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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 »

Will Social Justice Withstand Trump Years? Public Policy Forum Examines Issues Leaders from Latino, LGBT, Muslim, Reproductive Rights, Civil Liberties groups weigh in

What will the Trump administration signify for Americans’ civil liberties? How will it affect immigrants, Muslims and LGBT individuals? Will laws on women’s reproductive rights remain unchanged?

Leaders of advocacy organizations for these issues  offered frank thoughts at a forum sponsored by NLU’s M.A. in Public Policy Administration (MAPPA) program recently.

NLU’s Malcolm Oliver, Ph.D., set a thoughtful tone as he opened the forum by saying that much of social injustice can be traced to housing, economic development and transportation policies, and that colleges of public policy attempt to shed light on this in order to bring about justice. Continue reading »

Borthwick Attends White House Summit, Plays National Role in Advancing EdTech in Teacher Prep Associate Dean invited to national summit on working group to prep teachers in technology

 

Arlene Borthwick, Ph.D., associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, poses with the other invitees to the White House Summit on technology in teacher preparation. She is in the back row in front of the second pillar on the left side.

National Louis University’s Arlene Borthwick, Ph.D., visited Washington D.C. in December for the White House Summit on Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation.  Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education,  represented NLU as it plays a key role in preparing tomorrow’s teachers to use educational technology to help their students learn.

NLU is one of three Illinois universities that have accepted the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge, which has a goal of “ensuring every new teacher is prepared to meaningfully use technology to support student learning.” Borthwick, co-chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education‘s Committee on Innovation & Technology, was one of 58 invited attendees from across the nation. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Keep Calm and Rock Your Job Interview By Paula Rucci Voigt, Career Advisor at National Louis University

 

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

You’ve landed a job interview – congratulations on getting to this crucial step in your job search! You now have the ultimate opportunity to demonstrate you’re the best hiring choice. Preparation is the key to rocking your interview like a star. Here is a countdown to help you succeed:

The week leading up to the interview…

  • Research the organization. Go through the company’s website and read up on their mission, the size of the company, ongoing projects, and future plans. Get a feel for the culture and work environment. You’ll use this information to demonstrate your knowledge of the company during the interview.

NOTE: The “Interviewing to Win! How to Finish First in Job Interviews” workshop will be held Monday, Feb. 6 from 4-6 p.m. at NLU’s Chicago campus. RSVP to careerdevelopment@nl.edu.

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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 Doctorate Prepared Mitchell to Lead Joliet Junior College Joliet Junior College president draws on nearly two decades at JJC

mitchell_judy_8766Go back nearly two decades, and you’ll be able to find NLU alum Judy Mitchell ’12 somewhere at Joliet Junior College (JJC). She originally set foot at the first public community college in the United States as a student. Now the president of JJC, she’s leading the very community that fostered and encouraged her growth.

In a previous life, Mitchell was a stay-at-home mom on hiatus from a 10-year corporate career. Planning to transition back into full-time work, she enrolled at JJC in order to hone her competitive edge before jumping back into the corporate world. Continue reading »