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… discover four seasons of hiking adventure, right in your own back yard…

… reserve a table for an excellent dining experience…

… and take a look back at the outstanding year that was 2008…

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of 2009 – a banner year for Images as we celebrate our 25th anniversary of keeping you up to date with what’s happening at College of DuPage. There’s always so much going on, and last year was certainly no exception. Before ushering in a new year of interesting activities, programs and progress, Images glances back to recap some highlights from 2008.

This year Images is celebrating its 25th anniversary by reaching back into our archives and remembering past stories from over the years. One thing that’s always constant, is the impact of the weather on our daily lives. With all the wintry weather we’ve experienced, it’s only fitting to take a look back at a feature we did on COD’s weather lab and the timeless efforts of meteorology students in COD’s Earth Sciences program.

What could be more tempting than a five course meal complimented with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts? Toss in a silent auction and fantastic prizes. But the real cherry on top is that the dinner’s proceeds benefit College of DuPage’s Hospitality Administration program. Featuring the culinary creations of students and local celebrity chefs, the annual Traditions in Excellence dinner is both a fundraiser and a practical learning experience for COD’s Hospitality Administration students. Images field reporter Rebecca Portwood spoke with Chef Thielman about what’s on the menu for both attendees and participating students at this year’s banquet.

Any season is a good time for hiking in the great outdoors. And you don’t have to travel far to appreciate the beauty of nature while improving cardiovascular fitness. Venture beyond the traditional classroom with COD’s Field and Interdisciplinary Studies. Experiential study emphasizes learning by doing, and allows in-depth interaction and direct field experience in topics not covered in other courses. Field instructor and trip leader Bill Norris talks about the wealth of outdoor learning activities COD offers - right in your own back yard.