Feds rubber stamp Roosevelt cyber defense program
Roosevelt University (Chicago and Schaumburg) announced that it has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency (NSA). The special designation recognizes Roosevelt as a leader in providing educational opportunities that address the nation’s critical shortage of cyber defense professionals. The university’s new Center for Cyber Security houses a Bachelor of Science in Cyber and Information Security degree program, as well as a range of other programs related to cyber defense. Citing a U.S. Department of Labor report predicting that information security analysts will be among the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the country through 2026, Roosevelt stated that graduates of its new cyber defense programs are likely to be in demand as professionals. For more information, call 847-619-8532 or visit www.roosevelt.edu.
Village to host open house on Metra Station plan
The village announced that it will host a public open house concerning the Prairie View Metra Station Area Plan from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 10 at The Arboretum Club, 401 Half Day Road. Community members are invited to drop in anytime during the open house to learn more about the project and provide input on the future of the area. Planning and design firm RATIO Architects has been retained by the village to guide the project, and will take into consideration both the challenges and the opportunities of the area to produce a community-driven vision and plan for the area. RATIO will lead the open house by facilitating interactive stations to generate ideas and gain feedback from the public. The area encompasses incorporated and unincorporated properties that include residential, commercial and open-use space within the general vicinity of the Prairie View Metra Station, and it has experienced growth in recent years. The Prairie View Metra Station Plan is expected to be complete by late 2018. The village’s ultimate goal is to generate a vision and plan that will guide the future of the area. For more information, call 847-459-2500 or visit www.vbg.org.
Little set to retire as Director of Public Works
The village reported that Barbara K. Little has announced that she is retiring as Deerfield’s Director of Public Works and Engineering, effective June 1. Little has served in the role since June 2000. She previously served as Assistant Village Engineer, beginning in 1989. Accomplishments during Little’s tenure include a complete overhaul of the village’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility to include LEED certification; improvements to Waukegan Road intersections from Lake Cook Road north to Deerfield High School; improvements to Deerfield Road from Highland Park to Saunders Road; attainments of millions of dollars in federal grants for roadways and bridges; upgraded stormwater management systems; a new water system connection with Highland Park; and expanded and upgraded water pumping and storage facilities. For more information, call 847-317-7245 or visit www.deerfield.il.us.
Triton to host Veterans Resource Fair & BBQ
The Triton College Career Services Veterans Resource Fair & BBQ will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 in Room B-204/210 of the Triton College Student Center, 2000 Fifth Ave. The event is free to attend and includes a free BBQ lunch for all student veterans as well as veterans from throughout the community. Representatives from a wide variety of agencies, organizations and companies will be on hand to share information and help connect veterans with services and resources, including housing assistance, disability and pension claims, health screenings and more. For more information, call 708-437-6915, ext. 3805 or visit www.triton.edu.
Cultural Services Director Armistead retires
The village announced that longtime Schaumburg Cultural Services Director Betsy Armistead recently retired after serving nearly 33 with the village. Armistead, who was instrumental in the development of operations and programming of the Prairie Center for the Arts, is the only person to serve in the role of Cultural Services Director for the village. She began working in Schaumburg in late 1985, just a few months before the Prairie Center opened its doors to the public for the first time. Armistead was responsible for developing the operations plan for the facility, and subsequently created many of its policies, rules, rental activity rates and plans for self-produced programs. She also helped develop the annual calendar of programs for the Prairie Center in conjunction with the village’s Cultural Commission. In addition, Armistead currently serves as director of the Schweikher House Preservation Trust and as president of the Village of Schaumburg’s 1% for Art Committee. For more information, call 847-895-4500 or visit www.villageofschaumburg.com.
Viilage begins multi-road repair project
The village announced that contractor D Construction, Inc. has begun repairs and resurfacing work on Vincennes Road (from Pine Road to Dixie Highway); 184th Street (from Kedzie Avenue to Kimball Avenue); Birch Road (from Loomis Avenue to Riegel Road); Cedar Road (from Harwood Avenue to Ashland Avenue); the alley at Village Hall; and at the Merchant Park parking lot. The project includes the repair and patching of badly deteriorated pavement, replacement of damaged curb and sidewalk sections, repair of storm inlets and manholes, and complete resurfacing of the streets and the parking lot. The affected roadways will remain open throughout construction. Some delays and lane reductions will occur during daytime hours, and the Merchant Park parking lot will be closed at certain times. The project is scheduled for completion by June 29, weather permitting. For more information, call 708-798-3000 or visit www.village.homewood.il.us.
–Cook County News Briefs–