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NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement

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Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle. Continue reading »

Scientist Outlines Climate Change Dangers in Earth Week Event Seth Darling of Argonne National Lab calls for changes to reduce CO2 threat

 

DSCN0641 - Version 2The story of climate change ranges from drilling holes in Arctic ice to measure Earth’s air temperatures over the past million years, bracing for the jump in the use of fossil fuels as China and India industrialize and predicting which coastal cities will be submerged due to global warming.

But mostly, climate change is the story of energy—where we get it, how we use it and whether it’s renewable, said Seth B. Darling, Ph.D., who holds a joint appointment as a scientist with the Argonne National Laboratory and as a Fellow in the Institute of Molecular Engineering at University of Chicago.  He presented a “Global Climate Change: The Path to a Sustainable Future” lecture April 20 at the Lisle campus to mark Earth Week, and NLU Environmental Committee representatives also led discussions of his points at the Wheeling campus. Continue reading »

EdNewsDaily Asks NLU’s Lorch: How To Land That First Teaching Job? Janet Lorch offers solid tips to grads looking for their first classroom

EdNewsDailyAs a fresh crop of teachers prepares to graduate this spring, EdNewsDaily featured an Industry Expert Interview with NLU’s Janet Lorch, C.A.S., about how to find one’s first teaching job.

Lorch provided advice on the top three characteristics principals are looking for when hiring teachers, suggested professional organizations to join and named books and resources she felt would be helpful.

She also offered counsel on getting classroom experience and what to do to get to know principals and others in the education field. Whether you substitute teach, volunteer, coach or otherwise become involved in a school district, she said, the trick is to make connections so that you are seen as a person rather than just one resume in a stack of them.

To see the full article, click here. 

Conference Uses Law, Arts, To Reframe and Seek End to Racial Injustice Acts by public authorities examined as torture, genocide for Americans of color

160408-racial-justice-conference-017A diverse group of musicians, Harvard Law School students, artists, academics and activists came together April 8-9 to take a long, hard look at racial injustice at the “Racial Injustice: Terror, Torture, and Trauma/Collaboration, Resistance, and Liberation” conference held at NLU.

Manifestations of racial injustice, such as police beatings, police shootings and outsized  incarceration rates for people of color,  are viewed as routine by many Americans, if they think of them at all. But conference participants sought to declare they are not “normal” and to reframe them as torture and genocide.

A team of Harvard Law School students discussed the definition of torture and said some of the human rights injustices forced on people of color by public authorities meets the definition. Continue reading »

NLU Opening Doors to Education for Urban Youth Dr. Legler takes high schoolers on tour of corporations, hopes to inspire them

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King College Prep High School students visit the offices of Archer Daniels Midland in Chicago. The visit was arranged through Pathways to Success.

While many Chicago high school students can see the towering office buildings downtown from their neighborhoods, they may never have been inside one, nor known anybody who works in one.

NLU’s Ray Legler, Ph.D., is hoping to make these buildings–and the possibility of someday working in a stable career position  in such a place–more real for urban youth.

Legler, assistant professor of psychology, recently led a group of students from Dunbar  Vocational Career Academy High School to visit the downtown offices of Deloitte Consulting. The following week, he accompanied a student group from King College Prep High School on a visit to the offices of Archer Daniels Midland. Continue reading »

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Speak Up When You See a Friend At Risk Written by Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

RedFlagGraphicDid you know females ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate violence? That’s triple the national average.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NLU’s Student Experience Office is dedicated to educating students on the issues related to domestic and dating violence with our Red Flag campaign. The Red Flag campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates. Continue reading »

Psychologists Declare Racial Injustice A Form of Torture Dr. Brad Olson organizing April 8-9 conference on Racial Justice

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 3.42.52 PMWhen police beat people of color to obtain a confession, or when prison guards isolate them in solitary confinement, sexually abuse them, refuse them medical treatment or otherwise inflict cruel and inhuman punishment on them, that constitutes torture, says NLU’s Dr. Brad Olson, along with Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Olson, who recently won a national award from the Society for Community Research and Action for his crusading anti-torture work over the past eight years, is helping to organize a Racial Justice Conference  April 8-9. Other faculty in NLU’s doctoral program in Community Psychology will also participate in the event, to be held with the Racial Justice Action Group at NLU’s Chicago campus.

They will discuss a statement just released from Psychologists for Social Responsibility, which says that cruel, inhuman and/or violent acts committed by public officials against individuals and communities of color within the United States constitute torture when they cause severe mental or physical pain and suffering. Continue reading »

NLU Student, Official Tell Univision TV News Why Pathways a Good Fit for Hispanic Students News Anchor Erika Maldonado Speaks To Monica Ramos, Salma Santoyo

UnivisionChicago logoUnivision TV News, part of the Univision Spanish-language television network, interviewed NLU student Salma Santoyo and NLU Director of Family and Community Engagement Monica Ramos about possibilities at NLU for students with a Hispanic background.

Santoyo told news anchor Erika Maldonado how NLU’s Harrison Professional Pathways program has been a good educational experience for her. Ramos explained that Pathways can be instrumental for students who want to pursue a college education and eventually work in education, business, health services, criminal justice and human services.

Ramos also explained scholarships and financial aid are available to help cover the moderate $10,000 annual tuition.

Learn more about the Professional Pathways Program here.

View the Spanish-language TV news interview here. 

Daily Herald Features NLU’s Prof Doug Schreder

160304-Doug-Schreder-002NLU’s Doug Schreder, Ph.D., was featured in the “Who’s Who in Executive Education” feature of the Daily Herald newspaper’s Business Ledger.

Schreder, an associate professor, teaches economics and strategic management in NLU’s MBA and Master of Health Services Administration programs.

Like all of NLU’s business professors, he emphasizes real-world knowledge which students can use the next day in their jobs. To do so, he  draws upon his own experience from corporate environments, a family business, an entrepreneurial venture and a Barcelona international business school. Continue reading »

Golden Apple Award Presented to Tiffany Aurand, NLU Alum She was selected as a winner from an elite group of finalists in Rockford area

Tiffany Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University.

Tiffany Aurand, who won the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area, poses with two of her second-grade students. Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.

 

Congratulations to Tiffany Aurand, NLU alum and winner of the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area!

Aurand, who received her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from National Louis University in 2010, is the best of the best. She was first selected as one of 20 finalists among preK-fifth grade teachers in public and non-public schools in the Rockford area. Trained Golden Apple volunteers observed the finalists in their classrooms, and then conducted interviews with them.  That rigorous process determined the five winners, including Aurand.

Golden Apple Recipients are recognized for making a difference in their communities through their commitment to educational excellence. On March 10, Ms. Aurand was surprised in her second-grade classroom at Windsor Elementary School in Loves Park, Illinois, by Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors, her principal, superintendent, family and representatives from the media. That surprise visit announced her, in a dramatic fashion,  as one of the winners.

See the Rockford Register Star’s article about Aurand here, and its article about the winners here. Continue reading »