News from Oakton: April 9, 2013


Register Now for Fall Classes at Oakton Starts
While it will be a few months before it’s time to rake leaves, fall registration is now underway at Oakton Community College. Credit class listings can be found online att Classes begin the week of August 19.

Register in person at either campus in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue), 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 information about classes, call 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines) or 847.635.1400 (Skokie).


Oakton Alumna Heats up the Stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Maggie the Cat is at the center of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Elizabeth Antonucci, a 2005 Oakton alumna who graduated from the College in 2005 with an associate’s degree in theater concentration, “returns home” to play the lead in the Performing Arts at Oakton production of the play April 11 – 14, and April 18 – 21, at Oakton’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

“Maggie is such a dynamic character I’ve wanted to play her for a long time,” says Antonucci, a graduate of Glenbrook South High School who recently started her own nonprofit production company, Step Up Productions. “Now I can cross that off my bucket list.”

Award-winning director Jason Gerace, artistic associate at the American Theater Company, takes the helm for his first Oakton production that details what happens when Southern manners collide with greed and deceit at a birthday party for the “Delta’s biggest cotton planter.”

This play is a powerful exploration of death, societal norms, and how the sins of the past can haunt us – woven together by some of the best-known characters in 20th–century drama: Big Daddy, Big Mama, Brick, and Gooper.

“The show takes place in a contemporary setting, and it makes clear how in-depth issues of family, honesty, trust, and respect are just as poignant and pertinent today as they were back in the 1950s,” says Antonucci.

On Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m., the Oakton Educational Foundation will sponsor a special performance to benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 and include a reception after the show.

Take in a special $5 preview Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m.

Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 students and seniors; and $6 for groups of 15 or more. Call 847.635.1900 to purchase. 


Get the Scoop on Oakton’s Technology Programs
Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, will showcase some of today’s hottest careers on Thursday, April 11, from 4:30 – 7 p.m., at a free Technology Open House. Learn how you can train for your dream job!

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

  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Applications for Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Facilities Management and Engineering
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Nanotechnology

Talk to faculty, tour labs, enjoy refreshments, and (if you’re feeling lucky) participate in a raffle ever half hour. Prizes include thumb drives, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), and USB hard drives.

For more information, call 847.635.1688.



Start Trekking Toward a Thriving Health Care Career at Oakton
Careers in health care are booming! Learn how to begin your trek toward a thriving profession when Oakton’s campuses in Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue), and Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) host several free information sessions in April, including:

  • Pharmacy Technician
    Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m.
    Room A151, Skokie
  • Radiologic Technology
    Monday, April 15, 6 p.m.
    Room 1506, Des Plaines
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    Monday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Nursing
    Thursday, April 25, 6 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines

Sessions showcase the College’s degrees and certificates 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.


“Creating Justice” Links Art and Activism
Explore the relationship between social justice issues, music, film, the visual arts, and more, from 1 – 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at “Creating Justice: A Celebration of Art and Activism” hosted by Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. This free event is ideal for artists, activists, performers, educators, and students.

This year’s program will feature presentations on agricultural labor movements, images of race and illness, household workers, and contingent academic labor. Throughout the day, explore themes of art and activism in relation to health, healing, and labor.

“Creating Justice” also is guaranteed to get you moving as you can learn core awareness exercises from a Tai Chi master and dance to the beat from the music of Los Vicios de Papa, a Chicago high-energy Latin ska band with socially conscious lyrics.

Other presenters and performers include filmmakers Amy Mall and Sherwin Ovid, curator Heather Radke, author Joe Berry, and Oakton faculty members Stacy Bautista, Kristen McCartney, and Tiffany Traylor.

See the full schedule of events.

To register, or for more information, contact Mohamed Mehdi at 


Film Premier Focuses on Local Holocaust Survivors
In the late 1930s, a group of young German Jews fled Nazi persecution and immigrated to Chicago, where they created a supportive community, Eventually, they established a Jewish retirement home on the city’s north side, where many of the area’s last Holocaust survivors live today, Learn more about some of these perseverant individuals during a free premier screening and panel discussion open to the public, starting at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103).

Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home, a film by Ethan Bensiger, is a one-hour documentary that weaves together historical narrative, archival footage, and deeply personal testimony to explore the lives of six Selfhelp residents.

Bensinger served as managing director of the Chicago office of a global immigration law firm for 25 years. Since his retirement, he has been involved in several volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. With this documentary, Bensinger has turned his love of gathering historical narratives into a new career in filmmaking.

