Harper Talks: The Harper Alumni Podcast
A co-production of Harper Alumni Program and WHCM Radio.
Listen in as Harper alumni share their stories, experiences, and life journeys. Through Harper Talks conversations led by Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Brian Shelton, Alumni are invited to share how education, career successes and failures and human connection have impacted them along the way.
Harper Talks is a co-production of WHCM 88.3 Harper Student Radio and the Harper Alumni
Relations. WHCM students assist with editing and production of each episode. Original
podcast theme music composed by Harper student Aidan Cashman.
Harper Talks episodes can be found on all podcast streaming services including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google, or other platforms and downloaded below.
Harper Talks Show 8 - Laura Pulio Colbert - MP3Assistant professor of communication arts, Brian Shelton welcomes director of theatre,
Laura Pulio Colbert on the latest episode of Harper Talks. Laura discusses her own
journey from Harper to Harper. Colbert was a Harper College graduate, class of 1983,
and eventually made her way back to serve the college as a staff member. Join the
pair as they discuss Colbert’s own experience with community college and the transfer
process, reflect on Harper then and now, delve into college not only being a place
for education but also a place for personal development, the value of arts education
and one of her greatest revelations had over a buffalo chicken sandwich. There’s so
much to gain from Colbert’s honest, insightful and humorous retelling of her own career
and life path, all laid out in this months episode of Harper Talks. Download Episode 8 Transcript.
Harper Talks Bonus Show 7 - Teaching in a Pandemic - MP3In a special bonus episode of Harper Talks Assistant Professor of Communication Arts,
Brian Shelton, is joined by his colleagues to discuss the adjustments and adaptations
they have made this past year in response to the shifting educational environment.
Assistant Professor of Physics, Raeghan Graessle, Assistant Professor of Business
and Entrepreneurship, Marie Lapidus and Associate Professor of Speech, Kevin Long,
all join Brian Shelton in conversation about their first hand experience with transitioning
to isolated learning.. Download Episode 7 Transcript.
Harper Talks Show 6 - Jamie Pritscher - MP32013's Distinguished Alumni award-winner Jamie Pritscher comes from a family of entrepreneurs,
drawing from that when she co-founded That's Caring, a socially-conscious and eco-friendly
solution to gift baskets. Jamie also founded nuphoriq, a full-service marketing agency
specializing in the catering industry, as well as sitting on the boards of the Community
Character Coalition and Friends of Busse Woods. Join Jamie and Assistant Professor
of Communication Arts Brian Shelton as they discuss getting started, getting involved,
and how working for yourself can really be. Download Episode 6 Transcript.
Harper Talks Show 5 - Greg Cadichon - MP32019 Distinguished Alumni Greg Cadichon injured his hamstring training for a National
Junior College Athletic Association track meet while enrolled at Harper College. He
is no stranger to hardship, and the experience proved to be an education. During the
recovery from his injury he became fascinated with the rehabilitation process, eventually
founding Rebound Fitness in Northbrook. Join Greg and Assistant Professor of Communication
Arts Brian Shelton as they discuss focusing in school, finding a calling, and more
on Harper Talks. Download Episode 5 Transcript.
Harper Talks Show 4 - Reveca Torres - MP3Reveca Torres earned her associate degree from Harper College in 2002, and went on
to earn a degree in theatre arts from the University of Arizona in 2004. This is a
path made difficult by her paralysis, caused by a car accident at 13 years of age.
In 2009, Reveca Torres founded Backbones, a non-profit providing support for individuals
with spinal cord injuries. Listen in as Reveca Torres and Assistant Professor of Communication
Arts Brian Shelton discuss accessibility, her artistic work, and accomplishments on
Harper Talks. Download Episode 4 Transcript.
Harper Talks Show 3 - Joe McEnery - MP3Alumnus Joe McEnery attended Harper College then majored in education at Illinois
State University and taught for 4 years as a middle school teacher. With that beginning
you would not assume Joe McEnery would be where he is today, a lieutenant and paramedic
in the Elk Grove Village Fire Rescue Department. His experience at Harper College
has shaped his career as a public servant. Join Joseph McEnery and Assistant Professor
of Communication Arts Brian Shelton as they discuss making life changing career decisions,
service to the community and more topics on Harper Talks. Download Episode 3 Transcript.
Harper Talks Show 2 - Ann Portmann - MP3Ann Portmann had a 20-year career as a financial planner and accountant before she
discovered a different calling in nursing. Her experience in the Harper College nursing
program started her on the path to earning hospice, palliative nurse, and wound care
certifications. She works as the care team manager at JourneyCare Barrington and is a 2020 Harper College Distinguished Alumni. Join Ann Portmann and
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Brian Shelton as they discuss career leaps,
hospice care, and more topics on Harper Talks. Download Episode 2 Transcript.
Harper Talks Show 1 - Scott Lietzow - MP3Scott Lietzow is the Harper College 2020 Outstanding Recent Alumni Honoree. Having
served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Scott Lietzow used the G.I. Bill to earn an education
at Harper College. Hear as he and Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Brian
Shelton discuss how his time at Harper College and in the Marines prepared Scott for
his future. Scott became a member of former U.S. Rep. Bob Dold's congressional campaign
and would come to work at Allstate as a military talent senior consultant. Download Episode 1 Transcript.
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