Friday Spotlight

Friday Spotlight is a regular feature (based on the frequency of email replies) in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

Once again, between me getting emails out late and peeps bein’ busy with the semester, the Friday Spotlight needs to be creative. So here you have it. A borrowed spotlight from CCC’s YouTube Channel. Give this faculty member a big round of applause and enjoy the infomercial. (Honestly, I don’t know if this peep is still at the college.)

I wonder what happened to ‘Success Starts Here’?

Friday Spotlight: Amanda Loos

Friday Spotlight will be a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Amanda Loos in the spotlight!
[Rah, rah, shish boom ba!]
Besides teaching, Amanda also serves as our current Faculty Council President, she’s a former Chair (and still a member) of the Women’s Studies Program,  and the Coordinator of Fine Arts/Cinema Studies Program.
NOW… Stepping out of her office  with the poise, energy, and confidence of Kathryn Bigelow, here’s Amanda…

Q: What’s your HWC story. How did you get hired?
A: I met Paul Urbanick and George Bickford at one of those Univ. of Chicago Teaching in the Community College receptions.  I WASN’T schmoozing, and that probably stood out like a sore thumb. 🙂  I taught part-time for a year and was out the door (though I loved loved loved the students, adjuncting at HWC pretty much sucked back then…er…is it any better now?), and based on that I was NOT planning to apply for the full-time gig.  Urbanick called me in for an interview anyway, with Arlene Zide and Jim Schultz…  Somewhere about 20 minutes into it, I realized how stupid I had been for not applying and that I should really focus!  Duh!  So I have my predecessors to thank for seeing something that I couldn’t see at the time.  Thank you!

Q: What do you like to do when you ain’t teachin’? Is it legal?

A: I throw pottery, try to make vegetables grow in pots on our patio (the legal kind!), take long walks with my dog, and enjoy newly-married life. 🙂

Q: What it’s like to be you? It may help to look in the mirror.

A: Um… it rocks!

Q: What would you’d be doin’ now if you wasn’t teaching at our fabulous institution (or answering these questions)? Would it still be legal?
A: Honestly not sure!  I’ll get back to you on that one…class in ten.

Q: Who should be the next Friday Spotlight?

A: How about the College Advisors?

Thank you Amanda!
Darn, I should’ve asked for a good movie recommendation…

Friday Spotlight: Chris Sabino

Friday Spotlight is a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Chris Sabino in the spotlight.
[It’s a bird, it’s a plane, NO, it’s… CASTMAN!]
The dude is suave, cool, and collected. As far as I know he’s running CAST, he’s a member of Faculty Council, AND… makes time to teach the language of numbers to our students.

Stepping out of the telephone booth, er, I mean room 1046, here’s the man with a plethora of talents and aspirations, the one and only Chris…

Q: What’s your HWC story? How did you get hired?
A: I firmly believe that fate (not necessarily a mathematical or religious notion) has played a big role in my life and my journey to HWC.  I got my Masters at Loyola, Lakeshore Campus.  Toward the end of my time there I got two e-mails, one from HWC and one from Truman, asking about being an adjunct.  I sent my resume to both and got the call (while driving back from NY) from HWC and was hired.  Two weeks later (2 weeks into the semester mind you) I got the call from Truman.  That semester, Spring 2006, I was an adjunct at HWC, Truman, Loyola Lakeshore and Loyola downtown.  It was fun.  At the end of the semester, I expressed my interest into transitioning to full time and I got the job.  Had it not been for that e-mail, I may have never realized that the City Colleges even existed given that I’m not from Chicago originally.

Q: What do  you like to do when you ain’t teachin’? Is it legal?
A: When I’m not teaching and feel like having some legal fun, there are many ways that I fill my time.  My wife and I do a lot of traveling.  Though it gets a bit hectic (that’s how I like it), I enjoy seeing how things are outside of Chicago.  When I’m around here, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and friends.  Usually that hanging out involves legal quantities and varieties of beverages (I’m a bit of a beer connoisseur.).  I’m not terribly athletic, but would like to be.  I love sitting down alone with my guitar and singing, assuming no one can hear me.  If someone can hear me, than it turns from recreation to performance.  When I used to sing in groups, and on my own during college, I always enjoyed the rehearsals far more than the performances.  Of course, I also enjoy puzzles and games (crosswords, jumbles, etc…), watching tv, listening to music and reading recreationally (which seldom occurs unless I’m away.)

Q: What it’s like to be you?  It may help to look in the mirror.
A: My life is very hectic.  I like to complain about it but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Despite my capacity to kick back and be excessively lazy, I always need to be doing something.  I’m a problem solver at heart and even if there aren’t problems, I’ll create them to solve or try to solve others’ problems..  My wife and her family helped break me of this a little.  My family, New Yorkers, always has to be moving, doing something.  That’s how I am at my core though it may not appear that way on the surface.  Right now, my focus is on teaching.  I’ve spent a lot of time looking inward over the past 8 years of teaching.  I bring a lot of myself into the classroom and seldom stick to my plans though I’ve realized that I am, often, an over-planner.  The times that I feel most like myself and the times when I’m just going with the flow and reacting to a situation.  I like the impromptu and improvisational possibilities in teaching, and, of course, in life.
More superficially, I’m 5’8″, so I’m seldom the tallest guy in the room.  As a kid, I was teased about my height before my growth spurt though I hold no grudges.  I love math and music.  I used to say, before I got married, that math is my wife and music is my mistress.  These days, teaching is my life, math is my field that I’m always looking to expand my knowledge in and music is my disjoint passion.   I love making and listening to music but have not found the time to do so lately.
Q: What would you’d be doin’ now if you wasn’t teaching at our fabulous institution (or answering these questions)?
A: So, if I could live my dream and deal with the stress of it and have the talent to do so, I’d be singing, likely on Broadway or in a professional chorus or acappella group.  Or maybe I’d teach music or philosophy, not math.  Or maybe I’d be a bartender while doing all of the above. Or maybe I’d do absolutely nothing but read, listen to music, make music and travel….and volunteer and schools.  I don’t think that I could leave education.  It means too much to me.
Thanks Chris!

