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Inside: CLC career programs New high-tech careers Job-hunting resources

Cover Story: Trading corporate life for an entrepreneurial dream

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Key to Business Success In 2008, Mary Khayat Bennett (’74), left a 30-year career at a Fortune 100 company (in a recession, no less!) to pursue her dream of opening a Wadsworth restaurant.


Keeping Career Programs Current CLC’s advisory committees tap the expertise of alumni to help ensure that the college’s 40+ career programs stay up to date.


High-Tech Majors Lift Job Prospects Is your career stalled? Returning to CLC to enroll in one of the college’s new programs in emerging technologies may be the solution you are seeking.


Looking for a Job? Whether you’ve been downsized in the recession or are looking for career advancement, the college’s Hire Learning program offers networking groups, career counseling and many more services to aid your job search.

Welcome to the Winter issue and its focus on entrepreneurship and careers. Our cover story on restaurateur Mary (Khayat) Bennett, from the class of ’74, shows that the American Dream is alive and well-even in the midst of a recession. Our stories on new degree programs and alumni who serve on advisory committees show how the college is keeping its career preparation programs responsive to workplace needs. Finally, with so many looking for work, the feature on CLC’s Career and Placement Services department is particularly valuable reading. If you’re in need of job-search assistance, this department can help! (Please pass the article along to friends and family members. Career and Placement Services can help them, too.) Enjoy this issue, and if you, or someone close to you is in job transition, may 2010 bring success! Julie Shroka Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events


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Cover: Mary Khayat Bennett welcomes diners at the Savanna House, a Southern-themed restaurant and bar that she opened in 2008. Green and Accountable: AlumNews is now printed with four process colors on recycled paper at no additional cost.

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Key to Business Success? For this grad, it’s gumption, experience and CLC.

“I’ve had an incredible life, and it all started at CLC.” —Mary Bennett (’74), owner, Savanna House


ary Bennett (’74) is a preacher’s daughter from Zion, Ill., who parlayed an associate degree in medical laboratory technology into a successful managerial career at a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical manufacturer. Two years ago, amid the recession, she retired from corporate life at age 55 to pursue her long-held dream to open a restaurant with her 23-year-old-son as co-owner.

Bennett’s restaurant, Wadsworth’s Savanna House, has weathered the economic downturn and is building a loyal clientele. She credits her success not only to the business skills she gained in the pharmaceutical industry, but also to her start at the College of Lake County. Graduating from Zion-Benton High School in 1970, Bennett enrolled the same year in the medical laboratory technology program at CLC, which had opened a year earlier in Grayslake. “The laboratory facilities were incredible,” she recalled. “The equipment was set up just like the ones you’d find at a hospital or corporation.” After passing her exams to become a certified medical laboratory technician, Bennett began a 33-year career that took her from laboratories at Baxter Healthcare Inc. to a stint at the VA Hospital

The Savanna House includes a life-sized, antique horse ornament preserved from the original Buggy Whip restaurant dating back to the 1960s. in Waukegan before finally spending 31 years at Abbott Laboratories. During her time at Abbott, Bennett was part of a team that developed the first diagnostic test for AIDS in the early 1980s. “In retrospect, it was unbelievable what I was able to achieve with an associate degree,” Bennett said, noting her early rise to supervisory positions. “For me to have that door opened was incredible.” As her career in management progressed, Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Chicago Medical School in 1985 and later enrolled in the M.B.A. program at Lake Forest College. At Abbott, she advanced to become a director of quality assurance. Later, she became a director of business development, traveling the world to set up research laboratories in Europe and at renowned American universities such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins. continued on page 11

Mary Bennett and partner, son Michael (standing), pause following the weekday lunch rush. Both Michael and Mary recently completed a food safety course at CLC. ALUMNEWS | 3


Keeping Career Programs Current


s technology and business practices continue their rate of warp-speed change, how does the College of Lake County ensure that its 40+ career programs stay current? This all-important task is the work of advisory committees, each composed of college faculty and working professionals who meet regularly to discuss employer needs and how CLC can meet them. Among these industry professionals are CLC graduates who view their committee work—from reviewing curriculum to mentoring students—as a way to give something back to the college. “In my career, I’ve been promoted several times, and a lot of it was due to the education that I received at CLC,” said Eileen Mazurek (’01), who serves on the advisory committee for the Administrative Office Systems program. Noting her own rise from administrative assistant to a higher-level analyst position at a local pharmaceutical manufacturer, Mazurek

said, “The skills that I learned have enabled me to move to positions that I couldn’t have gotten otherwise. I appreciate what the college does, and my work on the advisory committee is a way of returning the favor.”

