Job Fair, Law Enforcement Expo

March 8, 2010

Job Fair

More than 65 potential employers will converge at Harper College on Friday, March 12 for a Spring Job Fair aimed at giving area residents another shot at employment amid a downturned economy. The annual, free event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lower level of the College's Wellness and Sports Center, Building M, on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The Fair, sponsored by Harper's Career Center and the Daily Herald, will boast representatives from a wide range of career fields, including public safety, finance, healthcare, sales and marketing. Attendees should bring plenty of resumes. Other tips for acing the Fair, and more details - including a complete list of employers - can be found at www.harpercollege.edu.

Media Note: Harper College has a career coach and other experts available to provide tips regarding navigating the daunting world of Job Fairs, writing winning resumes, acing on-the-spot interviews and other general job-nabbing skills. Reporters can contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, at 847.925.6159 or kpohl@harpercollege.edu, for interviews.

Law Enforcement Expo

Representatives from area law enforcement agencies - including the Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff's Police and the Palatine and Schaumburg police departments - will visit Harper College on Monday, March 15 to offer an overview of what it takes to be an officer. The event - timed to align with St. Patrick's Day, a holiday that typically generates more traffic fatalities - will highlight Harper's law enforcement programs and offer a real look at law enforcement careers at a time when popular shows like CSI and Law and Order dramatize the profession.  "We believe in these careers, and we know how important they are," says Harper Officer Thomas Koch, who helped organize the event. "Particularly in a time when people are really looking for jobs, we want to let them know the great opportunities available in law enforcement and what requirements are necessary to land a job." The Palatine Police Department's traffic, canine and crime scene units will be showcased, and Harper's own police department will highlight its services and demonstrate "Fatal Vision" goggles that replicate a person driving while impaired. The Law Enforcement Career and Traffic Safety Expo runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the Student Center (Building A main floor), and is free and open to all. Enrollment in Harper's law enforcement program is up 13 percent this spring, compared to spring 2009. The College recently partnered with Northern Illinois University to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management with a public safety emphasis - a degree attainable completely on Harper's campus. For more on Harper's law enforcement programs, visit www.harpercollege.edu.

 

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

The Real Rain Man

In 1988, the Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman hit "Rain Man" put a Hollywood spin on the life of Kim Peek, the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film about a savant and his brother. Dr. Darold Treffert knows the real-life story. Treffert, a Wisconsin-based autistic savant expert who studied Peek and appeared in a later documentary called "The Real Rain Man," will share pieces of the real tale - and information on autism - at a free Harper College lecture at noon Monday, March 15 in the College's Performing Arts Center. Treffert is a psychiatrist, autistic spectrum disorders specialist and an internationally recognized researcher on savant syndrome. In 1989, he published "Extraordinary People: Understanding Savant Syndrome," considered the first comprehensive book on savant syndrome. His new book, "Islands of Genius: The Bountiful Mind of the Autistic, Acquired and Sudden Savant," will be released in April. He has appeared on Oprah, Sixty Minutes, Today and Larry King Live. His Harper appearance will include video clips, a question-and-answer period and a book signing. The College also will offer a free screening of "The Real Rain Man" at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in Room A242b in the Student Center, on the main floor of Building A. One of the world's most famous savants, Peek originally was diagnosed as severely mentally retarded, and his parents were advised to institutionalize him. At the time of his recent death, he had memorized more than 9,000 books. Hoffman won an Oscar for his Peek portrayal. Harper's psychology faculty is supporting the film and lecture by encouraging students to attend; one professor is bringing 80 of his students to a screening. Call 847.925.6100 for more information.

 

Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627, tkarow@dailyherald.com.

