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Harper Expert: Five Tips for Fire-Safe Holidays

Holiday-season fires kill more than 400 people annually in the United States. Harper College Associate Professor Sam Giordano, who heads up the Fire Science Technology Program, offers five tips for fire-safe holidays.

December 18, 2012
Magic Trick Born in Harper Class Goes Global

A Harper College course that challenges its students to reinvent used items has spawned a magic trick that's gone global.

December 18, 2012
Manufacturing Program Honored

Harper College's new Advanced Manufacturing program is the winner of a prestigious national award recognizing innovative workforce training programs.

December 18, 2012
New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Parked in Harper Lots

Drivers of electric vehicles now have a spot to charge their cars on the Harper College campus - part of an ongoing campus effort to become more environmentally friendly.

December 11, 2012
Harper Certificate Hits on 2013's Top Tech Job

Mobile app development is predicted to be the top tech job for 2013, and Harper College is launching a new certificate designed to introduce area residents to the industry.

December 11, 2012
If the World Doesn't End, Harper Will Offer View of the Sun

Harper College astronomy instructors have a hunch the world won't really end - per doomsday predictions - on Friday, December 21. When it doesn't, they'll celebrate with a free mid-day observatory party that's open to the public.

December 11, 2012
Performing Groups Offer Full Calendar of Winter Concerts

Harper College's vocal and instrumental ensembles are staging a host of concerts in December, offering the opportunity to seize the holiday's musical spirit without a drive into the city.

December 3, 2012
Drive Sets Goal of 1,000 Donated Books

The Harper College Library is collecting new and gently used children's books through a drive aimed at providing 1,000 or more titles to elementary students in Palatine-based District 15.

December 3, 2012
Pet Food Drive Supports Illinois Shelters

To help the homeless this holiday season, two Harper College employees are seeking piles of food donations - for pets.

December 3, 2012
Scholarship Recipients Write Thanksgiving Thank-You Notes to Donors


Several dozen Harper College scholarship recipients are penning thank-you notes to donors whose contributions have lightened their financial load, an annual Harper College Educational Foundation initiative that ushers in the Thanksgiving season.

November 13, 2012
Harper Students Leading NASA Project

Two second-year Harper students are leading a 10-person team to design and build a reusable rocket to be launched next spring at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

November 13, 2012
Harper to Host Event to Curb Texting and Driving

Texting and Driving

AT&T will bring its "It Can Wait" campaign to Harper's main campus on Thursday, November 15, allowing students, faculty and community members to take an official pledge to not text and drive.

November 6, 2012
Award-Winning Speech and Debate Team to Perform

Members of Harper College's award-winning Speech and Debate Team will take the stage Thursday, November 8 for their first public performance of the season.

November 6, 2012
Several Hundred Local Teens to Attend Annual Latino Summit

Sandra Torres, a Harper College graduate who transferred to Illinois State University to complete a bachelor's degree and now is a reporter with CBS 58 in Wisconsin, will return to Harper's campus for the annual Latino Summit, an event intended to inspire local Latino high school students to pursue higher education.

November 6, 2012
Student-Run Boutique to Open on Campus

Studio V

Students in Harper College's Fashion Merchandising program this month will launch a unique on-campus boutique boasting a variety of handcrafted items from Harper faculty, students and community members.

November 6, 2012
International Education Week Celebration Boasts Slate of Free Events

In celebration of International Education Week, Harper College will host a series of free public events - including a Human Rights Expo, film screenings, a food festival and guest lectures - designed to raise awareness of different cultures and stress the importance of thinking globally. The week runs from Monday, October 29 through Thursday, November 1.

October 29, 2012
Culinary Students Vie for Cupcake Title


One week before the Presidential Election, two Harper College culinary students will face off against two more from Elgin Community College in a cupcake duel that sees them vying for their own votes from taste-testers. The competition, part of a "Think Global, Eat Local: An International Taste of Hoffman Estates," plays out from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 30 at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center in Hoffman Estates.

