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Sun-Times: Argosy Students Will Graduate from National Louis University

When Amanda Jamski-Jornd and hundreds of other students were left stranded in the wake of Argosy University’s shutdown in March, they never thought they’d be walking a Commencement stage in June.

But, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Cindy Hernandez wrote, Jamski-Jornd and 32 other students will be walking in National Louis University’s Commencement June 15 because NLU went to great lengths to welcome the Argosy students.  About 444 Argosy students in total came to NLU, with about 200 of them in Chicago and the rest at NLU’s Tampa, Florida campus. Continue reading »

KFC Names Alum to COO Spot; NLU Degree Helped Launch Her Journey

KFC Corporation has named Monica Rothgery chief operating officer of KFC U.S. (PRNewsfoto/KFC)

Congratulations to National Louis University  Alum Monica Rothgery, who earned her master’s degree in Written Communication in 1998.  KFC Corporation has named her Chief Operating Officer of KFC US.

In her new role, Rothgery will oversee operations with an eye toward improving processes, integrating new technology and simplifying operations. She’ll be responsible for leading franchise and equity field operations for KFC’s 4,100-plus restaurants across the United States. Continue reading »

WBBM/CBS Radio: Argosy Students Will Walk In NLU Commencement

WBBM Newsradio broadcast a segment that told the story of students who were stranded when Argosy University closed in March, how National Louis University welcomed them and how 33 of them will don caps and gowns to walk n NLU’s Commencement ceremony Saturday.

Reporter Nancy Harty of the CBS station interviewed two students. Kevin Davis, a Psy.D. student, explained that students have “made up the rest of that lost semester thanks to NLU administrators moving at lightning speed.” Continue reading »

Legislators Made ‘Positive Steps’ for Teachers: Chalkbeat Quotes NLU

As the Illinois legislature wrapped up its session recently, it passed some bills intended to help the state alleviate its teacher shortage. The education news magazine Chalkbeat asked National Louis University’s National College of Education for its take on the legislature’s actions.

In the magazine’s article, “A good start: There could be some changes coming for Illinois teachers,” Chalkbeat reporter Yana Kunichoff quoted Pamela Jessee, director of accreditation for NCE and NLU. Jessee felt that while legislators made positive steps, they would not be enough to attract more people into the teaching field. She was particularly concerned about the lack of respect teachers receive. Continue reading »

Congresswoman, Ambassador to speak at NLU Commencement June 15

National Louis University is thrilled to welcome two distinguished speakers at Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, who was elected to Congress last November, will speak at the 10 a.m. Commencement ceremony, which will celebrate students receiving graduate degrees.

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin will speak at the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony for undergraduates. Continue reading »

World War I Soldier’s Experience Comes Alive Through NLU Alum

When Charles Orr Ryan returned in 1918 from serving in England during World War 1, his family stashed his wartime letters in the attic of their Minnesota farmhouse.

There they remained for about 100 years, until a relative sent them to Charles’ daughter Patricia Jane Ryan. Jane Ryan, as she calls herself, graduated from National College of Education in 1960 with a Bachelor of Education degree and worked as a teacher until her retirement. NCE continues to exist as the college of education within National Louis University. Continue reading »

Students Show Creative Talents for Visual Art at NLU Art Expo

Many National Louis University students have found a way to unwind and relax that few of their fellow students or instructors know about. They have nurtured their artistic talents for the sake of their own creative expression.

The annual National Louis University student art expo, held at the Chicago and Wheeling campuses, offers an opportunity to showcase students’ artwork. Continue reading »

Kendall Alum Serves as Hotel Julian’s Director of Sales and Marketing

Hotel Julian, a chic boutique hotel on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park, has tapped some talent from Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University.

Daniel Grajdura, who earned his Hospitality Management degree from Kendall in 2005, provides a polished presence as the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing. He can often be found on the hotel’s ground floor, a trendy-looking space which includes a mix of contemporary seating and vintage touches like a portrait of the building’s renowned architect, Benjamin Marshall, painted on brick at one side of the cocktail bar. That space flows seamlessly into the hotel lobby and a restaurant, About Last Knife. Continue reading »

Senator Durbin Visits Dr. Fromm Reed’s Neighborhood Group

The old notion about professors living in an ivory tower is fading fast.

Suzette Fromm Reed, Ph.D., is bringing her expertise in Community Psychology to a forward-thinking Chicago neighborhood organization called the Resilient Belmont Cragin Community Collaborative. Fromm Reed, a researcher and associate professor, developed and formerly chaired National Louis University’s Community Psychology doctoral program.

Recently, Fromm Reed took part as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Resilient Belmont Cragin group to discuss how it is using a strategy called Community Resilience to help residents cope with difficulties resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Continue reading »

Kendall Chef, Students Demo Sustainable Fish Recipe at Shedd Aquarium

We know you’re wondering, so let’s address this right up front.  The cooking demonstrations at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium do not use any of the actual fish in the Aquarium’s collection.

Instead, Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University partners with Shedd Aquarium to demonstrate recipes using species that are sustainably fished. Continue reading »