Presidential Wait Shift, College Expo for Kids

Harper College President Dr. Kenneth Ender will serve up steaks this week at a local restaurant - the result of a high-stakes bet that guaranteed a new scholarship fund for Harper Culinary and Hospitality students.


Presidential Wait Shift

Harper College President Dr. Kenneth Ender will serve up steaks this week at a local restaurant - the result of a high-stakes bet that guaranteed a new scholarship fund for Harper Culinary and Hospitality students. Dr. Ender will work the dinner shift as a professional waiter at Chicago Prime Steakhouse, 1444 E. Algonquin Road in Schaumburg, from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 15 - with his gratuities going toward the new scholarship fund. "I can't promise the service will be flawless, but I can promise I'll work hard on behalf of our students, and the money will go toward a good cause," Dr. Ender said. "I hope to serve a lot of Harper College friends." Dr. Ender, who received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, made the deal with Chicago Prime owner Andy-John Kalkounos, a Harper and Butler University alumnus, after the two realized their alma maters would meet in the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament. Butler's victory meant Dr. Ender literally has to work for the scholarship, suiting up as a waiter to encourage donations. Had Dr. Ender won the wager, Kalkounos, a longtime Harper supporter, would have provided the scholarship's initial funding on his own. Dr. Ender will wait tables by request and reservation only. Chicago Prime also will donate to the fundraising effort. "I'm sure Dr. Ender will do a great job, and I'm sure people will line up to see him do it," Kalkounos said. "It's really a great opportunity: You can have the President wait on you, and contribute to a fantastic scholarship." Kalkounos earned his bachelor's at Butler before completing his Real Estate Broker's license at Harper, where he now serves on the Educational Foundation's Directors Circle Committee, raising money for scholarships and educational programs. He became Managing Partner at Chicago Prime in 2000, and said his role there made a Culinary and Hospitality scholarship the perfect payoff for the bet. "We're always dedicated to the continued success of all our students, and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to put a fun twist on that goal," Harper Chief Advancement Officer Catherine Brod said. "It's because of the generous support of people like Andy-John - and everyone who reserves a table Friday - that our students and College thrive." The award-winning Chicago Prime Steakhouse has been voted "Best Steak in Chicago" by Citysearch and OpenTable. To reserve a table on Dr. Ender's shift, call 847.969.9900 or visit Donations to the Chicago Prime Steakhouse Culinary and Hospitality Scholarship also can be made through the Harper College Educational Foundation. Call 847.925.6490 or visit

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College Expo for Kids

With an eye on acclimating local children early-on to higher education, Harper College is hosting a free College and Career Expo on Saturday, April 30. The event, designed for fourth- through eighth-graders, will feature hands-on activities and demonstrations showcasing health care, chemistry, graphic arts, nanotechnology, astronomy statistics and more. Harper faculty will share the floor with a host of professional representatives from companies like Northrop Grumman, BP, Cisco Systems and Patten Industries-Caterpillar Corporation. "Our goal is to offer an educational look at what can happen after high school, what outstanding 21st century careers are out there, and how higher education can prepare you," Harper Instructor Margaret Bilos said. "This event will allow young students to meet with Harper faculty and professionals in the science, math, technology and engineering fields years before they typically would do so." Scheduled activities include a tour of Harper's Simulation Hospital, demonstrations of the College's graphic arts technology lab, a presentation on acoustic sound and infrared cameras, an interactive exhibit on wind turbine and solar panel technologies, and robotics activities. BP specifically will offer English and Spanish seminars on the importance of higher education and staying in school, and Harper representatives will provide information on saving and paying for college and career exploration and interest activities. Refreshments will be provided. The Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College's Avanté Center for Science, Health Careers and Emerging Technologies, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine (Parking Lot 3). More information, including an online registration form, is available by visiting Registration is not required. For more information, call 847.9925.6701 or email

