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  • Advocacy group is not ‘grass roots’ Mar 27, 2015 10:27 AM
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: It’s remarkable that you ran an article by Mike Riopell on March 20 on the plans of the advocacy group Americans for Prosperity without ever mentioning the Koch brothers.

  • Watchdog group questions more COD contracts Mar 27, 2015 9:27 PM
    A government watchdog group says the College of DuPage paid a sign designer hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of two no-bid contracts that refer to her repeatedly as an architect — even though she isn’t one. But Carla Burkhart of Herricane Graphics insists she never claimed to be an architect. And COD officials say they used boilerplate contracts and one of them included an addendum indicating Burkhart’s work wasn’t architectural.

  • Willowbrook student wins Illinois National Geogaphic Bee Mar 27, 2015 5:58 PM
    Do you know on which large sea the city of Sochi is located? Or where the headquarters of the Nez Percé National Historical Park sits? The young, geographical wizards who competed Friday in the Illinois National Geographic Bee knew the answers to those questions and many, many others.

  • Heart Sounds 2015 Symposium to highlight innovations in cardiology Mar 26, 2015 6:15 PM
    Medical professionals are invited to attend “Innovations in Cardiology: Heart Sounds 2015”, a one-day symposium hosted by Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin. The educational program for registered nurses, emergency medical technicians, doctors and other clinicians will be held Saturday, April 18.

  • COD candidates: Bring back theater group Mar 25, 2015 6:14 PM
    College of DuPage should rekindle its relationship with a professional theater group that had long entertained audiences at the Glen Ellyn campus, according to candidates in the school’s board of trustees race.

  • Learn how to ‘echo weave’ at Fine Line Mar 24, 2015 4:23 PM
    Fine Line weaving instructor Beth Duncan will offer “Echo Weave, A Starting Point,” on Saturdays, April 4 and 18. “Learning to weave can seem daunting at the start; there is a lot of prep work before the actual weaving begins. As with all things worth learning, take your time and practice," Duncan said.

  • COD candidates don’t want Breuder picking replacement Mar 24, 2015 11:11 PM
    With College of DuPage President Robert Breuder a year away from retirement, candidates in the school trustee race are offering differing views on what traits the next president should have. However, several candidates agree the future president of the Glen Ellyn community college shouldn’t be someone who is hand-picked by Breuder.

  • Glen Ellyn garden to bring veggies to local food pantry Mar 23, 2015 5:28 PM
    More families will soon have fresh produce on their kitchen tables thanks to the work of several students and a few Glen Ellyn-area agencies. The Glen Ellyn Park Distrct, the village’s environmental commission and students from Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 are working together to develop a sustainable garden in Glen Ellyn’s Village Green Park to provide fresh goods for clients at the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

  • College of DuPage Welcomes Community to Renovated Naperville Regional Center Mar 23, 2015 5:41 PM
    Judy Thommes (far right), lead instructional assistant at the Naperville Learning Commons, speaks with visitors to the Naperville Regional Center Grand Re-Opening Open House. The recent event attracted more than 100 community members, students and prospective students to tour the 20,460 square-foot facility, where recent renovations included a new science lab, new student lounge areas, a multi-purpose conference room and a faculty workroom. In addition, all classrooms have been updated to reflect a state-of-the-art learning environment. Click here for more photos from the event. (Photos by Press Photography Network/Special to College of DuPage)

  • Author Sam Weller Shares Work at College of DuPage Writers Read Series Mar 23, 2015 5:43 PM
    Acclaimed author and authorized Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller recently read and discussed his work as part of the “Writers Read” series sponsored by the Creative Writing Committee, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club and the Liberal Arts division at College of DuPage. Click to view more images or a video from the event. Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury. His book “The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury” was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography and a Bram stoker award finalist. (Press Photography Network/ Special to College of DuPage)