 

Urinetown

Harper College will offer six public stagings of Urinetown, the Tony Award-winning, go-green satire about the fallout from a drought and a water shortage. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, Saturday, March 13, Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14 and Sunday, March 21 in the College's Performing Arts Center. Urinetown, written by Greg Kotis, draws on his experience as a student traveling Europe on a tight budget; in Paris, he encountered pay toilets and had to limit his bathroom trips for lack of cash. The musical tells the story of a town where a water shortage has made private toilets unthinkable. Instead, all restroom activities are conducted in public toilets controlled by a corporation that requires them to pay for restroom use or be banished to the Urinetown colony. "The reality of Urinetown is that it slyly explores issues that are so fundamentally part of the American fabric," says Harper Professor Laura Pulio Colbert, who is directing the play. "It is exuberant, ridiculous satire at its finest." The play, which won three Tony Awards, also lampoons the Broadway musical form itself. Tickets are $15 for general admission, with discounts available for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, call 847.925.6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/boxoffice.

 

Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Folk/Jazz Collision

Folk music typically conjures up images of simple stories and simple tunes, sparsely accompanied by guitar or banjo and easily sung by anyone listening. Jazz, a uniquely American musical form, is characterized by complex melodies, involved harmonies and complicated organizational schemes. Harper College will show you what happens when the two meet at a musical crossroads. The College will host well-known Chicago folk musician Rick Neeley and renowned jazz pianist Ken Spurr at Folk/Jazz Collision, part of Harper's Made in America music series. Members of The Ken Spurr Trio and Rick's Neeley's backup band also will join in the performance. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13 in Room A238, on the main floor of Building A on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $19 for general admission, with discounts for students and seniors. Free parking is available in Lot 2. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. Call 847.925.6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/boxoffice. Made in America is sponsored by Harper's Community Music Center and features music born in the United States. For more information on the series, visit www.harpercollege.edu.

 

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Inside the '60s

Many books have been written about the Fab Four and Paul McCartney, but few know the ex-Beatle as well as Barry Miles, a close personal friend and the author behind "Many Years from Now," a biography based on hundreds of hours of exclusive McCartney interviews conducted over five years. Miles, who's also written books about Allan Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, has an insiders' knowledge of the music that rocketed The Beatles to worldwide fame - from where McCartney was when he penned the hit "Here, There, and Everywhere" to the powerful role that improvisation played in so many of the foursome's tunes. This month, Miles will bring his insight to Harper College for a public talk. The London resident will speak about the swinging British scene of the 1960s - the decade The Beatles took by storm - and its cultural impact at an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 in Harper's Building J Theatre. Tickets to Miles' talk are $10 for general admission, with discounts available for students and seniors. For tickets and details, call 847.925.6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu.

 

Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Free Ultrasounds

The Harper College Diagnostic Medical Sonography program is seeking volunteers interested in receiving free ultrasounds. Available tests include obstetrical ultrasounds (participants must be at least 18 weeks pregnant; they will receive a copy of the images), carotid artery ultrasounds (participants must be at least 50 years old), venous ultrasounds of the lower legs (participants must be at least 18 years old) and echocardiograms (participants must be at least 18 years old). All exams will be performed by students on state-of-the-art equipment, under the supervision of a registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. The free tests, lasting about an hour each, are non-diagnostic. Volunteers will not receive a medical report, but will be instructed to follow up with a doctor if abnormalities are suspected. Volunteers are needed through May 1. Ultrasounds have been used since the 1950s and have no known harmful effects. Harper's program conforms to all patient safety regulations. To schedule a free ultrasound appointment, call 847.925.6104.

 

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Photo Opportunities

Event: "Tide of Poseidon" massive balloon art aerial sculpture

Date: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Thursday, March 18

Location: Art Exhibition Space, Room C200, Building C

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu

 

Event: Spring Job Fair, featuring more than 65 employers (large crowds anticipated)

Date: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 12

Location: Wellness and Sports Center, lower level of Building M

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu

 

Event: Law Enforcement Career and Traffic Safety Expo, featuring area police departments

Date: Noon to 1:30 Monday, March 15

Location: Student Center, main floor of Building A

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu

 

Event: Lecture by Dr. Darold Treffert, autistic savant expert

Date: Noon on Monday, March 15

Location: Performing Arts Center

Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627, kpohl@harpercollege.edu

 

Event: Computer Kids Program. Elementary District 21 students whose parents are in Harper literacy courses are able to learn digital concepts and computer technology in this new class.

Date: 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through March 17.

Location: Harper College Northeast Center, 1375 Wolf Road in Prospect Heights

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu