Academy of Our Lady
Academy Of Our Lady/Longwood Alumnae Plan Reunion 2014
Those who graduated from the Academy of Our Lady/Longwood High School in a year ending in 4 or 9 will receive a special salute at the Academy of Our Lady Alumnae Association’s all-school reunion from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Hilton Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave.
Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (cash bar). Tickets are $50 ($55 after Oct. 13). Proceeds will assist the Alumnae Office. Photos of milestone-anniversary classes will be taken and may be ordered. A.O.L. memorabilia will be available for purchase.
Earlier in the day, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, alumnae may visit the Academy of Our Lady former campus, now the Chicago International Charter School, Longwood campus, for a prayer service at the Lourdes Grotto followed by a tour of the school buildings. Alumni should enter at Loomis Street, just south of 95th Street.
Reservations are required for the evening reunion, but not for the campus visit. Members of five-year-anniversary classes have received reunion invitation letters and reservation forms. Other alumnae may use a reservation coupon included in the summer Longwood Update newsletter. For more information, call the Academy of Our Lady Alumnae Office at 773-445-2300, or visit the website, AOLAlumnae.com.
Alumnae who wish to take advantage of a group rate of $129 plus tax, single or double, for Reunion 2014 guest rooms at the Hilton Oak Lawn may access a link on the Academy of Our Lady website, or call Hilton reservations at 800-315-1058 before Sept. 26. Mention the Academy of Our Lady High School Reunion on Oct. 18. The Hilton’s phone number is 708-425-7800.
Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1874 as a Catholic school for girls, the Academy of Our Lady/Longwood closed in 1999. The goal of the Academy of Our Lady Alumnae Association is to foster support of current School Sisters of Notre Dame ministries and to keep Longwood’s spirit alive among its alumnae.
Bogan High School
The Bogan High School Class of 1974 is hosting a reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Appetizers and an open bar will be available. For more information check the reunion website at bogan1974.com, or contact Laura Thorp O’Connor
Chicago Christian High School, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights, will host an open house Sunday, Oct. 12, beginning at 1:45 pm.
Families interested in Chicago Christian can attend the open house and receive information about the counseling department, learning assistance, tuition and tuition assistance, the athletic programs, curriculum, our Project Lead the Way STEM classes, co-curricular activities, and a question and answer session with principal, Bob Payne. Faculty and coaches will also be on hand.
Information regarding our seventh grade Step-Up program, shadow days, and Knight Hoops basketball program will also be available this day.
Chicago Christian High School, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights, will be hosting an event for alumni and their families.
It takes place starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 where Chicago Christian High School will be hosting an alumni tent for the homecoming football game. The alumni tent will be set up behind the end zone for all alumni and their families. There is no cost for admission to the tent. Chicago Christian will also be giving away an autographed Chicago Bear Jared Allen football.
For more information on either of these events, contact Tim Schnyders at
The Chicago Southland Graduate Fair is an opportunity to learn about graduate school programs and opportunities offered by colleges and universities from the region and the nation. The fair takes place Thursday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park.
More than 35 graduate schools will have information available on their programs, admission process, and financial aid and scholarship opportunities. The Chicago Southland Graduate Fair is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not necessary.
For more information, call 534-4490.
Governors State University Addiction Studies Alumni Club to Host Recovery Walk
In celebration of National Recovery Month, the Governors State University Addictions Studies Alumni Club will sponsor their third annual Walk for Recovery Saturday, Sept. 20 at Governors State University, 1 University parkway, University Park.
This free event begins with registration from 8 to 9 a.m., followed by a program at 9 a.m. The two or three-mile walk will commence at 10 a.m. In addition, a resource fair will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
Featured at the 9 a.m. program will be the following speakers:
• Peter Palanca, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, who will serve as master of ceremonies;
• Mark Sanders, chief executive officer of On the Mark Consulting; and
• Comedian Jay Washington.
