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  • 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.

  • Festival of Colors welcomes spring in DuPage Mar 21, 2015 8:03 PM
    On the first full day of spring, you couldn’t help but notice the colors at the DuPage County Fairgrounds — brilliant blues, vibrant greens, perky pinks. It wasn’t the sky, the grass or some early blooms that brightened the fairgrounds Saturday. It was Holi Mela: Festival of Colors.

  • Colors will fly during first Holi Mela at DuPage fairgrounds Mar 20, 2015 1:53 PM
    This year in DuPage County, spring will arrive with flying colors — literally. The Federation of Indian Associations is hosting Holi Mela: Festival of Color on Saturday, March 21, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.

  • No knowledge of the art of diplomacy Mar 20, 2015 12:01 AM
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Senator Cotton from Arkansas, Tea Party Republican, and head of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee for only — only — two months, wrote a letter to the leaders of Iran that stupidly attempted to undermine and destroy ongoing delicate peace negotiations led by the United States together with China, France, England, Russia and Japan.

  • St. Baldrick’s event a celebration of Madison Elementary survivors Mar 20, 2015 6:29 PM
    Friday was a day of celebration at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton. Students, teachers, parents and other family members gathered in the school’s gym to watch 60 participants get their head shaved or hair partially cut off to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Principal Tim Callahan announced that the school had raised more than $20,000 for the foundation. “You’re doing your best to make sure other kids don’t have to go through what our friends went through,” he said.

  • Constable: Sounds of love, froggy-style Mar 19, 2015 10:37 AM
    None of their mating calls sounds remotely sexy to the untrained suburban ear. But frogs are important barometers of environmental health, so Cosley Zoo in Wheaton is looking to teach volunteers how to identify who's making all that noise.

  • Who organized suburban PARCC boycott? Mar 20, 2015 10:24 AM
    Across the suburbs, hundreds of students are opting out of the new PARCC tests. While it's not clear if the objection is coming from students, parents or both, it does seem to be an organized effort. “It is our belief that the PARCC participation decision in some buildings was a parent- and student-led effort,” said District 214 Superintendent David Schuler.

  • Company protesting contract awarded by DuPage election agency Mar 18, 2015 6:13 PM
    A San Diego-based company wants the DuPage County Election Commission to rebid a contract for electronic poll books after claiming the agency didn’t give it a fair opportunity to bid for the work. Votec Corp. filed a protest with the county’s procurement office after the election commission decided in November to award Hart InterCivic a nearly $500,000 contract to supply the commission with computerized logs to check in voters at the polls. In its protest, Votec claims the election commission “violated and/or failed to adhere to” its procurement ordinance. “They (Votec) feel that the process was not a truly full and open competition,” said Jim Rome, an attorney representing the company.

  • Council candidates: No easy answers to Wheaton flooding Mar 18, 2015 2:45 PM
    The four candidates vying for two at-large seats on the Wheaton City Council agree flooding is a significant problem in the city, but they have differing thoughts on how it should be addressed.

  • DuPage board member facing DUI charge Mar 18, 2015 6:25 PM
    A longtime DuPage County Board member, Grant Eckhoff, is facing a DUI charge after a traffic stop outside his Wheaton home. Eckhoff, 55, of the 200 block of North Erie Street, was charged with one count of DUI and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, according to a Wheaton Police Department report.

  • Suburban gun owners want concealed carry expanded Mar 19, 2015 9:01 AM
    Suburban gun owners rallied at the Capitol Wednesday urging lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner to expand where people can legally carry firearms in Illinois. “Predators look for places people are unarmed,” said Dawn Waters, a Lombard resident.

  • Lombard man gets 10 years for shooting ex-girlfriend’s mother Mar 17, 2015 3:08 PM
    A Lombard man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to shooting his ex-girlfriend’s mother in a 2013 argument about a debit card. Markeith Williams, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm in exchange for prosecutors dropping several charges, including unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

  • NIU Law hosts 12th annual Minority Alumni Reception Mar 17, 2015 4:26 PM
    The Northern Illinois University College of Law held its 12th annual Minority Alumni Reception, hosted by Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea and alumnus Vincent Cornelius (Class of 1989). More than 100 students, alumni, faculty, judges, and political leaders from the Chicago area attended this Feb. 25 reception

  • Wheaton library board chooses coffee cafe vendor Mar 17, 2015 5:30 AM
    After hearing presentations from two vendors, the Wheaton Public Library board agreed Monday to sign a contract that will allow a new business called Cafe on the Park to open later this year in a soon-to-be renovated space on the western end of the building.

  • Images: The Week in Pictures Mar 16, 2015 1:00 AM
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of an award winning cop, the former presidaent of Mexico and high school students rehearsing for their performance with legendary band Foreigner.

  • “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 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.

  • 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.

  • Naperville Teen Wins Soroptimist Award Mar 16, 2015 5:44 PM
    Trisha Prabhu of Naperville is the winner of this year’s Violet Richardson Award. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago honors Trisha for her project, Rethink, which is an anti- cyberbullying app that will benefit others globally. Trisha is a student at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. In the fall of 2013, after learning about an 11 year old girl’s suicide because of cyberbullying, she set out to find a way to stop this from ever happening again. She wanted to define and design a long-term solution to stop cyberbullying. Her research and hard work led her to the product Rethink, which won a spot as a Google Science Fair 2014 Global Finalist. Rethink gives someone trying to post an offensive message on social media a second chance to reconsider their decision. Her “Rethink” has had a lot of media coverage both locally and globally. She spoke about “Rethink” at TEDxTeen in London ( She currently holds a Provisional Patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for her Rethink idea. She has always been interested in the inner workings of the brain. Prior to her Rethink project, Trisha won an award for her research on the cognitive distraction that causes distracted driving. As an advocate of STEM in education (importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for future United States global competitiveness and future economic prosperity), she believes that technology is the future. Aside from her love of science and technology, Trisha is a published author of four books. She was also named Chicago’s Financial Literacy Ambassador by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Soroptimists strive to improve the lives of women and girls in the local area and globally through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago offers several Grants/Awards for women and girls. The award celebration for Trisha and other Suburban Chicago winners will be held in May. If you would like to learn more about us, please visit our web site, , or contact us at .

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