How the committees work The advisory committees’ working professionals, exposed daily to the latest software, technologies and practices in their fields, serve as the college’s eyes and ears in business and industry. These professionals provide valuable perspectives on what employers are seeking. Mazurek said that her company, when hiring administrative assistants, looks for more than skills in keyboarding and the latest Microsoft Office® applications. “We also look for organization skills and people skills, from courtesy to teamwork to dressing professionally,” she said. Based on this feedback, the Administrative Office Procedures course was modified to include

Instructor Lauren LoPresti (standing) regularly uses alumni input to update course content.


the topics of ethics, customer service and working on teams, said Lauren LoPresti, chair of the Administrative Office Systems program. New courses are also added based on an advisory committee recommendation.

“CLC gave me a great start. Serving on the advisory committee is a nice way to give back.” —Rick Romero (’81), shop foreman at a Waukegan auto dealer In the Administrative Office Systems program, for example, feedback from the program’s advisory committee led to adding a one-hour course to help students transition from Office 2003 to the 2007 version, LoPresti explained. Similarly, the growth in teleconferencing in the workforce prompted adding a unit on Web and video conferencing to the Administrative Office Procedures class, LoPresti said. Sometimes, too, the committees suggest new prerequisites for programs. In Health Information Technology, a program that trains medical coders and transcriptionists, the committee recommended a prerequisite for a minimum typing speed of55 words per minute. “Our work setting has an ever faster pace, and transcriptionists need this fundamental skill,” said Sue Laffert (’84), a member of the Health Information Technology committee who is a graduate of the program now employed as a clinical documentation specialist at Advocate Condell Hospital.


Instructor Octavio Cavazos (left) and Rick Romero (’81), inspect student Elvin Escobar’s work as he applies a primer-sealer to a car fender.

New equipment also is often added at a committee’s recommendation. Within the last four years, for example, local auto body repair shops have been switching from traditional solvent-based paint to water-borne paints that contain fewer volatile organic compounds, according to instructor Octavio Cavazos, chair of the automotive collision repair program. At the recommendation of advisory committee members, CLC’s program is in the process of retrofitting its repair shop with new, high-volume air nozzles designed to accommodate the new paint, he said. The advisory committees are also instrumental in providing opportunities for internships and other practical, on-the-job learning opportunities. The health information technology program, for example, recently started a mentoring program, matching members of the advisory committee with

second-year students and providing places for students to do their clinical work. And in automotive collision repair, local body shops are creating internships, a first for the college’s program, Cavazos said. “There’s a big difference between book learning and hands-on learning,” explained Rick Romero (’81), automotive committee member and shop foreman at a Waukegan auto dealer. “One strength of CLC’s program is that most of the instructors have industry experience, and an internship offers students that same real-world experience.” In addition to updating current programs, the feedback from advisory committees also can lead to the creation of new majors. The college’s human services program added an associate degree program in social work and a new certificate in trauma as a result of

committee feedback, according to Janet Mason, chair of the human services program. “The input that the committee gives us is invaluable,” Mason explained. “When we meet, we are able to take a big picture view of the programs and proceed to make progress on curriculum, program planning and other areas necessary for growth.” “Janet has assembled a whole group of community leaders and gets a direct voice from them,” said Ron Jakubisin (’81), a member of the human services advisory committee and a trainer with the Lake County Health Department’s Prevention Services department. “It’s a great process.”



High-Tech Majors Lift Job Prospects


aser beams that detect explosives in the battlefield or at airports. Microscopic “nanobombs” that kill malignant cancer cells while leaving healthy tissue undamaged. A worldwide fiber optic network—using millions of tiny glass tubes the size of a human hair. These technologies may sound like science fiction, but they are in fact quite real and the basis of four new academic programs recently launched by the College of Lake County to prepare graduates for careers in emerging technologies. “Light is now being harnessed in a myriad of industries,” said Steve Dulmes, coordinator of CLC’s new photonics program. “We are seeing this locally in homeland and military troop security, disease diagnoses and in manufacturing. It is extremely important that CLC start training the technicians that are needed today and in the decades to come.” The boom in wireless data networks has fueled the need for skilled technicians in the Chicago area and nationwide, said instructor Michelle Leonard, who is also department chair for the program. “Technicians address issues ranging from data security to the mixing of different standards in a local area network,” she said. Nanotechnology, the science of building products from the bottom up—a few molecules at a time—is advancing and becoming so user friendly that an associate degree holder, rather than a Ph. D., can perform daily tasks, said Ahmad Audi, Ph.D. and chair of the program. “Nano labeling and imprinting is pretty popular with the companies around Lake County,” he said. “The job outlook is promising.”


