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  • Animal shelter vet’s firing an outrage Feb 16, 2015 1:01 AM
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: Once again, the DuPage County officials never fail to disappoint as exhibited by their knee-jerk decision to fire Dr. Todd Faraone, DVM from the DuPage Animal Shelter.

     
  • Believe Project: $100 for goodie bags for the homeless Feb 15, 2015 7:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Tony Zaputil of West Chicago, to help put together more goodie bags for the homeless that his daughter and her friends hand out at Chistmastime in Chicago.

     
  • Toms-Price hosts “Professional Secrets to Container Gardening” in March Feb 16, 2015 7:26 AM
    Toms-Price hosts “Professional Secrets to Container Gardening” in March

     
  • Tri-Cities police reports Feb 13, 2015 4:17 PM
    Misael R. Zawala, 19, of West Chicago, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis, at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at Fabyan Parkway and Louis Bork Drive, according to a police report.

     
  • TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel Feb 16, 2015 7:20 AM
    TMA’s Zach Mottl Appointed to United States Manufacturing Panel

     
  • Kohl’s Cares to award $400,000 in scholarships Feb 12, 2015 10:59 AM
    Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recently announced it will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to more than 2,500 students who have made a positive impact on their communities.

     
  • First Detector workshops share key insights on invasive species in Illinois Feb 12, 2015 8:13 PM
    More than 40 horticulture industry professionals and experienced gardeners learned about critical pest issues during the 2015 Illinois First Detector Workshop in Wheaton. Each year, the Illinois First Detector Program presents key information on invasive pests, diseases and plants through workshops in eight locations across Illinois, including the Feb. 3 event at Cantigny Gardens.

     
  • Endorsement: Birch, Dzierzanowski for West Chicago council Feb 11, 2015 1:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Melissa Birch, Nicholas Dzierzanowski for West Chicago City Council.

     
  • Albright Theatre to hold auditions for “Wonder of the World” Feb 10, 2015 5:45 PM
    Albright Theatre Company will hold auditions for “Wonder of the World” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, and Monday, March 2. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Callbacks may be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, by invitation only.

     
  • Chicago Botanic Garden show focuses on orchids Feb 10, 2015 1:11 PM
    Visitors to the 2015 Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden will encounter an exotic bloom that has a place in most kitchens. Vanilla, the world’s most popular flavoring, comes from Vanilla planifolia, the only orchid of roughly 30,000 known species to have agricultural value.

     
  • Local Soroptimist Club Offers GED Grant Feb 9, 2015 4:56 PM
    Chicago Suburbs —Women who currently attend G.E.D. courses and who are seeking financial assistance to complete certification can now obtain an application for this award. The G.E.D. Grant is Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago’s cash award that honors the women completing their equivalency to improve their lives and those of their family. Applications are available by contacting Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago (SISC) via e-mail at siofsuburban.chicago@soroptimist.net . SISC will give two cash awards that cover the cost of the test. Deadline for completed applications is April 1, 2015. The winners will be honored at a luncheon in May where their checks and grant certificates will be awarded. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1989, the Suburban Chicago club is part of Soroptimist International which has over 90,000 members in more than 120 countries and territories who contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women. In addition to the G.E.D. Grant, Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago has three additional awards for women and girls. For more information about the awards, our local programs and Soroptimism visit our web site at si-suburbanchicago.org .

