A former instructor at Elgin Community College has returned to the campus seven years later to become the college's new chief human resource officer.
Janelle Crowley, who was an adjunct instructor at ECC from 2000 to 2005, began her new role in early January. In a news release from ECC, Crowley called the college a "jewel and an asset for the community."
After her stint at the college, Crowley went on to serve as an occupational health consultant and compliance officer for Sherman Health Care Systems from 1995 to 2002. Most recently she was director of human resources for the city of Woodstock from 2002 to 2012.
Piano players sought: There's only a few days left for students in Community Unit District 300 to register for the district's annual piano festival. Registration forms along with the $5 registration fee are due by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Registration should be completed online and forms can be found at www.d300.org/document/30548 and online payments can be made at http://d300.revtrak.net/tek9.asp. The registration form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event, which is in its fourth decade, is set for 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, at Westfield Community School, 2100 Sleepy Hollow Road, Algonquin. The festival is open to District 300 piano students in third through 12th grades.
Music makers: Huntley High School will host a Youth in Harmony contest to showcase all high school and junior high school ensembles and quartets.
The contest will be held from 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12. All singing will be close harmony a cappella. Both boys and girls groups will be competing. Groups will be judged for cash prizes to be awarded to the winning contestant's school music program. More than 25 groups are expected to participate.
Admission is free to the public. The contest is hosted by the Huntley High School Music Department and sponsored by the Fox Valley Men of Harmony and the Sweet Adelines International Lake Michigan Region Three.
• Larissa Chinwah covers school districts 26, 158, 300, 301 and U-46, ECC and Elgin-area private schools. Reach her at (847) 931-5722 or email@example.com.