Q: Who should be the next Friday Spotlight?
A: People who may not check e-mail for a while but I’d like to hear about=Rocco Caponigri, Adam Bounas
More likely to check e-mail=Art Divito, Dave Richardson
I’ll see what I can do about contacting these fine folks.
Here’s a link to the Math web site. For more on CAST, y’all know where to look  – right here on The Lounge.

Friday Spotlight: Rosie Banks

Friday Spotlight will be a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Rosie Banks in the spotlight.
[Yay! You go girl!]
She’s a sweetheart from the English/Speech Department. You know, that one faculty member on the 6th floor with the great attitude, fantastic smile and a passion for teaching?  Yeah, now you know…

Q: Tell us, how you arrived at HWC?
A: Perspective #1: In the now rather distant past, I walked to the Metra Electric in Hyde Park, rode it to the Randolph Street Station, and walked the remainder of the way.  In the not so distant past, I walked to the Bryn Mawr Red Line station, rode to State & Lake, and walked directly to the building.  Now, I drive to a nifty (read: inexpensive) lil parking garage and walk about 5-6 blocks east.

Perspective #2:  I came to HWC after a year or so of adjunct teaching at Olive-Harvey and Roosevelt University.  There was a CCC-wide job fair at Malcolm X, and I took a chance and submitted my application.  One thing led to another, and here I am. . .

Q: What are your educational goals?
A: Right now, my goal is simply to complete my dissertation and earn my long-awaited Ph.D. from U of C.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not teaching?
A: This actually feels like a very huge question for me. Hmmm, the top five (in no particular order) would be
1) working on the diss (once I get started, it’s really fun, and I don’t want to stop.),
2) reading novels,
3) hanging out with family and friends – playing cards or other board games, dancing, trail-walking, etc.,
4) traveling, and
5) practicing hot yoga!!!

Q: If there is ONE book/movie/song that everyone should read/watch/listen, what is it and why?
A: There’s a part of me that resists the notion that there’s anything that everyone should read/watch/listen, but . . . The first book that comes to mind is Milan Kundera’s Slowness. I read the novella as a darkly humorous reflection on human nature, human foibles, and modern life.  While not at all heavy or moralistic, its observations about our obsession with speed and how that obsession affects the quality of our relationships, the depth and subtlety of our communications, and the clarity of our own self-awareness really resonate with me. Of course, I totally made it sound heavy and moralistic just now . .

Q: Is there a food you would push a loved one out of the way to eat?
A:
hmmm, if we’re talking the last spoonfuls of dishes only served during the holidays and if previous efforts to secure take-home portions have failed and if we’ve all had a first helping, I might ever-so-gently nudge my dear loved one in the direction of another dish while I enjoy cornbread dressing or banana pudding. . .

Q: Let’s keep this spotlight going. Who’s next?
A: Bold choice: John Metoyer. Not-so-bold, but still cool choice: Carrie Nepstad

Fantastic. Thank you Rosie!

If you have any comment or questions for Rosie, leave a reply. If you’d like to know more about the English, Speech, and Theatre Department, click here.

Friday Spotlight: Matt Shevitz

Friday Spotlight will be a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Matt Shevitz in the spotlight.
[Insert applause and cheering here – raaaaaaah!]
He’s a cool cat from the Humanities Department who has assisted with the growth and success of our Music program.

Q: Tell us, how you arrived at HWC?
A: I’ll give you the shortened version of the story. I first came to HWC as an adjunct in the fall of 2002. The following summer I interviewed for a full-time position which initially went to my late colleague, Isabelle Bélance. Luckily, they found enough money to hire two music people, so we got to build the program together.

Q: What are your educational goals?
A: My two main goals are (for now) to;
-find more opportunities for the Jazz/Pop Ensemble to perform so they can get as much experience as possible
-ensure that my students are getting an informative, enlightening, and practical education

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not teaching?
A: I enjoy being with my family when I am not teaching and playing gigs.

Q: If there is ONE book/movie/song that everyone should read/watch/listen, what is it and why?
A: Deciding on one song is too difficult for me. I guess if I have to choose I’d say that everyone should listen to a song that is in a style they would say they don’t normally like, and find something to enjoy. As I tell my students, practice saying “I like all styles of music, just not all artists”. There’s something in every style for everyone.

Q: If caught sleeping on the job, what’s a good excuse to give the boss?
A: If caught sleeping on the job, just tell the boss that you’re exhausted because you up late the night before working.

Q: In order for the spotlight to stay on, you need to tag a member of HWC. Anyone with a valid CCC email acount is game. Who you gonna’ tag?
A: I’m going to tag Rodney Grisanti.

Thank you Matt!

If you’ve got any more questions for Matt, leave a reply. If you want to learn more about the Music program, click here.
Alright Rodney, I ain’t gonna’ say your next, but do check your email soon…