With her engineering design for a new ballet pointe shoe that can reduce dancers' foot injuries, Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Noelani Ho recently placed first in the Chicago Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Held at Loyola University Chicago, the annual symposium is extremely competitive, with only three students chosen from 40 entries to move on to the national level of competition.
Concordia University Chicago recently awarded its first ever Endowed Chair marking an exceptional milestone for the 150 year-old university. The Fred and Jane Wittlinger Endowed Chair for Music Performance was bestowed upon Dr. Richard Fischer, distinguished professor of music.
Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll was recently honored by the Womenetics organization during its inaugural annual POW! Awards program in Chicago. Womenetics, based in Atlanta, GA, provides online content, programs and services accelerating the development and success of female business leaders across the country. Its website is consistently included in Forbes magazine's 100 Best Websites for Women.
Mozart's Requiem has long been a powerful and majestic favorite in the world of choral music. This much loved work will be performed by Heritage Chorale along with three of Bruckner's motets, Poulenc's Litanies a la Vierge Noire (Litanies to the Black Virgin) and the world premiere of a setting of Psalm 136 by composer Howard Whitaker. The same program will be presented at two concerts, one on Saturday, April 13th, at 7:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest and again on Sunday afternoon, April 14th at 3:00 pm at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 1730 Jackson Avenue, River Forest.
Students have been named to the Dean's list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the Fall 2012 semester. The dean's list recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 and have no grades below "C."
Dominican University's Performing Arts Center (DUPAC) has received a Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest Best in Class Award from the Oak Park Area Arts Council (OPAAC) in recognition of the quality and breadth of its programming and the positive impact it has had on other local arts organizations.