News from Oakton: October 29, 2013


World-Renowned Pianist Doug Montgomery Comes to Oakton
There’s still time to purchase your tickets for a memorable evening of contemporary and classical music performed by world-famous Julliard-trained pianist and Niles native Doug Montgomery at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 2, at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

The talented Michael Feinstein has said about Montgomery, “He is a gifted musician who is equally at home performing Chopin or singing show tunes. The wondrous part is that he does both with great style, verve, and talent.”

For more than three decades, Montgomery has performed before audiences all over the world. During Montgomery’s career as a solo performer, he has appeared with prestigious musical organizations including the Orchestra of Santa Fe, the New Jersey Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, and the Valley Opera Orchestra of California. In 1989, he performed at the inauguration of George H.W. Bush.

Currently, Montgomery makes his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Palm Desert, California. The Arthritis Foundation of New Mexico and Arizona recently named him “Artist of the Year” in recognition of his commitment to bringing the healing powers of music to thousands of listeners.

Preview Montgomery’s musical talent at Tickets are $25 and include a post-performance reception. Proceeds support Oakton’s Student Scholarship Fund.

To reserve your seat, call 847.635.1893 or e-mail Margaret Montana at


Jump-Start Your Health Care Career at Oakton
Career opportunities in health care are booming. Take your first step toward a rewarding profession by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Start your journey toward becoming the next Florence Nightingale at a nursing session at 3 p.m., Tuesday, November 5 (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.

Learn how to provide practical assistance for registered pharmacists at a pharmacy technician seminar at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 6 (Room 1605). Pharmacy technicians work in drug stores, hospitals, community ambulatory care centers, home health care agencies, nursing homes, and the pharmaceutical industry. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, pharmacy technician professions are anticipated to rise by more than 22 percent from 2013 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations because of the growing number of middle-aged and elderly people expected to use prescription drugs.

Discover how to help rehabilitate people with injuries or diseases affecting muscles, joints, bones, nerves, or the cardiopulmonary system at a physical therapist assistant session at 4 p.m., Wednesday, November 6 (Room 1604). Employment opportunities for physical therapy assistants are expected to grow nationally at a faster rate than most careers through 2020.

Dive into the world of health information technology (HIT) at a seminar at 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 6 (Room 1606). Professionals who work in HIT can serve as medical coders in order to meet the continuous changes in the regulations of the medical field or as medical office managers who provide service documentation for patients.

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

To reserve a place, visit or call 847.635.1700.


ID Show 2013 Showcases Oakton Art Faculty
Oakton’s talented art faculty members will showcase some of their finest work starting Thursday, November 7, at ID Show 2013, a free exhibition at the Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

The exhibition features distinctive paintings, photography, ceramics, and digital art. Included in this year’s show are works by Jeremi Bialowas, Alicia Chester, Peter Hessemer, Moritz Kellerman, James A. Krauss, Berney Krule, Judy Langston, William Moll, Mark Palmeri, Lou Pierozzi, Davida Schulman, and Sharon Swidler.
On opening night, the public is invited to meet the artists at a free reception with refreshments, from 5 – 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through Wednesday, November 27.

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


Oakton’s Jazz Lounge Heats up November 8
Escape the cold and warm up with some smooth beats and hot tunes from the award-winning Oakton Community College Jazz Band at 8 p.m., Friday, November 8, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors. To order, call the Oakton Box Office at 847.635.1900.


Volunteers Sought for Oakton Woodland Restoration 
Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, 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, which needs your help. The Ecology Club at Oakton invites volunteers to learn about natural areas and wildlife of Illinois by assisting with its ongoing forest restoration efforts, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, November 9.

Volunteers will meet in Parking Lot D, 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


Kick off the Holiday Season at Oakton’s Annual Musical Brunch
Celebrate the Thanksgiving season with great music and delicious food at Oakton Community College’s Annual Musical Brunch. Dreams and Rainbows will offer a crowd-pleasing program on Sunday, November 10, at 1 p.m., at Oakton’s TenHoeve Center, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Soprano Eileen Berman, Oakton instructor of music, and special guest David Baker, Oakton vocal instructor, will kick off the Thanksgiving season with a potpourri of songs, musicals, opera arias, and duets by composers ranging from Mozart and Rossini to Gershwin and Hammerstein – set against the backdrop of Oakton’s gorgeous autumnal scenery.

Berman, who received her master’s degree in music from Northeastern Illinois University, has appeared with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony, and Lake Geneva Opera Festival.

Tickets are $25 (including brunch buffet). Call the Oakton Box Office at 847.635.1900 to reserve your seat.


Oakton Closed on Veterans Day
Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road) and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) will be closed on Monday, November 11, for Veterans Day.

The College will reopen on Tuesday, November 12.


Celebrate International Education Week at Oakton
It really is a small world after all. Join Oakton Community College for International Education Week November 12 – 14 at its campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue). This year’s theme is “Latin American Indigenous Peoples’ Responses to Social, Cultural, and Ecological Impacts of Globalization.” Presented by Global Studies at Oakton, all events are free and open to the public.

