News 2015

Fulbright-in-Residence winds down semester at Harper

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Jimrex Byamugisha has used his time at Harper to expose students to an African perspective on a number of issues from climate change to business in the global market.

December 17, 2015
Explore solar system through new permanent exhibit

Harper has installed a permanent outdoor solar system model that takes visitors on a short walking tour of the sun and planets.

December 17, 2015
Back-to-back titles for Ethics Bowl Team

Harper College's Ethics Bowl Team won the Two-Year College National Ethics Bowl Championship, marking the team's second consecutive title.

December 8, 2015
Donate to 22nd annual Children's Book Drive

There's still an opportunity to donate to the Harper College Library's 22nd annual Children's Book Drive.

December 3, 2015
Festival Chorus to perform Christmas Concert, Sing-Along Messiah

The Festival Chorus at Harper College is wrapping up its 50th anniversary year, but not before the community is invited to two of its most popular annual offerings.

December 3, 2015
Annual Clay Guild sale this week

Just in time for the holidays, student and instructor artists will showcase hundreds of original, one-of-a-kind clay pieces at the annual Harper Clay Guild sale.

November 30, 2015
Studio V to celebrate first anniversary

Harper's student-run boutique, Studio V, will put on an anniversary party and holiday celebration on December 3.

November 30, 2015
Harper's 15th annual Latino Summit a success

Harper held its 15th annual Latino Summit, drawing nearly 500 students from 13 schools. The event aims to instill the value of higher education and the importance of sticking with school.

November 23, 2015
Harper celebrates naming of the Foglia Center for Nursing and Allied Health

Harper College celebrated the naming of the Foglia Center for Nursing and Allied Health in honor of Vince and Pat Foglia, who recently invested a $1 million gift in the new Promise Scholarship Program.

November 17, 2015
Harper to stage classic musical "Gypsy"

With one show-stopping song after another, "Gypsy" tells the triumphant but heartbreaking story of the ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose, and her relentless pursuit of Vaudeville fame for her daughters. The Harper Ensemble Theatre Company will stage the award-winning musical Nov. 13-22.

November 12, 2015
Fire Science Technology program receives national distinction

Harper College's Fire Science Technology program has earned national recognition from a U.S. Fire Administration program.

November 12, 2015
First Veterans Entrepreneurship Day

Veterans, many say, make ideal entrepreneurs. They're disciplined, they take ownership and they bring a certain maturity and global perspective to the table. To support them in their entrepreneurial endeavors, Harper will hold its first Veterans Entrepreneurship Day this Thursday.

November 9, 2015
Harper's 23rd annual DeaFest a celebration of deaf culture and pride

A Vaudeville show will highlight the 23rd annual DeaFest at Harper College, a celebration of deaf culture and pride.

November 4, 2015
Harper, Governors State University partner to offer bachelor's degree

A new partnership with Governors State University will let Harper College students get a bachelor's degree in criminal justice without ever leaving campus.

October 30, 2015
Five new Distinguished Alumni to be inducted

Harper will honor its newest Distinguished Alumni for outstanding career and community achievements.

October 27, 2015
Disability Awareness Week

Harper will observe Disability Awareness Week with a series of events including a documentary screening, an exhibit and a panel examining the issues that face individuals with disabilities who are seeking employment.

October 21, 2015
Bond refinancing to save taxpayers

Harper's bond refinancing initiative yielded a lower interest rate than anticipated, resulting in additional savings to taxpayers in the district.

October 21, 2015
Punk rock icon to visit campus

Music and art icon Exene Cervenka will visit Harper College for an intimate reading of her work and a look back at her role in Los Angeles' early punk scene.

October 19, 2015
Self-Care Symposium

The community is invited to a Self-Care Symposium on Oct. 22 to learn more about over-the-counter medications and their effect on one's health.

October 19, 2015
New art exhibit explores class, race

A new art exhibit featuring the work of Esau McGhee explores the themes of class and race in the urban environment.

October 15, 2015
Student loan default rate falls

The number of Harper College students defaulting on their federal student loans has dropped significantly, according to new U.S. Department of Education data.

October 13, 2015
Hundreds to attend annual Open House

High school juniors and seniors - along with their parents - are invited to see why more than a third of area graduates turn to Harper College to begin their journey in higher education. Hundreds are expected to attend the Open House, which runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

October 9, 2015
Three Harper nurses selected for 40 Under 40 list

Harper College was well represented on the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Awards, which recognizes some of the most outstanding young nurses in Illinois.

October 9, 2015
Symphony to put on Latin Music Festival performance

The Harper Symphony Orchestra will put on a concert Oct. 11 as part of the 10th annual Latin Music Festival, a Chicago-area celebration of music from Latin America, Portugal and Spain.