October 29, 2012
'The Help' Film Contest


Northwest suburban residents are encouraged to put on their director's hat for a community-wide Harper College film competition inspired by the New York Times bestseller and 2011 hit movie "The Help."

October 15, 2012
Harper Offers Free 'Pink Zumba' for Community

Harper College will offer a free, open-to-the-community "Passionately Pink Zumba" class at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 17 in the Building M Gymnasium on the main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

October 12, 2012
High School Leaders Get Harper Training

More than than 130 local high school students will visit Harper College for an all-day event intended to equip them with the critical thinking, professional etiquette and ethics skills they'll need to take on leadership roles and inspire change in high school, college and beyond.

October 12, 2012
Civil War Alive

Bestselling author and historian Amanda Foreman will bring the American Civil War to life during an appearance at Harper College.

October 1, 2012
High-Tech, Low-Tech Art

Low-tech meets high-tech in a new "Backwards Compatible" exhibit by Chicago artist Eric Fleischauer, on display at Harper College through Thursday, November 1

October 1, 2012
Employers Can Learn Ins, Outs of Healthcare Reform at Harper Event

Harper College this week will offer a free seminar intended to help employers navigate the murky waters of healthcare reform.

October 1, 2012
College to Host Manufacturing Day Event

Community members can get the nuts and bolts on manufacturing careers - from information on paid internships and advanced training opportunities to details on manufacturing credentials and anticipated pay and benefits in the various career options - at a Manufacturing Day event hosted by Harper College.

October 1, 2012
Human Rights Activist to Speak as Part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Harper College will host internationally acclaimed human rights activist Enrique Morones as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Morones' free, hour-long lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20 in the J Building Theatre, Room J143.

September 18, 2012
Cooking From 'The Help'

Minny Jackson, the southern, sharp-tongued character in the New York Times bestseller "The Help," was famous for serving her cooking with a side of sass. This month, her fried chicken, collard greens, cornbread and chocolate pie will be recreated in a Harper College cooking class.

September 13, 2012
Gala to Raise Funds for Student Success

A dinner-and-dancing gala to generate financial support for Harper College student scholarships and programs will be held Saturday, September 22 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.

September 13, 2012
Students Take Pledge to Complete Education

With an eye on further boosting completion rates, Harper College is unveiling a pledge that urges students to sign on the dotted line saying they'll finish their education.

September 13, 2012
"Continuum" Art Exhibit

Sculptural paintings, large panel paintings and collages are on display at Harper College as the Art Department hosts "Continuum," an exhibition by Utah-based artist and Brigham Young University professor Sunny Belliston-Taylor.

September 4, 2012
New Certificate Teaches Basics of App Building

There's an app for that - and now there's a Harper College class for building them.

August 31, 2012
ComEd's First Female CEO to Address Prospective Donors

As a former film major who took an untraditional route to her current job at the helm of ComEd, Anne Pramaggiore knows well the power of determination and the role that personal advocates can play in achieving success. She'll share her story September 7 at a breakfast fundraiser for Harper College's Women's Program.

August 31, 2012
Harper Board Approves Balanced Budget Despite Dwindling State Support

The Harper College Board of Trustees has approved a balanced operational budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Board members approved the financial plan despite a continued decline in state funding.

August 17, 2012
Dr. Mary Knight Named as Harper's New Chief Advancement Officer

The Harper College Board of Trustees has approved hiring Dr. Mary Knight as the College's new Chief Advancement Officer and Executive Director of the Harper College Educational Foundation.

August 17, 2012
Manufacturing Information Session

Harper College has added an information session for prospective students of its new Advanced Manufacturing Program. The session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus.

August 8, 2012
New Class on Drugs and Alcohol

Harper College Assistant Professor Stephanie Whalen will draw on her own transition from high school to college - and troubling statistics - in a first-time course aimed at teaching new students the college-age realities of alcohol and drugs and helping them make healthy choices as they transition to campus life.

