Judah Viola’s journey to becoming a Ph.D. and NLU’s dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement started when he was a kid playing basketball at a YMCA in Massachusetts, according to a profile by Marco Buscaglia Dec. 4 in the Chicago Tribune. Continue reading
In an employer’s ideal world, universities would prepare students for their careers with the right mix of foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience that hiring companies seek. Instead, however, many potential employers, at least in the tech industry, are finding that hiring and training newly-minted graduates can be a bumpy process.
In an effort to stem the disconnect and communicate about how universities can give students the preparation employers seek, the Illinois Technology Association convened a “Forecast Roundtable” event on Nov. 29. America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 22 Chicago universities (including National Louis University), and World Business Chicago acted as co-conveners. Continue reading
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
NLU student Nancy Zhu received the Lincoln Laureate award for her academic achievement and contributions in a ceremony Nov. 12 in Springfield, Illinois.
Zhu, a senior who will graduate in June with a B.A. in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement, has a 3.75 GPA. She also serves as treasurer for Debate team, and as vice-president in the National Society of Leadership and Success, NLU’s honor society. Continue reading
In “Chicago Muslims Give Thanks, 5000 Turkeys,” the Chicago Tribune’s Manya Brachear Pashman wrote about how the Chicago Muslim community has tripled the number of turkeys it gives away to parents of Chicago Public Schools students in low-income neighborhoods on Chicago’s South side.
The turkey drive started 16 years ago when Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., now an assistant professor in NLU’s Early Childhood and Special Education programs, was teaching in a CPS third-grade classroom.
A boy in her class told her he wished simply for food in his family’s refrigerator.
The Tribune quoted Warsi saying, “I was shocked that in a country like ours that was a child’s wish.”
Warsi asked members of Chicago’s Muslim community to provide turkeys, and the effort grew. With its expansion this year, volunteers will provide turkeys to parents in eight CPS schools in three underserved neighborhoods.
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 vision of schools as thriving community centers, enjoying camaraderie and bustling with activities for students, parents and other community members, took center stage at an NLU book release party Nov. 4.
Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Ted Purinton, Ed.D., dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership, led a panel discussion on the book they co-edited, “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading
Robin Usery Rose ’14, MBA, is a courageous single mom who persevered through and overcame domestic violence. Rose and her three daughters were all victimized, and one of the daughter’s reached out to NLU to share the story of how Rose survived and, through her experience at NLU, eventually thrived.
The abuse happened in the early 2000s, but it was several years before the family made it through. “It took us a while to clear the domestic violence out of our lives, but with the courage of my mom, we did it,” Rose’s daughter related.
Linda Caradine-Poinsett, Ph.D., recently took on the role of executive director of the American College of Prosthodontists in Chicago. It’s one of a string of successes for Caradine-Poinsett, who attended NLU for her B.S. in Health Care Leadership in 2005 and her MBA in 2007. She has used those two degrees as a launching pad for further education and a career. She earned a Ph.D. and a law degree while taking on roles of increased leadership at prestigious membership associations.
Caradine-Poinsett held leadership positions with the College of American Pathologists, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America-Midwest. She also worked as an associate director of an American Bar Association section and as executive director of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.