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Be bold, get cold for Special Olympics Illinois in Lake Bluff on Saturday Mar 9, 2015 4:11 PM
Be a fan of brrr-avery! Support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into the waters of Lake Bluff at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties.
Modern style intersects with history at Fox Valley Antiques Show Mar 10, 2015 5:52 PM
Come find your original (not a mass-produced, “Made in Taiwan” copy) at the Fox Valley Antiques Show. The gathering will feature 55 dealers from 14 states, bringing a great variety of 18th- to early-20th century antiques to St. Charles on March 14-15.
Michael Hovde, Jr.: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:36 PM
Candidate information for Michael Hovde, Jr., running for Bloomingdale Village Board
William Belmonte: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:37 PM
Candidate information for William Belmonte, running for Bloomingdale Village Board
Vincent Ackerman: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:37 PM
Candidate information for Vincent Ackerman, running for Bloomingdale Village Board
Lake County 4-H holds International Festival Mar 5, 2015 1:41 PM
The annual Lake County 4-H International Festival was held Feb. 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 11:11 AM
The Illinois State Rifle Association and IllinoisCarry.com will be sponsoring their annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Springfield, IL.
On the road: Get fit by day at Bloomingdale's Biggest Loser Resort Feb 21, 2015 7:15 AM
The Biggest Loser Resort in Bloomingdale introduces the Town Program, which allows locals to spend all day at the resort experiencing the program but return home each evening. Snowstorm Winter Music and Arts Festival is the cold weather answer to the Chicago music festival. Set indoors at Navy Pier, headliners like Moby, Trippy Turtle, The Hood Internet and ASTR warm things up on Saturday, March 7.
Breaking the Code Feb 23, 2015 10:17 AM
Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure.
400 dancers in Des Plaines Dance Idol competion Feb 21, 2015 1:07 PM
More than 400 dancers from 18 studios and three independent dancers participated in the annual Des Plaines Dance Idol Competition at Prairie Lakes Community Center. “This is the seventh year of Dance Idol and it is exciting to see how this dance convention has become what it is today,” said Nancy Suwalski, cultural arts supervisor for the Des Plaines Park District.
'The New Jim Crow' author to visit Benedictine April 21 Mar 12, 2015 10:02 PM
The impact of racial injustice in the American legal system will be the focus of a free lecture by civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Benedictine University. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness.” In advance of her presentation, Benedictine is encouraging members of the public to join a communitywide reading group and series of weekly discussions related to the book and its theme.
Police arrest four in suspected shoplifting ring Feb 18, 2015 5:42 AM
A four-month investigation into an organized shoplifting ring culminated over the weekend with the arrests of four suburban residents on allegations they stole thousands of dollars of merchandise from retailers across the Chicago area, Arlington Heights police said Tuesday. Police said the suspects used diversionary tactics to distract store's lost prevention employees and targeted Apple, Samsung, Roomba vacuums and Lego products.
College of DuPage Hosts Learning Communities Open House on March 9 Feb 17, 2015 6:04 PM
College of DuPage will host a free open house on Learning Communities from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 9, in the Student Services Center, Room 2201, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. This event is free and open to the public. During this event, aimed at current and prospective students and COD faculty, attendees will learn about the advantages in taking part in an innovative learning community environment. Representatives from the College as past and present Learning Communities participants will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. In addition, attendees will be treated to a free sundae bar while supplies last. For more information about this event, please contact Professor of English James Allen at (630) 942-3421 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learning Communities are innovative interdisciplinary learning experiences featuring two or more courses linked by a common theme and taught by faculty from two or more fields of study. Students enroll as a cohort, taking the classes together and developing a deeper understanding of the subject matter while gaining greater opportunities to make connections with their professors and classmates. Click here for more information about Learning Communities at College of DuPage.