August 8, 2012
New Student Trustee


For years, Clara Moravec has shined in her role as a middle hitter on the volleyball court - first at Jacobs High School in Algonquin and now at Harper College. This summer, she's preparing to ace a new position: Harper Student Trustee.

August 8, 2012
Harper Recruits New Head Softball Coach

Harper College athletic director Doug Spiwak has announced that Cray Allen will be the school's new head softball coach.

June 28, 2012
Manufacturing CEOs to Announce New Training Program with Harper College

Manufacturing CEOs this week will announce a new partnership with Harper College aimed at addressing a shortage of skilled workers.

June 26, 2012
College and Career Expo for Kids

CBS 2 Chicago Weatherman Steve Baskerville will highlight Harper College's second annual College and Career Expo which gives elementary and middle school children a taste of what going to college is like.

May 22, 2012
New York Times Columnist to Speak at Graduation

New York Times Op-Ed columnist and frequent TV and radio commentator David Brooks will address Harper Graduates at the College's Graduation and Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 20th at 2 p.m.

May 16, 2012
Local Businesses Join Harper Fashion Show


Harper fashion students are teaming up with students from Mario Tricoci University and Egg Harbor Restaurants for their annual fashion show. This year's show is themed "Mad for Mod" featuring funky 1960's inspired fashions.

May 15, 2012
Speech Team Wins Gold

Harper College's nationally acclaimed Speech Team placed third in the nation and won four individual gold medals at the annual Phi Rho Pi Community College National Speech & Debate Competition, held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

April 18, 2012
National Library Week

Nationally acclaimed author Melanie Benjamin will visit Harper College as part of National Library Week activities to talk about the inspiration behind her bestselling novels "Alice I Have Been" and her newest work, "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb."

April 5, 2012
Holocaust Survivor Speaks on Remembrance Day

Captured by the Nazis at 17 years old, Eric Blaustein was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where he survived by swapping identities with a dead Italian and leaving behind his former life. Now, 67 years to the date after Buchenwald's liberation, Blaustein will bring his harrowing story of survival to Harper College in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

April 5, 2012
Classical Strings Concert

The Harper College Cultural Arts Committee will host world renown guitarist Petar Jankovic and his ensemble to the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Jankovic has delighted audiences at recitals throughout both Europe and the United States.

April 5, 2012
Observatory Opening

When the planet of Venus passes in front of the sun this summer - a rare event that won't happen again for more than a century - Harper College will offer a front-row seat. Through September, the College will host free up-close viewings of the evening and night skies at the Karl G. Henize Observatory on the main campus.

March 28, 2012
National Speech Champions


Two Harper College debaters took home championships from a recent national tournament comprising primarily four-year schools.. Overall, Harper's state champion Speech and Debate Team finished in 14th place among 68 schools.

March 28, 2012
Wanted: Outstanding Alumni

Harper College is accepting nominations for its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, an annual honor saluting former Harper students for outstanding career and community achievements. The deadline is Tuesday, May 1.

March 28, 2012
Step-By-Step Tech

Experts will tackle tech topics as part of a first-ever series of free Harper College workshops aimed at giving northwest suburban residents a hands-on feel for today's most cutting-edge technologies. The sessions, all lasting no more than two hours, will address everything from remote storage and social media to web design and online marketing.

March 28, 2012
Speech Team Champions


The Harper College Speech and Debate Team has added another notch to its state championship belt. The squad nabbed the top spot among community colleges at the recent Illinois Intercollegiate Speech and Debate Tournament in Peoria.

March 21, 2012
Acing Alpaca


Alexandria Forsythe, Harper College fashion design student, recently beat out dozens of other competitors from colleges and universities across the nation to take second place at a competition requiring a cutting-edge designer textile from alpaca fibers.

March 21, 2012
Anne Frank, Redefined

Nadja Halilbegovich was 12 years old when war broke out in her native country of Bosnia. For the next three-and-a-half years, she documented the perils of living in the capital city of Sarajevo in her diary. To learn more about the event, watch this video.

