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Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 45 Recruits Oct 7, 2014 4:56 PM
The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 45 recruits representing 32 police agencies in Northern Illinois. The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past summer. Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Officer Victor Valdez of the Elmhurst Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Erin Sheridan of the Wheaton Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Mark Besch of the Addison Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Alan Thibeault of the Prospect Heights Police Department earned the Leadership Award. Officer James Dexter of the Lisle Police Department was presented with the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved. The graduating recruits are as follows: Chris Arbet, Aurora Police Department Benjamin Belcaster, Wheaton Police Department Mark Besch, Addison Police Department Jody Brandis, Kendal County Sheriff’s Office Brian Bruesch, Park Forest Police Department Atif Bukhari, Harper College Police Department Peter Burgert, Kane County Sheriff’s Department Kenneth Bus, Roselle Police Department Ignacio Cervantes, Kane County Sheriff’s Office Khaled Dalal, Roselle Police Department Christine Danan, Willowbrook Police Department Adam Danowski, Crystal Lake Police Department James Dexter, Lisle Police Department Bartek Giera, Mount Prospect Police Department Emily Grape, Wood Dale Police Department Justin Harris, Antioch Police Department Charlie Hilbrant, Highland Park Police Department Richard Jackson, Montgomery Police Department Carlos Juarez, Amtrak Police Department Kayte Kettler, Wheaton Police Department Eric Knippel, Mount Prospect Police Department Kristyn Knoll, Itasca Police Department William Kopecky, Oakton Community College Police Department Krzysztof Kowal, Hoffman Estates Police Department Conner Lain, Naperville Police Department Zachary Lattmann, Westmont Police Department Kevin Manetti, Berkeley Police Department Christian Mennel, Palatine Police Department Daniel Mizialko, Addison Police Department Ellie Nordin, Mount Prospect Police Department Ryan Pacyga, Arlington Heights Police Department Colton Parchem, Naperville Police Department Michael Ranieri, Deerfield Police Department Luke Rider, Lisle Police Department Nicholas Robertson, Palatine Police Department Korbin Rome, Lombard Police Department Terrence Rose, Wheeling Police Department Alexander Sampra, Skokie Police Department Michael Sawicki, Palatine Police Department Erin Sheridan, Wheaton Police Department Malwina Sobanski, Addison Police Department Alan Thibeault, Prospect Heights Police Department Victor Valdez, Elmhurst Police Department John Veenhuis, Skokie Police Department Richard Waszak, Woodridge Police Department College of DuPage President Dr. Robert L. Breuder and Associate Dean of Continuing Education/Director of the Homeland Security Training Institute Thomas Brady offered their congratulations to the graduating recruits. The keynote speaker was Chief David Anderson of the Lisle Police Department. The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.
COD Students Hike the Tour du Mont Blanc in Europe Oct 7, 2014 4:55 PM
Twelve participants in College of DuPage’s Field Studies program recently returned from nearly two weeks in Europe where they hiked more than 100 miles, including the celebrated Tour du Mont Blanc. Click here to view photos from the trip. Beginning their trip in Chamonix, France, the class hiked for 12 days and more than 100 miles. They circled the Mount Blanc massif and walked through some of Western Europe’s most picturesque alpine scenery, crossing the countryside of France, Italy and Switzerland. At the end of each day’s journey, lodging arrangements ranged from rustic mountain refuges deep in the mountains to four-star hotels offering every amenity. According to Gib Egge, coordinator of Experiential Education and Training, the hike could not have gone better given the physical and logistical challenges. Egge said despite the spectacular landscapes and breathtaking views, there was another component of the trip that stood out. “The highlight for me was our group, a diverse cross-section of the DuPage community coming together to attempt a very difficult task,” Egge said. “Among us were fifteen people, three of whom were 70 years or older as well as a student who is legally blind that completed the trail with the help from a longtime friend.” One member of the class was Western Springs resident Kathy Fauth, an avid hiker who viewed the chance to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc as an opportunity of a lifetime. While the scenic beauty of the area impressed her, it was the camaraderie and diversity of the group that impressed her. “The scenery was stunning,” Fauth said. “I will always remember hiking with the international community and forming relationships with people from all over the world.” After retiring from her career as a veterinarian a few years ago, Fauth enrolled in and completed the Nursing degree program at College of DuPage, a move she made because she wanted to become involved in volunteerism. She has taken several Field Study trips through the College, and named Egge as a primary reason for choosing this adventure. “I knew this trip would be top-notch,” Fauth