Professor Caroline Shoenberger Reappointed as SSA

It never ceases to amaze me when our dedicated faculty and staff continue to give back even more outside our HWC Community and into Chicago at large.

Professor Caroline Shoenberger, Business Department, was just reappointed to the Special Service Area Number 48 the Old Town Commission by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  See her letter here.  If you are not familiar with SSAs, they were started in 1997 with SSA #1 on State Street.

An older article from UrbanTimes provides some history about SSAs in Chicago:

In 1970 the Illinois Constitutional Convention granted municipalities and counties the authority “to levy or impose additional taxes upon areas within their boundaries in the manner provided by law for the provision of special services to those areas and for the payment of debt incurred in order to provide those special services.”  In other words, special taxing monies collected along the streets identified as a Special Service Area stay in that district. Structurally, a panel of volunteer commissioners, appointed by the Mayor, is responsible for determining how the monies will be expended. There are 44 SSAs in Chicago with about three new ones initiated each year. Some also “close” from time to time.

Congratulations Professor Shoenberer on your appointment!

IPEDs Student Wins iMac!

IPEDs (first time, full-time college student) at Harold Washington College Miranda Gomez won the iMac Computer which was raffled as part of the IPEDs completion intiative this fall semester. Congratulations Miranda for all of your hard work to complete at the end of this Fall.  Kudos to the IPEDs Advisor Team!  The team was on hand to congratulate Miranda (from left to right — Ainka Clepper, completion advisor, Paris Wadhwa, completion advisor, Miranda Gomez, student, Patrice Jarrett, completion advisor, Margie Martyn, President, Bianca Dominguez, completion advisor) Team members who are not pictured include Devon Powell (Associate Dean of Student Services – Advising and George Calisto (Assistant Director of Research). Also, thanks to Director of the Office of Information Technology, Ewa Bejnarowicz for providing the prize!


Photo credit: Amelia Tsang.

HWC Apprenticeship Launch for Spring 2017 – Information Session Sept. 13

Harold Washington College in collaboration with Aon Insurance will be launching a great program for the Spring 2017 semester!

Students will go to school full-time, work 3.5 days and earn a full-time salary with benefits and tuition paid! Upon completion of the two-year program, students will have earned an Associate’s Degree, and be eligible for full-time employment at Aon, with tuition reimbursement to complete a Bachelor’s degree.

An information session will be held on Tuesday September 13, 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm in Room 1115 at Harold Washington College!

Please share this fantastic opportunity with everyone!types_of_apprenticeships

Click here for more information about the session and here for more information about the Aon/HWC Apprenticeship program.

Fall 2016 Semester begins Monday, August 29, 2016 – In the HOME Stretch!

Greetings HWC Community,

Fall 2016 Semester begins on Monday, August 29, 2016.  We are in the home stretch!

This past week, our Faculty had a great Faculty Development Week where they discussed plans for this upcoming years, best practices in teaching and learning, and collaborated with colleagues in their discipline and departmental meetings.  Thank you Professor Kristen Bivens and Professor Kamran Swanson for their leadership in the Center for the Arts and Science of Teaching and their work to prepare for HWC’s FDW.  Along with our Full-time Faculty, many part-time faculty attended many of the sessions during the week and also the part-time faculty orientation on Wednesday. Thank you to AD Cindy Cerrentano for her leadership with our part-time faculty.

Many of our faculty and staff are here on campus today, Saturday August 20th to help students to orient to our College and to enroll in Fall Classes. Monday, August 22 is the last day for students to enroll in the 16-week session.

Monday, August 22 marks the beginning of our Phoenix Week. Thank you to our new Director of Student Activities, Angela Guernica, and our Student Government Association led by Kevin Woo.   On August 22, we will kick off Phoenix week with a 16 Week Wrap-up session from 9:00-5:00, a Resource Fair from 11:30-1:00 and a Crunch and Much from 1:00-2:00.  Click here to view all of the Phoenix week events.  Also keep an eye out for our Phoenix!


Please remember to send me your updates about recent successes of faculty, staff students and alumni.  I love sharing them with our community on the blog at

Thank you HWC Community for everything you do to help our students succeed!

President Margie Martyn

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program – CCC Student Scholars and Faculty Fellows

Dr. Farah Movahedzadeh, HWC Biology Faculty member, was selected as a Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This summer, she mentored Micahel Ndichuck, from Harry S. Truman College.  Their research was titled, “Point Mutagenesis in the active site of Fructose -1, 6-bisphosphatase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.”    The symposium was on August 17, 2016 in the Molecular Biology Research Building.

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Welcome New HWC Students

Director of Student Activities, Angela Guernica, working with the Student Services Team and Student Government Association, has developed a fantastic set of events for Phoenix Week (August 22-26) and Welcome Week (September 6-9).  Please spread the word and plan on attending!

Phoenix Days

Welcome Week

HWC Alumnus is Published!

Former student of Dr. Thomas Higgins, Ms. Tatiana Betancur, just completed a research paper at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The paper was entitled, Response to brain injury in the hypoxia-tolerant naked mole-rat. The paper can be read here. Ms. Betancur plans to come back to HWC this semester and present her work to the STEM Club. Congratulations Tatiana!