Jan 212015
Click this image for the Spring 2015 CTL Sessions!

Click this image for the Spring 2015 CTL Sessions!

During the Fall 2014 semester, Wright College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) thrived with more than 150 participants attending 20 sessions and three book clubs.  For Spring 2015, the Center for Teaching and Learning proudly introduces 36 new sessions and four new book clubs as invitations for faculty and staff to celebrate the opportunities to live, learn and grow. Sessions take place in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright College (Science Building, S-243).

ALL faculty and staff are welcome from Wright College and across the City Colleges of Chicago district. Participants will receive credit through continuing education and a certificate of participation. Most importantly, this is a great opportunity to learn new things while spending time with friends and colleagues!

The Center for Teaching and Learning was launched through a strategic forum as part of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) at Wright College. Title V grant funding supports CTL programming.


Interested but can’t make the session?
Go to Blackboard and select the course Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright or simply visit this link. Within the course, select “CTL Presentation Materials” to access the presentation of interest.

Have an idea for a CTL session?
Visit the CTL webpage. Within the page, select “Create a CTL Presentation.” Review past and upcoming CTL session descriptions by selecting “Attend a CTL Presentation.”

Prof. Kurt Leslie leads a Fall 2014 CTL season about Earth’s biodiversity.

Prof. Kurt Leslie leads a Fall 2014 CTL season about Earth’s biodiversity.

Want to facilitate a CTL book club?
Contact Bill Marsh for more information.

Additional Questions?
Contact Alicia Anzaldo or Tracy Mitchell.

Jan 212015

Dear Wright College students:

The "Wright" Resolution: Complete your degree or certificate!

The “Wright” Resolution for 2015: Complete your degree or certificate!

Whether this is your first semester at Wright, or you’re continuing along your path toward your educational goals, I want to wish you a very happy new year and welcome you to the Spring semester.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? About half of all Americans do. I recently learned that the top six goals in order are:

  1. losing weight
  2. getting organized
  3. spending less/saving more money
  4. enjoying life to the fullest
  5. staying fit
  6. learning something exciting

Isn’t it great that Wright College can help you achieve all of these? From great courses … to low tuition … to fitness facilities … to advisors that can help you plan and organize your academic and career goals … we are here for you. I encourage you to set goals for the spring semester and beyond – and to use the many resources at Wright to achieve them!

I also encourage you to stay informed about the resources, events, and opportunities available to you as a student here at Wright College:

On behalf of all of the faculty and staff here at Wright, we are very grateful that you are studying with us. Our aim is to provide you with a high-quality education at a low cost. To help propel you to a well-paying career or to transfer to a four-year college or university for further study. We measure our success through you. When you graduate with an associate degree … when you complete a certificate – that is how we know we’re succeeding.

With all best wishes for a successful semester –


President David Potash
Wilbur Wright College
City Colleges of Chicago
4300 North Narragansett Avenue
Chicago, Illinois  60634

Jan 072015

Career Planning and Placement Center Director Joe Reaves shares career information.

One of many of Wright’s resources for students, the Career Planning and Placement Center (Science Building, Room 128) has announced its lineup of workshops and events for Spring 2015. Through these valuable workshops, students and community members can gain helpful information about:

  • Navigating the job search and interviewing processes.
  • Writing resumes, cover letters, and other documents.
  • Answering tough interview questions.
  • Dressing for professional success.
  • And much more!

The workshops are designed to prepare students for the Annual Spring Job Fair and Career Day, scheduled this year for April 23, 2015. This annual event attracts more than 80 corporations, organizations, government agencies and other employers to the Wright College campus.

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Wright College’s Job Fairs bring together students and prospective employers.

Students or alumni looking for jobs or internships may register for free to the Career Network, City Colleges of Chicago’s online job board.

Led by Director Joe Reaves, Wright’s Career Planning & Placement Center provides comprehensive services to help students make informed decisions about careers and successfully transition into the workforce. Joe is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has worked in the fields of career services and higher education for the past 20 years. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Human Services from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Northwestern University.

For more information about Wright’s Career Planning and Placement Center, please visit the Center’s page on the City Colleges of Chicago website or call 773.481.8527.

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Click on the image to view the Spring 2015 schedule of Career Planning and Placement Center events.


Jan 062015
Wright College's pool will re-open for classes on February 9.

Wright College’s pool is slated to re-open for the Spring II Session on February 9, 2015

After an exhaustive review of best practices, City Colleges re-opened its aquatic facilities at Wright College, as well at Daley College, Kennedy-King College, and Olive-Harvey College. The pools are scheduled to re-open on Monday, February 9, 2015 for CCC’s Spring II session and will offer credit and continuing education classes.

Registration for Spring II swim classes will be available beginning January 12th. For continuing education swim classes, children age three and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the pool during each class, and children over the age of 3 must have a parent/guardian present during their classes.

CCC credit and adult education students, faculty, and staff with a valid CCC ID, as well as continuing education swimming course participants over the age of 18, will be able to take advantage of lap swim hours.

Each pool will be overseen by a newly created coordinator position charged with oversight of daily operations and compliance.

All swimming participants, or a legal guardian if the swimmer is less than 18 years old, will be required to complete an Assumption of Risk form, a Medical Questionnaire, a filing of Emergency Contacts and a Swimming Proficiency Assessment prior to class participation.

For more information on Wright College Continuing Education registration dates, please call 773-481-8800 or 773-481-8841, or email Genevieve Akers (gakers@ccc.edu).

City Colleges is very pleased to continue bringing high-quality and safe aquatics programs to students, faculty, staff and the community.

Jan 062015

Open House LogoDozens of prospective students braved freezing temperatures to attend Wright College’s Open House, held on January 6, 2015. Students had the opportunity to meet with President Potash, take campus tours, and learn more about registration and the many programs and resources available to help students succeed!

Wright staff members representing admissions, advising, recruiting, financial aid, career planning & placement, dual enrollment, continuing education, and adult education provided attendees with valuable guidance and information.

Interested in Wright but missed the Open House? Not a problem. Just call 773-COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu for information about registering at Wright College or any of the City Colleges of Chicago.

Classes start January 12th and all credit-seeking students must be registered by February 1st. Discover how you can go from college to career—without all of the debt—with City Colleges.


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 iLoveCoding.org.

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 iLoveCoding.org. 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 iLoveCoding.org.

“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 ILoveCoding.org.

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, iLoveCoding.org
  • 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, Jammber.com
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, iLoveCoding.org
  • Jason Volmut, CPUrx
Daley November 18 5:30 p.m. Ruth Chen
  • Jessica Williams, McCormick Place
  • Marcus Cobb, Jammber.com

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

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