College of DuPage Hosts ‘A Continent of Ideas: Feb 17, 2015 6:05 PM
Psychedelics Empowering the Liberal Arts and Healing PTSD’ on March 2 College of DuPage will host a free discussion, “A Continent of Ideas: Psychedelics Empowering the Liberal Arts and Healing PTSD,” on Monday, March 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. in HSC 1234. This presentation is part of a continuing series of educational seminars open to the public through the COD Human Services department. During this program, Bruce Sewick LCPC, RDDP, CADC, will discuss the use of MDMA (known on the street “Ecstasy” or “Molly”) with assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “As someone who works with individuals with psychological problems, treating PTSD is extremely difficult,” Sewick said. “People with PTSD are not able are not able to let go of the past or engage with the present, resulting in disproportionately high suicide rates. The research with MDMA is very promising, however, and there is now great hope for PTSD patients and continued research in the medicinal use of psychedelics. Slowly the paradigm is changing and psychedelic substances (many of which had a therapeutic beginning) are now being seen for their healing potential.” This program will also include a presentation by Tom Roberts, Ph.D., who will discuss the use of psychedelics in intellectual and academic professions and as “psychoactive sacraments.” “The study of psychedelics opens exciting doors for the humanities,” Dr. Roberts said. “During this session, I will focus on psychedelics as a means for understanding literature, movies, works of art, the philosophy of science, the rhetoric of war, meaningfulness, spirituality, as well as larger intellectual topics such as inventing paradigms, formulating new theories and consilience.” Bruce Sewick is the Manager of Adult Mental Health at Leyden Family Service in Franklin Park and has been an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage since 2003. He currently teaches a Human Services electives course at COD titled, “Psychedelic Mindview,” which explores the role of psychedelic substances throughout history, including recent clinical research for their use as adjuncts to psychotherapy and the influence of psychedelics in art, creativity and the political-social context of the 1960s. This course will be offered in a face to face, traditional class format during the summer term at COD, from June 10 to July 29. Starting in 1981 at Northern Illinois University, Prof. Roberts taught the world’s first catalog-listed psychedelics course. His major publications are: The Psychedelic Policy Quaqmire (in-press 2015), The Psychedelic Future of the Mind (2013), Spiritual Growth with Entheogens (2012), Psychedelic Medicine, 2 vols. (2007) and Psychedelic Horizons (2006). Additional papers, reviews and web materials are located at: niu.academia.edu/ThomasRoberts. Please click here for recent news coverage on psychedelic research in The New Yorker and on CNN. For more information about the COD Psychedelics course and the March 2 free presentation, please contact Bruce Sewick at email@example.com.
Former COD Student Earns Prestigious Presidential Scholarship to Columbia College Feb 17, 2015 5:55 PM
Former College of DuPage student Mirjana Ursulesku is attending Chicago’s prestigious Columbia College as the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. The Columbia College Presidential Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based program that awards incoming and transfer students based on academic achievement and demonstration of significant accomplishment, talent or ability in their intended major. “I am thrilled and grateful to have been awarded this scholarship,” said Ursulesku. “It has given me the chance to both deepen and expand my studies. It is also wonderful validation for me that I am on the right track with my career; I’m in the right place and moving in an exciting direction.” In 2012, after years as a successful visual artist, Ursulesku enrolled in the Graphic Design program at College of DuPage. A mother of two young children, it was essential for her to find a place to continue her education that was close to home. “The Graphic Design program at COD was the first opportunity to integrate my fine art and illustration skills with graphic design,” she said. “Taking my background and building on it was an exciting new chapter for me. I’m a person who thrives on new challenges and COD provided me with this opportunity.” While at COD, Ursulesku discovered a particular interest in graphic design and brand identity work. “The inherent problem solving needed in graphic design and brand identity is exactly my cup of tea,” she said. “With each project I attempt to meet the demands of the project, or a client’s expectations, while using my own unique style and voice. Balancing my skills and my own story with what is required for the job, such as developing strong visual concepts and creating a message that engages and motivates the target audience is an exhilarating challenge.” While a student at COD, she redesigned the College’s Graphic Design website and earned her A.A.S. in Graphic Design, graduating with high honors. She is now attending classes at Columbia College where she is pursuing a double major, a B.F.A in Graphic Design and a B.A. in Advertising. Ursulesku has been immersed in drawing, painting and illustration from a very young age and works in a wide variety of approaches and mediums. The award-winning artist’s work ranges from acrylic florals and photography to stark charcoals reflecting her experiences growing up in northern Bosnia. She also produces watercolors featuring an exploration of light and color. Drawing on a host of muses, she said her work has always been a labor of love and while she is inspired by the work of great masters, as well her peers, she is also inspired by nature, her surroundings and the creative process itself. “I am inspired by nature and by scenery that I think many people might simply overlook,” she said. “A room, a figure, a field, a bird; I often stop to do quick studies of my surroundings, sketching or painting in an attempt to capture the raw essence of the view before me – the random gesture, the funny moment; life in general. I also am inspired by the harmony expressed when combining brushstroke and color, and by the experience of a painting taking on a life of its own and leading me where it wants to go.” During her career, the Westmont resident has created works for art collectors, corporations and non-profit organizations worldwide. Her commissioned portfolio ranges from individual portraits to corporate work for well-known companies such as Life Focus TV and McDonald’s Corporation, for which she created artwork that was used in McDonald’s Supply Chain symposiums throughout the world. One of her favorite projects was completed for Opportunity International, a non-profit organization that provides micro loans to impoverished people throughout the world. