Social Networking 101, Political Talk

Social media can be a magnificent asset - or a cumbersome and confusing tool. Harper College this month is offering two free seminars aimed at helping local residents better navigate Twitter, Facebook and other popular social networking sites in an era when the platforms are being used for everything from reconnecting with old friends to marketing businesses and getting hired

 

Social Networking 101

Social media can be a magnificent asset - or a cumbersome and confusing tool. Harper College this month is offering two free seminars aimed at helping local residents better navigate Twitter, Facebook and other popular social networking sites in an era when the platforms are being used for everything from reconnecting with old friends to marketing businesses and getting hired. The "Social Networking 101: Communicating Through the Cloud" sessions will tackle social media basics - including the different available networks and their uses - and suggest tips for building a viable network and avoiding common pitfalls. "Social media can be extremely valuable, personally and professionally, when it's done right by people who recognize its potential," says Harper College Marketing Director Mike Barzacchini, who is leading the session. "We're here to show you how to make it work." Barzacchini helps manage the College's growing social media presence and brand, and also uses social media actively in his personal life - particularly for interests related to family, music, fishing and food. His seminars will offer tools for establishing social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other common platforms; tips for managing your privacy on those sites; and suggestions for making the most of social media to market yourself or a business, from using Twitter to drive web traffic to relying on photo and video uploads to increase online visibility. The seminars will be offered at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 in Room X210, Building X in the Avanté Center and at noon on Thursday, June 23, in room Z119, Building Z in the Avanté Center. They're the latest in the Harper Heritage Seminar Series, a collection of free sessions sponsored by Harper's Educational Foundation. To register or for more information, call 847.925.6490 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/foundation.

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


Political Talk

Political talk is often discouraged in group social situations. Harper College is encouraging it. The College this summer will launch a new open-to-all course that uses current political events as the syllabus, urging discussion about everything from the national debt and the 2012 presidential nominations to the war in Iraq and the global economy. The subjects will change based on the ebb and flow of world and national news and real-time events. The hope, instructor Dennis Bulat says, is for students to share their views - whatever they may be - on the current political landscape, and learn from each other. "As each student contributes, it will help others probe attitudes and opinions about the subject matter," says Bulat, who got the idea after interest surged in a presidential election course he was teaching and students suggested he keep the political discussions going. "This class will allow everyone to share information and data from many sources and political points of view." The course's format simulates a Sunday morning news program, Bulat says, in that each session introduces a current events topic and then provides time for students to discuss issues. Classes wrap up with a lesson on a related historical subject - a way for Bulat to offer up past events as possible solutions, or lessons learned, for contemporary problems. The class will be offered in a one-time two-hour format at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11; a monthly option will follow in the fall. The classes are non-credit, and offered through Harper's Continuing Education Lifelong Learning Institute - a program geared toward students ages 55 and older. Anyone over age 16, however, is eligible to enroll. The cost is $40 for one session and $89 for all four fall sessions, with discounts available for Lifelong Learning Institute members. To register, call 847.925.6300 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/ce. Bulat has eight years of experience teaching continuing education history courses at various colleges.

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


Guitar Concert

A singer-songwriter whose musical styles have spanned everything from underground rock to alt-country will perform this month at Harper College. Alejandro Escovedo will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30 in the College's Performing Arts Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The son of Mexican immigrants, Escovedo started his career almost accidentally, when he formed his first band - the punk-rock group the Nuns - after a film project flopped. He went on to cofound two '80s bands, Rank and File and the True Believers, before settling into the Austin, Texas scene. "I love his deep roots and the storytelling sense that he has in his songwriting," said Steven Vasquez, a Harper guitar instructor who also performs professionally. "I love the fact that you can hear Southwest-style Americana mixed in with the attitude of an L.A. punk." Escovedo will perform songs from his latest acclaimed release, "Street Songs of Love," during his Harper concert. Tickets are $20 for general admission. 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

 

 

Career Shadows for Kids

Harper College is putting kids to work this summer. A new offering through the College's popular InZone program - a summer enrichment and sports camp for children - allows participants to work directly with professionals in a variety of career fields, from nursing and veterinary medicine to teaching and sports officiating. The "Career Exploration" series will give budding vets, teachers, umpires and nurses the opportunity to evaluate simulated patients and keep detailed medical charts, create lesson plans, interpret x-rays and interpret veterinary case studies, or learn - through actual simulations - the nitty-gritty rules of basketball, baseball and more. "The goal of InZone always has been to pique children's interest in a variety of activities and potential career fields. This exploration series is a natural extension of that," Continuing Education Youth Program Coordinator Kevin Hahn says. "We think it's pretty neat to be able to learn the ropes by shadowing a professional, and we know the kids will agree." The Career Exploration courses are open to children ages 11 to 14, and each edition will be offered twice this summer. InZone overall offers about 250 courses in a wide variety of subjects, including athletics, fishing, music, fashion, dance, cooking, reading and science. Also available this year are a variety of arts programs - including a Broadway class that will let children brush up on their singing and stage presence before presenting for their parents at the class' end, a session that lets students build and custom-finish their own electric guitar, a beginning harmonica class that will have students playing the blues alongside Chicago musician Lincoln Beauchamp, Jr., and a Film Academy allowing kids to explore acting and make their own movie. InZone is open to ages 8 to 14; courses run Monday through Thursday, with separate Friday programs available. Classes run through Friday, August 12, and registration is ongoing. To register or for more details, including a complete InZone course schedule, call 847.925.6300 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/youth.

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


Dinner and Jazz

Last summer it was Haley Reinhart - a Harper College jazz student who soared to fame as a finalist on FOX's American Idol this spring - who soloed at the College's annual dinner and jazz concert. This year, the program features a fresh Fremd High School graduate who also has a sunny future in music. Erin Blanchette, who has taken jazz combo and private jazz piano with Harper Instructor Ken Spurr and will study vocal jazz performance at the University of Miami this fall, will take the microphone at the popular event, scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. Blanchette will perform alongside the Ken Spurr Jazz Ensemble and the Harper Jazz Lab Band on classics like "The Way You Look Tonight," "All the Things You Are," and "Star Eyes." The evening also will include performances from three students who won top prizes in Harper's recent Hawk Idol Contest: Linda Collins of Hoffman Estates, Lexi Burkley of Lake Zurich and James Ross of Barrington. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a buffet of barbecue chicken, pasta, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, salads and cookies. The concert follows at 6:30 p.m. Both will be staged outside the Student Center (Building A) on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Euclid Road in Palatine. Buffet tickets are $6.50 for adults and $3 for children; the concert is free. 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.

 

Photo Opportunities

Event: InZone Kids' Summer Enrichment and Sports Camp

Date: Mondays-Fridays through August 12 (call for best days and times)

Location: Campus-wide

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

 

Event: Dinner and Jazz Concert

Date: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22

Location: Outside the Student Center (Building A)

Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.

 

Event: Guitar Concert featuring Alejandro Escovedo

Date: 6 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30

Location: Performing Arts Center

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