At some point on August 20 or 21 of this year, a math professor will stand in front of a classroom, 35 students clustered around him, and realize that the classroom promised in the schedule is occupied by another class and not available. In an uncharitable but understandable moment, the professor may think to himself, “WhatContinue reading “American Idiot”
A colleague recently forwarded an email to me about an issue here at the College. In an effort to understand, I read through the attached lengthy email chain. Nestled at the bottom of the chain was a set of complaints about the President of Harold Washington College, written by another colleague, who I will forContinue reading “Only the Paranoid Survive”
My only regret after Friday’s “State of the College” event was that I had not asked for the attendees to fill out a survey on what they thought of the proceedings. I was delighted, then, to see that the Lounge helpfully posted a short survey asking for participants’ feedback, asking “I think the State ofContinue reading “Travesty”
If you were wandering around the 11th floor last night and wondered what all the activity was, this news release gives a clue. This program is giving the College great visibility, and the team, led by Bral Spight and lead faculty member Anita Kelley, is doing a fantastic job for the 37 scholars who participate.
This past Friday night, I joined faculty adviser Kamran Swanson for a joyous event organized by HWC’s own African Student Association. Aziz, the ASA’s president, did a masterful job as Master of Ceremonies, introducing several waves of students garbed in traditional African and contemporary urban fashion. Both male and female students walked an improvised catwalk accompanied byContinue reading “Fashion Show”
Not having grown up in academia, I admit to a uninformed view of faculty sabbaticals. My visions of faculty lounging on white sand beaches in comfy beach chairs, watching gorgeous sunsets, sipping sweet tropical drinks are perhaps best captured by Bruce Cockburn in his song, “Last Night of the World:” I’m sipping Flor De Caña andContinue reading “Flor de Caña”
Phi Theta Kappa is showing some faculty love with coffee, yogurt, fruit and goodies in the lobby today. Thanks to Phi Theta Kappa leadership for making this happen.
Tonight I get to fulfill a dream by serving as one of the judges for HWC’s X-Factor talent competition. Starting at 5 pm, HWC’s best will be competing for the right to call themselves . . . well, I haven’t been briefed on the grand prize, but I am sure it is something outstanding. MyContinue reading “HWC X-Factor”
Harold Washington College is featured in this great article in the Sun-Times about CPS students enrolling at City Colleges of Chicago. Andre Ellis, HWC student, calls his course “challenging,” and he says that he is learning to write “a really good essay.” In another article, this time in the Chicago Tribune (coincidence? or was a certainContinue reading “A Really Good Essay”
Alberto Aguilar received a wonderful write-up in the Chicago Tribune regarding his latest show. Congratulations to Professor Aguilar for the write-up, and thanks to Armen Serrafian and John Metoyer for passing this along. “Alberto Aguilar and Michelle Harris” runs through Nov. 12 at Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., rootsandculturecac.org.