Laser, Photonics and Optics The science of light, and its practical uses, is the foundation for a rapidly growing number of jobs in photonics (from the word, “photon,” a unit of light). “Theoretical scientists have long been studying photonics,” said Dulmes. “Their investigations are now being translated into a vast array of industrial applications in fields as diverse as medicine, manufacturing, telecommunications and national security.” With the help of a National Science Foundation grant, the College of Lake County has launched a new academic program to help students take advantage of these job opportunities. In 2009 CLC became the first community college in the Chicago area to offer a one-year certificate preparing students for careers installing and troubleshooting devices involving lasers, optical systems and fiber optics. “Lasers and photonics have many uses,” Dulmes noted. “Lasers are used in security applications and in the manufacture or operation of many products, and they’re used in medicine for procedures ranging from correcting vision problems to removing acne.” And employers in the corridor between Chicago and Milwaukee are hiring people to work on these applications. “In suburban Milwaukee, a Fortune 500 company is using lasers to identify and clean water contaminants, and one Chicago-area company has a contract with a major defense contractor, producing lasers that sniff air for chemical agents and identifying roadside bombs,” Dulmes said.

Greg Hinkley, a 42-year-old Grayslake resident, enrolled in the program last fall, following a layoff from an information technology job. He’s looking forward to transferring his IT skills to a new career and hopes to enter the medical research field when he completes his photonics certificate in May 2010. “It’s exciting to see the potential uses of laser technology in medicine,” he said. “In drawing a blood sample, a laser scan may one day eliminate the need for a pin prick. Also, researchers are hoping one day to use laser light to test for cancers, diabetes and other diseases.”

New degree in nanoscience technology Nanotechnology—the technology that works at the atomic level—has hundreds of applications, from medical care to consumer products. Using this emerging technology, pills can be manufactured with microscopic codes embedded to protect against counterfeiting, clothing can be


made with new improved stain repellants and lighter, stronger tennis racquets can be produced, according to Audi, a nanoscience professor. In 2009, the college worked with Harper College to offer a new associate degree program in nanoscience technology. Students complete most of the courses at CLC, but they complete the advanced technical classes at Harper College, which grants the degree. Students take their CLC courses in the program at the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills, where they have access to a new scanning electron microscope that arrived in the fall of 2009. Roughly the size of a large microwave oven, this microscope uses an electron beam instead of light to examine objects. As a result, it is 20 times more powerful than an optical microscope. “I have friends who attend large, four-year universities, and they’re amazed at the access we have to this cutting-edge technology. They complain that they need to complete years of coursework and gain special permission to use the same microscope at their schools,” said student Ian Thomas about the electron microscope. The job outlook for nanotechnology majors is bright, according to Leonard. “The National Science Foundation estimates that within 10 years, the worldwide need for nanotechnology professionals will grow from 20,000 to two million,” she said. “Locally, Chicago has the seventh highest nanotechnology industry in the country, with more than 100 firms that could employ CLC grads.”

Fiber optic technician certificate Fiber optics, the science of sending information coded in a beam of light down an ultra-thin glass or plastic pipe, promises to revolutionize everything from phone calls to Web surfing. In 2009, the college launched a new, seven-credit certificate program in the fast-growing field. The certificate prepares students for industry certification in fiber optics technology and to find entry-level employment in network technology and telecommunications. CLC’s new certificate also may be used to broaden the experiences of skilled network and systems administrators, according to Michelle Leonard, who is also the fiber optics department chair. One student who’s excited about the new program is Brian Dost, a 2005 graduate of Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. “It’s a wonderful chance for me to learn something that relatively few others currently do,” Dost explained. “It’s a career that you can pursue in the U.S. or other countries, as Africa, Europe and Asia become connected by fiber optic links.” Dost, who already has earned an A.S. in computer science from the college, plans to earn certificates in fiber optics and LINUX administration in May 2010. Following graduation, he hopes to work as a fiber optic technician. He’s excited about the potential of the technology. “Adding a fiber optic network is like adding new lanes and raising the speed limit so you can really fly,” he said. “With videoconferencing,

for example, people now expect sound and video to transfer in real time, and that takes up a lot of bandwidth. Fiber optic networks promise to deliver much more bandwidth than traditional methods of data transmission.”

