Speaking Out Against Violence; Eating the Reading

Speaking Out on Violence Against Women

Harper College Police Chief Mike Alsup says he will use an appointment to a prestigious law enforcement group to speak out on violence against women.

Alsup recently was appointed as chairman of the College and University Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

During his two-year term, Alsup says he intends to work on promoting programs and training to increase awareness by police officers about women who are victims of violence.

"We've been combating violence against women for years, and we don't seem to making much progress," Alsup said. "Officers need more training to recognize signs that a woman has been the victim of abuse. We also need to combat the view that since many of these crimes occur behind closed doors, it's no one's business."

Women on college campuses can be especially vulnerable to sexual abuse and harassment. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, and as many as one quarter of female students experience sexual assault or harassment over the course of their college career.

Alsup has served as Harper College's Chief of Police since 2000. He also is President of the North Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police and is a graduate of the National Campus Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on violence against women. 

Medianote: Need an expert on domestic violence from a law enforcement perspective?Harper College Police Chief Mike Alsup can be reached at 847.925.6917 or malsup@harpercollege.edu.


Eating the Reading


Sharing your favorite book can be a piece of cake - of a whole one.

Harper College this fall is challenging the community to turn favorite reads into tasty treats as part of its annual Edible Books Contest, set for noon on Friday, November 18.

The culinary-meets-literary competition invites local residents to cook up concoctions that channel bookshelf masterpieces. Previous entries have ranged from a sushi-covered "The Old Man and the Sea" treat to a pound cake topped with a Rice Krispies-and-modeling chocolate battle droid representing "Starship Troopers."

A slate of judges will critique each creation - and then slice up the entries for all to eat afterward.

"This is a fun way to show off the library and put a new spin on the joy of reading," says Michele Ukleja, Coordinator of User Services at the Harper Library. "We're certain local readers will be able to cook up a book so good we'll literally want to devour it."

This year's competition steers competitors to one specific book suggestion: "The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart," a novel written by a former Harper assistant professor and the College's choice for its One Book, One Harper program launched this fall.

Judges will look for the best representation of that book, and winners also will be chosen in three other categories: Best Adult Book, Best Children's Book and Most Popular, as voted by the crowd.

The contest is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to cast a vote for their favorite location.

Entry forms are available at the Harper Library, Building F on the College' main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Roadin Palatine, or online at www.harpercollege.edu/library.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu.


Understanding Insurance


Insurance doesn't have to be confusing.

Harper College this week will host a free public session aimed at navigating insurance's murky waters, with an eye on helping area residents assess their risks and determine the coverage they need without being oversold.

The "Unlocking the Mystery of Insurance" program, the latest installment in Harper's Professional Advisors Seminar Series, specifically will discuss potential pitfalls - from outliving your retirement income to exceeding the standard limits of your current insurance policies - and how to address them.

"We'll give participants the information they really need to know to make good decisions about protecting their income, their health and their property," says Rod Crandall, regional vice president of USAdvisors Insurance Agency, LLC and the program's leader. "You want to insure the things you can least afford to lose. We'll examine that reality, quantify the risks and help prioritize."

The free session is at noon on Thursday, November 10 in Room A243, Building A on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

Crandall is a licensed insurance agent and financial consultant, and has worked in the field for more than a decade.

Harper's Professional Advisors Seminar Series offers public discussions on various topics, and is sponsored by the College's Educational Foundation.

To register, or for more information, including an overview of future seminar discussions, call 847.925.6490 or visit www.harpercollege.edu/foundation.


Photo Opportunities


Event: Distinguished Alumni Reception. Five Harper College alumni will be formally inducted as Distinguished Alumni in front of students, faculty, staff and retirees.

Date: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 14

Location: Wojcik Conference Center

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu


Event: Edible Books Contest

Date: Noon on Friday, November 18

Location: Library

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu


Event: LatinoSummit. About 400 local high school freshmen will be on campus for a program aimed at encouraging them to stay in school and eventually pursue higher education.

Date: Friday, November 18 (Call for best times)

Location: Across campus

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159, kpohl@harpercollege.edu