Textbooks, Careers, Award-Winning Professor

January 4, 2010

Textbook Rentals

Harper College students next semester will have the new option of renting their textbooks - an alternative that could save them more than 50 percent on the texts they need for class. The pilot rental program, Harper's latest effort to keep student book prices down, comes on the heels of the bookstore's launch of e-books - textbook titles that can be downloaded to a desktop computer or browsed from the Web. "This is really a reflection of us listening to what our students want," says Richard Seiler, Manager of Retail Services. "We want to give them lower prices whenever we can, and provide them with as many options as possible right here on campus." Beginning Monday, January 4, Harper's bookstore will offer more than 50 titles for rent, representing nearly 200 sections of College courses. Students will pay an average of $50 for the rented books, Seiler says, compared with average costs of $110 or more for new purchased texts. Harper's program requires no deposit; students pay only the book's rental fee.  Students also still have the option of purchasing used texts and reselling their books at the term's end. Textbook rentals are a growing trend nationwide, with colleges across the United States signing on.

Media Note: Photographers and reporters are welcome to stop by Harper College's bookstore beginning Monday, January 4, to talk with students about the new book rental program. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159 or kpohl@harpercollege.edu, to arrange a visit.


Finding a Career

Free workshops aimed at identifying your career interests - and showing you how to get there - will be offered in January through Harper College's Career Development Services. The workshops, targeting those who are dissatisfied with their current job or looking to reenter the workforce, are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 7 and Monday, January 11 in Room A 242 in Building A. Attendees will complete an assessment matching interests to career areas and educational opportunities; information on specific industries, employment trends and other resources also will be provided. "Particularly with the down economy, it's easy to get discouraged with the job you're in or the jobs you can't seem to find," says Kathleen Canfield, Director of Harper's Career Development Services. "We're here to help identify what might really work, and to help point you to new career possibilities you never before considered." Seats are limited. To RSVP, call 847.925.6220.


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


Award-Winning Professor

Before he joined Harper College, Assistant Professor Wayne Johnson served 25 years with the Chicago Police Department, spent five years as Chief Investigator for the Chicago Crime Commission and logged time as a suburban police chief, racking up numerous accolades along the way. Now he has another honor to add to the list. Johnson, who oversees Harper's Law Enforcement programs, is a recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Illinois Security Chiefs Association. The group annually toasts those who have shown outstanding achievement and courage in the area of public safety. "It is a true honor to be given an award for doing work that you love," Johnson says. "I've enjoyed every step of my career, in large part thanks to my family, my hardworking peers and, now, my students." Johnson also is a recent recipient of a Most Inspirational Teacher Award from Western Illinois University. He  earned his doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University. His expertise in the area of law enforcement has been tapped for numerous articles and interviews; this month, he appeared on the Biography Channel for a segment on Chicago mobster Tony Accardo. At Harper, Johnson teaches and coordinates law enforcement and forensics courses, and is involved in planning a new bachelor's degree in public safety being offered through a partnership with Northern Illinois University.