Wireless networking security certificate The growth of wireless computer technology or WiFi, now commonplace in businesses and in many homes, has fueled a need for skilled technicians who can install networks and troubleshoot problems. Responding to this need, the college in fall 2009 launched a new 14 credit-hour certificate that prepares network administrators to design, test and maintain secure wireless and mixed media networks. “Wireless technology is one of the most dynamic of modern networking technologies,” explained Leonard. “A wireless network uses radio signals or microwaves to broadcast data and information. The data is beamed out over the airwaves instead of traveling through traditional coaxial cable, ethernet or other standard wired methods. Although this eliminates the need to run a wired connection to a computer, the wireless network also needs to be maintained.”

How to learn more about CLC’s technology programs Laser/Photonics/Optics: Contact Steve Dulmes at (847) 543-2330 or Nanoscience Technology: Contact Ahmad Audi, Ph.D., at (847) 543-6537 or Fiber Optics and Wireless Networking Programs: Contact Michelle Leonard, at (847) 543-2760 or



Looking for a Job? CLC’s Hire Learning program offers help


ownsized and searching for a job in a tough economy? Do your 2010 resolutions include finding a new career? The College of Lake County’s Hire Learning program can give your job search a boost. The program is a service of the college’s Career and Placement Services Center, located at the Grayslake campus, and there is no cost for most services. Currently, the center serves about 400 people a week, more than double last year’s number, according to Sylvia Johnson, executive director of Career and Placement Services. Losing a job can be stressful, but it helps to view it as a time of self-exploration to learn new skills or make a career change, Johnson added. “Despite the recession, healthcare continues to be a booming field,” she said. “Nursing comes to everyone’s mind first,

but there are many other health-related fields that we encourage people to consider, from dental hygiene to medical billing. Some fields, such as phlebotomy and certified nursing assistant, can be learned within six months.” When conducting a job search or exploring new career options, don’t go it alone, Johnson advises. “When you involve other people in your job hunt, they are like additional eyes and ears and can offer support and encouragement,” she said. To get started with the Career and Placement Services office, follow these five steps:

1. Make an appointment to see a career specialist or counselor in CLC’s Career and Placement Services Center. A career specialist offers tips on selling yourself through your resume and cover letter, while a counselor will help you with assessment tools

designed to help assess your job skills, identify your career interests and develop a job-search strategy. Both counselors and specialists will help you learn what's hot in the job market and what skills are needed to qualify.

2. Register online for College Central, a job search database, at clcillinois. This free service allows you to post your resume and search for jobs. Currently, nearly 70 Lake County businesses—from Fortune 500 corporations to small, family-owned businesses—are registered in the database and regularly review applications, Johnson said. “When a new employer comes to the county, we work with other Lake County organizations to build connections with the new business, and many end up posting their jobs with us,” Johnson said.

3. Sharpen your job-hunting skills with free workshops.

Career and Placement’s Sylvia Johnson (right) urges job seekers to incorporate the internet in their search process. 8 | COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY

Resume writing, job interviewing and conducting an electronic job search are but a few of the topics covered in workshops at the Career and Placement Services Center. Effective online job hunting is more important than ever, Johnson noted. “These days, very few employers accept hard-copy resumes, applications or cover letters,” she explained. “Also, social networking sites, from Facebook to Linked In, allow you to grow your network and demonstrate that your digital skills are up-to-date.” For current dates and times of the workshops, visit


CLC’s Career and Placement Services Center, located on the Grayslake campus, is open to any Lake County resident.

