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  • 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.

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

     
  • 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.

     
  • Have a safe and spooky Halloween with safety tips from Illinois Poison Center Oct 28, 2014 5:59 PM
    With children across Illinois set to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, the Illinois Poison Center is urging parents and guardians to be cautious about Halloween products like dry ice and cosmetics that could prove dangerous if used improperly.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Clearbrook Cuisine Curbs Suburban Appetites Oct 27, 2014 7:27 AM
    AOIIs “Focus on College” on Nov. 12 in Prospect Heights

     
  • Benedictine symposium weeds out pesticides in lawn care Oct 24, 2014 4:38 PM
    Benedictine University is joining the Chicago Park District, the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, Sierra Club and other environmental groups advocating for the use of natural lawn care techniques in place of pesticides. The university’s Center for Mission and Identity will hold a free, all-day seminar on the issue of pesticides, lawns and social change from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Benedictine faculty and experts will discuss the scientific, cultural, ethical and public health implications of eliminating the use of pesticides. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

     
  • Auroran joins Free Speech, a pro bono speakers bureau Oct 20, 2014 5:21 PM
    Edwin J. Goitia of Aurora has joined the popular Hinsdale-based pro bono speakers bureau, Free Speech. He will be donating his time to the more than 1,000 Chicago area clubs, business groups and organizations that use Free Speech.

     
  • Teachers get most of their demands in proposed Hinsdale contract Oct 18, 2014 1:30 PM
    Most of the Hinsdale High School District 86 teachers union’s demands are being met in a new two-year contract expected to be ratified Monday by the school board. That’s according to a copy of the contract proposal obtained by the Daily Herald.

     
  • Opiate overdose reversal drug saves 25 lives in DuPage Oct 17, 2014 11:06 AM
    DuPage County authorities reported Thursday that 25 lives have been saved since the county started a program that equips local police officers with the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan.

     
  • Our HOMe Improvement Donates Carpeting to Clearbrook Oct 16, 2014 7:14 AM
    Our HOMe Improvement Donates Carpeting to Clearbrook

     
  • National Title Solutions’ Anthony Latham and Team Bring Home The Hardware at the IMBA Best In Business Awards Gala Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Illinois Mortgage Bankers’ Association has bestowed its prestigious “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” award to Naperville’s Anthony Latham, Owner/President of National Title Solutions at the 2014 Best In Business Awards gala last week. At the October 2 event, hosted at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, three of National Title Solutions’ Naperville team were nominated for 2014 awards: NTS Business Development Officer Carol McCarthy, and NTS Account Executive Lisa Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation,” Rinando for “Best Title Insurance Company Closer,” and Latham for “Best Title Insurance Account Representation” and top honor “Star Leadership Award,” for his exemplification of “the highest standards of service, ethics, and dedication to the mortgage industry… outstanding leadership and business innovation,” among other notable achievements, according to IMBA.org. Latham’s 7 years in business with National Title Solutions have provided the foundation for excellence in the industry that facilitate his success and esteem within the business and customer base. “National Title Solutions is one fo the few consumer-driven title insurance companies -- we’re focused on consumers and their edification with regard to their title insurance options,” explains Latham. “We’re a one-stop shop -- we hold all licenses here, so we don’t farm projects out to other states, which means we’re hands-on and all of our work is done locally, so we can give customers a better deal and work to fulfill their precise needs when they’re buying, selling, or refinancing.” As noted on IMBA’s Facebook page and website (imba.org), the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association (IMBA) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of approximately 165 companies and institutions whose business interests revolve around residential and/or commercial mortgage lending. IMBA (pledges) commitment to promote and safeguard the best interests and welfare of the membership and the public it serves. Latham was also nominated for IMBA’s “Best Title Insurance Account Representative” at the 2013 Best In Business Awards, and he hopes to continue the awards & recognition trend into next year. Appreciation, consistency, and continued customer-focus are the order of the day for National Title Solutions, “…especially when we’re kind of the new kid on the block,” says Latham, noting that he brought NTS to Naperville from Florida in 2010. National Title Solutions is headquartered in Woodridge with multiple satellite locations in Naperville; find them at www.ntsnational.com or call (800)NTS-2700. “Most consumers don’t know that they have the right to choose their title insurance company when they’re buying or refinancing,” notes Latham; “Our motto is ‘Exceptional Service is Standard,’ and that says it all.”

     
  • Forgotten Chicagoans rediscovered; 8,000 names identified in Chicago cemetery records Oct 15, 2014 6:22 PM
    The names of more than 8,000 people who may have died penniless or without family in the long forgotten Cook County Cemetery have been rediscovered and are now available free to the public. The Cook County Cemetery was located at what is now the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue on Chicago’s Northwest Side between 1861-1922.

     
  • Downers Grove Family Celebrates 5th Birthday While Raising Money and Awareness for Apraxia Oct 15, 2014 4:43 PM
    Three years ago, Nevaeh was diagnosed with a neurological speech disorder called apraxia, something her mother, Nichole Latori, nor grandmother, Terri Murrin had never heard of. After spending the past three years researching the disorder and finding the best treatment for Nevaeh, Terri and Nichole decided to change this lack of awareness. On September 12th and 13th they hosted an Apraxia Fund Raiser Yard Sale. They filled Terri’s garage, front yard and 5 tents with items donated for sale. Every person who came to the sale was given information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech is very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The family raised $1,902.00 and a family member’s company will be matching that amount. A total of $3,804.00 will be donated to the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on Saturday, October 18th which also happens to be Nevaeh’s 5th birthday. The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and funding. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the local apraxia programs through The Apraxia Connection and national programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Spreech Association of North America (CASANA).

     
  • Soroptimist Club accepting applications for Violet Richardson Award Oct 14, 2014 5:12 PM
    Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is now accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award. Named after the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place — such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.

     
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