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HCC presents Strong Girls by Monica Estabrook

Join the Strong Girls Conversation
The Joe McCauley Gallery at HCC is displaying Strong Girls by Monica Estabrook.

Date: March 23 – May 8
Place: ICB 2507

Artist Reception
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Place: ICB 2507
Includes light refreshments and a free drawing activity for kids.

Photogram Workshop for High School Students
Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: ICB 2501
Register: Email danell.dvorak@heartland.edu

Join the conversation and use #HCCstronggirls on Twitter (@heartland_CC), Instagram (@heartlandhawks) and Facebook.

Strong Girls takes on gender biases
Estabrook describes Strong Girls as a series that confronts gender biases through black and white photography.  The photos portray Estabrook’s former art students from Stevenson Elementary School in Bloomington. Each girl demonstrates unique strengths and individual character.

What does a strong girl mean to you?
After teaching art for six years at Stevenson, Estabrook noticed how gender biases in the community create disadvantages for girls who are up against a history of suppression, silence and inequality.

“A Strong girl in our society needs to stand up for herself and persevere through a great number of challenges,” said Estabrook. “She is one who does not subscribe to gender norms, believes she can do anything she sets her mind to and works independently without the need for validation from others.”

Gallery Coordinator Danell Dvorak adds that a strong girl can mean different things to different people. “We want this exhibit to start a conversation,” she said. “What is a strong girl? Who are the strong girls in your life?”

Tell us what strong girls means to you. Use #HCCstronggirls on the College’s social media outlets:

  • Twitter: @Heartland_CC
  • Instagram: @heartlandhawks
  • Facebook: facebook.com/heartlandcommunitycollege 

HCC students chosen for All-Illinois Academic Team

Congratulations to Clarissa Hinshaw and Emily Jacob on being chosen for the All-Illinois Academic Team, a distinguished honor for Illinois’ highest achieving community college students.

About the honor
Phi Theta Kappa honor society (PTK), two-year college presidents and community college state associations co-sponsor the All-State Academic Teams in 32 states. To qualify for the All-Illinois Academic Team, nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Member of PTK
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours
  • Actively engaged in the school and community

Clarissa and Emily will attend a banquet on April 28 at the President Lincoln Hotel in Springfield to celebrate their academic achievement.

“It’s quite an honor to be nominated to the All-Illinois Academic Team,” said Sarah Diel-Hunt, associate vice president for academic affairs at HCC. “Clarissa and Emily are outstanding students and community members and are well deserving of this recognition.”

About the recipients


Clarissa is a psychology major, member of HCC’s Honors Program and has been on the dean’s list every semester. She plans to graduate HCC in the spring and transfer to a four-year university in the fall.






Emily is majoring in elementary special education and is involved in the HALO peer mentoring program at the College. She is also graduating this spring and transferring to Illinois State University to major in special education.

Heartland paints the town teal

Paint the town teal

When it comes to sexual assault awareness, Director of Athletics Nate Metzger says getting his athletes involved is the right thing to do.

Metzger and Heartland athletes teamed up with HCC’s Student Counseling Services for Paint the Town Teal, which is one of the handful of events Heartland hosted in April for Sexual Assault Awareness month.

The event allowed members of the HCC community to have one or all of their nails painted teal by Paul Mitchell Beauty School. As students walked through the busy hallway between the library and café, they became curious to know what was going on. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity to educate them about sexual assault.

“I didn’t know what it was at first,” said student Alec Begoria. “But then I started hearing what this was all about and realized it’s for a good cause. I really respect what they are doing and can’t wait to get my fingernail painted.”

Athletes as ambassadors

Director of Student Counseling Services, Faye Freeman Smith, asked Heartland athletes to be ambassadors for sexual assault awareness because of its prevalence on college campuses. “Sexual assault occurs frequently on college campuses, particularly in the athletic arena,” she said. “So we asked our athletes to stand up and bring awareness to sexual assault. They were happy to do that.”

Metzger mentioned he spends time educating his athletes and having an open dialogue to make athletes aware, noting that sometimes, we have blinders on. “We’re just simply not always aware as a college community or community as a whole,” he said. “But you don’t want to ignore it or be bashful about it. Learning is key so it’s important to get involved. Yes we want to win some games, but it’s a bigger picture of building responsible people.”

Contact someone

As the month of April comes to a close, Freeman Smith wants to make students aware of the services Heartland offers. If you have been affected by sexual assault, contact someone. You can get in touch with counseling services at (309) 268-8419 or dial 9-1-1. “Here at Heartland, we have counselors and will make sure you’re safe,” said Freeman Smith. “Our culture is of respect. We nurture this kind of event.”

To learn more about sexual assault and the various events, visit the YWCA's website.