News from Oakton: March 12, 2013


Launch Your Health Care Career at Oakton
Jobs in the health care field are booming! Don’t miss your opportunity to get on board by attending free information sessions at Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue).

Upcoming seminars include:

  • Health Information Technology
    Monday, March 18, 6 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Radiologic Technology
    Tuesday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.
    Room A151, Skokie
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Medical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy
    Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines

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.


See Feminism through Different Lenses at Oakton Conference
Catch a glimpse of the fate of feminism at the one-day conference Futuristic Feminism: Visionary Perspectives Across the Disciplines, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. Study feminism through diverse points of view from women involved in academics, science, literature, activism, and art.

Award-winning spoken word poet and activist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai will serve as the keynote speaker. Chicago-born Tsai is a Chinese Taiwanese American who was a founding member of Sirenz, an all-female spoken word group that weaves together experiences of the Asian, Black, and Latina American diasporas. For the past decade, she has been one of the country’s leading innovators of spoken word poetry, touring extensively and appearing in more than 500 shows in Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Kenya, the Netherlands, Trinidad, and the United States. In addition, Tsai appeared on three seasons of the Peabody Award-winning Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry. As a writer, filmmaker, performer, and multidisciplinary hip hop theater artist, she strives to broaden the impact of spoken poetry as a tool to transform political realities, revolutionize arts and entertainment, and empower audiences around the world.

Sponsored by Oakton’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the seminar also features Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D., director and founder of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University, and Sarah B. Rodriguez, Ph.D., lecturer at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The Institute encourages women to pursue careers in the sciences, and fosters research that explores the sex and gender determinants of health and disease with an emphasis on women’s health. Rodriguez’s scholarly work and teaching also focuses on women’s health, especially reproductive and sexual health.

Participants may choose from more than 10 small group sessions throughout the day. Topics include future directions in sex, gender, and health research; body image and eating disorders; and femme fatale characters.

Registration is $35 in advance (deadline Monday, March 18), $50 at the door, and $20 for students. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception.

For more information, visit or contact Kathleen Carot at 847. 376.7061, or


March Madness Fundraiser Tips-Off March 23 in Glenview
Make it a slam-dunk evening while supporting a great cause Saturday, March 23, at The Glen Club, 2901 West Lake Avenue, Glenview. March Madness, an entertaining fundraiser benefiting Oakton’s Student Scholarship Fund, tips-off at 7 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, an enticing raffle, and an area to watch games from the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Entertainment will be provided by The Moods, award-winning artists who have performed with and opened for major talents including The Temptations, The Spinners, Mary Wells, Bernie Mac, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and The Stylistics.

Help students in need as you cheer for your favorite team and dance the night away. Casual or athletic-inspired attire encouraged.

General tickets are $50 and tickets purchased at the door will be $60 each.

For tickets, call 847.635.1893, or


Help Keep Oakton’s Forest Green and Growing
Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus is situated on 174 acres along the Des Plaines River, next to a Cook County Forest Preserve. The forestland shelters deer, coyotes, owls, and a wide range of wildlife. Now, this precious “green asset” needs some extra care. The Ecology Club at Oakton invites volunteers to help with its ongoing forest preservation efforts, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Volunteers will meet at the north end of Parking Lot A, rain or shine. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Youth workers (age 16 and younger) must be accompanied by an adult.

Expect to do some physical activity -- including cutting and burning European buckthorn and other invasive plants. Participants also may observe a “controlled burn” if conditions allow. Volunteers should wear warm, comfortable work clothes and boots. Gloves, eye protection, and tools will be provided.

Registration is required. To participate in the forest restoration effort, RSVP to


Summer Registration Begins March 25 at Oakton Community College
It’s never too early to think about those warm, sunny days ahead. Register for summer 2013 classes at Oakton Community College starting Monday, March 25. Eight-week courses begin Monday, June 3, and seven-week courses start Monday, June 10.

Summer semester class listings may be found online at, or in the Summer 2013 Credit and Noncredit Schedule, available at the campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (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).


Plan a Visit to Oakton’s Des Plaines Campus
Find out why Oakton Community College is the perfect place to start or continue your college education during a campus visit Friday, March 29, at 10 a.m., at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1550). March 29 is Good Friday and most high schools are closed.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach, the visits 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 reserve a spot, call 847.635.1835 or visit


Discover Your Future . . . in Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is one of the fastest-growing career fields, and is expected to increase by more than 17 percent between 2013 and 2020, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Next month, learn more about the early childhood education profession at free informational sessions at Oakton’s campuses in Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue), and Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road).

Upcoming presentations include:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.
    Room C140, Skokie.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.
    Room 1605, Des Plaines

Sessions showcase the College’s early childhood education degrees and certificates. Also learn about Illinois credentials and transfer agreements. Get the answers to your questions from professionals, including which courses to take. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Sheila Kerwin-Maloney at 847.635.1752,, or Mary Pat Martin at 847.376.7057,


Check out Oakton’s The Nature Project at the Brickton Art Center
Art students and faculty from Oakton Community College will showcase their ecologically-themed works at The Nature Project, which opens Friday, March 8, at the Brickton Art Center, 306 Busse Highway, Park Ridge. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Nature Project emphasizes “going green” and will feature many different art forms, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and drawings. Curated by Lou Pierozzi and Judy Langston, members of Oakton’s Art Department, and organized by Oakton’s Museum Studies students and faculty, this collaborative exhibition provides the opportunity to view high-quality artwork of all mediums.

The Brickton Art Center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more details, contact Lou Pierozzi at 847.635.1838 or, or Judy Langston at 847.376-7106 or


Oakton Students Display Their Talent at Koehnline Museum of Art
OakArt 2013, an annual exhibition that celebrates the creativity of student artists, opens Thursday, April 4, at the Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. Open to the public, the free exhibition runs through Friday, April 26.

The display will feature paintings, drawings, ceramics, digital art, and photography. On opening night, the public is invited to a free gala reception from 5 – 8 p.m.

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

For more information, call 847.635.2633, or visit