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November 2016 Archive

Wednesday, November 30, 2016             
The City College Office of Information Technology ha approximately 80 laptops and 124 desktop computers available for student purchase on Friday, Dec. 2, at Olive-Harvey College. To participate in the computer sale, CCC students must be present to purchase the computer at Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Only students currently enrolled at City Colleges of Chicago are eligible. All students interested in purchasing a computer must pay $25 - cash only.            

All computers are sold "as is" and there are no exchanges or guarantees. All computers come with Windows 7 installed, but include no other software. Most desktop computers that are for sale are HP Compaq 8200 AIO with Intel processors. Please make sure you have a way to transport the desktop and the monitor on your own.    

Wednesday, November 30, 2016                 
Truman Student Activities is preparing to plan its annual Black History Month and is looking for members of the Truman team that would have an interest in serving on the planning committee. It is an important opportunity to provide some powerful and inspiring programs to the Truman community.               

If you are interested in participating​, please contact Tony Kwiatkowski ​(773-907-4830.)                

If you do not have the time to serve on the committee, you can still​ help by:              
  • Providing the committee with programming ideas
  • Sending the committee information for speakers
  • Making suggestions for movies
  • Providing a topic of discussion
  • Helping the committee contact community leaders who can provide their services

Wednesday, November 30, 2016                  
Truman College has been informed that the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation ​that our A.A.S. Child Development-Preschool Education degree program has earned continued accreditation. The Commission found that all previously cited conditions have been met and anticipates the Truman program will continue to build upon its strengths and engage in ongoing reflection and improvement.                  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016    
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016                   
FAFSA HELP AVAILABLE                   
Need help with FAFSA? A workshop is being held on Friday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. Contact Truman's Student Financial Aid Office for more info.        ​      

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
TRUMAN MEN'S BASKETBALL                  
The Falcons take on the College of Lake County​ on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Rowlands Sports complex.
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Friday, November 18, 2016                      
The deadline to accept contributions to the 4th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Collection & Drawing     
 has been extended to Monday, Nov. 21. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016                      
PAID SPRING 2017 BOOKSTORE INTERNSHIP                      
The CCC Online Bookstore is seeking student interns for Truman College to assist students with the book ordering process from Tuesday, Jan. 3 to Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.  Interns must be available to work between 20-40 hours per week and attend a mandatory half-day paid training at the CCC District Office in downtown Chicago on Monday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The deadline for applying for these positions has been extended to Monday, Nov. 28​. Complete details are available at here.                     
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Friday, November 18, 2016                      
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016                          
Truman College sophomore Kenny King​, a forward on the Falcon's men's basketball team, was selected as the Region IV Division I Player of the Week on Nov. 7 after averaging 14.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals in Falcons' first three games of the season.                        

The recpient of the Region IV Player of the Week award once in 2015-2016, King recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal in an 82-77 overtime loss to Oakton Community College in the season opener.                     

King produced a double-double in the following game as well as he scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Truman to an 86-73 victory over Ancill College (Ind.) on Nov. 4. Also in the win, the 6-foot, 3-inch King had two assists and two steals.                     

King's totals in an 89-48 setback to Lincoln Land Community College on Nov. 5 included four points and five rebounds.                        

A graduate of Amundsen High School, King is in the process of earning an Associate in Arts degree at Truman.                        
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016                          
Research supports the idea that outdoor play and exposure to nature are important to child development. Studies show that children's activity, creativity, and cooperation increase when they are outdoors. There is also evidence that experiences with nature can support children by reducing their stress and increasing their ability to attend (Erickson, 2008).                        

Many children do not have access to safe outdoor play spaces that include nature. The Truman Child Development Program encourages early childhood education to bring nature inside for those children with limited access.                          

The Nature Loom is an example of "bringing the outdoors in" in a way that supports creativity, artistic expression, stress reduction, attention, self-care, math, language, and cooperation skills.                          

Our Nature Loom is a work in progress. Please add to the creation!                          
Erickson, M.F. (2008). Ensuring That All Children Can Spend Quality Time Outdoors. Beyond the Journal: Young Children on the Web, pp 1-5.                       

