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Education

Kish College concludes yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with reception

Stella Swiger, 8, of Poplar Grove spins a prize wheel while her mother Kishwaukee student services register Santina Swiger looks on during the 50th anniversary homecoming celebration in Malta Sept. 15.
Stella Swiger, 8, of Poplar Grove spins a prize wheel while her mother Kishwaukee student services register Santina Swiger looks on during the 50th anniversary homecoming celebration in Malta Sept. 15.

MALTA – Friends of Kishwaukee College will wrap up a year of celebrating its 50th anniversary with a closing reception this week.

The event is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery on campus. It will include appetizers and a short program featuring the closing of the 50th anniversary time capsule.

Kayte Hamel, spokeswoman for the college, said the time capsule created by the college's welding department will be filled with student, faculty, and staff thoughts on life in 2018 or what Kish will be like in 25 years. The capsule will remain closed until the college’s 75th anniversary in 2043. She said that comes after the 25th anniversary time capsule, which was just a taped-up cardboard box, was opened this year as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Hamel said some people who contributed to the 25th anniversary time capsule came back to see it opened. She said people enjoyed hearing the notes that had some spot-on predictions and other interesting thoughts about what they envisioned life and the status of the college would be like in 2018.

"We kind of wanted to replicate that a little bit and put in new thoughts about what the college will be like 25 years from now," Hamel said.

The event also will be held in conjunction with the closing reception of Faces of Kish, a gallery show featuring portraits of the Kishwaukee College community created by Miles Halpern, Assistant Professor of Art at Kish. The show will feature more than 170 portraits of students, staff, alumni, retirees and other friends of the college.

Hamel said it has been an amazing year of celebrating the progress of the college since it opened its doors in 1968.

"I think we are just looking forward to what we can do to continue supporting the community for the next 50 years," Hamel said.

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