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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.

"Faces of Heartland" Positions Available

Video Transcription: Faces of Heartland Video Transcription **(PDF format, 183 KB, 2 pages)

Heartland Students: Here’s your chance to work in a prestigious leadership position at HCC as one of the "Faces of Heartland."

Positions Available:

  • Student Ambassadors* lead campus tours, welcome visitors at the information desk, coach students through the registration process and speak at campus events.
  • Members of the Mascot Team serve as goodwill ambassadors for the College and appear as Hunter the Hawk and/or Hunter’s Spotter at community events and celebrations.

Think you fit the bill? If you are:

  • enrolled in or planning to enroll in at least 6 hours during the semester (summer enrollment not required)
  • friendly and energetic
  • enthusiastic and articulate
  • dependable and organized
  • quick thinking and flexible

...then you are exactly the person we are looking for!

These coveted positions are loaded with benefits such as:

  • Being of our top-paying student jobs
  • Having flexible hours that fit around your class schedule
  • Providing networking opportunities with key HCC staff and community members
  • Helping you build skills employers value
  • Looking great on a resume

Apply by May 1, 2015.

Call (309) 268-8059 or email admissions@heartland.edu for an application.

The following two applications are required for those interested in applying for a Faces of Heartland position.

*Student Ambassadors must maintain a 2.5 or greater GPA to be eligible for the position