House and Feed My Starving Children.

“I have always been drawn to positions that involve pulling resources together and networking,” she stated. “I also firmly believe in paying it forward – it is something instilled in me by my family.  Kishwaukee College has been so important to me, my family and my surrounding community. I’m delighted to be a part of the team!”

She is excited to bring her diverse and unique skillset to Kishwaukee College. “Education is a key to making life better,” she explained. “The KC Foundation makes that possible for students at the College. I am excited to assist the Foundation with positive energy moving forward.”

She added, “I have a passion for Kish and its role in our community. I’m enthusiastic and very fortunate to be working for Dr. Borowicz (President of Kishwaukee College), and Bill Nicklas, (Executive Director of the Foundation), and the Foundation Board.  I bring a quote that was recently shared with me by a very important mentor: “Good, Better, Best.  Never let it rest, until your Good is Better and your Better is Best.” I am here to make the Foundation shine brighter and keep going and growing and to make the best impact on our community.”

For more information on the Kishwaukee College Foundation and giving opportunities, contact Christie Kyler at 815-825-9507 or at

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