Five new painting classes are being offered this spring in Kankakee Community College’s Continuing Education Department.
The classes, which do not award college credit, give participants step-by-step instructions to make their own paintings. At the end of the class, each person gets to take their painting home. Beginners are welcome at every session, and no previous skills are required. Supplies, including a 9 inch by 12 inch canvas, are provided. Each class is led by Patti Shidler in KCC Room D151.
“Valentine Gnome Painting” meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3. Create a Valentine's Day gnome painting full of hugs and kisses. Cost is $35.
“Winter Scene Painting” meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Create a winter scene painting set in the woods during a snowfall. Cost is $35.
“Owl Painting” meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Create an owl painting to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Painters will choose from several Irish sayings to personalize the canvas. Cost is $35.
“Easter Truck Painting,” meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23. Make a unique and fun holiday painting which shows a cool retro truck, with an Easter bunny and flowers. Cost is $35.
“Spring Red Truck Painting” meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 6. Create a red truck full of colorful flowers to welcome in spring. Cost is $35.
Online registration is available. At kcc.edu/comejoinus, sign up or login, then select the course, click on the date and add it to your cart. Within the cart, checkout. To register by phone, or for more information, phone 815-802-8207.
Todd Post, Kankakee Community College’s head baseball coach and athletic director, has been inducted into the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame. Post started his college coaching career in 1993 as assistant coach for KCC’s baseball team. In seven years while he was the assistant, the program won three sectional and region championships.
Post was selected as the Cavaliers baseball head coach in 2001. His teams have won 16 Sectional Championships, two Region Championships, and have been to the national tournament two times. At the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, under Coach Post, the Cavaliers placed third in 2009 and earned the national championship in 2017. Post’s coaching record at KCC is 791-356, a winning percentage of .684.
In his 19 years as coach, more than 150 players have moved on to four year colleges and 12 players have signed professional contracts.
Since 2008 his teams have averaged at least 43 wins per season out of a 56 game schedule.
Post is a 1987 graduate of Danville Area Community College. He also was a pitcher for KCC in 1988 before transferring to Benedictine University in Lisle where he was a two-year First Team NICC All-Conference pitcher. He was Athlete of the Year at Benedictine in 1990, and graduated the same year with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Post resides in rural Kankakee with his wife, Julianne. Their son, Dylan, is a junior at Illinois State University. Their daughter, Jordan, is a registered nurse at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
In all, there are 11 representatives from KCC in the NJCAA Region IV Hall of Fame. Induction dates are in parenthesis:
Dennis Clark, women’s softball coach (2007);
Donnie Denson, women’s basketball coach (2019);
Casey Fletcher, baseball player (2019);
David Holstein, athletic director and coach (2008);
Despite changes in state laws, possessing, using or selling cannabis in any form at KCC is banned.
Because KCC receives funding from the federal government, we abide by the rules in the Drug Free Schools Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act. That means possessing or using cannabis at any KCC location is not allowed.
Editor's note: On Jan. 14, 2020, some Chebanse names were corrected, and a heading for Clifton was added.
The following students have been named to the Honors List at Kankakee Community College for the Fall 2019 semester.
To be named to the Honors List, a student must maintain a grade point average between 3.25 and 3.79 and be enrolled in six or more semester hours.
Aroma Park: Jordan Isaacs.
Ashkum: Jacob Bramer, Cody Kelch, Trevor Meier and Grace Poskin.
Beaverville: Bailey Dorsch.
Beecher: Joel Barraza, Heather Benson, Jacob Pevion and Joseph Rosales.
Bonfield: Kimberly Gaddis, Adam Hertz, Colton Kurtz, Jacob Reilly and Megan VanVoorst.
