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
The 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.
As 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.
The Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens wrote a column about NLU student Gaylon Alcaraz, who was tipping the scales at 320 pounds when she decided to join Weight Watchers in 2012.
She started walking a little bit, too, to get some exercise. A friend who was involved with an African-American women’s running group asked her to do a 5K, running when she could and walking when she could not. Continue reading
The news broke last Wednesday morning about a Yale University study which detected that preschool teachers expected more misbehavior from young African-American male students than from other students.
By Wednesday afternoon, faculty members Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., and Teri Talan, Ed.D., J.D., had written a letter to the editor explaining that NLU’s early education programs stress the importance of making budding teachers aware of their young students’ cultures. Keneman is NLU’s Early Childhood Program Coordinator and Talan is the Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. Continue reading
“Mean girls” in schools can make life deeply painful for other girls, starting at about the fifth-grade level and often continuing through high school.
Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., a behavioral scientist and associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at National Louis University, has been featured on WFLD-TV Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” show speaking about “Five Signs A Clique Is Making Your Daughter Miserable.” She told “Good Day Chicago” interviewer Corey McPherrin how parents can help their daughters get through the rejection, anxiety and depression cliques sometimes inflict on girls. Continue reading
As the job market heats up and job candidates are able to find new jobs more quickly, employers have to strategize in order to retain their talent.
They can do so by engaging employees, fostering a climate of respectful communication, providing professional development, recognizing employee contributions and rewarding employees with compensation and benefits, write Catherine Honig, Ph.D., associate professor of business and management, and Ray Legler, Ph.D., assistant professor, who teaches organizational leadership, in an article appearing in HR.com. It appeared in the website’s Excellence Essentials series. Continue reading
National Louis University’s degree programs in teaching, counseling, psychology, human services, healthcare leadership and more have propelled the school to Money Magazine’s national list of “10 Colleges Whose Graduates Say They Make the World a Better Place.”
Seventy-seven percent of NLU alumni responding to a PayScale.com survey said their careers are meaningful and help others, compared to a national average of 54 percent of all alumni responding to the survey. Money Magazine uses PayScale’s meaningful-career data as one of the factors in its college rankings. Continue reading
If lightbulbs actually went on over people’s heads like they do in cartoons, the one over the head of Todd Burleson ’98 would be blindingly bright. Burleson has created not only a new concept, but a new word to go with it: Libratory, a library that blends into a laboratory, maker space, place to encourage creativity and hub of design thinking.
For his creation, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing have recognized Burleson with their School Librarian of the Year award. Continue reading
DNAinfo.com, the digital Chicago news network, spotlighted the efforts of NLU prof Cynthia Schumann, Ed.D., to educate hotel managers about how to handle domestic violence that may occur at their hotels. Reporter Linze Rice’s article is headlined, “This Former Chicago Cop Wants to Change How Hotels Handle Domestic Violence.”
Schumann, an adjunct professor of criminal justice, became interested in preventing domestic violence in her role as a Chicago Police sergeant, and she retired this summer after 29 years of service. Continue reading