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HCC presents Strong Girls by Monica Estabrook

Join the Strong Girls Conversation
The Joe McCauley Gallery at HCC is displaying Strong Girls by Monica Estabrook.

Date: March 23 – May 8
Place: ICB 2507

Artist Reception
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Place: ICB 2507
Includes light refreshments and a free drawing activity for kids.

Photogram Workshop for High School Students
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: ICB 2501
Register: Email danell.dvorak@heartland.edu

Join the conversation and use #HCCstronggirls on Twitter (@heartland_CC), Instagram (@heartlandhawks) and Facebook.

Strong Girls takes on gender biases
Estabrook describes Strong Girls as a series that confronts gender biases through black and white photography.  The photos portray Estabrook’s former art students from Stevenson Elementary School in Bloomington. Each girl demonstrates unique strengths and individual character.

What does a strong girl mean to you?
After teaching art for six years at Stevenson, Estabrook noticed how gender biases in the community create disadvantages for girls who are up against a history of suppression, silence and inequality.

“A Strong girl in our society needs to stand up for herself and persevere through a great number of challenges,” said Estabrook. “She is one who does not subscribe to gender norms, believes she can do anything she sets her mind to and works independently without the need for validation from others.”

Gallery Coordinator Danell Dvorak adds that a strong girl can mean different things to different people. “We want this exhibit to start a conversation,” she said. “What is a strong girl? Who are the strong girls in your life?”

Tell us what strong girls means to you. Use #HCCstronggirls on the College’s social media outlets:

  • Twitter: @Heartland_CC
  • Instagram: @heartlandhawks
  • Facebook: facebook.com/heartlandcommunitycollege 

HCC students chosen for All-Illinois Academic Team

Congratulations to Clarissa Hinshaw and Emily Jacob on being chosen for the All-Illinois Academic Team, a distinguished honor for Illinois’ highest achieving community college students.

About the honor
Phi Theta Kappa honor society (PTK), two-year college presidents and community college state associations co-sponsor the All-State Academic Teams in 32 states. To qualify for the All-Illinois Academic Team, nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Member of PTK
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours
  • Actively engaged in the school and community

Clarissa and Emily will attend a banquet on April 28 at the President Lincoln Hotel in Springfield to celebrate their academic achievement.

“It’s quite an honor to be nominated to the All-Illinois Academic Team,” said Sarah Diel-Hunt, associate vice president for academic affairs at HCC. “Clarissa and Emily are outstanding students and community members and are well deserving of this recognition.”

About the recipients


Clarissa is a psychology major, member of HCC’s Honors Program and has been on the dean’s list every semester. She plans to graduate HCC in the spring and transfer to a four-year university in the fall.






Emily is majoring in elementary special education and is involved in the HALO peer mentoring program at the College. She is also graduating this spring and transferring to Illinois State University to major in special education.

BloNo winter parking bans: Avoid tickets

Winter weather is here. Parking bans are put in place when snowplow crews need to clear the streets. Know the policy on parking bans and avoid getting a ticket.

Town of Normal

Parking bans
The Public Works Department often issues parking bans when two or more inches of snow have accumulated. When a parking ban is issued:

  • No parked cars are permitted on any streets
  • Cars must be moved to a driveway, garage or parking lot
  • Normal Police may ticket cars for not complying

When a parking ban is in effect, information is distributed to:

Where to park
If you do not have a driveway or garage, you may park for free in the parking lots of the Town's parks, including but not limited to:

  • Anderson Park
  • Fairview Park
  • Maxwell Park
  • Rosa Parks Commons
  • Shepard Park
  • Underwood Park


City of Bloomington

Parking bans
The Director of Public works issues snow bans between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on any day of the week. Residents have four hours from the announcement of the ban to remove vehicles from snow routes and the downtown district.

Parking bans are announced in the following ways:

Where to park
Parking ban areas are marked throughout the City. If you live in an area that has issued a ban and have limited off-street parking, you are encouraged to utilize space in City parking decks.

See more information on downtown parking availability.