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Giving Back with Guitar

More than a decade ago, Jack Cimo turned to Harper College as a child to help launch his musical journey, taking guitar lessons with an instructor who he says taught him what music was all about: enjoying the beauty of the notes and having fun. Today, the 22-year-old Arlington Heights native is an accomplished guitarist studying at the University of Southern California under the mentorship of a Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet musician William Kanengiser. This week, that Quartet will take the Harper stage for a fundraising concert supporting the College's children's guitar program - a series of courses and lessons aimed at providing the same kind of musical inspiration Cimo experienced on Harper's campus. "There's such a great full-circle connection here - one that really showcases the quality of our music lessons and the children who go through them," says Henrietta Neeley, who coordinates the College's Community Music Center. "I hope this inspires people to attend the concert and perhaps get their own children started on guitar at Harper." The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $45. All proceeds will benefit the children's guitar program, and a pre-concert reception will feature performances by the program's current students. The internationally known Los Angeles Guitar Quartet has been presenting a variety of music, from bluegrass to Bach, for 30 years, regularly playing to sold-out houses worldwide. Harper's children's guitar program aims to make music accessible and fun for all, and features a low-cost beginner course that includes a loaner guitar for students. For tickets to the concert, call 847.925.6100 or visit For more information on the children's guitar program or the Community Music Center, visit

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Giving How-To

Despite the down economy, charitable giving in the United States tops $300 billion annually, with outpourings of support in the wake of tragedies like the Japanese earthquake particularly common. Harper College is outlining the ins and outs of donating - with an eye on helping community residents learn where to put their money and how to make the most of it - at a free "Charitable Gifting" seminar. The event will offer tips for determining which organization should receive your money; ideas for different methods of giving, beyond a cash donation; and strategies for making a gift tax-efficient. "Anyone who is philanthropically inclined can become a donor and even a major donor," says Robert Glorch, an attorney who specializes in wills, trusts and charitable giving. "Consequently, educating yourself is a valuable thing to do, and will lead to greater joy in giving and a greater benefit for the mission you choose to support." Glorch will lead the seminar alongside Katherine Sawyer, the Associate Executive Director of Harper's Educational Foundation and Major Gifts. The "Charitable Gifting: What to Know When Making a Difference" session is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 and noon Thursday, April 14 in Room Z119, Building Z in the Avanté Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The presentation is open to all. The seminar is the latest in the 2010-2011 Harper Heritage Seminar Series, a collection of free monthly sessions sponsored by the College's Educational Foundation. To register for the Charitable Gifting presentation, or for a list of other Harper Heritage seminars, call 847.925.6490 or visit

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Distinguished Alumni Nominations

Harper College is accepting nominations for its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, an annual honor saluting former Harper students for outstanding career and community achievements. The nomination deadline is May 2. The awards first were handed out in 2008 as part of the College's 40th Anniversary celebration. Seventeen recipients, representing a variety of educational journeys and professional paths, have been honored since then. This year's 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. "Recipients of this award have the opportunity to inspire others, including the students who now are part of the same campus that helped so many alumni get their start," Harper Chief Advancement Officer Catherine Brod says. Previous honorees have included an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, an 80-something retiree still taking, and teaching, Harper courses; a local mayor; a National Geographic-honored geoarchaeologist; a songwriter who penned Madonna's "La Isla Bonita;" a fire chief; and accomplished entrepreneurs. To be eligible, nominees must have completed at least two Harper credit courses, achieved success in their chosen field, and had a positive impact on the community through leadership or volunteering. Forms are available at Harper's Alumni Relations Office on the third floor of the Wojcik Conference Center on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, or online, For more information, call 847.925.6701.

