News from Oakton: November 27, 2012

Register for Courses over Winter Break and for Spring at Oakton
Wrap up college credit over the winter break! Register now for Oakton’s Winterim session, which offers college-credit classes in a condensed time period. Most classes begin December 17.

Courses are available in business, computer information systems, English, history, humanities, law enforcement, marketing, philosophy, physical education, political science, and psychology. Offered at Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) or online, classes do not meet on holidays, the eves of holidays, or on weekends.

For a complete listing of Winterim class offerings, visit

And it’s not too early to think spring! Registration for spring 2013 classes at Oakton is underway. Most classes begin the week of January 14, 2013.

Find spring class listings – as well as late-start courses – online at, or in the Spring 2013 Credit and Noncredit Class Schedule, available at the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses.

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 at

For more information about classes, contact Advising and Counseling at 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines), or 847.635.1400 (Skokie).


Oakton Performing Arts Rises to New Heights in Up
Chasing a dream can leave you up in the air – that’s the lesson at the core of Bridget Carpenter’s dramatic comedy Up. Presented by the Performing Arts at Oakton, the play runs November 29 – December 2, and December 6 – 9, in Studio One at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Directed by Brandon Bruce, artistic director for Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre, Up follows the fortunes of Walter Griffin and his family. Sixteen years ago, Walter soared high above the earth in a lawn chair suspended by weather balloons. Now, he tinkers obsessively with failed inventions, trying to recapture his 15 minutes of fame while his disillusioned wife Helen supports the family and his teenage son Mikey languishes. But Walter’s dream affects them all in ways they never could have imagined.

Kick off your holiday season with a special $5 preview of Up on Thursday, November 29 at 8 p.m.  Other performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, November 30, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 6, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 students and seniors; and $6 for groups of 15 or more.

To order, contact the Ticket Box Office at 847.635.1900.


Ninth Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser Takes a Stand Against Hunger
Make a difference in the fight against hunger – and get ahead on your holiday shopping – during Oakton’s Ninth Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, Saturday, December 1, from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. The event features hundreds of unique ceramic bowls donated by professional and student potters from throughout the Chicagoland area.

For a donation of $14, participants select a distinctive handcrafted bowl that is theirs to keep, and receive a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder that “someone’s bowl is always empty.” The event includes a raffle drawing for ceramic art work and a silent auction for select pieces of sculpture and jewelry. All proceeds benefit local food charities.

Sponsored by the Ceramics Club at Oakton, Empty Bowls is a nonprofit, global movement that has raised millions of dollars for food banks, soup kitchens, and other meal programs. Since 2004, this event at Oakton has sold almost 10,000 bowls and raised more than $125,000 for local food pantries.  

Entertainment will be provided by Patchouli (, an acoustic duo whose songs about harmony and healing inspire the human spirit.

For more information, contact, or call 847.635.1699.


Noteworthy Festival Rings in the Holidays
The weather outside may be frightful – but Oakton’s Noteworthy Festival can warm you up and add some holiday sparkle to the season! Enjoy the College’s talented student performers and outstanding music faculty during this week-long celebration at the Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

  • Guitar Ensemble
    Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m., $3 general admission.
    Oakton guitar students display their six-string sorcery under the direction of Tom Clippert, a member of the Avanti Guitar Trio and graduate of the Yale University School of Music.
  • String Ensemble
    Monday, December 3, at 8 p.m., $3 general admission.
    Join student ensembles and soloists under the direction of Daniel Golden, a former principal viola of Orchestra London Canada, for a program featuring familiar classics and stimulating selections from around the world.
  • Vocal Recital
    Wednesday, December 5, at 8 p.m., $3 general admission.
    Voice students directed by Eileen Berman, a performing member of Oakton’s music faculty, present an evening of classic and contemporary song favorites.
  • Choral Recital
    Thursday, December 6, at 8 p.m., $3 general admission.
    Enjoy classical and contemporary selections – including favorite songs from Broadway – during this performance by the Oakton Community Choir, directed by Eileen Berman.
  • Jazz Invasion
    Friday, December 7, at 8 p.m., $5 general admission, $3 students and seniors.
    Put some sparkle in your winter! The legendary Oakton Jazz Band, under the direction of music instructor Robert Evans, performs timeless classics by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Horace Silver, and more.

For tickets, call the Oakton Box Office at 847.635.1900.


Next Stop . . . Oakton
Discover why Oakton is the perfect place to start or continue your college education during a visit to the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, on Tuesday, December 4, starting at 5:30 p.m., in Room 1606.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach, the last tour for 2012 will feature information about admission, career and transfer programs, financial aid, student services, and extracurricular activities. Oakton faculty, administrators, staff, and students will be available to answer questions.

Oakton offers associate’s degrees and certificate programs for students planning to move on to four-year colleges or universities, as well as those preparing for employment in a variety of careers. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

To register, call 847.635.1835 or visit


Get on Board for a Health Career
Discover the exciting world of health care careers! Take your first step at one of Oakton’s free information sessions, including:

  • Medical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy
    Wednesday, November 28, at 11 a.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Radiologic Technology
    Wednesday, December 5, at 2 p.m.
    Room A151, Skokie
  • Nursing
    Thursday, December 6, at 2 p.m.
    Room 1610, Des Plaines

Sessions showcase the College’s degree and certificate programs in these health career programs. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

To reserve your spot, visit or call 847.635.1700.


Nuances of Landscape Exhibition Showcases Illinois Artists
Take an intimate look at diverse scenery by two local artists starting Thursday, December 6, when Nuances of Landscape: Paintings by Mary Porterfield and Nina Weiss opens at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Porterfield’s works question what makes an act heroic in the midst of circumstances beyond our control – symbolized in her pieces by natural phenomena such as geysers, storm clouds, and volcanoes. Her paintings are comprised of hundreds of small figures. Some depict religious individuals and saints whose brave acts involved giving unconditionally. Others represent the struggle to balance such ideals with the need to nurture oneself.

Inspired by the open spaces and far-off horizons of the Midwest, Weiss creates powerful, expressionistic paintings. Going beyond the traditional “green landscape,” she presents a heightened vision of the natural world, using colors that are intense, lush, and dramatic. Weiss’ paintings capture her travels through the “everyday” vistas of the Midwest and beyond – teasing out the complexity of nature and creating layers of contrast, line, and form.

On opening night, the public is invited to a free gala reception from 5 – 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through Friday, January 25, 2013.

The Koehnline Museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more details, call 847.635.2633, or visit


Oakton’s Jewish Studies Examines the Myth of the Golem
For centuries, the myth of the Golem – a clay figure brought to life by magic, often to serve its creator – has inspired writers, poets, and artists. Learn more about this figure that appears in video games, science fiction novels, and television shows on Thursday, December 6, at 11 a.m., at Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103).

Monsters and Superheroes: The Jewish Golem Myth in Interwar Film and Art explores how the Golem was depicted as both good and evil in Europe during the rise of Nazism, reflecting the struggles of the 1920s and 1930s. 

Sponsored by the College’s Jewish Studies Concentration, this free presentation features Mia Spiro, Ph.D., visiting scholar, Northwestern University’s Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies. Spiro earned master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in English literature, as well as graduate diplomas in Jewish studies and advanced Hebrew from York University in Toronto. A former Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she is currently working on the project Modern Monsters: Golems, Vampires, and the Ghosts of War.

For more information, contact Wendy Maier-Sarti at 847.635.1458 or