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    COD Reforms — Chapter 4

    COD Reforms — Chapter 4 — Pull up the anchor, right the ship

    Students now run COD restaurant (link) — Chicago Tribune

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    "During the lunch rush at Waterleaf, the College of DuPage's restaurant, Roxanne Strutynsky plated piece after piece of panna cotta as her classmates added garnishes of peaches in wine. It was the first day of the first summer in which the eatery is being run entirely by students. Last August, the professionals running it were ousted by the College of DuPage Board of Trustees after a Tribune investigation found spending abuses by former college president Robert Breuder. The board left operations to the college's hospitality and culinary students under the supervision of faculty members.

    "I love this," said Strutynsky, 26, of Glen Ellyn. "It's what it should have been in the first place."

    At a round table, Sheauyan Soderberg had just finished the panna cotta with her husband and friends. The Soderbergs have been dining a few times a month at Waterleaf since it opened in 2011, and she said the spending abuses "tarnished the reputation" of the school and restaurant. But "once it was converted for the students, we were happy," said Soderberg, 70, of Naperville. "It was meant for the students, and this restaurant gives them a much more professional space. Everything is just positive."

    Timothy Meyers, who is a professor overseeing the culinary students at Waterleaf, said the operation now seeks to break even with its main goal being to provide real-world experience for students. "If a guest comes in or someone from the public comes in now, they're not going to see that frivolous spending," Meyers said. "Yeah, we want the students to have the best learning experience as possible, but it's not gaudy, it's not over the top. It's very simplistic, it's classy, it's elegant, it's formal, it's fun, it's relaxed. It's not as stuffy as it used to be."

    The kickoff to the summer menu, which features international cuisine, included chicken liver crostini, arugula salad, penne with eggplant, bass and the panna cotta. It cost $20 per person. The restaurant is open on Tuesdays for lunch through July 19, and during the fall, winter and spring, it serves dinner on Tuesdays through Thursdays and lunch Wednesdays through Fridays.

    Annette Licitra first visited Waterleaf about five years ago, enjoying the food and thinking it was run by students. "It was kind of disappointing" when she found out it wasn't, she said..

    Licitra, 36, made a career pivot from a finance job to culinary studies and finds herself explaining Waterleaf's status to her friends. "I'm like, 'It's fully student-run now. It's fantastic. Please don't let that one situation that happened with the president or anyone else determine if you should come in or not, '" said Licitra, who spent two days prepping food with her classmates for opening day. "I'm so happy that we get to experience ... the back of a house for a restaurant. It really gives you a taste of how it really is in a kitchen."

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    April 2016 — COD Board Selects Dr. Ann Rondeau as New President (link)
    "The College of DuPage Board of Trustees voted during a special May 2 Board meeting to select Dr. Ann Rondeau to serve as the sixth president in the College’s 49-year history, starting July 1, 2016. The College conducted a nationwide search to fill the position.

    Dr. Rondeau has 26 years of experience in significant military and educational roles, including Deputy Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command in Illinois, Pentagon Director/Chief of Staff for the U.S. Navy Staff, Commander of the Navy Personnel Development Command in Virginia, Commander of the Naval Service Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., Pacific Fleet Staff Chief of Staff in Hawaii, Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity in Tennessee and other staff and commanding responsibilities with policy, support and student service.

    Dr. Rondeau’s national reputation comes from her entrepreneurial approach and business savvy, her roles as National Security Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General and as a White House Fellow assigned to the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Rondeau has served this country with great distinction as a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy. She did exceptional work turning around the Great Lakes Naval Service Training Command. She also served as the President of the National Defense University in Washington, DC, where many of America’s finest officers and military leaders are trained. Dr. Rondeau is an excellent leader and will serve the community well in her new role as College of DuPage president. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Rondeau as the next president of College of DuPage.”


    Maybe Breuder is on Hillary's short list…
    Could Military VP Pick Turn The Tables For Trump? (link)

    "So as if the universe wanted to reach through the Internet and punch me in the face, after I wrote last week that Republicans had stopped pushing back on the unelectable Trump because he appeared more electable, a Reuters/Ipsos poll announced that Hillary Clinton had an 11 point lead over him. Now that’s encouraging for the Clinton camp, but it’s still hardly an endorsement … remember that 60 percent of registered voters say they don’t like either candidate. Given the high unfavorables and the unpredictable demographic swings, this race is still as wide open as a Kentucky Derby where the horses all have jetpacks.

    AND given that, it might be a race where the vice presidential pick plays a bigger role than it normally does. Since Trump has already locked down the GOP nomination, he’ll probably name a running mate first. (Clinton might still be fighting Sen. Bernie Sanders off at the convention.) So forgive the indulgence of some a suggestion.

