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Taking The Next Step To The Moon

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto led a discussion of the Apollo 11 mission during a 50th anniversary celebration

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto led a discussion of the Apollo 11 mission during a 50th anniversary celebration

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 space news, discovery, and he offers some advice for backyard astronomers. In July, Joe coordinated a special 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon. He says the event exceeded expectations

Close to 500 people attended the Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage

Close to 500 people attended the Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage

The Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage included a display of model rockets

The Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration at College of DuPage included a display of model rockets

Grilling With Dad For Father's Day

College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman discussed grilling with First Light

College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman discussed grilling with First Light

Dads get their day today, and when it comes to honoring them, the grill is to Father’s Day as a brunch is to Mother’s Day. With that in mind First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman to talk about grilling tips, tools, and techniques

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Dr. Brian Caputo To Become COD's 7th President

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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

College of DuPage interim president Dr. Brian Caputo joined First Light host Brian O’Keefe in the studio for a discussion of his priorities. The COD Board will formally high Caputo as the college’s 7th president later this month

College of DuPage interim president Dr. Brian Caputo joined First Light host Brian O’Keefe in the studio for a discussion of his priorities. The COD Board will formally high Caputo as the college’s 7th president later this month

Accelerating Plans To Go Back To The Moon

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light listeners each month for the Night Sky segment

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light listeners each month for the Night Sky segment

Each month on the First Sunday on First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and what back yard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky in the coming weeks. With the 50th anniversary of  Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, Joe and Brian started their conversation this month with a discussion of stepped up plans to send people back to the lunar surface

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The Hip Hop Connection To Graffiti

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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

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The First Ever Picture of A Black Hole

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

This image by the Event Horizon Telescope project shows the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy. (Photo credit: EHT Collaboration)

This image by the Event Horizon Telescope project shows the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy. (Photo credit: EHT Collaboration)

Chicago Artist Reaches Out To A New Community

First Light host Brian O’Keefe met with Chicago artist Edra Soto during a recent visit to College of DuPage

First Light host Brian O’Keefe met with Chicago artist Edra Soto during a recent visit to College of DuPage

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

Chicago artist Edra Soto talked with students and community members as part of the College of DuPage visiting artist series

Chicago artist Edra Soto talked with students and community members as part of the College of DuPage visiting artist series

Young Entrepreneurs Find Customers At The Makers Market

College of DuPage Business professor Peter James speaks with a student entrepreneur at last year’s Makers Market

College of DuPage Business professor Peter James speaks with a student entrepreneur at last year’s Makers Market

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

Young Entrepreneurs find customers and test their business ideas at the College of DuPage Makers Market. This year’s market is set for Wednesday (April 10) at the Glen Ellyn Community College

Young Entrepreneurs find customers and test their business ideas at the College of DuPage Makers Market. This year’s market is set for Wednesday (April 10) at the Glen Ellyn Community College

Rejuvenating The Prairie With Fire

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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

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Vegetarium Museum Exhibit Comes To College of DuPage

College of DuPage Art History professor David Oulette helped to bring the National Vegetarian Museum exhibit to the COD Library

College of DuPage Art History professor David Oulette helped to bring the National Vegetarian Museum exhibit to the COD Library

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

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An Explanation of The Northern Lights

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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

A recent photo of the Aurora Borealis looked to some like a dragon descending from the sky (photo courtesty of NASA.gov)

A recent photo of the Aurora Borealis looked to some like a dragon descending from the sky
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Spring Could Pack A Punch...When It Finally Arrives

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka is ready to track the severe weather that comes with a spring warm up

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka is ready to track the severe weather that comes with a spring warm up

It seems like every winter, there comes a time when First Light host Brian O’Keefe begins to wonder if spring will ever arrive. With a fresh coating of snow on his driveway this week, that question renewed itself. So Brian stopped by the College of DuPage Meteorology lab to visit with professor Paul Sirvatka. They talked about this winter, the up coming severe weather season, and Brian asked if there’s going to be a spring warm up anytime soon

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COD Hosts African American Read-In

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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

College of DuPage interim President Dr. Brian Caputo read from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as part of the annual African American Read-In

College of DuPage interim President Dr. Brian Caputo read from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as part of the annual African American Read-In

February's Night Sky

Image of Bedin-1, an ancient and little changed galaxy (image courtesy of NASA.gov)

Image of Bedin-1, an ancient and little changed galaxy (image courtesy of NASA.gov)

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

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College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto offers a public talk about the Hubble Space telescope next Saturday night (February 9) at COD

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto offers a public talk about the Hubble Space telescope next Saturday night (February 9) at COD

Commit To Fitness in 2019

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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

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Dr. Rondeau Wraps Up COD Tenure

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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.

Creating A Centerpiece For Your Thanksgiving Table

College of DuPage Floral Design instructor Denise Walden takes listeners through the steps of creating a festive centerpiece

College of DuPage Floral Design instructor Denise Walden takes listeners through the steps of creating a festive centerpiece

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

Rows and rows of poinsettias at the College of DuPage greenhouse are close to being ready for the holiday season

Rows and rows of poinsettias at the College of DuPage greenhouse are close to being ready for the holiday season

The Mission of Two Explorers Comes To an End

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.

The Mars rover Opportunity stopped responding to communication from NASA, a massive dust storm likely coated the rover’s solar panels and ended its ability to generate power

The Mars rover Opportunity stopped responding to communication from NASA, a massive dust storm likely coated the rover’s solar panels and ended its ability to generate power

The Kepler Space Telescope mission came to an end after nine years of looking for planets outside our solar system

The Kepler Space Telescope mission came to an end after nine years of looking for planets outside our solar system

COD Celebrates Veterans With Annual Read-In

College of DuPage student and veteran Rich Ryan recounted his memory of service during the 2017 Veterans Day Read-In

College of DuPage student and veteran Rich Ryan recounted his memory of service during the 2017 Veterans Day Read-In

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.

Members of the College of DuPage community listened to readers during the 2017 Veterans Day Read-In

Members of the College of DuPage community listened to readers during the 2017 Veterans Day Read-In

COD Hosts Annual Native American Symposium

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.

Rapper Tall Paul is among the Native Americans taking part in College of DuPage’s annual Native American Symposium

Rapper Tall Paul is among the Native Americans taking part in College of DuPage’s annual Native American Symposium