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  • Flexible M.B.A. students discover that profitability, sustainability can co-exist Dec 8, 2014 4:54 PM
    To meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively during the last 50 years than in any comparable time in history, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations. These changes have contributed to gains in human well-being and economic development, but at a cost to future generations in the form of potential disease, abrupt alterations in water quality, the creation of “dead zones” in coastal waters, the collapse of fisheries, shifts in regional climate, and the degradation of tropical forests, coral reefs and dryland ecosystems. The social and environmental challenges humans face in the next 50 years is daunting. But amidst the growing crisis, companies have discovered an opportunity to do business in a way that has a positive social, environmental and financial impact. Companies that have the foresight to become sustainable leaders of tomorrow will be rewarded by record business opportunities and profitability. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the Flexible Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Benedictine University is training tomorrow’s sustainable leaders today. It is one of only two such concentrations available through the nearly two dozen Chicago-area colleges and universities that offer an M.B.A. degree. The concentration focuses on the need for sustainability and profitability. “Too often the need for profit in business is excluded during discussion of sustainability,” said Mark Kozak, M.B.A., business consultant and adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Benedictine. “The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine emphasizes the balance between the needs of business to make a profit while demonstrating concern for the environment. “Those are the three P’s of sustainability … people, planet and profit,” he added. The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration provides students with an understanding of the broad impact of sustainability, strategic opportunities to make sustainability profitable, and integrate sustainability principles, thinking and action throughout their organizations. Among the courses from which students may choose are “Essentials of Sustainable Leadership,” “Developing Sustainable Leaders,” “Leading Sustainable Organizations,” “Understanding the New Revolution in Sustainability” and “Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Market Growth.” The Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration at Benedictine differs from programs elsewhere because it is business-centric. “The program is business-focused, as opposed to strictly talking about environmental or people issues,” Kozak said. “Those aspects are important and integral to the whole concept of sustainability, but we lead with a business focus.” The program is most beneficial to professionals who work in the environmental, health and safety areas of business, as well as those in related regulatory and technical fields. “The concentration is a benefit to anyone looking to gain greater perspective on working with others,” Kozak said. “Through a discussion of sustainability, those who strongly support capitalism, environmentalism and social concerns can work together to understand each other’s needs and chart a path that achieves all three.” Benedictine also offers Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program for students who are unable to complete the M.B.A. program but want to expand their knowledge in the subject area and add a meaningful credential to their resume. “The flexible M.B.A. program at Benedictine offers numerous opportunities for students to expand their skills in an array of interests, one of which is in the area of sustainability,” said Ricky Holman, J.D., assistant professor and chair, Graduate Business Administration. To learn more about the Sustainable Business and Leadership concentration in the M.B.A. program or the Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate program at Benedictine University, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

     
  • Sedgebrook woodworker brings new life to old finds Dec 8, 2014 1:18 PM
    Don Hollenbeck is disturbed by “move-in-ready” home makeover TV shows. “I can’t understand how people can just come into a place with things that someone else has picked out and set up for them,” said the woodworker and resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire.

     
  • Palatine Holiday Wine Tasting Fundraiser Hosted by C.A.T.I.F. Dec 9, 2014 1:50 PM
    C.A.T.I.F. [Celebrating All That Is Feminine] will be hosting their 2nd annual Holiday Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 17 from 6-8pm at d'Vine Wine and Gifts. The Kappa Kappa Gamma GIRLS Academy is the beneficiary for the fundraiser. The organization provides support, mentoring

     
  • CLC Veterans Memorial receives $5,000 donation from military group Dec 19, 2014 12:06 PM
    The College of Lake County’s Veterans Memorial Monument project has received a $5,000 matching grant from the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), a veterans service organization that supports patriotic education, ROTC and JROTC, scouting, monuments and memorials, law and order and national and homeland security programs.

     
  • Irish tenor brings ‘Christmas from Ireland’ to CLC Dec 16, 2014 12:17 PM
    Michael Londra, the Irish tenor best known as the voice of “Riverdance” on Broadway, will present “A Christmas from Ireland,” a performance told in song, dance and story.