said. “Gib is just an excellent guide. He does a wonderful job with these excursions, which is truly is a service to this community.” Lombard resident Nanette Bauer said that while she thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the trip, it was the companionship and camaraderie of the group, with one participant in particular, that she enjoyed most. “The best part of this trip was sharing this outstanding experience with my daughter,” Bauer said. “I also enjoyed the company of the other wonderful participants, seven of whom I’ve traveled with on other COD trips and six new trekkers with whom I will hopefully enjoy having another future travel experience with someday.” Bauer, who enrolls nearly every semester in a yoga class at the College, said she has participated in a Field Studies trip with COD almost each year since 2000. She added that she feels the “anticipation is half the fun of travel,” and said that the Tour du Mont Blanc was something she had wanted to do for a long time. “I have always wanted to have a travel experience that involved hiking in the Alps,” Bauer said. “To have the opportunity to accomplish this under the direction of COD’s Field Study program, particularly under the flawless organizational skills and quiet guidance of Gib Egge, was not to be missed.” Bauer added that the group did experience a day of challenging weather, but that only added to the enjoyment and sense of accomplishment she brought home from the trip. “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the weather, navigating the adverse trail conditions and enjoying the new-found confidence that came with getting to the next destination safely,” Bauer said. Egge said that the hikers knew they were in for a challenge that day after waking up to a steady, hard rain, “the kind you know is going to be here for a while,” at the Refuge des Mottets in France. “We had to climb over 2,500 feet and then descend 3,000 feet to our next overnight stop,” said Egge. “At this point, we had been climbing and descending thousands of feet and were in pretty good shape physically, but we were not in shape for the weather we were about to experience at this pass.” With each step, the hikers increased their altitude and their visibility became more restricted as they entered the clouds and the winds picked up. Reaching the Col de la Seigne, the natural border between France and Italy, the class met with very low visibility and intense winds that made footing precarious. Finally, the class descended into Italy and finally, into better weather. “Even though this was a difficult experience for the class as a whole, it turned out to be one of our favorite moments as we were all challenged, helped one another out and accomplished our goal,” Egge said. The Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education department offers a variety of credit classes that use the world as its classroom, including an Outdoor Adventure program and domestic and international classes in a variety of subjects. The College has offered many successful international trips since 1970 and has taken students to more than 80 countries throughout all seven continents. For more information about Field and Experiential and Study Abroad programs at College of DuPage, call (630) 942-2356 or email email@example.com.
COD Studio Art Faculty Exhibit at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery Nov. 6 to Jan. 10 Oct 7, 2014 4:53 PM
The Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage will host an exhibition of new work by several of the College’s full-time studio art faculty Thursday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 10. The exhibition and all related gallery events are free and open to the public. The gallery will be open during all holiday performances scheduled in the MAC’s Belushi Performance Hall. The exhibition features works by Mara Baker (Chicago, Charles Boone (Batavia), Glenn Hanson (West Chicago), Jennifer Hereth (Chicago), Kathy Kamal (Wheaton), Brad Killam (Oak Park), David Ouellette (Batavia) and Terry Vitacco (Darien). An artist’s reception will be held 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, and a lunch chat with the artists is scheduled for noon Monday, Nov. 10. Both events will be held in the gallery. Additionally, sculptor Marina Kuchinski will discuss her recent participation in the Arts/Industry Residency program at the John Kohler Arts Center during an artist talk at noon Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the MAC’s Playhouse Theater. For more information, call (630) 942-2321, or visit http://www.cod.edu/gallery/
More Than 1,000 Celebrate COD’s Spirit Week, Homecoming Oct 7, 2014 4:52 PM
Ideal weather combined with food and family fun helped fill the stands with Chaparral Pride at the College of DuPage’s first Homecoming in nearly 40 years. The event, held Sept. 27, featured the COD Chaparrals taking on the Georgia Military College Bulldogs. The day’s festivities included an alumni brunch and a tailgate party. Additionally, members of the National Guard and the Wounded Warrior Project were on hand to honor COD football players and military veterans Matt Fletcher and Evan Kirk. Earlier in the week, COD students participated in several activities as part of Spirit Week, including a pep rally, photo booth and Chappy Olympics. Click here for a video covering the week’s activities.
