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  • “Cottages of the Woods” annual Scandinavian Arts Sale: 18 cottages open doors Nov 8, 2014 8:19 PM
    Ted Bowman of Elgin has been carving dala horses and dala rocking horses for decades. He will demonstrates his talent and sell his carvings with dozens of other artists at the fifth annual “Cottages in the Woods” Scandinavian Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 16, at Good Templar Park in Geneva.

     
  • Sedgebrook residents take part in own Ironman challenge Nov 7, 2014 8:41 AM
    The Ironman Triathlon is widely considered to be among the most challenging athletic events in the world. Sedgebrook introduced a modified, but still impressive version of the Ironman/Ironwoman this summer, with approximately 40 residents signing on.

     
  • Consumers file complaints against Grant’s Appliances Nov 6, 2014 3:36 PM
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office is encouraging consumers to file claims against Grant's Appliances after the company closed its stores while consumers were still awaiting their merchandise. Thirty-eight consumers filed complaints with the attorney general and with the Better Business Bureau and more are expected.

     
  • Friendship Village has received the Village of Schaumburg’s Most Improved Landscaping /Residential Award Nov 4, 2014 11:37 AM
    Friendship Village has received the Village of Schaumburg’s Most Improved Landscaping /Residential Award

     
  • Hair Cuttery’s Share-a-Haircut program to benefit veterans Nov 3, 2014 9:49 PM
    This Veterans Day, Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, is giving back to former service men and women through its Share-a-Haircut program.

     
  • Classic Cinemas to honor veterans with free movie Nov. 11 Nov 3, 2014 4:02 PM
    Classic Cinemas will honor the nation's military veterans by inviting them to a free movie on Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The offer is open to all veterans who have served in any branch of the military. Veterans are asked to present their military IDs at the theater of their choice.

     
  • St. Michael’s Barrington to host South Sudan Soiree IV Oct 31, 2014 7:48 AM
    St. Michael’s Barrington to host South Sudan Soiree IV

     
  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Oct 31, 2014 7:36 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

     
  • Suburban teen releases song/video for Chronic Pain Awareness Nov. 2 Oct 31, 2014 6:12 PM
    A local 14-year-old girl wrote, recorded and released a song on iTunes and a music video on YouTube to create awareness for reflex sympathetic dystrophy, also known as complex regional pain syndrome. The song, written by Danielle Stratton, is about her struggle with chronic pain over the last four years.

     
  • Chinese faculty study teaching methods at Benedictine Oct 31, 2014 4:56 PM
    Students aren’t the only ones who come from all over the world to study and learn at Benedictine University. This fall, 14 faculty members from Dalian Nationalities University (DNU) in China came to Benedictine for a certificate program in University Teaching that will allow them to enhance classes back home with fresh ideas, new content and innovative teaching styles. Throughout September and October, DNU faculty in English and Humanities, Journalism, Economics, Food Science and Mathematics attended classes led by Benedictine faculty members and observed their performance with students inside the classroom. They were also paired up with individual “faculty mentors” to reinforce concepts and discuss different approaches to teaching, textbooks and other strategies to help students learn more effectively. Victor Wang, an associate professor of history and international business at DNU, said he decided to participate in the fall exchange to further his knowledge of American History and English and learn new techniques for instructional delivery in his courses. “Learning more about the teaching methodology can help,” Wang said. “In China, we are supposed to lecture a lot. Sometimes the class can be as big as 150 students and that is such a big class that all you can do is give a lecture. Here you have smaller classes, and you can have a discussion and have an activity students can learn from. That’s fun and impressive because it really engages students and helps them apply their memory longer.” Other DNU faculty members said they were impressed with how Benedictine faculty were able to guide students in group discussion. “The most impressive thing to me is that teachers here can respond to everyone, no matter what the student’s answer is,” said Nicole Ning, a lecturer at DNU. “There are no wrong answers necessarily. It just means the students have to be very communicative and have the ability to express themselves, and the teacher has to be able to understand them and conduct them.” Vince Gaddis, Ph.D., professor of History at Benedictine, said the experience has helped to inform his own teaching in Global Studies courses at Benedictine. In one class in particular, Gaddis encouraged some DNU faculty members to answer student questions on economic development in China and the impact the country’s one-child policy might have on its future. “Having their perspective on those kinds of things is priceless,” Gaddis said. “It helps students, it helps me and it helps my teaching in the future when I go on to address this same subject. It’s always valuable to learn other perspectives, to learn and see how other folks teach, their different styles and what their different ways of teaching are.” This kind of exchange is one way Benedictine strives to keep the classroom interesting by providing faculty members with opportunities for professional development with an international perspective that helps keep them on the forefront of the latest trends and advances in academia. “Anytime you have scholarly and pedagogic exchanges with other colleagues in your field it’s bound to be valuable,” said Steven Day, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Benedictine. “Being aware of other educational systems and cultures can certainly help our faculty better address our international student population and their specific needs. And, by adopting other practices to enrich our teaching, Benedictine faculty can also enhance the general educational experience for our students with an international dimension.” The visit was coordinated through Benedictine’s Global College, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Education and Health Services, and the College of Science. Throughout the past five years, DNU has hosted similar international faculty seminars in China for visiting Benedictine faculty. This ongoing partnership helped lead to the exchange at Benedictine, said Alan Gorr, Ph.D., dean of Benedictine’s Global College. “This is the latest development in what has become a vast collaboration between our two universities,” Gorr said. “It has laid the groundwork for future cooperation in numerous areas and it has furthered our development as a global learning community.”

