AlumNews PU BLI SHE D FO R GRADUATES OF THE COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY
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Compassion, On Duty
Inside: Nurturing Care Givers Brightening Smiles for $15 New Health and Wellness Program College of Lake County
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Giving and Receiving Care Meet two graduates—one, a former high school dropout, and the other a breast-cancer survivor—who have applied their experiences in overcoming adversity to creating rewarding careers in health care.
In Shape, Stress Free Looking for ways to lose weight or reduce stress? The Southlake Campus is home to a new health-and-wellness program, complete with leading-edge equipment. Services, including massage therapy sessions and fitness coaching, are available at nominal cost to alumni.
To Our Readers: If you’ve been treated at a Lake County hospital, there is a very good chance that the nurse, phlebotomist, radiologic technician or EMT who aided you was a College of Lake County graduate. Over the last 40-plus years, literally thousands of health care professionals have received their training at CLC, and this issue of AlumNews celebrates how CLC and its graduates have played a vital role in providing top-quality health care in the Chicago area. We hope you enjoy the stories in these pages and that they inspire you to share your own success story—health care related or not—in the Class Notes section of our Alumni Association website at www.clcaa.com. Julie Shroka Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events
Compassion, On Duty Carmella Mikol, who is marking her 30th year of teaching nursing at CLC, exhibits a caring, compassionate spirit and a professional savvy that have helped guide the nursing program through seismic technological changes.
Brightening Smiles North-suburban residents enjoy a $15 dental cleaning and X-rays, and CLC dental hygiene students gain real-world experience in a state-of-the-art clinic opened last year at the Lakeshore Campus.
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AlumNews AlumNews is published three times a year by the College of Lake County's Office of Alumni Relations and Special Events. Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events JULIE SHROKA Administrative Secretary DORAE BLOCK To submit story ideas, e-mail Dave Fink, AlumNews editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (847) 543-2243. You can also share ideas and comments at the CLC alumni Website, at www.clcroundtable.org.
Giving and Receiving Care Who nurtures aspiring care givers? The College of Lake County.
eople who enter health care as a profession tend to be born care givers. Sometimes, however, they themselves need a helping hand. That certainly was the case for Michelle Champagne (’92), who came to CLC after earning a GED, trying to overcome fears that she “wouldn’t amount to anything.” The daughter of immigrant parents— a Haitian father and French mother—Champagne grew up in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area. Following the turmoil of her parents’ divorce, she dropped out of Lane Technical High School. Later, after earning her GED, she began working in clerical positions at Motorola, eventually transferring to the Libertyville office and discovering the College of Lake County in 1990. “I was 22, a non-traditional student and determined to get a degree. I felt so welcomed at CLC,” she said. Champagne decided to pursue a career as a health care advocate, after experiencing first-hand the power of health ignorance to create fear and prejudice. She vividly recalls the AIDS stigma of the late 1980s, when family members were too ashamed to acknowledge the disease as the cause of her Haitian aunt’s death, preferring instead to say “pneumonia.” Likewise, here in the Chicago area, she sometimes found that people refused to shake hands with her, fearing that because of her Haitian ancestry, she herself was infected, even though she wasn’t. “It made me feel embarrassed and horrified,” she recalled. “People had preconceived notions. It was devastating.” Champagne turned the embarrassment into a powerful drive to combat fear with knowledge. Over the last two decades, she has built a successful
“I was 22, a non-traditional student and determined to get a degree. I felt so welcomed at CLC.” —Michelle Champagne career as a leader in HIV and substance abuse prevention and as an advocate for health care services for the economically disadvantaged. After graduating from CLC, Champagne earned a B.A. in psychology from Lake Forest College and went on to attend Harvard University, earning a master of education degree. Professionally, she has worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health and Lake County Health Department, where she coordinated programs in substance abuse prevention, HIV prevention and grant writing. She has also
managed capital campaigns and grants for the Sinai Health System and Governors State University and served as a senior administrator for Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center & Healthcare Network, managing grants and operations for 26 programs among three offices in an eightcounty area in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Currently, Champagne operates her own Chicago-based consulting firm, MC Capacity Building Services Inc., which helps non-profit organizations provide health, education and economic development to underserved populations. Looking back on her rise to success, Champagne has become a big believer in CLC and community colleges. “They’re an excellent value and career ladder for those taking non-traditional routes,” she said. “I love CLC. Without the college, I wouldn't be where I am today.” continued on page 7
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Alumni Association members are eligible for a discount on appointments in the Massage Therapy Student Clinic located in the Health and Wellness Center at the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills. Fifty-minute appointments are available, February through September, at an alumni cost of $20. Call (847) 543-WELL to schedule an appointment.
