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Faculty Biography - John Rizzo

Faculty Biography - John Rizzo

John Rizzo

John Rizzo


A.B. University of Illinois, Chicago
A.M. University of Illinois, Chicago 

Room 2430 Des Plaines

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John Rizzo has extensive professional experience in the performing arts, education and business. His first job was as a violinist with the US Air Force Strolling Strings, entertaining Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He worked as a jobbing musician for many years, playing violin, viola, string bass and bass guitar in a variety of bands. In 2001 he founded the Italian Opera Company of Chicago, and still serves as its Artistic Director.

Mr. Rizzo holds a Masters Degree in Theater from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and since 2001 Mr. Rizzo has been an adjunct faculty member at Oakton Community College, where he has taught credit courses on Music Theater, Western Culture and History.

After a successful career as a salesman for companies including ADT and Reed-Elsevier Publishing, Mr. Rizzo founded American Communications Enterprises, Inc. (ACE) in 1997. A Web site design and hosting company, ACE has numerous clients, including La Preferida Mexican Foods and Dell’Alpe Italian Foods. He was elected Vice President – Membership for the Harwood Heights-Norridge Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Currently, John Rizzo is also Chief Staff Writer for Amici Journal, a bimonthly Italian American magazine.

In 2008, Mr. Rizzo led an Opera Tour of Florence, Lucca, and Milan, Italy and in 2009, he led a tour to Athens and several Greek Islands.

Alumni Profile

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Oakton holds a special place for John Nebl, a police officer who took classes at the College during the 1980s. Not only did he find his vocation, he also found his wife.



March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

March 13
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

March 16 -22
Spring Break.

March 23
Classes resume after Spring Break

March 25
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

March 29
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2015 semester.

May 14, 15
Evaluation Days.

May 15
Last day of student attendance.

May 18
First summer 2015 interim classes begin.

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