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  • ‘Oculus’ Filmmaker Comes to Cutting Hall on October 22 Oct 9, 2014 9:58 AM
    “Oculus” Filmmaker Comes to Cutting Hall on October 22

     
  • DuPage Park Districts receive $7.1 Million to Improve Facilities Oct 7, 2014 4:59 PM
    Governor Pat Quinn visited the Addison Park District on Saturday, October 4 to publicly announce $7.1 Million awarded to several municipal Park Districts located in DuPage County. The grant money provided through the Park & Recreation Facility Construction (PARC) program is awarded to park districts located in Addison, Bartlett, Hanover Park and Roselle. Addison Park District will receive $1.8 million as part of a matching grant to renovate Community Recreation Center. This facility located on the east side of Addison is the Park District’s administration office, one of the preschool centers, home to the Active Adults senior club and several other programs and special events. Concept plans are in place for the $3.5 Million renovation which includes upgrading the multi-purpose rooms, providing ADA-compliant access for patrons with limited mobility, and replacing inefficient HVAC and lighting throughout the building. “DuPage County communities are great places to live and work, and these park projects will provide the additional recreational opportunities they need to keep attracting new residents and businesses,” Governor Quinn said. “These parks play a key role in helping promote healthy lifestyles through recreation and it’s important that we maintain them.” The grants awarded Saturday are part of $50 million available through the Parks and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) program, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and funded by Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! Construction program. PARC provides funding to eligible local governments for park and recreation construction projects. Eligible projects include land acquisition, development, architectural planning, construction, rehabilitation and improvements. “These grants are vitally important for communities seeking to build capacity for recreational opportunity,” IDNR Director Marc Miller said. “These projects, upgrades and additions will help (these) four park districts keep up with the ever-growing demand for recreation close to where people live and work.” Addison Park District is committed to providing the highest quality recreational opportunities and open space for everyone. The 2014 seasonal Fun Guide is available in print and online at www.addisonparks.org with a full curriculum of leisure activities for all ages and lifestyles.

     
  • Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 45 Recruits Oct 7, 2014 4:56 PM
    The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 45 recruits representing 32 police agencies in Northern Illinois. The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past summer. Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Officer Victor Valdez of the Elmhurst Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Erin Sheridan of the Wheaton Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Mark Besch of the Addison Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Alan Thibeault of the Prospect Heights Police Department earned the Leadership Award. Officer James Dexter of the Lisle Police Department was presented with the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved. The graduating recruits are as follows: Chris Arbet, Aurora Police Department Benjamin Belcaster, Wheaton Police Department Mark Besch, Addison Police Department Jody Brandis, Kendal County Sheriff’s Office Brian Bruesch, Park Forest Police Department Atif Bukhari, Harper College Police Department Peter Burgert, Kane County Sheriff’s Department Kenneth Bus, Roselle Police Department Ignacio Cervantes, Kane County Sheriff’s Office Khaled Dalal, Roselle Police Department Christine Danan, Willowbrook Police Department Adam Danowski, Crystal Lake Police Department James Dexter, Lisle Police Department Bartek Giera, Mount Prospect Police Department Emily Grape, Wood Dale Police Department Justin Harris, Antioch Police Department Charlie Hilbrant, Highland Park Police Department Richard Jackson, Montgomery Police Department Carlos Juarez, Amtrak Police Department Kayte Kettler, Wheaton Police Department Eric Knippel, Mount Prospect Police Department Kristyn Knoll, Itasca Police Department William Kopecky, Oakton Community College Police Department Krzysztof Kowal, Hoffman Estates Police Department Conner Lain, Naperville Police Department Zachary Lattmann, Westmont Police Department Kevin Manetti, Berkeley Police Department Christian Mennel, Palatine Police Department Daniel Mizialko, Addison Police Department Ellie Nordin, Mount Prospect Police Department Ryan Pacyga, Arlington Heights Police Department Colton Parchem, Naperville Police Department Michael Ranieri, Deerfield Police Department Luke Rider, Lisle Police Department Nicholas Robertson, Palatine Police Department Korbin Rome, Lombard Police Department Terrence Rose, Wheeling Police Department Alexander Sampra, Skokie Police Department Michael Sawicki, Palatine Police Department Erin Sheridan, Wheaton Police Department Malwina Sobanski, Addison Police Department Alan Thibeault, Prospect Heights Police Department Victor Valdez, Elmhurst Police Department John Veenhuis, Skokie Police Department Richard Waszak, Woodridge Police Department College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder and Associate Dean of Continuing Education/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute Thomas Brady offered their congratulations to the graduating recruits. The keynote speaker was Chief David Anderson of the Lisle Police Department. The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.

