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Eli’s Cheesecake Congratulates the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on its 2011 Graduation Ceremony

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The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences was fortunate to have Brenda Dann-Messier, the Assistant Secretary of Education for Adult and Vocational Education at its 2011 graduation on Friday, June 10th. Dann-Messier is the Senior Official in the Department of Education for Community Colleges and all Career & Technical Education including agricultural education.

In the photo above Dann-Messier is joined by Principal William Hook, Assistant Principal Lucille Shaw and Advisory Board Co-Chairs, Eli’s Marc Schulman and Attorney Rouhy Shalabi.

Before the graduation ceremony, Dann-Messier took a tour of CHSAS with the “Top 10″ graduates and members of the junior class.

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Eli’s Cheesecake, Wright College & the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Celebrate the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program Graducation

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Wright College Celebrates 75th Graduation Ceremony


On Thursday, May 12th, Wilbur Wright College celebrated its 75th Spring Commencement Exercise. Eli’s has a long term partnership with Wright and is very proud to be located in the Wright Campus Business Park.

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Eli’s Marc Schulman, City College of Chicago Boar Chair Gery Chico, Wright College President Charles Guengerich and Chicago Park District Commissioner Rouhy Shalabi.

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Commencement Speaker, Pedro Dejjesus and Wright College President Charles Guengerich. Dejesus  a Wright College graduate,  attended Northwestern Law School after a career as a Radiology Assistant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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After the graduation exercise, Michael Mutz, Vice Chancellor of the City Colleges, Dr. Guengerich, Marc Schulman,Chairman Chico and the honored graduate and speaker, Pedro Dejesus.

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Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program Graduation

The Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Summer Program, now in its seventh year, is a partnership between the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), Wright College, and The Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Students have the opportunity to work at the CHSAS Farm, attend a college-credit class at Wright College and participate in a discussion series at the weekly Eli’s/Wright College Farmers Market. The students have finished their first draft of a cookbook with recipe’s they’ve developed over the summer using locally-sourced ingredients. Many talented and innovative minds behind this unique program spoke at the graduation, as well as an outstanding student from the program, Darius Dixon.

The Eli’s Cheesecake Company would like to thank this years guest speakers:

Chris Koetke, Kendall College

Terra Brockman, The Land Connection

Carrie Nahabedian, Naha

Orrin Williams, Center for Urban Transformation

Melissa Graham, Purple Asparagus

Rob Gardner, The Local Beet

Jim Braun & Debbie Hillman, Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force



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Congratulations to the Wright College Class of 2006

On Thursday, May 11th, I had the honor to participate in the 71st Annual Wright College Commencement Exercises. As the Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council, I gave greeting from the Wright Community and to recognize the guest speaker, Judge Gerald Bender, as a member of the Advisory Board and as a recipient of the 2006 American Association of Community Colleges Outstanding Alumni Award.

Iwas able to share my pride in being honored by the Student Government Association with a Student Advocate Award. This Award, also given to Professor Julius Nadas, the Chair of the Department of Computer Infomation Systems, is the highest recognition that the most important constituency at Wright, the students, can give.

Under the leadership of the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, the international honor society of the two year colleges, the Class of ’06 at Wright particpated in Project Graduation, a student initiative to collect food items and books. In recognition of the accomplishments of the Class, Eli’s gave 500 slices to the Irving Park Community Food Bank to support the fight against hunger.


Eli’s Marc Schulman, Wright Graduate and Commencement Speaker,Judge Gerald Bender, Wright President Charles Guengerich and VIce Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, Ken Gotsch.

Marc Schulman congratulates Justin Butler, member of the ’06 graduating class at Wright and a staff member of the Happiness Club. Butler is a finalist in the contest to select a new jingle for Walter E. Smithe.

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