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HCC to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, no classes will be held on Heartland Community College campuses from Wednesday, November 26 through Saturday, November November 29.

College administrative offices will remain open on Wednesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offices will reopen for business and classes will resume on Monday, December 1.

Heartland wishes its students, faculty, staff and the community a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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 a 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

Local food makes its way to HCC dining services


Heartland is bringing more locally sourced food to campus thanks to its head chef, Scott Rowan.

Back to the basics

In an age where people want to know where their food is coming from, Rowan’s efforts are timely and relevant. He has been putting more local food in HCC’s cafeteria and in catering orders since he started at Heartland three years ago.

Ropp cheese, The Cookie Dough Café and a variety of local and regional farms have had products represented in Heartland’s food service.

Rowan’s goal is to get back to the basics of eating. “I’m bridging the gap for how foods were bought 30 to 40 years ago,” he explained. “I think we would eat better if we knew where our food was coming from.”

Rowan is not alone in his thinking and noted that farm to table, a movement that encourages producing food locally, is getting larger on a national level.

Fighting cost

Looking to the future, Rowan wants to incorporate even more local food products on campus. The hard part is cost.

 “When you buy local, you typically get smaller batches of food which means it costs more,” he said.

Cost is a major factor when your primary customers are 18 and 19 year olds, but so is the product itself.

“It can be hard to sell,” Rowan explained. “They are mainly interested in the basic cafeteria foods such as burgers, fries and grilled cheese.”

Sometimes, getting people interested in local food requires a little bit of creativity. From time to time, Rowan hands out samples of various products to let people get a taste. In addition, locally grown vegetables are often tossed on top of sandwiches and salads.

Rowan will also use locally sourced meat for various entrees. According to him, you can definitely tell the difference in taste, which makes the cost worth it.

Forming partnerships

Finding food that is locally sourced can also be a challenge. That’s where US Foods, Heartland’s primary food distributor, steps in.

Recently, US Foods has added local farmers to their distribution list, which makes it a lot easier for chefs like Rowan to buy local food direct.

Overall, Rowan’s work has been well received at Heartland, especially among staff who often orders catering with local food for various campus events.

Rowan’s work also extends to the community. He is involved with Edible Economy, a local group of chefs, farmers and other entities who are trying to establish a local foods hub. Their goal is to figure out how to make it easier for the food industry to source local foods.

Although it requires a lot of legwork, Rowan would like to see this trend continue to grow and teach others how to incorporate localized food into their own cooking.

 “I teach a lot of cooking classes for community education at Heartland. I hope to be able use local food as a component for my classes.”