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HCC Exhibit Features Works by Joann Goetzinger

Joann Goetzinger: Sculptural Drawings will be on display August 18 through October 10 in the Joe McCauley Gallery, located in Room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building (ICB) on Heartland’s Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. An artist talk will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 9, in ICB 2805, with a reception to follow from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the gallery.

In her Sculptural Drawings series, Goetzinger combines two and three-dimensional materials to imaginatively translate elements of vocal music into a visual form. She uses aluminum and wood to sculpt abstract, biomorphic forms and then adds colorful lines and shapes with acrylic paint to increase their visual animation. Her works actively engage interplay between positive shape and negative space, both within the piece and against the gallery walls.

Exhibits, events, and parking at Heartland’s Joe McCauley Gallery are free. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on days the College is open. For more information about this exhibit, contact Danell Dvorak, gallery coordinator, at danell.dvorak@heartland.edu and (309) 268-8599, or call Heartland’s Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department at (309) 268-8620.

About the Artist

Goetzinger began her career in the arts as a music educator and professional singer with the Norman Luboff Choir. After discovering a strong connection between music and visual art, she redirected her creative vision towards portraying musical qualities in drawing, painting and sculpture. Her works have recently been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Eureka College, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Illinois State University Galleries, McLean County Art Center and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago.

Active in the Downtown Bloomington revitalization effort, Goetzinger opens her art studio during First Fridays at 101 W. Monroe Street. She is also a member of the Around the Corner Artist Group and is a co-founder, former co-owner and current exhibiting artist of Main Gallery 404.

Goetzinger holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan, a master’s degree in music from the American Conservatory of Music and a master of fine arts degree from Illinois State University.


Alumni Association Celebrates Five Years

Heartland's Alumni Association is getting ready to celebrate its fifth year and marks the anniversary by expanding benefits to include discounts and an opportunity for alumni to use the Fitness and Recreation Center. 

The Alumni Association was launched in March 2009 with the board of directors holding its first meeting in September 2009. The mission of the Association is to establish, maintain and enhance relationships between Heartland Community College and its alumni and friends. In the past five years, the Association has focused on areas HCC alumni said they wanted the most, which included professional development opportunities, personal development seminars and career support.

The Association now begins a new phase by offering members priority registration to the College’s Fitness and Recreation Center and Hawk Perks, a program that provides discounts to restaurants, retailers, hotels and other service providers. “We have always wanted to offer discounts exclusively to our alumni,” said Colleen Reynolds, Director of Alumni Relations. “Our first focus was on providing support that will help alumni and their careers. I’m excited to follow through on our long-term goals of offering discounts and access to important Heartland facilities.”

Registered members of Heartland’s Alumni Association can access discounts by downloading the GeoPerks app on their smart phone or by emailing alumni@heartland.edu and requesting a Hawks Perks card. To start using the fitness center, alumni members can call (309) 268-8160. Cost is $125 for the fall and spring semesters and $75 during the summer. Use of the fitness center will require an orientation session and completion of an end-of-semester feedback form.

“We hope alumni take advantage of the new benefits,” said Reynolds. “We’re also hoping these benefits attract more alumni to register for the Association.” Reynolds notes membership is free and applies to anyone who has completed a class at Heartland such as a traditional class, community education, customized training or even traffic school. To become a member, go to heartland.edu/alumni and click the Join Us button.

Sign Up for HCC Emergency Text Alerts

Heartland Community College has a voluntary text messaging service that will be used to deliver information about on-campus emergencies. HCC will only send text alerts when there is a serious safety concern affecting campus -- including any campus closures due to severe weather.

Students, faculty and staff may text the message hccalerts to the number 292929 to enroll in the emergency text message service. A confirmation text will be sent to your mobile device indicating that the emergency notification service has been activated. HCC does not charge a fee for this service. Review your particular mobile device's texting or data plan for service details specific to your account. HCC will not share your phone number or mobile information with any other organizations.

For additional information about Heartland's commitment to student, faculty, staff and community safety, please watch Heartland's Safety Video.