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Published on November 27th, 2013 | by editor

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Above and Beyond @ Wright

Dear Colleagues –

One of the defining characteristics of the Wright College community – as I am learning and seeing on a regular basis – is a spirit of enthusiasm and passion for our students and for our work. Stories of faculty, staff and students going above and beyond are (happily) commonplace at Wright. During this week of giving thanks, I want all of you to know that I am deeply grateful for your efforts and many achievements.

  • Last week, students in Wright’s Filipino-American Club, led by club president Vince Cervantes, took the initiative to organize a 3-day fundraiser to collect donations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. This included a food sale of a variety of Filipino dishes. They were able to raise at $2,050, which they will donate to the American Red Cross. I want to thank them and club advisor Doris Espiritu for being so generous with their time and energy in this valuable effort.
  • All of City College’s will soon launch a campaign to encourage students to graduate on time. Called “15 to Finish,” the campaign is based on a successful model implemented at the University of Hawaii as a graduation success initiative. Maria Llopiz has been a major force in making this happen. Not only is Maria’s team familiar with the model, they have already implemented a variation of it through Wright’s New Student Orientation. Kudos to Maria and adjunct advisors Elizabeth Gardner and George Baird for being ahead of the game on this very important issue.
  • From Jackie Lonquist, I learned that Rosalin Brown and her team, including Jose Cruz, Felipe Torres, Miguel Zavala and Larry Hampton, were instrumental our successful preparation for last week’s OTA Accreditation visit, by ensuring the presentation room and facilities looked their best. Thank you for your continued work in helping Wright look and function at a top-notch level – it is noticed and appreciated.
  • Carmen Hernandez, Business Bursar Assistant III at Wright College’s Humboldt Park campus, is described as indispensable by Dean Madeline Roman- Vargas, and Carmen’s colleagues wholeheartedly agree (as do I). Madeline says that Carmen is constantly seeking out areas of her work and the office that can be better organized and improved.  Carmen professes a love for Registration (!) because it gives her a chance to meet, serve and talk to all of the new faces she’ll be helping over the course of the semester. Carmen has been with City Colleges for more than 11 years and is currently working on earning her associate degree from City Colleges – an achievement realized by all three of her children.  Carmen is also a member of the Federation of College Clerical and Technical Personnel, Local 1708. Last week, I recognized Wright’s Local 1708 members as part of PSRP Day in Illinois (paraprofessionals and school-related personnel). We are a stronger institution because of people like Carmen … thank you!

On the topic of Humboldt Park, I participated in a meeting last week of the Humboldt Park Campus’ Community Advisory Committee. It was an opportunity for me to share proposed expansion plans for the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center, as well as demonstrate the important role HPVEC’s programs will play in the College to Careers manufacturing, healthcare, and IT pathways. We are building many strong partnerships through C2C. Thanks to Madeline Roman-Vargas, Associate Dean Ken Santiago and Community Relations Liaison Maureen Fitzpatrick for their efforts in building and maintaining strong relationships with the community that is such an integral part of the Humboldt Park Center’s history and future.

Also, in an effort to build on the success of our manufacturing programs, the Humboldt Park campus hosted a Manufacturing Open House last week to give prospective students the opportunity to meet instructors, tour the facilities, watch equipment demonstrations and learn about potential career opportunities available through the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Electric/Electronic Industrial Maintenance (EEIM) programs.  Pictures of the Open House can be found here.

We will have many “above and beyond” stories to report in the future.  It is a great pleasure to hear and share them with all of you.

You and yours have all my best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving –

David

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