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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Mar 23, 2015 5:03 PM
    Gabriel A. Mercado, 19, of South Elgin, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:05 a.m. March 18, according to a Geneva police report.

     
  • 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 venezia@cod.edu.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Rauner meeting leaves Tri-Cities mayors feeling better about income tax fund loss Mar 19, 2015 6:52 PM
    A group of west suburban mayors met in private with Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday to discuss the specific impacts of local governments losing half their share of state income taxes. They left feeling better about the long term impact of Rauner's vision on their local coffers. “It’s yin and yang," Patsy Smith said. "You only have a certain amount of money and you have to find a way to spend it efficiently."

     
  • Health Insurance for People 65 + Years Mar 17, 2015 3:12 PM
    This lesson will explore the options and tools necessary for health insurance decisions by people approaching or whom are already on Medicare.

     
  • “Why Opera?” program coming to Wheaton’s Danada Room March 25 Mar 16, 2015 5:36 PM
    Have you ever noticed how often opera is used in popular movies? Lawrence University musicologist Julie McQuinn leads a high energy exploration and discussion of that question in the free public program “Why Opera?” Wednesday, March 25 at the Danada Room, 3S501 Naperville Rd., Wheaton. The program is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, advance registration is requested at go.lawrence.edu/chicago. A free reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be held prior to the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Joining McQuinn for the program will be soprano Emily Birsan, a performer with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Ravina Festival, who was the subject of a cover story in the February 2015 issue of Classical Singer magazine. Birsan will perform an aria from “La Traviata” and discuss reasons why talented singers pursue careers in opera. McQuinn, an associate professor of music at Lawrence, is a popular pre-concert presenter for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her research interests include opera, film music and music’s intersections with memory, gender, and the fairy tale. Birsan, a 2008 graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, recently finished her third year as a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed on the Lyric Opera’s main stage as Servilia in the critically acclaimed Sir David McVicar production “La Clemenza di Tito” and the first flower maiden in Wagner’s “Parsifal.” Most recently, she portrayed Leila in Bizet’s “Pearl Fishers” for the Florida Grand Opera. Other roles include Adele in “Die Fledermaus,” Violetta in “La Traviata” and Mme. Silberklang in Mozart’s “Der Schauspeildirektor” with the Grant Park Music Festival. She has performed as soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 6 with the Grant Park Symphony and “A Mirror on Which to Dwell” at the Ravinia Festival.

     
  • Therapy dog helps with literacy skills Mar 16, 2015 5:41 PM
    Every Friday morning a very special friend comes to Leman Middle School in West Chicago Elementary School District 33 to listen to stories being read by students with special education needs in Ms. Rivera’s classroom. This friend, Churchill, is a very lovable, gentle dog that has been specially trained as a therapy reading dog. When approached by the dog’s owner, Jeanine Schueman, with the opportunity to have Churchill read with her students, Ms. Rivera jumped at the chance and scheduled weekly visits. “ When this opportunity was offered, I thought it would be something the kids would really enjoy. Reading aloud can be tricky for some of them, considering their disabilities, and reading to Churchill gives them an opportunity to feel comfortable reading aloud. Also, the kids feel like it is a reward for all their hard work when at the end of the week they get to take a break and read to Churchill,” stated Ms. Rivera. Each of her students gets an opportunity to read quietly in a room with Churchill, while Mrs. Schueman gently guides the students through the book. “Churchill and I became certified as a therapy reading dog team because I wanted to give back to the community, especially within District 33, “shared Mrs. Schueman, who is also a parent of a student in District 33. “It is my passion to help children become better readers, which in turn will help the children become better students, and in the future, more productive citizens.” According to Mrs. Schueman, the main objective of the therapy reading dog program is to provide a relaxed and “dog friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice their reading skills. Children who have difficulties reading tend to be self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates. By sitting down next to a dog and reading, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Other facilitators at Leman Middle School have also had their students read, as well as practice other literacy skills, with Churchill. “Having Churchill visit our reading intervention class was by far one of the most memorable experiences of the year. The students’ academic performance grew immensely while having a furry companion strolling around the classroom. Emotionally, the room had such a calm, relaxed, and joyful feeling. We cannot say thank you enough to Jeanine for allowing us this amazing opportunity. It was a true blessing!” shared Marielle Ostling, facilitator at Leman Middle School. Additionally, Ms. Ostling could see the students were more comfortable opening up and sharing their thoughts on what they were learning when they could speak directly to Churchill and pet him. “It was fun having Churchill in our classroom because we read a story, he listened, and we wrote on a Post-It note [what we learned]. Churchill saw us write on the paper and we could pet him. We are glad Churchill came to visit us,” shared student Adamaris Rodriguez.

