50th Celebration

Celebrate. Make Dinner Plans.

Catch-up with Colleagues!

“Here are the names of those planning to attend as of April 2. Sorry, but anyone whose RSVP arrives after that date, will not be included in this list. Come to the reunion and be surprised!”

Sharon Z. Alter
Margaret Babcock
Solveig R. Bender
Tanya W. Bergman
John Birkholz
James N. Blasky
Bruce Bohrer
Dennis B. Brokke
Michael D. Brown
Frank L. Buchenot
Margaret F. Burbach-Webb
Joan M. Carlson
Patricia A. Carney
Jacqueline A. Carroll
Steven J. Catlin
Margaret S. Dahl
Nancy L. Davis
Billie L. DePalma
George C. Dorner
Susan J. Farmer
Joan T. Fiske
Dale L. Ford
Linda A. Frank
Joellen Freeding
Karen Froelich
Nico Genet
Robert A. Getz
Betty Gialdini
Dick Gialdini
Donna M. Glade-Tau
Minnie M. Gunderson
Jean M. Haen
Bonnie J. Henry
Clete H. Hinton
Lester Hook
Audrey R. Inbody
Mary Ann Jirak
Thomas A. Johnson
Karen F. Johnstone
Diane M. Kinn
Tammi B. Jungdahl
Diane M. Kinn
Sharon F. Kirmse
Walter D. Klingerberg
Kate R. Kniest
Thomas R. Knoff
Michael A. Knutson
Barbara A. Koenig
Linda Kolbusz-Kosan
Beth L. Krueger
Joanne M. Leski
Robyn R. Leslie
Edward Liska
Marcia Litrenta
Allen Longmore
Judy H. Longmore
John A. Lucas
Marianne  Lucas
David B. Macaulay
Dominic D. Magno
Sharon A. Martin
Diane L. Martling
Elizabeth R. McKay
Wendy J. Mertes
Helen Moore
James E. Morgan
John M. Muchmore
Linda A. Mueller
Roger A. Mussell
Michael R. Nejman
Carol Neuhauser
Harold W. Neumann
Joyce Nolen
Wil Nolen
Patricia M. O’Leary
Michael V. Ostrowski
Jeanne Pankanin
Halina Polakowski
Joann Powell
Barbara A. Radebaugh
Geetha Rao-Swamy
Marlene T. Resner
Hazel Rilki
Alice C. Roberts
Katherine Roller
Julie Rowen
Ann M. Ryan
Nancy Schietzelt
Randall M. Schietzelt
Sharyn Shepard
Sue Shinn
Frank E. Smith
Wallis J. Sloat
Pat Stack
Tom Stack
Karen J. Stoessel
Jane Ann M. Thomas
Tom L. Thompson
Trygve R. Thoreson
J. R. Tillotson
Diane Trickey
Michael Vijuk
Patricia A. Wenthold
Mary Jo Willis
Robert R. Zilkowski

50th Anniversary Committee Report – April, 2017 (M. Nejman)

Harper College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will have a “soft launch” at this year’s Graduation Ceremony, Saturday, May 20 at 11 am. The formal beginning of the celebration for the Harper community starts on Wednesday, September 13 (Harper College had its first day of classes on September 13, 1967!). For Harper annuitants and retirees, we will learn more about this exciting year of events at our luncheon with President Ender on Monday, September 18 (more information will be coming!).
We are still looking for stories about Harper College’s “early days” (anytime before 2017!). If you’d like to share a favorite memory, funny story, or personal experience at Harper, please complete the form on the Harper Web site for My Harper Story.

From HCAA President Bonnie Henry:
It’s been awhile, but this fall I wrote you about the brick paver campaign sponsored by the Harper Foundation.  Since then I have received several emails about purchasing pavers, and emails asking about what they might say.  To that end, I am providing examples, courtesy of Brenda Stiff, Manager of Annual Giving from the Foundation.

For me, the decision of whether to purchase a paver was easy, deciding the wording is much more difficult.  However, I plan to make this decision this year.  I think it is a fine way for the Foundation to raise scholarship funds and a lasting legacy of sorts for us and/or colleagues at the College.  Good luck as you ponder this decision!

Ms. Henry,
My name is Brenda Stiff and I am the new Manger of Annual Giving in the Harper College Educational Foundation, I’m excited to be working at Harper and look forward to working on the Pavers for Promise Campaign.  I had a wonderful conversation with Mary Jo Willis yesterday about the retirees at Harper and she mentioned that a letter and Pavers Flyer was sent out to all of the retirees. She asked that send you a few examples for bricks that have been purchased by retirees for examples on wording. Please find below some of the bricks that have been purchased.  Please remember that the bricks come in two sizes.

  • The 4 x 8  wall paver allows you to leave a three-line message with 18 characters per line. Cost: $150.00
  • The 8×8 wall paver allows you to leave a six-line message with 18 characters per line. Cost: $300.00


50th Anniversary Committee Report – September 19, 2016 (M. Nejman)

Save the date: the Harper College 50th Anniversary Annuitant/Retiree Reunion will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1 – 3 pm in Building W. More details will follow, however please mark your calendar.

  • For this event, we have: the first student senate president, Sean Ryan, planning to attend and address our group; John Muchmore has agreed to emcee; and we’ve approached the first faculty senate president (John Gelch) to speak as well (waiting to hear back!).

50th Anniversary Committee: Michael Nejman, chair; Bill Punkay, Roger Mussell, and Joellen Freeding.

As part of the HC 50th Anniversary effort, Tryg Thoreson is writing a commemorative book that will be published and made available soon. If you’d like to forward him your “Harper Story,”there’s still time. Reminder: your “Harper Story” is a brief story about a favorite person, event, experience you had during your time at Harper College. It can be funny, poignant, heart-warming, or simply a catalyst for reminiscing (i.e. remembering when early financial reports that were distributed by cart weekly, or when Harper held the graduation ceremony in the gym, etc.). Please send your stories to Tryg at: tthoreso8@gmail.com

Also, for the 50th Anniversary effort, we are looking for your photos! Do you have pictures of Harper students, faculty, departments, activities, and events? Please scan them and forward them to Tryg at: tthoreso8@gmail.com.If you don’t have a way to scan them, please let Tryg know of their availability and we’ll work out a way to have them scanned. Photos could be used for the 50th anniversary book, or for slide shows as part of the Reunion events on April 14, 2018.