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Dinner & Space Mission, November 1 2014

Keep your Halloween costume out for one more day. Dress up and join the Challenger Learning Center’s Fright Flight Simulated Space Mission crew.

Enjoy pizza, Halloween activities and participate in a space launch. Whether you’re in mission control or the space station, each team will work together to accomplish mission goals.

Date: Saturday, November 1
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal
Cost: $20/person (includes pizza dinner)
Age requirement: 5th grade and above

A paying adult must accompany all participants under 12.

To register and get more information, visit the Challenger Learning Center website or call 309-268-8700.

Any Body on Display at HCC Art Gallery

There’s no wrong way to have a body.

That’s one of many messages coming out of Heartland’s latest art exhibit, Any Body: Art and Essays about Body Image.

Visit the exhibit
Any Body includes mixed media collages, essays and photograms created by students at Heartland, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan and Bloomington High School. The exhibit is on display at the Joe McCauley Art Gallery from Monday, October 27 through Friday, December 12. The gallery is located in ICB 2507.

Observe and participate
Gallery Coordinator Danell Dvorak describes Any Body as a conversation and is encouraging attendees to interact with the art and essays. “People have a unique and personal perspective on body image,” she said. “We want to invite everyone to join the discussion.”

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Leave comments on the gallery wall
  • Attend an artist reception Monday, October 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the gallery
  • Participate in a talking circle Friday, November 7  1-3 p.m. in ICB room 2810 (register by emailing dawn.berry@heartland.edu)

What’s on display
Some of the displays stem from HCC’s first art therapy session held October 8. The session gave participants an opportunity to explore the complexities of body image while experiencing art therapy as a potential career. Led by clinical social worker Michele Carroll, students were instructed to create whatever came to mind.

“I wanted them to focus more on the experience than the actual piece,” explained Carroll. What emerged was interesting and thoughtful collage art.

Pieces of the exhibit also include photograms from students at HCC, essays from students at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan and additional collages from students at Bloomington High School.

Thoughts on body image
Carroll describes body image as how we think other people see us and it’s something that is greatly influenced by the media, our families and culture.

The complexities of body image have been around for some time, but with the internet, social media and constant images and messages telling people they aren’t good enough, the pressure is much more intense today.

Having negative viewpoint of our bodies can have negative consequences. “An unhealthy body image leads to body dysmorphic disorder, which is essentially a really skewed vision of what our body looks like,” explained Carroll. “It can lead to all kinds of others things including eating or exercise disorders.”

Body image is something that affects all ages; Carroll notes approximately 40 percent of third grade girls on diets.

Girls aren’t the only ones feeling the pressure either. Earlier this year, The Atlantic put out an article describing how body image is increasingly affecting boys. Citing the January issue of JAMA Pediatrics, The Atlantic reported 18 percent of boys are highly concerned about their weight and appearance, with most feeling pressure to gain weight and have a muscular physique.

At Any Body, you can read thoughts and essays on body image from students in our own community.

About the Joe McCauley Art Gallery
Exhibits, events, and parking at Heartland’s Joe McCauley Art Gallery are free. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on days the College is open.

For more information about exhibits, contact Danell Dvorak at ddvorak@heartland.edu and (309) 268-8599, or call Heartland’s Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department at (309) 268-8620.

Participating artists and authors


Greer Durham
Bloomington High School

Sarah Frey
Heartland Community College

Jamie McDonnell
Heartland Community College

Hannah Neal
Heartland Community College

Abbey Otto
Bloomington High School

Wayne Piercy
Heartland Community College

Emily Schikel
Heartland Community College

Klaude Utter
Bloomington High School


Paulette Bealer
Heartland Community College

Bernadette Cash
Heartland Community College

Sarah Frey
Heartland Community College

Jamie McDonnell
Heartland Community College


Hank Bolon
Illinois Wesleyan University

Rui Cao
Illinois Wesleyan University

Matthew Capone
Illinois Wesleyan University

Zoey Danielson
Heartland Community College

John Derrig
Illinois Wesleyan University

Marixa Ford
Illinois State University

Emilee Monken
Illinois Wesleyan University

Cassandra Nakis
Illinois State University

Danon Salonis-McGrew
Illinois State University

Victoria Tiberi
Illinois Wesleyan University

Students: Earn Free Credit with GPS Workshops

The Guided Path to Success (GPS) Workshop Series includes sessions designed to help you with study techniques, life skills and career readiness.

The focus for fall semester is Personal Success. Upcoming topics include:

  • August 28: Targeting Success
  • September 4: Motivating Self
  • September 11: Mastering Self-Management
  • September 18: Developing Effective Communication
  • September 25: Valuing Interdependence
  • October 2: Managing Stress
  • October 9: Understanding Civic Responsibility
  • October 16: Exploring Healthy Lifestyles
  • October 23:  Planning Personal Finances
  • October 30: Becoming Active on Campus
  • November 6: Becoming an Active Student
  • November 13: Mastering Time Management
  • November 20: Exploring Your Learning Preferences
  • December 4: Becoming an Active Reader

Workshop sessions occur every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in ICB 2303.

Earn one free academic credit by participating in seven different workshops throughout the semester and completing the “after” workshop assignments and a reflective essay.

The workshop series is free and open to any HCC student, so bring a friend along! Come ready to learn how to become more successful during your college years and beyond. 

For more information, contact Jen Vieley at (309) 268-8055 or email jennifer.vieley@heartland.edu.