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Hermes Gold Award, a creative awards program administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Ursulesku is the owner of Blue is My Color, Inc., a showcase for her commissioned and personal artwork, as well as Three Things I Love, a website through which she sells her work in the form of full-size prints, limited editions, original artworks and a wide range of her art imprinted on greeting cards, paper accessories, personalized cards and stationery. In addition, she runs M Creative Studios, Inc., an enterprise showcasing her graphic and web design, branding, identity and advertising services, and most recently, she established M Creative Press, Inc., a business dedicated to all forms and aspects of publishing. In summer of 2014, she self-published two books: “Life in Paint,” which features her work over nearly 20 years, and “Idle Time,” which includes a variety of sketches, ink and line work. Ursulesku said her goal is to continue her work as a creative professional, incorporating both her background in fine arts and her newly attained graphic design skills. she said her background in fine art has served her well as her career evolves toward more commercial art forms. “Good design is good design, whether it’s a portrait done in oils or a great logo,” she said “Each art form feels like an extension of the other and I don’t find it difficult to balance the two; the relationship feels very natural to me.” Ursulesku said that in addition to a top-notch curriculum and state-of-the-art technology, the COD Graphic Design program’s dedicated instructors went the extra mile to help her succeed. “I had the greatest instructors and professors at COD,” she said. “They were prepared, passionate and supportive. John Callegari was particularly exceptional. I cannot recall a more passionate and enthusiastic professor in any class I have ever taken. He is truly a credit to his profession.” Professor of Graphic Design John Callegari said he was proud of Ursulesku’s work and pleased with her success, which is due in no small part to her superb work ethic. “Mirjana sets the standard for how hard a student can work,” he said. “She showed meticulous attention to detail and her work was conceptually perfect and flawlessly executed. The portfolio she produced while at COD is outstanding.” While she continues to build her skills at Columbia College, Ursulesku said that she can’t imagine a better place to have started her studies and career than at College of DuPage. “My work grew so much while at COD, and the knowledge I gained was priceless,” she said. “I’m a firm believer in ‘you get back what you put in,’ so I worked hard, but my experience at the College far exceeded my expectations. I graduated with high honors and ended up with an extensive array of work and a portfolio that I’m very proud of.” Click here for information about the Graphic Design program at College of DuPage.
College of DuPage Offers New American Welding Society Certificate Feb 17, 2015 5:56 PM
College of DuPage is offering a new American Welding Society Certificate that will provide students with the required skills to earn AWS credentials. Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the 17 credit-hour certificate prepares students for entry-level positions as welders and fabricators. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 6 percent increase in overall metalworking positions during the next 10 years. “This new certificate program is another example of College of DuPage’s dedication to providing students with solid program options,” said COD Board of Trustees Chairman Erin Birt. “Over the last five years, COD has implemented nearly 70 new ICCB-approved certificates and degrees. The American Welding Society certificate provides students with industry recognized credentials that will jumpstart their careers.” John Kronenburger, Associate Dean of Technology, said the certificate stemmed from an Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing grant, which was established to help provide highly skilled workers for industry, both in-state and nationally. Participating schools are asked to select and develop a specialty program. “We felt one area we could leverage was welding,” he said. “College of DuPage already offers a Welding certificate, so we created a second certificate with industry-known credentials associated with it. To help us develop the curriculum, we brought in an AWS-certified instructor as a consultant.” The American Welding Society Certificate includes five new courses designed to provide AWS Level 1 training. Upon completing the certificate, students can take the required test – offered at COD – to become AWS Sense 1-certified. Kronenburger said creating the AWS certificate is part of a larger effort to expand the College’s Welding program that in the future will include an associate’s degree. Students then can earn stackable credentials by starting with the AWS certificate, continue with the Welding certificate and then completing the degree. “There is a clear need for credentialed welders and fabricators in fields that range from aerospace to renewable energy to infrastructure, and we want to offer the training that will help students either begin or further their careers in a growing market.” For more information, call (630) 942-8419, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cod.edu/programs/welding.
