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Click on the above icons or scroll down for information and links to activities, events, and programs for Harper College students.

We invite you to get involved and stay connected at Harper College by participating in some of the many offerings that have been planned for you by departments across campus. Scroll down for more information.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Friday, December 3, 2021

According to the United Nations, "The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. 

"This year, International Day of People with Disabilities should be used to recognize that people who live with disabilities are among the most affected populations amid the COVID pandemic. Where marginalization, discrimination, vulnerability and exploitation are everyday factors for many people, the increased risk of poor outcomes have been magnified with the reduced access to routine health care and rehabilitation services, more pronounced social isolation, poorly tailored public health messaging, inadequately constructed mental health services, and a lack of emergency preparedness for people with special needs." Source: https://idpwd.org/

Don't Miss This - Upcoming Events

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Free Movie Night featuring Marvel Studios Black Widow

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Doors open at 6:00pm, film begins at 7:00pm (run time 2 hours, 13 minutes)

Building J Theater, J143

Enjoy a free, socially distanced film featuring Black Widow by Marvel Studios. Limited seating; masks required. Contact the Harper College Box Office to reserve tickets at 847.925.6100 or click here. Rated PG-13. Official trailer. 

Representative Jonathan Carroll

Welcome Illinois State Representative Jonathan Carroll

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Wojcik Conference Center, Room W216

Representative Carroll will be attending the Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. All students are welcome to attend. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Building D Rotunda

Student Activities Board invites current Harper College students to welcome snow season at a Winter Wonderland of fun. Stop by for some tasty treats, including a hot chocolate bar, cupcakes, and participate in winter theme games and crafts.  

Finals Week Fun with Dog

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021 

11:00am to 1:00pm 

Library, First Floor 

Join members of the Campus Well-Being Collective for refreshments, giveaways, and a chance to connect with students and employees at the Well-Being Social Hour, hosted by the Library and The Make Shop.  

In addition, stop by to pet some comfort dogs in preparation for finals week and create a DIY Tin Can Lantern.  


Refueling Station Fruit Bowl

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Thursday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 14, 2021 

9:00am to 1:00pm 

Building D Rotunda 

Take a quick study break to pick up a free grab-and-go snack in the Building D rotunda. Refueling your body while studying can help improve concentration and the ability to retain information. 

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December Arts Events at Harper College Intellectual Icon

Listen to an acclaimed author’s lecture or contemplate a renowned artist’s work. View our 300-piece art collection or enjoy classic and contemporary dramas and musicals. or enjoy classic and contemporary dramas and musicals. Each fall and spring, Harper’s cultural and performing arts programs bring you an array of arts events featuring visiting artists and renowned performers, including talented students. Browse our 2020-2021 Season page or Events Calendar to learn more. Click here for Box Office web page.

In-person events are socially distanced with limited capacity. Masks required. Contact Harper Box Office for tickets and additional information at 847.925.6100 or click here.

Scott Mossman: Triplethreat: Painting, Sculpture and Works on Paper

Ongoing through December 8, 2021, M - R, 9:00am to 3:00pm, Room C200

Harper Ensemble Series: Concert Choir and SPECTRA

Friday, December 3, 2021, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center

Harper Ensemble Series: Festival Chorus Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 5, 2021, 3:00pm, Performing Arts Center

Harper Ensemble Series: Steel Bands

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center

Harper Ensemble Series: Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center

Wind Symphony Concert

Thursday, December 9, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center

Harper Ensemble Series: Flute Ensemble

Friday, December 10, 2021, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center

Harper Ensemble Series: Piano Ensemble

Saturday, December 11, 2021, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center

Harper Ensemble Series: Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3:00pm, Performing Arts Center

It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play - Virtual Event

Sunday, December 12, 2021, 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Ticket Link: https://www.harpercollege.edu/services/arts/boxoffice.php

Build and Maintain Your Well Being

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Week before and week of finals  

Be on the lookout for the Snack Attack Ninjas on campus as they will be handing out free snacks to students during the week before and the week of final exams!

Chillax and Breathe

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Thursday, December 9, 2021 

8:00am to 9:00am 

Virtual Event

Life can be stressful. Take time to chill, relax, and breathe with Daniel.  Move, stretch, and unwind through natural movements, mindful meditations, and breathing techniques that will help calm your nerves and disarm your flight or fight response. All levels are welcome and no equipment is needed.  

