Earlier this year, Dr. Ann Rondeau stepped down as president at College of DuPage. Upon her departure, Vice President of Administrative Affairs Dr. Brian Caputo became interim president. The Aurora resident was among three finalists to become the seventh COD president; and 10 days ago the College Board of Trustees selected Caputo to take the lead position at the Glen Ellyn based community college. Earlier this week…First Light host Brian O’Keefe continued a tradition of sitting down with COD presidents. Dr Caputo joined Brian in the WDCB Studios for a conversation about his priorities and the future of the college
An artform born in the early 1970s had the attention of students and scholars alike this week. The first ever Hip-Hop Summit at College of DuPage looked at the intersection of music, design, art, and social justice. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with Chicago graffiti artist John Maeda about the artform and his connection to hip-hop culture
On the first Sunday of each month here at First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto stops by for a discussion of space news and to give backyard astronomers an idea of what there is to see in the night sky in the coming weeks. This month, First Light host Brian O’Keefe wanted to talk with Joe about a single, slightly fuzzy picture astronomers released to the public last month
Over the past year, aspiring artists in DuPage County have had the opportunity to hear from and interact with prominent artists at College of DuPage. The latest of the ‘visiting artist’ series brought Edra Soto to the Glen Ellyn campus this week. First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with Soto to talk about her art and the story she’s trying to tell
In the past few years, College of DuPage has worked to create an encouraging environment for young entrepreneurs. One of the ways the community college has accomplished that is with an annual event, the ‘Maker Market.’ It takes place this coming Wednesday on the Glen Ellyn campus. Business professor Peter James is one of the organizers for the event. First Light host Brian O’Keefe and Peter sat down to talk about the ‘Maker Market’ and how it helps young entrepreneurs find some initial success
Open space managers turn to an ancient solution to maintaining and improving prairie restorations across the region. Every year in the spring and fall a controlled burn is a way to clear away unwanted vegetation. At this time of year, the fire clears the slate to give new growth a jump start with increased access to sunlight and a boost of nutrients in the soil. College of DuPage Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler conducts prescription burns in the open spaces at the Glen Ellyn based community college. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited with Remic as he conducted a controlled burn
College of DuPage is hosting a special exhibit this month. The Chicago based National Vegetarian has sent its traveling exhibit to more than 15 locations over the past two years as a way to shine a spotlight on the push for people to embrace a plant based diet. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with COD Art History professor David Oullette about the exhibit
Each month on the first Sunday, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and to offer guidance for backyard astronomers. This month, Brian and Joe started their conversation with an explanation of the northern lights
For more than 20 years College of DuPage has made reading and writing part of it’s celebration of Black History Month. This week, COD renewed that tradition with the African American Read-In. First Light host Brian O’Keefe attended the event for this story
Every month on the first Sunday of the month, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky over the next several weeks. This month’s conversation got started with questions about a fossil galaxy
For many people, last week’s turn of the calendar is the impetus to rededicate themselves to personal fitness. So not surprisingly, this is the time of year when gyms and fitness centers see a surge in activity. Matt Cousins is Manager of the Chaparral Fitness Center at College of DuPage. He welcomes people intent on turning over a new leaf. First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped by the Fitness Center this week to talk with Matt about what you need to keep in mind if you’re looking to increase to crunches and reduce your couch time
Just over two and a half years ago, Dr. Ann Rondeau made a stop at WDCB one of the first places she visited after becoming the sixth president of College of DuPage. The end of this month, marks the end of her tenure at COD. She’s leaving to become President of the U.S. Navy Post Graduate College. Before moving on to her next assignment, Dr. Rondeau again talked with First Light host Brian O’Keefe in the WDCB studios to reflect on her time at the Glen Ellyn based community college and to talk about the school’s and her own future.
A lot that needs to be done this week to prepare for Thursday’s family feast. Of course there’s the food, preparing the table, and for goodness sake don’t forget to pick up a bag of ice…that was usually First Light host Brian O’Keefe’s Thanksgiving job. If you want to add a personal touch to your table, College of DuPage floral design instructor Denise Walden has a few tips
Each month, on the first Sunday, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky. Joe and Brian also take some time to talk about the latest space news.
Next Sunday, the nation will remember and honor those who have served; and a week from tomorrow College of DuPage will host what has become a Veteran’s Day tradition. The Veterans Day Read-In invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to read from letters, poems and books that celebrate service. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with COD English Professor Bob Hazard. Hazard is one of the coordinators of the Veteran’s Day Read-In.
When you think of native American populations, do you immediately think of rural communities of the country’s first people nations? You might be surprised to learn, there’s a large native population in the Chicago Metro area. This coming week, College of DuPage hosts its annual Native American Symposium. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with COD History professor John Paris. Paris is one of the organizers of the week long celebration of native culture.
Off the west coast of Chile, far out into the south Pacific, is a speck of an island. Despite its remote location and tiny size, studying Rapa Nui, or Easter Island has been the life work of College of DuPage Anthropolgy instructor Dale f. Simpson Jr. First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with Dale to find out what he’s learned about the South Pacific island, its culture and its people.
Eight years ago, Dr. Michael Duggan created a first of its kind program at College of DuPage. AutisAmerica is a social club for students and others on the autism spectrum. What started as a group of about two dozen people has grown over the years, at the group’s last meeting there were more than 100 people in attendance. Duggan has taken that experience and others as a counselor at College of DuPage to write a book. Duggan and First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down recently to discuss ‘First Class Support for Young Adults In The Autism Spectrum, A Practical Guide for College Educators and Counselors’
As the weather cools and leaves begin to change color, more and more crops are ready for harvest. This week at College of DuPage participatory ecologist Michael Swierz visited with students and community members to discuss a growing interest in foraging. That’s the practice of searching for and collecting wild food resources. First Light host Brian O’Keefe met with Michael Swierz on the edge of the Russell Kirt Prairie, a prairie restoration project in the center of the Glen Ellyn campus.
Each month, on the first Sunday of the month, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O'Keefe for a discussion of what you can see in the night sky in the coming weeks. For August, Mars will continue to be a prominent feature just after sunset, and that renews interest in our closest neighbor in the solar system.