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ECC receives award for serving the community

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The Hanover Park Chamber of Commerce recently named Elgin Community College its Business of the Year. The announcement was made at the chamber's awards dinner on Dec. 9.

In giving the award, the chamber of commerce noted the college's continued efforts in being involved with its community and providing educational opportunities for all residents.

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"Our membership has seen how the college serves the community," Andrea Fox, chamber president and chief executive officer said in a news release. "ECC has helped through outreach and by providing job training opportunities to employees of our businesses in Hanover Park."

ECC President David Sam and Robert McBride, chair of the Community College District 509 board of trustees accepted the award on the college's behalf.

In other ECC news, the college's renowned mock trial team continued its successful season, finishing with a 5-6-1 record at a tournament at Yale earlier this month. The team, which was the lone community college to participant in the tournament, held stronger records than many its competitors. Other teams in the tournament included University of Pennsylvania, the University of Florida, Yale, former American Mock Trial Association national champion Northwood University of Michigan, Wellesley College and the University of Miami. ECC had the same record as Boston University and Cornell College.

On the same weekend, speech team member Nicci Welgemoed finished first in the informative speaking event at the College of Lake County's Soller Solstice Speech Tournament. Welgemoed, an international student from South Africa, earned her second win of the year.

The gift of giving: If you're looking for a unique holiday gift, consider making a donation to the U-46 Educational Foundation, which supports a variety of activities throughout the year in Elgin Area District U-46.

Donations can be made in honor of a teacher, staff member, family member or friend. The gift will give back to U-46 students. Your "honoree" will be notified and your name will be feature on the foundation's website.

To make a donation, go to u-46.org/foundation and fill out a form.

The foundation's website says that in 2011, the foundation sponsored activities and events including:

• The Discovery 2011 Science Fair with Gail Borden Public Library, in which more than 600 students participated.

• The first City of Elgin/Hemmens Advisory Board Talentfest featuring the winning acts of the U-46 high school talent shows.

• Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall's Communities Link Up Program which provided U-46 students an opportunity to study orchestral music and perform with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. The project benefited about 800 students last spring.

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