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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 »

CBS 2 News Interviews NLU’s Schak as Expert in Report on Possible Terrorist Casing

schakonwbbmCBS’ WBBM Channel 2 TV News‘ Brad Edwards turned to the director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, Professor Richard Schak, for his expertise on criminal matters.

Schak, who worked as a Chicago Police Department homicide detective and achieved the rank of sergeant, also worked in private investigations before founding NLU’s Criminal Justice program. Continue reading »

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.

Prof on ‘Chicago Tonight’: Keep Post-Election Peace at Family Thanksgiving Table Susan Thorne-Devin gives WTTW viewers tips on how not to let political bitterness spoil family get-togethers

susantdAs families prepare to come together for Thanksgiving dinner, many are worrying that relatives’ strong–and opposing–views about the presidential election may cause unappetizing arguments.

NLU’s Claudia Pitts, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology, and Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, assistant professor in Counseling, have prepared a list of 15 “Tips to Keep the Election Results From Spoiling Your Family’s Thanksgiving.” 

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Pitts, and Thorne-Devin appeared on WTTW Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” show.  She talked about strategies for keeping peace in the family with host Phil Ponce and fellow guest Mark Reinecke, chief of psychology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

She suggested inviting a buffer person, dialing down the intensity of the conversation, providing a segue to a neutral topic, having the hostess set a “no political talk” rule and other strategies.

Click here to view the 10-minute segment. 

Click here to view “Tips to Keep the Election Results From Spoiling Your Family’s Thanksgiving”