Job-Nabbing Help, Still Time for Nominations

It's tough to find a job when you've been unemployed. But it helps if potential employers know you've been boosting your resume, building your skills or actively networking - not just biding your time.


Job-Nabbing Help

It's tough to find a job when you've been unemployed. But it helps if potential employers know you've been boosting your resume, building your skills or actively networking - not just biding your time. Bob Podgorski, Coordinator of the St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry in Hoffman Estates, will offer a talk on highlighting your post-layoff productivity at the next edition of Harper College's Career Stimulus, a monthly career-boosting program focused on getting local residents the job-hunting and job-nabbing support they need. The May session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, May 28 in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus. Podgorski's keynote discussion, "How to Show You Are Not Standing Still," will provide tips for being smartly productive during a layoff and advice on defining your activities for potential future employers. It's the latest in a series of Career Stimulus topics focused on supporting the unemployed as they begin to land more interviews and see more career options amid a gradually rebounding economy. Breakout sessions will address launching a new business, stress and money management, job search library resources, personal success tips and tools for jumpstarting or restarting a career. Participants should bring 25 copies of their resume or business card for networking purposes. Career Stimulus, launched in 2009 to provide Northwest suburban residents with post-layoff help in a downturned economy, has drawn 300 regular members and helped hundreds of community members revamp their resumes, energize their job hunt and work toward new careers. "Today, as companies begin to hire again and more people begin to land interviews and get jobs, our local residents are facing different career concerns than they were in the recent past," Adult Learning Special Assistant Nancy Wajler says. "We're filling those new needs with even more sophisticated support." Career Stimulus is free for first-timers. Subsequent sessions are $10. Memberships are available for $85; they include a year of meetings, one-on-one sessions with a Harper career coach, workshops, and materials for and admission to an intensive "NetWorthing" session focused on making networking work. You do not need to be a Harper resident to participate. For more, visit or call 847.925.6438.

Media Note: How do you show employers you haven't been wasting time while unemployed? Bob Podgorski is available for interviews in advance of the event. Interviews also are available with Career Stimulus participants who have landed jobs and with Harper Adult Learning Special Assistant Nancy Wajler, who can comment on how job clubs may need to change as America slowly climbs out of a recession. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,

Still Time for Nominations

Nominations still are being accepted for Harper College's Distinguished Alumni Award, an annual honor saluting former Harper students for outstanding career and community achievements. The nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, May 31. The awards first were handed out in 2008 as part of the College's 40th Anniversary celebration. Ten recipients, representing a variety of educational journeys, have been honored since then. This year, between six and eight Distinguished Alumni will be inducted. Recipients will be lauded at a November reception; they also must agree to return to campus at least one more time within the year to be a guest speaker or participate in a student roundtable. "The recipient of this award will have the opportunity to inspire others, including the students who are now part of the same campus that helped so many alumni get their start," says Catherine Brod, Educational Foundation Executive Director and Vice President of Community Relations. Previous honorees have included an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, an 80-something retiree still taking - and teaching - courses, a mayor, a fire chief and a National Geographic-honored geoarchaeologist. To be eligible, nominees must have completed Harper credit courses, made notable moves in their career and shown professional growth in their chosen field, and had a positive impact on their community through leadership or volunteering. Forms are available at Harper's Alumni Relations Office, Room A317, Building A on the Palatine campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, or online, For more information, call 847.925.6490.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,

Student Art Exhibition

Artwork from community members enrolled in Harper College continuing education painting and drawing courses will be on display from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 in the Harper College Exhibition Space, Room C200, Building C on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The exhibit, "Paintings and Portraits: Artists in Full Bloom," will showcase works from students enrolled in oil and acrylic painting and portrait drawing courses with instructor Daryl Harris. Harris, who studied at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and spent a decade teaching art, now is a Chicago artist and illustrator. The exhibition and accompanying reception is free and open to all. Harper offers a host of open-to-all art courses for community members throughout the year. For more information, including a list of courses and fees, call Continuing Education at 847.925.6300 or visit

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,

New Novel

Harper College Assistant Professor Glenn Taylor turned to his home state of West Virginia for the inspiration for his first novel, a literary debut that made him a finalist for a prestigious national writing award and earned him the support of HarperCollins Publishers. For his second novel, released on Tuesday, May 11, Taylor again draws on that state's rich history for a post-World War II story about a man, his community and the race and class issues that haunted the 1950s and 1960s American south. The Marrowbone Marble Company is a tale of struggle, loss and oppression, Taylor says - but also of faith and love over the course of three decades. It tells the story of Loyal Ledford, who works the swing shift tending furnace at a West Virginia glass factory and courts the boss' daughter until Pearl Harbor is attacked, setting his life on a new course. The book is published by Ecco, a division of HarperCollins. Taylor's debut novel The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart was featured as part of Barnes  amp; Noble's "Discover Great New Writers" collection, and made Taylor a 2008 National Book Critics Circle awards finalist - putting him in the company of authors like Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike. Taylor, who has taught English and fiction writing at Harper since 2002, was born and raised in Huntington, W. Va., and attended Ohio University. He earned a master's in fiction writing from Texas State University. He lives in Mount Prospect with his wife and three sons.

Media Note: For interviews with or high-resolution pictures of M. Glenn Taylor, contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Harper Golf Open

The Harper College Educational Foundation will host its annual Golf Open on Monday, June 14 at the Inverness Golf Club, 102 N. Roselle Road in Palatine. The event, a fundraiser for student programming and scholarships, includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, a cocktail reception, an awards banquet and buffet dinner for $500. Those who don't wish to golf can attend the cocktail reception, banquet and buffet dinner for $125. Various levels of sponsorships are available. The Open also will feature a raffle (prizes include free rounds of golf) and a live auction for 2010 Cubs. vs. Cardinals and Sox vs. Cubs tickets. All proceeds benefit Harper's Resource for Excellence Fund, which bolsters the College with programming, scholarships and other support where it's most needed, in accordance with community needs. "Today, in the face of decreased state funding and an increased demand for community college services, we are even more grateful for the support we receive from our community through events like this one," says Catherine Brod, Executive Director of the Harper College Educational Foundation. "Our Golf Open is another wonderful opportunity to come together for the purpose of championing our students." The Open will kick off with a 10 a.m. registration and free golf clinic. The shotgun start is at 11:30 a.m. To attend, purchase raffle tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation, call 847.925.6490 or visit

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Photo Opportunities

Event: Continuing Education Student Art Exhibition

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25

Location: Art Exhibition Space, Room C200, Building C

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Event: Educational Foundation Golf Open

Time: 11:30 am Monday, June 14

Location: Inverness Golf Club, 102 N. Roselle Road, Palatine

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Event: InZone summer kids camp. Courses include fishing, cooking, film and fashion options.

Date: Mondays-Thursdays from June 7 through August 12 (call for best days/times)

Location: Campus-wide

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,