Dec 102014
Image courtesy of Wright  College student Jesus Salgado

Image courtesy of Wright College architecture student Jesus Salgado

Twenty-one Wright College architecture students will present their final projects for critique on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. in the Arts Building Lobby. All students, faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend this critique session, featuring the work of first- and second-year Design Studio students (ARCHITC 166 and ARCHITC 266, respectively).  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

ARCHITC 166 students will present design for a Single Family Home on a lot that they hand selected in the City of Chicago, while ARCHITC 266 students will present design for a Bicycle Center on a lot that they also hand selected in the City of Chicago. The students developed their work over the course of six weeks.

Architecture Department Adjunct Professor Robert Cordero will conduct the critique, along with eight jury members from the architecture field. Each student will receive constructive criticism on the design and the execution of his or her drawings and/or presentations.

Please support Wright College students and share in their outstanding work!

Nov 262014
Wright College students Emiliano Velazquez, Marijan Peric, and Ricky Salgado will present their original research on Topological Robotics on December 4, 2014 at 1pm in Wright in Your Corner Student Center

Wright College students Emiliano Velazquez, Marijan Peric, and Ricky Salgado will present their original research on Topological Robotics on December 4, 2014 at 1pm in Wright in Your Corner Student Center

Long before Asimov, the idea of robots has captivated our imagination and held a fascination for us. Mathematics, and topology in particular, has a fundamental role in making these fictional images a reality.

A robot is an autonomous machine capable of performing a task in the physical world. An interdisciplinary approach is necessary to plan the motions needed to achieve this goal. Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science are the main disciplines involved in the field of Robotics.

Under the supervision of Professor Hellen Colman, a group of students at Wright College conducted research in the field of Topological Robotics. Their work centered on motion planning for several robots moving in a physical space while avoiding collisions.  Their outstanding inquiry into investigation allowed them to make a unique contribution to the field. They applied their theoretical findings to a futuristic track that would join the City Colleges campuses, providing individual transportation in small driverless vehicles.

The students will present their research in a public forum on Thursday, December 4th at Wright College. Join us to support the students and their work. Components of their research can be found on the students’ blog, Special Topics Mathematics (see below for images).

Wright College students Ricky Salgado, Marijan Peric, and Emiliano Velazquez conduct Topological Robotics research with Professor Hellen Colman.

Wright College students Ricky Salgado, Marijan Peric, and Emiliano Velazquez conduct Topological Robotics research with Mathematics Professor Hellen Colman.

What: Research Presentation on Topological Complexity of Configuration Spaces

Who: Wright students Marijan Peric, Ricky Salgado and Emiliano Velazquez

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Science Building, S-100 (Wright in Your Corner Student Center)






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Wright College Net Contributor: Victoria Polotsky, Chair, Wright College Department of Mathematics

Nov 202014

A member of Wright’s graduating class of 2014, Alexandria Vizcaino is currently a Student Ambassador working with Wright College’s Testing and Admissions Service Center. She is also assisting with a few projects in the Communications Department before she departs for DePaul University in January, where she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media. Below, Alexandria reflects on her time at Wright College and the resources and experiences that helped her succeed.

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Alexandria Vizcaino completed her associate degree over the summer and will transfer to DePaul University in January 2015.

Having been at Wright College for a little more than two years, I am excited to continue my educational journey at DePaul University. I completed my Associate in Arts degree at Wright this past summer and will continue on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media. I am considering a career in television production or advertising.

Right now, I am working as a Student Ambassador in the Testing and Admissions Service Center. You may find me checking students in for New Student Orientation or helping faculty throughout the office. I started working as a Student Ambassador in the summer and my position was extended through the fall semester.  I am also working part-time at an insurance agency and working on obtaining my Illinois insurance producer license.

The Student Ambassador program is rewarding in many ways. It allows you to network within the school, helps to builds your work ethic, and exposes you to different opportunities and experiences. Being a Student Ambassador helped me to define my strengths and understand my areas of interest. I really enjoyed interacting with students and helping them navigate through the college experience. Sometimes, new students may be more comfortable and open to asking questions of another student rather than staff or faculty, so the Student Ambassador program is especially valuable to incoming students.

Alexandria Vizcaino with fellow Student Ambassador Kinga Szopinska assisting with Fall 2014 registration.

