News from Oakton January 14, 2014


Nanotechnology Now: Open House Showcases Growing Field
Make your mark in a field that’s growing by leaps and bounds! By 2015, the nanotechnology industry will require two million workers and approximately six million supporting positions worldwide. Get a head start in this innovative profession at a free open house hosted by Oakton Community College on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Visit Oakton’s state-of-the-art nanotechnology lab at Skokie’s Illinois Science + Technology Park (IS+TP), 8045 Lamon Avenue, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

On the cutting edge of science, nanotechnology plays a significant role in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, and physics – from building microprocessors and delivering anti-cancer drugs efficiently to making clothes more stain resistant and improving sunscreen absorption.

Learn more about the College’s nanotechnology offerings and tour the lab, which features atomic force, scanning electron, and fluorescence microscopes. Refreshments will be served.

Register at For more information, call 847.376.7042 or e-mail


Still Time to Register for Oakton’s Spring Courses
Don’t be left out in the cold! Spring classes at Oakton Community College start Tuesday, January 21 and registration is still open. Enroll in courses online at or in the Spring 2014 Credit and Noncredit Class Schedule, available at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, or Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue.

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).


Oakton Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Oakton’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) will be closed on Monday, January 20, to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.

The College will reopen on Tuesday, January 21, which also is the first day of the spring semester.


Explore Health Career Options
Health career opportunities are expanding rapidly. Discover your options by checking out free information sessions at Oakton Community College’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue).

Find out about the growing field of radiologic technology, which involves producing images of the human body for use in diagnosing medical conditions, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, at Oakton’s Skokie campus (Room C111). The College partners with the St. Francis School of Radiography in Evanston to offer a two-year degree in radiologic technology. The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment in this area is expected to grow by more than 22 percent by 2020. Qualified radiologic technologists are needed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, and public health.

Learn more about health information technology at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus (Room 1604). Health information technologists manage patient information for hospitals and other health care facilities and practitioners. Career opportunities for health information technicians are promising, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of positions in this area is expected to grow by more than 27 percent through the year 2014. In Illinois, HIT is among the 50 fastest-growing occupations.
Enroll quickly as space is limited! Sessions showcase the College’s degrees and certificates in these programs. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

Reserve a place by visiting or call 847.635.1700.


Shine on Stage: Audition for Oakton Productions
If you’ve caught the acting bug, double your chances of making the cast list by auditioning for two unique theater productions at Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, on January 22 – 23, from 6 – 9 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

  • The Vagina Monologues. Be a part of Eve Ensler’s powerful masterpiece that delves into the deepest secrets and fantasies of women around the world. This Valentine’s Day favorite and Oakton tradition is back for another year of stories, activism, and live music. Women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to audition. Be prepared to read from the script.
    Performances: February 14 – 16
  • Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s most frequently performed play has been translated into more than 40 languages, permeating every aspect of popular culture. This stylized and modern telling of the world’s greatest love story pulls the characters and audience into a whirlwind of energy, words, and violence. Despite a world screaming out of control, two young lovers find quiet in each other while trying to break an ancient grudge. Seeking men and women of all ages and ethnic groups. Come prepared with a Shakespearean monologue or be ready to read from the script.
    Performances: March 6 – 9, and March 13 – 16

For more information, call 847.635.1897.


Enjoy an Evening in The Merry Old Land of Lawz
Enjoy an evening in The Merry Old Land of Lawz at the Chicago Bar Association’s 90th Annual Holiday Spirits Review, on Saturday, January 25, at Oakton Community College’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. Chicago’s most prominent attorneys unite for this musical satire that pokes fun at local and national politicians, lawmakers, athletes, and celebrities starting at 8 p.m. Ticket sales support student scholarships.

After the show try your luck in a special 50-50 raffle. Reserved seats are $50, and include a reception and post-performance party. Raffle tickets are $10; three for $25.

Buy your tickets now by contacting Oakton’s Educational Foundation at 847.635.1893 or


Beat the Winter Blues at Jazzin’ Around
Beat the winter blues by attending Jazzin’ Around, a toe-tapping start to Oakton’s upcoming Performing Arts season, on Friday, January 31. The College’s faculty and friends take the stage for an amazing night of upbeat hits starting at 8 p.m., at the Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Led by Mark Olen, Oakton instructor of music, Jazzin’ Around features classic and contemporary favorites, with a little something for everyone. A celebrated recording artist with more than two decades of musical experience, Olen has performed with several top entertainers, including Tony Bennett, Al Jarreau, Michael Bolton, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, B. B. King, Bobby McFerrrin, and David Foster.

The Loyola Academy Jazz Band will open this year’s concert.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors. To order yours, call 847.635.1900.


Oakton Turns the Spotlight on Tel Aviv Architecture
Established as a Jewish settlement in 1909, Tel Aviv has become Israel’s financial center and the country’s second largest city. Join Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D., curator of Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum of Art, as he discusses his new book, Zionist Architecture and Town Planning: The Building of Tel Aviv (1919 – 1929) from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friday January 31, at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 2609). Harpaz’s free lecture headlines Oakton Library’s “Beautiful Minds” distinguished speaker series, open to the public.

Published by Purdue University Press, Harpaz’s book documents Tel Aviv’s architectural history and the desire of European architects to establish a new style of Zionist urbanism in Israel in the years following World War I.

An art historian, Harpaz earned degrees in psychology and art history from Tel Aviv University. He received his doctoral degree in interdisciplinary studies from Cincinnati’s Union Institute and University. In addition to managing Oakton’s art museum, Harpaz teaches art history and museum studies courses at the College.

Contact Jane Malik, Oakton’s assistant professor of library services, for more information at 847.635.1715 or


Oakton Showcases African-American Cinema Posters
From the 1930s through the 1950s, the black movie industry expanded as its triumphs and struggles echoed the nationwide Civil Rights Movement that culminated in the 1960s. Celebrate Black History Month at Gems from the Koehnline: African-American Movie Posters, a unique exhibition focusing on black cinema at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, starting on Thursday, February 6.

Enjoy a public reception on opening night from 5 – 8 p.m. The show runs through Friday, March 21.

The exhibition features a recently acquired collection of original posters from Gun Moll (1938), Prison Bait (1939), House-Rent Party (1946), and Harry Belafonte’s first feature Bright Road (1953).

The Koehnline Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday.

For more information, call 847.635.2633, or visit