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  • COD Instructor Receives Prestigious Award Oct 15, 2014 4:49 PM
    College of DuPage instructor Dr. Michael Fagel recently received the first ever Security Book of the Year Award by the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International for his book “Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today’s Challenges.” “I am honored to receive this award,” Fagel said. “This book was written to educate people and help prepare them for the future. I never thought it would be nominated for anything, much less win.” Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a not-for-profit organization of more than 38,000 security practitioners worldwide, which advocates for the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. Fagel was officially recognized during an award ceremony and book signing at ASIS International’s 60th annual conference in Atlanta, GA. He said he was honored to receive this prestigious recognition from admired peers in the field. “The six authors on the committee have published more than 45 notable books between them,” Fagel said. “It was humbling but great to be welcomed into that group.” The author of several published books on topics related to safety and security, Fagel has nearly 40 years of experience working in emergency management, fire services, industrial safety, law enforcement, rescue and government. He is a Homeland Security Analyst at the Argonne National Laboratories, has spent 10 years at FEMA in their Occupational Safety and Health Cadre. Fagel has responded to incidents and disasters such as the Oklahoma City Bombing where he worked as a safety officer and CISD de briefer, and spent over 100 days at the World Trade Center for FDNY at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. He has provided his skills and experience as a subject matter expert at several organizations including the National Organization for Research (NORC) at the University of Chicago, the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) at the University of Albany and the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at the Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University. Fagel also teaches at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Kentucky University and Aurora University. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Benedictine University. He has written over 300 articles on safety & disaster planning and served on the National Domestic Preparedness Office SLAG team (NDPO) at the FBI in Washington. Fagel has recently signed on with College of DuPage to teach new classes on Terrorism Planning and Response as well as Homeland Security, at the Homeland Security Training Institute. He said he was impressed with the College’s recently constructed Homeland Security Education Center. “I have taught homeland security all over the world, at numerous facilities; from palaces to tents and all types of classrooms,” Fagel said. “The facilities at the HEC are second to none. They are world class in both design and implementation.” Fagel added that he is proud to be a part of College of DuPage and that the College’s goals align perfectly with his own. “I am proud to be affiliated with the HSTI program at COD.” Fagel said. “I think our mission, which has been my mission since 9/11, is to create a world-class environment for training and educating the leaders of the future and that is what this facility and staff is focused on.” Housing the College’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science/EMS programs, as well as the Police Department, State-certified Fire Academy and the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, the 66,000 square-foot Homeland Security Education Center is the only comprehensive multijurisdictional training center of its kind in the Midwest. The facility features a wide range of high-tech training spaces including a full-scale indoor street scene, forensics and cybercrimes labs, a hazardous materials leak simulator, a two-story smoke room with moveable walls, a full-size ambulance, an outdoor training tower for confined rescue and rappelling and a command center designed to instruct National Incident Management System protocols. Looking back on his career, Fagel said that the biggest challenge he has faced comes less from the actual threat of emergencies than from the underlying opinion of what safety and security entails. “Safety and security are not just plans; they are a continuous process,” Fagel said. “It’s not just guards, gates and guns; it’s an underlying attitude and approach. Decision makers in organizations need to understand that risk is an ever-evolving threat. Too often, people wait until it’s too late and make poor decisions based on knee-jerk reactions.” Fagel said that through his work he hopes to train the leaders of tomorrow and to train as many people as possible to be “comfortable, cognizant, aware and trained to take over and take care of the next generations.” He added that after all this time working in safety and security, his primary focus and motivating principle is simply to make a difference. “I’m going to do as much as I can for as long as I can for as many people as I can. That’s really what drives me,” he said.

     
  • COD Concealed Carry Class Nov. 8 Oct 15, 2014 4:46 PM
    College of DuPage will offer the second session of its new Concealed Class on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. This previously sold-out 18-hour class will cover all elements of state-required training including basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm; firearm safety; state and federal laws relating to ownership, storage, carry and transport of a firearm; and weapon and handling and legal qualification. In addition, students will gain hands-on, real-world experience through the use of a state-of-the-art concealed carry firearm simulator and the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) inside the four-dimensional immersion “street scene” within the Homeland Security Education Center. This class will be led by certified concealed carry instructor and distinguished firearm expert Michelle Quesada. She has trained at Fort Benning with the U.S. Army Rangers and the U.S. Air Force Pistol Service Teams and is recognized through the NRA as a Double Distinguished Expert Marksman, shooting over 600 perfect rounds in one day to complete her first Distinguished award. In addition, Quesada is NRA certified to teach Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home and has held the NRA appointment of Chief Range Safety Officer. To attend this class, students must be 21 or over, currently possess a valid Firearm Owner Identification Card, a valid Illinois state I.D. or driver’s license, and be physically capable of safely and effectively operating a firearm. To ease the Illinois CCL application process, electronic fingerprints and a digital photo will be offered to participants for an additional cash only $60 fee. A Concealed Carry class designed with an emphasis on issues related specifically to women and the concealed carry law will be offered on Dec. 6 and 7. Click here for more information about the CCL class at College of DuPage. Click here for more information about Concealed Carry licensure in Illinois.

