Food Bank’s Fundraiser Unifies Northern Illinois


Northern Illinois Food Bank

Willowbrook, Illinois, resident Eric A. Baumbach has displayed a commitment to his neighbors in a variety of settings during his collegiate career. In the professional context, Eric Baumbach served as a life guard at the Five Seasons in Burr Ridge, Illinois, where he taught young children how to swim and dive. He has also spent time providing food for people in need within his community through organizations like the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

As a member of Feeding America, the Northern Illinois Food Bank serves more than 71,500 people per week across 13 counties in Illinois. The organization tries to bring communities together through various innovative events. For example, the Northern Illinois Food Bank recently hosted A Taste that Matters for the sixth consecutive year. The event sold more than 1,000 tickets which raised enough funds for the Food Bank to serve roughly 3.4 million dollars worth of groceries to members of the region who experience hunger.


The Basics of Stir-Fry Cooking

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Stir-Fry Cooking

A longtime resident of Greater Willowbrook and Burr Ridge, Illinois, Eric Baumbach graduated from Hinsdale South High School in 2013. He left the Willowbrook area in 2013 to study accounting and finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Outside of the academic arena, Eric Baumbach is an avid cook who particularly enjoys making stir-fry dishes.

A successful stir-fry begins with a quality cast-iron or carbon-steel wok that is designed to distribute heat evenly. However, cooks who don’t own a wok can substitute a large and deep non-stick skillet.

Making sure to clean, slice, season, and marinate all ingredients ahead of time, cooks must preheat the wok or skillet at a high temperature before adding oil. Due to the high temperature of stir-fry cooking, oils with higher smoke points work best.

Adding ingredients in the proper order for ideal cooking time is perhaps the most important element of the stir-fry process. Cooks should add meat first to seal in its juices and maximize its tenderness. After subsequently adding onions, cooks should proceed to throw in other produce according to hardness, ending with soft vegetables, such as snow peas and bean sprouts. Sauces and pre-cooked noodles come last.

Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity

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Alpha Phi Omega

Now nearing completion of his studies in accounting and finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Willowbrook resident Eric Baumbach has served the public in several positions in Burr Ridge and Willowbrook. Eric Baumbach has also contributed data analysis and tutoring for his brothers at the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) service fraternity.

Incorporating many ideals of the Boy Scout movement, APO follows a twin mission of creating a service ethic and working toward peace. It also provides its members with resources for developing leadership skills they can take into the society at large.

One fraternal activity is APO LEADS. This program is built around its acronym of Launch, Explore, Achieve, Discover, and Serve, activities which describe components of good leadership. APO members and non-members alike may attend the event with the goal of becoming better leaders on campus or in business.

Enhancement of individual chapters is the goal of APO’s Membership Academy and Membership University. Both events deal with challenges of recruitment, planning, and improving situations with non-productive members.

Finally, the National Volunteer Conference offers assistance to APO alumni looking for increased involvement with the fraternity as a whole. Held in July 2017 in Dallas, the gathering will focus on sectional chair training, preparing for LEADS workshops, advising students, and networking.

Alpha Phi Omega’s Membership Academy


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Alpha Phi Omega

A student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eric Baumbach of Willowbrook, Illinois, is pursuing a degree in accountancy and finance. Throughout high school and college he has worked in a variety of roles in the greater Willowbrook area, including a lifeguard position at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge. Also involved in community service, Eric Baumbach serves as data analysis chair for the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, which holds several Membership Academies throughout the year.

Alpha Phi Omega’s Membership Academy is a weekend course that helps chapters that have fewer than 75 members and are facing challenges with recruiting and retaining members. The Membership Academy helps participants assess and revise their membership programs through a five-step model that teaches participants how to increase and maintain interest in their fraternity.

Participants in the Academy enjoy the opportunity to collaborate not only with fellow chapter members, but also with fraternity members from across the country. Together, fraternity members participate in breakout sessions that promote critical thinking and build motivation.

The next Alpha Phi Omega Membership Academy will take place from June 2 through 4 in Philadelphia.

Alpha Phi Omega Develops Leadership through APO Leads

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Alpha Phi Omega

Eric Baumbach of Illinois’ Willowbrook-Burr Ridge community attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in pursuit of a degree in accounting and finance. At the university, which is about two hours outside of Willowbrook, Eric Baumbach excels in academics and maintains membership in the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) service fraternity.

In its efforts to build strong leadership skills among its membership, APO oversees a variety of leadership development programs and activities. One of the organization’s main offerings in this area is APO Leads, a national program that addresses various aspects of leadership growth to help participants attain success in college and their careers.

APO Leads comprises a series of five courses that focus on leadership principles such as conflict management, decision-making, team building, communication, and self-motivation. The courses build on one another and culminate in Serve, a weeklong training session that gives participants the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in a group setting.

APO Leads events are held in cities across the country and are open to APO nonmembers, pledges, chapter members, and alumni. For more information about the program, or to find a calendar of events, visit

What Does an Accountant Do?


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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars recently accepted Eric Baumbach of Willowbrook, Illinois, into its membership. He has served as the data analyst chair of service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among his various academic and career pursuits, Willowbrook’s Eric Baumbach has shown a special interest in accounting.

Public accountants perform many important financial services to individuals and companies. Perhaps the most important aspect of public accounting is auditing. In any given year, much of an accounting firm’s resources are typically devoted to performing audits of financial statements for private companies. These can provide up to half of the firm’s revenue.

Some accountants specialize in preparing income taxes for individuals and businesses. This route offers substantial job security, as accountants are often called upon to help navigate the ever-changing laws that govern taxation.

Public accountants offer a variety of day-to-day accounting services for clients as well. These can include maintenance of accounting records, reconciliation of bank statements, payroll, quarterly tax filings, and other services that may be too burdensome for businesses with limited staffing.

Chicago Bulls Sign Guard Isaiah Canaan

Isaiah Canaan

Isaiah Canaan


Eric Baumbach of Willowbrook, Illinois, currently serves as the data analysis chair of his service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Outside of his studies and service work, Willowbrook’s Eric Baumbach is a fan of Chicago’s sports teams, including the Bulls of the NBA.

The Chicago Bulls have signed free agent guard Isaiah Canaan to a two-year deal, according to Canaan’s agent and media reports. The financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

Canaan has been in the league for three years, the last two of which he spent with the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season, he averaged 11 points per game, a career high, shooting 36 percent from the field. He was also among only 11 players in the league who made four or more three pointers in at least 20 games last season.

Canaan played college ball at Murray State for four seasons before being selected 34th overall in the 2013 draft by the Houston Rockets. He played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a developmental league team, during his rookie season, averaging 21 points and 8 assists per game.

He joins a backcourt that has been bolstered during free agency with the signings of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. Canaan looks to be a scoring threat whom the Bulls will likely bring off the bench to back up Wade and Rondo next season.