College of DuPage Offers New Mechatronics Technology Certificate Feb 17, 2015 5:57 PM
College of DuPage is offering a new Mechatronics Technology certificate that will help students develop multidisciplinary skills in mechanics, electronics, industrial electronics and computer control. Recently approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the certificate was created to provide an entry-level credential that will help students apply for such positions as systems and automation technicians, maintenance technicians, automation specialists, human/machine interface programmers and controls specialists. “We worked with our INAM (Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing) committees to build this credential,” said John Kronenburger, Associate Dean of Technology. “The new certificate provides basic training in a number of areas – circuits and electrical theory, mechanical theory, hydraulics, and controls.” According to the National Council on Competitiveness, an estimated 100 million new jobs will be created this century that bridge disciplines rather than within individual disciplines. This will require new industry employees to understand how whole systems work as technology advances and be multitask-oriented. “Over the last five years, College of DuPage has established nearly 70 new ICCB-approved certificates and degree programs,” said COD Board of Trustees Chairman Erin Birt. “Students are looking for a very strong return on their educational investment more than ever before, so it is critical that COD maintains a pulse on local and national in-demand careers such as Mechatronics.” The 16 credit-hour certificate consists of one new class, “Electricity and Electronics for Mechatronics,” and five existing courses. Students will receive a broad industry overview that will help them gain access to the workplace while providing a foundation for future education, Kronenburger said. “These classes are all stackable, which means the Mechatronics Technology Certificate can be a springboard to other certificates and associate’s degrees within the electronics and electro-mechanical fields,” he said. For more information, call (630) 942-8419, email email@example.com or visit www.cod.edu/programs/electronics.
COD Wins American Culinary Federation Illinois State Competition Feb 17, 2015 5:59 PM
Jan. 28, 2015 – College of DuPage culinary students took first place at the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Student Team Hot Food Illinois State Competition. Five COD students competed against past national winners Joliet Junior College and Kendall College. The event included a skills salon, during which students are evaluated on skills such as butchery, filleting and knife cuts, followed by a cooking competition consisting of a four-course menu including one classical course assigned by the ACF and three dishes chosen by the team. COD team members Shin Balagtas (Glendale Heights), Frederick Estrada (Warrenville), Ashley Sabo (Naperville), Setrini Sison (Naperville) and Casey Waltemath (Elmhurst) practiced every Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the fall semester and throughout the holiday break. They will go on to compete against 12 teams from across the Midwest for the central divisional title this March in Arkansas. This is College of DuPage’s second year hosting and third year competing. Please click here to watch a video of the event and 2015 Illinois State competition and click here for more photos. (Press Photography Network/Special to College of DuPage).
Learn what it takes to get ideas into laws Feb 16, 2015 8:58 PM
4-H members in Illinois will learn how ideas become law during a mock debate in the Chambers of the Illinois House of Representatives March 27-28 in Springfield. Delegates will debate mock bills using the same process used by real legislators in the Illinois House and Senate, including use of the House microphones and voting buttons to determine the fate of various bills. 4-H members who were at least 14 years of age by Sept. 1, 2014 may register online at go.illinois.edu/4hgreatdebate by March 13.
Unidentified Body Found in North Carolina Has Streamwood Connection Feb 17, 2015 1:00 AM
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Facebook site, Help ID Me, recently contacted Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System to help spread the word to local resources in hopes that the young man might be identified. New technology helped to produce an image to show what the unidentified teenager may have looked like. Help give him back his name. John Doe is a Caucasian male between the ages of 15-20, who had short, light brown hair, stood five feet nine inches tall and weighed 171 pounds. He was wearing jeans, a blue plaid long-sleeved shirt, a brown jacket and sneakers. Investigators believe he was transient for some time prior to his death, and may have lost touch with relatives. They believe he spent time in Florida, Illinois and Tennessee before arriving in North Carolina. If you have any information, please call 1-800-THE-LOST. A complete story can be found by the Crossroads Chronicle here: http://www.crossroadschronicle.com/pages/full_story_free/push?article-Body+still+unidentified+after+31+years%20&id=26459663&instance=top_stories Link to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HelpIDMe
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