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Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Prince of Wales Speaks at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Climate Change Exhibit now at the Field Museum
Depending on your viewpoint, exhibit educates or agitates


by Shannon Downey

I was invited to the Field Museum, as many press were, for a guided tour of the new Climate Change Exhibit. My guide was Project Manager, Janet Hong. She kindly walked me through the exhibit highlighting points of interest and engaging in some exciting conversation about malaria, the arctic fox, and carbon off-setting.

The exhibit is full, and I mean full, of information. It is content-driven which also means it’s a lot to take in. It is without a doubt geared toward middle schoolers and up simply because it is just so much darn reading.

Is the reading worth it? Absolutely. The exhibit raises interesting points, leaves most of the doomsday approach out, and offers guests a chance to internalize their role in minimizing climate change.

What I also appreciated about the exhibit was its many levels of information. If you are new to exploring climate change, you will be carefully introduced to the basics but should you be AFS readers and already know your stuff, you will still leave the exhibit with new information.

The ‘talk back board’ at the end of the exhibit gives guests an opportunity to comment on the exhibit, the changes they are willing to implement to minimize their impact on the environment, or to whine about the number of summer camps passing through. It was here that I saw a particularly interesting comment that led me to do some additional online research.

I honestly don’t remember the exact wording but it was something alluding to this particular guest’s belief that climate change was not real.

I thought this was really interesting. I love a good debate. I love a conspiracy theorist even more. I got home and hopped online and found the most amazing article I’ve ever read.

Norm Rogers of the Heartland Institute reviewed the exhibit after visiting it not once but twice. The Heartland Institute claims to, “produce an ambitious program of research and educational projects in defense of free-market environmentalism.”

Now I’m not one to give the extreme right any additional attention, but if nothing else inspires you to go support this exhibit, good ole Norm’s take on things should.

Norm Rogers writes, “The blatant effort to propagandize children is one of the most disagreeable aspects of the exhibit. The school children are bombarded with alarmist propaganda and then encouraged to post notes pledging to take actions to stop climate change. Children donʼt have the sophistication to recognize propaganda.”

I know I know, take a minute and gather yourselves. Wipe the laughter tears from your eyes.

This exhibit does in fact encourage children to pledge to take steps to help minimize climate change. Use CFL’s, walk more, get a clotheslines, eat more vegetables, in fact, wow…when you look at it, this is just the sort of propaganda that aims to makes kids healthier and get them outside more. Damn you Field Museum, using your propaganda to make our kids and world healthier!

I imagine there would be nothing more grating to Norm and his buddies than the final portion of the exhibit which is dedicated to educating guests about the Chicago Climate Action Plan.

This wonderful city initiative is an action plan for every Chicagoan to follow so that, collectively, “we can achieve an 80 percent reduction below our 1990 green house gas emissions level by the year 2050 in order to do our part to avoid the worst global impacts of climate change.”

This addition to the exhibit is, in my opinion, a fantastic way to help visitors personalize the message of climate change and learn about city initiatives and city successes.

So, when looking for something scandalous to do this summer, I suggest you head to the Field Museum and explore the highly controversial Climate Change Exhibit then weigh in with your thoughts and opinions. Just be careful not to let the do-gooder propaganda win you over! Next thing you know you’ll be riding your bike to work and bringing your own shopping bags to the grocery store.

Climate Change runs through November 28th.

While you are there, don’t miss the Mammoths and Mastodons Exhibit, now through September 6th. So

Videologue: Spain for Art and Architecture from Gardenia Hung on Vimeo.

