30th Annual JJC Alumni Brunch on June 12

JJC alumni, retirees, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend the 30th Annual JJC Alumni Brunch on Sunday, June 12, in the Renaissance Center Grand Ballroom, 214 North Ottawa Street, in Joliet.

This year, the Alumni Brunch will celebrate class reunions for the years 1961, 1971 and 1981. In addition, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Daniel Gutierrez ’58, physician and medical director; and Robert Baca ’77, professor of music.

The Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame will be presented to Dr. Emily C. Zabrocki, professor emeritus, JJC nursing program.

A champagne reception will kick off the event at 11 a.m., followed at noon with a welcome message and brunch prepared by JJC culinary arts students and staff. The program and awards presentation will begin at 1 p.m. Cost to attend is $30 per person and complimentary tours of the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be offered following the ceremony.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by Monday, June 6, to Delia Ulloa-Jimenez at (815) 280-2328 or dulloaji@jjc.edu.

Dr. Daniel Gutierrez ‘58
Physician and Medical Director
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Daniel Gutierrez, of Manhattan, is an internal medicine physician who is actively involved in the medical community and in supporting his alma mater, JJC. After he graduated JJC in 1958, he went on to earn his doctoral degree in medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He also served in the U.S. Army for two years, which included a year spent in Vietnam as a medical officer. In addition to operating an internal medicine private practice for 31 years, Dr. Gutierrez served as medical director for the Will County Health Department and helped found the Will County Community Health Center. He also has served on the Silver Cross Hospital Board of Trustees, and was chairman during the time in which the board decided to build the new hospital in New Lenox. Dr. Gutierrez supports JJC by endowing a scholarship in honor of his parents, and is currently enjoying semi-retirement.

Robert Baca ‘77
Professor of Music
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Robert Baca’s prestigious career in music has spanned four decades, and includes his work as a jazz band director, professor of music, performer, clinician and active community member. After completing a music degree at JJC in 1977, he continued on to Indiana University in Bloomington where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and music performance. Since 1986, he has held the position of professor of music at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. In addition to an impressive list of performances in orchestras, bands and jazz ensembles– which include the 2009 Disney Jazz Celebration and several Broadway shows such as “Wicked”, “Evita” and “My Fair Lady” – Baca, now of Eleva, Wisc., is the Bach Artist/Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and has presented more than 100 clinics and concerts throughout the United States and in China.

Dr. Emily C. Zabrocki
Professor Emeritus, Nursing Program
Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award

As one of the founding members of the JJC nursing program, Dr. Emily Zabrocki, of Tinley Park, devoted many years to the development and success of one of JJC’s hallmark academic programs. After graduating from the College of St. Teresa, she worked in Chicago and Indiana hospitals before joining the faculty at Silver Cross Hospital School of Nursing. Later, she would go on to earn her M.S.N. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In the late 60s, Dr. Zabrocki came to JJC and assisted Helen Tea in launching the ADN program, which welcomed its first students in the fall of 1969. She became the chair of the nursing program in 1971, a position she held intermittently for 12 years. Throughout more than 30 years with the college, she was active on many committees and taught nursing courses at almost every level. Dr. Zabrocki is currently working on a family histories project, and has contributed several articles to genealogical publications.

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