     
  • New HVAC Installer Technician Certificate offered at CLC Dec 15, 2014 1:49 PM
    A new 18-credit, flexible Fast Track-HVAC Installation Technician Certificate is being launched by the College of Lake County’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program in January 2015 (pending approval by the Illinois Community College Board).

     
  • CLC Children’s Learning Centers earn state quality award Dec 15, 2014 8:50 AM
    The Children’s Learning Centers at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake and Lakeshore campuses have been recognized by the state as Gold Circle of Quality centers.

     
  • CLC Music Department presents three December concerts Dec 8, 2014 10:14 AM
    CLC Music Department presents three December concerts Three festive concerts by College of Lake County Music Department ensembles will be presented in December. The Wind Ensemble’s Holiday Concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, the Holiday Choral Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and the Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Dec 5, 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 December, 1.

     
  • Stick to simple healthy hints to stay on track this holiday season Dec 5, 2014 10:52 PM
    Americans gain one to two pounds between the Thanksgiving feast and the New Year countdown. Some do not lose those extra pounds and add weight cumulatively every year. Simple, smart selections this holiday season can help avoid this annual obstacle and set up a positive start to 2015. “The best strategy for the holidays is to aim for weight maintenance,” said Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension.

     
  • Palatine area chamber announces Key to Success Award winners Dec 15, 2014 9:40 AM
    The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce held its Key to Success Awards and Installation Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Cotillion Banquets in Palatine.

     
  • Lake Zurich taxing zone extension plan gains necessary General Assembly support Dec 4, 2014 4:56 PM
    Lake Zurich has gained General Assembly approval to extend the life of a special taxing zone meant to spur downtown redevelopment.

     
  • AOIIs Gather Twice: To Meet on Dec. 10 in Inverness and To Lunch on Dec. 17 Dec 5, 2014 7:01 AM
    AOIIs Gather Twice: To Meet on Dec. 10 in Inverness and To Lunch on Dec. 17

     
  • Lake Zurich youth sports organization wants village government to help fund park upgrades Dec 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    A privately operated sports organization planning upgrades at a park owned by Lake Zurich taxpayers is seeking public money to pay for a portion of the $61,500 project. Village board members this week heard a pitch from the nonprofit Lake Zurich Baseball and Softball Association regarding $15,000 for the possible construction of a paved path to allow handicapped access from a parking lot to a ball diamond and bleachers at Staples Park.

     
  • Ernest Andrew Brooks III to keynote MLK Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Dec 9, 2014 3:44 PM
    Ernest Andrew Brooks III, a multifaceted and engaging professional, is keynote speaker at the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 19. His topic will be “The World House: Realizing Dr. King’s Cosmopolitan Dream.”

     
  • FaithBridge announces 2015 essay contest for MLK Dec 3, 2014 5:40 PM
    FaithBridge, a consortium of faith-based communities in McHenry and Lake counties and the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, announces the 2015 essay contest for all students in sixth to eighth grades.

     
  • Mundelein Knit & Crochet Studio Joins Mundelein Makers Dec 5, 2014 2:52 PM
    Mundelein Knit & Crochet Studio joins Village Homesteading Mundelein and Mundelein Makers for their Maker Kids Textile Event.

     
  • CLC dance troupe to present Winter Dance Concert Dec 2, 2014 9:12 AM
    The annual Winter Dance Concert will be presented by the College of Lake County Dance Department’s Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe on Dec. 5, 6 and 7 in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the Grayslake campus.

     
  • Community Advocacy Program Now Open for Applications Dec 2, 2014 8:58 AM
    People with disabilities who want to become leaders in the disability community and are interested in making a difference in society are invited to take part in a community advocacy program offered by the Lake County Center for Independent Living.

     
  • Community advocacy program now open for applications Dec 2, 2014 1:04 PM
    Lake County Center for Independent Living Community Advocacy Program is taking applications for new members.

     
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