I studied Art and Architectural History while visiting and traveling in Spain . I made a Video Film pilgrimage to Spain ’s castles, palaces, cathedrals, monasteries, convents, mosques, holy sites, and museums in order to study Art and Architecture of designated UNESCO National Heritage Centers. “As time travelers, we were embarked on a unforgettable journey through history, time, and space by means of the study of design, art, and architecture of the Spanish people, its culture, and monumental cities”—Gardenia C. Hung, M.A.,B.A., Spain: Art and Architecture.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Website Magazine Social: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 6PM

An exclusive event for Internet and Technology professionals - now with power presentations and speed meetings!
Website Magazine, the premier print publication on Web success, is hosting an exclusive social networking event for technology and Internet professionals at our offices in Des Plaines, Illinois - right outside of O'Hare airport. This is a catered event (beer/wine and hor's d'ouvres) held on Thursday, October 29 from 6pm to 8:30 pm.

Register today because space is limited.

The upcoming event will feature great people, conversations and networking opportunities with a twist. In addition to our "power presentation", you will also have access to several top-tier technology vendors in a "Speed Meeting" format wherein you can discover and ask questions about the technologies, companies, and strategies that will help shape 2010. Learn more about the Speed Meetings.

Interested in Presenting Speed Meeting Sessions at WM Social?
In addition to the power presentation and networking opportunity at WM Social, Website Magazine is also providing those offering Web-related services with an opportunity to give a brief (three-minute) presentation about your company to attendees. Sign up to be a Speed Meeting presenter.

Power Presentation: A Handful of Applications for Social
Michael Kahn, SVP of Marketing, and the rest of the team at Performics anticipate the evolving future of performance marketing to prepare clients for success, and although performance-based approaches are permeating every marketing discipline today, social media is among the most dynamic of all the channels. Michael will share with us some of the most innovative and effective applications of social media by consumer marketers today spanning marketing, performance marketing, customer service, brand monitoring and more!

Attending WM Social?
Send us your logo and we'll display it to other attendees during the networking event on the BIG SCREEN! Send your logo to

Monday, July 27, 2009

Professional Résumé for Gardenia C. Hung,M.A.,B.A.

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A.
Post Office Box 1274
Lombard, IL 60148
Tel. 630-201-9055
Fax: 702-925-0527

Active communications professional, responsible project manager, who is able to manage multiple tasks with accountability, responsiveness, and creativity. Multilingual communicator and expressive individual. Creative designer for product presentations, ideas, and projects. Media arts professional who is able to visualize ideas, thoughts, and projects and express the same in various media formats. Researcher, developer, and analyst for project study programs.

To secure professional employment as a communications project manager in a corporate environment to implement the company’s goals and objectives, applying core competencies acquired through employment experience in the following:
• Project Management for Communications
• Technical Communications
• Communication with Diplomacy and Tact
• Communications Media Arts Consulting
• Communications Faculty Researcher and Developer for Project Study Programme
• Faculty Development for Curriculum Designed Courses and Objectives
• Corporate Communications Media Marketing
• Translation and Interpreting in English, French, Spanish
• Cross-Cultural Ethnography
• Business Intelligence Analysis
• Integrated Marketing Communications
• Emergency Services—First Aid, CPR, AED, Search Rescue
• Health Food Nutrition—Organic, Herbal, Natural Wholesome Foods, Teas, etc.
University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. in Communications, Rhetoric, Ethnography, Theatre 1985
Dissertation: Published Ethnography and Research for Cross-Cultural Thesis. “The Chinese in Cuba”
Honors: Dissertation passed “with Distinction”, GPA
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
B.A. in Education, Communications, English, Spanish, French, Writing 1982
Thesis: “Individualized Differences Education for the Student in Secondary Education”
Honors GPA
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn
Associate Degree in Adult Education. Honors 2000
Areas of Concentration: Communication, Adult Learner
Honors, GPA: “Accelerated Learning and the Adult Student”

• Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago 1983 – 1984
• Chinese American Service League Certificate, Volunteer Service, Chicago 1983 – 1984
• Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago 1981 – 1982
• Laval University Scholarship, Québec, Canada 1981 – 1982
• Mecklenburger Scholarship, Northeastern Illinois University 1977 – 1980
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Faculty – “Communications for Health Care Professionals” English/Spanish 1997 – 2000
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administered all grades.
Adjunct Faculty – “Developmental Writing”
1998– 2000
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administered all grades.
Communications Faculty – English 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 1998– 2000
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, including weekly lab practicum,
and administered all grades.
Faculty – Business Professional Institute Adult Education Programme 1997-2000
Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, met with students upon request,
and graded all written work, including final exam papers.
Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc., Illinois, U.S.A.
Editorial support, including developmental and copy editing of their internal online and printed documentation. 1993 - Present
Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL)
Compiled cross-cultural and language study reports, including analytical and global market trends, to track the cross-cultural linguistic exchanges and language-acquisition practices. 1995 - Present
Federation Internationale de Traducteurs (FIT), Vancouver, Canada 2002
Compiled reports, including projections, statistical and market trends, to track the growth and development for integrated marketing communications, socio-economic and political changes, from local to global trends, “glocally”.
Ethnographer and Language Consultant
Translated American-English external cross-cultural web site content to French, Spanish. 1993 - Present
Communications Media Arts
Writer, Editor, Publisher, Digital Media Professional
Provided written feature articles for professional publications, newsletters, associations, brochures, internet web sites, frequently-asked questions, communications media arts.
1998 - Present
• “A Cross-Cultural Perception of the World Through Language Communication”
Guest faculty speaker at 2002 Conference for the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Springfield, Illinois, 15th Anniversary Festivities

• “Interpreting and Translation as Communication Processes for the 21st Century”
Proposal/Dissertation presented at FIT 2002, XVI World Congress of the International Federation of Translators. Meeting of International Translators and Interpreters, Vancouver Canada 2002

• “Interpret and Translate to Communicate”. Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Springfield, Illinois, Fall, October 2002

• “How Are Languages Used as Communication Tools in the Twenty-First Century”
Paper presented to the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Itasca, IL 2001

• “Communicate: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing”. “Add Value to Your Life, Learn a Second Language”. Guest Faculty Presenter for the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Itasca, Du Page County, Illinois, Fall, October 2000

• English – Excellent usage as native language for speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
• French – Excellent usage for speaking/listening fluently, reading/writing with high proficiency
• Spanish– Excellent usage for speaking/listening fluently, reading/writing with high proficiency
• Portuguese – Basic competence to speak, listen, read, and write.
• Italian – Basic competence to speak, listen, read, and write.
• State of Illinois Teaching Certificate, U.S.A.
• U.S. Federal Certification for Interpreting Medical Reports, Chicago, Illinois.
• Notary Law Institute, Notary Law Seminar for the State of Illinois in Downers Grove.
• American Management Association, Certificate for “Communicating with Diplomacy and Tact.”
• American Management Association, Certificate for “Technical Writing.”
• Université de Montréal, Certificate for Legal Interpreting, Canada.
• Université de Montréal, Certificate for Consecutive Interpretation in the Courtroom, Canada.


• DV: Medical Spanish for Health Care Professionals at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, Illinois.
Taught and developed 10-week programme for the College of DuPage, Business Professional Institute, Fall 2000, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, U.S.A.
• DV: San Filippo Plum Tree Farm, Barrington Hills, Illinois, in Color and in English, Summer 2000.
• DV: Southern/Central Spain—Art and Architecture. Study and Travel Field Experience, Spring 2000
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
• DV: Latin American Studies Open House, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, May 10, 2000. Sponsored by the Latin American Committee.

