Unemployment Comedy, Zumba For All

Losing your job isn't funny - but Marc Mulvey's take on life after the pink slip is. Mulvey, an alumnus of Harper College's "Career Stimulus" job-hunting support program, will bring his standup comedy version of unemployment's ups and downs to the Harper stage in an 8 p.m. show on Friday, October 22 in the Wojcik Conference Center amphitheater.

 

Unemployment Comedy

Losing your job isn't funny - but Marc Mulvey's take on life after the pink slip is. Mulvey, an alumnus of Harper College's "Career Stimulus" job-hunting support program, will bring his standup comedy version of unemployment's ups and downs to the Harper stage in an 8 p.m. show on Friday, October 22 in the Wojcik Conference Center amphitheater. Inspired by a comedian Career Stimulus hosted in 2009, his routine, "Transition This!," uses Mulvey's own story as its base - beginning with his termination, when his facility was shut down and his work was outsourced - and parodies the generic unemployment journey, from the lines delivered by unapologetic bosses to the reality check when you're stuck at home afterward. "Sometimes," he says, "you just have to laugh at what you went through in this recession." Mulvey, of Palatine, is a former production manager with a computer science degree who was laid off after 20 years in the engineering industry. He rediscovered his passion for comedy - and discovered his newest career path - when he signed on for Career Stimulus, a monthly networking and career-boosting program Harper launched in 2009 to offer post-layoff help to northwest suburban residents. He's now busy promoting his show, and was invited to perform as part of Zanies' "Rising Star Showcase" on October 11 in Chicago. "In times like this, people can get so serious that they lose their perspective," Mulvey says. "I think humor can help you keep your composure." Doors for "Transition This!" open at 7:30 p.m.; the Wojcik Conference Center is on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $15 for general admission, with discounts available for Career Stimulus members. The show is open to all. For tickets or more information on the comedy show, call 847.925.6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/boxoffice. For more information on Career Stimulus, visit www.harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6438.

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


Zumba for All

Harper College will offer a free, open-to-the-community "Passionately Pink Zumba" class at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14 in the Building M Gymnasium on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The one-hour course, offered through the College's yearlong "Wellness Lives Here" wellness initiative, is part of a continued effort to promote a healthier campus and community, and ties into National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Participants are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer research. Zumba is a dance fitness program fusing Latin and other international music with easy-to-follow moves for an energetic workout that incorporates cardio moves and muscle toning and strengthening. Created in the 1990s, the classes - recognized by leading fitness educators but intended to make exercise fun - now are offered throughout the world, and the popularity is growing. Participants are encouraged to RSVP for the Zumba class. To reserve a spot, email dtenenba@harpercollege.edu.

Media Note: Harper's previous free Zumba course drew dozens of community members, including senior citizens and children, who danced for an hour. Photographers are welcome.

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

 

Guitar Legends

The music of classic rockers and folk heroes - from Eric Clapton and Keith Richards to Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Gibson - will open Harper College's 2010-11 Community Music Center Presents concert series. The "Classic Rock and Folk Heroes" concert, performed by guitarists Peter Aglinskas and Rick Neeley, is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 9 in Room A238, Building A, on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. In a duo of solo sets, Aglinskas will offer his take on tunes by classic rock guitar-slingers while Neeley brings his wit and warmth to the music of folk singer-songwriters. The performance kicks off the three-part "Guitar Legends" concert series, which also will include a March concert saluting the music of guitarists from around the world and an April event featuring the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. That finale concert will serve as a benefit for Harper's children's guitar program, which offers discounted guitar instruction aimed at making music instruction accessible to all. Tickets for the Aglinskas and Neeley concert are $19 for general admission, with discounts for students and seniors. For tickets, call 847.925.6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/boxoffice. For more information on the concert or the concert series, visit www.harpercollege.edu/ce.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, 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.

 

 

Photo Opportunities

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

 

Event: Community Zumba lesson

Date: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14

Location: BuildingM Gymnasium

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

 

Event: "Transition This!" comedy show

Date: 8 p.m. Friday, October 22

Location: Wojcik Conference Center amphitheater

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