Mar 242015
Staff.IT.Anthony Gamboa

Anthony Gamboa, Wright College’s IT Director

Anthony Gamboa recently joined Wright College as Director of Information Technology (IT). In this role, he is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and managing computer systems and operations, as well as supporting the overall technology needs of the college. Anthony most recently served as IT Manager at Truman College.

Anthony has been interested in computers and programming since he was 12 years old. He studied computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. At the same time, he held a part-time job at the Technology Learning Center at Truman College.

As Wright is the Information Technology hub for City Colleges of Chicago’s College to Careers (C2C) initiative, Anthony looks forward to collaborating with C2C faculty, staff and students, supporting their technology needs, and providing a better learning environment and experience.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Anthony currently lives in Jefferson Park. He enjoys spending time with family and traveling. He is also an avid player and fan of soccer, the sport he grew up with. “I play on the weekends to keep the rhythm and stay in shape,” he says. To keep his programming skills sharp, Anthony spends time creating Windows and mobile applications.

Anthony’s favorite aspect of working in IT is delivering useful services to his “customers”: Wright’s students, faculty and staff. “I love helping people and connecting technology to their needs,” Anthony says.

Anthony Gamboa can be reached at 773.481.8752 or

Mar 242015

NSF LogoHere’s an opportunity for City Colleges of Chicago students on the path to completing an Associate in Science degree!

The STEM Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015. The STEM Scholars program is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scholarship designed to encourage students to complete their degrees, transfer to four-year colleges and continue their studies in STEM disciplines.

STEM Scholars receive:

  • ​A scholarship covering all tuition and fees for up to two semesters.
  • A waiver to cover all class text books.
  • A laptop computer.
  • Financial assistance (up to $3,000) for a course at their transfer institution

Application packets are due to Vice President Nicole Reaves’ office on April 10, 2015. For eligibility and other information, visit: or email​​.

Mar 242015
Student.2015.Eric Lund

Congratulations, Eric Lund, Wright College’s 2015 Valedictorian!

2015 graduate Eric Lund will serve as Wright College’s Valedictorian at the May 2, 2015 City Colleges of Chicago Commencement Ceremony. A part-time student who works full-time as a financial analyst, Eric plans to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he has already transferred.

Eric is a native of West Springfield, Massachusetts. At age 20, he moved to Atlanta, where he spent 20 years before moving to Chicago five years ago. Read more about Eric’s successes, challenges and advice, below:

How do you feel about being named as Wright’s 2015 Valedictorian?

Eric: It was a complete surprise, but I feel very honored.  I have taken classes with some very smart people, so it was unexpected that I would be picked for this honor.

What brought you to Wright College to pursue your degree?

Eric: Getting my degree has been a personal goal for a very long time. When I moved to Chicago, I felt like it was finally time to enroll and work on getting my degree. I also think that my career has been somewhat limited because I do not have my bachelor’s degree in a field that normally requires one. My hope is that by completing my degree, my career options will widen.

As a relatively new transplant to Chicago, how do you feel about the city?

Eric: After twenty years in the south, Chicago winters were a shock, which is one thing I will never get used to.  However, Chicago seems like a great, vibrant city with a lot to offer, and I am enjoying living here.

Which people and/or student resources did you find helpful at Wright?

Eric: One of the last classes I took at Wilbur Wright was a Managerial Accounting class.  My professor, Alex Mendoza, took the unusual step of letting me lecture on the topic of budgeting.  I created a budget template and presented it to the class, then took questions.  Being in the position to actually “teach” for an evening pushed me to make sure my lecture was accurate and interesting.

Also, when I was taking some of my math classes, I used the tutoring services available at Wright College.  I found this to be extremely helpful.  I had not taken algebra in more than 25 years, so having the resource available was extremely important to me.  I found the people working in the tutoring center to be very knowledgeable and always willing to help you out.  Although, being a much older student, there were a few times when I was mistaken for one of the teachers, which was always a funny conversation.

What advice would you offer your fellow students looking to succeed, overcome challenges, and get the most out of their college experiences?

Eric: Never give up.  There were times where juggling a full-time job and classes felt like an impossible task.  Some nights it felt like an incredible chore to sit down, open up a book and start reading.  I found that making a schedule and sticking with it was my own best advice.  Even on those nights when I was completely exhausted and wanted to take the night off, I forced myself to do it.  Often times, once I sat down and started reading, I would get immersed in the subject matter, and before I knew it I was finished for the evening.  

However, everyone is going to have those subjects that just don’t click for you, and it feels like a monumental task.  For me, Biology was that class.  I found that taking it in smaller chunks helped me.  Sometimes I would break up my assignment for the week over several days, allowing myself to absorb the material in smaller amounts at a time.  By taking it slow, and staying committed to the process, I was able to overcome the challenge.

Look for Eric at the May 2, 2015 City Colleges Commencement, where he will represent Wright College as our 2015 Valedictorian. Congratulations, Eric!


