News from Oakton: March 20, 2012

Summer Registration Begins March 26
Register for summer 2012 classes at Oakton starting Monday, March 26. Eight-week courses begin Monday, June 4, and seven-week courses start Monday, June 11.

Summer semester class listings may be found online at, or in the Summer 2012 Credit and Noncredit Schedule, available at the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses, 1600 East Golf Road, and 7701 North Lincoln Avenue.

Register in person at either campus Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Students with a current application on file may register online at

For more information about classes, call 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines), or 847.635.1400 (Skokie).

Oakton Hosts Sexual Assault Awareness Week Events
Did you know that every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted?

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, commemorated nationally March 25 – 31, Oakton will host several free events. View the Clothesline Project, a display of shirts with messages and illustrations designed by survivors or those who love them, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., March 27 –28, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1443). Shirts will be provided for those who wish to share. The Clothesline Project also will be displayed 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, March 29, and 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday, March 30, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room A190).

Sexual Assault Awareness Week concludes with a Take Back the Night Rally and candlelight procession, starting at 6 p.m., Friday, March 30 (Main Lobby, Des Plaines campus). For more than three decades, Take Back the Night events have empowered women to take a stand against violence. The rally will include survivor testimonies and safety demonstrations.

Throughout the week, local nonprofit agencies including Advocacy, Living, and Mentoring After Assault; Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center; and Rape Victim Advocates will be at both campuses to provide information and support.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week is co-sponsored by the College Program Board, Student Health Services, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Human Services and Substance Abuse Counseling Program.

Angela Jackson, Poet, Playwright, and Novelist, Coming to Oakton
Event is Part of Women’s History Month

Oakton continues its celebration of Women’s History Month with the Chicago Writers Series on Tuesday, March 27.

Angela Jackson, a poet, playwright, and novelist who produced her first book of poetry, Voodoo Love Magic, in 1974 will read from her work. A recipient of numerous literary honors, including the Carl Sandburg Award, Jackson’s first novel, Where I Must Go, was published in 2009. Set in Eden University, a fictional stand-in for Northwestern, her novel deals with the experiences of the first black students who blazed the trail into mostly white universities.

The free event begins at 6 p.m., at Oakton’s Performing Arts Center, 1600 East Golf Road, and is sponsored by the Oakton Educational Foundation and student activity fees.

To view the full slate of events celebrating Women’s History Month at Oakton, visit

‘Hidden Child of the Holocaust’ Comes to Oakton
Hear firsthand accounts of a harrowing escape from the Nazis on Thursday, March 29, at Oakton.

Born in 1941 to Jewish parents in Belgium, Marguerite Mishkin’s parents perished in concentration camps during the Holocaust. A rural Belgian Catholic family concealed Mishkin and her sister through 1946. After World War II, the girls were sent to a Jewish orphanage in Brussels. Ultimately adopted by a Chicago rabbi and his wife, Mishkin earned a degree at Roosevelt University and worked as a teacher for many years.

Mishkin will present her lecture “Hidden Child of the Holocaust” from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room A142). Admission is free. Contact Wendy Maier-Sarti, professor of history, at or 847.635.1458 for more information.

Mishkin’s talk is part of Women’s History Month at Oakton. For a full list of events, visit

Get the Inside Scoop on Oakton’s Technology and Manufacturing Career Programs
Open House Features Computer Technology, Electronics, and More

Some of today’s hottest careers are in the field of technology and manufacturing. Stop by Oakton’s Skokie campus on Thursday, March 29, from 4-8 p.m., and find out how you can train for the job of your dreams.

Get the inside scoop on a range of Oakton programs and courses, including:

  • automotive technology
  • computer aided drafting
  • computer applications for business
  • computer information systems
  • computer networking
  • electronics technology
  • green technology
  • manufacturing
  • RFID (radio frequency identification)
  • robotics 

Talk to faculty, tour the labs, enjoy refreshments, and (if you’re lucky) take your chances in hourly raffle drawings! Prizes include TI calculators, external hard drives, thumb drives, and even a three-credit hour tuition waiver! Ticket holders must be present to win.

Oakton’s Skokie campus is located at 7701 North Lincoln Avenue. You’ll find the Open House in Room A145/152. For more information, call 847.635.1690.


Enjoy an International Film Fest at Oakton
Travel the globe without leaving your seat during the 25th Modern Language Film Fest, April 2 – 5, at Oakton Community College.

Attend free screenings at both campuses, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, and 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie. Twelve international films will be presented with English subtitles. These movies showcase the wide range of languages offered by the College.

This year’s selections include:

  • Vincere (Italian, 2009). A portrait of Benito Mussolini’s little-known first wife, Ida Dalser, who gave up everything to help champion his revolutionary ideas. The Chicago International Film Festival bestowed Vincere with the Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor Awards.
  • The Winner (Polish, 2011). Oliver, a young American of Polish descent, is a talented pianist, but his life and world collapse after he loses an important piano competition and his wife leaves him. Can betting on the horses give him a new start?
  • Women, Demon, Human (Chinese, 1987). The winner of two Chinese Academy Awards, this film is a stunning allegory of the struggle between modernity and tradition.

Other scheduled films include: Departures (Japanese, 2008), The Divine Weapon (Korean, 2008), It All Starts Today (French, 1999), A Matter of Size (Hebrew, 2009), Namestey London (Hindi and Urdu, 2007), The Outskirts (Russian, 1998), A Perfect Day (Arabic, 2005), Sangre de mi Sangre (Spanish, 2008), and Soul Kitchen (German, 2009).

The 25th Modern Language Film Fest is sponsored by the Council of Access, Equity, and Diversity and the Department of Modern Languages.


Register Now for Oakton Elder Care Certificate
Did you know that one out of every eight Americans is 65 years of age or older and that by 2030, more than 72 million Americans will be 65 or older?

Learn more about caring for the elderly by enrolling this spring in Oakton’s elder care certificate program. Courses focus on the communication, person-centered care, nutrition, and cognitive impairment of seniors. The certificate prepares students for non-medical care of seniors at home, as a home support services worker.

The World of the Elder (PES 101-002) prepares students for a caregiver role with elders. Content includes educational concepts and practices for the care and safety of elders experiencing normal aging. Six-week course meets 9 – 10:40 a.m., Fridays, starting April 6. 

Person-Centered Communication (PES 102-002). Class focuses on promoting holistic approaches and respect for the individual, and emphasizes adaptive services as the elder experiences changes in his or her health or abilities. Six-week course meets 11 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Fridays, starting April 6.

Dementia Care of the Elder (PES 103-002). Learn educational concepts and practices for the care and safety of elders experiencing dementia. This course also covers Alzheimer’s disease, including its stages and progression. Six-week course meets 1:30 – 3:10 p.m., Fridays, starting April 6.

Classes meet at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. For more information, visit