News from Oakton: November 5, 2013


Oakton’s Jazz Band Heats up the Night
Temperatures may be dropping, but things will be heating up when the award-winning Oakton Community College Jazz Band performs some smooth beats and hot tunes at 8 p.m., Friday, November 8, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Robert Evans, an accomplished performer, clinician, and conductor throughout Illinois, leads this talented combo. Previously, he served as the conductor of bands at LaSalle-Peru and Homewood-Flossmoor High Schools.

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


Help Spruce up Oakton’s Woodlands
Calling all nature lovers! Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, is located on 174 acres along the Des Plaines River, next to a Cook County Forest Preserve. The forestland, home to deer, coyotes, owls, and a wide range of wildlife, needs your help. The Ecology Club at Oakton invites volunteers to learn about natural areas and Illinois wildlife 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, RSVP to


Oakton’s Annual Musical Brunch Ushers in Thanksgiving Season
Satisfy your hunger for delicious food and delightful music at Oakton Community College’s Annual Musical Brunch. Dreams and Rainbows, a celebration of the Thanksgiving season, will kick off the holidays 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 present 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.

Plenty of free parking is available in Lot A. Tickets are $25 (including brunch buffet). Call the Oakton Box Office at 847.635.1900 to reserve your seat.


Oakton Closed for Veterans Day
To honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces, Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) will be closed on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.

The College will reopen on Tuesday, November 12.


Celebrate International Education Week at Oakton
It's 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

Established in 2000 and observed in more than 100 countries, International Education Week is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. The worldwide celebration offers a unique opportunity to develop a broader understanding of different cultures and languages and foster enduring friendships and partnerships through international education.

For more information, contact Global Studies Coordinator Katherine Schuster at 847.376.7118 or For a complete schedule of events, visit


Don’t Just Dream It: Make a Health Care Career a Reality
Don’t just live your dreams of a health care career vicariously through shows like Grey’s Anatomy; get a head start on them by attending free information sessions at Oakton Community College.

Hold that image at a radiological technology seminar at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room C211). Discover how to produce radiographic images of the human body for use in diagnosing medical conditions. The program is a partnership between the College and the St. Francis School of Radiography in Evanston.

And radiologic technicians are in demand. The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment in this field is expected to grow by more than 22 percent by 2020. Qualified radiologic technologists are needed in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices, as well as in industry and public health.

A medical laboratory technology (MLT) and phlebotomy information session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, at 1 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1604).

Oakton’s MLT Program offers a broad science background and courses in both theoretical and practical aspects of medical technology. The professionals 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 on the rise. The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment is expected to grow by more than 10 percent between 2013 and 2020.

Meanwhile, phlebotomy also is a rapidly growing health care profession. Phlebotomists play a key role in hospitals and doctors’ offices by collecting blood for diagnostic tests. Join the ranks of these highly-skilled professionals in just two semesters through Oakton’s Phlebotomy Program. The College’s phlebotomy certificate prepares students for qualification by national and state agencies.

Faculty will be available to discuss course requirements and industry trends at these information sessions.

To reserve a place, visit or call 847.635.1700.


Find Out Why Oakton Fits Like a Glove
Thousands of students have started at Oakton Community College and gone “anywhere.” Find out what makes the College an ideal place to begin or continue your education during a campus visit at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 14, at 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie (Room P103).

Sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach, the event will give participants the chance to talk with current students and admission and financial aid representatives. Tour the campus and learn about Oakton’s academic and career programs, services, and student clubs.

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.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call 847.635.1835 or visit


Award-Winning Chicago Author Adam Levin Visits Oakton
Oakton welcomes noted Chicago author Adam Levin on Thursday, November 14 at 2 p.m. Winner of the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award for his novel The Instructions (which was also a Powell’s Book Club Selection), Levin – who originally hails from Skokie – will be at the College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. This free event is part of Oakton’s Chicago Writers Series.

Levin, who teaches creative writing at The School of Art Institute of Chicago, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Hot Pink, his collection of short stories, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection and a Shelf Unbound Top 10 Book of 2012. Stories from that anthology won the Summer Literary Seminars Fiction Contest as well as the Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize. His works has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, New England Review, Playboy, 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


Oakton Jewish Studies Events Focus on the Holocaust
Join Jewish Studies at Oakton this month for two free presentations that focus on one of the darkest chapters in human history: the Holocaust. Both events take place at the College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue.

  • Rescue Fantasies: Imagining the Holocaust for Young Audiences and Readers, Thursday, November 14, at 11 a.m. (Rooms P103/104). More than six million Jewish people perished at the hands of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. The “Final Solution” also targeted gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the disabled. Since the end of World War II, several 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. Lassner specializes in Holocaust education and research, including representation of the Holocaust in literature and film.
  • Rumbula’s Echo: An Incredible Story of Holocaust Survival, Thursday, November 21, at 11 a.m. (Rooms A145/152). During the winter of 1941, 25,000 Jews were marched into “murder pits” in the Rumbula Forest near Riga, Latvia and killed. A new film, Rumbula’s Echo, traces this two-day massacre and Oakton will host an early preview of the documentary, a work in progress. Director Mitchell Lieber will be on hand to introduce excerpts, followed by a Q & A session with Sia Hertsberg, a massacre survivor. Although the documentary is incomplete, Rumbula’s Echo has received high praise at screenings in Chicago, Germany, Israel, Latvia, New York, and Washington D.C., as well as from genocide, Holocaust, and film experts.

These presentations are made possible with generous grants 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

Macabre Musical Sweeney Todd Funds Student Scholarships
The Oakton Educational Foundation will sponsor a benefit performance of the macabre musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Saturday, November 16, at 8 p.m., at the College’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. You’ll never look at barbers and meat pies the same way again!

Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 and include a reception after the show.

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!

Also, 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.


Oakton Spring Registration Begins November 18
The holidays may be around the corner, but it’s not too early to think spring! Registration for spring 2013 classes at Oakton begins Monday, November 18. Spring credit class listings can be found online at, or in the Spring 2014 Credit and Noncredit Class Schedule, available at the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses, 1600 East Golf Road, or 7701 North Lincoln Avenue. Spring classes start January 21, 2014.

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 at

For more information about classes, students are encouraged to contact Advising Services at 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines) or 847.635.1400 (Skokie).


All Men Are Created Equal: The Story of the Little Rock Nine Comes to Oakton
More than five decades ago, Arkansas served as desegregation minefield. In 1957, the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine African American students, integrated the city’s Central High School. Initially, the students were prevented from entering the racially segregated school, but were finally allowed to attend after President Eisenhower intervened. Terrence Roberts, Ph.D., a member of the Little Rock Nine, will share firsthand accounts of racial turmoil and shed light on a pivotal moment in our nation’s history at Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1610), from 5:30 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 19.

Sponsored by Oakton’s Office of Student Life; Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity; and Human Resources, Roberts’ talk is free and open to the public. A civil rights activist and the author of Lessons from Little Rock and Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance, Roberts and the other eight students received Congressional Gold Medals in 1999 from President Bill Clinton.

For more information, contact Krissie Harris, Oakton’s student life coordinator, at