College of DuPage Photo Alums “Abstracts” Exhibit features work of Carol Byron, Becky Jane Davis, Patsy R. Davis and Dee Hudson-Artist Reception Sunday, July 10 in Bloomingdale

July 6, 2016

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A Message from Dr. Ann Rondeau, the new President of College of DuPage/Here is your reminder to Register for Fall Photo Classes/It’s never too early!

July 5, 2016
Dr. Ann Rondeau

Dr. Ann Rondeau

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.


Invitation to Exposed Photography Showcase Tuesday, May 3 in SRC 2000 from 6 to 9 p.m.

April 19, 2016

Exposed Large Poster 2016_sponsorsThe COD Photography Program invites you to celebrate our advanced and graduating student photographers at the 2nd Annual Exposed Photography Showcase.                      Come and see our talented students and their portfolios on Tuesday, May 3rd in SRC 2000 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Awards will be given that evening to the best college and high school portfolios. We hope to see you there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCLPid9kG4E

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Jennifer Guitian Invites You to the Exposed Photography Showcase on May 3, 2016 at COD.

April 13, 2016

 

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Use Your Photography Skills to Illustrate Acts of Kindness – Enter the Envision Kindness Student Photography and Video Contest

March 7, 2016

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Career Boot Camp Students Gain Valuable Knowledge at Self Employment in the Arts Conference

February 29, 2016
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Amanda Voltz, Chicago-based artist, tells COD Photography and Animation Student Syed Minh Hossain about successful social media marketing strategies at her Round Table session at the SEA Conference.

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Fashion Photographer Jacquelyn Nytes received a $2000 prize for her successful business pitch at the Idea Pitch Competition for Creatives at the SEA Conference last weekend.

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Career Boot Camp Students listen to Musician Tom Sharpe’s keynote presentation and solo performance of his symphony. Sharpe’s talk was about “Defining Your Artist Self”and how to overcome the “starving artist” stereotype.


Career Boot Camp Photo & MPTV Students Visit John Merkle’s Commercial Photography Studio

February 22, 2016

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Photo 1821 and MPTV 1800 students enrolled in the Career Boot Camp class had the opportunity to visit John Merkle’s Commercial Photography Studio last Saturday, February 20th. There, they met with John Merkle (left) Larry Huene (center) and Fritz Geiger (right), all successful professionals who shared their knowledge and insights on the industry.

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Fritz Geiger, owner of Fritz Still and Motion Imaging, encouraged students to consistently be shooting to develop their personal style, “The best camera is the one you have with you.”

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C.O.D. student Julio Guerrero takes notes during the discussion as the three photographers gave advice to students about what it takes to be successful in the photo industry today.

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C.O.D. student Uwe Gsedl had the opportunity to share his own work with John Merkle.

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Larry Huene, owner of Larry Huene Photography, shares his portfolio of client work with C.O.D. student Auste Kuncas.

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C.O.D. photography students Chris Beach and Jess Callahan get a closer look of Fritz Geiger’s photography.

All Photos by Lauren Laws