Adult Financial Aid, Ethics Bowl

Casimir Kwiatkowski used to think financial aid was only for teenagers. Now, as a 56-year-old dad and Harper College student, he's discovered the reality: It can be for him, too.

Adult Financial Aid 

Casimir Kwiatkowski used to think financial aid was only for teenagers. Now, as a 56-year-old dad and Harper College student, he's discovered the reality: It can be for him, too. The Hanover Park resident is studying business through the College's Fast Track program for adults - and getting funding help through a much-appreciated grant. "I think a lot of adults don't know that they can get help," he says. "I didn't know until I filed." With an eye on helping others like him through the process, Harper this fall is launching College Money 101 - a series of free workshops specifically showcasing the financial assistance options available to adult college students. The seminars will offer information on financial aid and scholarship eligibility for the Spring and Summer 2011 semesters; the different types of federal and state aid; application steps and guidelines; and the variety of available online grants, loans and scholarships. Attendees also will have help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form - the first step in receiving financial aid. "There are so many adults who have been putting off college because they don't think they can afford it," Recruiting Manager Phil Mortenson says. "They're often surprised to learn that they qualify for financial aid - even if they're only part-time students. These workshops are intended to help them understand the process, get the assistance they need and start on their dream of a college degree." Sessions run from 5 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, December 8 in Room I225, Building I, on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. All adult students (ages 25 and older) interested in enrolling at Harper are welcome. To complete the 2010-11 FAFSA at the event, participants will need to bring a driver's license, social security card, and 2009 tax information, including the federal tax return and W-2 forms. Harper's Office of Student Financial Assistance annually awards $20 million in federal, state, institutional and privately funded financial aid. The College this year received a record number of aid applications - including many from a growing number of adults looking to return to college or attend for the first time. Each free workshop is limited to 30 attendees. To RSVP, call 847.925.6058 or visit

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

Ethics Bowl 

Should voting in America be compulsory? Should spanking a child be a crime? Those issues will be among those addressed as part of the 2010 Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl - a Harper College-hosted competition that will draw 16 teams from more than a dozen colleges across the Midwest. Harper will be the only two-year school represented; the College finished in fourth place in 2009. The all-day competition runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 13 in Building L on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Ethics Bowl is a contest centered on case studies in ethics; students study the issues, take a view on what they believe should be done and prepare an answer - with a goal of explicitly showing that they appreciate, and have considered, arguments on both sides of the issue. "Ethics Bowl is intended to build awareness of ethical issues in all aspects of society," says Assistant Professor John Garcia, who heads up Harper's Ethics Bowl team, "and to develop students' ability to think critically about those issues." The Harper event is a qualifying competition for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, which will be held in Cincinnati in March 2011. Harper's squad is recruited from philosophy courses; an Ethics Bowl club on campus also provides competitors.


Media Note: Media are invited to attend, but only the final match can be recorded. For best photo opportunity times and specific competition locations, contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Resolving Conflict

Differences of opinion in the office quickly can escalate into an all-out battle. Harper College is offering a seminar aimed at recognizing the potential for such conflict, choosing the appropriate level of intervention and minimizing the damage in a "Resolving Conflict" seminar from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 10 at the Wojcik Conference Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The session is the latest in Harper's 2010-2011 "Grab the Ring" Leadership Seminar series, a collection of four-hour programs on topics ranging from motivating and developing others to leading high-performance teams and setting appropriate performance expectations. The training-and-networking series is geared to rising suburban business leaders. "Business continues to evolve, particularly in a time when America is climbing out of a recession," says Maria Coons, who oversees Harper College for Business. "These workshops will help local leaders meet the demands of their current positions and increase productivity so they can get their business where it needs to be, even in tough times." Harper College for Business, which provides training, development, tuition help, small business support and more for employers throughout the Northwest suburbs, is sponsoring the training series in partnership with the talent management company Development Dimensions International. Sessions are facilitated by a Harper College for Business consultant. The cost is $149 per session; that includes breakfast and materials. To register, or for a complete list of upcoming seminar topics and dates, call 847.925.6640 or visit