March 7, 2012
New Leadership Event to Target High School Students

Harper College this week will host more than 80 students from Township High School District 211 at an all-day event aimed at equipping them with the critical thinking, professional etiquette and ethics skills they'll need to take on leadership roles and inspire change in high school, college and beyond.

March 6, 2012
There's a (Harper) App for That

Getting the latest Harper College scoop - from maps of the 200-acre Palatine campus to a full calendar of events and activities - is now as easy as grabbing your mobile device.

March 6, 2012
Student Named to State Board of Education

Justin McDermott is one meeting away from completing his yearlong stint as the elected student representative to the Harper College Board of Trustees, but he's nowhere close to ending his advocacy. McDermott, a Crystal Lake resident studying information technology, has been chosen to represent nontraditional students on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

March 6, 2012
Film, Discussion to Mark International Women's Day

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and the first democratically elected female president in Africa. Her story, which highlights women's rights, human rights and global politics, is the focus of a free Harper College film and discussion marking International Women's Day.

March 6, 2012
Student's Design Will be Face of Ravinia

Dan Goers came to Harper College's Graphic Arts Technology program looking for a career change. It was a winning decision.

February 22, 2012
New Relationships Book is at Heart of Harper Couples' Course

Something as basic as how you roll the toilet paper - and whether it differs from your spouse's method - could signal tumultuous times ahead, according to a new book at the heart of a Harper College seminar series.

February 21, 2012
Olympian, Occupy Wall Street Speaker to Visit Harper College

Seen around the world, John Carlos' Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and remains an iconic image in sports and civil rights history. Now a speaker on behalf of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Carlos will visit Harper College - months ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London - to share his inspiring journey as a lifelong activist, Olympian and author at the forefront of social change.

February 18, 2012
First-Ever Networking Event Targets Young Professionals

A wardrobe coach and personal stylist who has dished out advice on The Rachael Ray Show, NBC 5 and WCIU's "You & Me This Morning" will help headline a first-ever Harper College networking event geared specifically toward young professionals.

February 18, 2012
'Hang Up and Drive' Simulation, Talk Teaches Distracted Driving Dangers

In May 2008, a driver talking on a cell phone crashed into a car carrying Jacy Good, a new college graduate heading home from commencement with her mom and dad. Her parents were killed, and Good landed in the hospital with only a 10 percent chance of surviving. She made it - and now dedicates her life to educating the world on the dangers of distracted driving.

February 18, 2012
Harper Board Approves $4 Tuition Increase

(PALATINE, IL) The Harper College Board of Trustees approved a $4 per credit hour tuition increase at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, February 15. The increase will cost a full-time student (15 credit hours) an additional $60 per semester. The increase follows the College's practice of approving small yearly increases to keep tuition costs manageable and predictable for students.

February 16, 2012
Far Out! Harper Concert Takes Audiences Back to the '70s

Renowned Chicago musician Don Stiernberg will bring his trio to Harper College this weekend for an "Into the '70s" concert filled with tunes from some of the era's greatest music makers.

February 10, 2012
Sonography Department Seeks Volunteers for Free Ultrasounds

Harper College's Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are seeking volunteers interested in receiving free ultrasounds. All participants must be at least 18 years old.

February 7, 2012
New Financial Boot Camp Gets Small Businesses in Shape

Harper College Small Business Adviser Anthony Baldassano had a feeling there might be a host of northwest suburban entrepreneurs coming up healthy in the idea department - but a little out-of-shape in the area of financial management.

January 31, 2012
Free Seminar to Paint Picture of Economy, Market for 2012

In honor of the new year, Harper College is offering a free public mini-economics lesson aimed at untangling the confusion surrounding the general state of the economy, the financial market, and employment trends in 2012.

January 30, 2012
Harper College Discontinues Football Program

Harper College President Kenneth L. Ender has announced that the Harper College Football program will be discontinued following the recent elimination of football teams at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI.

January 30, 2012