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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 »

Students Start Businesses, Take Part in Startup Accelerator Residency

Happy Lee wants to start a business delivering organic, hydroponically-grown local produce to customers via an app.

Amiracle Harris also wants to deliver something to customers in her upcoming business: a monthly subscription box with products that encourage children 6-10 to become entrepreneurs.

Both of these National Louis University undergraduate Business students applied to and were accepted into Future Founders, which began in February. It  describes itself as “an innovative early-stage accelerator program that helps 18-to-30-year-olds go from side hustle to CEO through a series of interactive workshops covering the lean startup method.” Continue reading »

Congrats! James Beard Award Goes to Kendall Alum Beverly Kim

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark. Photo: Instagram

The “Oscars of the Culinary World,” as the national  James Beard Foundation Awards are fondly called by restaurateurs, honored an alum of Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University.

Beverly Kim, who earned a culinary arts degree at Kendall in 2000, together with her husband Johnny Clark, won the Best Chef – Great Lakes Region award for their critically-acclaimed restaurant Parachute at the glitzy James Beard awards ceremony, held at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Continue reading »

Dean Viola Discusses National Louis’ MBA Program in Crain’s Roundtable

National Louis University’s Judah Viola, Ph.D., dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, appeared in a Crain’s Chicago Business/Crain’s Custom Media roundtable feature on executive education and MBA programs in the Chicago area.

When asked who should be considering executive education, Viola responded, ” Great leaders come from all walks of life and all academic backgrounds. Many NLU students work in businesses as managers and supervisors and are looking to boost their success. We also have career-changers and aspiring leaders with great potential who are just starting out.” Continue reading »

NLU’s Playfest Will Stage Seven Student-Written Dramas on May 11

All are welcome to attend free theater performances as students in National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program present Playfest, an afternoon of performances of their original plays.

Chicago theater lovers have had plenty of applause for previous Playfest work. For the past three years, in fact, Playfest writers have had their plays picked up and produced at theater festivals and other venues outside NLU. Continue reading »

Mayor-elect Lightfoot Names NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia to Transition Team

Aarti Dhupelia

National Louis University’s Aarti Dhupelia.

Chicago’s Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has named Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for undergraduate education and dean of the undergraduate college at National Louis University, to Lightfoot’s education transition team.

“I am honored and excited to serve the city in this way, through bringing my own K-12 and higher education perspectives to the table as well as through helping to ensure the voices of our committee and the broader community are heard,” Dhupelia said. Continue reading »

Honor Veterans By Donating Items, Marching 20 Miles on May 24

Everyone at National Louis University, including faculty, students and staff, is invited to participate as we commemorate Armed Forces Week from May 20-24. The week encompasses Armed Forces Day on May 18.

There are three ways to take part: donate snacks and supplies for the USO anytime before May 15, become a  volunteer or sponsor for the Ruck March (such as sponsoring a marcher at $1/mile) or join the Ruck March to raise awareness that approximately 20 U.S. military service members and veterans lose their lives to suicide every day. The 20-mile Ruck March steps off Friday, May 24 in the morning in Glencoe, Illinois and marchers will finish at Lincoln Park in Chicago. Those interested in marching only a portion of the walk, such as from Glencoe to Evanston or Evanston to Lincoln Park, may do so. Continue reading »