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Screening Honors Lives Lost in Line of Duty

In the last 10 years, more than 1,500 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty. That story is the focus of "Heroes Behind the Badge," a 2012 documentary being screened at Harper College as a fundraiser for families of fallen officers.

 

December 5, 2013
Harper manufacturing program goes to Washington

Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender has been named to a high level White House Committee working to solve the shortage of skilled workers for the resurgent manufacturing industry. The appointment comes after Harper received a $13 million federal grant to spread Harper’s advanced manufacturing program to community colleges across Illinois.

 

December 3, 2013
 
Harper to Stage Tony Award-Winning Play

A wealthy young woman torn between love and family is at the center of "The Heiress," the Tony award-winning play being staged at Harper College this month.

 

November 5, 2013
Students, Instructors Sell Ceramics at Semiannual Sale

Harper College ceramics students and instructors will showcase hundreds of original, one-of-a-kind clay pieces at the semiannual Clay Guild sale.

 

November 5, 2013
Speaker to Offer Powerful Lesson for Harper Audience

Mark Sterner was just weeks away from his college graduation when a drunk driving accident killed three of his friends and landed him in prison for three felony counts of DUI manslaughter. Now Sterner will share this powerful lesson with the audience at Harper College.

 

November 5, 2013
Beat Poet to Meet With Students, Perform Reading

In their class on the Beat movement of the 1950s and '60s, Harper College students have been reading the work of authors like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Now they'll have a chance to hear about the Beat Generation directly from one of its last living members.

 

October 22, 2013
Harper Hosts Info Sessions for Prospective Adult Students

When Annual Brackin was planning to return to college after 24 years in the corporate world, he had more to consider than just what classes to take: he was juggling family responsibilities, professional travel obligations and managing an apartment building.

 

October 22, 2013
"Breaking Bad" Star Coming to Harper

Just one week after it completes its five-season run on AMC, a star of the Emmy Award-winning drama "Breaking Bad" is coming to Harper College.

 

October 3, 2013
Harper Hosting Annual Job Fair

More than 70 employers will gather at Harper College this October for the annual Fall Job Fair, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, October 4 .

 

September 19, 2013
Former Gabrielle Giffords Intern to Speak at Harper

Former Congressional intern Daniel Hernandez knows the value of a college education and making your own success.

 

September 19, 2013
Celebrated Author Returns to Harper College

The author of over 30 novels, essay collections and anthologies, Thomas E. Kennedy has a unique relationship with Harper College.

 

September 12, 2013
Art Exhibition Shows Faculty Talent

Harper College Art Professor Jason Peot likes to create art that is site-specific - that is, art that interacts with the space in which it is created and displayed. For this year's Faculty Art Exhibition, he's taken that a step further and has created a piece that isn't just being displayed at Harper - it's actually about Harper, too.

 

August 29, 2013
Harper Kicks Off Theater Season with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play

The relationship between an elderly woman and her chauffeur is at the center of "Driving Miss Daisy," the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 play by Alfred Uhry kicking off the 2013 theater season at Harper College.

 

August 28, 2013
Activism Club Wins National Award

The Harper College chapter of Young Americans for Liberty beat out over 400 colleges and universities to be named National Chapter of the Year at the organization's fifth annual convention in Arlington, Virginia, on July 31st.

 

August 26, 2013
Harper to Host Interactive Animal Show

A cast of critters ranging from alligators, snakes, chinchillas, tarantulas and the last organ grinder monkey in the world is just one of many exotic animals that will appear at Animal Mania, an interactive event making its return to Harper College.

 

July 2, 2013
Zombie Author Returning to Harper Campus

In the hit summer movie "World War Z," Brad Pitt can be seen fighting off a zombie epidemic. Now the man who started the epidemic is coming to Harper College.

 

July 2, 2013
Foster Care Info Sessions Offered During Summer Camp

Harper College this summer is hosting six free seminars aimed at prospective foster parents. The sessions, led by Marc Bermann of Jewish Child and Family Services, will address the rewards and challenges of becoming foster parents of special needs children specifically - from the legal aspect of the placement to licensing requirements for those who wish to become foster parents - and cover the need for volunteers in Illinois.

 

June 21, 2013
Harper Extends Manufacturing Reach to High Schools

A year after launching an Advanced Manufacturing program that helps place students in paid internships to give them on-the-job training in 21st century careers, Harper College is rolling out a tailored hands-on opportunity to high-school students.

 

June 21, 2013
Chinese Educators to Visit Harper, Tour Campus

Top educators from China's higher education system will visit Harper College as part of a program aimed at better understanding America's community colleges.