     
  • Downers Grove Family Celebrates 5th Birthday While Raising Money and Awareness for Apraxia Oct 15, 2014 4:43 PM
    Three years ago, Nevaeh was diagnosed with a neurological speech disorder called apraxia, something her mother, Nichole Latori, nor grandmother, Terri Murrin had never heard of. After spending the past three years researching the disorder and finding the best treatment for Nevaeh, Terri and Nichole decided to change this lack of awareness. On September 12th and 13th they hosted an Apraxia Fund Raiser Yard Sale. They filled Terri’s garage, front yard and 5 tents with items donated for sale. Every person who came to the sale was given information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech is very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The family raised $1,902.00 and a family member’s company will be matching that amount. A total of $3,804.00 will be donated to the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on Saturday, October 18th which also happens to be Nevaeh’s 5th birthday. The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is held across the country as a means to heighten awareness and funding. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the local apraxia programs through The Apraxia Connection and national programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Spreech Association of North America (CASANA).

     
  • Soroptimist Club accepting applications for Violet Richardson Award Oct 14, 2014 5:12 PM
    Soroptimist International of Suburban Chicago is now accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award. Named after the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. Each year, Soroptimist clubs honor girls who donate their time and energy to causes that make the community and world a better place — such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence, or mentoring young girls.

     
  • Warrenville Park District Scares Up Fun at Annual Fest Oct. 24 Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM
    The Warrenville Park District is gearing up for a howling good time with its 11th annual Fall Family Fun Fest from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Recreation Center, 3S260 Warren Ave. This event is a great way for families to enjoy the season in a safe environment and features a fantastic lineup of activities for all ages.

     
  • “Run, Walk & Roll” Oct. 26 to benefit Marklund Oct 14, 2014 5:14 PM
    Get ready to "Run, Walk & Roll" for Marklund! Registration is still being accepted for Marklund’s second annual 5K/1 mile event which is set for Sunday, Oct. 26 in Geneva. “Last year, nearly 600 people participated in our inaugural event and helped us net $30,000 for programs and services for our clients so we're looking forward to growing that number this year!,” said Stephanie Heinz, Development Coordinator at Marklund.

     
  • Modern Day “Amelia Earhart” to Visit PM Prime in Highwood Oct 13, 2014 3:39 PM
    PM Prime in Highwood will be open this Sunday, October 12 to accommodate special guest Amelia Earhart, who recently completed an around-the-world flight in honor of her namesake’s 1937 attempt. Amelia Rose Earhart is the youngest female to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine airplane, completing her mission on July 11, 2014. Dinner reservations at the aviation themed steakhouse will be accepted between 5 and 7 p.m. on that evening. Diners will have an opportunity to meet the inspiring aviatrix. Guests will be accommodated by reservation only. Seating is very limited. Steve Platcow of Lake Forest opened the PM Prime in July of this year. Executive Chef Dominic Zumpano has been dazzling area restaurant critics with his innovative interpretations on classic steakhouse fare. Robert B. Bansberg, award-winning sommelier and wine educator, shares his wealth of knowledge and expertise as the restaurant’s General Manager/Sommelier. PM Prime’s dining room boasts an unprecedented collection of 200 black and white photographs that celebrate excellence in aviation. The restaurant presents a rare opportunity to see a truly amazing collection of vintage images that honor the pioneers of flight - all under one roof. From the Wright Brothers, to Amelia Earhart, the Tuskegee Airmen and Jimmy Doolittle - the collection showcases the fearless and the brave. The heroes represented in the photographs pushed the boundaries of what was possible and demonstrated the power of the human spirit. These stunning historic images motivate the team at PM Prime to strive for excellence and the ultimate goal is encourage the patrons to pursue excellence in their lives as well. This engaging display will leave guests feeling nothing less than inspired. PM Prime’s menu includes popular steakhouse favorites such as the filet mignon and New York strip, but it also has some more unusual cuts such as the wagyu hanger steak. PM Prime features the highest quality cuts of prime beef available. Diners will find interesting selections such as osso buco with saffron risotto or Halibut with spaetzle and roasted beets. PM Prime is located at 310 Green Bay Road, Highwood. Call 847-433-0600 or visit www.pmprimesteak.com for more information.