     
  • COD Students Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc in Europe Oct 7, 2014 4:55 PM
    Twelve participants in College of DuPage’s Field Studies program recently returned from nearly two weeks in Europe where they hiked more than 100 miles, including the celebrated Tour du Mont Blanc. Click here to view photos from the trip. Beginning their trip in Chamonix, France, the class hiked for 12 days and more than 100 miles. They circled the Mount Blanc massif and walked through some of Western Europe’s most picturesque alpine scenery, crossing the countryside of France, Italy and Switzerland. At the end of each day’s journey, lodging arrangements ranged from rustic mountain refuges deep in the mountains to four-star hotels offering every amenity. According to Gib Egge, coordinator of Experiential Education and Training, the hike could not have gone better given the physical and logistical challenges. Egge said despite the spectacular landscapes and breathtaking views, there was another component of the trip that stood out. “The highlight for me was our group, a diverse cross-section of the DuPage community coming together to attempt a very difficult task,” Egge said. “Among us were fifteen people, three of whom were 70 years or older as well as a student who is legally blind that completed the trail with the help from a longtime friend.” One member of the class was Western Springs resident Kathy Fauth, an avid hiker who viewed the chance to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc as an opportunity of a lifetime. While the scenic beauty of the area impressed her, it was the camaraderie and diversity of the group that impressed her. “The scenery was stunning,” Fauth said. “I will always remember hiking with the international community and forming relationships with people from all over the world.” After retiring from her career as a veterinarian a few years ago, Fauth enrolled in and completed the Nursing degree program at College of DuPage, a move she made because she wanted to become involved in volunteerism. She has taken several Field Study trips through the College, and named Egge as a primary reason for choosing this adventure. “I knew this trip would be top-notch,” Fauth said. “Gib is just an excellent guide. He does a wonderful job with these excursions, which is truly is a service to this community.” Lombard resident Nanette Bauer said that while she thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the trip, it was the companionship and camaraderie of the group, with one participant in particular, that she enjoyed most. “The best part of this trip was sharing this outstanding experience with my daughter,” Bauer said. “I also enjoyed the company of the other wonderful participants, seven of whom I’ve traveled with on other COD trips and six new trekkers with whom I will hopefully enjoy having another future travel experience with someday.” Bauer, who enrolls nearly every semester in a yoga class at the College, said she has participated in a Field Studies trip with COD almost each year since 2000. She added that she feels the “anticipation is half the fun of travel,” and said that the Tour du Mont Blanc was something she had wanted to do for a long time. “I have always wanted to have a travel experience that involved hiking in the Alps,” Bauer said. “To have the opportunity to accomplish this under the direction of COD’s Field Study program, particularly under the flawless organizational skills and quiet guidance of Gib Egge, was not to be missed.” Bauer added that the group did experience a day of challenging weather, but that only added to the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment she brought home from the trip. “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the weather, navigating the adverse trail conditions and enjoying the new-found confidence that came with getting to the next destination safely,” Bauer said. Egge said that the hikers knew they were in for a challenge that day after waking up to a steady, hard rain, “the kind you know is going to be here for a while,” at the Refuge des Mottets in France. “We had to climb over 2,500 feet and then descend 3,000 feet to our next overnight stop,” said Egge. “At this point, we had been climbing and descending thousands of feet and were in pretty good shape physically, but we were not in shape for the weather we were about to experience at this pass.” With each step, the hikers increased their altitude and their visibility became more restricted as they entered the clouds and the winds picked up. Reaching the Col de la Seigne, the natural border between France and Italy, the class met with very low visibility and intense winds that made footing precarious. Finally, the class descended into Italy and finally, into better weather. “Even though this was a difficult experience for the class as a whole, it turned out to be one of our favorite moments as we were all challenged, helped one another out and accomplished our goal,” Egge said. The Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education department offers a variety of credit classes that use the world as its classroom, including an Outdoor Adventure program and domestic and international classes in a variety of subjects. The College has offered many successful international trips since 1970 and has taken students to more than 80 countries throughout all seven continents. For more information about Field and Experiential and Study Abroad programs at College of DuPage, call (630) 942-2356 or email fieldstudiesaide@cod.edu.

