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  • College of DuPage Fastest-Growing Community College in Nation Outside California Dec 19, 2014 5:28 PM
    College of DuPage is the fastest-growing community college in the nation outside of California among colleges with enrollments greater than 10,000 students, according to a recent report by Community College Week magazine. Based upon total headcount enrollment figures from fall 2012 to fall 2013, College of DuPage grew 9.4 percent, from 26,156 students to 28,627 students. This ranks College of DuPage sixth nationally behind five California schools. Click here to see a detailed chart (scroll down to “Enrollments 10,000 or Higher”). Community College Week used data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). “This is a reflection of the excellent work happening at College of DuPage,” said COD President Dr. Robert L. Breuder. “Our students recognize the high quality education they are receiving from us while understanding the economic value of attending a community college.” The Community College Week report comes on the heels of five-year numbers released by the Illinois Community College Board. Of the 39 community college districts in Illinois, the report shows that College of DuPage is the only college district to grow Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) enrollment over the past five years. Between fall 2010 and fall 2014, COD grew FTES enrollment by 6 percent. During that same period, the state’s 39 community college districts were down a total of 13.1 percent. The ICCB report also shows growth at College of DuPage between fall 2013 and fall 2014. During this time, no other Illinois community college district added more headcount than College of DuPage, which increased by 849 students, a gain of 3 percent. The state (aggregate of all 39 community college districts) was down in credit headcount by 4 percent. During this same period, College of DuPage had the largest FTES growth of any Illinois community college district, up 293 FTES or 1.8 percent. The state (aggregate of all 39 community college districts) was down 4.8 percent in FTES. “College of DuPage is clearly headed in the right direction,” said Erin Birt, Chair of the COD Board of Trustees. “Through careful listening and strategic planning, we understand what our students and community need, and we continue to work hard to provide a top quality educational experience.” For more information, please contact Joe Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at (630) 942-2371 or moorej7718@cod.edu