     
  • Benedictine students rank in Global Top 100 for Business Strategy Game Oct 31, 2014 4:54 PM
    Graduate students in Benedictine University’s flexible Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program recently earned a series of “Global Top 100” rankings while participating in the Business Strategy Game (BSG), an online exercise that parallels the functioning of the real-world athletic footwear market. More than 12,000 students and 400 teams in 40 countries compete in the BSG, but Christopher Drevalas of Naperville, Alison Hunter of Oswego, Lauren Linares of Willowbrook and Adam Nelligan of Naperville, scored high enough to be recognized as Top 100 Global Teams in the competition for successfully managing their companies for six out of nine weeks during the spring quarter as part of their “Strategic Management” course. Students who participate in the game develop valuable real-world business skills, and it allows them to make a variety of different business decisions in an environment that replicates a competitive business atmosphere. “The students learn to work as a team and make decisions that affect the financial health of the company utilizing all of their training at Benedictine,” said John Draut, an instructor in the University’s M.B.A. program. “This helps them to further develop lifelong business skills that cannot be gained solely in the classroom with me lecturing to them about theory.” Participants make decisions related to plant operations, distribution and warehouse operations, workforce compensation, online sales, traditional sales, marketing and finance. They are challenged to craft and execute a competetive strategy that results in a respected brand image, keeps the company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance as measured by earnings per share, return on investment, stock price appreciation and credit rating. Both Drevalas and Hunter were so successful with their company, “Beats Bare Feet,” that they were invited to compete alongside other Global Top 100 teams in the prestigious Business Strategy Game Invitational. In the end, the team placed sixth in the Industry 1 division. “It made me realize just how much goes into a successful product,” Drevalas said. “There is the actual production of the product including where to produce it, how much to pay employees, training and materials to use, etc. Beyond that, you have to consider marketing – not just to the end consumer but to the actual stores to get them to carry your product.” “I would definitely recommend other students participate in the Business Strategy Game,” he added. “It becomes fun and at least for me, it got the competitive side of me going which makes it seem less like work. From an educational standpoint, it opens your eyes to everything that goes into running a business.” The Business Strategy Game is one example of several hands-on learning experiences Benedictine utilizes to encourage students in the University’s business programs to apply real-world skills. In other classes, students prepare and present marketing plans for local businesses and have access to Bloomberg Professional service, a financial monitoring system used by central and commerical banks, investment institutions, government agencies and law firms in more than 160 countries. “The Business Strategy Game was not only a great learning experience, but it was fun,” said Hunter. “It was a well-crafted, hands-on learning tool that brought the entire M.B.A. experience to life in a fun and meaningful way.” At Benedictine, we promise our students an affordable and attainable undergraduate and graduate education infused with the Benedictine values that creates better learners, better leaders and better world citizens. Student learning and success is our first priority. For more information about Benedictine’s graduate business programs and to enroll, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu/graduate. For a listing of courses and schedules, visit ben.edu/benulive.