Mar 242015

Event.Daredevils Writers Conference.041615Wright College’s Writing Center is inviting students to submit original works of prose, poetry, academic or other writing for the 3rd annual Daredevils’ Writing Conference. The conference will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Events Building Theater and will feature select works by Wright’s student-writers.

Writers must submit their work by the March 29 deadline via email as a Word attachment or Google Doc to:

All forms of writing will be accepted, including  prose, poetry, academic, and more.

Those selected will present their work to an audience of students and faculty during the April 16 conference. Each student-writer will have 10 minutes to present his or her work and participate in a Q & A session.

Please direct any questions to Emily Culella in the Writing Center: 773.481.8581 or

Mar 192015

Staff.Facilities.Dina Leiler.031315Dina Leiler recently joined Wright College as Director of Auxiliary Services. Her areas of responsibility include the Janitorial Staff, Central Stores, Reprographics and Events, as well as managing facilities issues with the Engineering team.

In the coming months, Dina will be assisting with the build-outs of the Math Emporium and GED Testing Center.  Both projects are designed to improve the current use of space and support student success.

Dina most recently worked as a Director of Auxiliary Services in City Colleges of Chicago’s District Office, a position she started in October 2012. Prior to joining CCC, she worked in finance and operations for private and charter schools in Chicago and spent 10 years as Business Manager for Michigan Public Schools. Dina has a B.S. in Business Administration from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

A native of Niles, Michigan, Dina currently lives in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. She especially enjoys summertime in the city, including festivals, farmers markets, and outdoor dining. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, and volunteering for animal rescue groups.

“I’m excited to work with Wright faculty, staff, and students to provide a clean, safe, well-maintained facility for the Wright College community,” Dina said. “I also look forward to leading our great staff of very dedicated employees.”

Dina can be reached at or 773.481.8612.

Mar 182015

On Wednesday, March 18, from 11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the Faculty Dining Area, Wright College is hosting a viewing party to live stream the announcement of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Kennedy-King College is one of ten finalists in the running for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s top performance award for community colleges, that will be awarded on Wednesday, March 18th in Washington, D.C.

KKC was selected from 1,000 community colleges across the country for this distinction because of the tremendous progress it has made in improving student outcomes under Reinvention.

Please show your support for Kennedy-King by stopping by the Wright College viewing party or by tuning in here:

Mar 172015

DSC_0498The successful partnership between Wright College and the Greater Chicago Food Depository continues this spring with the announcement of two Healthy Student Market Days. The Market Days, scheduled for March 20 and April 17, will feature distribution of free nutritious groceries – including fresh fruit, vegetables and shelf-stable items – to Wright College students and their families.

Healthy Student Market Flyer:   English     /    Spanish

For more information or to volunteer at the Market, please contact Wright College Student Activities at (773) 481-8143. For more information about additional food resources in our community, please contact the Greater Chicago Food Depository at 773-247-FOOD or visit their website at​​​.

Healthy Student Market Days (Ground Floor of Wright College Parking Garage)

  • Friday, March 20, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.






Mar 172015

ScholWindow Social Badge (2)The Fall 2015 scholarship application window is now open for Wright College and all City Colleges of Chicago students! Students may apply for scholarships between March 17 and April 30, 2015.

City Colleges of Chicago offers multiple scholarships to help students pay for school. Students can visit to view scholarships and apply.

Through its scholarships and other resources, City Colleges of Chicago gives students access to a quality, affordable education — without all of the debt — and provides the support that students need to succeed and move on to further education or careers.


Mar 172015


A message from President Potash . . . 

As we strive to help students and see them succeed, our unit of measure is often completion, graduation or a transfer to a four-year institution. We think of success and impact in terms of students. It is only natural – our mission and aim is to provide a high-quality affordable education.

It is also possible to look at what we and other community colleges do through an economic lens. EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Itl.) recently worked with the AACC (American Association of Community Colleges) to produce a fascinating report, The Economic Impact of Community Colleges. I recommend that you take a look. It turns out that our focus on student success has a tremendous effect on the economy – and it can be quantified.

Two eye-opening facts from the report:

  • For one dollar of taxpayer investment in community colleges, the return in cumulative value of benefits is almost $26.
  • The estimated increased contribution of former community college students is more than $806 billion of added income in 2012.

By any measure we are a superb investment.

David Potash

Mar 172015

Vote ButtonWright College students! Please be sure to take a moment to vote in the 2015-16 Wright College Student Government Association (SGA) elections. Student Government is your voice in all student affairs at the college.

All Wright students received a unique link via email, which you can use to cast your ballot. You may cast only one ballot. Laptops are also available in the lobbies of the Arts and Science buildings if you wish to vote on campus.

The deadline to vote is Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.

To learn more about the candidates, please click their names:

Candidates for SGA President

Candidates for SGA Vice President

Candidate for SGA Treasurer: Chris Szalacha

Candidate for SGA Secretary: Ahn Leu

Thank you for your vote and for your participation! Should you have a concern you’d like to share with the SGA, you may contact them via email at:

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