  • College of DuPage Offers New Game Animation and Design Degree Mar 23, 2015 5:36 PM
    College of DuPage is offering a new Game Animation and Design degree that will give students the skills to design video and computer games across multiple platforms. Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the associate in applied science degree will provide the knowledge for students to gain entry-level positions as a designer and animator in such fields as game development and design, broadcast design, and television effects. “The digital revolution has created jobs that never existed before, while other jobs continue to evolve because of the rapid advancement of technology,” said Erin Birt, Chair of the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. “Students earning this degree will find work creating everything from mobile applications to corporate videos.” John Kronenburger, Associate Dean of Technology, said the degree is a collaborative effort between the Computer Information System and Animation programs at COD. The new degree consists of 68 credit hours and combines existing courses from both programs in a new way. “We are taking both design and development skills that have been taught separately and integrating them together for the first time,” he said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for software publishers, including game development, is expected to increase 30 percent through 2018. Tony Venezia, Professor of Motion Picture/Television and Animation, said Illinois is the sixth highest state in the nation for game development. More than 49 game development companies and 48 animation companies are located in the Chicago region, as well as one of the fastest-growing independent game development markets in the country. “This is a unique degree because we are combining classic animation techniques with video game skills and integrating animation into two- and three-dimensional programming,” he said. “It’s exciting to bring these areas together because of the tremendous potential for student success in the workplace.” For more information, call (630) 942-2020, (630) 942-2599 or email

  • COD physics professor gets nailed in class Mar 23, 2015 6:35 PM
    College of DuPage physics professor David Fazzini lies on a bed of nails as physics professor Tom Carter smashes a cinder block on top of him. The demonstration in Fazzini’s Physics 1100 class was part of a lecture on the principles of energy.

  • Glendale Heights business owners rebuild home after fire Mar 24, 2015 10:06 AM
    Kukec's People features Cindy and Gary Blaski, owners of Allegra Marketing Print and Mail in Glendale Heights, who saw their home of 25 years destroyed in a fire. No one was hurt, but they lost everything. Now he and his wife are putting their lives and home back together and they continue to balance their company needs.

  • Glen Ellyn kids, adults rally around monarch butterfly Mar 21, 2015 7:30 AM
    Glen Ellyn students and residents are trying to save the environment one butterfly at a time. Spurred by students from Ben Franklin Elementary School, several community organizations are partnering to grow milkweed and raise awareness to help keep the state’s insect — the monarch butterfly — from going extinct. Monarchs, the black and orange beauties of the butterfly world, are known for their long migratory journeys, but most only live for a few weeks, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

  • COD Foundation director defends board members over no-bid contract claims Mar 20, 2015 6:18 PM
    Claims that vendors for College of DuPage benefited from having employees sit on the school’s foundation board are being dismissed as “unwarranted” and “untrue” by the executive director of the foundation. "The volunteers who serve on the board of the College of DuPage Foundation are respected leaders in our community who have agreed to act as goodwill ambassadors for our school,” foundation Executive Director Catherine Brod said.

  • College of DuPage board approves PR firm already doing work Mar 20, 2015 9:36 PM
    A Chicago-based public relations firm has been working this month to help the College of DuPage board respond to controversies at the Glen Ellyn campus. But college trustees didn’t formally sign off on the hiring of Res Publica Group until Thursday night. “They should not be hiring a public relations firm at all,” Trustee Kathy Hamilton said.

  • Glen Ellyn village board candidates debate need for underpass Mar 19, 2015 1:24 PM
    The lone incumbent in Glen Ellyn’s village board race, Pete Ladesic, says the community needs another underpass near downtown, at least in part to improve accessibility for emergency vehicles. But the other candidates vying for three open spots on the board — John Kenwood, Carol Fontana and Mark Senak — aren’t quite as convinced.

  • Glenbard District 87 conduct code changes draw mixed reaction Mar 19, 2015 5:30 AM
    Despite Glenbard High School District 87 officials’ recommended changes to improve the district’s activity and athletic codes, some community members said the revisions would still leave them with a policy that is too harsh on students.

  • COD hopefuls suggest review, changes at Waterleaf Mar 18, 2015 2:33 PM
    In the wake of growing financial losses at College of DuPage's Waterleaf restaurant and the revelation that school administrators dined there on the taxpayers' dime, several candidates in the COD board of trustees race say an analysis needs to be done to determine whether the fine-dining restaurant should stay open.

  • Flood Brothers Disposal pioneers BioBin program to compost food waste Mar 17, 2015 3:39 PM
    In a continuing effort to improve waste recycling in our communities, a test program is under way at the Flood Brothers plant to recycle food waste in an innovative way. Food scraps and other organic material — collected from restaurants, food service organizations and grocery stores — are placed in Bio-Bins filled with earthworms. The worms eat the nutrient-rich fruit and vegetables, turning them into compost. This compost is known as vermicompost, which is valuable as a plant fertilizer.

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