New Ballet School in Wheaton Oct 7, 2014 4:50 PM
Owners Guillermo Leyva and Vilma Machin have designed four programs that include five levels of Ballet training. The Children’s program for instance starts with 2 years of age and can go until the child reaches 6 years old. The elementary program continues on with 7 to 10 years of age and includes 2 levels. Once a student wishes to commit to a more intense and demanding program they can enter the Youth which also has two levels or Pre-Professional program that has one level. A student will be placed in the program and level that is appropriate based on a complimentary class that he/she attends. Guillermo Leyva trained at the Professional school of Arts in Camaguey, Cuba. After he graduated Guillermo began dancing professionally at the Ballet de Camaguey under Fernando Alonso. He danced with this company for 11 years as a Principal dancer. Later he danced with The Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico, under the direction of Ann Marie D’ Angelo, Fernando Alonso, and Fernando Bujones. He also danced as a Principal dancer for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Lexington Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago , and the Royal de Wallonie in Belgium. Vilma Machin was born in La Havana, Cuba. She started her training at the age of nine at the National Ballet School of Cuba. Vilma graduated in 2001 at the top of her class as both Dancer and Teacher. She then joined the National Ballet Company under the direction of Alicia Alonso where she then toured Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Later she traveled to the United States where she danced with the Miami Classical Ballet company as a soloist. After leaving the Miami Classical Ballet Company she joined the Alma Dance Company as a Principal dancer. As teachers, Guillermo and Vilma are committed to pass on their knowledge and experiences to new generations and provide young students with the opportunity to perform and to discover new ways to express their dreams through movement, and develop the artistic awareness of these young individuals. Come and join us in the next term which will begin October 27th. We have morning classes available besides the afternoon program. We are currently offering classes for home schooled students and /or college students available during the day that wish to take their ballet training to the next level. We encourage you to visit the training facility at 246 East Geneva Road in Wheaton. You can contact us by calling 630-580-9784, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. “Come and try a complimentary day of classes, says owner Vilma Machin.
COD faculty to live-blong board meeting Oct 7, 2014 4:49 PM
Volunteers from the College of DuPage Faculty Association (CODFA) will live-blog the College of DuPage Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday evening, Oct 16, beginning at 7pm in Student Services Center 2200. CODFA bloggers cover Board of Trustees meetings in order to keep their own members informed of Board activities and decisions, as well as to share information with the larger community served by the College of DuPage. College of DuPage Trustees are elected by the citizens of District 502. Citizens unable to attend the board meeting can read the blog at this link: http://codfaculty.org/blogs/bot/. The board packet can be downloaded from the college website starting 48 hours before the meeting. See http://www.cod.edu/about/board_of_trustees/. The past several board meetings have seen an escalation of conflict among the trustees themselves, as well as between trustees and citizens, over President Brueder’s conduct during his tenure at the college. The Board of Trustees responded last month by moving comments from the public that did not directly address the evening’s agenda to the end of the meeting. This resulted in the majority of public comments being made after midnight
CPA, management consulting firm Mueller named to “Best Places to Work in Illinois” Oct 6, 2014 6:39 PM
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, the fourth-ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives, recently visited the Elgin headquarters of CPA and management consulting firm Mueller & Co. to recognize the firm for being named one of the “Best Places to Work in Illinois” for the fourth consecutive year.
Chairman of Trust Company of Illinois receives ATO Lifetime Achievement Award Oct 6, 2014 4:58 PM
Gregory W. Osko, chairman of Trust Company of Illinois in Downers Grove, was honored with the Association of Trust Organizations (ATO) Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual meeting on Sept. 29 in Las Colinas, Texas.
‘The X Factor,’ ‘American Idol’ contestant to perform at library Oct 6, 2014 4:48 PM
In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, "The X Factor" and "American Idol" contestant Jillian Jensen will showcase her musical talents at Naperville Public Library on Oct. 20.
Janice Mcardle Cancer Research Foundation events exceed expectations Oct 6, 2014 4:45 PM
The Janice McArdle Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce the success of two events which raised significant funds and awareness for non-smoking lung cancer research.
From China to Oak Brook, hotel director keeps traditional values, work ethic Oct 6, 2014 5:00 AM
Kukec's People features Jiaqi Tang, the new director of food and beverage for the Le Meridien in Oak Brook. The native of China talks about her trek to America.
Illinois Railway Museum to restore classic Streamliner Oct 3, 2014 7:11 PM
The Illinois Railway Museum in Union has begun a restoration project planned to return the famous streamlined Electroliner to operational condition in 2017. The museum's Electroliner received an external restoration when it returned to Illinois in the 1980s, but problems with the train's eight electric motors prevented the streamliner from returning to operation. Work is now under way to return the luxury streamliner to operable condition within the next three years. In addition to work on the motors, work is needed on the wheels, trucks, air brakes and air conditioning before it can be operated.