     
  • COD Studio Art Faculty Exhibit at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery Nov. 6 to Jan. 10 Oct 7, 2014 4:53 PM
    The Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage will host an exhibition of new work by several of the College’s full-time studio art faculty Thursday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 10. The exhibition and all related gallery events are free and open to the public. The gallery will be open during all holiday performances scheduled in the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall. The exhibition features works by Mara Baker (Chicago, Charles Boone (Batavia), Glenn Hanson (West Chicago), Jennifer Hereth (Chicago), Kathy Kamal (Wheaton), Brad Killam (Oak Park), David Ouellette (Batavia) and Terry Vitacco (Darien). An artist’s reception will be held 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, and a lunch chat with the artists is scheduled for noon Monday, Nov. 10. Both events will be held in the gallery. Additionally, sculptor Marina Kuchinski will discuss her recent participation in the Arts/Industry Residency program at the John Kohler Arts Center during an artist talk at noon Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the MAC’s Playhouse Theater. For more information, call (630) 942-2321, or visit http://www.cod.edu/gallery/

     
  • More Than 1,000 Celebrate COD’s Spirit Week, Homecoming Oct 7, 2014 4:52 PM
    Ideal weather combined with food and family fun helped fill the stands with Chaparral Pride at the College of DuPage’s first Homecoming in nearly 40 years. The event, held Sept. 27, featured the COD Chaparrals taking on the Georgia Military College Bulldogs. The day’s festivities included an alumni brunch and a tailgate party. Additionally, members of the National Guard and the Wounded Warrior Project were on hand to honor COD football players and military veterans Matt Fletcher and Evan Kirk. Earlier in the week, COD students participated in several activities as part of Spirit Week, including a pep rally, photo booth and Chappy Olympics. Click here for a video covering the week’s activities.

     
  • COD to Host Series of ‘ART21’ Documentaries Screenings in October Oct 3, 2014 5:11 PM
    College of DuPage will host a series of four free pre-screening events for the PBS series ART21 throughout the month of October. All screenings will be held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. in the McAninch Arts Center, Room 153, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. These screenings are free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with Americans for the Arts, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and the YMCA, ART21 Access ‘14 is an international free screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, spark dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of free public screenings and events. Since premiering in 2001, ART21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series, “Art in the Twenty-First Century.” The program is now broadcast in more than 50 countries worldwide and is the only series on U.S. television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists. Following is a schedule of upcoming screenings: Thursday, Oct. 9, Episode 1: “Investigation.” Artists Leonardo Drew, Thomas Hirschhorn and Graciela Iturbide use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process. Thursday, Oct. 16, Episode 2: “Secrets.” Artists Elliot Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet artists share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work. Thursday, Oct. 23, Episode 3: “Legacy.” Artists Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Wolfgang Laib use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain. Thursday, Oct. 30, Episode 4: “Fiction.” Artists Omer Fast, Katharina Grosse and Joan Jonas explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning. For more information on these free screenings, please contact COD Art History Professor David Ouellette at (630) 942-2586 or ouelletted@cod.edu. Click here for more information on ART21.

     
  • Laps With the Chaps Sunset 5K Run/Walk and Food Truck Rally Set for Oct. 18 Oct 3, 2014 5:07 PM
    Participants can still register for the fourth annual Laps With the Chaps 5K Run/Walk and 100-Yard Dash on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. at College of DuPage. New this year is the COD Food Truck Rally from noon to 6 p.m. The rally will feature popular Chicago and DuPage mobile eateries, such as Babycakes, Bridgeport Pasty, The Calle Wagon, Chicago Pizza Boss, The Grill Chasers, Mariani’s Gelato Italiano, Pop-A-Harrys, Sweet Ride, Toasty Cheese and Yum Dum. Admission to the rally is free and open to everyone; registration for the 5K is not required. The 100-Yard Youth Chaps Dash will begin at 5 p.m. on the track and is for kids 12 and under, with two divisions being contested – ages 4 to 7 and ages 8 to 12. The Kid Zone, open from noon until 6 p.m., will feature activities for the whole family. Kids are encouraged to come in costume. All proceeds from the race will benefit the College of DuPage Student Emergency Fund, which was established to alleviate day-to-day expenses for COD students who are at risk of dropping out. Advance registration is $25 for individuals, $5 for currently enrolled COD students (limitations apply), and $5 for the 100-Yard Youth Chaps Dash. Online registration is available through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Day-of registration is $30 for individuals, $10 for currently enrolled COD students (limitations apply), and $5 for the 100-Yard Youth Chaps Dash. A $5 discount is available for Chicago Area Runners Association members for either advance or day-of registration. The 5K awards include a $200 Visa gift card for the Top Overall male and female runners and the “Middle of the Pack” winner, and all 5K race participants are eligible to win a free iPad. Registration bags include a long-sleeved technical T-shirt and a $2 Food Truck Rally voucher. Participants are welcome to form a team for the 5K. Team prizes will be awarded for the fastest team and the fan favorite. The latter will be contested at 3:40 p.m., with the winning team determined through audience participation. Team registration must be completed online by Wednesday, Oct. 15; no same-day team registration will be accepted. For more information on registering or sponsoring this event, email COD5K@cod.edu, call (630) 942-3823 or visit www.cod.edu/5K.