     
  • DuPage park districts ‘scrambling’ with state grants suspended Mar 14, 2015 7:35 AM
    Major park district projects are in jeopardy across DuPage County after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend state grants for park construction and land. Plans to buy land that almost became a gas station near Glen Ellyn; to add amenities to a park in Bloomingdale; to create a new recreation center in Roselle; to build an indoor turf center in West Chicago; and to improve a fitness facility in Aurora all were put on hold.

     
  • Geneva church “Commits to Knit” to help women, children in distress Mar 13, 2015 11:43 PM
    More than 30 members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva are using their knitting and crocheting skills to make a difference in the world. The church’s Commit to Knit group creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted items — scarves, shawls, baby blankets, clothing, dolls and more — which are donated to women and children in need locally and globally.

     
  • Display your skills for collegiate coaches at JUCO Spring Hoops Showcase Mar 13, 2015 11:49 PM
    High school and junior college men’s and women’s basketball players with collegiate aspirations are invited to display their talents for coaches at the JUCO 2015 Spring Showcase. The event takes place on Saturday, April 25, at Judson University in Elgin.

     
  • Express Employment Professionals Hosts National Leadership Event Featuring Daymond John, Dan Aykroyd and Liz Murray Mar 13, 2015 4:02 PM
    Back for its sixth year and sponsored by the Chicagoland Express Employment Professionals offices, the FREE event will be held Wednesday, April 8 at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road in Rosemont, Ill. Doors open at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 7:50 a.m.

     
  • Join GLMV Chamber of Commerce at economic luncheon Mar 13, 2015 12:57 PM
    Business leaders, managers and executives can prepare for the future at the GLMV Chamber of Commerce 2015 Economic Outlook Luncheon to be held Tuesday, March 17, at Dave & Busters, Westfield Mall, Vernon Hills.

     
  • Believe Project: $100 for clients in health department’s group homes Mar 11, 2015 5:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Debbie Pande of West Chicago, who would match it with her own $100 and give it to the group homes for people with mental illness operated by the DuPage County Mental Health department.

     
  • GLMV Chamber of Commerce Presents Breakfast For Growth Seminar: ‘March Into Marketing You Biz’ - 3/18 Mar 12, 2015 10:13 AM
    Get pro tips and discover how to use the power of marketing to increase exposure and visibility of your business, at the upcoming GLMV Chamber of Commerce Breakfast For Growth Seminar "March Into Marketing Your Biz" to be held Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 - 9 am at the GLMV Chamber Office, 1123 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

     
  • West Chicago man gets 14 years for role in stabbing death Mar 10, 2015 1:45 PM
    A 19-year-old West Chicago man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison in connection with the November 2013 stabbing death of Thomas Tecuatl during an altercation in West Chicago. Alejandro Martinez — one of three men charged in connection with the slaying — pleaded guilty to one count of armed violence during an appearance before DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin, who then handed down the sentence. Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Knight said Martinez had no previous criminal history.

     
  • St. Charles garden club offers $3,000 scholarship Mar 9, 2015 4:15 PM
    High school seniors and college students who reside within St. Charles Unit District 303 and are interested in college studies related to botany, conservation, land management, ecology, forestry agriculture, horticulture, environmental concerns and/or related studies may apply for a $3,000 scholarship awarded by the Pottawatomie Garden Club of St. Charles.

     
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