The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest is raising funds by selling original art notecards. The artwork was inspired by members of the symphony, as captured in photos taken by the conductor's wife. The artists are Leslye Madden of River Forest and Jane Ferris, a mural painter and cellist with the symphony. The cards were intoduced at the symphony's Dec. 5 concert and will be available at subsequent concerts or by phone at 218-2648. Cost for the cards is $10 for 15 cards and envelopes.
History in the making
Oak Park resident Michael Kasprowicz, a social science faculty member at Morton College in Cicero, explained how to incorporate biographical/autobiographical materials into a Western Civilization/world history curriculum during the Southeast Branch World History Association Conference at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. His presentation referred to a paper he did on William Percy, a late 18th century school teacher in Northern Ireland who traveled the world and witnessed a number of major historical events.
Betty Faulhaber of Oak Park has joined the board of directors of Community Care Options, a mental health agency providing services to individuals and families in 24 west and south suburban communities, including Oak Park and River Forest. Faulhaber is director of human resources with the Chicago law firm Schiff Hardin LLP; the firm recently placed at number seven on Chicago Magazine's 25 Best Places to Work in Chicago. She has a master's in human resources and industrial relations from Loyola University, and previously taught history at Trinity High School in River Forest.
"Betty's understanding of what it takes to make employees feel special and keep them happy will be important to the agency as economics dictates increasingly more difficult choices," said CCO Executive Director Mary Stecher. "We are very fortunate to have her on our board."