Employee Spotlight-Harris

Wendy Harris | Instructor of Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technology | 9 Years at SIC

Spotlight Candidate



  • The College of Beauty Culture in Marion, IL

  • Paul Mitchell Academy in Los Angeles, CA

  • Pivot Point International in Chicago, IL

  • Vidal Sassoon School of Design in Tampa, FL

  • ELB- Micro-Pigmentation Program in Sacramento, CA

  • John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL

  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL


  • Essential Style Board International (ESBI) 2nd place, Texture Design Honor recipient
  • Clairol International Color Specialist
  • Two time North American Hair Dressers Association (NAHA) invitation of competition recipient
  • Privanna Color Design honorable mention

Organizations or committees:

  • NCA= National Cosmetology Association
  • ICA= Illinois Cosmetology Association
  • NEA/IEA= National Education Association/ Illinois Education Association
  • IACS= Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools

What does SIC mean to you?   

Having been in positions previously that were geared to be more high pressure, fast paced and admittedly  cut throat, SIC has given me an insight to a new demographic. The faculty and staff are awesome and the students here are amazing, talented, and gifted individuals.  I love that “my” students are not limited to those just in my program area and feel fortunate to get to meet and talk with many of the students on campus in other disciplines. 

 I have been privileged to a new view of human nature, support and community.  Everyone on this campus has an amazing sense of pride and self.  I have never met a more genuine and sincerely dedicated people in my career.  Education is viewed as a “never too young to start and never too old to stop” lifestyle. We all have as much to learn as to teach and I have never been so proud of a position that I have held, than I am of the one I have at SIC. 

What's your favorite memory at SIC? 

The Friday before the 50th anniversary reception here on campus. The campus was abuzz with everyone trying to get things ready for the event.  Tables were being set up, banners were being hung, there was just a lot of activity… I was walking down the B hallway and just happened to look over into the student center where the festivities were going to take place and Dr. Keating was spraying and wiping down tables. The vice-president of this institution did not put herself above the work that needed to be done, that was the day I knew I was in the right place. 

Who would you like to be stuck on a dessert island with?  Drew Carey

In the movie based on your life, who plays you?  Rosalind Russell, because she did play in the movie Auntie Mame, a very loose depiction of my life already on film.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?  Erma Bombeck

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard….Or the best piece you can give to others?  Never allow the fear of doing more allow you to accept less.