News from Oakton February 25, 2014


Oakton Celebrates Korean Culture
Hwangyong-hamnida! Welcome! Immerse yourself in Korean culture from 6:30 – 9 p.m., Thursday, February 27, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103). The Korean Festival is part of the community-wide “Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township,” which this year examines ancient and contemporary Korean customs. The series, now in its fifth year, features book discussions, films, lectures, special events, and much more.

Oakton’s Korean Festival will include food, music, and dancing! Admission is $5; children under 5 attend free.

The College also hosts another “Coming Together” event on Thursday, March 13, with a discussion about Everything Asian, the winner of the 2009 Young Adult Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, starting at 11 a.m., in Room A151. Sung J. Woo’s first novel offers a distinctive slant on the immigration story. Set in 1980s suburban New Jersey, Everything Asian details a Korean family’s first year in the United States with humor and pathos.

For a full list of “Coming Together” events, visit


Oakton’s Nature Project Takes Root at Brickton Art Center
Art students and faculty from Oakton Community College will showcase their ecologically-themed works at The Nature Project, which opens Monday, March 3, at the Brickton Art Center, 306 Busse Highway, Park Ridge. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Nature Project emphasizes “going green” and will feature various art forms, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and drawings. Curated by Lou Pierozzi, Oakton professor of art, and Judy Langston, Oakton professor of art and graphic design, this exhibition provides the opportunity for students to have their creative pieces viewed at a professional gallery.

On Friday March 7, the public is invited to a gala reception from 7 – 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 29.

The Brickton Art Center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more details, contact Lou Pierozzi at 847.635.1838 or, or Judy Langston at 847.376.7106 or


Learn about the Hottest Health Careers at Oakton
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about some of today’s hottest vocations when Oakton Community College’s campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue) host free health career information sessions in March.

Start your journey toward becoming the next Florence Nightingale at a nursing session at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, at Oakton’s Skokie campus (Rooms P103-104). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is expected to increase by more than 13 percent from 2014 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations – due in part to technological advances in patient care.

Learn 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 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11 (Room 1610, Des Plaines). Employment opportunities for physical therapy assistants are expected to grow nationally at a faster rate than most careers through 2020.

Discover 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, March 19 (Room C111, Skokie). 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.

Enroll quickly as seating 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 your spot by visiting or calling 847.635.1700.


Oakton Marks Women’s History Month with Free Events
In March, Oakton will celebrate Women’s History Month 2014 with a plethora of free events. The College will kick things off with a special lecture, Korean Comfort Women of World War II: Past and Present, on Wednesday, March 5, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103).

As former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted, the phrase “comfort women” is too kind an expression for the estimated 200,000 girls and young women forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II. Recruited from across Asia, more than 80 percent were Korean. Bonnie Oh, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Georgetown University, discusses this often-overlooked chapter of history. This event also is part of the annual “Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township,” which this year focuses on the history of Korean culture.

Additional Women’s History month activities will take place at the College’s Skokie campus, as well as the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road:

  • An Evening with Rebecca Skloot
    7 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, Room 1610, Des Plaines.
    The author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller visits Oakton for a lecture, question and answer session, and book signing.
  • Unveiled
    5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, Rooms P103-104, Skokie,
    5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, Studio One, Des Plaines
    Five Muslim women reveal what lies beneath their veils and in their hearts in Rohin Malik’s critically-acclaimed one-woman play that interweaves racism, hate crimes, love, Islam, and culture.
  • Gloria: In Her Own Words
    6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, Room P103, Skokie
    6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27, Room 1610, Des Plaines
    View the HBO documentary that chronicles Gloria Steinem’s life and her emergence as a driving force behind the women’s liberation movement.

For more information about Women’s History Month events at Oakton, visit


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Author Rebecca Skloot Comes to Oakton
Rebecca Skloot, author of the No. 1 New York Times best seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will highlight Oakton’s celebration of Women’s History Month with a lecture, question and answer session, and book signing on Wednesday, March 5, at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. The free program starts at 7 p.m.

Skloot’s book, winner of the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, traces the story of a working class black woman’s cells—taken from a cancerous tumor without her knowledge in 1951—and how they became the HeLa cell line, one of the most important tools in modern medicine. The Immortal Life was selected as the best book of 2010 by more than 60 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly; USA Today; O, The Oprah Magazine; Los Angeles Times; National Public Radio; People; The New York Times; and U.S. News and World Report. The Chicago Sun-Times describes Skloot’s first book as “riveting . . . a tour-de-force debut.”

For more information about this free event, call 847.376.7061. A full schedule of activities marking Women’s History Month is available at


Shakespeare’s Timeless Love Story Romeo and Juliet Comes to Life at Oakton
“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” You can find him and his beloved Juliet at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, March 6 – 9, and March 13 – 16, during productions of Shakespeare’s most famous and frequently performed play Romeo and Juliet.

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, and try to break an ancient grudge.

Catch a special $5 preview, Thursday, March 6, at 8 p.m.

Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, March 7, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 14, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for students and seniors; and $8 for groups of more. Call 847.635.1900 to purchase.