     
  • Marcel’s Culinary Experience, Glen Ellyn, Announces New Gift Boxes, Private/Corporate Event Options Oct 31, 2014 4:52 PM
    Marcel’s Culinary Experience (www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com), a gourmet retail store and recreational cooking school in downtown Glen Ellyn, is gearing up for the year-end holidays with new gift boxes and private event options. “With the improving economy, our customers are getting into holiday mode earlier this year. Many weekend evenings already are booked with corporate and family holiday parties, and we’ve been getting inquiries about gift baskets and boxes for a while,” says Marcel’s Proprietor Jill Foucré. With gift giving and entertaining in mind, Marcel’s staff has assembled six collections of small-batch specialty foods, starting at $75, that come attractively packaged in a Marcel’s branded box for pick up at the store or shipment anywhere in North America. Themes include Taste of Italy, Party Starter and Marcel’s Favorites (as selected by the staff). Many items are made by Chicago area and regional purveyors. “We also can create custom-designed gift baskets or boxes, based on a customer’s preferred theme and budget, and we can even include a bottle of wine,” says Foucré. She encourages individuals and corporate event planners looking to create fun, food-oriented holiday parties, private group classes and other special events to contact her soon, especially if they have a specific date in mind. “Weekends are booking up quickly, as is the entire month of December,” she says. Since its September 2011 opening, Marcel’s has been the site of an increasing number of private events, including birthday and anniversary parties, baby and bridal showers, club meetings, corporate team-building outings, and company celebrations of all types. With its beautifully appointed, professional quality kitchen, skilled chefs, and wide choice of menus, Marcel’s lends itself to a variety of event themes and formats. Options range from cocktail parties to demonstration and participatory cooking classes for all skill levels (including kids and teens) to seated meals and everything in between. “Guests can create an unforgettable meal under the guidance of one of our professional chefs, or they can sit back, relax, savor a glass of wine and watch as our chef takes the reins on their culinary journey,” says Foucré. The Marcel’s staff works with each host to tailor the menu, beverages and guest participation levels according to the specific budget. Events typically range from 10 to 60 people, depending on format and events for smaller groups are available as well. In addition to food and beverages prepared and served at each event, guests receive copies of the featured recipes, a Marcel’s apron, and a 10% discount on all purchases made at Marcel’s that day. For more information about gift boxes or hosting a party or other event at Marcel’s Culinary Experience, stop by the store at 490 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, call 630-790-8500 or visit www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com.

     
  • West Nile virus risk project results to be revealed at public meeting Oct 31, 2014 6:23 PM
    The DuPage County Health Department will host a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. to provide research results regarding West Nile virus risk in DuPage County and the model developed to improve the health risk assessment process.

     
  • Handel’s Messiah Performance Continues His Tradition of Charity Oct 31, 2014 4:43 PM
    Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra perform the Christmas classic, Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College. In the spirit of performances from Handel’s lifetime, the concert benefits local children. A portion of ticket sales goes to ChildServ, a Chicagoland charity. ChildServ serves more than 2,600 children and their families each year in DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Cook Counties. Their 11 sites include a Chicago location focusing on foster care, early childhood education and family counseling, and group homes in Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, and Wheaton which house previously abused or neglected children. “We are happy to partner with ChildServ and, like Handel did, let music make a difference for kids in need,” said James MacDonald, Elmhurst Choral Union’s conductor. The concert also includes “Foundling Hospital Anthem”, written by Handel for a London orphanage where many early benefit performances of Messiah had taken place. Guest soloists Kimberly Eileen Jones; Sarah Holman, Cornelius Johnson, and Scott Uddenberg join ECU and a professional orchestra under the direction of James MacDonald. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth (ages 7-22). To order tickets, visit elmhurstchoralunion.org or call 800-838-3006. Complimentary shuttle bus service from the college parking lot on Alexander Boulevard will be available. Elmhurst Choral Union is an auditioned volunteer choir, performing choral masterworks of all eras. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Oct 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of them and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of October 27.

     
  • Fine Line show features holiday gifts by top artists Oct 30, 2014 5:35 PM
    Mark your calendar for Christmastime at the Fine Line Show and Sale, Dec. 5-13. This annual juried event in St. Charles showcases the best of our members’ artistic talents, and offers a wide range of unique holiday gifts.

     
  • The Tech Doctors Inc. earn Microsoft Silver Small, Midmarket Cloud Solutions Competency Oct 30, 2014 4:17 PM
    The Tech Doctors Inc. in Wheaton announced it has achieved a Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency, demonstrating its ability to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment.

     
  • 10 ideas — both frightening and family-friendly — for Halloween Oct 30, 2014 12:57 PM
    Looking for Halloween haunts? Want something more than the chance to chow down on chocolate? We have 10 events, from tame to terrifying, that will make this Halloween memorable.

     
  • No new trial for man convicted of Downers Grove murder Oct 29, 2014 7:21 PM
    A former Joliet man found guilty last month of murder in the 1997 slaying of a Downers Grove man has been denied a new trial. Judge George Bakalis ruled Wednesday that prosecutors successfully linked Jose Ruvalcaba-Quezada to the murder and proved him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

     
  • Sedgebrook Residents Pumping Iron Oct 28, 2014 3:32 PM
    The Ironman Triathlon is widely considered to be among the most challenging athletic events in the world. Sedgebrook introduced a modified, but still impressive version of the Ironman/Ironwoman this summer, with approximately 40 residents signing on.

     
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