     
  • Family Shelter Service Fundraiser October 16 at York Theatre Oct 3, 2014 5:31 PM
    In recognition of domestic violence awareness month, a fundraiser benefitting the Family Shelter Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the York Theatre, 150 N. York St., in downtown Elmhurst. A $10 donation is recommended.

     
  • COD hosts ‘Identity Matters’ panel discussion Oct. 14 Oct 3, 2014 5:46 PM
    The Native American Studies Committee at College of DuPage will host "Identity Matters: A Panel Discussion" from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14. This discussion will focus on the issue of Native American identity and the misrepresentation of Native American people and culture in mainstream U.S. society.

     
  • COD students participate in summer engineering internships Oct 3, 2014 5:54 PM
    College of DuPage Engineering students regularly gain crucial real-world experience through serving internships at prestigious local organizations.

     
  • How Well Do You Know Your Car? Oct 3, 2014 4:23 PM
    Learning about the maintenance on your car.

     
  • 4-H is Preparing Youth for the Challenges of Life Oct 3, 2014 4:23 PM
    Lake County youth are joining the more than 6 million other 4-H members across the nation in celebration of National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11.

     
  • Illinois Railway Museum to restore classic Streamliner Oct 3, 2014 7:11 PM
    The Illinois Railway Museum in Union has begun a restoration project planned to return the famous streamlined Electroliner to operational condition in 2017. The museum's Electroliner received an external restoration when it returned to Illinois in the 1980s, but problems with the train's eight electric motors prevented the streamliner from returning to operation. Work is now under way to return the luxury streamliner to operable condition within the next three years. In addition to work on the motors, work is needed on the wheels, trucks, air brakes and air conditioning before it can be operated.

     
  • “Uncommon Threads” event returns to St. Charles Oct 2, 2014 5:42 PM
    Tickets are now on sale for "Uncommon Threads," the annual one-of-a-kind wearable art show and luncheon, presented by Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles. Superlative wearable art is the focus of this event, which brings together textiles and accessories created by local and national artists. A juried runway show is the star of the day. Featuring wearable works of art, all items will also be available for purchase that afternoon. In its 28h year, this event — Fine Line's biggest annual fundraiser — will take place at Q Center in St. Charles on Sunday, Oct. 19.

     
  • ‘Iranian Politics and Society: Domestic and International Challenges’ at COD Oct. 9 Oct 3, 2014 5:12 PM
    The Middle East Committee at College of DuPage will host "Iranian Politics and Society: Domestic and International Challenges" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9. Presented by Kaveh Ehsani, assistant professor of international studies at DePaul University, this session will focus on Iran's role in recent social and political transformations in Central Asia, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.

     
  • Little Friends Golf Classic raises record amount Oct 3, 2014 5:00 PM
    Little Friends is pleased to announce that their 2014 Golf Classic was a tremendous success - setting a record high in raising $98,000 for their programs and services for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. This year's event was held at Naperville Country Club on Sept. 15.

     
  • Suburban mayors oppose property tax breaks for homeowners near O'Hare Oct 1, 2014 6:47 AM
    Nine suburban mayors and one township supervisor have called upon State Rep. Marty Moylan to withdraw legislation that would give property tax breaks to homeowners impacted by noise from O'Hare International Airport, saying it would lower property values and shift a tax burden onto other homeowners. "Property values are already declining," Moylan said. "This bill offers some relief.”

     
  • Halloween Hustle 5K Fun Run & Walk Coming Up in Palatine: Sign Up Today! Sep 29, 2014 8:02 AM
    The 9th annual event will start in historic downtown Palatine and include a .5K Kid's Dash as well as an after part at Durty Nellie's!

     
  • Oct. 5: CLC Dental Hygiene students and staff walk to support Oral Cancer Federation Sep 29, 2014 3:53 PM
    Seventeen College of Lake County dental hygiene students and five faculty and staff members will participate in the Third Annual Walk/Run the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) in Bensenville on Oct. 5.

     
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