4. Rally your spirits and increase your job-hunting skills by joining a networking group. CLC’s Job Hunters’ Support Group, which meets weekly, is a great forum for sharing job search strategies, managing stress and staying motivated. “The group is helpful because it offers practical job-hunting tips and it’s not just focused on feelings,” said Mary O’Toole (’89). The Wildwood resident, who was laid off last year from a data-entry job at a publishing company, is brushing up on her Microsoft Office skills at CLC while she searches for an administrative assistant job. “Research shows that nearly 90 percent of jobs are found through networking,” said Candee McMahon, part-time career counselor and leader of the group. Besides networking groups, professional organizations—representing everything from accounting to marketing—have regular luncheons and networking opportunities, McMahon added. To find an association for your career, try a Google search, using the name of your career plus the word “association” or “society.”

5. Consider additional education. From courses to one-year career certificates to associate degrees, CLC offers literally thousands of opportunities to learn new skills or brush up on existing ones. Summer Session classes begin June 7, so now is the time to explore what programs may be right for you. Information is at Or call (847) 543-2090 to talk to an enrollment services representatives about how to get started.

The Career and Placement Services Center is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call (847) 543-2059 or visit To read about a successful alumna’s path to business ownership success, see page 3.

Another option: Start your own business! Many displaced workers have triumphed over a job loss by starting a successful business. However, launching a business is a major decision that should not be made lightly, cautions Jan Bauer, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center, part of the college’s Workforce and Professional Development Institute. “Owning your own business is not for everyone,” she said. “You need to have a passion for your idea, plus an intelligent, well-researched business plan and the right financing—in addition to common sense, leadership skills and a willingness to work long hours.” If you think starting a business is right for you, the Small Business Development Center has many tools to help you, from developing a business plan to managing a small business. Find out more about the resources available, including a free online test to determine entrepreneurial interests, at Also, call (847) 543-2033 to set up a free appointment with a small business consultant.



Foundation Chief: Alumni Support Vital


en Randazzo, president of the College of Lake County Foundation board of directors, is himself a community college graduate. This bond with community colleges is one he hopes will help him connect with CLC alumni and inspire their involvement with the Foundation’s work on behalf of the college and its students. Randazzo is involved with the CLC Foundation because he appreciates the strong start his community college education gave him. A St. Louis native, Randazzo became the first in his working-class family of eight to attend college, when he enrolled at Forest Park Community College in 1968. “I couldn’t afford to go away to college full time,” he recalled. “Attending community college, while living at home, gave me a chance to get my college career started and acclimate myself to college professors and study habits. It was a great value.” After graduating from Forest Park in 1970, he later earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southeast Missouri State University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In the business world, he built a highly successful 30-year career at W.W. Grainger Inc., the Lake Forest-based Fortune 500 supplier of facilities maintenance products. Starting as sales person, he rose through the management ranks to eventually become vice president of business development. Randazzo , who retired last year, began serving a two-year term as president of the CLC Foundation last May. During his term as Foundation president, he is eager to build the Foundation’s relationship with alumni.


“CLC now has 40 years of alumni,” he said. “Their input and contributions are critical to the Foundation’s future funding and success.” Another priority is aligning the Foundation’s fundraising efforts with the college’s strategic planning process, which is now underway. “As CLC President Weber and his team develop a strategic plan for the college, there has to be an alignment between the goals of CLC and those of the Foundation board. We meet regularly to collaborate,” Randazzo said. Randazzo wants to support the college’s efforts to build awareness in the Lake County community of the high-quality education available at CLC. “The college’s enrollment is up, so we’re doing the right things,” he said. “We need to

continue letting the community know that CLC offers an excellent education close to home and at an affordable price.” An important part of creating that awareness, is forging win-win relationships with area businesses, Randazzo said, “This will help ensure that CLC continues to teach the skills that the businesses need, and the businesses, in turn, can provide work opportunities and other resources needed by CLC.” Do you want to “give back” to CLC by supporting the CLC Foundation? Visit to learn more about opportunities to volunteer or donate.

The CLC Foundation provides many education “extras.” The CLC Foundation raises money for student scholarships and other college initiatives like the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art (pictured above), instructional projects and even buildings. (The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the Grayslake Campus was constructed in part with Foundation assistance).