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In Shape, Stress Free CLC’s Southlake Campus is home to a new health and wellness program.
“Got Stress?” “Struggling to Lose Weight?” “Worried about Cancer?”
ou only have to read headlines like these on magazine covers and websites to see that Americans are increasingly looking for answers on how to reduce stress, lose weight and improve their overall health. The College of Lake County has responded to this increased interest by creating two new career preparation programs—Massage Therapy and Health and Wellness, both based at the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills. The massage therapy program began as a non-credit offering in 2007 and became a forcredit certificate program in 2008. The health and wellness program was introduced in 2009 and includes an associate degree in health and wellness promotion and two certificates— personal training and wellness/life coaching. The need for the programs extends far beyond physical image concerns, according to Dr. Frank Ardito, faculty chairman of the Health and Wellness department. Stress is linked to many health problems, and lack of physical activity contributes to many diseases, including diabetes and obesity, he said. “More than one-third of Americans are not just overweight, but obese, and diabetes now affects nearly 24 million people in the U.S.—about 8 percent of the population,” Ardito said, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.
Reducing stress and maintaining a healthy approach to exercise and diet can do much to eliminate such problems, Ardito said. And helping people become successful at maintaining health and wellness is the job of the future professionals being trained in CLC’s Massage Therapy and Health and Wellness programs, he said. “Being healthy and in shape doesn’t have to be stressful, but it does require knowing how,” Ardito said. “That’s the knowledge and skill our programs are designed to impart.” Students in these programs receive both classroom instruction and participate in clinical experiences, requiring them to work with clients under the supervision of instructors. The clinical services—message therapy appointments, wellness coaching and personal training— are offered to community members (including alumni) in Southlake’s new Center for Health and Wellness Promotion at a very reasonable cost of $30 per session. The center features a fully-equipped massage therapy classroom and private massage therapy room for appointments with clients. The adjoining rooms include an impressive array of the latest health and fitness equipment, including: • A bed-sized scanner, known as a DEXA, used in measuring bone density, body fat and muscle tissue. “It tells you precisely how much body fat you have to lose,” Ardito explained. In hospitals, he said, the scanner is used to diagnose bone loss, but CLC is using the device as a preventive tool. “We’re using it to provide baseline data for an exercise plan, so we can know how much improvement results.” • A metabolic cart that uses breath samples to measure calorie and oxygen consumption.
• A cycle ergometer that measures aerobic capacity, used as a benchmark for determining maximum fitness levels. • A device, known as an arm ergometer, that allows a legless or wheelchair user to exercise by using hand pedals. “Very few colleges in the country have these tools,” Ardito said. Instructors in the Massage Therapy program include Sallie Walker, massage therapist for the Chicago Bears. Instructors in the Health and Wellness program include Ardito, who has been a fitness consultant with professional and Olympic athletes for more than 20 years, and Kim Rostello, exercise physiologist for the Chicago Blackhawks. Other instructors include Mike Gattone of the United States Olympic Committee. The new wellness center has impressed Ali Pfeiffer (’10), who completed the massage therapy program and is working on her certificate in wellness/life coaching. Schooled in interior design, Pfeiffer decided to change careers at age 40, when the 2008 recession reduced the demand for her skills. “My interest has always been in helping people,” said Pfeiffer, whose goal is a job that combines her two healthrelated majors.