The Walk for Recovery is designed to honor individuals in recovery or who are seeking recovery. The event also celebrates the treatment and support service providers who are committed to helping them, and to increasing awareness surrounding addiction issues.
The event will also feature door prizes, refreshments, music and entertainment. This event is sponsored by, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, the Illinois Certification Board; Handwritten Greetings, Inc., Aurelio’s Pizza Crete, Chicago Dough Company, Starbucks Homewood and Sunrise Greenhouses.
Those who register online at govst.edu/alumniwalk will be entered in for a special door prize.
Additional information may be obtained by calling GSU Alumni Relations at 534-7892.
Governors State University welcomes co-host of Democracy Now for Keynote Address
He’s sat down with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; authored three books and spent his more than 30-year career as a crusader for racial equality in journalism.
Governors State University will welcome the co-host of Democracy Now and New York Daily News columnist, Juan Gonzalez, to deliver the keynote address at the Midwest History Association Conference at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Sherman Hall. This event, though part of a conference, is free and open to the public.
Comic books, gaming and pop culture will rule at Moraine Valley Community College’s Graphic Novel Symposium today, Thursday, and tomorrow, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most events will take place in the library, on the second floor of Building L, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Over two days, symposium participants can play games and learn about gaming, engage in costume play, buy comics and other gaming items, and attend faculty lectures.
The symposium kicks off today with two featured speakers in the Library Lounge. Erik LaGattuta, professor of Fine Arts, will present, Comic Books and the Art of Visual Story Telling, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Sheryl Bundy, professor of Communications and Literature, will follow with, Graphic Novels as Literature, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
The Comic Shop Fair will be open throughout the symposium. Chimera’s Comics and Tenth Planet, both from Oak Lawn, and Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics, from Tinley Park, will set up shop outside the library to sell comics, games, figures, and other items.
Moraine Valley’s Student Life Office and the student Anime Club are hosting a costume play contest Thursday at 3 p.m., in Building U. Entrants should dress as a favorite comic, superhero or sci-fi character from movies, TV shows and comic books. The sign-up for the costume play will be from noon to 2 p.m. outside the library. Rules for costumes and the contest can be found on the website: morainevalley.edu/comicculture/cosplay.
Gaming is the focus on Friday. Jason King, professor of Developmental Education and Geography, will present Gaming and Learning from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Library Lounge. The library also will have six strategy board games set up to play: Ticket to Ride, Carcassone, The Settlers of Catan, Tsuro—the Game of Path, Blokus, and Hey, That’s My Fish. Anyone is welcome to walk up and play, or reserve a time slot with friends. Information about the games and reservations for time slots can be found on the web site: morainevalley.edu/comicculture/gaming.
Employers Needed For Moraine Valley Fall Job And Internship Fair
Employers from all industries who have position openings are needed for Moraine Valley Community College’s Fall Job and Internship Fair Thursday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The fair will be in the Moraine Business and Conference Center, Building M, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Employer check-in is at noon, and the employer luncheon is at 12:30 p.m.
The Fall Job and Internship Fair is a prime opportunity for employers to recruit diverse students, alumni and community members to fulfill employment needs, including hourly or salary jobs, and paid or non-paid internships. Commission-only positions and undisclosed third party recruiting will not be included.
The registration fee is $100 for a six-foot table and lunch for two recruiters. Registration forms and payment are due by Friday, Oct. 3. The form can be downloaded from the college’s website at morainevalley.edu/jrc. Space is limited.
For more information about the fair or other events, call the Job Resource Center at 974-5313, or visit the website.
Moraine Valley Accepting Business Champion Award Nominations
Moraine Valley Community College’s Corporate, Community and Continuing Education subdivision is seeking nominations for its 2014 Business Champion Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, Sept. 1 for awards in the following categories:
• Training and Development—businesses that make a significant investment in their workforce by encouraging lifelong learning.
• Sustainability—businesses committed to reducing their ecological footprint by incorporating environmentally sustainable practices.