Link(s) for event: https://events.harpercollege.edu/event/chillax_and_breathe_with_daniel_2254 

Diabetes and Nutrition Support Network

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Thursday, December 16, 2021 

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Living with and managing diabetes, as well as a person's overall nutrition habits, is not always an easy task for many individuals. Rather than feeling alone during your journey with diabetes and/or supporting those with diabetes, or just simply trying to get a handle on your overall nutrition, Harper College has formed a network to allow individuals from Harper who are living with diabetes (or are helping someone manage their own diabetes), as well as folks who are just looking to improve their overall nutrition, to come together to share their stories, experiences and resources. The group is led and managed by a registered dietitian, Mia Greco, MSNW, MPH, RD, LDN and Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Supervisor in the Nutrition Department at Harper College. The group meets monthly. Attendance at all of the meetings is not mandatory. Attend as your schedule allows. WebEx meeting invites will be sent to participants after they have registered.  

Registration link: https://forms.gle/BoUv8pCRtPpyFywS7 

Event link: https://events.harpercollege.edu/event/nutrition_and_diabetes_support_network_9374

Finals Week Study Tips

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Monday, December 13 – Friday, December 17, 2021 

Most classes will have final exams administered this week; however, 8-week sections and other short-term/early-start classes are not included. 

Set a Schedule: Your study schedule will help you split your studying into bits and allow you to outline what you need to do per day. It also provides you with more time for activities of high importance. A schedule will help you learn more and to help reduce procrastination.  

Choose a Good Place to Study: You need a place that’s comfortable without being so relaxing that you end up falling asleep. For some people, that means working at a desk. Others do better on the couch or at the kitchen table. Your bed, on the other hand, maybe too comfy.  

Choose A Study Method That Works For You: PQ4R is a strategy that can help you digest the information you read. This approach has six steps:  

1. Preview: Skim the material. Read the titles, headings, and other highlighted text.  

2. Question: Think through questions that pertain to the material.

3. Read: As you work through the material, try to find answers to your questions.  

4. Reflect: Consider whether you have any unanswered questions or new questions.  

5. Recite: Speak aloud about the things you just read.

6. Review: Look over the material one more time.  

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Group exercise classes are free for Harper students and Health and Recreation Center members! Classes are led by certified group exercise instructors with expertise in providing motivating, challenging, and fun group exercises classes to a wide range of populations. Formats include HIIT, strength, yoga, spin, full body circuit, and total body barre. Click here for details and schedule.

Free Flu Shots

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With any fall season it also means it’s flu season! While getting your COVID vaccination is important, it’s equally important to receive your flu vaccine every year to help reduce flu-related illness and hospitalizations in your communities. Students can receive a free flu shot from Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). Stop by the Health and Recreation Center, Building M (front desk), anytime during the Fall 2021 semester to pick up your FREE flu shot voucher. You can then proceed to take your flu voucher to Northwest Community Healthcare Harper College location (1200 West Algonquin Rd., Building M) to receive your flu shot anytime beginning Monday, October 4, 2021.

  1. To receive a free flu shot, students are required to bring their flu shot voucher along with their official Harper College student ID.
  2. Students are only able to redeem their free flu shot voucher at the 1200 West Algonquin Rd. Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) location. The vouchers are not accepted at any other NCH location.
  3. Drop-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary. However, students can call to schedule an appointment at 847.618.1000.
  4. Students must redeem their voucher by December 31, 2021 while supplies last.
  5. Questions? Contact Harper Wellness Manager, Beth Ripperger, at eripperg@harpercollege.edu.
Counseling Services

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Counseling Services provides support to students across three main areas: Career, Personal and Educational Counseling. Whether you need help fine-tuning your goals, tips for motivation and stress relief, help conquering fears about college life, or improving your success habits, we can help. Services are offered individually, in workshop, and small group formats for Harper students, free of charge. Call 847.925.6393 to make an appointment or contact the office using this form: https://harpercollege.formstack.com/forms/student_development_services_copy


WellTrack is a Free Resource Available to All Harper Students! Well Being Emotional Icon

WellTrack is a self-guided and interactive way to manage your mental well-being. It is an online tool designed to help you understand your feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. WellTrack is confidential, anonymous, and secure. Click here or call Counseling Services at 847.925.6393 for more information.

Hawks Care

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The Hawks Care Student Resource Center is here to help Harper College students connect to campus and community resources, and to meet your basic needs so you can focus on your academic goals.

Whether you are looking for food pantries, local housing programs, or need help finding other community resources for medical and mental health care, we can help. 

Click here for more information, hours of operation, the on-campus location, and additional off-campus resources.

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Harper College has launched Cleared4, our platform for submitting your COVID-19 vaccination/testing results. You must provide this information to meet the governor’s mandate that college students and employees be fully vaccinated or test weekly for COVID-19 to come to campus. Click here for additional information and links.