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Compassion, On Duty For 30 years, Carmella Mikol has guided and inspired nursing students.
earing a crisp white clinical coat, nursing professor Carmella Mikol exudes cool-headed professionalism. But recalling her days as a pediatric nurse, she is anything but detached. Speaking with great compassion, she tells of comforting a young mother going through the agony of losing a child from smoke inhalation after a house fire had already claimed the lives of the woman’s husband and two other children. “The child’s lungs were ruined and had no hope of recovering,” Mikol explained, recalling how she put her arm around the anguished mother. “The mother made the painful decision to disconnect the life support for the child. We made provisions for the mother to lift the child out of the bed, and sit and rock the child while whispering her goodbyes. “There’s nothing worse than losing a child. Over the years, I’ve witnessed countless joyous events, such as a child leaving a hospital upon recovery. I’ve also attended many wakes and funerals, and families still keep in touch with me 20 years later.” Mikol’s recollections bespeak the caring, compassionate spirit and professional savvy she has brought to CLC’s nursing program. Now celebrating 30 years of teaching at the college, Mikol has helped develop and grow a program that has trained thousands of nurses in Lake County and beyond. Over three decades, she has been a witness and participant in enrollment growth, curriculum development and construction planning for the college’s 6 | COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY
nursing wing. She has also seen seismic technological changes. “In the early 1980s, we were still using film strips and 8-millimeter movies,” she recalled. “Now, with the Internet, you can access videos of Mayo Clinic surgeries and just about anything you want. In addition, many nursing textbooks and reference guides are now downloadable to smart phones. We even have mannequins that can be programmed to talk, moan and experience real-life symptoms such as congestive heart failure.” Technology is great, but it doesn’t take the place of caring for a live person, she said. “Clinicals are as important as ever,” she said. “You still need to know how to talk to patients and physicians, and use a combination of critical thinking skills and intuitiveness. Nursing is rewarding but extremely challenging, too.” One such challenge, Mikol said, is truly understanding the pain experienced by patients, especially those undergoing cancer treatment. In fall 2009, Mikol collaborated with the Zion campus of Cancer Treatment Centers of America in providing nine nursing students with a chance to research the critical role of pain management in fighting cancer. “Students interviewed patients up close and personal, including a mother experiencing the pain of stage four breast cancer,” she said. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It’s been very positive, and profound, for students to hear first-hand examples of what they read in their textbooks.” Growing up in Chicago, Mikol said she was drawn to nursing in early adolescence, when she labeled test tubes and delivered water pitchers to patients at Resurrection Hospital. At age 16, after completing a four-week training program, she became a nurse’s aid and was assigned to
the pediatric care unit. Eventually, pediatrics became her specialty. “I have a strong affinity for children,” said Mikol. “They are very honest about explaining how they feel. Beyond the nurturing aspect, pediatrics is actually a challenging field intellectually. You need to know not only the child’s health, but also the family’s health in addition to family theory, sociology and psychology.” After earning her B.S.N. degree at Loyola University of Chicago, Mikol earned a M.N. at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1987, she completed the pediatric nurse practitioner (P.N.P.) program at the University of WisconsinMadison, and in 2007, she completed a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, writing her dissertation on amusement park injuries in school-age children. Throughout her career, she has combined teaching with working part-time as a nurse and nurse practitioner in Lake County. Mikol’s professional footprint has reached well beyond Lake County and the Chicago area. She reviewed all three volumes of a nursing textbook titled “Teaching Nursing: The Art and the Science.” And in 2009, as one of eight Americans presenting at a World Health Organization conference in New Zealand, she discussed the findings of her study of amusement park injuries. Her conclusion: Amusement parks are generally very safe, but injuries occur primarily because children and adults are doing things on a dare and often ignore the safety rules. “The most common injuries are strains, sprains and fractures,” she said. Did Mikol go on any rides as part of her study? “Oh, yes,” she said with a smile and a giggle, fitting for someone who loves caring for children.
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eing on the receiving end of caring concern also motivated Karen Britten (’98) to pursue a career in health care. When she was going through the anxiety of breast cancer treatment in the early 1990s, it was the warmth and care giving of her oncology nurse that inspired Britten, an insurance broker, to change careers and become a nurse herself. For the past 15 years, she has worked at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital as a critical care nurse. Assigned to the telemetry unit, she cares for patients with cardiac and respiratory issues. Britten’s own “vulnerable” period occurred at age 35. Pregnant only 14 weeks, with a baby girl at home, the Highland Park resident was horrified to learn she had breast cancer. Fortunately, the cancer turned out to be stage two, and Britten was able to delay the mastectomy and chemotherapy until after her son was born. Nevertheless, the anxiety would continue during the next several months.