Alexandria Vizcaino with fellow Student Ambassador Kinga Szopinska assisting with Fall 2014 registration.

I would like to share some advice for incoming and current students.  First, remember that there will always be a thousand excuses for why you should NOT do something, but once you find the motivation to start something, follow through and give it your all, especially when it comes to education.

Also, students should be aware that there are a lot of resources throughout the school and they should make good use of them. For example, Wright in Your Corner Student Center, located in room S-100, is where you can network with fellow students, meet with tutors, and obtain information on current and future events that are held throughout the school.

Finally, it is crucial to meet with your advisors to develop your educational plan. You want to make sure that you are on track with your classes.

Although this will be my last semester at Wright, I will always be grateful for the opportunities that Wright College offered me and I hope that others will have the same positive experience.

- Alexandria Vizcaino, Wright College Graduate, Class of 2014

Nov 132014
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Stage Wright’s production of Eric Bogosian’s “SubUrbia” opens November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Events Building Theater

Stage Wright Productions will debut Eric Bogosian’s “SubUrbia” at the Events Building Theater on November 14. Performance dates are November 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. All performances start at 7:30 p.m.

The play chronicles an eventful evening for a group of suburban 20-somethings who are reunited with an old classmate, who became a successful musician.

The play is produced and performed by Stage Wright Productions, Wright College’s resident theater group, with a cast and crew of Wright students and faculty. The director is Wright College professor Tom Murdock.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $5 for students, staff and seniors. Language and themes are not suitable for children. For ticket information, please contact the Stage Wright Box Office: (773) 481-8037.

StageWright.suburbia posterFeatured cast members are:

Tim – Aristotle Dongas
Jeff – Sipriano Cahue
Buff – Anthony Varzino
BeeBee – Courtney Cavanaugh
Sooze – Jillian Cutro
Pony – Nicholas Peresin
Erica – Tronice Norman
Pakeeza – Denise Byrne
Norman – Isaac Arias



Nov 132014
Joseph Simons, of video game developer Iron Galaxy Studios spoke to CIS-101 students about IT career opportunities.

Joseph Simons, from video game developer Iron Galaxy Studios, spoke to Professor Fred Hernandez’s CIS 101 students at Wright about IT career opportunities.

City Colleges of Chicago’s College to Careers (C2C) initiative is designed to help prepare Chicagoans for careers in growing industries. Wright College is the C2C hub for the Information Technology (IT) industry, where more than 24,000 job openings are expected to be available in the Chicago area in the next decade.

Wright’s College to Careers department, led by Dean Bonnie Kang, recently launched a “Careers in IT” Speakers Series for the CIS 101 course – Introduction to Computer Science. Through the Speakers Series, IT practitioner panelists share insights about career opportunities in computer science, web development, and networking, within a variety of work environments that include multinational corporations like Cisco Systems and Accenture, as well as smaller tech outfits like video game developer Iron Galaxy Studios and coding training site

CIS 101 – Introduction to Computer Science – is the first required course in the IT pathway and emphasizes ways to analyze problems and develop computer programs to solve them. In CIS 101, students learn basic concepts of computer systems, computer types, cloud computing, and computer programming languages.

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The “Careers in IT” Speakers Series kicked off at Kennedy-King College and featured guest speakers from Cisco and Pictured (from left): KKC CIS 101 professor Daniel Forbes; Elizabeth Price from Wright’s C2C office; CIS 101 student Elizabeth Conde, Jerry Rocco from Cisco, and Aziz Ali from

“Students in CIS 101 are interested in IT, but many are still undecided on which area they’d like to pursue,” said Dean Kang. “The ‘Careers in IT’ Speakers Series gives students an insider’s perspective on the various fields and opportunities available in the Networking, Computer Science, or Web Development pathways.”

Kennedy-King College hosted the first panel discussion in Professor Daniel Forbes’ CIS 101 class. The discussion featured panelists Jerry Rocco, Public Sector Account Manager from C2C Partner Cisco Systems, Inc., and Aziz Ali, Chief Instructor from

Wright College hosted its first panel on Tuesday, November 11 during Professor Fred Hernandez’s CIS 101 class. Featured speakers included Rich Aldridge, Associate Vice President of IT at the TCS Education System – which includes The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – and Joseph Simons, Senior Software Engineer at video game developer Iron Galaxy Studios.

