Oakton College news
Updated: November 16, 2012 2:52PM
Spotlight on Homelessness
Every night in Illinois, an estimated 14,000 people experience some form of homelessness. Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, more than 30 Oakton student clubs will call attention to this devastating problem by filling the Des Plaines campus courtyard, at 1600 E. Golf Road, with temporary shanties built out of discarded material. On Nov. 27, students will spend the night in their shanties to help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.
Stop by from 6-9 p.m. to meet the builders and vote for your favorite shanty by making a donation to the “Change for Change” paint can outside the door. Enjoy a campfire, hot chocolate, cider, and music by the Folktons, featuring Oakton employees.
Sponsored by Oakton’s Habitat Chapter, this year’s Shantytown is “adding a new twist this year,” according to Habitat Chapter faculty advisor Marvin Bornschlegl. Because Nov. 27 is a Tuesday, students will have to get up after a cold, uncomfortable night in their shanties and head for school, work, and other obligations the next morning.
A special presentation on Dec. 4 will feature the Shantytown inhabitants, as well as a discussion about homelessness within the Oakton community. The free “post-Shantytown” event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at the college’s Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., in Room C133.
For more details, contact Bornschlegl at (847) 635-1845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago author Alex Kotlowitz featured
Award-winning Chicago journalist and author Alex Kotlowitz will detail a lively cast of characters from the Windy City at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, at 6 p.m. Nov. 28, when he reads from his book, Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago. The free event is part of the college’s Chicago Writers Series.
A contributor to the New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, Kotlowitz is currently a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, and served as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.
This program is funded by the Oakton Educational Foundation and student activity fees. For more information, contact Lynn Woodbury at (847) 635-1953 or email@example.com.
Oakton Holiday Bazaar
The Oakton Holiday Bazaar will be held from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the College’s Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave. The event is sponsored by the Oakton Helping Others Club.
Free and open to the public, the bazaar showcases a variety of seasonal and holiday merchandise, as well as fashion accessories and home goods.
Half of the proceeds of the Holiday Bazaar will be donated to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy.~.
Find out more about this technique by enrolling in CPR Rescue (HEA E05-02), a fall adult education class offered through the Oakton Alliance for Lifelong Learning. Session meets 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 1 at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road.
Learn adult, child, and infant CPR, along with mouth-to-mouth, the Heimlich maneuver, and two-person CPR. An American Heart Association recognition card is available for an additional $3. Disposable mannequin practice shields will be included for safety. Course fee is $35.
All students will be charged an $8 non-refundable processing fee at the time of registration. For a complete Alliance for Lifelong Learning class schedule, visit www.oakton.edu/all, or call (847) 982-9888, press 3.