    There are a couple of big concerns with Trump that a VP pick could resolve. One is that he’s offended a lot of women (Bloomberg said a whopping 70 percent of married women dislike Trump), and another is that he might be a bit unpredictable on the military front. Solution? Pick a female general as vice president.

    Now there are not a lot to choose from, granted. This is one of the (perhaps) unintended consequences of not sending women into combat roles, while simultaneously making combat service a pre-requisite for promotion. However, the Navy and the Air Force – which doesn’t have the boots on the ground role of the Army or the Marines – has several options:

    • Gen. Lori Robinson, head of the US Northern Command and the first female combatant commander.
    • Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, retired four-star general and the first woman to achieve the rank.
    • Adm. Ann Rondeau, retired vice admiral and former president of the National Defense University.
    • Adm. Carol Pottenger, first female full-time support officer to be selected for admiral.
    • Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, a commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio (oh a swing state to boot!).

    There are choices from other branches, like retired Marine Lt. Gen Frances Wilson, but if I were on Trump’s search committee, I would start with the Air Force and the Navy. No idea if any of these women would necessarily want to serve as Trump’s VP, but maybe he can get as good at saying “You’re hired!” as he was at saying “You’re fired!”

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    COD trustee Olsen to fill Sandack's seat (link) — Daily Herald

    "The vice chairman of the College of DuPage board has been chosen to replace 81st District state Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove, who abruptly resigned from his seat. David Olsen, a 27-year-old Downers Grove Republican, will finish the remainder of Sandack's term and seek election to the position in November.

    "This is one of those rare times in life when you're called to serve," Olsen said. "I feel called to provide leadership and bring fresh eyes to Springfield. I want to dive in. I want to do my part to solve the problems."

    A staunch ally of Gov. Bruce Rauner, Sandack stepped down last Sunday citing "cyber security issues." He spent two years in the state Senate before moving to the House in 2013.

    On Saturday, DuPage County Republican Chairman Brian Krajewski and Will County Republican Chairwoman Chairman Kathy Havel picked Olsen to replace Sandack after interviewing a half-dozen candidates.

    His selection -- which was supported by Gov. Bruce Rauner -- was significant because it broke a 3-3 tie among trustees that plagued the college and stalled business for months after Hamilton's unexpected departure.

    Olsen said he will remain on the college panel until the spring election. But he won't seek a full term on the COD board."

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    Admiral Ann Rondeau's new contract as head of COD was lauded by the Tribune a couple of days ago - perhaps it was missed by the Birt/McGuire backers here. The editorial contrasted her $325k flat rate with Brueder's $495k+car+housing+private club+bonus+6 figure expense account.

    Admiral Rondeau has given up Breuder's designated parking spot, is limited to an annual maximum 6% discretionary raise, will not have a golden parachute of any kind - and must receive direct board approval for any expense right down to even the most basic lunch or cup of coffee. Even the home use and eventual return of a COD provided laptop is covered.

    Her comment on what some other school board board leaders might consider limitations? "Accountability is liberating. It's an opportunity. It's not a threat...I want to be as unselfish and college-focused as they are. Nothing I do will not be for this college"

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    God Bless her and I hope her leadership qualities spill over to others in our local political area.

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    This chapter, "Chapter 4 — Pull up the anchor, right the ship" is a long chapter, but I think, safe to say, we are still in it...moving towards Chapter 5.

    No incumbents seek re-election to COD board (link) — Chicago Tribune

    "The College of DuPage Board of Trustees will get three new faces after the consolidated election April 4. None of the trustees who are up for re-election in 2017 filed nominating papers by the 5 p.m. Monday deadline, so voters will choose among six new candidates. One term is for two years and the others are for six years.

    Two trustees, Erin Birt and Dianne McGuire, did not file papers during the nominating period, which ran from Dec. 12-19. Both were on the board during the turbulent years of former College of DuPage president Robert Breuder, who with other school officials, was accused of spending abuses of taxpayer money.

    David Olsen, who's been serving on the board since February after being appointed to the seat held by Katharine Hamilton until she resigned two years ago, also did not file for re-election. Olsen, who also had been appointed in the summer to fill the post of former Illinois House member Ron Sandack after his resignation, won election to the 81st District post in November.

    Trustee candidates vying for a two-year term are..."

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    "U.S. Northern District Court Judge Andrea Wood said during a status hearing this week in Chicago that she expects to rule in the next few weeks on the College of DuPage's motion to dismiss a suit against it by former President Robert Breuder. Breuder last October filed the federal lawsuit against the college's board of trustees and four of the board members one day after he was fired. The suit, which seeks more than $2 million in damages, claims he was wrongfully terminated. The next hearing is Feb. 9." (link) — Daily Herald

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    Slight improvements still drip in in the post-Breuder era...

