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… we’ll share the college hopes of fifth-graders who “Dare to Dream”…

… focus our microscopes to examine the work of Diagnostic Medical Imaging students…

… and see touching artwork that pays tribute to service men and women who have sacrificed their lives…

In our past few editions of Images we’ve been getting acquainted with College of DuPage students and graduates whose stories are inspirational to all past, present and future COD students. In this program we’ll introduce you to two more of COD’s many “shining stars”. And they all started pursuing their ambitions at College of DuPage.

You might think that college would be the last thing on the mind of a fifth grader. But Robert Nichols, Associate Dean of the Business and Technology Division at College of DuPage, wants to change that. Robert has launched a pilot project designed to be a bridge program for students from elementary school through completion of a four year degree. A group of 100 children from Hanover Park recently visited College of DuPage as part of the program to show them firsthand what exciting challenges and opportunities exist when pursuing higher education. Robert’s initiative gives fifth graders the chance to “Dare to Dream” of their futures.

If you want to learn more about diseases and disorders of the human body visit the 6th annual pathophysiology panorama. This is a student exhibition of research posters on diseases and pathologies diagnosed by medical imaging. It heightens public awareness and offers about 75 students from COD Diagnostic Medical Imaging Programs in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Medical Sonography a chance to showcase their work. The public is invited to this free event. This year’s panorama will be held on Wednesday, December 5th, from 10 am to 2 pm, near the library entrance in the SRC upper walkway.

A sketch memorializing a soldier killed in Iraq was a gracious token of sympathy presented by an Eastern Illinois University student to the soldier’s parents. This drawing was the beginning of a project that 22-year-old Cameron Schilling of Mattoon named “Portrait of a Soldier”. Cameron has since added to this body of work, honoring the Illinois soldiers who have fallen while serving their country since September 11th, 2001. This collection of commemorative artwork is traveling throughout the state, and in early October COD’s Leadership Council hosted its stop at College of DuPage. Lieutenant Governor, Pat Quinn, was on hand for the unveiling of the moving display of hand-drawn portraits. The event also served as the kick-off for the new COD Veterans Association.