• Digital Photographs Asian Pacific American Dances and Folklore by Children from the Chicago Public Schools, Office of Language & Cultural Education, The 8th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration, Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Richard J. Daley Center Plaza, Chicago Illinois, U.S.A.
• Digital Photographs from Holy Name Cathedral, Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and St. Peter’s Catholic Church by Franciscan Friars in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
• “Tricolor Ribbon and Excellence Medal,” Designed Logo Graphic for I.C.T.F.L. Fall 2001.
• “Strawberries & Currants in the Sunlight,” from my Lombard garden, Summer 2001, Illinois.
• “Variegated Green Canadian Maple,” from the Montréal Botanical Gardens, Québec, Canada, 2001.
• “Peonies in Bloom.” from my Lombard garden, Summer 2000.
• Open House Poster for Latin American Studies Programme, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, 2000.
• Poster for Canadian Travel, French Club, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Spring 1980.
• “Autumn,” Original Charcoal Drawing, Madonna High School, Art Department, Sr. Sponsa, 1977.
• Asian-Pacific American Festival, Daley Center, May 2006, Students, Children from Chicago Public Schools Performing Cultural and Folkloric Dances, Office of Language & Cultural Education
• Contributions and Donations to the American Veterans
• Local, State, Federal Government, International, Global
• Health Care
• Children
• Environmental/Ecology
• Project Management for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Inc., Dewars Newspaper Software, etc.
• Computer Trainer for Software and Hardware
• Technical Troubleshooter, Hands-On PC, Media/Audio
• Technical Writer for Specifications, Reports, Documentation, etc.
• Microsoft Office, Excel, Access, experience with other software/hardware
• Typing Speed: 100 WPM


Communications, Languages & Culture, Inc. Contact:

Samuel R. Lewis & Associates, Consulting Engineers, Mr. Joseph “Joe” Pelletier, Mr. Albert Fuji, Mr. Manuel Cordero, Engineers for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Services

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Inc., AES IBM Series with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Sears Tower Project

Babcock America Corporation, Roselle, Illinois

Northeastern Illinois University, Career Services, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625 USA

College of Du Page, Human Resources Department – Adult Continuing Education, Faculty,
425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 | (630) 942-2800

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Small Business Expo Sponsored by City Treasurer Stephanie Neely

CTO News - 30-Apr-2009
2009 FREE Small Business Expo - We care about Chicago Small Business

The 2000 Chicago Small Business Expo is set for Friday, July 17th the UIC Forum at Halsted and Roosevelt.
Many people- even reporters have asked- why hold a small business expo in a serious recession? We think there has never been a more important year. THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPO has never been about opportune timing. We hold the Chicago Business Expo each year - BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT CHICAGO SMALL BUSINESS.

Chicago Small Business is the biggest job creation engine in our economy, making up 92% of all of the business licenses in the City.
They are the strength of the fabric that makes our city of so many diverse neighborhoods GREAT.

There is a cloud over our economy. Small business owners provide much of the silver lining. By a margin of 4-1 in all of our surveys - CHICAGO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE SEEING BUSINESS TRENDS SHOWING SIGNS OF TURNAROUND - AND REVENUES BEGINNING TO INCREASE. You will see by the headline below that record submissions were entered for our annual business plan competition.

Again, we hold the Chicago Business Expo each year at a break even budget - BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT CHICAGO SMALL BUSINESS.

TO SPONSOR - PURCHASE A VENDOR BOOTH - OR register to attend for A SNEAK PEAK of the all day free small business workshops - email:

CTO News - 23-Apr-2009
RECORD SUBMISSIONS for City Treasurer's 2009 Business Plan Competition
City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is proud to announce a record number of submissions for the 2009 Business Plan Competition.

At the annual One-Hour Mentor which brings 50 Chicago small businesses alone in a room with top Chicago business leaders - several requested and received an extension to the deadline this year. Ten finalists will be chosen on May 11th, and the winners will be presented to the public for the first time at the annual Small Business Expo on 7-17.


For more information contact:
Tom Johnson

14-May-2009 2009 Top 10 Business Plan Finalists Announced
30-Apr-2009 2009 FREE Small Business Expo - We care about Chicago Small Business
23-Apr-2009 RECORD SUBMISSIONS for City Treasurer's 2009 Business Plan Competition
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City Treasurer's Small Business Expo July 17, 2009
(312) 744-EXPO (3976)