Do you need a holiday gift for a child? Want to avoid family fights during the holidays? Perhaps you’d like to learn to support a grieving friend during the holidays, or find out how one of NLU’s deans formed his ideals and goals while playing basketball as a youth.
NLU faculty have appeared in the media recently discussing all these topics. Here’s a rundown:
- NLU’s Toby Rajput suggested to Fox 32-TV’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ show viewers Dec. 6 they let their children take a break from devices, and reengage with family members, by giving interactive books as holiday gifts. She demonstrated an “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” book and cloth doll which “swallows” the fly, the spider which ate the fly, etc.
- Claudia Pitts , Ed.D., associate professor in NLU’s Psychology program, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune and Susan Thorne Devin, LCSW, assistant professor in Counseling, appeared on WTTW Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” show. They both discussed how not to let your family’s holiday gathering be marred by political disagreements in the wake of the recent election, and provided concrete tips to keep the peace.
- The Chicago Tribune profiled Judah Viola, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, on Dec. 4. The article touched on how Viola met people from all walks of life while playing basketball as a youth at his local YMCA; it also discussed how Viola questioned his psychology professors in college, who conducted research but left it for others to change situations by taking action based on the results of the research.
- WBEZ and WBBM-CBSChicago Radio featured NLU’s Seema Imam, Ed.D., associate professor of education, on a recent report about Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff Tom Dart starting a hot line for anyone who feels fearful of or threatened by hate crimes. Imam serves on the sheriff’s Muslim Advisory Council.
- CBSChicago interviewed NLU’s Richard Schak, director of the Criminal Justice program, for his expertise in security matters. Schak commented on a case in which a man with a criminal history and a foreign passport was found inside a secure area of a Chicago water treatment plant.
- The Daily Herald and WFLD-TV Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” show quoted Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, about how parents can protect their adolescent girls from the pain caused by cliques.
- Several media outlets featured tips from Associate Professor David SanFilippo, Ph.D., on how to get through the holidays if you have lost a loved one. SanFilippo explained the stages of grief, and how to support someone during their bereavement journey.