Prairie State College to Host First-Ever Homecoming Week (Chicago Heights, IL) — Prairie State College (PSC) will host its first Homecoming Week from Sept. 12-17 with a lineup of special events, activities, sporting events and the Investiture of PSC President Dr. Michael D. Anthony. Most events are free and held at the main campus located at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.
Included in the week-long events will be the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit, a mobile movie theater exhibit that tours the country year-round, educating people about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots, and World War II heroes. The Tuskegee Airmen are also known for challenging stereotypes that kept black men from serving as pilots in the military.
A few highlighted events are listed below.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 | PANEL: Rise Above / Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) (1 – 2 p.m.) – The Prairie State College Library and Prairie State Military Student Affairs Center will be co-hosting a panel discussion, Rise Above / Stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) in the Barnes & Noble Auditorium. Professor Justin Pariseau will join us for a discussion, moderated by Professor Valerie Moore. This event is being held as part of the Rise Above Red Tails Exhibit visit to campus.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 | Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron’s Rise Above Traveling Exhibit (5 – 8 p.m.) – The exhibit will feature the film RISE ABOVE and its panoramic 160-degree screen inside a 53-foot trailer, which creates the feeling of being inside the cockpit. Admission is free. Location: Main PSC Campus in parking lot D.
Wednesday, Sept. 14 | Corvette Car Show & Food Trucks (5 – 8 p.m.) |- PSC will welcome the Chicago Crossroads Corvette Club. Corvettes will be on display in parking Lot D on the main campus. Food trucks will be on-site during the event.
Friday, Sept. 16 | Reach for the Stars Gala (6 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. dinner) – The Prairie State College Foundation will host its Reach for the Stars Gala at the Tinley Park Convention Center. The event will celebrate the Investiture of President Dr. Michael Anthony and honor Marie Hansel (DNP, RN), the 2022 Reach for the Stars Award Honoree. Michelle Relerford, Weekday Morning Co-Anchor for NBC 5 News Today will emcee the event. Proceeds go toward PSC student scholarships. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit https://give.classy.org/PSCGala2022..
Saturday, Sept. 17 | Touch a Truck (10 – 1 p.m.) – PSC will host its Touch-a-Truck community event at the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Building at 191 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights, next to McDonald’s. Children of all ages can explore and touch trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery, and more. The event will feature a horn-free hour, for those who may experience noise sensitivity, beginning at the start, from 10 to 11 a.m. Hot dogs, chips, and water are included on a first come, first served basis. Admission is free, and RSVP is requested at prairiestate.edu/cdl.
For a complete list of events for Homecoming Week, visit www.prairiestate.edu/events.
Prairie State College to Host First-Ever Homecoming Week