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Small-Scale Art

Nearly two dozen pieces from artists across the United States are on display through April 20 at Harper College as part of an annual exhibition of small-scale artwork. The 34th annual Harper College National Art Exhibition Featuring Small Works is a College tradition; it showcases photography, paintings, sculptures, prints, digital art and more - all measuring less than two feet. "This show, through its variety of approaches and innovative uses of media, provides a small-scale snapshot of American contemporary art," Harper Art Curator Margaret Buchen says. "The small size of the work creates a more intimate relationship with the viewer." The exhibit, which drew submissions from several hundred artists nationwide, requires every piece to measure 22 inches or less, including display frames. Submitted art was judged by Lanny Silverman, Chief Curator of Exhibitions for the Chicago Cultural Center. Evanston artist Guy Benson is among those featured; his oil painting, "Untitled 11," boasts delicate abstract shapes layered on bands of warm color. Other pieces come from Ann Arbor, Mich. artist Susan Crowell, who uses ceramic sculptures to depict pain in shape and in color, and Scott Hatt of South Bend, Ind., a self-taught artist who combines abstract shapes and images from popular culture into whimsical and narrative collages. "We all have stories to tell," Hatt says. "This work is the way that I tell mine." Harper's Small Works exhibit is sponsored by the College's Educational Foundation. Viewing times are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Wednesday, April 20 in Room C200, Building C, on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Call in advance to confirm exhibit times, 847.925.6568. The show is free and open to the public.

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Bolstering Businesses

Today's organizations demand that their teams do more, and the key to ensuring teams perform their best often lies in the leader. Harper College this week will offer a free course aimed at arming local business leaders with the tools they need to effectively coach their team, and their business, to success. The "Leading High Performance Teams" seminar is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 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 Seminars series, a collection of nine four-hour programs on topics ranging from motivating and developing others to resolving conflict and setting appropriate performance expectations. The training-and-networking program is geared to rising suburban business leaders; a final session, "Coaching to Success," will be held Wednesday, May 18. "The business world is evolving, particularly in a time when America is continuing its climb out of a recession," says Maria Coons, who oversees Harper College for Business. "This series is intended to help local leaders learn best practices, meet the demands of their current positions and increase productivity so they can get their business where it needs to go." Harper College for Business, which provides training, development, tuition help, small business support and more for employers throughout the Northwest suburbs, is sponsoring the annual training series in partnership with Development Dimensions International, a talent management company. Sessions are facilitated by a Harper College for Business consultant. The cost is $149 per session; that includes breakfast and materials. To register, call 847.925.6640 or visit

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Music Class Discount

Harper College's Community Music Center is turning 30 years old this year, and they're giving you the gift. In celebration of the milestone anniversary, Harper is offering $100 off all private music lessons through the center this summer. The discount comes as one of Harper's most celebrated music students - Wheeling resident Haley Reinhart - continues her successful climb to the top on Fox's "American Idol." "Haley's success really has demonstrated the talent level of the students who study at Harper," says Director of Jazz Studies Ken Spurr, who coached Reinhart in class and teaches for the Community Music Center. "At the same time, we want people to be aware our Community Music Center is also perfect for those just starting out, and who've never picked up an instrument or really sung in public before." The Community Music Center, part of the College's Continuing Education Department, offers a variety of music courses and private lessons for community members of all ages and all levels - from beginners to serious performers. The classes cover a wide range of instruments, including voice, and all music styles; banjo, jazz improv; and steel band are among the options. All courses are taught by professional musicians who hold a master's degree or higher level of education or equivalent experience. For more information, including a list of courses, call 847.925.6300 or visit

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Photo Opportunities

Event: Graphic Arts High School Boost Program. Harper will open its Graphic Arts Department doors to more than 100 students from the College's feeder schools. The event will feature hands-on activities and an overview of Harper's growing Graphic Arts program.

Date: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April15

Location: Rooms Y126 and Y128, Building Y in the Avanté Center.

Press Contact: Patty Bruner, Graphic Arts Coordinator, 847.925.6448,


Event: President Dr. Kenneth Ender waiting tables for student scholarship cash

Date: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 15

Location: Chicago Prime Steakhouse, 1444 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg

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


Event: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet fundraising concert, with pre-concert performances by students in Harper's children's guitar program

Date: Concert begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17

Location: Performing Arts Center

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


Event: College and Career Expo for fourth- through eighth-graders. The event will feature Harper faculty and representatives from area businesses with hands-on activities showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the careers that relate to those fields.

Date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30

Location: Avanté Center

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