 

June 21, 2013
Balanced FY14 Budget Presented to Board of Trustees

Harper College hasp resented a balanced operational budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to its Board of Trustees despite questions about state funding and a possible shift of pension costs onto community colleges.

 

June 20, 2013
GED Graduation Will Highlight Success Stories

Natali Villezcas-Aguirre will travel 1,500 miles from El Paso, Texas to Palatine this week to don a cap and gown for the first time. She'll proudly join 50 other graduates - ranging in age from 18 to their mid-50s - at Harper College's first formal GED graduation ceremony in more than two decades.

 

June 17, 2013
Panel, Film to Highlight Bullying Epidemic

Harper College experts will join others from the Palatine community this month for a panel discussion exploring options for confronting the nation's bullying epidemic.

 

June 17, 2013
Dinner and Jazz on Tap at Annual Harper Event

A barbecue chicken dinner will be topped off with the sweet sounds of jazz this week at Harper College's Dinner and Jazz Concert - an annual outdoor tradition featuring a buffet with summertime fixings and, this year, a performance by the Ken Spurr Jazz Quartet.

 

June 17, 2013
Professor Named One of Midwest's Best

Sam Giordano had been a firefighter for more than two decades when he made the leap into teaching, training those on the future front lines from the front of a Harper College classroom. He's now being recognized as one of the best in the business.

 

June 17, 2013
'Parade' Musical Takes Harper Stage

One hundred years after the tragedy that inspired it, Harper College will stage the Tony Award-winning musical "Parade" - the story of an innocent man wrongly convicted of murdering a teenage girl in 1913 Georgia.

 

May 31, 2013
Commencement Puts Focus on Jobs

Eighteen area high school students will don caps and gowns and cross the stage at Harper College this weekend, picking up a career-boosting college credential before they even complete their senior year. The students are among the 2013 recipients of the Certified Nursing Assistant credential, a potential precursor to healthcare studies that qualifies them for jobs now and offers a jump start on higher education.

 

May 15, 2013
Fashion Students Net Scholarships

Myra Chung thought fashion would be the last career she'd pursue after she struggled through her first high school sewing lesson. Now the Harper College fashion student is on her way to designing her own collection

 

May 15, 2013
Grad Will Tackle Next Courses as Fellow in Germany

After completing her Harper College associate degree this May, Stephanie Bemis planned to pursue a bachelor's degree in education close to home. Instead, she'll head across the Atlantic for a hands-on yearlong fellowship in Germany.

 

May 15, 2013
New Student Trustee Takes Seat at Board Table

Eventually, Scott Lietzow wants to go to law school and become a congressman, helping set policies on a state or national level. To get rolling, he's flexing his political muscles as Harper College's new Student Trustee.

 

May 15, 2013
Golf Open Raises Student Success Funds

Area residents are invited to tee off in the name of student success at the Harper College Educational Foundation's 25th Annual Golf Open, which raises critical funding for scholarships and programming campus-wide.

 

May 15, 2013
Social Media Boot Camp for Small Businesses

The calls kept rolling in to Harper College's Small Business Development Center: Entrepreneurs were well aware they needed to jump on the social media bandwagon to boost their business, but had no idea how to start. The answer, a first-time social media boot camp tailored to new and existing Northwest suburban small businesses, will launch in June at Harper's SBDC.

 

May 15, 2013
Fashion Show Celebrates 45 Years of Design

When Harper College's Fashion Design program got its start, bell-bottoms and tie-dye were all the rage. Clothes have come a long way since then - and so has Harper's program. The College's 2013 fashion show, "Déja Vu," will celebrate 45 years of fashion design at Harper, showcasing nearly 100 modern and cutting-edge pieces from two dozen students.

 

May 15, 2013
Korean Educators Visit Campus

Three years after Harper College's Jill Izumikawa did research in Korea, the College will host Korean educators on its own turf - the second piece of a Fulbright-fueled program focused on encouraging cross-cultural learning.

 

May 15, 2013
Your iPad as a Business Tool? New Class Will Show You How

When Darrell Katz is away from the office, he fires up his iPad, not his laptop, to get work done - even when his to-do list includes faxing or printing documents or typing in pages of data. "It's all possible to do," he says, "and actually quite easy." The Harper College Continuing Education instructor will offer tips for transforming the iPad from a fun gadget to an office staple in a first-ever Harper class this month.

 

May 8, 2013
Korean Educators to Visit Campus

Three years after Harper College's Jill Izumikawa did research in Korea, the College will host Korean educators on its own turf - the second piece of a Fulbright-fueled program focused on encouraging cross-cultural learning.

