HWC Biology Part-time Faculty Member Accepted into UIC Fellow Program

Congratulations to Professor Rajendra Goswami, who teaches Biology on a part-time basis at Harold Washington College.  Professor Goswami was selected by the University of Illinois Cihcago Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Bridges to Baccalaureate Program to be one of the four 2017 Community College Faculty Fellows!  Congratulations!  Thank you to Biology Department Chair, Dr. Khalid Uddin for sharing the update with our community!

The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley

Claude Fethiere, embedded tutor at Harold Washington College wants to share the news about his wife’s   (Natasha Tarpley) new book which will be released Saturday, March 25 from 1-3pm at the Historic Pullman Visitors Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60628.

Natasha Tarpley, the award-winning children’s author of I Love My Hair is hosting a celebration for the release of her latest book ,The Harlem Charade.

Thank you Claude for sharing the update!

Communication Team Makes Progress

The communication team (George Calisto, Ainka Clepper, LaNisha Thomas, Kevin Woo, and Margie Martyn) met together during the Spring 2017 semester to see what they could do together to improve communication.

I want to publicly thank the communication team — they left their egos at the door and worked together and made some great progress!

  1. Developed an “Issues Log” where our community can view progress on current issues that have been brought forward during our community meetings.  The site has a password – which will be shared in our weekly Wednesday Community email. It can be found as a page on this blog (see pic below)
  2. Provided text for VP Sarrafian to add to the syllabus template so that faculty can provide information to students about SAP and academic standing.
  3. Decided that Q&A is an important aspect of our college-wide meetings and that it needs to be included with everyone understanding the ground rules.
  4.  Acknowledge the importance of having and events calendar so that all of the HWC community know what his happening on our campus. We are working on operationalizing that now.
  5. Agreed to continue the Communication Team because the team will review issues on the issue log, listen to our community and bring things foward and to ensure the HWC community that improving communication is a continual and incremental process.  Including a student voice is critical to the team’s success.

— President Margie Martyn

City Colleges of Chicago Names New Chancellor

On Friday, March 17, 2017, CCC Board of Trustees, Mayor Emanuel, Chancellor Hyman and Chancellor-elect Salgado met at Harold Washington College for Press Conference.

A video from the press release can be found here

The starting date for Chancellor-elect Salgado is not available yet.

I have received a lot of positive feedback from the Harold Washington College Community regarding Mr. Salgado’s appointment.  I look forward to working with everyone at HWC to support Chancellor-elect Salgado!

— President Margie Martyn


HWC – ESSP Mock Interviews foster great soft skills!

ESSP (Employment Soft Skills Program) – an extra-curricular 7-week program for students to improve their soft skills and help them to be “employment ready” held Mock Interviews on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Six employers voluntereed on March 17, and six volunteered on march 10, 2017.  In addition 13 employers have come to campus over the past few weeks to speak on different aspects of soft skills and brought “real examples” from the corporate world.

Thank you business partners for making our HWC students ready to hit the ground running and to provide value to Chicago and Chicagoland organizations.

Kudos to Director of Workforce Development, Kelly Dobbins for sharing the update!

Mock Interviewers

Fifth Third Bank (2)
Aon/Aon Hewitt (3)
Groupon (2)
City Year
Ken Butler
Allison + Partners (2)

Class Speakers

kCura (3)
Fifth Third Bank (2)
Aon (4)
Aon Hewitt (3)


GAP Scholarship

Women’s History Month – The President’s Panel – Stand Taller, Reach Higher: Women in Today’s Conflicting World

Celebrating Women’s History Month 2017
At Harold Washington College

Please join us in discussion and forum of ideas/points of view!

The President’s Panel
Stand Taller, Reach Higher: Women in Today’s Conflicting World

Margaret Martyn, PhD
Rosie Banks, PhD
Judy Rivera Van Schagen, PhD
Loretta Visomirskis, PhD

Monday, March 27, 2017  12:30-1:50  Room 102