Your Financial Health


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Do you still need money for college? Check out this list of external scholarship resources to see if you qualify: https://harpercollege.academicworks.com/opportunities/external 

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance has many resources available to help you complete your educational goals at Harper College, including information sessions on how to complete your Federal Application for Financial Assistance (FAFSA), and links to institutional, donor, and external scholarships, and information on how to complete scholarship applications on their scholarships web page.

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Financial aid starts with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.  The 2022-2023 FAFSA is now open.  It’s easy and fast to complete.  Use your 2020 federal income tax information.  Submit it early to maximize your aid eligibility.  Go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa 

Student I.D.'s

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HarperCard Student I.D. 

Your Harper Student Photo I.D. card, known as your HarperCard, can give you campus benefits like access to the College's library and computer labs. The HarperCard can also entitle you to a fitness center membershipBox Office discounts and other savings and services.

After you have registered for the first time, you can obtain your HarperCard at the Harper College Box Office (Building J, Room J135). A photo I.D., such as a driver's license or passport, and proof of Harper College registration is required. Cards are valid for three years from the date of issue.

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Get involved, and stay connected at Harper College with Hawk Talk, a virtual Instagram show for Harper students featuring information on College programs, services, events, and activities; presented by Student Engagement staff. New content airs weekly, when classes are in session, on Student Engagement social media.

Follow us @HarperCampurRec, @HarperStudentEngagement, and @Harper_Wellness for regular updates

Student Clubs and Organizations

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Clubs and Organizations Window Painting Competition

Student Engagement would like to thank the student clubs and organizations who participated in the HarperStore window painting competition in November, and congratulate French Club on their winning design. This year's theme was "All Things Entertainment." Windows will be on display in Building L through mid-December.

Bookstore Window Deaf Club  Bookstore Window Environmental Club  Bookstore Window French Club  Bookstore Window Latinos Unidos  Bookstore Window PTK Honors  Bookstore Window Student Activities Board

Click on photos to visit club web pages.


Student Clubs

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More that 35 Harper College student clubs and organizations are meeting this semester. Whether in-person, remote or hybrid, you can join a club to get involved and stay connected with Harper, and meet other students with similar interests. Club membership builds lasting friendships, helps you find a study partner, builds your resume, and improves your scholarship letter, while providing a relaxing and fun opportunity for students to connect. Click here for a list of clubs that are meeting this fall. Contact advisors for membership and meeting details.

Free Legal Assistance for Harper Students

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Student Engagement offers confidential legal assistance for Harper students for general legal matters and immigration issues. This service is free for currently enrolled Harper College credit students.   Student Involvement web page


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Free Legal Guidance for General Legal Matters 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Contact Student Engagement for virtual appointments at 847.925.6242

Email: stuinv@harpercollege.edu

Free, personal and confidential legal guidance for general legal matters, including automobile accidents, child custody, contract disputes, credit card issues, divorce, landlord/tenant agreements, and other general legal matters is available on-campus, by telephone, or Webex meeting. 


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Immigration Legal Assistance Virtual Appointments 

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For free, confidential, virtual assistance with immigration issues is available in English, Korean, Polish or Spanish. Email Lia H. Kim-Yi, Director of Immigration Law Practice at the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic: LKimYi@nslegalaid.org or call 847.737.4042.

Click here for a series of informational videos on immigration legal issues.

More Ways to Stay Connected: Student Email and Social Media

Check Your Student Email

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Remember to visit your Harper College student portal, check your student email regularly for important dates and information, and click here to link to the Harper College Student Engagement Events Calendar. Harper College also has an Emergency Messaging System. Use this link for information and to register to receive alerts.

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Harper College and many departments host social media accounts to help you get involved and stay connected with Harper. Stay tuned by checking in regularly for the latest information and details on upcoming events, activities and services for Harper College students.


Harper College Social Media @harpercollege on Instagram. Also connect with us on YouTube and Twitter

Athletics @harperhawks on Instagram 

Campus Recreation @harpercampusrec on Instagram. Also connect with us on Facebook

Harper Wellness @harper_wellness on Instagram. Also connect with us on YouTube and TikTok!

Job Placement Resource Center @harper_jprc on Instagram

Library @harpercollegelibrary on Instagram

Student Engagement @harperstudentengagement on Instagram. Also connect with us on Facebook

Veterans Center @harpercollegesva on Instagram

All members of the Harper College community, including students, employees, guests, and visitors, have the right to be free from gender-based or sexual misconduct in their educational pursuits at Harper.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F. R. Part 106, is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded program or activity. In compliance with Title IX, William Rainey Harper College prohibits sex discrimination, inclusive of sexual harassment and sexual assault, towards any person regardless of sex, gender, or gender identity. 

Click here to open the Harper College Title IX web page, to review your rights and options, and to report a violation.


Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may email ads@harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6791 at least two weeks in advance of the event date.

Last Updated: 12/8/21