Voices from Sudan, High School Health Careers Trek

In January, South Sudan will vote on whether to secede from Sudan - a historical move that would help achieve freedom after decades of war.

 

Voice from Sudan

In January, South Sudan will vote on whether to secede from Sudan - a historical move that would help achieve freedom after decades of war. Anxiously awaiting the decision is Kenneth Elisapana - a Sudan native, philanthropist from South Sudan Voices of Hope and leader in Illinois' Sudanese Community Center. His firsthand accounts of Sudan's political, economic and social turmoil will be offered in a free lecture as part of Harper College's annual International Education Week, kicking off across campus on Monday, November 1. The annual four-day event, tied to a national celebration backed by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, is packed with a variety of approaches to cultural diversity. The program includes lighthearted fare - from Peruvian dances to an Indian-Pakistani bazaar - but also will tackle more serious, in-the-news topics, including lectures on the AIDS epidemic and women's empowerment in Africa (1 p.m. Monday, November 2, Room A242, Building A), a first-person testimonial on Tibetan education and the founding of a girls' school in that Asian country (11 a.m. Wednesday, November 3, Room A242, Building A), and lessons on peace from the South African struggle (4 p.m. Monday November 1, Room A242, Building A). Elisapana's insider perspective of the genesis of a new nation-state - scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, November 3 in Room A242 of Building A - is among the highlights. The College's International Education Week runs from Monday, November 1 through Thursday, November 4. This year's "Making a Difference Globally" theme stemmed from the numerous local non-governmental organizations that exist in Harper's district, said Eric Bohman, a member of the International Studies Committee that coordinated the events. "We're trying to spotlight those to give an idea of how education and international events are linked right at our doorstep," Bohman said. "People in our community can have a far-reaching impact internationally, without even leaving this area." Many of the speakers will come together for a student-run "Hunger Banquet" (noon on Thursday, November 4, Room A236, Building A) - a meal that serves some participants a full feast and others hardly any food at all to shed light on global food balance and spark a discussion on the inequality of basic needs. All events are free. For a full list of Harper's 2010 International Education Week activities, visit www.harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6750.

International Education Week Photo Opportunities:

Women Empowerment in Africa with Princess Zindie Nvirenda, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, November 1, Room A242, Building A. The Princess, who now lives in Palatine, will discuss how she has helped African women - and how Harper students and the community can help.

Indian-Pakistani Student Association Bazaar, Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 2, Room A236, Building A. An annual, colorful display of traditional food, dancing and music.

 

The Art of Henna, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 2, Room A243, Building A. A henna workshop that also will include an overview of the art's history.

 

Peruvian Dance Performance with the Peruvian Folkdance Center, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 3 at Harper's Northeast Center, 1375 S. Wolf Road, Prospect Heights.

 

Afro-Caribbean Groove GuitarPerformance, Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 3, Room A236, Building A. The concert features the music of guitarist Peter Aglinskas.

 

Hunger Banquet with Phi Theta Kappa, Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, November 4, Room A236, Building A. The meal will serve some participants a full feast and others hardly any food at all in representation of the inequities of basic needs worldwide. Speakers from the week will attend.

 

Understanding Sudanese Political, Economic, Social and Religious Background, 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, November 4, Room A242, Building A. Featuring Kenneth Elisapana, a South Sudan Voices of Hope philanthropist and a leader with Illinois' Sudanese Community Center.

 

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

 

High School Health Careers Trek

Harper College will open its doors to more than 400 area high school students interested in exploring potential healthcare careers. The 2010 High School Career Treks will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday, October 22 and Friday, October 29; students will tour the College's state-of-the-art health careers labs and participate in hands-on activities offering an up-close look at prospective career fields. The tours will include a walk-through of Harper's new Simulation Hospital - a lab giving nursing students and others the chance to practice their skills in a realistic environment - and will showcase 11 specific Harper health career areas, including dental hygiene, phlebotomy, radiologic technology, cardiac technology and nursing. The students also will view an actual nursing simulation and a sonography demonstration and observe x-rays being read. "This experience is designed to paint a thorough picture of all that Harper offers, and all the opportunities available in the healthcare industry, even in a downturned economy," Associate Dean of Health Careers Barbara Small says. "We also hope it will give participants a real feel for whether healthcare is something they'd like to pursue in the future."

