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Daily Herald Quotes NLU’s Claudia Pitts on Love, Being Single She suggested ways singles can spend Valentine's Day

While Valentine’s Day may give lovey-dovey couples a reason to go out to dinner, it can leave the un-coupled among us feeling a bit left out.

Daily Herald newspaper columnist Burt Constable quoted NLU’s Claudia Pitts, Ph.D., in his Feb. 14 column tackling that topic.

Pitts, an associate professor of psychology, told Constable Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be limited to romantic love. She suggested other ways singles could spread love and kindness. Continue reading »

On ‘Good Day Chicago,’ NLU’s Talan Explains How to Choose Child Care She tells what to look for when choosing the best place for your baby or young child

Most new parents eagerly seek a great child care center or preschool where their baby or young child will thrive. But how do you know whether a center offers high-quality care?

NLU’s Teri Talan appeared on WFLD-TV Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” show recently to give insider tips on how to choose good child care. Talan, Ed.D., JD, is the Michael W. Louis Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Helping Chicago Police, Fire, Respond to Mentally Ill The advanced training should help to prevent harm to mentally ill or others

A screenshot from the ABC7 News feature shows NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer talking about how Chicago firefighters, police and paramedics will get training in how to deal with situations involving the mentally ill.

Often, police, paramedics and firefighters respond to 911 calls and find a person in crisis or a chaotic situation. Sometimes, the person at the center of the situation is not a criminal intent on malice, but a mentally ill person in a panic.

In order to de-escalate the level of tension, calm the situation and prevent harm, the Chicago police and fire departments are providing training to personnel on how to respond to the mentally ill. NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer, Director of Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance for the Chicago Fire Department, is at the center of these efforts. Continue reading »

Tribune, WGN Feature Smith’s Book About His Sister’s Murder, Justice Rick Kogan interviewed Alum, Written Communications Director Joanne Koch

Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan has written a column about NLU alum Robert Emmett Smith’s journey from wrestling emotionally with the fact his sister had been murdered, a long dormant period when the murder remained unsolved and the turmoil of the killer’s trial.

In “New book details South Side family’s story of murder, heartache and– eventually–justice,” Kogan also included the key role played by Joanne Koch, Ph.D., during Smith’s time in the Master of Science in Written Communication program, which she directs. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Columnist Constable Features NLU’s San Filippo Columnist Quotes Prof Twice in Columns About 2016, Near Death Experiences

NLU’s David San Filippo, author of the recently-released book, “An Overview of the Near Death Experience Phenomenon,” has been quoted in two recent columns by journalist Burt Constable in the Daily Herald newspaper.

In a Jan. 8 column about physicians who have followed “hunches” which saved lives and witnessed patients talking to dead relatives, the columnist used San Filippo, an associate professor and chair of Health Studies in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement, as an expert commenter. San Filippo said such stories are as old as human civilization. Continue reading »

How to Get Through Holidays If You’ve Lost a Loved One Media publish Dr. SanFilippo's tips on how to cope

christmascandlesDavid Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan and Fidel Castro all passed away in 2016. So did fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, siblings and friends of people everywhere.

As the holidays approach, NLU’s David SanFilippo, Ph.D., says those who are left behind may confront a confusing mix of feelings, from remorse and emptiness to bittersweet memories of holidays past. Continue reading »

Daily Journal: NLU Prepares Career Changers for Teaching, Easing Teacher Shortages Columnist interviewed Prof Sherri Bressman on NLU's M.A.T. program

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-9-58-08-amChicago-area school districts pay teachers pretty well, newspaper columnist Jim Nowlan wrote in the Daily Journal on Dec. 10, and consequently they haven’t been hit by the teacher shortage that’s spreading in the rest of Illinois.

A recent survey by the Illinois association of regional education superintendents found 60 percent of schools in the state are having difficulty filling teacher positions. Continue reading »

WBBM, WBEZ, WTTW: NLU Prof Partners with Sheriff to Prevent Hate Crimes Seema Imam, Ed.D., Is Member of Cook County Sheriff's Advisory Council

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NLU Associate Professor Seema Imam serves on the Cook County Sheriff’s Muslim Advisory Council and is speaking out to prevent hate crimes.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is concerned about statistics showing hate crimes are on the rise. His office recently started a phone hotline –(773)- 674-HELP (4357)–for anyone who is fearful or feels they may be attacked or harmed due to their race, religion, LGBT status, ethnic group or other identifying factor.

NLU’s Seema Imam Ed.D., associate professor of education, was featured on  WBBM Radio, a CBS affiliate, WBEZ Radio, a National Public Radio station, and ChicagoTonight.wttw.com, during news reports about the launching of the hotline. Continue reading »

Unplug With Children’s Books, Says NLU’s Rajput on Fox32’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ See the list of 30 recommended holiday gift books for children of all ages

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-39-21-amInstead of giving children and teens new electronics this holiday, NLU’s Toby Rajput suggested to Fox 32-TV’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ show viewers that they consider giving books.

As Rajput was interviewed Dec. 6 by Fox32 anchor Kristen Nicole, she demonstrated a half-dozen books to appeal to various age groups, from young child to teen. She even recommended two audiobooks for adolescent boys, saying that with audiobooks, “the whole family can read with their ears.” Continue reading »