“It was a very frightening time in my life,” she recalled. “You lie in your hospital bed, and you try not to think about it, but you can’t turn your mind off. I equated cancer with death, and I had a husband, an eight-month-old daughter and a newborn son at home.”
Pregnant with her son, the Highland Park resident was horrified to learn she had breast cancer. Following many surgeries and difficult rounds of chemotherapy, Britten began to consider a career change. Holding an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, she had been an insurance broker for four years, but
had always been attracted to medicine. “Becoming a nurse would allow me to pay forward the care that I received,” she explained. Once enrolled in CLC’s nursing program, Britten appreciated the expertise and encouragement of instructors like Carmella Mikol (“great conversations about dealing with the what ifs of patient care”) and Cathleen Brzezinski (“asked her to pin my nursing badge at graduation”) and the experience she received her clinical training at sites including Great Lakes Naval Training Station and Lake Forest Hospital. Significantly, the close friendships she made with other nursing students have continued. “Many nurses at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital went to CLC, so there’s a camaraderie among us.”
Cancer survivor Karen Britten (’98), a nurse at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, enjoys paying forward the care she received. ALUMNEWS | 7
The CLC dental hygiene students not only did a “very good” job of cleaning her teeth, Kantorski said, they spotted a potentially cancerous growth on her tongue.
Beach Park resident Mike Paz (foreground) appreciates the $15 teeth cleaning offered at the new dental hygiene clinic on the Lakeshore Campus.
Brightening smiles New dental hygiene clinic serves Lake County residents
anh Kantorski, an unemployed Island Lake mother who lacks dental insurance, has good reason to appreciate the $15 dental cleaning and X-rays offered by the College of Lake County’s new state-of-the-art dental hygiene clinic at the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan. During a routine visit, the CLC dental hygiene students not only did a “very good” job of cleaning her teeth, Kantorski said, they spotted a potentially cancerous growth on her tongue, for which she is seeking treatment. Mike Paz, a Waukegan landscape contractor and property manager who also lacks dental insurance, admitted to being skeptical when he saw the price listed on the CLC marquee
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advertising the clinic. But after two visits, he’s now a convert and has been spreading the word to family and friends. “In the visits, you’re examined by a student, a hygienist and a registered dentist,” he said. “Everyone was extremely polite and capable, and you can’t beat the price.” Such stories are increasing in number, especially since the new clinic opened in June 2009 at 111 N. Genesee St. The previous clinic, offering the same low-cost services, was located in a much smaller facility two blocks down the street. Funded in part from a $150,000 grant from the Chicago Dental Society, the new lab features digital technology and 12 workstations, according to Sue Nierstheimer, chair of the dental
hygiene program. “Each dental chair is flanked by two flat-screen monitors, one for digital recordkeeping and the other allowing the patient to see inter-oral pictures of his or her own mouth,” she explained. “In addition, two side labs allow students to practice taking digital X-rays and study tooth sealants and other dental materials used on the job.” The low-cost cleaning and X-ray services are open to anyone and include a blood pressure screening and a review of medical history, Nierstheimer said. “This thorough approach has helped identify other health issues in patients, from high blood pressure to potentially cancerous growths,” she said. “What CLC is doing for the community is fabulous,” said Dr. Robert Bitter, a Glenview dentist and vice president of the Illinois State Dental Society. “I’m so happy to see this clinic in Waukegan, which has been an underserved population. Also, students get excellent, hands-on experience.” CLC graduate Melissa Krause (’10) agrees about the quality of the program. “The lab is up to date with everything,” said Krause, a dental hygienist in Barrington. “I Caption was wellprepared, coming from CLC,” she said, noting both the clinic’s equipment and range of patients of every age and ethnic background.
