Weekend College, Scholarships Honor Former Trustee

Christine Harris has two boys and a part-time job. The Elk Grove Village resident also has a goal: to become a college graduate.


Weekend College

Christine Harris has two boys and a part-time job. The Elk Grove Village resident also has a goal: to become a college graduate. This fall, Harris, 36, plans to join the ranks of Harper College's new "Weekend Advantage" program, which offers a host of courses on Saturdays and Sundays and responds to increased demand from students attempting to balance families, jobs and college. "This is perfect for people who have previously dabbled here and there but never gotten a degree, or for those who've never taken a single class because by the time they get home from work, they're too tired to pick up their books," says Adult Learning Special Assistant Nancy Wajler, who oversees the program. "Let's face it: To get to an evening class on weeknights, you may have to leave work early - and if you have to do that every week for three years or so, you're probably not going to have a lot of desire to finish that degree." For Harris - who juggles a toddler, a 3-month-old and a fierce desire to someday earn a bachelor's degree - Weekend Advantage means finishing up her classes without having to miss work or pay a sitter to stay with the children. This way, she can attend courses when her husband is at home. "Life can get in the way of so much," Wajler acknowledges. "This program gives people a real option." The College will host a Weekend Advantage information session at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24 in the Student Center, on the main floor of Building A on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. To RSVP, visit www.harpercollege.edu. Classes start in the fall.

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

  

Scholarships Honor Former Trustees

Patrick Botterman and David K. Hill served Harper College's Board of Trustees for years, tirelessly advocating for affordable, accessible education. Now their legacy lives on. The Harper College Educational Foundation this month awarded the inaugural David K. Hill Memorial Scholarship and the Patrick Botterman Scholarship for Student Leadership in honor of the two former trustees, who died in 2008. "It was an honor to hand out scholarships that bear the names of two people who were so important to the Harper community," says Catherine Brod, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of the Harper College Educational Foundation. "Both Patrick Botterman and David Hill understood the mission of a community college, and these scholarships help us live our goal of helping students succeed." The Hill scholarship, one of the most prestigious science honors attainable by a Harper student, went to chemistry major Amit Patel. Patel, a Buffalo Grove resident and Buffalo Grove High School graduate, holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to eventually receive his master's degree. He says he'd like to pursue a science career in a field that will help others; he's considered both energy research and medical research. The first-ever Botterman scholarship went to Joseph O'Malley of Elk Grove village, who graduated on the Dean's Honors List this spring and will transfer to Illinois State University this fall. He plans to become a Spanish teacher. His goal is to use his education to make a difference in the world - and he's hopeful his future students will learn the Spanish language to help bridge a growing communication gap. Botterman, a Wheeling Township Democratic Committeeman first elected to Harper's board in 1998, played a key role in Harper's successes and growth for more than 10 years. He died suddenly from a heart attack in spring 2008, leaving behind a legacy of support for Harper students. Hill, the founder of Kimball Hill Homes, was appointed to the College's board in 2004 and elected to a four-year term in 2005. He was an avid supporter of student scholarships, the cultural arts, and deaf and hard-of-hearing students; the College's Deaf Institute now bears the Hill family name. He died in summer 2008 after a battle with cancer. To donate to the scholarships or for details on giving to Harper's Educational Foundation, visit www.harpercollege.edu/giving or call 847.925.6940.

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

 

Channeling the Rolling Stones

Local musical chameleons Tributosaurus cover a new band at least once a month. This month at Harper College, it will be the Rolling Stones. The group will perform classic rock hits from the Rolling Stones at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24 in the College's Performing Arts Center. Founded in 2002, Tributosaurus members learn the music of the band they're covering and then add singers or instrumentalists as needed, assembling a tailor-made team each time. Songs on the group's Rolling Stones concert program will include selections from albums like Beggar's Banquet, the 1968 album featuring "Jumpin' Jack Flash"; Let it Bleed, the 1969 album featuring "You Can't Always Get What You Want,"; Sticky Fingers, the Stones' first 1970s album; and Exile on Main Street, an album recently re-released with 10 bonus tracks. Tickets for the concert are $12 for general admission, with discounts for students and seniors. For more information or for tickets, 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.

 

Win a Netbook

There's still time to tell Harper College about your summer plans - and still time to win a new netbook. The College is embracing social media and its savvy suburban users by issuing a YouTube-centric challenge: tell Harper what you're doing this summer, and do it via a video you upload yourself. The entrant with the most video views at the contest's end wins a netbook computer. The deadline for entries is July 7. The contest encourages the kind of simple, short, grassroots videos that thrive on YouTube already, says Marc Westenburg, the Marketing Specialist who created the campaign. "It could be as simple as someone sitting in front of a home webcam - or even a cell phone video camera - or as complex as a carefully edited video or animation," he says. Submissions can come from anyone, anywhere - they need not be Harper students - but must address what the subject is doing educationally over the summer toward a specific personal, professional or academic goal. That could include brushing up on a foreign language, taking classes toward a degree, completing an internship or enrolling in a local cooking or theater class. "We want to showcase real people who are maximizing the summer months in order to succeed in life and realize their dreams," Westenburg says. "It's a perfect example of the user-generated content that's so popular right now on all kinds of social media sites." Further instructions can be found at www.youtube.com/goforwardharper. Details also are at http://summer.harpercollege.edu.