Wednesday, November 16, 2016                          
TRUMAN MEN'S BASKETBALL                           
The Falcons take on Wright College this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Rowlands Sports Center gymnasium. Go Falcons!                        
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016                          
Mark Guarino, a longtime Chicago journalist for multiple publications is the next speaker on the Truman Journalism Guest Speaker Series. Guarino, who writes for the Christian Science Monitor on everything​ from politics to lifestyle as well as contributing a weekly column to the Guardian (UK) on country-western music, will speak at 11:35 a.m. in Room 2951 on Monday, Nov. 21.                       

Friday, November 11, 2016                            
STUDENT COMPUTER SALE                            
The City Colleges' Office of Information Technology has desktop computers available for student purchase at Truman College on Thursday, Nov. 17. Computer equipment will be sold on a first come, first served basis to Truman students that provide proof of registration for the Spring 2017 semester. All computers must be picked up on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the lobby of the McKeon Student Services Building. Computers are sold "as is" and there are no exchanges or guarantees.                             

The cost of these computers is $25 (limit one per registered student).                            

All computers come with the original operating system (Windows 7) installed and the system includes a PC tower, mouse, keyboard and monitor. MS Office is not​ installed on these machines. to install MS Office for free, please visit:                             
All students are responsible for transporting system off campus, so please plan accordingly.                            

Please email​ with any questions.                            

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Friday, November 11, 2016                            
TRUMAN MEN'S BASKETBALL                           
The Falcons take on Sauk Valley Community College this Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Rowlands Sports Center gymnasium. Go Falcons!                        
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Friday, November 11, 2016                              
What is stress?                                

Stress is the body and brain’s natural response to a potential threat. When we feel that something bad might happen our nervous system releases the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, which cause changes in our body and brain functions. This often called the fight or flight response.                                 

How do young children experience stress?                                 

Young children take cues from their environment. Children’s nervous systems release stress hormones when they are in pain, sick, afraid, when their caregivers express negative emotions, and when they are in situations which are unpredictable or traumatic. This can lead to a chronic stress response, sometimes called toxic stress. This is when your nervous system is overactive and releases stress hormones even when there is not a stressful event. Chronic stress can cause children to develop health, behavior, learning, and relationship building difficulties.                                 

Is stress dangerous?                                 

Child Development experts are concerned about children’s stress when they experience extreme stress or chronic stress over long periods of time. Exposure to everyday stress such is normal and can even help support development and motivate children. Even in times of extreme or chronic stress protective relationships with supportive adults acts as a protective buffer from the negative effects of stress.                                 

What can adults do to prevent children from experiencing chronic stress?                                 
  • ​Support them with Healthy Relationships: Children look to their caregivers to interpret potential stressful situations, to understand how to respond, and for help navigating emotions. Caregivers can support by modeling appropriate responses in stressful situations and listening to and supporting children when a stressful event has occurred.
  • Create Predictability & Routines: Children have little control over their time and environment and a limited ability to predict what will happen next. During stressful times, keeping important parts of the day consistent such as mealtime, bedtime, or reading a story together can reduce the amount of stress children experience. Visit us in the Education & Human Development and Family Studies Department office in Room 2170 to see some of our favorite children’s books that address stress and trauma. 
  • Provide Activities that Engage the Senses & Allow for Expression: Children experience their environment and learn through all of their senses. Activities that provide gentle sensory input can be very calming for children. We suggest activities that do not require the child to speak or do much and also allow a way to communicate feelings and needs. This might include: bubble baths, hands on sensory play such as play​doh, coloring, blowing bubbles, finger painting. Visit us in the Education & Human Development and Family Studies Department office in Room 2170 for examples of calming activities. 
  • Get a Break for Yourself/Ask for Help When You Need It: Children are aware of our emotions and stress. If you care for young children make sure that you have your own support network and positive ways to reduce stress. Children’s Home + Aid is an example of one of many services in the city of Chicago that can support families through stressful times. 

Friday, November 4, 2016                                  
TRUMAN HOMECOMING* IS COMING - GET READY                                  
NOVEMBER 7 - 11, 2016                                  

Friday, November 4, 2016                                  

Friday, November 4, 2016                                  
Eric J. Garcia, a visual artists and political cartoonist of the "El Machete" editorial cartoon series, will appear Monday, Nov. 7, as part of the Truman Journalism Guest Speaker Series. The staffer from Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art will speak at 11:35 in Room 2951.                                  

Friday, November 4, 2016                                  
*LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH KHIRY JOHNSON                                  
Come and laugh out loud at the funniest new act in Chicago, comedian Khiry Johnson. Sponsored by Truman's Men of Color, the comic will perform Monday, Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the O'Rourke Theater. Whether talking about race, relationships, Donald Trump, being broke, this will be one of the best comedic performances of the year. Entry is free for all Truman students.                             

Friday, November 4, 2016                                    
*DON'T BOO, VOTE! - A FACULTY PANEL                                   
The Truman College Veteran Services Center​ presents an intriguing panel discussion on what divides our nation and the issues that hang in the balance with "Election 2016 - Clinton vs. Trump: Don't Boo, Vote!" on Monday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. in the O'Rourke Theater. Moderated by Vincent Guzman, Veteran Services Coordinator, the distinguished panel of scholars - Dr. Cari HennesseyDr. Quincy Paden, and Prof. Dionysios Skentsis - will tackle how we got to this point and invite students to share their ideas on the topics that mean the most to them. The results from this election will guide the events of our nation for decades to come. Join the provocative conversation on both presidential candidates and what's good and bad in America.

Friday, November 4, 2016                                    
*TRUMAN'S MEN OF COLOR PRESENTS 'ENTREPRENEUR$HIP IN THE 21$T CENTURY'                                    
Entrepreneur​, motivational speaker, philanthropist and executive mentor Tee Smith will present "Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century: Build Your Own Company" on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. in Novar Hall in an event sponsored by Truman's Men of Color. Smith has presented on wealth management and start-up businesses for eight years and will be disclosing his secrets for success. It will be an entertaining and informative discussion on your future business.                                   

Friday, November 4, 2016                                     
The Truman College Engagement Committee is sponsoring an Election Night Party beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8. There'll be live coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election with free food and drinks. Go out and vote then stop in to watch the results.                                    

Friday, November 4, 2016                                     
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Friday, November 4, 2016                                      
TRUMAN MEN'S BASKETBALL                                      
The Truman Falcons take on Highland Community College on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. here on campus in the Rowlands Sports Center. Sauk Valley Community College faces them down on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. in Rowland.                                 
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Friday, November 4, 2016                                      
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Friday, November 4, 2016                                       
TRUMAN ESL INSTRUCTOR'S RE​​​ASEARCH FEATURED IN NYTIMES                                    
Research of Jeff Nichols, a Truman English As Second Language instructor and graduate student finishing his PhD at the University of Illinois Chicago, was recently featured in a New York Times article on the connection between coal burning and global warming. The article may be viewed HERE​. Congratulations, Jeff!                                      
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016                                         
INFORMATION ON EARLY VOTING AT TRUMAN                                        
When Truman adjunct instructor Catherine Ramsden learned that many of her students were unaware of how early voting works, or that they could participate in it right here at Truman College, she prepared an information sheet with all the details and information on voting early in this important election. Thanks to Catherine, it appears here for the benefit of the entire community.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016                                         
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016                                             
COLLEGE SUPPLY STORE CLOSINGS                                            
​The Truman College supply store will be closed during the week of Monday, Nov. 21, and reopen on the Monday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. You may request supplies up until Thursday, Nov. 17 that will be delivered (if in stock) by Friday, Nov. 18.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016                                          
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS THIS WEEKEND                                          
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour, per the observance that has been in place for the first Sunday in November since 2007. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, ensuring that they work at optimal level year-round. Replace batteries, as needed. Set the time on security alarms, as appropriate, if they are not automatically self-adjusting.                                           

Tuesday, November 1, 2016                                             

Tuesday, November 1, 2016                                             
CITY BRINK LITERARY MAGAZINE TEAM PRESENTS OPEN MIC POETRY SLAM                                             
City Brink, Truman College’s student-run literary and art magazine, is excited to announce its first open mic poetry slam on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, Room 1633A. This is a free event open to all members of the Truman community.                                          

There will be two featured poets: Octavio Nateras Jr. and Alejandro Villalobos.                                          

After the featured poets, we are opening the mic to students/faculty that wish to present. If you wish to participate, please arrive ten minutes early to sign up. For further questions, please email Dylan Allingham (                                          

City Brink is a student-run publication published annually by the Communications department. The publication date is early fall semester of each academic year. City Brink is a non-profit magazine and is distributed for free. Interested in being published in City Brink? We are currently accepting poetry, prose, art, and photography submissions for the Fall 2017 issue. If you wish to submit your work, please email both and Written work must be submitted as Word files (12pt Times New Roman) and art must be submitted as JPEG files. Please include contact information and a brief artist biography. We look forward to hearing from you!