Key to Business Success ?

continued om page 3 Reaching her mid-50s, Bennett decided it was time to retire from Abbott and launch a completely different career—that of a restaurant owner. Opening a restaurant during a recession might not sound like the best of business strategies. But Bennett didn’t go into her venture blind. Working with CLC’s Small Business Development Center, she conducted thorough research to develop a sound business plan, including studying area demographics, real estate costs, traffic flow and other factors. “The advice I received from the consultants at CLC was outstanding,” she said. “The business plan helped me make a decision on which business to buy, and the consultants also helped me find ways to lower my costs. They even gave me a crash course in Quick Books software.” With a Georgia-style décor and Southern menu, Savanna House sits next to its namesake: the Wadsworth Savanna Forest Preserve. Open seven days a week, the menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Georgia-style dishes include fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, barbeque ribs and steak. Since opening the restaurant, Bennett has gone back to CLC yet again, earning food-safety certification in 2009. Despite working seven days a week, Bennett said she enjoys the interaction with customers. “People often ask me if this was the worst time to start a restaurant,” she said. “My answer is: That’s what America is made of—brave people who step out. It’s we who turn the economy around. If everybody ran away, the economy would never turn around.”

Chicago Wolves Alumni Event You're invited to CLC Alumni & Friends Day with the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, March 28. See professional hockey at its best as the Wolves battle the Texas Stars. The day includes pregame fireworks, a laser show, and more. Coach bus transportation will be available from the CLC Grayslake Campus to the Allstate Arena. Tickets are $14 and bus transportation is $10. Game time is 3 p.m., coach bus will leave the Grayslake Campus at 1:30 p.m. To register for the Wolves game outing, call the Alumni Center at (847) 543-2400 or register online at

Extras Extras! Read all about them! Join the CLC Alumni Association for an annual fee of just $20 and look at all the extras you can get! ●

Free membership to the CLC Fitness Center

Discounts on concerts and shows at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (Grayslake Campus)

50-minute massages for $20 at CLC’s new Health & Wellness Center at the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills

E-mail forwarding address through CLC’s online community

Priority notification of alumni events

Additional Discounts: Local CLC Alumni Discount Program (Chicagoland), Alumni Preferred Partners offers CLC Alumni discounts at local businesses including Caribou Coffee, Bill’s Pub, Starbucks, UNO Chicago, Super Cuts, Jamba Juice and more than 20 recent additions. Just show your CLC Alumni Association member ID to receive discounts. For details, visit

Free Nationwide Discount for all CLC Alumni, Working Advantage is a nationwide organization that has partnered with respected online vendors to bring you discounts on entertainment, travel and shopping. For details, visit

T-Mobile member benefits include discounts on monthly service charges and special promotional pricing on phones and accessories.

MetLife special group insurance rate on full replacement coverage for auto and home.

Hotels and Rental Cars – up to 25 percent off on rental cars, including Auto Europe and 20 percent on all Choice Hotels.

For more information, call the Alumni Center (847) 543-2400



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Ruth (Berger) Heraver (’80) is a full-time health information technology instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wis.

The following is a partial list. Learn about more events, and buy tickets online, at

Rich Schur (’90), a professional auctioneer based in Colorado Springs, Colo., was named the 2010 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer in January by the Colorado Auctioneers Association (CAA). Bob Chikos (’94) is a special education teacher and speech coach at Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, Ill. In November, he was named the top humorous speaker in the Chicago district of Toastmasters International. Charles Henry (’07) is a case manager for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program in Hebron, Ill. What have you been doing lately? Let your fellow grads know! Post your submissions online at Look for the message board that corresponds with your graduation decade. Selected entries will also be published in the AlumNews.

The School for Scandal

Spring Choral Concert

April 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at 2 p.m. April 23 at 10 a.m.

April 18 at 4 p.m.

33rd Annual Guest Artist Concert

Mainstage Theatre

May 9 at 4 p.m.

Studio Theatre Written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, this hilarious comedy explores gossip, fashion and the pursuit of wealth. The intrigue comes to a climax in a side-splitting screen scene that is one of the most famous in all of theatre.

This concert concludes the 2009-10 season of choral music. CLC’s three vocal ensembles, the Choir of Lake County, the Gospel Choir and the CLC Singers, perform under the direction of Dr. Charles Clency.

Mainstage Theatre Lake Forest Symphony trumpeter David Inmon will perform with the CLC Wind Ensemble. Stan Kenton and Tonight Show band bassist Nick Schneider, along with Woody Herman drummer Bob Rummage, will perform with the CLC Monday Night Jazz Ensemble.

AlumNews Winter 2010  
AlumNews Winter 2010  

Magazine published for graduates of the College of Lake County