Unemployment Comedian

Marc Mulvey's unemployment journey is pretty funny. And he hopes you'll laugh - a lot. The Palatine resident was a freshly laid-off production manager looking for a break when he joined Harper College's "Career Stimulus" job-hunting support group in 2009. Help came from an unexpected source: a just-for-fun comedian hosted by the group in December. "I left that meeting and I remembered how much I enjoyed comedy," says Mulvey, who had tried his hand at open mic nights in the past. Inspired, he drafted an entire sketch about being laid off, being unemployed and finding your place again - timely humor in a continued rough-and-tumble economy. A firm believer that it never pays to take yourself too seriously, he's hopeful his act will bring a few smiles, especially from the unemployed. "Sometimes," he says, "you just have to laugh at what you went through in this recession." His one-man show uses his own story as its base - beginning with his termination, when his facility was shut down and his work was outsourced - but also lampoons the generic unemployment journey, from the lines delivered by unapologetic bosses to the reality check when you're stuck at home afterward. "Frankly, at times like this, people get so serious they can lose their perspective," he says. "I think humor can help you keep your composure." Mulvey, who holds a computer science degree and has worked in the engineering industry for more than 20 years, says he's still looking for a full-time job. But he's also enjoying this newest leg of his journey. He performed a piece of his show in Chicago already, and now is planning suburban gigs. "I think it's fantastic. We're all about helping people do what they're passionate about," says Adult Learning Specialist Nancy Wajler, who oversees Harper's Career Stimulus program. "The whole purpose of our program is to offer options, encouragement and inspiration." Career Stimulus has seen significant success since its March 2009 launch, with many participants acing interviews, landing jobs and launching new careers. Mulvey's story, Wajler says, "is another success story that's truly worth smiling about."

 

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

 

Nanotech Explained

Nanotechnology - a science that relies on intricate magnifications - impacts a wide variety of fields, from electronics and pharmaceuticals to textiles and agriculture. It's so big many believe it will produce thousands of jobs and play a key role in the next industrial revolution. The problem: few have any idea what it truly is. With an eye on offering an explanation, Harper College is hosting an all-day "Nanotechnology for Educators" workshop geared toward helping teachers understand the science and its applications. "It is critically important that educators, who have a role in shaping the careers of tomorrow's technicians and engineers, have a better understanding of nanotechnology and its far-reaching opportunities across chemistry, physics and biology," says Sam Levenson, who heads up Harper's nanotech program. "Otherwise, we risk losing out on the competitive opportunities that are available within the field." The free workshop, expected to draw several dozen science teachers from local districts and across the state, will teach participants about the growing applications of nanotechnology in multiple industries and provide an overview and demonstrations of basic nanotechnology processes. The Tuesday, June 22 event is hosted by Harper in conjunction with the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization and the National Science Foundation National Center for Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge. In 2008, Harper launched the state's first nanotechnology associate degree program. Since then, the program has expanded to allow students the option to work side-by-side with researchers in a University of Minnesota laboratory and the chance to seamlessly transfer to colleges like Northern Illinois University and the Illinois Institute of Technology to complete a bachelor degree in the field. Harper also has partnered with the College of Lake County to offer the associate of applied science degree in nanotechnology to Lake County residents for in-district tuition rates. Nanotechnology has a role in dozens of new products, from mold-resistant food containers and stain-resistant clothing to microscopic "nanobombs" that kill malignant cancer cells. The Harper nanotech workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 (lunch is included) in Room Y203E of Harper's Avanté Center on the main campus. To RSVP or for more, visit www.harpercollege.edu.

 

Media Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the event, which will include live demos. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Photo Opportunities

Event: Graphic Arts Boost for high school students. Local high school students interested in pursuing graphic arts will participate in hands-on events led by industry professionals.

Date: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 23

Location: Room Y128, Building Y, Avanté Center

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

 

Event: InZone summer kids camp. Courses include fishing, cooking, film and fashion options.

Date: Mondays-Thursdays through August 12 (call for best days/times)

Location: Campus-wide

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

 

Event: New Student Orientation. About 4,000 students will visit Harper's campus for the College's required summer orientation, which includes testing, advising and registration.

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer

Location: Campus-wide

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

 

Event: World Cup viewings and student-created Germany/Ghana-inspired buffet

Time: 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23

Location: Student Center, main floor of Building A

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

 

Event: Tributosaurus performing the Rolling Stones

Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24

Location: Performing Arts Center

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