The complete schedule for the Fall 2014 “Careers in IT” Series is:

College Date Time CS101 Professor Speakers
Kennedy-King October 29 3:30 p.m. Daniel Forbes
  • Aziz Ali,
  • Jerry Rocco, Cisco
Harold Washington November 5 5:30 p.m. Paul Aikonedo
  • Jessica Williams, McCormick Place
  • Joseph Simons, Iron Galaxy Studios
Olive-Harvey November  11 8:00 a.m. Jong Kim
  • Akari Muhisani, Cisco
  • Marcus Cobb,
Wright November 11 8:00 a.m. Fred Hernandez
  • Rich Aldridge, TCS Education System
  • Joseph Simons, Iron Galaxy Studios
Harold Washington November 14 5:30 p.m. Yan Liang
  • Shyna Hegde, Accenture
  • Daniel Kelly, Cisco
Truman November 17 11:00 a.m. Syed Majid
  • Aziz Ali,
  • Jason Volmut, CPUrx
Daley November 18 5:30 p.m. Ruth Chen
  • Jessica Williams, McCormick Place
  • Marcus Cobb,

The new IT pathways in Computer Science (AS), Networking (AAS) and Web Development (AAS/AS) are expected to launch in Spring 2015.

Nov 122014

Wright College’s 2014 Veterans Day Celebration drew more than 100 participants who honored the contributions and sacrifices of the military veterans in the Wright Community and across the nation. Congratulations on a job well done to: Wright’s Student Veterans Association members, Veterans Services Specialist Ed Davis, Student Activities staff and the Student Government Association.

Please enjoy some of the images from yesterday’s events and activities (click on images to enlarge), as well as the poem shared by Wright College Vice President Nicole Reaves (see below image gallery). And, don’t forget to support our Student Veterans Association’s Veterans Clothing Drive and Toys for Tots Collection! Collection boxes are in Campus Center!


Honor Our Military
by Joanna Fuchs

Let’s honor our military,
The men and women who serve,
Whose dedication to our country
Does not falter, halt or swerve.

Let’s respect them for their courage;
They’re ready to do what’s right
To keep America safe,
So we can sleep better at night.

Let’s support and defend our soldiers,
Whose hardships are brutal and cruel,
Whose discipline we can’t imagine,
Who follow each order and rule.

Here’s to those who choose to be warriors
And their helpers good and true;
They’re fighting for American values;
They’re fighting for me and you.

Nov 102014

Open House District_JpegOn Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Wright College is hosting an open house for high school students and parents. With the high cost of education, this is a great opportunity for students to explore one way to save. Students who graduate with an associate degree at Wright College and transfer to a four-year college or university can save up to $40,000 on the cost of a bachelor’s degree.

The Wright College Open House will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Events Building Atrium and will kick off a series of Open House events scheduled across City Colleges. All Open House events are free and open to the public and will include:

  • Details on how students can save up to $40,000 by attending City Colleges before transferring to a four-year college or university.
  • Financial aid overview providing details on how to pay for college.
  • Dual Enrollment program information; high school juniors and seniors can begin earning a college degree right now by taking free CCC courses through this program.
  • Campus tours
  • Information on academic programs, including the College to Careers (C2C) initiative which partners industry-leading companies with faculty and staff to prepare Chicagoans for careers in growing fields.

Interested students or parents may register for any of the City Colleges Open Houses here. They can also call 773-COLLEGE (773-265-5343) or visit for more information.

 City Colleges of Chicago Fall 2014 Open House Schedule

  • Wilbur Wright College: 4300 N. Narragansett Ave.
    • Tuesday, November 11, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Harold Washington College: 30 E. Lake St.
    • Wednesday, November 12, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Harry S Truman College: 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
    • Thursday, November 13, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Kennedy-King College: 6301 S.Halsted St.
    • Thursday, November 13, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Malcolm X College: 1900 W. VanBuren St.
    • Thursday, November 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Olive-Harvey College: 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
    • Wednesday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Richard J. Daley College: 7500 S. Pulaski Rd.
    • Thursday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • South Chicago Learning Center: 3055 E. 92 St.
    • Wednesday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Nov 102014

Veterans Day Celebration 2014Wright College will celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, 2014, with commemorative events beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Faculty Dining Area (Science Building).