    Glen Ellyn poised to regain say in College of DuPage building projects (link) — Daily Herald

    "The College of DuPage and the village of Glen Ellyn are expected to undo an agreement that transferred the oversight of college building projects from the village to DuPage County officials. Village trustees on Monday night are slated to vote on the new pact, which would restore building and zoning oversight of the college's 273-acre campus to Glen Ellyn officials and refer any future regulatory disputes to an arbitrator.

    Back in 2010, ongoing friction between the village and the college erupted into a significant dispute when the college began installing nearly $2 million worth of electronic message signs on campus without seeking village permission. The college's view at that time — promoted by then-COD President Robert Breuder — was that..."

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    Glen Ellyn, COD putting feud behind them (link) — Daily Herald

    Glad to see it, but what an horribly written piece...Dr. Breuder's name not even in the story...it's wasn't a feud or a dispute, it was a College President who felt like he could do what he damn well pleased, and a Board that backed him.

    "Five years ago, DuPage County accepted regulatory control over College of DuPage's 273-acre campus to prevent the school from de-annexing from Glen Ellyn. Now that COD and Glen Ellyn officials have resolved their differences, county board members are poised to approve a new intergovernmental agreement that will return oversight responsibilities -- including those related to building codes, zoning, sign codes and liquor licensing -- back to the village. If approved, the deal will take effect June 30.

    In 2012, the relationship between COD and Glen Ellyn was on the verge of a breakup. Both sides had bickered for years over the village's inspections and permit fees. COD officials argued the campus wasn't under the village's jurisdiction and didn't have to submit to its review process.The long-running dispute reached a point where COD officials were seeking to de-annex from Glen Ellyn."

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    COD, Glen Ellyn begin 'new era of cooperation' (link) — Daily Herald
    "After years of feuding between the College of DuPage and Glen Ellyn, the two sides have made up and say they want to work together. In response, the DuPage County Board on Tuesday approved an intergovernmental agreement that returns regulatory control over the college's 273-acre campus back to Glen Ellyn.

    Starting June 30, COD will once again need the village's approval on issues related to building codes, zoning, sign codes and liquor licensing. The move follows a five-year period in which the county handled such issues as a way to avoid litigation between COD and Glen Ellyn — and to prevent the school from..."

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    Tentative deal reached in COD lawsuit by fired administrators (link) — Daily Herald

    "A tentative settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed by two fired College of DuPage administrators who say they were wrongfully terminated as payback for opposing the political agenda of the school board's former chairwoman.Thomas Glaser and Lynn Sapyta sued the college, former COD board Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton and former interim President Joseph Collins after they were fired in September 2015.

    According to a court filing last week, parties involved in the case say there's been a settlement.The deal is tentative and still hasn't been approved by everyone involved. The COD board, for example, hasn't voted on the agreement. Details about the proposed settlement are being kept secret.

    On Tuesday, attorneys for Glaser and Sapyta declined to comment. College officials said they can't comment on the lawsuit, which it still refers to as "pending." Attorneys for Collins and Hamilton..."

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    Interesting line in this story...

    COD board to vote on settlement with two former administrators (link) — Daily Herald

    "College of DuPage trustees are expected to vote Thursday on their portion of a settlement agreement with two former administrators who filed a lawsuit claiming they were wrongfully terminated. The proposed deal calls for Thomas Glaser and Lynn Sapyta to dismiss their federal lawsuit against the college and to waive "any and all potential claims and causes of action" against the school, including past and present board members and interim presidents.

    COD will not pay any money to Glaser and Sapyta as part of the proposed settlement, although that doesn't mean they won't receive, or haven't received, compensation from other sources not outlined in the agreement.

    The two sued the college, former COD board Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton and former interim President Joseph Collins after they were fired in September 2015."

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    COD may move into former police space at Glen Ellyn Civic Center (link) — Suburban Life
    "The village of Glen Ellyn may partner with the College of DuPage to fill the space in the Civic Center left by the Glen Ellyn Police Department's move to its new station at 65 S. Park Blvd. The college may use the space for its small business development center operations, according to a news release from the village.

    “Glen Ellyn is centrally located within the anticipated innovation center service area,” Dean of Continuing Education and Extended Learning Joseph Cassidy said in the release. “The Civic Center is also easily accessible to potential clients, very accessible to the train, and is more visible to potential stakeholders.”

    The village and COD will be..."

    College of DuPage could open innovation center in downtown Glen Ellyn (link) — Daily Herald
    "College of DuPage could create an "innovation ecosystem" in a historic Glen Ellyn building for new businesses to trade ideas and connect with investors.

    Just steps from the Metra station and other amenities, the ground floor of the village-owned Civic Center is the ideal spot for launching "Innovate DuPage," officials at the state's largest community college say.

    Village trustees could vote Monday to enter into an agreement with the college to further study the concept, but COD educators say they want to open the innovation center in a downtown setting."

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