Harper is Military Friendly, Astronomy for Kids


Harper is Military Friendly

Harper College has been named a 2012 Military Friendly School, an honor lauding universities and colleges nationwide for their efforts to embrace America's veterans-turned-students. The title, given to the top 20 percent of more than 8,000 surveyed American colleges, universities and trade schools, was just announced by G.I. Jobs magazine. "We've long been dedicated to helping veterans succeed, but this distinction shows someone else recognizes our efforts," says Laura McGee, Harper's director of student financial assistance. "Veterans bring unique perspectives and new experiences to our campus, and having them here benefits all of us. We are always working to ensure we're a friendly, welcoming place for veterans to start or continue their educational journey." About 1,500 colleges, universities and trade schools across the U.S. made the Military Friendly list, which guides America's veterans in choosing schools with the best overall veteran experience. Harper stood out in part for its on-campus veterans programming, which includes the Student Veterans Association, launched last year. More than 500 of College's currently enrolled students are veterans. Harper will be included in G.I. Jobs' 2012 Guide to Military Friendly Schools and receive an online listing at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. The magazine reaches more than 75,000 military personnel across the world.

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

 

Islam and the Middle East

Iranian-American author, religious scholar and political commentator Reza Aslan has appeared frequently on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to weigh in on Middle East issues. In October, he'll bring his conversation to Harper College. Aslan, known for addressing controversial topics with humor and optimism, will discuss Islam and the future of Middle East at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 in the Performing Arts Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Aslan teaches creative writing at the University of California in Riverside and is the author of the recently re-released "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam" and "Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age." He has appeared on NPR, PBS, Nightline and more. His Harper lectures will focus in part on fighting "Islamophobia" and understanding Muslims. Tickets are $15; 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.


Castro's Daughter Speaks

Alina Fernandez, the daughter of revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro, will visit Harper College this week to discuss growing up in Cuba and her eventual exile from the country. The lecture, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 in the Performing Arts Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, also will touch on her life as a Castro daughter. Fernandez fled her homeland in 1993, and is an outspoken critic of the Cuban communist regime that her father created. She is the author of Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir ofCuba and writes about her home country biweekly for the opinion page of The Miami Herald. Tickets for her Harper lecture, part of Hispanic Heritage Month, are $12 for general admission. For tickets or more information, 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.


Japanese Drums

A Japanese drum ensemble that has performed at major Chicago events and the Smithsonian will take the stage at Harper College this week. Tsukasa Taiko will offer a performance of rhythm and choreography at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 23 in the Performing Arts Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The art of taiko has a history dating back to ancient Japan, when the drum was one of many instruments that made up performing ensembles. In the mid-20th century, the kumi-daiko style evolved, featuring groups made up solely of drums. Tickets for the Harper concert are $10 for general admission. For tickets or more information, 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: Lecture by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro
Date:
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21
Location:
Performing Arts Center
Press Contact
: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627, kpohl@harpercollege.edu


Event:
Performance by Japanese drum ensemble Tsukasa Taiko
Date:
7:30 p.m. Friday, September 23
Location:
Performing Arts Center
Press Contact
: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627, kpohl@harpercollege.edu


Event:
Performance by comedian Dobie Maxwell: Kickoff of new humor/health class
Date:
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28
Location:
Room A238, Building A
Press Contact
: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu


Event:
Reza Aslan (political commentator on the Middle East) lecture
Date:
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5
Location:
Performing Arts Center
Press Contact
: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627, kpohl@harpercollege.edu