October 8, 2015
Harper's campus among the safest

Harper College ranks among the safest college campuses in the U.S., according to a recently released report by

October 5, 2015
Hispanic Heritage Month to feature two authors

Harper College will welcome bestselling Latino authors Luís Alberto Urrea and Juana Bordas to campus Tuesday, Oct. 6, for a pair of free events celebrating culture and community.

October 5, 2015
Popular ensemble Stringfusion to perform

Stringfusion, a dynamic ensemble of musicians led by former Cirque du Soleil electric violinist and Harper College faculty member Edgar Gabriel, will put on a concert Sept. 29.

September 28, 2015
Special Observatory viewing for total lunar eclipse

Harper College will open its Observatory doors this Sunday night for a particularly special celestial event. The total lunar eclipse on Sept. 27 will coincide with a so-called "supermoon," a pairing that hasn't happened in more than three decades and won't again for another 18 years.

September 25, 2015
New apprenticeship programs awarded $2.5 million federal grant

The White House announced that Harper College will receive $2.5 million to support Apprenticeships on Demand, a new initiative at the Palatine, Ill., community college that aims to integrate technical instruction and on-the-job learning to train workers in high-growth and high-demand fields including insurance, IT and manufacturing.

September 11, 2015
Promise Program gets $1 million boost, praise from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited campus on Wednesday to recognize the Harper Promise Scholarship Program and discuss the importance of public-private partnerships. The Harper College Educational Foundation also announced it has received a $1 million donation to support the initiative.

September 10, 2015
Observatory to hold 25th anniversary celebration

The Karl G. Henize Observatory at Harper has given Chicago-area residents a closer look at the universe for 25 years. To mark the milestone, the College will hold a free, open-to-the-public celebration on Sept. 12 followed by a viewing of the night skies.

September 9, 2015
Art exhibit honors first professor's lasting legacy

John Knudsen, the first fulltime professor to be hired at Harper College, was known both for the impact he had on students during his long, illustrious teaching career and the prolific artistic practice he maintained. The College is paying tribute to the painter and printmaker's legacy with its new art exhibit, "John A. Knudsen: Retrospective."

September 9, 2015
Blockbuster to be screened at outdoor movie night

The kickoff for this year's One Book, One Harper community reading initiative will take advantage of summer's remaining days. The blockbuster movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be shown Saturday, Sept. 12, as part of Harper's "Superheroes Under the Stars: Outdoor Movie Night" event on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Admission is free.

September 3, 2015
Medical website highlights diagnostic medical sonography program

Harper College's diagnostic medical sonography program is in good company., an online resource for prospective students interested in medical technology, recently highlighted some of the best schools in the field including Harper.

September 3, 2015
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Northrop Grumman visit Harper

Representatives of global security provider Northrop Grumman, one of the largest manufacturers in the northwest suburbs, joined U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth at Harper to highlight the need to train more students for jobs in advanced manufacturing.

August 26, 2015
New Community Health Worker program helps lead national trend

Harper College will help lead a national trend with the launch of a community health worker certificate program. Students will prepare for positions such as community health advocates, lay health educators, community health representatives, patient navigators and Promotores de Salud.

August 25, 2015
Laughs abound in Harper's production of "Over the Tavern"

The Harper Ensemble Theatre Company's upcoming production of "Over the Tavern" will offer a humorous and touching depiction of 1950s Americana. The play will run August 28 through September 6.

August 25, 2015
Research showing benefits of engagement sparks new event

A new event aims to give students a leg up. "Involve Yourself!" will offer new students a glimpse into what the college experience really looks like, how to get involved and how to be successful. The daylong program, which takes place Aug. 22, will also connect students and attempt to build an understanding of their different cultures and backgrounds.

August 20, 2015
One Million Degrees mentors playing life-changing role

There's no doubt about the success of One Million Degrees, a program that sees scholars graduating at a rate three times the national average. OMD is also showing the life-changing role mentors can play. Just look at Motta de Mello's story.

August 11, 2015
Harper launching an Entrepreneurship program

Harper's new Entrepreneurship program aims to set up Generation Y - and all those with an entrepreneurial spirit - for success.

August 7, 2015
New Fast Track graduate inspiring others

Lina Loncar, a working mother of two young children, just graduated with a near-4.0 GPA from Harper's Fast Track program. Her story is inspiring others, who can learn more at an upcoming information session.

August 6, 2015
Sample Lifelong Learning Institute's fall offerings at free program preview

Harper's Lifelong Learning Institute, which boasts more than 100 courses for students ages 55 and up, will offer a free Program Preview on August 5.

July 30, 2015
Students get first look at new Geographic Information Systems program

Harper will launch a Geographic Information Systems certificate program this fall, and students in Harper's Adelante Academy are currently getting a glimpse into the technology.

