Job Fair, Cuckoo for Banned Books, City Art

Harper Job Fair

Dozens of employers will converge at Harper College on Friday, October 7 for the annual Fall Job Fair, with a goal of giving northwest suburban residents new opportunities to get hired. The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lower level of the College's Wellness and Sports Center, Building M, on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. It is free and open to the public. Employers represent full-time, part-time and internship positions in a variety of companies - from Target to Little City - and a long list of career fields, including finance, healthcare, information technology, public safety and sales and marketing. More than 75 employers - about a dozen more than last year - are registered, and all have job openings. An online job preparation workshop, tips for navigating fairs successfully, and a list of employers can be found on the College's website, For details, call 847.925.6720.

Media Note: What's the best way to ensure success at a job fair in a tough market? Harper's Career Center has tips and tricks for navigating the fairs and boosting your hiring potential. Contact Media Relations Specialist Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159,

Cuckoo for Banned Books

Members of Harper College's Student Theatre Club are going crazy, and they want you to join them. The troupe this week will tackle the intense paranoia of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," recreating closing scenes of the famous psychiatric hospital drama as part of a free Banned Books Week event. The 20-minute performance will address issues of guilt, sacrifice, control, and the power of standing up for something important. The students will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29 in the Library on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The performance, the final event in a Banned Books Week lineup that also featured a lecture on the influence of author Judy Blume, is open to the public. Assistant Theatre Professor Kevin Long promises a performance that is at once "very creepy and very cool." The Theatre Club, comprising theatre majors and students with an interest in acting, made its debut at last year's Banned Books Week with an abbreviation of "Of Mice and Men."

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City Art

Harper College this fall will exhibit the works of Robert Donley, an award-winning artist known for his stylistic and large-scale paintings of dense cityscapes and urban scenes. The free exhibit, "Urban Voices," will highlight paintings from Donley's Chicago years - the mid-'70s through 2007 - and showcase works addressing issues of war and social inequity. "The opportunity to feature such an established artist in an arena that allows more students to learn from him is a wonderful thing," says Harper Associate Professor of Art Jason Peot, who took painting and drawing courses from Donley at DePaul University and views the artist as a role model and mentor. "His work has so many layers, both conceptually and visually, that there's always something new to discover." Donley opened his first one-person show in New York City in 1980 with paintings that were saturated with figures and approached gruesome topics, including war, with whimsy. More recently, his paintings have depicted the modern city experience, with dozens of tiny urbanites painted on a landscape of skyscrapers and traffic. His Harper show runs from Monday, October 3 through Thursday, November 3 in the College's Art Exhibition Space, Room C200 in Building C on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Viewing times are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; Donley also will visit the exhibit at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 for a lecture and reception. For more, call 847.925.6568.

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Business Star

Under Bonnie Richter's guidance, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College last year delivered 1,300 hours of one-on-one advice to more than 350 clients, lead 42 training events for more than 700 attendees and helped create 131 jobs in the northwest suburbs. Richter, Harper's Small Business Development Manager, was honored for her work with a 2011 State Star - an award from America's Small Business Development Center Network honoring her commitment and contribution to Illinois' small business development program. She was one of 62 state stars, and the only one from Illinois, honored formally this month in San Diego. "Every day, I'm proud of the effort we put into supporting local small businesses," Richter says. "Knowing we've helped them launch, survive and thrive even in the bad economy is rewarding in itself, and this award is an affirmation of our hard work." Richter, who holds an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, knows small business' ins and outs personally: She was self-employed for more than 20 years in the manufacturing industry before she took on the role of helping others get started. Harper's Small Business Development Center offers free one-on-one advising services to existing and prospective small business owners, entrepreneurial assistance for start-ups and established businesses, and training programs on a variety of business topics. The center is housed in the Harper Professional Center, 650 E. Higgins Road in Schaumburg. To schedule an appointment or learn more, call 847.925.6520.

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Time-Traveling Concerts


Veteran Chicago guitarist and banjoist Rick Neeley will take the Harper College stage this fall in a "Folk Odyssey" performance filled with classics from folk's heyday - the first in a series of concerts aimed at taking audiences on a musical tour of their childhoods and America's past. Neeley and Friends will kick off the "As Time Goes By" series with a playlist spanning five decades of prime folk music, from early groups like The Kingston Trio to legends like Bob Gibson and Pete Seeger and more contemporary singer-songwriters. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8 in Room A238, Building A on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. "The appeal of this concert, like all in our series, will be the opportunity to travel back in time musically," said Henrietta Neeley, Coordinator of Harper's Community Music Center. "Those who loved this music in their youth will enjoy hearing the songs they sang, and perhaps played, during some of the most fun and memorable times of their lives." Subsequent concerts will feature The Don Stiernberg Trio in a tribute to the 1970s (February 11), the Ken Spurr Jazz Quartet (March 10), and performers Susan Dennis and Patricia Toledo in a salute to Broadway (April 14). Tickets are $19 for general admission. Advanced purchase is recommended. Call 847.925.6100 or visit To learn more about the Community Music Center's events, visit

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Harper is Military Friendly


Harper College has been named a 2012 Military Friendly School, an honor lauding universities and colleges nationwide for their efforts to embrace America's veterans-turned-students. The title, given to the top 20 percent of more than 8,000 surveyed American colleges, universities and trade schools, was just announced by G.I. Jobs magazine. "We've long been dedicated to helping veterans succeed, but this distinction shows someone else recognizes our efforts," says Laura McGee, Harper's director of student financial assistance. "Veterans bring unique perspectives and new experiences to our campus, and having them here benefits all of us. We are always working to ensure we're a friendly, welcoming place for veterans to start or continue their educational journey." About 1,500 colleges, universities and trade schools across the U.S. made the Military Friendly list, which guides America's veterans in choosing schools with the best overall veteran experience. Harper stood out in part for its on-campus veterans programming, which includes the Student Veterans Association, launched last year. More than 500 of College's currently enrolled students are veterans. Harper will be included in G.I. Jobs' 2012 Guide to Military Friendly Schools and receive an online listing at The magazine reaches more than 75,000 military personnel across the world.

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Islam and the Middle East

Iranian-American author, religious scholar and political commentator Reza Aslan has appeared frequently on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to weigh in on Middle East issues. In October, he'll bring his conversation to Harper College. Aslan, known for addressing controversial topics with humor and optimism, will discuss Islam and the future of Middle East at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 in the Performing Arts Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Aslan teaches creative writing at the University of California in Riverside and is the author of the recently re-released "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam" and "Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age." He has appeared on NPR, PBS, Nightline and more. His Harper lectures will focus in part on fighting "Islamophobia" and understanding Muslims. Tickets are $15; call 847.925.6100 or visit

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


Photo Opportunities


Event: Performance by comedian Dobie Maxwell: Kickoff of new humor/health class

Date: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28

Location: Room A238, Building A

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Event: Abbreviated "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" performance for Banned Books Week

Date: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29

Location: Harper College Library

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Event: Reza Aslan (political commentator on the Middle East) lecture

Date: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5

Location: Performing Arts Center

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


Event: Robert Donley art exhibit and lecture/reception

Date: Exhibit: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, October 3 through November 3. Lecture and reception: 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 12.

Location: Art Exhibition Space, Room C200, Building C

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


Event: Fall Job Fair

Date: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, October 7

Location: Wellness and Sports Center (Building M) lower level

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