Bolivian activist Félix Muruchi will serve as the keynote speaker. His history as a miner, construction worker, student, union leader, political prisoner, and indigenous rights lawyer provides an extraordinary lens with which to view the landlocked South American country’s struggle for social justice. Muruchi’s 2011 book, From the Mines to the Streets: A Bolivian Activist’s Life, has been called “possibly the best book about labor and political organizing in Latin America.” Muruchi will present his keynote address, “Social Change in Bolivia: An Indigenous Bolivian Activist’s Perspective,” Tuesday November 12, from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., in Room 1610, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, followed by a Q & A session.

Other presentations include:

  •  “Indigenous Language and Culture Preservation in a Globalized World”
    Tuesday, November 12
    12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
    Room 1610, Des Plaines
    Eva de la Riva, Oakton associate professor of psychology
  • “Environmental Sustainability, Ecotourism, and Indigenous Cultural Preservation”
    Tuesday, November 12
    3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
    Room 1610, Des Plaines
    Paul Gulezian, Oakton associate professor of biology
  •  “Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Literature, Agriculture, and Beyond”
    Wednesday, November 13
    9:30 – 10:45 a.m.,
    Room 1610, Des Plaines
    Thursday, November 14
    9:30 – 10:45 a.m.,
    Room A145, Skokie
    Evin Rodkey, Oakton humanities and philosophy lecturer
  •  “Indigenous Women, Cooperatives, and Micro-Credit Programs”
    Wednesday, November 13
    11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Room 1610, Des Plaines
    Thursday, November 14
    11 a.m. –  12:15 p.m.
    Room A145, Skokie
    Kristen Gundersen, outreach and communications coordinator, Highland Support Project
  •  “Introduction to Global Studies and Peace and Social Justice Studies”
    Wednesday, November 13
    12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
    Room 1610, Des Plaines
    Thursday, November 14
    12:30 – 1:45 p.m.,
    Room A145, Skokie
    Katherine Schuster, Oakton professor of education, and Madhuri Deshmukh, Oakton professor of English
  • Study Abroad in India Summer 2014!
    Wednesday, November 13
    2 – 3:15 p.m.
    Room 1610, Des Plaines
  • Study Abroad Fair
    Thursday, November 14
    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
    Main Lobby, Skokie

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

For a complete schedule of International Education Week events at Oakton, or for more information, contact Katherine Schuster at 847.376.7118 or


Rescue Fantasies: Imagining the Holocaust for Young Audiences and Readers
More than six million Jewish people lost their lives during the Holocaust. Since that time, many authors have used fantasy fiction to retell this grim story. But does the use of fantasy undermine the reality of the Holocaust?  Join Phyllis Lassner, Ph.D., professor at Northwestern University’s Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies, as she explores this issue in Rescue Fantasies: Imagining the Holocaust for Young Audiences and Readers at Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus, 7001 North Lincoln Avenue, on Thursday, November 14. This free lecture, part of Jewish Studies at Oakton, begins at 11 a.m. in Room P103/104.

Lassner specializes in Holocaust education and research, including representation of the Holocaust in literature and film.

Oakton’s Jewish Studies is sponsoring this presentation with a generous grant from the College’s Educational Foundation. For more information, contact Wendy Maier-Sarti, Oakton professor of history and coordinator of Jewish Studies, at 847.635.1458 or


Sweeney Todd Brings its Spine-Tingling Horror to Oakton
You’ll never think of barbers and meat pies the same way after attending a performance of the chilling musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Thursday November 14 – 17, and November 21 – 24, at Oakton’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

After a decade of wrongful imprisonment, Sweeney Todd thirsts for revenge over the men who rigged his conviction and destroyed his family in 19th-century London. With the help of his sinister landlady Mrs. Lovett, he embarks on a bloody, malevolent campaign. This story of vengeance and culinary horror is not for the faint of heart!

On Saturday, November 16, 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.

Enjoy a special $5 preview, Thursday, November 14, at 8 p.m.

Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, November 15, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 17, at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, November 22, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m.

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


Award-Winning Chicago Author Adam Levin Comes to Oakton
Not many people would attempt to compose a 1,000-page novel. But that’s exactly what Chicago writer Adam Levin did when he penned The Instructions, a selection to Powell’s Indispensable Book Club and winner of the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. The noted author will discuss his works at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 14, at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. This free event is part of the College’s Chicago Writers Series.

Levin, a teacher of writing at Columbia College and The School of Art Institute of Chicago, is the winner of the 2004 Joyce Carol Oates Award in Fiction and also the author of Hot Pink. His stories have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, and Tin House. A reception with light refreshments follows the event. 

This program is generously funded by the Oakton Educational Foundation and student activity fees. For more information, contact Lynn Woodbury at 847.635.1953 or