July 23, 2015
One Book, One Harper embraces graphic novels

One Book, One Harper won't exactly live up to its name this time around. For its fifth installment, the annual reading initiative will feature not one, but four selections from the graphic novel arena.

July 17, 2015
Free sustainability event can benefit your wallet

Harper College is working to promote a sustainable future on campus and beyond. With that in mind, the community is invited to a free lunch program, "Whole Home Efficiency: Ways to Save Energy and Money."

July 15, 2015
Studio V holding series of trunk shows

Harper's Studio V boutique is offering an even closer look into the collections of various student and community artists with a series of trunk shows.

July 15, 2015
FMA, Harper College Partner to Construct New Metal Fabrication Lab

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) has partnered with Harper College for the construction of a new $1.5 million facility designed to create critically needed skilled workers for area manufacturers and related businesses. The new 6,000 square foot FMA Metal Fabrication Lab, funded in part by a $500,000 grant from the FMA, will double the size of Harper's current manufacturing lab.

June 29, 2015
IMA Education Foundation Presents Scholarship Award to Harper College

The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) Education Foundation awarded Harper College $25,000 in scholarship funds for meeting a series of set standards and performing at a high level of active engagement to foster greater educational opportunities within the field of manufacturing.

June 23, 2015
Fashion show to embrace fantasy, fairy tales

With the cultural popularity of fables, fairy tales and fantasy at its peak in recent years, Harper College's fashion department is embracing the idea for this year's spring fashion show.

May 8, 2015
Call for Distinguished Alumni nominations

Harper College is accepting nominations for its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, an annual honor saluting former students for outstanding career and community achievements.

April 7, 2015
Holocaust survivor to visit campus

Holocaust survivor Mitchell Winthrop will visit Harper College to discuss his harrowing experience and inspirational story of survival as part of the One Book, One Harper community reading initiative.

April 7, 2015
Illuminated PAC to shine light on autism awareness

Harper will put a spotlight on autism awareness - literally - by lighting up the Performing Arts Center the night of April 2. The effort is part of the global Light It Up Blue campaign.

April 2, 2015
Harper launches Promise Scholarship program

An ambitious new initiative will provide public high school students in the Northwest suburbs with two years of free tuition at Harper College - if they're willing to earn it.

March 29, 2015
Harper Dean Dr. Kenya Ayers named ACE Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Dr. Kenya F. Ayers, Dean for Academic Enrichment and Engagement at Harper College, has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2015-16.

March 26, 2015
NASA selects Harper student for scholars program

To Harper College student Hasan Fetahi, working for NASA one day would be the greatest achievement of his professional life - the pinnacle of a career devoted to science. The Hanover Park native will get a peek into that world next month as one of the students selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project.

March 18, 2015
Panel, film screening: Finding a Woman's Place in World War II

Whether it meant manning the factory line, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, taking part in espionage or getting creative in the kitchen due to rations, World War II was an interesting time for women. A trio of panelists will explore those roles during a lively discussion, "Finding a Woman's Place in World War II," on Tuesday.

March 16, 2015
Speech and Debate team wins state championship

Harper College's Speech and Debate team added another state title to its collection last weekend, placing first among all two-year schools at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament.

March 13, 2015
See mini masterpieces at 38th annual National Juried Exhibition

Small-scale artwork from artists across the nation is currently on display in Harper College's 38th annual National Juried Exhibition, a celebration of mini masterpieces.

March 13, 2015
Students to polish skills with etiquette dinner

How you conduct yourself at the table can impact business relationships and your credibility, according to career experts. With this in mind, 30 Harper College students interested in adding the skill set to their professional repertoire will take part in an upcoming etiquette dinner.

March 13, 2015
Harper to stage Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning "Clybourne Park"

The Harper Ensemble Theatre Company will bring the humorous and razor-sharp satire of Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park" to life. Performances begin Friday, March 13.

March 9, 2015
InZone summer camp registration open

Registration is now open for Harper College's InZone summer enrichment and sports camp, which has been creating memorable summers for children ages 8 to 14 for more than a decade.

March 9, 2015
Manufacturer Summit aims to change perception of industry

Industry experts in education, economics, human resources and manufacturing will gather at the 2015 Manufacturer Summit on March 4 with the goal of transforming perceptions about manufacturing careers and continuing to build a pipeline of skilled workers with technical training.

March 3, 2015
Open House to draw hundreds of high school students

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors - along with their parents - are invited to an Open House to see why nearly 40 percent of recent area graduates turn to Harper College to begin their journey in higher education.

March 3, 2015
Harper adopts new mission statement

Harper College has adopted a new mission statement that will help determine future initiatives and serve as a guide to leaders developing the next five-year strategic plan.

March 3, 2015
Board of Trustees approves small tuition increase

The Harper College Board of Trustees approved a $3.50 per credit hour tuition increase at its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 25, following a Board policy adopted in 2012 to approve small yearly increases aimed at keeping tuition costs manageable and predictable for students.

