News from Oakton: August 20, 2013


Still Time to Get Your Tickets for Oakton Fundraiser at Rivers Casino
Hurry! There are still a few tickets left for Scholar Chips, a lively evening of entertainment at Rivers Casino hosted by Oakton Community College’s Educational Foundation to benefit student scholarships. Get in on the action on Friday, August 23, at 5 p.m. in the casino, 3000 South River Road, Des Plaines. Tickets cost $60 apiece.

Enjoy succulent hors d’oeuvres, a delicious dinner buffet, and an open bar while entertainer Rex Tuley shares renditions of classics made famous by well-known crooners including the Rat Pack’s Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Scholar Chips also features a raffle, silent auction, instructional table games, and palm and tarot card readings.

Free parking is available; attendees must be 21 years or older.

Oakton alumni who attend the fundraiser will receive two free tickets to any 2013-2014 production at the College’s Performing Arts Center. To attend, call 847.635.1893, or e-mail

Special thanks to the event’s Royal Flush sponsors Legat Architects, Robbins Schwartz, Turner Construction, and Underwriters Laboratories; Full House sponsors AON, Daubenspeck & Associates, First Bank of Highland Park, Fisher Container, and the Northern Trust Company.  Other sponsors include Sikich LLP and Walgreens.


Display Your Acting Chops: Audition for Fall Shows at Oakton
Display your acting prowess as the Performing Arts at Oakton hosts auditions for its fall season at the College’s Performing Arts Center at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. Directors will be casting for three plays: Noises Off, Race, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Noises Off, a “funnier from behind” play-within-a play, needs four females ages 20s – 50s, and five males ages 20s – 60s. Auditions are 6 – 9 p.m., Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27. Prepare a contemporary comedic monologue (up to two minutes in length) or read from the script. Monologues need not be memorized. Performance dates: October 10 – 13 and October 17 – 20.

Race, a staged reading requires one African-American female in her 20s; one African-American male in his 30s – 40s, and two white males ages 30s – 40s. Auditions are 6 – 9 p.m., Tuesday September 3, and 6 – 9 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, at Oakton’s Studio One. Prepare a contemporary monologue less than two minutes in length or be prepared to read from the script. Monologues need not be memorized. Performance dates: September 28 – 29.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is casting roles for males and females, ages 18 – 65, on Monday, September 9, and Tuesday, September 10, from 6 – 9 p.m., at Studio One. Come prepared with 16 bars of song, preferably from a Stephen Sondheim musical, or be ready to read from the script. Performance dates: November 14 – 17, and November 21 – 24.

For more information about auditions, call 847.635.1897.   


Tickle the Ivories: Audition for Oakton’s Six Piano Ensemble
Oakton Community College’s unique Six Piano Ensemble is looking for pianists. Auditions for this distinctive group that performs classical, jazz, and contemporary music will be held 7 – 9 p.m., Monday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 18, at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1360). Music is provided, and candidates also may play a prepared selection.

Founded by Glenna Sprague, professor and coordinator of music at Oakton, the ensemble has appeared at prestigious venues across the world, from California to Austria. This year, the ensemble has been invited to perform at the University of Hawaii. Locally, the group has played at the Chicago Civic Opera House and Navy Pier.

For more information contact Glenna Sprague at or 847.635.1905.


Launch Your Health Care Career at Oakton
Health care careers are hot! Take your first step toward a thriving profession by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College.

Upcoming meetings occur at the College’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) during the month of September.

  • Medical Laboratory Technology
    Thursday, September 12, at 11 a.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Phlebotomy
    Thursday, September 12, at 11 a.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Nursing
    Thursday, September 12, at 6 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    Tuesday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Health Information Technology
    Wednesday, September 18, at 6 p.m.
    Room 1604, Des Plaines
  • Radiologic Technology
    Thursday, September 19, at 2 p.m.
    Room C212, Skokie

Sessions showcase degrees and certificates in these health care career programs. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

To reserve a spot, visit or call 847.635.1700.