     
  • Governor’s Office Announces Early Childhood Grants, Illinois to Receive $80 Million Over Four Years Dec 19, 2014 5:26 PM
    The grants—Preschool Development Grant-Expansion Grants—are awarded to school districts throughout the country and are intended to help build, develop and expand high-quality preschool programs for low to moderate-income families. In just the first year, the Preschool Development Grants will serve more than 33,000 additional children across the United States. School districts in DuPage that received a portion of the award include Addison School District 4, West Chicago School District 33 and Wheaton/Warrenville Community Unit School District (CUSD) 200. The DuPage Community Foundation has been partnering with Addison and Wheaton/Warrenville through its Bright & Early DuPage initiative to help them establish and build collaborations aimed at ensuring kindergarten readiness for children birth to five. “Expanding access to full-day preschool means a richer day of learning that helps prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond,” said Theresa Nihill, executive director of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage. “We are excited to partner with a great team of organizations to keep building a strong foundation for children in our community.” Metropolitan Family Services DuPage serves as the fiscal agent for both the Addison and Wheaton/Warrenville early childhood collaboratives. Metropolitan Family Services DuPage will launch and oversee three new classrooms in the Wheaton/Warrenville area, and serve as the federal grant’s fiscal agent. Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, along with each of the communities benefiting from the grant, are committed to developing a “pipeline” of services for children from birth through third grade, supporting the most vulnerable children and their families throughout the early childhood years. “The receipt of this award will allow us to expand early education to some of our youngest, at-risk learners who would not otherwise have the opportunity for a high-quality preschool experience,” said Dr. Joanne Panopoulos, assistant superintendent for student services for CUSD 200. “The District works together with the Wheaton/Warrenville collaborative to improve kindergarten readiness by developing a coordinated delivery system for early childhood services in the community with a focus on increasing access to services for those in under-resourced areas of the community. By leveraging these community resources and working together to coordinate support and services in preparing these students for kindergarten we are offering a much more comprehensive approach than ever before for students in District 200.” Jefferson Early Childhood Center is home to CUSD 200’s youngest learners and plays a critical role in the collaborative by providing developmental screenings for children, staff development for partner organizations and parent education and family support through common messaging, materials and community connections. “We are thrilled to be able to expand those services,” added Panopoulos. The mission of the Addison Early Childhood Collaborative is to ensure that coordinated and comprehensive quality early learning experiences are available, accessible, and most importantly, utilized by the diverse families and young children of Addison so that they can achieve their maximum potential. “The grant from The DuPage Community Foundation has been so instrumental in continuing and enhancing the work of the Addison Early Childhood Collaborative,” said Chuck Wartman, assistant superintendent for Addison School District 4. “The DuPage Community Foundation has provided an opportunity to our collaborative to have a central focus which is to educate and communicate to all community partners, service providers, and families about the importance of kindergarten readiness and early intervention.” “Through the support of the Foundation, we have been able to seed collaboratives in areas where they are needed most,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation director of programs. “These collaboratives have been able to put systems in place to help families learn, understand and prepare their children for success when they enter kindergarten. The announcement of the grants to school districts in Illinois and especially DuPage will greatly support our collaborative efforts and is particularly exciting because it’s confirmation that the Foundation’s initial investments helped position these communities to be eligible to apply for and receive this funding.” About Bright & Early DuPage: Bright & Early DuPage is piloted and funded by The DuPage Community Foundation. The Board of Trustees of The DuPage Community Foundation believes that Bright & Early DuPage is an opportunity for the Foundation to work with a variety of funders (i.e., individuals, organizations, foundations, etc.) to address a fundamental quality of life issue that will create a better future for DuPage County citizens for generations to come. To date, the Foundation has established an endowment of more than $5.5 million from which income will be used to address early childhood care and education and workforce development issues in perpetuity. The Foundation expects to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bright & Early DuPage projects over the next several years and will actively seek additional funds to extend the scope and impact of this critical Initiative. For every dollar invested in early childhood education, it has been estimated that $7 to $10 is saved on remedial education, health and criminal justice expenditures. For more information about the Foundation’s Bright & Early Initiative, visit www.dcfdn.org/be. About The DuPage Community Foundation: The DuPage Community Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to more than $60 million and awarded more than $20 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities. For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact Joelyn Kott, marketing & communications officer, at (630) 665-5556, extension 19, or jkott@dcfdn.org.

     
  • Addison man charged with cannabis possession Dec 17, 2014 8:46 PM
    A 25-year-old Addison man was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, officials said Wednesday.

     
  • Holidays at Friendship Village Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM
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  • Annual MLK breakfast will feature leader of interfaith youth movement Dec 19, 2014 5:33 PM
    Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Patel serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, on the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and on the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. Both Patel and the IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and he was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, which is given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. The King Breakfast, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and celebrates diversity, is one of the largest events of its kind in the state. More than 500 community leaders and citizens attend annually. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each.

     
  • COD to Host Express Registration Event and Spring Sampler Day on Jan. 10 Dec 19, 2014 5:34 PM
    College of DuPage will host an Express Registration Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Student Services Center Atrium on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. In addition, the College’s Continuing Education program will host its Spring Sampler Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110. Both events are free and open to the public. During the Express Registration Event, representatives from College of DuPage will assist participants with registration and provide information about services and activities at the College. Individuals from the following offices will be on hand to answer questions: Access and Accommodations, Admissions, Adult Fast Track, Campus Central, Career Services, Cashiers Office, Continuing Education, Counseling and Advising, Financial Assistance, the Learning Commons, the Library, Records, Regional Centers, Registration, Student Life (open for student IDs), Testing, and the COD branch of U.S. Bank. In addition, the $20 application fee will be waived for any attendees who apply to COD during this session. To register, click here. The Spring Sampler Day includes a sneak preview of upcoming enrichment and professional development programs offered by the COD Continuing Education office. During this event, participants will have an opportunity to explore courses such as craft beer making, Tai Chi, Recipe for Writing a Family Memoir, Skin Care, CDL Truck Driving, Adobe Creative Suite, Brain Health and more. In addition, Sampler Day will include raffle prizes, free chair massages, discounts and free lunch. To register and for more information, click here.

