Anti-Bullying Seminar, Children's Guitar Scholarships


Anti-Bullying Seminar

Statistics suggest nearly 80 percent of school children are bullied, and about 1 in 5 kids admit to being a bully themselves. Amid an increased national focus on those realities - fueled by an upswing in concern over bullying via social media and resulting anti-bullying legislation across the United States - Harper College is offering a free seminar that looks at the long- and short-term effects and ways to help children deal with the situation. The "Protect Your Child From Bullies" session will run from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 in the College's gym, on the first floor of Building M on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Presenter Dee Dee Sutherland, co-author of the book "There's Always a Bully," is a mom to a bullied son. Having seen the problem unfold firsthand, she also knows the notable impact bullies can have on a child's development - sometimes long-term. The program will focus on recognizing and solving bullying problems; signed copies of Sutherland's book also will be available for $5 (cash only). Limited seating is available. To RSVP, call 847.925.6300 or visit

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Children's Guitar Scholarships

Six years ago, Harper College launched a low-cost guitar course aimed at making music accessible to more local children. This year, the College landed a grant that will help some of them take the next step in their musical journey, funding scholarships for semi-private and private lessons. The grant, $1,000 from the D'Addario Music Foundation - a nonprofit group dedicated to inspiring music appreciation worldwide - will fund continued lessons for several guitar program students. "It's so rewarding for us to look at these young musicians and know we've helped provide them with an invaluable music education at an affordable cost," says Henrietta Neeley, coordinator of Harper's Community Music Center. "This grant will help us continue to inspire them." Harper's low-cost beginner guitar course has produced a cadre of proud alumni since its launch in 2005, many of whom have stuck with it through years of subsequent group classes and semi-private and private lessons. The class is held every semester at the College's Northeast Center in Prospect Heights, and typically draws about 20 students ages 7 to 10. Each student receives a loaner guitar, and all the music necessary to progress through the class, as part of the price tag. Neeley says the class makes music instruction, which often can be dauntingly pricey, attainable for children who may otherwise never pick up a guitar. "Music is so important in children's lives," Neeley says. "That's why we're so dedicated to keeping this program going and, through the help of grants like the one from the D'Addario Foundation, expanding the education we're helping these students achieve." The beginner course is $99 for 16 one-hour group classes in the fall and spring semesters; the cost is $79 for an abbreviated 8-week summer course. That includes a $40 guitar deposit. For more information on the children's guitar program or other Community Music Center offerings, call 847.925.6659 or visit Those interested in providing funding for further student guitar or general music scholarships should call the Harper Educational Foundation at 847.925.6490.

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YouTube Scholarship Winner

Charlette Jauch launched her higher education journey at Harper College, working toward associate degrees in art and science before transferring to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Her story, which she hopes will culminate in a doctorate in veterinary medicine, isn't unusual; several hundred Harper students transfer to four-year colleges every year. When she put her experience on video, though, it was worth $1,500. Jauch is the winner of Harper's YouTube-fueled summer contest, which had entrants upload a video of their educational summer plans and compete for YouTube views. Her entry, which showed her solving a complex mathematical equation and donning a lab coat for her summer job as an undergraduate chemical researcher, nabbed more than 5,600 views. She beat out a host of other entries, including a student telling his story in rap form and another singing her tale as she accompanied herself on piano. The submitted videos received a combined 20,000 views by the contest's end. "The whole video was improv, and I had a blast making it," says Jauch, who relied on family, friends, and SIU's chemistry department to bolster her view tally. "It was a way for me to express to the community how Harper College has helped me accomplish so much." While on campus, Jauch - the granddaughter of one of Harper's first professors and the daughter of a Harper grad - was a member of the Hawks' Track and Field team, breaking the 2007 NJCAA record in the pole vault. She also earned a green belt in judo and helped out with the Astronomy Club. "I have never met such a great group of students and faculty as I have at Harper College," said Jauch, a Medinah resident. "The people there want you to succeed, and are willing to help you reach your goals." She'll use her winnings to pay for Harper online courses toward her bachelor's degree. The contest's second-place winner, Courtney Renwick, received a $1,000 scholarship; her video showed friends, classmates and others sharing what they believed in, from family to world peace.

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