About the Scholarship
Rx for a Great Career A CLC health care scholarship is just the right prescription. Who thinks age 50 is too late to change careers?
ot John Marcus and Elizabeth Layne, who both graduated from CLC’s nursing program in May. For them, reaching midlife has been a time of exciting changes, moving from corporate life into the world of patient care. Both made the decision to change careers following layoffs. And both credit the CLC Foundation’s Joseph F. Damico Nursing scholarship with helping them complete their nursing studies.
“For a good portion of my time in the nursing program, I was unemployed and didn’t have funds to pay for classes. The scholarship paid close to half my expenses.” —Elizabeth Layne, CLC Nursing Program Graduate
“For a good portion of my time in the nursing program, I was unemployed and didn’t have funds to pay for classes,” said Layne, 56. “The scholarship paid close to half my expenses.” “A lot of students are not aware of scholarships,” noted Marcus, 51. “I hunted out scholarships because with five children at home, funding was tight. The Damico scholarship,
combined with the continuing education scholarship, meant that I didn’t have to borrow money.” Layne previously earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and worked as an administrative assistant. But after three layoffs in six years, the Round Lake Beach resident wanted a career that was “more stable, hands-on and offered a chance to make a difference in a person’s life.” Marcus, a Grayslake resident, had earned a bachelor’s degree in technology and managed corporate IT departments until the outsourcing trend took its toll and he left his job in 2004. He said he wanted a new career that allowed him “to make decisions, help people and think.” Both said that CLC’s nursing program confirmed their decision to change careers and prepared them well for the health care industry. “CLC’s program really prepped us,” Layne said, particularly noting the strength of the clinical portion of the program. “I couldn’t have passed the licensing exam without the skills I learned from the clinicals,” she said. Marcus, too, found the hands-on experience of the clinical work “outstanding,” and he learned that nursing was definitely a profession requiring thinking skills. “In healthcare, even at low levels, all workers make decisions that can make a difference in a person’s comfort level or health,” he explained. Layne is now a nurse in the rehabilitation unit of a Lincolnshire nursing home. Marcus is actively seeking a nursing position. His advice to mid-life career changers: “Don’t give up.”
The Joseph F. Damico Nursing Scholarship awards $2,500 ($1,250 per semester) for a full-time student pursuing a degree in nursing. If the student attends part time, the award is $1,250 or $625 per semester. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 to qualify. The scholarship is named for Joseph F. Damico, a Libertyville resident who has worked for more than 30 years in senior management positions at leading healthcare companies. He is a founding partner and co-chairman of RoundTable Healthcare Partners, LLC., a Lake Forest-based private equity firm. Previously, Damico worked for Cardinal Health Inc., Allegiance Corp., Baxter International Inc. and American Hospital Supply Corp. When Damico retired from Cardinal Health Inc. in 2000, he decided to forego a retirement gift, asking his fellow employees instead to contribute to the scholarship fund, with the company contributing a matching amount.
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Emergency Medical Technician
Alumni News Dental Hygiene
Health & Wellness and Massage Therapy Health Information Technlogy
Medical Laboratory Technology
Rich Garling (’77) owns Yellowbird Marketing Solutions, an Island Lake, Ill.-based marketing firm specializing in small- to medium- size companies. Maria Perez-Oberbruner (’86), Ph.D., is a psychotherapist at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Waukesha, Wis. James Henley (’99) lives in Redding, Calif., where has worked as a helicopter paramedic for both the U.S. Air Force and for a private air ambulance service. Amanda Wallace (’06) is a corrections officer at the Chesterfield County Work Camp in Chesterfield, S.C. Donald Griffin (’09) is a registered nurse in the surgical unit of United Hospital System, St. Catherine’s Medical Center Campus in Kenosha, Wis.
Medical Office Assistant
Alumni with health related degrees & certificates Over 3,000 degrees and certificates have been awarded in health-related professions over the last 10 years. Dental Hygiene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175
Medical Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272
Emergency Medical Technician . . . . . . . .215
Medical Laboratory Technology . . . . . . .506
Health Information Technology . . . . . . . .497
Medical Office Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Health and Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,678
Massage Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Surgical Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
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What have you been doing lately? Let your fellow grads know! Post your submissions online at www.clcaa.com. Look for the message board that corresponds with your graduation decade. Selected entries will also be published in the AlumNews.