     
  • Waterleaf Offers Exceptional Prix Fixe Value Dec 19, 2014 5:38 PM
    Waterleaf is offering an exclusive prix fixe dinner menu Wednesdays through Sundays with a special three-course menu at a reduced price. Featuring options that change weekly, Waterleaf’s prix fixe menu is available year round and offers a flavorful choice of three appetizers, three entrees and three desserts made from fresh, locally grown ingredients. “We are pleased to provide a fantastic opportunity for our guests to pamper their palates and try something new,” said Waterleaf General Manager Jean-Pierre Leroux. “This winter, guests don’t have to wait until Restaurant Week to come in from the cold and experience a superb three-course meal overflowing with sumptuous flavors and provided at an unbeatable price.” Waterleaf will host an exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 14. Guests can choose from a variety of offerings from the Restaurant’s a la carte menu. In addition, the adjacent Inn at Waters Edge is offering a Romance Package throughout the month of February. The overnight stay for two includes a complimentary bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a continental breakfast. The price for two guests is $179 plus tax per night. For more information and to make reservations, please call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com. Waterleaf, led by Leroux and Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, is located on the College of DuPage campus in the Culinary & Hospitality Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Featuring moderately priced brunch, lunch and dinner options, the restaurant’s menu contains offerings developed with locally-sourced ingredients. The contemporary light-filled dining room has a modern décor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of a scenic lake. Its walls display a collection of black-and-white lithographs by renowned American artist Richard Serra, and there is a cozy bar area to enjoy cocktails and light snacks. Waterleaf has earned Diner’s Choice Awards for Best Ambience, Best Overall, Best Service, Fit for Foodies and Special Occasion on OpenTable.com, where it maintains a 4.6/5.0 rating. Most recently, Waterleaf received its third consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. This award, given annually to restaurants in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide, confirms that Waterleaf’s beverage program is consistent with its dining concept, style and price point. In addition, Waterleaf recently received a three-star “Excellent” review from Chicago Tribune’s renowned food critic Phil Vettel. Waterleaf is widely recognized as the dining destination of choice for foodies and wine aficionados living in and visiting Chicago’s western suburbs. For more information and to make reservations, call (630) 942-6881 or visit www.waterleafrestaurant.com.

     
  • Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff Dec 17, 2014 7:29 AM
    Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System Finds Creative Ways to Celebrate Holidays with Patients and Staff

     
  • Oak Brook-based IMRF Receives Excellence Award Dec 19, 2014 5:41 PM
    Illinois Performance Excellence announces Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund of Oak Brook, IL is a recipient of the 2014 Silver Award for “Progress toward Excellence” for demonstrating effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Criteria. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund will be formally honored at the 20th annual award recognition ceremony, “Saluting Excellence,” on March 26, 2015, held at the Abbington Banquets located in Glen Ellyn. “Congratulations to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and all of its employees for its commitment to an on-going journey to excellence,” says Darcy Davidsmeyer, President and CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence. “IMRF is taking the lead in its industry to address organizational performance and process/resource alignment with the outcome for better efficiencies, focus and overall results.” Recipients of the ILPEx Silver Award go to those organizations which have demonstrated effective, systematic, well-deployed approaches that respond to the multiple requirements to most of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) was created by the Illinois General Assembly. Since 1941, IMRF has partnered with local units of government to provide retirement, disability and death benefits for public employees. With a funded status of 96.7 percent and $33 billion in assets, IMRF is well-funded and sustainable. Today, IMRF has about 400,000 members and retirees, and serves nearly 3,000 different units of government, including towns and villages, libraries and park districts, and counties and school districts (non-teaching personnel). The average member who retired in 2013 had 22 years of service and received an annual benefit of about $16,500. “For any organization committed to excellence by improving the products or services it provides its customers, clients or members, the task of identifying and implementing the best approach can appear daunting. There are innumerable books and videos on the best management practices. The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund has found the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as implemented by ILPEx to be the most successful and comprehensive approach for developing the culture and infrastructure necessary for meeting our customer service goals. Our members deserve the best and ILPEx is helping us to meet that challenge. IMRF is honored to be recognized for its progress toward excellence as it receives a Silver Award. This recognition and the feedback report support and reinvigorate our efforts to become a world class organization,” said Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx) ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement. As a 501 (c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 630-637-1595. For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.

