News from Oakton: August 27, 2013


Oakton Closed on Labor Day
Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) will be closed on Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. Students may still register online at

The College campuses will reopen on Tuesday, September 3.


Flaunt Your Flair for the Stage: Audition for Fall Plays at Oakton
Ready for your close up? Audition for Oakton’s fall plays at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. Directors will be casting for Race and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Race, a staged reading by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet, 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 Wednesday, September 4. 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., for this Tony Award-winning musical. 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, call 847.635.1897.


Get a Glimpse of MLT, Phlebotomy, and Nursing at Free Information Sessions
Gain a sense of what’s it like to work in the exciting field of health care. Attend free information sessions at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, on Thursday, September 12.

Discover more about medical laboratory technology at 11 a.m., in Room 1604. Medical laboratory technicians perform test procedures, collect blood samples, prepare solutions, and maintain quality control procedures. These health professionals work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, private labs, and in industrial and commercial sales, marketing, and insurance positions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, careers for medical laboratory technicians are expected to grow by more than 10 percent by 2020.

Also, learn about phlebotomy, another rapidly emerging health care profession, at 11 a.m., in Room 1604. A phlebotomy technician obtains blood samples for laboratory testing and may also be responsible for working in situations that require the collection of urine specimens and throat cultures. Collection procedures must be performed to insure specimen integrity while causing minimal trauma to the patient. 

Explore the nursing profession at 6 p.m., at a seminar in Room 1604. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is expected to increase by more than 13 percent from 2013 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations due in part to technological advances in patient care.

Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends at all information sessions.

Spaces are limited. To reserve a spot, visit or call 847.635.1700.


Baby Grand Players Needed for Oakton Six Piano Ensemble
If you can make a baby grand sing, Oakton Community College’s Six Piano Ensemble is looking for you. Auditions for this unique group of pianists that performs classical, jazz, and contemporary music will take place 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.


Voting Rights Act the Focus of Constitution Day at Oakton
Recently, the Supreme Court removed Section 4 from the Voting Rights Act, designed to prevent voter discrimination. Will what remains of the Act truly protect the interests of minority voters? Join a panel of expert attorneys, educators, and community leaders at Oakton Community College as they discuss this timely topic on Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 18. This free event runs 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, Room 1610.

Featured panelists include: Patrick Keenan-Delvin, deputy director of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy; George Mitchell, president of the Evanston Branch of the NAACP; Merilee Waters, chair and professor of paralegals studies at Oakton; and Cheryl Wollin, a board member of the Evanston League of Women Voters and former Oakton political science lecturer.

Light refreshments will be served. The discussion is sponsored by the Oakton’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Division of Social Sciences and Business.

For more information, call 847.635.1900.


Keep Calm and Party On: Oakton Launches Alumni Association with September Bash
All former Oakton Community College students are invited to help kick off the College’s new Alumni Association with an End O’ Summer Bash on Saturday, September 21 from 4 – 7 p.m., in the courtyard of the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Keep calm and party on while enjoying tasty appetizers, an open bar, live music, prizes, and more! You’ll have a chance to reconnect and learn more about upcoming Association activities. Attendees also will meet members of Oakton’s new Alumni Council, which will lead efforts to develop a vibrant and engaged network of former students.

“Our End O’ Summer Bash will welcome back alumni and underscore our commitment to keeping every student who studied at Oakton connected,” explains Elena Couto, manager of alumni relations and development. “No matter how long ago they attended the College, they are still a vital part of this institution.”

Tickets are $10 each. The first 20 participants to RSVP will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 Target gift card.

For more information, contact Elena Couto at 847.635.1813 or


Earn a Free Voucher to Take a Microsoft Office Certification Exam
Climb the corporate ladder and save some money in the process! This fall, Oakton Community College is offering free vouchers to take Microsoft Office certification exams to students who successfully complete a range of Computer Applications for Business courses.

Register for any – or all – of the following courses: Comprehensive Word Processing (CAB 125), Database Application Using Access 2010 (CAB 140), Presentation Software Using PowerPoint (CAB 130), and Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel (CAB 135) and complete the training assessment with a score of 70 percent or higher and you’ll earn a free voucher (worth $85) per class to take a Microsoft Office certification exam. Vouchers are good for one test only. Students who do not pass the Microsoft exam will not be provided with an additional voucher.

Comprehensive Word Processing (CAB 125) covers the uses and application of basic word processing functions. A 13-week course meets 6 – 10 p.m., Wednesdays, starting September 11, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue.

Database Application Using Access 2010 (CAB 140) offers hands-on instruction in using Microsoft Access, a relational database management software package utilized primarily on personal computers. Fourteen-week course meets 6 – 9:50 p.m., Wednesdays, starting September 11, at Oakton’s Skokie campus.

Presentation Software Using PowerPoint (CAB 130) introduces the Microsoft PowerPoint program, which is used in creating presentations through the use of slides. A 12-week course meets 6 – 10 p.m., Wednesdays, starting September 18, at Oakton’s Skokie campus.

Electronic Spreadsheeting Using Excel (CAB 135) introduces students to Microsoft Excel. Topics focus on business applications and problem-solving techniques. Eight-week course meets online starting October 14.

For more information, contact Michele Reznick at or 847.635.1904.