College of DuPage Photography Program students proudly displayed their portfolios, websites and marketing materials at the 3rd Exposed Photography Showcase May 2nd. We celebrated their visual communication skills as they presented their work to the business community, district residents, college and high school students, family and friends.
The COD Photography Program cod.edu/photo aims to launch our students’ professional careers and provide them with valuable real world experience at Exposed. Students share their portfolios and marketing materials, receive feedback from a diverse group of people, discuss their images, network, meet prospective clients, employers, and are offered jobs and internships.
Students from 9 regional high schools also participated in the Exposed Photography Showcase. These included: Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, William Fremd, Glenbrook North, Hinsdale South, New Trier, Niles West, Palatine, and Willowbrook High Schools.
We also had a presentation by Brian Powers, our 2017 Exposed Distinguished Alumnus, who shared his journey from COD Photo student to award-winning Photojournalist at the Des Moines Register. bpowersphotography.com
COD College Portfolios were juried by:
Laurie ShoulterKarall, ASPP, Consultant
Kevin O. Mooney, kevinomooney.com
Brian Schilling, schillingfilm.com
High School portfolios were juried by COD Photo Faculty and Advisory Committee Members:
The Exposed 2017 High School winners were:
1st Place, Clare Pikul of Downers Grove South HS
2nd Place, Grace Baek, of Downers Grove South HS
3rd Place, Hailey Rodden, of Downers Grove South HS
4th Place, Mason DeMay of Palatine HS
Honorable Mention Ivy Bukowski Downers Grove South HS
Honorable Mention, Stephanie Ebeling, of Willowbrook HS
The Exposed 2017 College of DuPage Winners were:
Best of Show – Joanne Barsanti
3 Jurors’ Selections – Susan Krpan –Josh Merrill – William North
Grand Prizes for best College Portfolio included a Sony ILCE-7M2 Mirrorless Full-Frame Camera and 24 to 70mm Lens, a one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud software, a one-year membership to the American Society of Media Photographers/ASMP, and a Certificate for the 2018 Self-Employment in the Arts Conference/SEA. The Grand Prize for the High School Portfolio Winner was a Sony DSC-RX100M3 digital camera.
The second highest point total Jurors’ Selection College Portfolio Winner was Josh Merrill, who received a Canon 80D DSLR camera with Lens Kit.
The Second-Place High School Winner was Grace Baek, who received a Canon Powershot G9x Mark II digital camera.
All Exposed Photography Showcase winners received 1-Year Subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud, Fine Art Digital Photo Paper from Ilford, Gift Cards and equipment from Helix Camera, PJ’s Camera, Procam Camera and custom Exposed water bottles from Lively Bottle.
College of DuPage Photography Department in Partnership with Easter Seals 17th Anniversary Photography Exhibition
On October 27th, 24 children from Easter Seals DuPage & the Fox Valley were featured in the 17th Annual Photography Exhibition. For the last 17 years, the College of DuPage (COD) Photography Department has partnered with them to showcase the beauty and daily lives of children with special needs.
In 2000, Terry Vitacco, Professor of Photography and Coordinator of the Photography Program at the College of DuPage, agreed to have her Visual Storytelling students photograph Easter Seals children. “I saw this as a great vehicle for them to have a meaningful, real world assignment for their final project,” said Vitacco.
Every spring, COD Visual Storytelling students are paired with children from Easter Seals and photograph the daily lives of the families to document the challenges and accomplishments of children with different disabilities by creating photo essays with their still images. In addition, they produce short movies about their subjects to be shown on the COD i-Site Photography website www.cod.edu/photo and Easter Seals’ website. The photos are also entered into a juried competition and the selected images are showcased as large format prints for the exhibit.
“Ever since the first show in 2000, the exhibit continues to grow,” Vitacco says. “Because there are more families that want to be featured than there are students, I ask past students to participate. We call them our ‘Special Forces’ photographers and in this way everyone can be accommodated.”
The exhibit itself not only brings joy to the families being photographed, but it also brings awareness to those who have never experienced the world of special needs children.
Students get to know the family and become friends with the child they are photographing. This helps breaks down stereotypes and increases understanding about families with special needs children.
“We are truly thankful for this collaboration with College of DuPage,” Theresa Forthofer, President & CEO, said. “Together, we create inspiring images that illustrate what is possible for the children and families that we serve.”
“I think the most important thing my students learn by doing the Easter Seals project is that their photography really makes a difference,” says Vitacco. “The families that see the photos hanging in the Easter Seals lobby are encouraged and heartened that their child can enjoy life despite their challenges.”
The exhibition will be held on Thursday, October 27th at College of DuPage. At the conclusion of the event, the photos will be brought to the Villa Park Center to be hung in the lobby. Easter Seals is continuously grateful for the partnership with the COD Photography Department.