 

May 8, 2013
Annual Fashion Show Celebrates 45 Years of Harper Design

When Harper College's Fashion Design program got its start, bell-bottoms and tie-dye were all the rage. Clothes have come a long way since then - and so has Harper's program. The College's 2013 fashion show, "Déja Vu," will celebrate 45 years of fashion design at Harper, showcasing nearly 100 modern and cutting-edge pieces from two dozen students.

 

May 8, 2013
Young Docents Bring Observatory to Life

Seventh- through 12th-graders from across the Northwest suburbs are part of Harper College's Henize Observatory Student Docent Program, a new initiative that trains local middle and high school students to run the telescopes and identify astronomical elements for the hundreds of stargazers who visit the observatory each year.

 

May 8, 2013
Get the Scoop on Manufacturing Program at Info Session

Harper College will host an Advanced Manufacturing information session on Thursday, May 9 for prospective students.

 

May 8, 2013
Punk Rocker to Visit Classroom, Offer Public Lecture

For a class on the American punk rock movement of the 1970s, Harper College students have been reading portions of a recently published autobiography by Richard Hell, one of the genre's originators. They're saving any questions to ask him firsthand, when the punk rocker - who's secured a significant place in the 20thcentury American underground music and literature scene - visits the class Wednesday, May 1, to discuss his career and his book.

 

April 24, 2013
Theatre Club Plays to Toddler Audience

The student actors in Harper College's Theatre Club are used to performing for adult audiences. This time, they're prepping to perform for a much younger crowd - and they're bringing Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang with them.

 

April 24, 2013
First-Time Event Designed to Inspire Local Adults

In her book, Career Coach Terri Lee Ryan defines life after age 40 as one big to-do list. Harper College will offer an escape from that daily grind with a free event aimed at inspiring adults through massages, performances and seminars from a variety of experts - including Ryan herself. The first-ever "Inspire U" runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

 

April 24, 2013
Nominations Sought for Distinguished Alumni Award

Harper College is accepting nominations for its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards - annual honors saluting former Harper students for outstanding career and community achievements. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, May 15. Recipients will be lauded at a fall reception; they must also agree to return to campus at least once more within the year to be a guest speaker or participate in an activity designed to engage students.

 

April 24, 2013
Speech Team Takes Fourth in Nation

The Harper College Speech Team finished fourth in the nation at the recent Phi Rho Pi National community college speech and debate tournament, besting dozens of fellow community colleges and boasting two individual champions.

 

April 24, 2013
Pottery on Sale at Semiannual Show

Harper College ceramics students and instructors are showcasing hundreds of original, one-of-a-kind clay pieces this week at the semiannual Clay Guild sale.

 

April 24, 2013
Theatre Club Video Highlights Dating Violence

Noreen Patel has been in a real-life emotionally abusive relationship. So when asked to tackle the topic in a video aimed at helping fellow young people spot the signs and find help, the Harper College theatre student quickly signed on.

 

April 11, 2013
Hands-On Expo Inspires Kids, Shows Off Careers

Elona Kadukov was in fourth grade when she visited Harper College's first-ever College and Career Expo, and she had a succinct reaction: "It's fun here," she said. The verdict - coming after a morning of folding paper airplanes under the tutelage of Northrop Grumman employees and touring the College's state-of-the-art Simulation Hospital - captured the spirit of the event, which aims to give area youngsters an interactive taste of science, math, engineering and technology and the 21st century careers that can come on the heels of higher education.

 

April 11, 2013
Student Nets National Scholarship

Stephanie Nyman was 10 years old when she was put in charge of her ailing grandparents and bedridden mother. Twelve years later, the Harper College student believes her natural instincts in facilitating healing will guide her well as a geriatric massage therapist.

 

April 11, 2013
Dozens of Employers Slated for Job Fair

More than 100 employers will converge at Harper College this month for the annual Spring Job Fair, giving northwest suburban residents dozens of new opportunities to get hired.

 

April 11, 2013
Gospel Choir Performance Channels 'The Help'

Harper College will channel the Civil Rights era and its message of hope and determination with a gospel choir concert celebrating the novel "The Help."

 

April 11, 2013
America's Largest Employers to Tackle Skills Shortage at Harper Summit

Top personnel executives from some of the largest companies in the U.S. will be at Harper College this week to try to find ways to solve a shortage of skilled workers.

 

April 9, 2013
Create and Taste Delicious Books in Edible Contest

Sharing your favorite book can be a piece of cake - or a whole one. The Harper College Library is challenging the public to turn good reads into delectable treats in an Edible Books Contest marking National Library Week.