     
  • February’s WWEA Educator Spotlight Feb 9, 2015 4:54 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville Education Association (WWEA) would like to introduce Mrs. Michele Foster, a 4 year kindergarten educator at Bower Elementary in District 200 with 11 years of teaching experience. Mrs. Foster attended District 200 schools and graduated from Wheaton Central. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from the University of Iowa. Mrs. Foster chose the education profession because she has always loved working with children. She stated that she often “played school” as a child with her younger sibling. As she moved on to high school and college, she dabbled in lesson planning while creating activities as a preschool camp counselor. Today, Mrs. Foster is a kindergarten teacher who volunteers her time for the Bower Building Improvement Team. She stated, “I am most proud of the sweet little notes and pictures I receive daily from my students who are beginning writers. I love to see the pride on their faces as they present me with a note they wrote all by themselves!” One of her favorite anonymous quotes is, “In no other job will you get original artwork, dandelions,and hugs for simply doing your job.” She also appreciates the proud notes and emails from parents simply thanking her for all that she does to support and inspire her students. Mrs. Foster strives to reach each and everyone of her students. Every Spring, she puts a note in her classroom newsletter to parents requesting their child’s sport or activity schedule. She tries to go see as many of her 52 kindergarten students outside of school as she can to offer support and encouragement. This experience has allowed her to see soccer games, t-ball, gymnastics, swimming, and she’s been an honored guest at dance recitals. The excitement on her students’ faces and the gratitude in their parents’ voices make her heart swell with joy every time she goes somewhere. Being an educator means a great deal to Mrs. Foster. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to teach some of the youngest learners in our school district. She enjoys experiencing their love for learning, genuine friendships and advances in reading, writing, and math. Mrs. Foster summed up her love of teaching in another favorite quote, “You laugh, you cry, and work harder than you ever thought you could. Some days you’re trying to change the world, and some days you’re trying to make it through the day. Your wallet is empty, your heart is full, and your mind is packed with memories of kids that have changed your life.” Thank you, Mrs. Foster, for putting your best foot forward every day to inspire lifelong learning in our students. Your passion for teaching excellence is evident in your classroom.

     
  • Healthy Lombard Will Honor Four Health Heroes at February 28 Fitness Fair Feb 9, 2015 4:51 PM
    Healthy Lombard is pleased to announce it has selected four Health Heroes for 2015. They are Geoff Cottrell (Lombard), Matt McGrath (Woodridge), Donna Nosek (Lombard), and the Westin Hotel of Lombard. The award honors individuals and worksites that have made a noticeable effort to improve their personal health and wellness during the past year, or that have made positive, healthy changes in their work environments. The award winners will be recognized at the 2015 Healthy Lombard Fitness February Fair, February 28, 2015 at the Yorktown Center Mall at 1:20 p.m. from representatives of the Kiwanis Club of Lombard, which is sponsoring the awards, and Supernova, the Chicago Red Stars Soccer Team’s Mascot. All members of the greater Lombard area community are invited to attend The Fitness February Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will feature health-related displays, free health screenings, and the opportunity to participate in interactive presentations. The main sponsors of this fun health and fitness event are Adventist Health Partners, Balance Weight Loss Centers, and Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group. In addition to 37 exhibitors, there will be stage performances that will change every 20 minutes and are being sponsored by Elite Training. There will also be a jump rope and a hula-hoop contest. Other Healthy Lombard Partners who have provided financial supports of this event include Bob Goldin State Farm Insurance, DuPage Medical Group, Fit4Mom, Health Track Sports and Wellness, Juice Plus, Lexington Square of Lombard, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lombard Lilac VFW Post 5815, Lombard Park District, Lombard Pharmacy, NxStage Kidney Care, Points To Wellness, Inc., Premier Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Revolution Physical Therapy & Weight Loss, and Sky Centers Martial Arts. Healthy Lombard is a 501c3 Foundation established in 2009 to address childhood obesity and promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone, through its “Triple A” approach of Awareness, Activities and Achievement. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to jay@healthylombard.com

     
  • Images: Photo Contest Finalists Feb 6, 2015 1:00 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 February 2..

     
  • Nominations Accepted for 2015 Woman of Distinction Feb 5, 2015 4:15 PM
    In celebration of Women’s History Month, College of DuPage is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award. Named for former COD History Professor Adade Wheeler, the award has been given annually since 1983 to individuals who have made significant contributions to the personal and professional advancement of women through education, advocacy and motivation. Nominees must reside, work or volunteer within Community College District 502. Priority is placed on activities that are beyond the scope of the workplace. Nominations must be received by Monday, March 3. Forms are available by clicking here. The Award Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2000, on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Jean Cravens at cravens@cod.edu or Julia diLiberti at dilibert@cod.edu.

