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Arts in the Dark Parade Steps off Saturday; You Can March or Watch The parade begins at 6 pm at State and Wacker, travels south on State Street

National Louis University will participate for the first time in Chicago’s Arts in the Dark parade  Saturday at 6 p.m. on State Street.

NLU students, faculty and staff are invited to watch or march with the University’s contingent as the parade moves south from Wacker (north of the Chicago Theatre) to Van Buren (near the Harold Washington Library).  Continue reading »

Narrative Medicine Workshop To Feature NLU’s Joanne Koch Technique helps patients to feel understood, doctors to understand

Narrative Medicine for Medical Professionals graphic.

Patients in healthcare settings sometimes feel that medical professionals aren’t fully understanding them and the challenges they are battling. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, on the other hand, may face the challenges of having to treat many patients in a limited time period.

The concept of narrative medicine has arisen in the past few years to bridge this gap. Writing stories can help patients and medical professionals, enhance communication and set the stage for finding meaning. Continue reading »

Wallethub Features NLU’s Bouchey Advising Small Businesses The financial-information website tapped into Bettyjo's counsel on credit cards

What should a small business entrepreneur look for in a credit card?, a well-known website dedicated to making financial decisions around credit, asked that of National Louis University’s Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., associate dean and associate professor in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement and director of online academics. Continue reading »

Learn How to Get Started in Writing Oct. 24 at MOSAIC magazine party NLU's M.S. in Written Communication program's literary magazine will be released

If you’re interested in writing, you’re invited to hear celebrity writers tell “How I Got Published, How You Can Get Published” at an event Wednesday, Oct. 24 at National Louis University.

NLU’s Master of Science in Written Communication (MSWC) program welcomes all writers, teachers of writing and aspiring writers to attend a writers’ party and celebration for  MOSAIC 2018, featuring the best published work of MSWC writers in this yearly anthology. Continue reading »

Sun-Times Features NLU President, Colleges’ Pledge of Assistance 25 colleges plan to improve graduation rates for disadvantaged students by 2025

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., in an article on 25 Chicago-area colleges and universities addressing the fact that working-class college students, particularly those who are African-American and Latino, have a much lower rate of graduating than their wealthier classmates. Continue reading »

Chalkbeat Features NLU Teacher Residency Program Student, professor and dean of education quoted

School districts face teacher shortages, yet job-seekers who are considering a  teaching career are sometimes surprised to learn they must commit to about two years of a master’s degree program to become eligible for those jobs.

The education publication Chalkbeat recently highlighted an alternative path of preparing teachers–teacher residency programs– in “With the alarm sounded statewide over shortages, Chicago forges ahead with a teacher experiment.” Continue reading »

Butterfly Celebration Keeps Relationship With Latino Group Aloft NLU and El Valor have had a partnership to train leaders since 2009

In many world cultures,  butterflies are a source of inspiration and delight. Because local butterflies migrate to Mexico in winter and then return to Chicago, they make a fitting symbol for the immigrant journey of many clients at  El Valor Cantu Family and Childcare Center, a Latino-based organization working to improve communities. And because National Louis University has had a partnership with El Valor since 2009, several NLU faculty and staff attended El Valor’s monarch butterfly event on Sept. 12. Continue reading »

General Steve Curda Adds ‘Rock Star’ To His Resume NLU prof and Illinois department director sang onstage with band Cheap Trick

Steve Curda, Ph.D., sang onstage with Cheap Trick’s frontman Rick Nielsen at the band’s recent appearance.

Steve Curda, Ph.D. has an impressive resume. He’s director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. He holds the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, having returned from commanding the Pacific fleet. And he’s on hiatus from his NLU role as associate professor, teaching courses in Educational Technology and serving as Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Affairs. Continue reading »

CBS Chicago Quotes NLU’s Schak On Civilian Use of Force Criminal Justice program chair offered expert commentary on civilian use of force

During a traffic altercation recently, a suspect started shooting at a Cicero police officer. A bystander,  who is a civilian who holds a concealed carry permit, came to the officer’s aid by firing three shots at the suspect, striking him once.

CBS-TV Chicago reporters Brad Edwards and Mai Martinez reported the story, with Edwards interviewing Richard Schak, the chair of National Louis University’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program. Schak, a retired Chicago police sergeant, cited the Illinois Statute that permits citizens to defend themselves, or another, who is in immediate danger of great bodily harm. He also offered some thoughts on the incident.

See the story and video here.

Learn more about NLU’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program. 

Find Out Who Won NLU Teaching, Staff Excellence Awards NLU presented four teaching awards, two staff awards

Congratulate the winners of National Louis University’s annual Excellence awards for faculty and staff. The University announced them Sept. 7.

Excellence in Teaching Award

National Louis University Professor Kristin Lems, Ph.D., second from left, holds her Excellence in Teaching award. Also pictured are Leslie Katch, Ph.D., assistant professor, at left, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Assistant Provost Michael Carr, Ph.D.

Kristin Lems, Ph.D., professor of ESL/Bilingual Education in NLU’s National College of Education, won the Excellence in Teaching Award. Continue reading »