Harper Happenings

Welcome to Fall Semester 2022 at Harper College

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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 click on the above for more information.

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Don't Miss This - Upcoming August and September Events

Build and Maintain Your Well Being

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The Buddy System Well Being Emotional Icon

The Harper College Buddy System program is an initiative to help connect Harper students who would like to meet new friends or establish new connections (whether you're taking in-person or virtual classes). We know college can be a big adjustment – whether you’re transitioning from high school, another college or coming back to college after some time away – the Buddy System connects you with another Harper student! In order to be efficiently matched with a Harper College buddy, the submission form is due by end-of-day on Friday, September 9, 2022.

Click here to participate! If you have any questions or issues, please email Beth Ripperger, Harper Wellness Manager, at eripperg@harpercollege.edu or buddysystem@harpercollege.edu

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Activate Your Free Membersip at the Health and Recreation Center Well Being Physial icon

Health and Recreation Center (Building M) 

Harper students, activate your free membership to the Health and Recreation Center. Workout in the fitness center, chill in the Egaming room, take a group exercise class, hire a personal trainer, play in the fieldhouse, jog or walk the elevated track, or swim in the six-lane pool. 

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Fall Into Fitness -- Free Fitness Assessments Well Being Physial icon 

Thursday, September 2, 2022 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Health and Recreation Center (Building M), Performance Lab

Harper students get a FREE fitness assessment. Fitness assessments include body fat testing, flexibility, muscular endurance, posture and more, and can be used to develop fitness goals, training programs. Click here for additional information and registration link. 

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Intramural Open Play Well Being Physial icon

Friday, September 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2022 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Health and Recreation Center, Building M 

Harper students! Join us for drop-in intramural sports play. Each week brings a different format including ping-pong, 3v3 basketball, 4v4 volleyball, and more. Open play is free to Health and Recreation Center members. Non-members can purchase a $5 Intramural Sports Play Pass on the day of each event. Click here for more information.

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Community Pulse Check-Ins Well Being Physial icon

On campus: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Health and Recreation Center, Building M, Room M2008

Virtual: Friday, September 16, 2022, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Community Pulse Check-Ins are designed to share and learn how Harper employees and students are managing with current challenges occurring in both our internal and external environments. The monthly check-ins provide space for learning, imploring empathy and providing resources as needed. The Check-Ins are facilitated by a professional staff member. Click here to participate in virtual event on Friday, September 16, 2022.

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Thrive at Harper Well Being Bash Well Being Physial icon

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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Save the date for the Harper College Well-Being Bash and attend to learn about the many ways Harper College Wellness can keep you health and happy this semester!

Click here to access the Harper College Wellness department web page.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Building D, Room D156 

The Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital Suicide Prevention Coordinator will conduct a S.A.V.E. training workshop to understand the signs of suicide and what steps you should take to help. 

Seating is limited, please register at: https://forms.office.com/r/64irwgzbFt  

Click here for information about the Harper College Center for Veterans and Military-Connected Students.

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Zumba with the Provost Well Being Emotional Icon

Thursday, September 29, 2022 

4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

Health and Recreation Center, Building M 

Bring on the fun and participate in Zumba led by Dr. MaryAnn Janosik, Provost and certified Zumba instructor. Zumba is a dance-based aerobic workout featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American, Hip Hop and Pop dance. This Zumba workout also features Latin American rhythms as we celebrate LatinX Heritage Month. Click here to read more.

Your Financial Wellness

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Fund Your Future: Financial Aid Trivia Well Being FInancial icon

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 and Wednesday, September 14, 2022 

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Avanté Concourse 

Do you have questions about how to pay for school? We have answers! Stop by, say "Hi," ask some questions, and maybe win a cool prize playing trivia! 

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Building A, 3rd Floor

Become a student aide on campus and save gas commuting to your job!

Increase your chance of getting hired for a student aid position by attending the Student Aide Hiring Expo and meeting on campus with many offices that have open positions!

The benefits of working on campus include; you are already on campus, most offices work around your class schedule, and an on-campus student aid job is a great resume builder! Click here to apply; search "Student Worker."

Click here to access the Harper College Job Placement Resource Center (JPRC) web page.

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Do You Still Need Money for College? Well Being FInancial icon

Scholarship money is available! Check out this list of external scholarship resources to see if you qualify for any of the available scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000:


Click here to access the Financial Aid and Scholarships web page.

Student I.D.'s

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The HarperCard Student I.D. Office is located in Building R, the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Intellectual Icon

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 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), Building R. 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.

Student Clubs and Organizations

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Join a Student Club or Organization Well Being Social icon

Club membership builds lasting friendships, helps you find a study partner, enhances your resume, and improves your scholarship letter, while providing a relaxing and fun opportunity to connect. More than 40 student clubs and organizations were active in 2021-2022 at Harper College. Whether in-person, remote, or hybrid, you can join a club to meet other students with similar interests to get involved, and stay connected at Harper.

Click here for a list of clubs that were active in spring 2022. Use link to contact club and organization advisors for membership and meeting details.

Free Legal Assistance for Harper Students

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Student Engagement offers free, confidential legal guidance for currently enrolled Harper students on general legal matters and immigration issues.

Visit the Student Involvement web page for additional information.


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Personal and confidential virtual appointments with a practicing attorney are available:

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - Meet the Lawyer at Hullabaloo!*
  • Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., by telephone

Personal and confidential appointments with a practicing attorney are available to discuss general legal matters, including automobile accidents, child custody issues, contract disputes, credit card concerns, divorce, landlord/tenant agreements, and other general legal concerns. Appointments available by telephone, or Webex meeting. Email Student Engagement at stuinv@harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6242.

*Personal appointments will not be available at Hullabaloo.

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  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - Meet the Lawyer at Hullabaloo!*
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., by telephone

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.

*Personal appointments will not be available at Hullabaloo.

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

More Ways to Stay Connected: Student Email and Social Media

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The Online Events Calendar and Student Email Well Being Social icon

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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Connect with Harper College on Social Media Well Being Social icon

Harper College and many College departments host social media accounts to help you get involved and stay connected this semester. 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

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion @harperdei 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: 8/6/22