The Lane Tech High School JROTC Color Guard will kick off the events at 11 a.m. with the presentation of colors. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and playing of the Star Spangled Banner, Nicole Reaves, Wright College VP of Academic & Student Affairs, will welcome event attendees and lead the moment of silence at 11:20 a.m. that will be observed across City Colleges.

Sean Miarnowski, the past president of the Wright College Student Veteran’s Association, will introduce the Key Note Speaker, Veteran and Wright College Professor Neil Sachs.

Professor Sachs’ remarks will be followed by light lunch.

The Veterans Day events are sponsored by Veterans Services, led by Veterans Services Specialist Ed Davis, and the Wright College Student Government Association (SGA).

In addition to the Veterans Day events, the Student Veteran’s Association and Veterans Services have set up a display in the Arts Lobby featuring a tribute video and pictures of Student Veterans in uniform while serving in the military. Student Veterans will also be distributing 500 arm bands.

Other ways to show support for Veterans include:

  • Donating to the Veteran’s Clothing Drive: Collection boxes will be in Campus Center until December 1. Items needed include: clean, gently used clothing (Men’s Socks; Pants; Medium, Large or XL T-Shirts; Sweat Shirts; Shoes; Shirts; Winter Coats; Gloves; Hats; Long Underwear. Personal Items (new, unused): Shaving Cream; Razors; Toothpaste; Tooth Brushes; Combs; Shampoo; Soap; Lotion (travel sizes are perfect).
  • Donating to the Student Veteran’s Association’s “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive: Now through December 12, bring a new, unwrapped toy to the donation boxes in Campus Center.



Nov 052014
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Maria Medina (far left), director of counseling at Northside College Prep High School attended an information session at Wright to learn about the Engineering Pathways program. She is pictured with (from left) Pathways faculty advisor and chair of Wright’s Physical Sciences & Engineering Department Doris Espiritu, transfer director Susan Calabrese and UIUC Engineering Pathways Coordinator Joe Waranyuwat.

The Engineering Pathways partnership between Wright and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) offers qualifying high school applicants guaranteed admission to UIUC’s College of Engineering. Students must apply to the competitive program and enroll in an associate degree program at Wright College.

Following successful completion of Pathways program course requirements, students are guaranteed admission to the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering in their junior year of study. UIUC’s College of Engineering is ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (September 2014).

Wright College transfer students admitted through the Engineering Pathways program will save close to $35,000 in tuition in fees over UIUC Engineering students admitted as college freshmen.

Wright College will host an Engineering Pathways Information Session on Thursday, November 6, at 7: 00 p.m., in the Faculty Dining Room of the Science Building. Representatives from Wright College and the University of Illinois’ College of Engineering will conduct the session and will answer questions from prospective students and their families. Another session is scheduled for February 26, 2015.

Please note: the Engineering Pathways transfer partnership program is exclusively for incoming freshmen, not currently enrolled students.

More information is available at the Engineering Pathways website.

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Nov 042014

A new PBS documentary, “Dropping Back In” – with scenes filmed at Wright College in Fall 2013 – explores the opportunities for high school dropouts to attain college and career readiness in educational systems across the country.

Episode Four of the four-part series features City Colleges’ Gateway Program and Wright College students Nanci Bautista and Marco Salse. Nanci and Marco came to the United States from Mexico as children. They dropped out of school partly because education seemed pointless: as undocumented immigrants, their job opportunities seemed to be limited.

That changed when a federal program was announced that would allow undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to receive legal residency status. One requirement of the program, though, was that participants have a high school diploma or high school equivalency.

Studying together, Nanci and Marco earned their high school equivalencies through a City Colleges of Chicago program in 2012. In 2013, they enrolled in the Gateway Program, which provides academic and financial assistance to degree-seeking students with demonstrated ability.

In the documentary, Nanci says they received “motivation from every direction – from teachers and staff.” Laura Nitanda is Wright College’s Transition Specialist for the Gateway Program. Magxina Wageman is the Dean of Adult Education. Instructors include Lewis Lazarus, Erika Mikkalo, Karrie Simmons, and James Zenes.

The segment featuring Nanci and Marco begins at the 13:13 mark:

Watch the four-part series on The segment will air on WTTW on November 16.

Congratulations, Nanci and Marco, on your achievements and best wishes for continued success!


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