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

New Board Member 

Harper College's Educational Foundation welcomed Derrick Hamilton, Vice President of U-Verse Field Operations-Midwest for AT amp;T Local Network Services, as its newest board member at its quarterly meeting this fall. The Foundation raises money for a number of student and campus initiatives - including student scholarships and services, faculty grants, new programs, and access for special needs students. "When I was made more aware of the great work that Harper does, I wanted to be part of it," Hamilton says. "I have had many opportunities to be exposed to Harper's reputation, and I look forward to being a part of Harper's significant and beneficial impact in the community." Hamilton joined AT amp;T in 1991, and has held a variety of titles in network operations, network services staff, process reengineering and systems implementation. In his current role, he oversees the organization responsible for installation and repair of the company's U-Verse product in the Midwest states. A former Engineer in the Radar Systems Group at Hughes Aircraft Company, Hamilton holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from California State University in Los Angeles and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He and his wife, Joni, have two children. "In tough economic times, the mission of our Foundation is more important than ever, and we could not do what we do without the leadership of the men and women who volunteer their time as members of this board," Foundation Executive Director Catherine Brod says. "We're so happy to welcome Derrick Hamilton to the table." For more on the Foundation, visit


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

Veterans Day Play 

More than 200 pairs of boots belonging to Illinois soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq will be on stage as part of Harper College's fall production of Bury the Dead, a play offering perspectives from major U.S. military conflicts dating back to World War I. The production, which opens a day after Veterans Day - on Friday, November 12 - tells the story of six dead soldiers who rise up from the grave, asking to rejoin the living. "This play boldly asks us to consider the worth of each of these young lives and the impact their loss had on those left behind," Director Laura Pulio-Colbert says. "I hope that we, as an audience, can rise above our political views to consider the cost that comes as a result of war." In addition to the onstage boots - from the American Friends Service Committee's acclaimed Eyes Wide Open exhibition - Harper's updated staging of the 1936 play will include music and projected images from the six major U.S. conflicts of the last century. Vietnam veteran Curt Renz of Arlington Heights - who lost a high school friend, college roommate and childhood buddy in that war - will be among the actors. The boots on Harper's stage will include those of Christopher J. Boyd of Palatine, Kevin Grieco of Bartlett, William Newgard of Arlington Heights, Adriana Salem of Elk Grove Village and William Chaney and Jakub Kowalik of Schaumburg. Harper's Bury the Dead production will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, November 12 and November 19; 8 p.m. Saturday, November 13 and November 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 14 and November 21. Tickets are $15 for general admission, with discounts for seniors. For tickets, call 847.925.6100, or visit


Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627,

Movie in Sign Language

A new movie done entirely in American Sign Language, and completely without sound, will help highlight Harper College's 18th annual DeaFest - a two-day event geared toward members of the local deaf community. Harper will screen the ASL film "Black Sand," about a group of young adults trying to solve the mystery of whether a creature is stalking vacationers in the Costa Rican jungle, at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 6 in the Wojcik Conference Center amphitheater on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The movie has English subtitles. Tickets are $11, and can be purchased through Harper's box office, 847.925.6100 or Harper, whose Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute draws students from across the world, long has been a screening ground for new ASL films. The 2010 DeaFest also will include the annual High School Academic Bowl competition for deaf and hard of hearing high school students (free, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, November 5 in the Wojcik Conference Center amphitheater); a presentation on the successes and challenges of deaf people in developing nations, from Professor Lindsay Dunn of Gallaudet University's Department of ASL and Deaf Studies (free, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 5 in Room E106, Building E); and the Deaf Nation Expo, a touring trade show offering exhibits and entertainment for, by and about deaf people (free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 6 in the Building M gym). About 5,000 people attend the expo annually. "By providing educational and entertainment events, DeaFest effectively promotes deaf culture and pride," says Debby Sampson, an instructional specialist in Harper's Access and Disability Services Department. The public is welcome at all events.

Media Note: Students and staff from Harper's Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute are available for advance interviews about DeaFest, its activities and its importance. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, at 847.925.6159 or

Photo Opportunities 

Event: Hunger Banquet (part of International Education Week). At this event, some participants will receive a full feast - and others hardly any food at all - to represent global food inequities.

Date: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, November 4

Location: Room A236, Building A

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


Event: High School Academic Bowl for deaf and hard of hearing students

Date: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, November 5

Location: Wojcik Conference Center amphitheater

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


Event: Deaf Nation Expo touring trade show for, by and about deaf people

Date: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 6

Location: Building M gym, lower level of Building M

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


Event: College Ethics Bowl

Date: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 13

Location: Building L

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