Projects focus on branding, student retention With a new strategic plan in place, the College of Lake County is launching three continuous quality improvement projects to support the plan. CLC participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Plan (AQIP), an option for accreditation offered by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Under AQIP, the college each year selects projects focusing on improving a specific area important to its operations or student success. The three projects for the 2010-11 academic year address branding and image, high-impact courses for first-year students, and promoting the success of male students, especially veterans, Latinos and African Americans. • Branding is aimed at increasing awareness of the college and enhancing its image. The project will include brand positioning research, message and creative strategy development and producing a graphic identity manual. • High Impact Courses for First-Year Students is intended to reduce drop-out rates by improving student success in major courses taken by first-year students. • Success of Male Students with a Focus on Veterans, Latino and African American Students is also aimed at improving student retention. College research indicates that minority males, aged 18-25, are particularly at risk of dropping out. For more information on the college’s strategic plan and AQIP projects, visit www.clcillinois.edu/aqip/pdf/StrategicPlan.pdf.
Alumni enjoy day at ballpark Nearly 50 CLC alumni, family and friends enjoyed the Aug. 6 Lake County Fielders’ baseball game at the Fielders’ new stadium in Zion — despite the 4-3 loss to the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Competing in the independent Northern League, the Fielders are owned in part by Academy Award-winning actor, Kevin Costner. Sally Joy (‘03) and husband George Andersson enjoy an August Lake County Fielders baseball game with Lucky, the team’s mascot.
Reaching out to former CLC athletes Did you play a competitive sport at CLC? The college is forming a Lancer Alumni Club that will help you to reconnect with former teammates. Interested? Send an e-mail to Chad Good, CLC’s director of athletics/physical activities, at email@example.com. Include the sport that you played and the years that you attended CLC.
Keep in touch with fellow alumni online Joining the CLC Alumni Association online is the best way to keep in touch with your alma mater. For more information on membership benefits and how to join, visit www.clcaa.com and click on the Alumni Assoc heading at the far left of the screen. Once inside the page, scroll down to “How to Join” and then click the membership link.
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U PCO MI NG EVENTS
Lancer Prancer 5K Run
Led Zeppelin Tribute Band
Saturday, Dec. 4
by Euripides Translated by Anne Carson Directed by Rebekah Scallet
Friday, March 25, 2011 8 p.m.
Grayslake campus Physical Education Building (#7) Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the professionally timed run will begin at 9 a.m. Runners and walkers are welcome. The entry fee—$20 for early registration and $25 at the door—includes a T-shirt and energy snacks. All proceeds will go toward the completion of the fitness trail on the Grayslake campus. To register, go to www.clcroundtable.org/run, or call the Alumni Office at (847) 543-2401.
Tickets for James Lumber Center performances are available at the CLC Box Office on the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at (847) 543-2300 or online at www.clcillinois.edu/tickets. Prices include a $1 per ticket James Lumber Center facility fee.
March 11-12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. March 13, 2011 at 2 p.m. March 17-19, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. March 18, 2011 at 10 a.m. (High-school group matinee for grades 9 and above.) Studio Theatre The play centers on Elektra and Orestes, just your average siblings, who happen to be the offspring of a child-sacrificing father and a husband-murdering mother. Guided by Apollo and their own sense of righteousness, Elektra and Orestes kill their mother to avenge their father’s death. But as this third chapter of Euripides’ tragic trilogy shows, no “good deed” goes unpunished. As Elektra and Orestes face stoning for their crimes, audiences are confronted with the question: Does an eye always deserve an eye? This strikingly modern translation shows a family caught in an unending cycle of violence and retaliation that leads to an examination of the very nature of justice. $10 General admission $8 CLC Students/Alumni/Staff/Seniors 65+ and JLC season subscribers.
Mainstage Theatre Rock to the tunes of Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band that has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the big concert stage. This Philadelphiabased group consists of six accomplished musicians who re-create Led Zeppelin songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed live. Alumni receive a special group discount of $30 per ticket. To register, go to www.clcroundtable.org/rockout, or call the Alumni Office at (847) 543-2401.