     
  • Presidents’ Issue New Report on Granting Baccalaureate Degrees for Various Fields Feb 5, 2015 4:17 PM
    Illinois Council of Community College Presidents NORMAL Illinois community college presidents approved a recommendation urging the community college system be allowed to grant four-year baccalaureate degrees for nursing and other applied career areas at their meeting on Friday, January 30. “This recommendation, which took nearly one year to study and prepare, shows our community colleges can be the place where students can earn the degrees close to home which is important to their families and communities,” said Thomas Choice, the president of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. The study recommends community colleges be authorized to grant four-year degrees for applied careers and nursing degrees. Illinois would join 21 others states already offering these four-year degrees. Illinois officials have discussed the concept and experiences for families in other states for several years. “Our study indicates many employers across the state need a workforce with a higher level of education. Community colleges are uniquely positioned with their strong industry and workforce relationships to provide these programs” said Carl Sandberg College President Lori Sundberg. Sundberg chaired the committee that wrote the report. The Council will work with the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the legislature to ensure the necessary steps to move forward. Choice, who is president of Kishwaukee College in Malta Illinois, noted the report recommends the addition of these programs be managed without any additional state funding. It is anticipated that the variable tuition program already used by many community colleges for career and technical degrees would be used for these four-year degrees. The applied baccalaureate degrees would cover fields like automotive, respiratory therapy and dental hygiene among others.

     
  • COD to Offer ‘Valentines for Veterans’ Free Photo Portraits on Feb. 7 Feb 5, 2015 4:03 PM
    The College of DuPage Photography Club will take free Valentine portraits of military families on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McAninch Arts Center, Room 276, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. During this event, photography student volunteers will provide a free 20-minute professional portrait session for military families. Participants will leave with a compact disc of images to send to their loved ones in the armed forces. Reservations are required. To sign up, please email JoAnn Hartley at hartleyj104@dupage.edu. For more information, please contact Professor of Photography Terry Vitacco.

     
  • College of DuPage Reaches Historic Headcount and FTE Spring Enrollment Feb 5, 2015 4:19 PM
    Continuing to buck regional and national trends, College of DuPage has recorded its highest-ever spring Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) and total credit headcount enrollment in the College’s 48-year history. The College’s net 10th day FTE is 15,952, up 2.1 percent over last spring. In addition, the College’s net credit headcount (full- and part-time students) is 29,108, up 3.6 percent compared to spring 2014 semester. “These numbers speak volumes,” said COD President Dr. Robert L. Breuder. “College of DuPage employees have accomplished an impressive number of achievements over the past six years, which has resulted in a continued upward enrollment trend in the face of state and national decreases.” Last month, College of DuPage was named the fastest-growing community college in the nation outside of California by Community College Week in a study with data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, a recent report from the Illinois Community College Board noted that of the 39 community college districts in Illinois, College of DuPage is the only district to grow Full-Time Equivalent enrollment over the past five years. “At a time when an educational return on investment is more important than ever, we have maintained a pulse on local, state and national workforce trends to offer students solid programming options that result in high-paying jobs and promotions through increased credentials,” Dr. Breuder said. “We have differentiated ourselves through our programs, faculty, facilities and innovation. This historic enrollment substantiates our hard work.” Over the past six years, the College has implemented nearly 70 new ICCB-approved certificates and degrees, has significantly strengthened its financial position and recently completed $550 million in campus improvements. In addition, the College has created new programming with six partner universities to offer 12 bachelor degrees on COD’s campus through its 3+1 program, has increased fundraising from $1.2 million a few years ago to more than $5 million last year, and continues to spearhead the issue of two-year colleges offering specialized baccalaureate degrees. “The value College of DuPage provides students and the community is unquestionable,” said COD Chairman Erin Birt. “We continue to differentiate ourselves by offering innovative, timely, accessible and affordable programming. Through hard work and strategic planning, we are realizing our vision of becoming the primary college district residents choose for high quality education.” Among the state’s public colleges and universities, College of DuPage, with more than 28,000 students, is the second largest provider of undergraduate education in the State of Illinois, after University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, please call Joe Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at (630) 991-6557 or moorej7718@cod.edu.

     
  • It May Be Winter, but Spring is in the Air at COD Feb 5, 2015 4:01 PM
    Chicago’s wintry mix offers a beautiful winter landscape for the College of DuPage Glen Ellyn campus. Click here for more photos. Weathering some recent high and low temperatures, students are back for spring semester, which began Jan. 14. Registration is still open for spring, with a 12-week session and second 8-week session starting Feb. 5 and March 10, respectively. For more information, call (630) 942-2377 or register online through myACCESS. (Press Photography Network/ Special to College of DuPage)

     
  • GLMV Chamber Names 2015 board of directors Feb 16, 2015 1:41 PM
    The Green Oaks, Libertyville, Mundelein, Vernon Hills (GLMV) Chamber of Commerce named its 2015 board of directors.

     
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