     
  • Honor Flight a high point for female WWII veteran Dec 12, 2014 9:42 AM
    By 1945, at the end of WWII, less than three percent of American military personnel were women. Barbara “Bobbie” Merritt was one of them. A resident of Sedgebrook, a senior living community in Lincolnshire, Bobbie achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer inthe Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), serving in Arlington, Virginia.

     
  • Sedgebrook residents honor veterans with ceremony Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    In a solemn and inspiring ceremony, Sedgebrook residents honored veterans today: those now living beside them at the Lincolnshire retirement community, those lost in the four wars during their lifetime and all those who served in our military and their families.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Redick picked to fill forest preserve vacancy Dec 5, 2014 4:33 PM
    A former DuPage County Board member who sits on the Illinois tollway board has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the DuPage forest preserve commission. Forest preserve President Joseph Cantore wants Jeffrey Redick to take his former seat on the commission. The board is expected to vote on Redick’s appointment during a specially called commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning. “I’m honored that President Cantore considered me for this position,” Redick said Friday.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Northlake man guilty in 2011 Craigslist robbery in Addison Dec 5, 2014 5:35 PM
    A Northlake man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted Friday for his role in a 2011 armed robbery in Addison. A 12-member DuPage County jury deliberated for three hours Friday before finding Luis Moreta, 43, guilty of robbing three men at gunpoint, who responded to a Craigslist ad to purchase a motorcycle.

     
  • How to be a Santa to seniors in need Dec 8, 2014 1:31 PM
    Home Instead has partnered with local businesses, senior facilities and volunteers to bring gifts to seniors in need. The participating senior facilities are: ManorCare Health Services, Rolling Meadows; ManorCare Health Services, Arlington Heights; Arden Courts, Elk Grove Village; and Clare Oaks Senior Living, Bartlett. Area businesses will display Christmas trees holding ornaments bearing seniors’ first names and desired gifts. Shoppers can pick out an ornament, buy the gift and return it, unwrapped, to that location.

     
  • Come see what’s new at the Tivoli Bowl Dec 4, 2014 6:39 PM
    Check out the newly renovated Tivoli Bowl and make it your destination for holiday parties, fundraisers as well as an afternoon or evening of bowling.

     
  • Pierotti reflects on 20 years as DuPage forest preserve president Dec 4, 2014 9:50 AM
    Through a period of dramatic change for the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, the one constant was D. "Dewey" Pierotti. The 80-year-old Addison resident served for two decades as president of the forest preserve commission. The Pierotti era at the forest preserve officially came to an end on Dec. 1 when the former attorney began his retirement from public life.

     
  • Northlake man faces life sentence in Addison robbery Dec 3, 2014 5:44 PM
    A Northlake man on trial for a 2011 armed robbery faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors said Luis Moreta, 43, was one of three armed men who fooled three victims into believing they were coming to purchase a motorcycle in the late night hours of Dec. 2, 2011, only to rob the men at gunpoint in the parking lot of an Addison apartment complex.

     
  • COD president to receive 2014 CASE Region V Chief Executive Leadership Award Dec 2, 2014 6:02 PM
    College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder will receive the 2014 CASE Region V Chief Executive Leadership Award on Dec. 16 at the annual CASE V conference in Chicago.

     
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