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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00
WCC picked for civic engagement program
Waubonsee Community College is one of only five community colleges across the nation chosen to participate in the Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, sponsored by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).
“Community colleges are in a unique position to provide opportunities for students to connect with their communities in different ways than they have before,” said Dr. Melinda James, Waubonsee’s Vice President of Student Development.
All 73 colleges and universities participating in the initiative were selected based on their current and planned efforts in the areas of community involvement and engagement.
Focus on domestic violence awareness
Join the St. Charles Police Department and the Elgin Community Crisis Center as they light up the Elgin and St. Charles area during the month of October to raise awareness of domestic violence.
The Purple Light Nights is a campaign designed to shine a light on a problem that is often silenced by shame. The campaign encourages people to place a purple light outside through October..
The St. Charles Police Department will be handing out free purple lights to the first 70 participants.
Participants will need to come to the St. Charles Police Department, Records Division, during normal business hours: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. until midnight or Saturday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information or to purchase a purple light, call the Community Crisis Center at 847-742-4088. Proceeds benefit the Elgin Community Crisis Center.
Old Pure Oil building on Geneva ornament
Fall is here, but the City of Geneva already has an eye on the holidays with the arrival of the 2013 pewter ornaments highlighting the iconic Pure Oil Building.
The ornaments make a perfect gift for those who live in or love Geneva. The ornaments will be sold for $12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 22 S. First St. The back of the ornament provides history of the former automobile service station.
The Pure Oil Company Building was constructed in 1937 along the historic Lincoln Highway during a time when these businesses began developing their own, unique architectural styles as a way of “branding” their name and product.
Hundreds of these facilities were built across the country, but only a few remain today. The former station serves as a significant piece of Geneva’s history. Earlier this year, the building became home to Geneva Bank & Trust.
Ornament quantities are limited. For more information, call Sherri Weitl at 630-232-7494.
Judson to host Elgin 1440 photo exhibit
Judson University is hosting the Elgin 1440 photography exhibition in the Draewell Gallery, located in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center on Judson's main campus through Oct. 4.
The exhibition is a contest for Elgin-area residents “meant to capture life in Elgin within a one day period," according to the webpage for the City of Elgin. All contestants were required to submit a photograph taken between June 6 through Aug. 4, allowing 1,440 hours for them to capture the perfect shot.
In keeping with this year's theme, "Timeless Elgin: Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Present, Defining the Future," contestants were asked to to photograph Elgin's old homes, new construction, city celebrations, community festivals, and more in an effort to capture the spirit of the city.
The 1440 exhibit has been sponsored by the City of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for the last eight years.
ComEd open house on new power line
ComEd will be holding an open house in regards to the proposed Grand Prairie Gateway Project. The project is a new electric transmission line to be constructed between ComEd’s existing substations near the communities of Byron and Wayne. The new line will connect these substations and travel across the counties of Ogle, DeKalb, Kane and DuPage.
ComEd is conducting a study to determine the best possible routes for the project. Through an integrated process incorporating input from the public and other community stakeholders, ComEd will identify a primary route for the transmission line and at least one alternate route within the transmission line study area.
The Open House in the Kane County area will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Prairie Events Center and the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.
The Grand Prairie Gateway Project is anticipated to be completed and begin service by June 2017.
NCC plans to add men's volleyball in '16
North Central College athletic director Jim Miller has announced the College's plans to add men's volleyball as the Cardinals' 23rd varsity sport, to begin competition in the 2016 season.
North Central will become the second NCAA Division III institution and the seventh collegiate program in the state of Illinois to offer men's volleyball as a varsity sport. The NCAA has conducted a Division III National Championship for the sport since 2012.
A total of 61 Division III institutions competed in men's volleyball last season.
"Many of the high schools in this area field particularly strong boys' volleyball teams, and to this point they have been pretty limited in their opportunities to play at the collegiate level," Miller said. "This is a chance for us to continue to grow our enrollment and build a highly-competitive program with quality student-athletes."
Torres to represent Waubonsee students
Stephanie Torres of Naperville will represent the student perspective as the new Student Trustee at College of DuPage.
Sworn in at the Sept. 19 Board of Trustees meeting, Torres is finishing up her general education requirements and hopes to be accepted into COD's Nursing program. She will serve through April 2014.
Torres' desire to get involved on campus and meet other students led her to accept the position.
"During my senior year of high school, I promised myself I'd get more involved in college," she said. "So many students, like me, don't know the complexities of all that happens on campus and I wanted to learn more and meet new people."
Torres' initial goal after high school was to enlist in the Navy. Her plans changed when she was turned down. While her peers had visited campuses and been accepted to a variety of colleges and universities, Torres had not, leaving her at square one.
"I had no back-up plan," she recalls. "I received an email from COD about an event on campus and I decided to learn more. I liked the programs and the campus and it was a good fit for me."
Washington St. work starts in Naperville
The City of Naperville was scheduled to begin grinding Washington Street this week as part of the Washington Street Resurfacing Project.
This grinding work and paving that will follow will cause traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction between Osler Drive and School Street for the next few weeks.
To expedite the project and to maintain the safety of construction crews, motorists and pedestrians, work will be occurring anytime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. over the next few weeks.
Motorists should expect long delays as traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction under the operation of flaggers all day on a daily basis as construction continues.
Once grinding is completed, the road will be repaved. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-October, pending weather and unforeseen circumstances.
--Suburban News Briefs is compiled from news sources and submitted items.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:16