JJC to Host 36th Annual Alumni Brunch June 4

Joliet Junior College alumni, faculty, retirees and friends are invited to gather at this year’s Alumni Brunch on Sunday, June 4 at 11 a.m. in the U-Building Auditorium on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Cost to attend the event is $35 per person.

This year’s brunch will celebrate the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007.

If interested in attending, please RSVP to (815) 280-2218 or klarson@jjc.edu before Thursday, May 25.

Four individuals will be recognized at the event:

Susan. H. Wood Hall of Fame Award Winners

William Johnson

William Johnson is the senior faculty member at JJC, having taught at the college as an agricultural sciences professor for more than 49 years. Serving as one of the academic advisors for the department, he teaches classes in agricultural economics, agricultural marketing and farm management. Johnson is also Coordinator of the Agriculture Production/Management and Swine Management programs and is in charge of the internship program for students in those concentrations. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Johnson is a member of the JJC Foundation Board of Directors, a community college representative on the Illinois Leadership Council for Agriculture Education and was a past Chairman of the Illinois Foundation FFA State Sponsoring Committee. A graduate of Kaneland High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics and education in 1967 from the University of Illinois. He went on to receive a master’s degree in agriculture education in 1968.

Joe Milosevich

Joe Milosevich is a recently retired JJC fine arts professor who has taught at the college and worked as the Director of JJC’s Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery for 38 years. Instructing classes in painting, drawing and design, he said the best thing about working at JJC was being in a position where he could nourish and witness the creativity expressed by his students, who regularly created award-winning artwork for Illinois community college art competitions. One of Milosevich’s greatest accomplishments at JJC was establishing the Permanent Collection of JJC Student Art in 1984. Another was in 2012, when the current art gallery officially opened – a space he designed – in the area that used to be the JJC Bookstore. Before coming to JJC, he taught art at the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University. Milosevich attended Eastern Illinois University on a full-ride scholarship from the art department where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1974. He completed his MFA in painting and drawing from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a graduate fellowship in 1976.


Distinguished Alumni Achievemnet Award Winners

Rev. Dr. Lester Brown

Rev. Dr. Lester Brown, ’98, has been teaching criminal justice and law enforcement classes at JJC for 10 years. Retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections with 27 years of service, Rev. Dr. Brown has dedicated his life to serving the Joliet community. He is the senior pastor at Good Samaritan Ministry in Joliet and the Executive Director of GSM Hole in the Soul Substance Abuse Treatment Facility. He also spends his time preparing students for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor state exam. The former Joliet mayoral candidate credits JJC’s professors for helping him graduate at the top of his class and inspiring him to continue his education. In 2001, he went on to Governors State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in health sciences in 2004, making the national dean’s list in both programs. During those years, he also earned a pastoral care certification at the Calvary Institutional Missionary Baptist Church. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Christian counseling from the Midwest Theological Institute.

Dave Westphal

Dave Westphal, ’66, is an executive in worldwide agribusiness with more than 46 years of experience. He has held senior management positions in the seed industry, both domestically and internationally, for Cargill and Monsanto. Since retiring, he has worked extensively consulting in Africa on projects funded by B & M Foundation, Africa Lead-USAID and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Some of his notable accomplishments include helping to initiate the sale of Cargill’s International Seed Business to Monsanto for $1.4 billion; Advisory Board Chair for the Drought Tolerant Maize project for Africa, designing and placing over 50 seed conditioning plants in 15 different countries and building an economically sustainable and integrated cassava and Yam seed systems in Nigeria as a technical and business advisor for Context Global Development. Westphal holds an associate degree in agriculture supply industries from JJC, a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Illinois State University, and completed the Carlson School of Business Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota. He also graduated in the eighth infantry division at NCO Academy in Baumholder, Germany.

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