Bourbonnais: Courtney Baker, Rebecca Beland, Dajah Bibbs, Juquan Bibbs, Kaylee Billington, Alexxis Birch, Amanda Blanchette, Haley Boswell, Peyton Bovie, Quinlan Carrell, Martha Cote, Chandler Cox, Lauren Cox, Carter Dupuis, Hunter Dupuis, Madalin Evans, Lillee Falkenhan, Joshua Fritz (pictured at left), Samantha Giffen, Antonia Guajardo, Ethan Hack, Audra Halcomb, Isabelle Hosek, Jason Houser, Nathan Jacobs, James Johanek, Noah Kegg, Rebeka Koplinski, Molly Kurtz, Landen LeDuke, Leanna Lee, Colton Lucas, Mikayla Martinez, Nicole Martinez, Jakayla McCullor, Brenden Minor, Kaylah Mitts, Yasin Mohammad, Noah Morris, Bode Nelson, Amber Ogle, Devon Pangle, Jessica Phelan-Lemus, Emily Phelps, Caleb Piacenti, Faith Quigley, Meghan Reiniche, Ethan Riley, Amanda Roy, Charles Russo Elaina Sais, Emma Schriner, Brianne Settle, Andrew Seyden, John Shivers, Joshua Smith, Andela Spasojevic, Elizabeth Strand, Aidan Stringer, Kelsey Tolmer, Jude Warner, Jacob Wilken, Anthony Winterroth, Stephen Wolf, Alisha Wright and Jakob Zirbel.
Bradley: Donna Beland, Megan Bisaillon, Amber Carufel, Madigan Curtis, Taylor Frye, Aubree Hayden, Alexandrea Hodges, Adamaris Jaramillo-Martinez, Sydney Klonowski, James Langer, Brittany Licka, Katlyn Mayo, Carlos Moreles, Sergio Rabanalez Hernandez, Lijina Raj, Irene Ruiz, Alan Rzyski, Sarah Sarkozi, Christopher Schultz, Alec Wallace, Kaitlynne Weidner and Jolene Wilkins.
Braidwood: Juanita Welter.
Bushnell: Madison Allen.
Cabery: Sierra Williams.
Chebanse: Kaitlin Bowers, James Ferris, Kaitlyn Girard, Skylar Hamblen, Jules Hartman, Cory Hoggins, Adilene Mendoza, Jakob Michl, Molly Saindon, Daniel Snyder, Illiana Stano, Zowie Trudeau and Alexis Waller.
Clifton: Andrew Boudreau, Austin Boudreau, Jefferson Caspary, Caden Chamness, Justin Coggins, Erica Cordes, Fallon Gray, Morgan Gulick, Karmyn Jensen, Leah Lemenager, Krystal Smith and Riley Thompson.
Crescent City: Amanda Robinson and Chelsea Stanley.
Danforth: Madisyn Shambrook.
Donovan: Tristan Hann, Katy Ruda and Mackenzie Stahlschmidt.
Essex: Jocelyn Flores and Grace Wepprecht.
Frankfort: Jodi Schmidt and Kayelyn Slager.
Freeport: Madison Wallace.
Gilman: Olivia Melgoza and Sarah Witvoet.
Grant Park: Alexander Dotson, Andrea Fuentes, Jamie Hawkins, Catherine Olczak, Lillian Segert, Elizabeth Williams and Katherin Williams.
Hazel Crest: Kierra Williamson.
Herscher: Wade Brychta, Elizabeth Daverin, Jeannie Denault, Samantha Jackson, Olivia Kruse, Zachary Miller, Connor Powers, Paul Staneart, Jessica Torres and Justin Wagner.
Iroquois: Ashley Emery.