• Excellence in Government—a leader who demonstrates the foresight to create a healthy community.
• Philanthropy—a business or individual who demonstrates outstanding philanthropic contributions.
• Entrepreneur/Small Business Person of the Year—individuals or no more than three partners who operate a small business with a two-year track record and show continued growth.
• Women in Business/Leadership Award—a leading woman of influence in business with five to 10 years of professional experience.
• Innovation—Compelling idea, product or service that demonstrates significant benefit to users and addresses market needs.
• Individuals and businesses can be nominated for as many award categories for which they qualify, but they can only win in one category. Entries must include a nomination form, a short biography, and a brief description of the business or individual and why they are being nominated. Self-nominations are accepted.
The awards will be presented at the 19th annual Business Champion Awards—Stars of the Southwest Suburbs on Thursday, Nov. 6, in the college’s Moraine Business and Conference Center. The program recognizes the valuable contributions businesses and their advocates make to the economic development of Chicago’s southwest suburbs.
Nomination forms can be downloaded at morainevalley.edu/ccce. For more information or to submit a nomination, call Sue Ryerson at 974-5433, or email her at
Oak Lawn Community High School has added a new position to its administration this year: the director of Supervision, Intervention and Enrichment. Chris Newton, formerly of the math department, has been appointed to this position.
Newton will provide leadership and direction according to the school’s mission, vision, and values statement and conduct a wide range of activities including: leadership, coordination and oversight of the revised certificated staff evaluation plan; completion of certificated staff evaluations, including the incorporation of student learning growth as a significant component of the evaluation process; and leadership, coordination, and oversight of a comprehensive and systematic student intervention program.
St. Xavier University
SXU To Host 14th Annual Cougar 5k Run/Walk During 2014 Homecoming Celebration
Saint Xavier University will host the 14th annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk during its 2014 Homecoming Week at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The race begins and ends at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St, and travels through Evergreen Park.
Pre-registration is $30 for runners/walkers, and $25 for SXU students. Prices increase to $35 for runners/walkers and $30 for SXU students on race day. The Cougar 5K is bringing back the family rate, which costs $75 for two adults and one child age 17 or younger from the same immediate family. Each additional child is $20. Family rate registration is not available on race day. For more information, or to register for the event, visit sxu.edu, keyword: cougar 5k, or call the race hotline at (773)-298-3592.
All participants will receive a white cotton long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt. Participants that register before Wednesday, Sept. 10, have the option to purchase a white dry-tech long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt for an additional $5 instead of the white cotton shirt.
Participants can receive tickets to the homecoming football game at 1 p.m., where they can watch Saint Xavier University take on University of Saint Francis. Tickets can be picked up at the gear check area between 7 and 11 a.m. on race day.
New this year, prize money will be awarded to the top three overall male and female runners, and is sponsored by the Mid American Group. First place overall male/female wins $150 each, second place overall male/female wins $100 each, and third place overall male/female wins $50 each. Also, the runner who breaks the current male or female record will win the Mid American Group Record Breaking $100 award. Males must break 15:41 and females must break 19:54.
Some of the Cougar 5K highlights include post-race massages and stretching, blood pressure checks, children’s activities, performance from the university band, visits from the cougar mascot and refreshments from the following sponsors: Chartwells bagels, muffins and fruit, Jimmy Johns cookies, Barraco’s Pizza, Mariano’s string cheese, Culvers fresh frozen custard, Aquafina Water and Propel Flavored Water.
Cougar 5K sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Meijer, Mid-American Group, Gallagher Investments, Accelerated Rehab, Go Promotions, Lakeshore Brewing, Matrix Fitness Equipment, Running for Kicks, Sports and Ortho, Wishfit Study, Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, Gilhooley’s. Aquafina, Jimmy Johns, Barraco’s Pizza, Beverly Review, McDonalds, Saint Xavier University Alumni and Parent Relations, Village of Evergreen Park, Jackson Capital and Shannon Center Member.