 

April 2, 2013
Screening, Discussion Focus on China's Cultural Revolution

Growing up during China's Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 1970s, Jian Ping witnessed her family's fall from status with the Communist regime, enduring public humiliation, eviction, extreme poverty and even prison before immigrating to America. Now a Chicago resident and successful businesswoman, Ping will share her story at Harper College's free screening of "Mulberry Child," the documentary adaption of her family's journey.

 

April 2, 2013
Fiery Love Story to Take Harper Stage

As a second-generation Italian American, Harper College Theatre Professor Laura Pulio Colbert knows there's more to the College's spring play than a funny, fiery love story.

 

April 2, 2013
Harper Hosts Information Sessions for Prospective Adult Students

When Angela Piermarini graduates from Harper College this year, it will be a milestone four decades in the making. The Schaumburg resident, who took her first college courses as a teen in the 1970s before taking on a job and raising her daughter, relied on Harper's accelerated Fast Track adult program to finish her goal of a higher education credential.

 

April 2, 2013
Registration Open for 2013 InZone Summer Camp

Last summer, 12-year-old Justin Cesario of Buffalo Grove designed a video game so tough on challengers it was crowned "Hardest Game to Win" in his Game Generator class. This year, he'll attempt to repeat his title in Game Maker for Nintendo DS, a new kids' class teaching the intricacies of programming and game design for Nintendo.

 

April 2, 2013
Art Exhibit Showcases Mini-Masterpieces

Small-scale artwork from artists across the nation will be on display this month in Harper College's 36th annual Small Works National Juried Exhibition, a celebration of mini-masterpieces measuring no more than 22 inches across.

 

April 2, 2013
Bestselling Author on Tap for Autism Awareness Month

David Finch, a McHenry man who chronicled his ongoing journey with Asperger Syndrome in a 2012 bestselling memoir, will visit Harper College to share his story with the public.

 

March 26, 2013
Students Join Forces in Furniture Rehab Business

They met as students in a Harper College sculpture class and fueled their friendship as student aides in the College's 3D art studio. They've now become business partners, in a venture aimed at giving second-hand castoffs a second life.

 

March 19, 2013
Students to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Iraq War

Before enrolling at Harper College, Scott Lietzow patrolled the waters off the coast of Somalia with the U.S. Marine Corps. Now, 10 years after the Iraq War started, he's dedicated to ensuring his fellow veterans are not forgotten.

 

March 19, 2013
Ethics Bowl Team Will Host Regionals, Compete at Nationals

Members of the Harper College Ethics Bowl team - the only community college squad to qualify for this year's national tournament - now have their eyes set on the two-year college championship.

 

March 19, 2013
Hula Hoop Class Turns 1950s Staple into Modern Fun

Harper College is offering a new calorie-burning course that combines an old-school toy with new-school exercise.

 

March 19, 2013
Professor Honored for Environmental Work

For five years, Harper College students have cut brush, pulled weeds and restored living spaces for living things as volunteers with local environmental organizations. Now a Barrington-based group is honoring the professor who inspired them.

 

March 12, 2013
Speech, Debate Team Nabs Titles at State Contest

Four members of Harper College's powerhouse Speech and Debate Team earned top titles at the recent state tournament at Northern Illinois University, propelling Harper to a third-place finish among two-year schools.

 

March 12, 2013
Renowned Author to Return to Campus

Celebrated author T.C. Boyle has been more than a casual visitor to Harper College. He's taught on campus, stepping in to take over literature classes on his two most recent visits.

 

March 12, 2013
Event to Showcase New Harper Program

Two years ago, Harper College developed a new associate degree on the premise of helping others. This week, that Human Services program and its faculty, staff and students will take center stage at a Harper-hosted conference aimed at inspiring human services professionals from across the Midwest and piquing the interest of those interested in the expanding field.

 

March 12, 2013
New Class Gives New Life to 1950s Staple

Harper College is offering a new calorie-burning course that combines an old-school toy with new-school exercise.

 

March 12, 2013
Former Harper Prof Brings Art Exhibit to Campus

Former Harper College instructor Phillip Soosloff has combined sculpture and traditional painting to create three-dimensional artwork for his exhibit "Perspectives and Ideas," on display now in the College's Art Exhibition Space.

 

March 4, 2013
Harper Professor to Read from Latest Book of Poetry

Associate Professor Jessica Walsh will offer a free public reading from her new book of poetry, "The Division of Standards," at Harper College this week.