Kankakee: Jacob Allen, Emmanuel Ayala, Fabiola Baez, Hannah Bailey, Joel Barajas, Jose Batana, Kelsey Bell, Layla Boule, Maria Burgard, Elizabeth Buri, Annita Butler, Veronica Campos-Perez, Pricila Carmona, Brandi Castillo, Christina Charlier, Angela Chinn, Tiffany Chouinard, Michaiah Clark, Courtney Coleman, Allen Coley, Michaela Coppotelli, Peter Dato, David Denson, Donald Devine, Katie Douglas, Erica Dundas, Maria Fernandez, Zitlali Garcia, Yuliana Gaytan Lopez, Christopher Gottschall, Dylan Graham, Colleen Grinstead, Marquon Hammond, Ashley Harwood, Kyle Haut, Lessly Hernandez, Juan Hipolito Guerrero, Brittany Jacobs, Jazzmyn Johnson, Cody Jones, Vanessa Lima Diaz, Elena Longtin, Cuong Luong, Isaac Mackey, Koria Manning, Dandy Medina Gonzalez, Alaina Metcalf, Jacie Miller, Jacey Miner, Neyda Molina, Nicholas Mullins, Symone Nelson-McKnight, Rachel Nietfeldt, Sara Ojeda-Dominguez, Jessica Orozco-Zavala, James Paglin, Zachary Peeken, Allen Pizano, Elizabeth Pizano, Kitri Rainbolt, Mireya Ramirez, Ana Rice, Madyson Robbins, LeChelle Robinson, Janelle Rodgers, Maci Romero, Ryley Salisbury, Estefania Silva, KeMia Smith, Pedro Solis, Katherine Sullivan, Ciara Sykes, Ariana Thomas, Dayanaira Thurman, Jessica Thurman, Sharon Viers, Nicholas Viglia, Jacquelin Villagomez, Emily Volum, Andrew Williams, Summer Young and Jose Zamora.
Manteno: Beatriz Arcos Zacarias, Kane Bateman, Kathryn Bell, Liam Bertrand, Joshua Carstens, Sierra Cureton (pictured at right), Haley Daniel, Sean Drexler, Robert Eakins, Hayley Easter, Andrew Fortenberry, Lexie Ipema, Kassie Kaack, Anthony Koranda, Matthew Lanoue, Jennifer Lewis, Ashlyn Lynch, Dominique MacLean, Makayla Morris, Amanda Myers, Darren Nelson, Natalie Nelson, Matthew O'Neill, Jack Palicki, Jacob Piontkowski, Nickolas Pomykala, Michel Dayann Salinas Arana, Jake Schnell, Jocelyn Stewart, Christina Tsiamas and Ashlee Wesselhoff.
Martinton: Colin Corriveau, Ian Nemeth and Mitchel Taylor.
Milan: Shelbi Westfall.
Momence: Hunter Cousin, David Haut, Mattison Lanie (pictured at left), Jill Lincoln, Abigail Paynter, Josiah Paynter, Clayton Ritter, Vanessa Silva, Wayne Simpson, Kerri Skiles, Meagan Turner, Sarah Young and Andrew Zink.
New Lenox: Kaitlyn Pudwell. Onarga: Alondra Barajas, Jose Gonzalez, Marisol Melgoza, Camila Ochoa, Dalton Reed and Rosa Rios.
Papineau: Lauren Chouinard.
Paxton: Madison Gayheart.
Pembroke Township: Eric Godines (pictured at right).
Peotone: Karah Anker, Monica Gonzalez, Tanner Paeth and Andrew Saliba.
Piper City: Crystal Coffey.
Plainfield: Danielle Arteaga.
Pontiac: Jacob Duffy.
Prophetstown: Owen Behrens.
Reddick: Alexander Mullin.
St. Anne: Deanna Diaz, Olivia Divit, Luis Galan, Keith Hakala, Kenna Kleinert, Jessica Serrano, Carley Shivers, and Aidan Warden.
Sheldon: Emily Dluzak, Dane Gaffield, Samantha Graves and Ashlyn Lane.
Streator: Aubrey Durdan.
Sun River Terrace: Jammie Shell.
Urbana: Cassandre Nelson.
Watseka: Ryan Bell, Stephanie Blackwell, Matthew Canady, Blake Deneau, Dakota Donaldson, Jaden Downs, Brendan Fletcher, Zachary Hebert, Ben Lyznicki, Shelby Naese, Kathryn Neveau, Katelyn Norder, Makenzie Overacker, Jacqulynne Schill, Daisy Solorzano, Brennen Spracklin and Sadee Wuethrich.