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Michael Carr, Ph.D., Elgin resident named new assistant dean for academic affairs at Oakton Community College.

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Updated: March 12, 2013 6:13AM

Elgin: U46 to host special needs parent resource fair

The U46 Special Education Department and Citizens’ Advisory Council are offering a free Special Needs Parent Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin. The event is an opportunity for families to learn about the services and programs that local, regional and state agencies provide for our special needs community. The event is open to the public and for all those with an interest in special needs services. For detailed exhibitor information, as well as a full schedule of events, visit For more information or questions, contact the U46 Special Education Department at (847) 888-5000, ext. 5065.

South Elgin: South Elgin High to present ‘Grease’

Students at South Elgin High will turn into students at Rydell High when they put on the musical “Grease” in the next few weeks.

“While set in the 1950s,” said staging director and English teacher Carrie Crowe, “Grease is really a musical about the struggles and rebellions that most teenagers experience. This is why the show has remained popular. Anybody who has experienced the teen years in American culture can identify with the show’s plot line.

“The characters in Grease are stereotypes of the cliques that have existed in high school for six decades: the jock, the cheerleader, the nerd, the outcast, the spinster teacher,” Crowe continued, though she thinks today’s students are better at transcending these roles.

To prepare, Crowe and music director Karen Brhel, who is the SEHS orchestra and choir director, asked the leads to do research on 1950s attitudes, fads, dress, and hair styles and report to the rest of the cast, which spent several rehearsals practicing movements and gestures of the period.

Leads for the show are Joelle Kasprisin as Sandy, Nick LaMore as Danny, Haley Panico as Rizzo, and Bradley Smith as Kenickie. There will be 100 singers, dancers, and players in the cast.

Music for the show will be provided by an on-stage five-piece combo directed by Brhel. The choreography has been created by Renee Heitman. Student directors Luz Almanza and Kiela Saucedo help keep things organized. Mary Crum is the costume director.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 2. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets in advance, call or e-mail Carrie Crowe at 847-289-3760 (ext. 3409),

Elgin: Carr named Oakton assistant academic dean

Michael Carr of Elgin has been named as assistant dean for Academic Affairs at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. Carr previously chaired the College’s Biological Sciences Department and served as a professor of biology.

In his new post, Carr will oversee Oakton’s adjunct faculty. “We have an incredible group of part-time instructors,” he notes. “Many of them are professionals in their respective fields, all bring a wealth of experience to the table. This rich resource is part of what makes the College such a vibrant learning community.” Carr’s duties will include coordinating evaluations of part-time and adjunct faculty, managing Oakton’s dual credit initiatives, and administering the College’s program through which students receive academic credit for prior learning.”

Carr holds a doctorate degree in molecular biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master’s degree in human physiology from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Olivet Nazarene University.

Algonquin: Schools will collect books for classes

People can give some of the books their family once adored another chance to ignite a young person’s love of reading. The Westfield Community School PTO, together with the Jacobs High School Rotary Interact Club, is once again collecting gently used books to distribute to D300 classrooms in need. Teachers receiving donated books will make them available for in-school silent reading or give them to students with few books to read at home. Drop off children’s and young adult books in Westfield’s front offices, 2100 Sleepy Hollow Road, or Jacobs High School, 2601 Bunker Hill Drive, now through March 4, 2013. Donations of educational aids such as flashcards also are welcome.

Naperville: Local NCC students up for awards

Kim Ippolito of Bartlett and Meredith Lanan of St. Charles, two North Central College student broadcasters, have earned two nominations each in a national competition.

They are among 13 broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, who earned 26 nominations in the annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) competition. The 26 nominations are the most by any college or university radio station in the nation.

Winners of the Golden Microphone Trophy Awards will be announced March 2 at the 73rd Annual IBS International Radio/Webcast Conference in New York City.

Ippolito, a senior majoring in broadcast communication was nominated in the Best Use of Social Media and Best Station categories.

Lanan, a junior majoring in broadcast communication, earned nominations in the Most Creative Show and Best Show Promo categories.

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