Historic Cemetery Walk Marks Milestone Anniversary Oct 3, 2014 5:14 PM
The West Chicago City Museum celebrates a milestone anniversary of an event that showcases the rich history of the community each year in October. The 25th annual Tales Tombstones Tell program will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 in Oakwood Cemetery, at York Street and Oakwood Avenue.
COD to Host Series of ‘ART21’ Documentaries Screenings in October Oct 3, 2014 5:11 PM
College of DuPage will host a series of four free pre-screening events for the PBS series ART21 throughout the month of October. All screenings will be held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. in the McAninch Arts Center, Room 153, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. These screenings are free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with Americans for the Arts, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and the YMCA, ART21 Access ‘14 is an international free screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, spark dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of free public screenings and events. Since premiering in 2001, ART21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning biennial television series, “Art in the Twenty-First Century.” The program is now broadcast in more than 50 countries worldwide and is the only series on U.S. television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists. Following is a schedule of upcoming screenings: Thursday, Oct. 9, Episode 1: “Investigation.” Artists Leonardo Drew, Thomas Hirschhorn and Graciela Iturbide use their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery, simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process. Thursday, Oct. 16, Episode 2: “Secrets.” Artists Elliot Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet artists share some of the secrets that are intrinsic to their work. Thursday, Oct. 23, Episode 3: “Legacy.” Artists Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas and Wolfgang Laib use life experiences and family heritage to explore new aesthetic terrain. Thursday, Oct. 30, Episode 4: “Fiction.” Artists Omer Fast, Katharina Grosse and Joan Jonas explore the virtues of ambiguity, mix genres, and merge aesthetic disciplines to discern not simply what stories mean, but how and why they come to have meaning. For more information on these free screenings, please contact COD Art History Professor David Ouellette at (630) 942-2586 or email@example.com. Click here for more information on ART21.
Lisle Library Hosting “Star Wars Weekend” October 10-12 Oct 3, 2014 5:09 PM
The power of the Force is coming back to Lisle Library District on October 10-12, 2014. “Star Wars Reads Day,” scheduled this year for October 11, is an international event that celebrates both reading and “Star Wars.” While the event was launched in 2012 by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners, this is only the second year that Lisle Library has been part of the celebration. After the popularity of last year’s one day event, which drew nearly 150 people, the Library has decided to expand the celebration into a weekend of interplanetary fun. “It was clear that ‘Star Wars’ is a franchise that our patrons are passionate about,” said John Ferrari, Assistant Director of Youth Services and one of the event organizers. “Last year’s event exceeded our expectations, and we’re really looking forward to celebrating with the community again this year.” The festivities actually start on Wednesday, October 8 with a “Teen Movie Roast” of the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special.” There will also be an all-ages screening of “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” on Friday at 6 p.m. New for this year’s event will be “Star Wars” themed pumpkin carving and a performance by ZAZZ, a galactic jazz combo from the western suburbs, on Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. Saturday will also include “make your own lightsaber” and other crafts, pod races, and the chance to dress up and take a photo in our intergalactic photo booth. The weekend will wrap up with a Star Wars trivia contest on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. For more information and a calendar of “Star Wars Weekend” events, visit lislelibrary.org or call 630-971-1675.
Family Shelter Service Fundraiser October 16 at York Theatre Oct 3, 2014 5:31 PM
In recognition of domestic violence awareness month, a fundraiser benefitting the Family Shelter Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the York Theatre, 150 N. York St., in downtown Elmhurst. A $10 donation is recommended.
Country House Lisle to move to bigger location in November Oct 3, 2014 5:30 PM
The Country House Restaurant group, with locations in Clarendon Hills, Lisle, and Geneva, is pleased to announce the move of their Lisle restaurant to a freestanding location just west of their current location in Lisle.
COD hosts ‘Identity Matters’ panel discussion Oct. 14 Oct 3, 2014 5:46 PM
The Native American Studies Committee at College of DuPage will host "Identity Matters: A Panel Discussion" from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14. This discussion will focus on the issue of Native American identity and the misrepresentation of Native American people and culture in mainstream U.S. society.
COD students participate in summer engineering internships Oct 3, 2014 5:54 PM
College of DuPage Engineering students regularly gain crucial real-world experience through serving internships at prestigious local organizations.
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