The SC4 travels of Karen Jezewski
“I worked for Karen for two or three semesters, filling her shoes are improbable but replacing her would be impossible,” said Ryan McInnis, graphic design student.
The Visual and Performing Arts department is saying good-bye to their Academic Division Secretary, Mrs. Karen Jezewski, of 10 years this June.
Jezewski started working for the college July 13, 1990 in the business office part-time where she worked for 10 years. She then worked in Employee Services and after a year she transferred to the Continuing Education department where she worked for five years before they closed the department. After closing the department, she filled in as a temp working in the bookstore, nursing department and other various places. Her next career step was working in Advising until she started working in the Visual and Performing arts department.
Jezewski started her career without a college degree but during her employment with SC4 earned her Associates in Arts.
“I believe in positive atmosphere, laughter and getting the job done. I believe we should be open to our students, as far as our departments go, to reach out and help them. I have been lucky to work with a staff that really has the same vision to be there for the students. I believe this is the best department for that,” explained Jezewski.
During her travels, she was involved in many groups and committees to assist students and the community. Some of them are, the Executive Board, Educational Support Personal (EPS), Community Outreach, World Class Community College, C.A.R.E., and was one of the founding members of the Free College day committee.
“There has been a lot of changes you know I was here before the L.R.C. and now there are so many more places for students to meet and gather and to promote that,” said Jezewski.
Being the Visual and Performing Arts Secretary she has been responsible for setting up one of the annual art shows, the Beatrice Thornton, which she began eight years ago. “That’s been a fun way to get to know the local art teachers in the community both elementary, middle, and high school, and to keep up on what our schools are offering,” said Jezewski.
“I love the students and staff at this college. I’m excited about the McMorran agreement, I think it’s going to be great for the community and the college, I’m sad to see Dr. Pollock go, I’m looking forward to spending time with my husband and traveling,” explained Jezewski about her retirement.
Karen Jezewski’s last day working will be sometime at the end of May; she then will be using up the last of her vacation time. If interested in talking to her she can be found in the Fine Arts Building Offices.