Joliet Junior College alumni, faculty and friends will gather and reminisce about old memories at this year’s Alumni Brunch on Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the U-Building Auditorium on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. All friends of the college are welcome to this 35th annual event, which costs $30 a person.
This year’s brunch will celebrate the classes of 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006 as well as the college’s 115th anniversary.
The following individuals will be honored at the event:
Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award
Dr. Arthur A. Wagner is a retired biology professor and former chair of both the Biology Department and Physical Education Department. He began working at JJC when classes still took place at Joliet Township High School in 1958, and retired in 1991. During his time at JJC, Wagner said the biology field drastically changed with the discovery of DNA and the introduction of a computer as a research tool. One of Wagner’s most notable accomplishments at JJC is being a part of creating an “audio tutorial” class for those who preferred self-paced learning. He was also instrumental in the building of the Fitness Center.
Ted Thompson began his career at JJC in the English Department in 1967. Well-known for his influence in JJC’s film courses, Thompson helped to form several classes, including Introduction to Film Study. Thompson was also the sponsor of JJC’s literary magazine, “The Contemporary,” which preceded the college’s current magazine, “The Wordeater.” He was also an active member of the American Federation of Teachers, and helped negotiate four contracts during his time as a professor. Even though he retired in 2003, Thompson still teaches evening and summer classes, serves as a part of JJCSUAA, and writes poems for “The JJC Poets” and the publication, “Sculptures.”
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Robert Garza graduated from JJC in 1983 with an associate degree in applied science in electronics technology. He became a marine in the United States Marine Corps, and served for 22 years. JJC had such an impact in his life that he came back to teach the course, AC/DC Fundamentals. He also offered four years of private tutoring to engineering physics students. In addition to his work at the college, Garza is a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Daybreak Homeless Shelter and more. He also coaches basketball and soccer through the YMCA and Plainfield Park District.
For more information about the JJC Alumni Brunch, or to make a reservation, call 815-280-2328 or visit www.jjc.edu/info/alumni-events.