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The holidays are a time to sip warm hot chocolate, watch snowflakes spiral from the sky, decorate Christmas trees, and for some, also a time to give back through donations and actions. Every year Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) and Bentley Forbes work together with businesses and professionals in Chicago to create a unique Fundraising event and Design competition that lights up the Prudential Plaza lobby with festive trees. These trees go beyond just celebrating the holiday spirit – they are created to benefit the at-risk youth of CYP.

Season of Hope gives its participants an opportunity to relive the magic and fun of the holiday season by sponsoring a tree or joining a design team. All proceeds from the Tree Sponsorship go towards providing life changing programming to Chicago Youth.

At the Season of Hope Gala Reception on December 8th, Harrington Student Government’s candy-themed tree, called “Hopeful for a Sweet Holiday” was picked as the best by the children from CYP! See the kids with the tree below:

Next time you walk by Prudential Plaza, take a minute to come in and see all of the trees – they will be up until December 31st!

Photos courtesy Harrington Photography student Katrina Davis

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At the Montgomery film premier on August 18th at Harrington College, over 60 people showed up to express their support of the independent film created by Harrington College of Design Photography college alumn Casey Miller: a film that was received with resounding acclaim!

The Harrington Student Government sponsored and provided a great introduction to the film. On the making of the film, Casey shared, “Through it all: missing memory cards, learning lines, fixing lighting, finding locations, replacing actors, losing assistants, designing props, wardrobe, adjusting sound, filming during actors finals, reshoots, etc., I have a finished film I can be proud of, and to say I’m wise from the experience is a HUGE understatement. I will always appreciate the help Dirk Fletcher (head of the Photography Department at Harrington College of Design) gave me when filming and editing the movie, and the help Harrington and the Student Government gave me with putting together the showcase.”

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The night wrapped up with a standing ovation –proof that all those involved in the film had their hard work well appreciated!

Read about the movie’s plot here and about the making of Montgomery here.

Photos courtesy Brian Flynn and Dirk Fletcher

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Harrington College of Design Student Government (HSG) is a group of elected officials that coordinates many of the activities around the Harrington campus across all three programs: Interior Design, Photography and Communication Design.  HSG hosts new student welcome luncheons, Town Hall meetings, focus groups, and tours of the campus for prospective students.  In addition, HSG offers a voice to students to express feedback and questions or concerns regarding campus life. HSG ensures that issues concerning the student body are presented and addressed as quickly as possible with faculty and staff.

Overall, the organization helps make sure the campus is a more enjoyable educational and social experience for students. HSG also encourages the cross collaboration of different groups on campus, and assists students who are not yet involved to become a part of the diverse student and faculty population. HSG is located on the 4th floor of Harrington in room 408. This space is for the students to ask Student Government representatives any questions they might have or to pick up information about other groups on campus!

HSG Extended Services include:

  • Ambassador Program: a new program designed to help and guide new students
  • Navigate the City: tips on transportation, housing, sights and sounds, hangout spots and other resources in Chicago
  • Understand your Program: get advice from students in your program
  • First Year: students in their second or third semester or beyond have insight to share on how to get through the first year

All students are encouraged to attend meetings regularly to learn more about this student organization and current student issues. To contact HSG with any questions or concerns regarding school or off campus issues, email StudentGov@harringtoncollege.com

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Few things get you into the holiday mood quite like decorating a Christmas tree and helping raise awareness of an important organization! Earlier this month, Harrington’s Student Government decorated a Christmas tree, working around the theme of “Wishing for… A Warm Holiday” in participation of the Chicago Youth Program’s Season of Hope. The students then entered their tree into the Gala, and took a trek over to Prudential Plaza (near Millennium Park) to attend the Chicago Youth Program’s 15th Annual Season of Hope Donations Gala Reception.

“Wishing for… A Warm Holiday” ended up coming in first place! More importantly, Harrington students were honored to participate in this important event and organization: the Chicago Youth Program works to improve the life opportunities and health of at-risk youth using a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their capabilities. The event helped to raise awareness of the program while showcasing the tree-decorating talents of all those who participated.

Photographs courtesy Harrington Digital Photography student Steve Trublood.

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Next week, don’t miss IMAGINE: Harrington College of Design’s Student Government founded art auction where all proceeds benefit DIFFA/Chicago. This year will be Harrington’s sixth IMAGINE Art Auction!

Harrington College of Design Student Government presents: IMAGINE 2010
Friday, October 15th, 2010
5:00pm-6:00pm VIP reception
6:00pm-9:00pm Open Reception
The Center on Halsted: 3656 North Halsted Street

Third Floor: Hoover-Leppen Theatre and Receiption Hall!

IMAGINE 2010 features a variety of art spanning different mediums and styles donated by some of Chicago’s most affluent artists. At the event, bid on artwork in a silent auction or take part in an exciting live auction of the Best in Show pieces!   

All Harrington Alumni, current students, faculty, staff, design community, current employers, and those interested or involved with DIFFA are warmly invited.

About DIFFA:
Design Industries Fighting Aids Foundation (DIFFA) is one of the Country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk; merging care and commerce. DIFFA supporters come from all fields of design and visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography, industrial design, and consumer product design.

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IMAGINE 2010 is an auction of donated art, with all proceeds benefiting DIFFA/Chicago. Design Industries Fighting Aids Foundation (DIFFA) is one of the Country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk; merging care and commerce. DIFFA supporters come from all fields of design and visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography, industrial design, and consumer product design.

This year’s event will be held on October 15th, at The Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre and Reception Hall, located on the Third Floor at 3656 North Halsted.

How can you get involved? Here are a few ways:

  • Donate your creative art
  • Donate sponsorship items
  • Purchase art at the event
  • Volunteer at this event
  • Attend IMAGINE
  • Bring your friends, family and colleagues

Art donations are needed from Harrington students, faculty, staff and amateur or professional artists. If you or someone you know is interested in helping by donating art, please contact Harrington College of Design’s Student Government via email at StudentGov@harringtoncollege.com or telephone at 312.334.6251 and a Harrington Government Representative will provide further details.   Art will be accepted from all skill levels, sizes or media including photography, paintings, sculpture, furniture, lighting, clothing, jewelry, etc. Art can be dropped off at The Cage (5th floor) at the Harrington College of Design and must be accompanied with completed Artist’s Contract and Artist Submission forms.  

Deadline for art submission is Monday, October 11th.

On behalf of the Harrington Student Government, thank you for supporting IMAGINE 2010! More details on this event to come soon, but please, donate for this great, worthy cause!

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