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Ribbon Cutting Hails Partnership of Year Up Chicago, NLU First Year Up Chicago students starting at NLU this month

Year Up students and NLU and Year Up personnel watch as Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. and Jack Crowe cut the ceremonial ribbon to announce the NLU-Year Up Chicago partnership.

A young woman named Crystal Martinez took the microphone at a partnership celebration between National Louis University and Year Up Chicago to tell what her experience with Year Up has been like.

“Before Year Up, I was working a dead-end job at minimum wage. I had no career path,” she said at the Jan. 12 event. Continue reading »

LGBT Hall of Fame Honors Seledon; Smith, Alcaraz Past Honorees Three NLU students have been inducted into Chicago's official Hall of Fame

 

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NLU doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame.

When doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into the City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame recently, it brought the number of National Louis University students who have received that honor to three.  All–including previous inductees Christina Smith and Gaylon Alcaraz--are pursuing their Ph.Ds in NLU’s Community Psychology program.

Seledon actually received two Hall of Fame awards this year. The first was for more than two decades of leadership in organizations that empower and support women, Latinas and the LGBT community. The second was as a founding member of the non-profit Amigas Latinas, which was also inducted in the Hall of Fame.   Continue reading »

NLU Faculty Appear, Share Expertise On TV, In Newspapers Profs share holiday advice, discuss goals to better society

newsmediaiconDo 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: Continue reading »

Tech Companies, Universities Connect To Better Prep Students for Jobs Tech companies want soft-skills, problem-solving ability, lifelong learners

161129-america-urban-campus-roundtable-020In an employer’s ideal world, universities would prepare students for their careers with the right mix of foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience that hiring companies seek. Instead, however, many potential employers, at least in the tech industry,  are finding that hiring and training newly-minted graduates can be a bumpy process.

In an effort to stem the disconnect and communicate about how universities can give students the preparation employers seek, the Illinois Technology Association convened a “Forecast Roundtable” event on Nov. 29. America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 22 Chicago universities (including National Louis University), and World Business Chicago acted as co-conveners. Continue reading »

Governor Awards Student Nancy Zhu Lincoln Laureate Honor One student from each Illinois university was honored for achievements

 

nancy-with-certificateNLU student Nancy Zhu received the Lincoln Laureate award for her academic achievement and contributions in a ceremony Nov. 12 in Springfield,  Illinois.

Zhu, a senior who will graduate in June with a B.A. in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement, has a 3.75 GPA. She also serves as treasurer for Debate team, and as vice-president in the National Society of Leadership and Success, NLU’s honor society. Continue reading »

Chicago Tribune: Responding to Hungry Child, Prof Started Turkey Donations After Sadia Warsi started drive, Muslim volunteers tripled it this year

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-11-39-52-amIn “Chicago Muslims Give Thanks, 5000 Turkeys,” the Chicago Tribune’s Manya Brachear Pashman wrote about how the Chicago Muslim community has tripled the number of turkeys it gives away to parents of Chicago Public Schools students in low-income neighborhoods on Chicago’s South side.

The turkey drive started 16 years ago when Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., now an assistant professor in NLU’s Early Childhood and Special Education programs, was teaching in a CPS third-grade classroom.

A boy in her class told her he wished simply for food in his family’s refrigerator.

The Tribune quoted Warsi  saying, “I was shocked that in a country like ours that was a child’s wish.”

Warsi asked members of Chicago’s Muslim community to provide turkeys, and the effort grew. With its expansion this year, volunteers will provide turkeys to parents in eight CPS schools in three underserved neighborhoods.

Read the Chicago Tribune article here. 

Prof in Tribune On Keeping Thanksgiving Peace: ‘Relationships Outlast a Presidency’ Dr. Claudia Pitts gives tips to preserve family ties when opinions differ at Thanksgiving

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-4-13-11-pmThe Chicago Tribune turned to NLU’s Claudia Pitts, Ed.D., for its Nov. 19 article, “This Thanksgiving, Should You Go Cold Turkey On Political Talk?”

In the article, reporter Kate Thayer gave an example of an individual who was wary of gathering with extended family at the Thanksgiving table because he normally votes blue, while the rest of his family votes red. He was anticipating a lot of tension.

Pitts, associate professor in NLU’s Psychology program, cautioned that while feelings are running very high these days, it’s important to take the long view and remember that kinship bonds unite you.

“These are relationships that I hope outlast a presidency,” Pitts said. “Remind yourself that even though you disagree with these people, these are your people.”

She recommended a “diffuse, distract and decline” strategy. If someone is spouting political statements you don’t agree with, you can try to soften or “diffuse” the meaning; you could also distract by changing the subject. If there’s no escaping it, however, you can flat out decline: “I’d prefer not to talk about this at a holiday gathering.” Then before anyone else can take a breath, be prepared to launch neutral topics of conversation.

Find more tips to navigate the holiday conversation in the Chicago Tribune article. 

Also, see “15 Ways To Keep the Election Results From Spoiling Your Family’s Thanksgiving,” which includes tips from both Pitts and NLU’s Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, assistant professor of Counseling.

Faculty, Alums Champion Community Schools, Release Book Carlos Azcoitia and Ted Purinton co-edited the book, with chapters by three alums

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Carlos Azcoitia listens to a speaker, while Ted Purinton looks over notes at the “Creating Engagement Between Schools and their Communities” event, held at NLU’s North Shore campus Nov. 4.

The vision of schools as thriving community centers, enjoying camaraderie and bustling with activities for students, parents and other community members, took center stage at an NLU book release party Nov. 4.

Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Ted Purinton, Ed.D., dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership,  led a panel discussion on the book they co-edited, “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading »

NLU Partners With Year Up To Ready Students To Achieve Program uses education, internships to prepare struggling youth to work

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Year Up alum Brahulio Ignez, from left, Cook County state’s attorney candidate Kim Foxx, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., Year Up Executive Director Jack Crowe and Year Up alums Charlotte Norman and Steven Cannon pose for a photo at the Year Up breakfast on Oct. 14.

The young people who find themselves at Year Up, a non-profit which offers 18-24-year-olds a yearlong preparation for the working world, have many different stories. Some had parents who had died, or were too ill to take care of them. Many lived in challenging neighborhoods where they didn’t know people who had steady jobs and stable home lives. Most of them didn’t have plans for college or a career, and some barely had enough income for day-to-day life.

All of them eventually heard about Year Up, and in a defining moment of their lives, applied and were accepted. Year Up partners with educational institutions to offer six months of education and six months of internship in a business. After they complete the program, 85 percent of graduates become employed or enroll in higher education within six months. Continue reading »