March 3, 2015
Ethics Bowl team makes history

Harper College's Ethics Bowl team has made history, winning the Two-Year College Championship for the second time and becoming the first team from a two-year institution ever to advance to the quarterfinals in the larger Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship.

March 2, 2015
World-renowned guitarist Lily Afshar to perform

Award-winning classical guitarist Lily Afshar will visit campus March 5 to lead a master class and perform at the Drama Lab Theatre (Black Box).

March 2, 2015
Eighth-graders to tour campus for Career and Technical Education Month

More than 30 Rolling Meadows eighth-graders will get an in-depth look at college life - including tips from students and tours of facilities - as part of a Harper College initiative aimed at turning on local elementary and middle-school children to the prospect of higher education.

February 24, 2015
Sound Opinions co-hosts to lead rock and roll boot camp

The co-hosts of Sound Opinions, the nation's most popular radio rock and roll talk show, will lead a cutting edge, half-day boot camp at Harper College on Feb. 28.

February 24, 2015
Disaster response training students to put know-how to the test

Harper College's first cohort of CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) team students will put their new know-how to the test with a series of mock disaster scenarios.

February 20, 2015
Free movie screening to kick off One Book, One Harper spring events

One Book, One Harper's spring events will kick off Monday with a film screening of "The Tuskegee Airmen," a story that focuses on the exploits of the groundbreaking unit of African-American combat pilots who served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

February 20, 2015
Trustees go to Washington to advocate for community colleges

Board Trustee Bill Kelley and Student Trustee Marisa Andreuccetti recently attended the 2015 Community College National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C.

February 18, 2015
Motorcycle Safety Training registration open

Despite the snow and chilly temps, it won't be too long before the convertible tops come down and motorcyclists are out in droves. That means registration is now open for Harper College's popular - and free - Motorcycle Safety Training program.

February 16, 2015
Hundreds to attend upcoming Transfer Fair

Surveys show about 60 percent of new students at Harper College intend to transfer. Helping students to get there is the College's upcoming Transfer Fair, which will boast representatives from nearly 70 four-year colleges and universities from across the nation.

February 11, 2015
Considering a return to college?

Whether it's the first time stepping foot onto a college campus or a return to college after an extended absence, prospective adult learners have questions and concerts that differ from traditional students. With that in mind, Harper will hold an adult information session Feb. 17.

February 11, 2015
New art exhibit runs through Feb. 19

The newest exhibition at Harper College's Art Exhibition Space, "Records are Written in Stone," features a series of photo-based work and recent projects by Ryan Thompson.

February 6, 2015
Mardi Gras concert

The Harper Symphony Orchestra will channel the rich New Orleans tradition of Fat Tuesday at its upcoming concert, "Mardi Gras."

February 4, 2015
Trio of Indian cooking classes starts Feb. 6

Instructor Shilpi Saxena says to always cook with love, to trust your instincts and go by your taste. She'll try to show students the way through a tour of Indian food during three hands-on classes put on by Harper College's Continuing Education Department.

February 3, 2015
LCC to offer free tax preparation

To help navigate the often stressful process of filing your taxes, Harper College's Learning and Career Center will offer free tax preparation to eligible community members.

January 29, 2015
Harper, Palatine Fire Dept. team to offer CERT training

Harper College and the Palatine Fire Department are partnering to offer CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training starting Feb. 2, equipping residents with the skills to prepare for the worst.

January 26, 2015
Sound Opinions co-hosts to lead rock and roll boot camp

The co-hosts of Sound Opinions, the nation's most popular radio rock and roll talk show, will lead a cutting edge, half-day boot camp at Harper College aimed at showing musicians how to take their band from the basement to the stage.

January 21, 2015
Students take part in MLK Day of Service

Harper College students will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking part in the MLK Day of Service.

January 19, 2015
Harper College for Business launches series of workshops

Harper College for Business will offer an interactive workshop on Jan. 23 that teaches concrete techniques to defuse anger and avoid behaviors or language that may escalate conflicts at work.

January 18, 2015
Chamber Music Festival highlights classical favorites

Harper College's 10th annual Chamber Music Festival will showcase more than 15 of the music department's most accomplished artist faculty performing great works from the classical chamber music repertoire.

January 13, 2015
Economic Update and Outlook Breakfast

Harper College will offer a free public economics lesson on Jan. 21 aimed at deciphering the economy and the financial market for 2015.

January 12, 2015
Sonography program offers free ultrasounds

Harper College's Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs are seeking volunteers interested in receiving a free ultrasound.

January 8, 2015
Furniture, hundreds of other items from Building D to be auctioned off

A live auction will be held featuring hundreds of pieces of furniture, appliances and other items being cleared out to make way for the upcoming renovation of Building D.

January 6, 2015