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…take a walk in a park, for cars…

…meet an Olympic medalist…

…and dance the night away…

College of DuPage’s Facilities Master Plan is a comprehensive construction program that will improve the look, functionality and capacity of our campus’ buildings and roadways. If you build it they will come. And when they come, they’ll need a place to park. Renovations to our parking areas will begin this spring and provide more spaces, safe traffic flow and beautification of the land. By next fall students, faculty and visitors of College of DuPage will be welcomed by rows of native trees and prairie grasses as soon as they enter the newly paved areas from Fawell Boulevard. College of DuPage, with the aide of award-winning landscape architect, Peter Lindsay Schaudt, is putting the park in parking lot.

Rugby is an intense, physically demanding, full-contact sport, not for the fainthearted. Quadriplegic Rugby – perhaps an even more intense version of the sport – is played by physically disabled athletes from specially designed wheelchairs. Mark Zupan, captain of the United States quadriplegic rugby team, is a medaled Olympian, star of an Oscar-nominated film about the sport and a motivational speaker with no shortage of spirit. Mark visited College of DuPage as part of our College Lecture Series program, sponsored by the International Education office, and spoke to an enthusiastic audience about overcoming stereotypes, and issues surrounding professional and international athletic competitions - drawing from his experiences and a sport that he and his friends like to call “Murderball”.

What could top a festive evening of fine dining, dancing, and live swing jazz? How about sharing the evening with over 300 of your closest friends? And why not throw in some door prizes, a raffle and a dance competition? WDCB, College of DuPage’s public radio station, hosted its Winter Gala last month at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. For seven years WDCB has invited listeners and sponsors to this annual fund-raising event. Ticket proceeds benefit the station, but the evening is also about extending the appreciation and hospitality WDCB’s loyal supporters deserve. With such a large turnout the hardest part was deciding who to dance with first.