Media Note: This event is not open to the public, but photographers are welcome.

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

 

Horror Classics

Steven Warren Hill has written the book on horror films. Two books, actually. This month, Hill - who authored a set of compilations that collectively study Hollywood horror films produced between 1920 and 1951 - will share his expertise at a free pre-Halloween presentation at Harper College. Hill, also a Harper alumnus, will offer an up-close, inside look at some of the classics, including Bela Lugosi's famous turn as Dracula,at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 28 in the Student Center, on the main floor of Building A. His lecture will take up topics like the making of Dracula - which involved Lugosi lobbying for the title role, scenes being lifted from another Universal silent film and cobbled together with sound later, and audience members fainting in shock at the horror they saw onscreen when it opened in 1931. Dracula eventually proved a box office phenomenon, clearing the way for other horror releases, including Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Hill's books cover those films and dozens more, outlining plot summaries, best scenes and dialogue, mistakes, historical contexts and behind-the-scenes scoops. For more on Hill's Harper appearance, call 847.925.6100 or visit www.harpercollege.edu.

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


Estate Planning for Second Marriages

How can you be sure your assets will go where you want them to if you die before your spouse? The question can be a tricky one - particularly in second marriages. Harper College will offer a free seminar aimed at deciphering the laws and handling potential problems at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 17 in Room A243 and noon Thursday, November 18 in Room A242. Both rooms are off of Harper's Student Center, on the main floor of Building A. The seminar, led by attorney Robert H. Glorch, will address various issues surrounding estate planning in second marriages - including providing for the current spouse; providing for children from a first marriage; providing for children from the second marriage; and limiting the tension between the spouse and children - and suggest strategies to make the process easier. The event is the latest in the 2010-11 Harper Heritage Seminar Series, a collection of free monthly sessions sponsored by the College's Educational Foundation. The series covers a wide range of topics, from the latest 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 the Harper community. To register for the Estate Planning for Second Marriages seminar, or for a full list of the other upcoming free sessions, call 847.925.6490 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/foundation.

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


Battle of the Twin Presidents

The rivalry was born six decades ago. This year, it hits Harper College's football field. Identical twin brothers Kenneth and Steven Ender - who took over as presidents of Harper College in Palatine and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., respectively, in 2009 - will see their football teams go head to head Saturday, October 23 in Palatine when Kenneth Ender's Harper Hawks take on Steven Ender's GRCC Raiders in the epic, second annual football battle aptly dubbed the "Twin Bowl." "Throughout our lives, my twin brother and I have enjoyed healthy competition, and we're certainly still rivals - although mostly all in fun," Kenneth Ender said. "Now, we're competing for supreme football bragging rights. I think we all know this is where it gets serious." The brothers will be on the field for a twin coin toss; the winning team will take possession of the Twin Bowl trophy: identical football players perched atop a loving cup. The game is at 1 p.m. at Harper's field, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Admission is free. A free pregame reception will begin at 11 a.m. outside the Building A main entrance, and will feature Hawks giveaways; music from WHCM, Harper's on-campus radio station; the College's Pom and Dance Team; face painting and an alumni tent. All are welcome, but local twins in particular are invited to attend and participate in just-for-twins activities, including an on-field halftime photograph with the twin Drs. Ender and the Twin Bowl trophy. Twins interested in attending should RSVP to Fredia Martin, Community Relations Specialist, at 847.925.6701 or fmartin1@harpercollege.edu. Harper's football team was the 2008 NJCAA National Champion. The Hawks are 1-5 this season; GRCC's squad is 6-1. "Our team's having a tough year," Kenneth Ender said, "but this is an important game, and they'll be ready to play." For more information, including video and pictures, visit www.harpercollege.edu/twinbowl.

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


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.

 

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: "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

 

Event: High School Healthcare Career Trek

Date: 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday, October 22 and Friday, October 29

Location: Avanté Center (Call for best times and specific locations)

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

 

Event: Dia de los Muertos Celebration. Harper's Latinos Unidos organization will set up a traditional Dia de los Muertos altar to honor the dead, and host a brief program highlighting the meaning and the history of the day.

Date: Noon on Wednesday, October 27

Location: Student Center (main floor of Building A)

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