Twin Battle, Disability Awareness

Presidential Battle

Identical twin brothers Kenneth and Steven Ender were born rivals. Thanks to their professional titles, two college football teams also can get in on the action. The two Enders - the presidents of Harper College in Palatine and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., respectively - once again will see their football teams go head to head in the annual Twin Bowl, a gridiron game that guarantees its two opponents will officially meet their match. "All our lives, my twin brother and I have enjoyed what I'll call healthy competition, but I think we all know that rivalries get a little more serious when they involve football," President Kenneth Ender said. The game, at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22 in Grand Rapids, will be the third installment of the bowl series. The winner will walk away with the coveted Twin Bowl trophy - identical football players perched firmly atop a loving cup - and brotherly bragging rights. GRCC emerged the victor in both 2009 and 2010. The Harper Hawks football team was the 2008 NJCAA National Champion; the team is 2-4 so far this season. GRCC's squad is undefeated. "We may be the underdog on paper, but our team plays with a lot of heart, and you can't underestimate that," Kenneth Ender said. "I told my brother this is the year we'll be taking that trophy off his hands." The twin Enders will be on the field for the coin toss, and will join fans at a pregame lunch.

Media Note: High-resolution photos will be available after the game. For photos or interviews, contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159.

 

Disability Awareness

In 2004, Melissa Stockwell earned the unfortunate distinction of being the first female amputee soldier in the Iraq War. More recently, the 31-year-old veteran made more optimistic headlines: She emerged the victor at the 2010 Paratriathlon World Championships, and landed on the cover of USA Triathlon Magazine. This month, she'll bring her story to Harper College in a lecture intended to inspire determination and hope. The free public talk, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 26 in the Building J Theatre, room J143 in Building J, serves as the highlight of the College's observance of Disability Awareness Month. Always athletic, Stockwell learned to ski on her prosthetic leg just two months after her amputation, and competed in the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. She's now a certified triathlon coach. Other disability awareness events include a free showing of the film "Darius Goes West," an award-winning documentary about a 15-year-old who sets off in his wheelchair with the goal of getting it customized on the MTV show "Pimp My Ride" (2 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, Building J Theatre, Room J143, Building J); a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film "The King's Speech," about the life of King George VI of England, who overcame severe stuttering with the aid of an eccentric speech therapist (7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, Building J Theatre, Room J143, Building J); and a Disability History Exhibit (normal business hours from Monday, October 24 to Friday, October 28 in the third-floor hallway outside the Student Development Office, Room A379, Building A). For more information on Harper's observation of Disability Awareness Month, call 847.925.6266. Those who may require additional accommodations should contact Access and Disabilities Services in Room D119, Building D, at 847.925.6266 (voice) or 866.327.1630 (VP).

Press Contact: Terry Karow 847.925.6627

 

Photo Opportunities

Event: Robert Donley art exhibit

Date: Exhibit: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, October 3 through November 3.

Location: Art Exhibition Space, Room C200, Building C

 

Event: Lecture by Melissa Stockwell, triathlete and first female amputee soldier in Iraq

Date: 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 26.

Location: J Building Theatre, Room J143, Building J