 

March 4, 2013
Lecture Addresses Global Warming, Reliance on Technology

Dominican University Assistant Professor Tama Weisman suggests the world may be relying too much on technology and not enough on political action in the struggle to address global warming. She'll discuss that scenario and its potential ramifications at Harper College this week.

 

March 4, 2013
Do Aliens Exist? Author Weighs In During Free Lecture

Nearly 40 percent of Americans believe UFOs exist, and millions believe they've spotted one, according to a 2012 National Geographic poll. Halfway across the globe, an online survey discovered more United Kingdom residents believing in aliens than in God.

 

March 4, 2013
Women's Issues Panel Discussion Inspired by Bestseller 'The Help'

Women's issues from the 1950s through today are the focus of a Harper College-hosted panel discussion inspired by the bestselling novel "The Help."

 

March 4, 2013
College Earns Top Rating from Moody's

A national investor service has awarded Harper College its highest rating, translating to lower interest rates for taxpayers.

 

March 4, 2013
New Partnership Allows for Online Culinary Certificates

Students looking to pick up some extra cooking prowess can do so on the web, thanks to a newly launched partnership between Harper College's Continuing Education Department and Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy.

 

February 21, 2013
Black History Month Lecture Focuses on Public Housing

In recognition of Black History Month, Harper College will host a free discussion with author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

 

February 21, 2013
Harper Hosts High School Debate Tournament

Harper College will welcome 500 high school debaters from across the state as it hosts the Illinois Congressional Debate Association State Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23.

 

February 21, 2013
Career-Boosting Seminar Focuses on Building Confidence

Harper College will offer a public session focused on building and developing self-confidence, even when it seems in short supply.

 

February 21, 2013
Harper Hosts Information Sessions for Prospective Adult Students

Harper College will host free informational meetings focused on building success stories with prospective adult students.

 

February 21, 2013
Harper, Motorola Solutions Partnership Up for National Award

Harper College's longstanding collaboration with Motorola Solutions is a finalist for a new award recognizing outstanding college-corporate partnerships nationwide.

 

February 6, 2013
New Roosevelt University Partnership Allows for Harper Student Research

Harper College has partnered with Roosevelt University to create an academic and research partnership that lets students earn a Harper associate degree in psychology and then seamlessly transfer to Roosevelt to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.

 

February 6, 2013
Black Teen Symposium to Encourage Higher Education

African-American students from six local high schools will visit Harper College on Friday, February 15 for a Black Teen Symposium focused on inspiring them to pursue higher education and ensuring they'll be ready for it.

 

February 6, 2013
Longtime Professor Releases Latest Novel

Greg Herriges first began writing his latest novel, about a family coping with their 9-year old daughter's battle with leukemia, more than a decade ago. Six months into his research, the Harper College English professor's own family began living the plot.

 

February 6, 2013
BMO's Ablin Keynotes Free Economic Forecast Breakfast

Harper College this month will offer a free public economics lesson aimed at deciphering the economy and the financial market for 2013.

 

February 6, 2013
ComEd CEO to Highlight Networking Event for Latino Professionals

Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd's first female President and CEO, will offer insight on leadership, diversity and workplace inclusion at Harper College's first-ever Latino Professionals Networking Night, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 28.

 

February 6, 2013
Chamber Music Festival Highlights Classical Favorites

Works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and others will be performed at Harper College's eighth annual Chamber Music Festival, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 2 in the College's Performing Arts Center on the main campus.

 

January 31, 2013
Auditions Set for Harper Theatre Production

Auditions for Harper College's spring production of the romantic comedy "Italian American Reconciliation" will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 and Friday, February 15 in the Drama Lab, Room L109 in Building L on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

 

January 31, 2013
Harper Welcomes Back Stiernberg Trio

Renowned Chicago mandolinist Don Stiernberg is bringing his trio to Harper College for an encore appearance filled with a blend of classics and improvisations on jazz, pop, Latin and bluegrass tunes.

 

January 31, 2013
Exhibiting Artist to Present on Photography Work

Chicago artist Jason Reblando uses photography to investigate race, public housing and planned communities, presenting the tough topics with the depth of a documentary film and the beauty of paintings.

 

January 31, 2013
Sonography Programs Offering Free Ultrasounds

Harper College's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs are seeking volunteers interested in receiving a free ultrasound.

 

January 31, 2013
Black History Month Show Will Add Laughter to Tough Topic

In celebration of Black History Month, Harper College will welcome "The Black-Jew Dialogues," a free two-man show intended to spur dialogue on potentially touchy subjects while still loading up on laughs.

 

January 31, 2013