College Savings Help, Book Drive

College Savings Help

Statistics show the price of college tuition, room and board at four-year public institutions rose by 30 percent in the decade between 1998 and 2008 - and it's still growing. Harper College this fall will host a free seminar aimed at helping parents, grandparents and others financially prepare for higher education's impending cost. The "Saving for College" session is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The event will offer tips and advice from college experts and professional advisors, who will cover the basics of saving for higher education and provide tools to help attendees navigate the college savings process. "Whether the young person in your life is 6 or 16, it's never too early, or too late, to start investing in their education," says Maria Moten, Harper's dean of enrollment services and a presenter at the event. "Saving that money, though, can be daunting, particularly with the slow economic recovery and rising tuition costs. We really want to offer the confidence and know-how people need to begin saving the right way." Moten worked for more than a decade as a financial aid counselor and director, overseeing financial aid applications and financial assistance issues at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Harper. The event is the latest in Harper's Professional Advisors Seminar Series, a collection of free seminars on a variety of topics sponsored by the College's Educational Foundation. To register or for more information, call 847.925.6490 or visit

Media Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the event and talk with participants about the task of saving for college amid shrinking financial aid resources and rising tuition costs.

Book Drive

Through the end of October, the Harper College Library is collecting children's books as part of its 18th annual Young Readers Book Drive. The books will be donated to the Marletta Darnall Schaumburg Child and Family Center, which provides subsidized services - from childcare and early childhood education to parenting education and crisis counseling - to local low-income, high-risk families. Community members are encouraged to drop off new or gently used books at the Harper Library (Building F). Collection boxes also are located at division offices throughout the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine, and at the information desks in Building A and the College's Avanté Center. Call 847.925.6584 for more information.

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

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,

City Art

Harper College this fall is exhibiting 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," highlights 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 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.

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

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

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


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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,


Event: The Clothesline Project, part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Date: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 11

Location: Student Center, main level of Building A

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