Banned Books Debate, Job Fair

Is it ever acceptable to pull a book off the shelf? Harper College students will take that sticky topic to the debate floor on Thursday, September 30 in honor of the 29th annual celebration of Banned Books Week.

 

Banned Books Debate

Is it ever acceptable to pull a book off the shelf? Harper College students will take that sticky topic to the debate floor on Thursday, September 30 in honor of the 29th annual celebration of Banned Books Week. The public event, at noon in the College's Library (main floor of Building F), will feature students from Harper's Speech and Debate Team and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. The censorship debate is the final installment in the Library's Banned Books Week lineup, which also included dramatic interpretations of two Of Mice and Men scenes and student readings from famous challenged books - including To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. "Banned Books Week is about fostering conversations and raising awareness about the dangers of potentially denying different points of view," says Resources for Learning Instructor Michele Ukleja, who helped organize the event. "This year, we really tried to create a thought-provoking series of events that will inspire students, faculty and the community to truly think about the issues." Thursday's censorship debate is free and open to all. Harper's main campus is at 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Press Contact: Melanie Krakauer, Communications Assistant, 847.925.6000, ext. 2561, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Job Fair

Dozens of employers will converge at Harper College on Friday, October 8 for the annual Fall Job Fair, with a goal of giving area residents a new opportunity to get hired. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, October 8 in the lower level of the College's Wellness and Sports Center, Building M, on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The event is free and open to all. Employers represent full-time, part-time and internship positions in a variety of career fields - including finance, healthcare, information technology, public safety and sales and marketing. Nearly 60 companies already are signed up for the event. An online job preparation workshop and tips for navigating fairs successfully can be found on the College's website, www.harpercollege.edu. More details on the fair, including a full list of employers and their available positions, are also available at that address. For more, call 847.925.6720.

Media Note: What's the best way to ensure success at a job fair in a tough market? Harper's Career Center has tips and tricks for navigating the fairs and boosting your hiring potential. Contact Media Relations Specialist Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Book Drive

Through the end of October, the Harper College Library is collecting children's and young adult books as part of its 17th annual Young Readers Book Drive. The books will be donated to South Campus, a therapeutic day school in Palatine. Community members are encouraged to drop new or gently used books at the Harper Library (Building F). Collection boxes also are located throughout the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, and at the College's Northeast Center, 1375 S. Wolf Road in Prospect Heights. Call 847.925.6584 with questions.

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

 

College Savings Answers

The cost of college tuition, room and board at four-year public institutions rose by 30 percent from 1998 to 2008. It's still growing - and so is the United States' student loan debt, which reached $850 billion this summer, topping the nation's outstanding credit card debt. Harper College will host a free seminar aimed at showing parents, grandparents and others how to navigate the daunting college-funding process and financially prepare for the impending price of higher education. The "Saving for College" session is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 6 in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The event will offer tips from a panel of college experts and professional advisors. "Whether the young person in your life is 4 or 14, it's not too early - nor too late - to start investing in their education," says Katherine Sawyer, Associate Executive Director of the Harper College Educational Foundation. "Saving that money, though, can be daunting, particularly amid rising tuition and a bad economy. This seminar will give attendees the confidence and know-how to start saving immediately." The event is the latest in the 2010-11 Harper Heritage Seminar Series, a collection of free monthly sessions sponsored by the College's Foundation. The series covers a wide range of topics, from the latest estate and income tax laws to end-of-life issues like ethical wills and advanced directives. Sessions are led by industry professionals as a public service to Harper's community. To register, call 847.925.6490 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/foundation.

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


Storm Chaser

Most people seek shelter when tornadoes hit. Extreme storm chaser Reed Timmer, on the other hand, actively pursues the spiraling funnel cloud. He chases supercells, tornadoes and hurricanes, and lives for times when the weather is nasty. "I really do love it," he says, "especially if it's driving rain. Horizontal rain is the best." Timmer, who is kicking off his fourth season on the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers, will bring the audience along on his adrenaline-rush ride during an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 5 in the Harper College Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. His talk will examine his controversial obsession with Mother Nature's most dangerous side - and his denial that he's a wild-weather junkie. "I've devoted myself to science," says Timmer, a Ph.D. candidate in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. "I'm 90 percent scientist. If I were a thrill-seeker, I would be skydiving." Timmer, who traces his weather obsession to his childhood, said it all started when a severe thunderstorm dropped golf ball-sized hail in his backyard. Timmer has devoted his life to "seeing as many tornadoes as possible," and has captured more than 150 twisters on video that is later loaded on his website, tornadovideos.net. The website's popularity was one factor in the Discovery Channel asking Timmer to join Storm Chasers. Tickets for his Harper visit are $9 for general admission; call 847.925.6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/boxoffice for more information.

Photo Opportunity: "The Dominator," Timmer's official storm-chasing vehicle that's seen on the Discovery Channel show, will accompany him on his Harper appearance and will be parked outside of the Performing Arts Center.

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


 

Photo Opportunities

Event: Latinos Unidos dance contest in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Date: Noon Wednesday, September 29

Location: Student Center, main floor of Building A

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

 

Event: Student debate over censorship (part of Banned Books Week)

Date: Noon Thursday, September 30

Location: Harper Library, main floor of Building F

Press Contact: Melanie Krakauer, Communications Assistant, 847.925.6000, ext. 2561 kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Event: Storm Chaser Reed Timmer and his official storm-chasing vehicle, The Dominator

Date: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 5

Location: Performing Arts Center (vehicle parked outside)

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

 

Event: Job Fair, featuring 60 employers

Date: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, October 8

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

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