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Reading Room, Teaching the Oil Spill

Harper College already delivers a host of courses through its Northeast Center, a Prospect Heights satellite campus offering classes for seniors and children, computer training and career-boosting options, and English as a Second Language and GED coursework. Now, the site has its own library.

 

Reading Room

Harper College already delivers a host of courses through its Northeast Center, a Prospect Heights satellite campus offering classes for seniors and children, computer training and career-boosting options, and English as a Second Language and GED coursework. Now, the site has its own library, stocked with a large selection of children's books, computers and bilingual texts that Harper instructors say will add another layer of learning for students who always are hungry for more. "We really felt it was important to provide this kind of support," says Harper Instructor Michele Ukleja, who works in Harper's library. "This will really benefit our students, of course, but also their family members, who sometimes accompany them to a class or visit the center themselves." The College will formerly unveil the new Reading Room, and its several hundred books, on July 5. The space, which complements an existing student lounge, computer lab and classrooms, includes an on-duty librarian, popular magazines - in English and Spanish - a paperback exchange option, general reference materials and a bank of computers that provide access to Harper's entire library database and Microsoft programs. Ukleja and others also hope to start a storytelling group. The Reading Room will be open Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 to 8 p.m. - since most of the Center's courses are offered in the evening. This fall, materials will be available for checkout. "This is a continuation of our mission, which is to help everyone learn and to help everyone succeed," Ukleja says. "This space will provide reading materials in subjects that truly interest our students here, and that's what we're about." Harper's Northeast Center is located at 1375 S. Wolf Road, just south of Palatine Road, in Prospect Heights.

Media Note: Reporters are welcome to visit the Northeast Center and chat with families using the space. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, at 847.925.6159 or kpohl@harpercollege.edu for the best times to visit and conduct interviews.

 

Teaching the Oil Spill

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has devastated local wildlife, changed the face of the Gulf economy and created mass concern over America's environmental future. One more thing it's now affecting: college classes. The disaster is being incorporated into the curriculum of several Harper College courses this summer, with faculty and students in biology, economics and beyond examining the environmental implications and the wide-reaching impact the spill is having on the Gulf's - and America's - way of life. "One of our first topics of discussion is going to be this spill," says Assistant Professor Craig Stettner, whose environmental biology course will take up the topic in classes this month. "This disaster will be a cornerstone of discussion for so many topics we're covering." Among other things, he'll talk to students about fossil fuel use and the spill's effect on critical, lesser-known small organisms well below the ocean's surface - whose demise can affect the entire ecosystem. Since the late April explosion that triggered the sinking of the BP offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, images from the spill - oil-covered wildlife and fishermen now out of jobs - have remained front-page news. In his economics courses this summer and again this fall, Associate Professor Getachew Begashaw will focus on both those issues, addressing with students the ramifications of the destruction of natural resources and the economic impact of sunken local industries. Students already are engaged in the conversation, Begashaw says, because of the timeliness of the topic and the limitless opportunities for applying it to the fields of economics, science and sociology. "As far as the impacts this has had and will have - it's simply too large to predict now, and it therefore will likely remain a viable discussion topic moving forward," Begashaw says.

Media Note: Reporters are welcome to sit in on a class during discussion of the spill. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Press Contact: Craig Stettner, Assistant Professor, cstettne@harpercollege.edu, 847-925-6214.


The Sky, Up Close

When Mars, Venus and Saturn uniquely align near the moon this summer, Harper College will offer a front-row seat. Through late August, the College will host free close-up viewings of the night sky at the Karl G. Henize Observatory on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The viewings, from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on select Fridays, allow visitors to stargaze through Harper's large main telescope in the observatory dome or view the cosmos through other telescopes arranged by observatory staff and astronomy club volunteers nearby. Viewings are scheduled for July 9, July 23 and August 13. The alignment of Mars, Venus and Saturn should be easily viewable August 13; the Perseids Meteor Shower, which will launch dozens of meteors through the night sky in mid-August, may also be visible on that night. The public can call the observatory at 847.925.6990 to check viewing visibility in advance. For more information, visit http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/academics/areas/science/astronomy.php.

Media Note: Harper's free community viewings have long been a hit for suburban stargazers, drawing hundreds - including a host of regulars and families with small children - to the College's campus on clear summer nights. Reporters and photographers are welcome.

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

 

Vulcan Visit

You'd typically have to travel to Florida's Kennedy Space Center to see Star Trek Live, an interactive 45-minute production featuring live actors and special effects. Now the show is coming to Harper College. Star Trek Live, normally performed as part of the Kennedy visitor package in Cape Canaveral, aims to educate and entertain about life in space through the futuristic lens of the starship Enterprise. The show will have audience members playing cadets at Starfleet Academy. They'll have to grapple with a "red alert" during an unwelcome visit by a time-traveling renegade group of fictional aliens. A question-and-answer session will follow the production. Showtimes are noon and 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. General admission tickets are $12 for the noon show and $15 for the 7 p.m. show. Discounts are available for senior citizens. For tickets or details, 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.

 

Shrek Outing

Harper College this month is hosting a trip to see Shrek The Musical, a new production based on the swamp-dwelling ogre who catapulted to fame in a series of animated films. The excursion, on Saturday, July 17, will include round-trip bus transportation to the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, admission to the show, and a post-show dinner at Petterino's Restaurant in Chicago. Guests will have a choice of pre-selected menu items. Tickets are $75 for general admission, with discounts for students and seniors. The cast of Shrek The Musical includes members of the Broadway Company, including Eric Petersen (Shrek), a graduate of Glenbard North High School who hails from Carol Stream. The musical tells the story of the famous green ogre, who embarks on a life-changing adventure and is joined by a wise-cracking donkey. An unlikely hero, Shrek fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren't just the stuff of fairy tales. The bus for the Harper excursion will board at 11:30 a.m. from Parking Lot 12 on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, and will depart at noon for the 2 p.m. matinee. For tickets or more information, call 847.925.6100.

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

 

Photo Opportunities

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

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: Summer Film Academy for children. Students will be cast in a short movie that will be shot, edited and premiered on campus over the course of the summer.

Date: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from July 12 through August 5.

Location: Campus-wide (Call for best times and locations).

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: Astronomical Viewings. These free viewings can draw more than 100 suburbanites, who gaze through Harper's main observatory telescope or through others set out on the lawn.

Date: 8:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays, July 9, July 23 and August 13

Location: Karl G. Henize Observatory on the main campus (use Euclid Avenue entrance)

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

 

Event: Star Trek Live

Date: Noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15

Location: Performing Arts Center

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