News from Oakton: February 5, 2013

Oakton Wins Prestigious Award from Government Finance Officers Association

For the 17th time, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented Oakton Community College with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award – the only national honor in governmental budgeting. The GFOA, which serves more than 17,500 government finance professionals, chose to recognize the College for its 2013 Fiscal Year Budget.

The only national honor of its kind, the award highlights Oakton’s commitment to meet the highest principles of government budgeting. To receive the award, public agencies must meet nationally recognized guidelines that specify how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications tool.

Carl Costanza, former vice president for business and finance at Oakton, thanked GFOA for its certificate of recognition. “We are honored once again to receive this award,” he said. “It’s a team effort and our primary goal is to clearly communicate the financial activities of the College to our district. Earning recognition from a prestigious organization as the GFOA is an added bonus.”


Farewell Show Exhibition Showcasing Oakton Art Faculty Opens Thursday
Two of Oakton’s senior faculty members will be retiring after long and fruitful careers with the College’s Art Department. Before they head off into the sunset, view their artwork at Farewell Show: Ceramics by Peter Hessemer and Paintings by James Krauss, which opens Thursday, February 7, at the College’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Motivated by his own teachers – Rudolf Staffel and Ruth Duckworth – Hessemer’s open-ended creative process draws its inspiration from natural objects. Hessemer’s works feature stoneware and porcelain clay pieces as well as a series of drawings.

An abstract painter for three decades, Krauss worked on large canvases before shifting to small works on paper. While color and expression remain his primary interests, the use of paper and intimate size has enabled him to infuse his works with subtle nuances and poetic moods. The exhibition will contain a range of Krauss’ pieces – including his latest works as he turns to pure abstraction, limited to graphite and white paint.

On opening night, the public is invited to a free gala reception from 5 - 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through Friday, March 22.

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


Attend a Free College Transfer Fair February 12
If you’re looking for information about higher education, you won’t want to miss a free College Fair on Wednesday, February 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines (Room 1606).

The event will feature representatives from more than 50 Midwest colleges and universities, including Bradley University, DePaul University, Dominican University, Eastern Illinois University, Elmhurst College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Marquette University, Northern Illinois University, University of Iowa, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Throughout the day, the College also will host several free workshops:

  • Getting the Most Out of a College Fair
    10 and 11:30 a.m. (Room 1604)
    Learn how to work the room and put your best foot forward.
  • Financing Your Education
    10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. (Room 1604)
    Experts present the best ways to pay for higher learning from experts.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a $25 gift card.

For more information, contact Kari Susens at


Get on Track for a Health Career at Oakton
Health care careers are red hot. Get on track for an exciting vocation by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Upcoming seminars include:

  • Medical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy
    Tuesday, February 12, 2:30 p.m.
    Room 2545.
  • Radiologic Technology
    Monday, February 25, 5 p.m.
    Room 1605.
  • Pharmacy Technician/Aseptic Pharmaceutical Preparations
    Tuesday, February 26, 6 p.m.
    Room 2109.

Sessions showcase the College’s degrees and certificates in these health career programs and faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

To reserve your spot, visit or call 847.635.1700.  


“Greek” is the Word at Oakton Community College
“Greek” is the word as Oakton Community College hosts a plethora of exciting events as a part of “Coming Together in Skokie,” an annual program that builds knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of the various ethnic heritages that comprise the Village of Skokie.

This year’s “Coming Together in Skokie” is a community-wide celebration of ancient and Greek contemporary culture. The program, now in its fourth year, features book discussions, films, lectures, special events, and more.

You won’t want to miss Plato and Aristotle on the Good Life: Its Meaning for Today, on Wednesday, February 13, 12:30 – 2 p.m., at the College’s Des Plaines campus 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1606), and on Friday, March 1, at the College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103). What constitutes a “good life” and how can such a life be achieved? Oakton Humanities and Philosophy faculty members Peter Hudis, professor, and Mark Samberg, instructor, discuss how the works of Plato and Aristotle speak to these enduring questions.

Check out additional “Coming Together in Skokie” events at Oakton’s Skokie campus:

  • Greek Festival
    Thursday, February 21, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (Room P103-104)
    Celebrate “philoxenia” – love of strangers – the Greek way, with food, festivities, and fun! A $5 entrance fee includes all food and entertainment (children under 5 are free).
  • The Green Shore Book Discussion
    Wednesday February 27, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., (Room A151)
    Join Oakton librarians for a conversation about Natalie Bakopoulos’ debut novel – a finely-etched portrait of a family whose heartbreaking stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of the 1ate 1960s Greek military dictatorship.
  • Odysseus, Voyager: Past and Present
    Wednesday, March 6, 7 - 8 p.m. (Room P103)
    Constantine Ress, Ph.D., Oakton instructor of geography, explores Odysseus’ adventures and voyages from Troy through the Greek Islands to the island of Lotus, the Sicilian Archipelago, and the Mediterranean Sea. Discuss Home’s epic poem The Odyssey, and share the experiences that bring out the Odysseus – the “voyager” – within you.

Visit for a full list of “Coming Together in Skokie” activities.


Oakton Joins Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Join Oakton Community College students and employees as they rise and dance with hundreds of thousands of others around the world on Thursday, February 14, to counter violence against women and girls. Open to the public, this free event is part of One Billion Rising, a day of action coordinated by V-Day, a global activist movement dedicated to ending violence against females.

A flash mob dance will begin at 3:30 p.m., at the Main Lobby of the College’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue). Participants will gather, dance, and sing “Break the Chain,” the event theme song choreographed by Debbie Allen, to call attention to the fact that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, amounting to the violation of one billion women. Familiarize yourself with the dance routine ahead of time by visiting

For more information about Oakton’s participation in One Billion Rising, e-mail

V-Day continues at the College with three benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues, February 14 - 16, at 8 p.m., at Studio One, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus. Sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Performing Arts Department, these staged readings of Eve Ensler’s powerful masterpiece delve into the deepest secrets and fantasies of women around the world. Proceeds from The Vagina Monologues will raise funds and awareness about the brutality against females.

Tickets are $10 for general admission. Get yours by contacting 847.635.1900.

To learn more about V-Day, visit


Check Out Oakton’s Early Childhood Education Centers
Find out why Oakton Community College Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centers are the ideal place for high-quality preschool care at two upcoming free open houses.

Stop by:

Des Plaines campus
Tuesday, February 19, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rooms 1634-1635
The Des Plaines facility provides full-day programs for 2- to 5-year-olds.

Skokie campus
Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rooms C151-152
The Skokie center offers part-day and full-day programs for 3- to 5-year-olds.

The open houses will serve as an opportunity for parents or guardians to find out more about Oakton’s Early Childhood Education program, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Staff will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions, as well as assist with registration. The ECE centers provide a stimulating, individualized curriculum that encourages curiosity and a love of learning.

Families who enroll at the open house will receive a discount on the registration fee.

For more information, call 847.635.1840 (Des Plaines), or 847.635.1441 (Skokie), or visit