     
  • York Theatre Presents FREE Screening of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Oct 13, 2014 5:02 PM
    Come dressed in your Halloween costume for a FREE showing of “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” at the York Theatre. The film will be shown on Saturday, October 25th at 9:30 AM at the York Theatre, located at 150 North York Street in downtown Elmhurst. The 24th annual event is sponsored by the Elmhurst City Centre’s BOOtiful Saturday. After the film, children are encouraged to enjoy trick-or-treating at participating stores from 11 AM to 1 PM. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” (PG/92 min) is a comedy, science fiction film featuring the characters from the 1960s animated television series “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” who must fix a time rift they created. Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine—the WABAC—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

     
  • Author Andy Crouch to Speak on “Redeeming the Gift of Power” at Wheaton College October 15 Oct 13, 2014 5:04 PM
    Writer, editor and producer Andy Crouch will speak on the topic of “Redeeming the Gift of Power” at Wheaton College at 7 p.m. October 15. Crouch, author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling (InterVarsity Press 2008) and Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power (InterVarsity Press 2014), is the executive editor of Christianity Today magazine. “I aim to start a hopeful and honest conversation about power—the power we have, the power students acquire through a college education, and the ways power has been distorted through privilege and status,” Crouch says. “I’m excited to share the ways thinking about the image of God as a central theological theme has helped me see how culture, power and other similarly big themes come together in a deep and generative biblical narrative.” “As someone who has been an important voice in evangelicalism for many years, Andy Crouch is really an ideal person to speak to our community at a time when there is a lot changing about what it means to be an evangelical in the United States,” says anthropology professor Dr. Brian Howell. “He is a very astute observer of cultural life, and an excellent communicator who can translate difficult ideas into very accessible forms.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Crouch’s lecture, which is co-sponsored by Wheaton’s Department of Sociology & Anthropology, the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, and Opus: The Art of Work, is part of this year’s Ivan Fahs Memorial Symposium. The Ivan Fahs Memorial Symposium, held in memory of longtime Wheaton sociology professor Ivan Fahs, takes place each fall and consists of a lecture and chapel message given by notable sociologists or anthropologists. Past symposia can be viewed here. This event will be held in Barrows Auditorium in the east wing of the Billy Graham Center, which is located at 500 College Avenue in Wheaton. For more information, contact the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at 630.752.5036. Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

     
  • Paramount Theatre to Present “A Hard Day’s Night” October 15 Oct 13, 2014 4:56 PM
    A special showing of a “A Hard Day’s Night” will be presented at the Paramount Theatre, 213 North Schuyler Avenue, Kankakee, on Wednesday, October 15 at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 per person and available at the Paramount Theatre box office or online www.classiccinemas.com. The event is sponsored by WVLI 92.7, WFAV 95.1, WIVR 101.7 and WYUR 103.7. WVLI morning personality Bob Malkowski will emcee the event. A digitally restored version of the classic Beatles comedy musical was released this year to commemorate the film’s 50th anniversary. “A Hard Day’s Night” (G/87 min.) portrays a couple of days in the lives of the band. The film is considered to be one of the best and most influential musical films of all time. Richard Lester’s boldly contemporary rock n’ roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.

     
  • Tivoli Theatre Presents FREE Showing of “Casper” October 25 Oct 13, 2014 4:57 PM
    The Tivoli Theatre will celebrate Halloween with a FREE showing of “Casper” as part of Baird and Warner’s 22nd Annual Halloween Happening. The film will be shown on Saturday, October 25th at 11 AM at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Avenue in downtown Downers Grove. Wear your Halloween costume and participate in the costume contest. Registration begins at 9 AM followed by judging at 9:30 AM. The movie starts at 11 AM. “Casper” (PG/100 min) is a 1995 comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy, Moriarty, Eric Idle and Amy Brenneman based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and animated cartoons. The movie tells the story of a greedy heiress who inherits the haunted Whipstaff Manor and discovers that the house contains a treasure guarded by three nasty ghosts. Ghost therapist, Dr. James Harvey, and his daughter Kat, move into the mansion to get rid of the supernatural creatures. Kat makes friends with a ghost named Casper, the nephew of the three nasty ghosts.

     
  • Planting perennials, mulching among things you can do this fall Oct 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Shawna Coronado, author of the new “Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide,” of Warrenville, known for her garden blogs and speeches here and abroad, tells us what to do in the garden before the snow flies.

     
  • Leave The Cooking To Clearbrook on October 21st! Oct 9, 2014 10:47 AM
    Leave The Cooking To Clearbrook on October 21st!

     
  • Lake County 4-H Presents its 2nd Annual National 4-H Science Day Oct 9, 2014 10:45 AM
    Lake County 4-H Presents its 2nd Annual National 4-H Science Day

     
  • ‘Oculus’ Filmmaker Comes to Cutting Hall on October 22 Oct 9, 2014 9:58 AM
    “Oculus” Filmmaker Comes to Cutting Hall on October 22

     
  • Oct. 16: Engineering Night at College of Lake County Oct 13, 2014 3:35 PM
    Oct. 16: Engineering Night at College of Lake County

     
  • Denying the very basis of law, justice Oct 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: Religious confusion reigns in the ideology of homosexual activism. The Catholic Church, for example, does not simply prohibit homosexuals from marrying each other because they are sinners. Rather, the issue concerns the definition of marriage and its purpose, among others.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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 info.almadanceschool@gmail.com. “Come and try a complimentary day of classes, says owner Vilma Machin.

     
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