The panel discussion will be led by Bensinger and renown Holocaust scholar and Roosevelt University Emeritus Professor of History Leon Stein, Ph.D., along with Oakton Professor of History Wendy Maier-Sarti.

Jewish Studies at Oakton is sponsoring the event, with a generous grant from the College’s Educational Foundation.

For more information, contact Maier-Sarti at 847. 635.1458 or


Earth Week at Oakton
Celebrate Earth Week with Oakton Community College April 20 – 25, at the College’s campuses in Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue), and Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road). All interactive activities are free and open to the public.

Enjoy nature and bird walks along the Des Plaines River. Attend a birds of prey lecture featuring a hawk and owl. Try your luck at a fishing derby (lessons and equipment provided). Check out a demonstration on how maple syrup is made. Learn about plant lifecycles. Discover how to garden for birds and butterflies. Take in screenings of the movies The Future of Food, Food, Inc., and Forks Over Knives. Like to work with your hands? Participate in eliminating invasive garlic mustard or help with a community garden clean up.

“Oakton is blessed to have so many natural resources and this is our first time hosting an Earth Week celebration” says College Naturalist and Groundskeeper Ken Schaefer. “We are excited to host numerous events that showcase the beauty of our campuses. Oakton’s celebration is designed to inspire and educate the community about how we can make every day Earth Day.”

For a detailed schedule, visit, or contact Schaefer at


Celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week at Oakton
National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is fast approaching! During the week of April 22 – 26, Oakton Community College will join in this national effort to raise public awareness of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel with free information sessions that highlight career possibilities within the health care field.  All sessions will take place at 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, in Room 1604.

Oakton’s MLT Program offers a broad science background and courses in both theoretical and practical aspects of medical technology. Medical laboratory technicians determine the presence, extent, or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and commercial laboratories. More than 70 percent of doctors’ diagnoses and treatment plans are based on laboratory tests.

And careers in this field are in demand! The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment of medical laboratory technicians is expected to grow by more than 10 percent between 2013 and 2020.

This program showcases the College’s degrees and certificates in this health career program. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

To reserve your spot, visit or call 847.635.1700. 


Six Piano Ensemble Takes the Stage April 27-28
Hearing is believing! The internationally acclaimed Oakton Six Piano Ensemble will perform two concerts of popular, classical, and ragtime selections at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 27, and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at the College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Conducted and founded by the “maestra,” Glenna Sprague, Skokie resident and Oakton professor and coordinator of music, the Six Piano Ensemble has amazed sold-out audiences for more than two decades. The group’s rich layered sound performs symphonic music transcribed for six pianos is comparable to an orchestra, with each pianist playing a unique part. Highlights will include everything from “Symphony No. 1 in C Major” by Beethoven to “The Strenuous Life” by Scott Joplin.

The Oakton Six Piano Ensemble will display the musical talent of Jessica Walker, Des Plaines; Viktoriya Gordiyenko, Morton Grove; Marianne Pyster, Chicago; Lina Schaal, Chicago; Beatriz Levi, Northfield; and Garfield Sallman,Des Plaines.

Critics from Honolulu to Vienna hail the group as “extraordinary,” “unique,” and “innovative.”

Tickets are $17 for general admission; $14 for students and seniors; and $12 for groups of 15 or more. For reservations, call 847.635.1900.


Oakton Hosts Rush Workshop on Children’s Mental Health
Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, a Skokie-based medical facility that diagnoses and treats young people with social, emotional, and learning challenges to enhance their strengths and relationships, will sponsor a workshop about children’s mental health 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, April 29, at Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Designed for parents, teachers, and allied health and medical professionals, “What Am I Supposed to Do? Addressing Issues of Mental Health, Learning, Social-Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Today’s Classroom,” features keynote speaker Richard Van Acker, Ph.D., emeritus professor of special education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Van Acker specializes in education for teachers working with students who display challenging behavior and mental health and emotional disorders. His research focuses on the development and prevention of antisocial behavior in children and youth. A member and former president of the International Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Van Acker consults with schools and school districts across the country, assisting with efforts to provide quality educational programming for children with difficult behavior.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the current increase in youth displaying significant mental health learning, social-emotional, and/or behavioral concerns, along with the associated risks.
  • Distinguish the common pitfalls in using punishment alone to address challenging behavior.
  • Recognize empirically validated approaches to effectively treat common mental health, learning, social-emotional, and behavioral disorders in youth.

Registration fee of $185 includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. Upon completion, participants will be eligible for continuing education credits.

To register or for a detail program brochure, contact Oakton’s Alliance for Lifelong Learning at 847.635.1808 or visit the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center events page at