By President Dr. Ann Rondeau
COD Committed to Moving Forward
It is my distinct honor and privilege to report today as the sixth president of College of DuPage. With July 1 marking the beginning of our 50th anniversary year, College of DuPage is, in my view, this community’s best resource to meet a dynamic economy and ensure our citizens a place within it. We are on the front lines, providing high quality affordable education, excellent transfer opportunities to four-year institutions, training for good jobs right now, lifelong learning and cultural experiences. We are agile. We are adaptable. We are committed to maintaining and increasing our value in coming years and being the state’s and region’s flagship community college. We will move forward as a leader in the national conversation about how to best educate our citizens.
How will we do this? We will establish a new level of trust within our community. We will be a pacesetter for improved governance in higher education. We will seek new perspectives and continue to be a forward-thinking institution. We will further align our services with the community’s needs. As we reaffirm our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, the experience will create value by giving us the opportunity to positively engage in learning new things about ourselves. We will come through this process even better positioned to serve you and the region.
We will also emphasize our shared governance structure to give voice to the good ideas of our faculty, students and staff. At the same time, our antenna will be pointed outward to listen and understand how we can serve our constituents and community members.
We at College of DuPage are grateful to and mindful of our taxpayers and donors who support us so generously. As our Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi wrote last month in the Daily Herald, you the public spoke to the College, and we heard you. We will continue to hear you. We are accountable to you. Accountability and transparency are not threats. They are opportunities.
I have already been asked on more than one occasion what “notes to self” I have made during the weeks leading up to taking the reins at College of DuPage. What immediately comes to mind is the treasure that is our outstanding faculty, staff and alumni and how well they work together for the good of the College, our students and our community. For instance, we have partnered annually with Easter Seals for 16 years to host a photography exhibition to explore the lives of children with special needs. COD Photography Professor Terry Vitacco founded and coordinates the program. There is our partnership with Fermilab to present the annual Physics Slam. Emceed by our own Speech Professor Chris Miller and co-coordinated by COD Physics Professor Tom Carter, the next Physics Slam will take place Friday, Nov. 18. In addition, COD Cares, our College volunteer corps, completes a wide range of monthly service projects around the community. COD Cares recently sent 20 volunteers to a Habitat for Humanity event, and this fall, we will participate in a “Manual Labor of Love” Serve-a-thon during which 14 area organizations in one day will receive assistance from our COD Action Heroes.
As we enter our 50th anniversary year, we invite you to visit our Glen Ellyn campus or one of our centers around the district. Join us for our 50th anniversary community kick-off concert with the band Brass Transit at the McAninch Arts Center outdoor pavilion on Aug. 26. Come to our Sept. 17 COD Food Truck Rally and 5K race. Get in the school spirit with Homecoming Oct. 1 as we play Ellsworth Community College. Please visit http://www.cod.edu/50 for details. During these events and at any time during the year, we hope you will talk with us and connect with our open community of learners.
I believe you will see and feel our joy, enthusiasm and pride. We are your College of DuPage.
Dr. Ann Rondeau is the new president of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
There was excitement and anticipation in the air at the Exposed Photography Showcase 2016 on Tuesday, May 3rd. College of DuPage Photography Program students unveiled their portfolios, websites and marketing materials at the event. We celebrated their visual communication skills as they presented their work to the business community, district residents, college and high school students, family and friends.
The COD Photography Program aims to launch our students’ professional careers and provide them with valuable real world experience at Exposed. Students share their portfolios and marketing materials, receive feedback from a diverse group of people, discuss their images, network, meet prospective clients, employers, and are offered internships.
High School students from 11 area schools also participated in the Exposed Photography Showcase. These included: Bartlett, Conant, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, William Fremd, Glenbard North, Hinsdale South, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Willowbrook, and York High School.
We also had a presentation by Jeffrey Ross, our 2016 Exposed Distinguished Alumnus, who shared his journey from COD Photo student to international corporate and advertising photographer. www.jeffreyworks.com
COD College Portfolios were juried by:
Robin Tryloff, www.robintryloff.com
John Merkle, www.merklephoto.com
Stephen Serio, www.seriophotography.com
High School portfolios were juried by the Photo Program Faculty and Advisory Committee and were on display at the event. Certificates and prizes were given to four selected High School and College Portfolios.
The Exposed 2016 High School winners were:
1st Place, Clare Pikul of Downers Grove South HS
2nd Place, Caroline Stasica, York HS
3rd Place, Alessandra Lane, Downers Grove South HS
Honorable Mention, Madison Casey, Downers Grove South HS
The Exposed 2016 College of DuPage Winners were:
Best of Show
3 Jurors’ Selections
Grand Prizes for best College portfolio included a Canon Cameras (EOS 70D body and lens, a Wacom Tablet and a one-year membership to the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). The Grand Prize for the High School Portfolio Winner was a Canon Powershot G7X camera.
All Exposed Photography Showcase winners received 1-Year Subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud Complete including all software and mobile apps, Equipment and supplies from Midwest Photo Exchange, Helix Camera, Gift Cards from PJ’s Camera, and Studio Sessions from Procam Camera.