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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 »

NLU Hosts Student Veterans Event for Chicago-area Universities

College presidents and student veteran leaders from 27 universities across the Chicago area visited National Louis University April 17 to attend an event titled “Student Veterans: Good Mission, Good Business.””

The event focused on how higher education serves veterans and their families, helping them transition to civilian life, preparing them for careers and connecting them to employment. Continue reading »

Dean Rob Muller Quoted On Solving Illinois’ Teacher Shortage

Illinois will close out the school year with a shortage of 1,000 teachers, and the state legislature and the recently-appointed state schools superintendent, Carmen Ayala, are considering how to remedy the shortage, wrote reporter Yana Kunichoff in Chalkbeat. 

She quoted Robert D. Muller, dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education, commenting on the fact that teacher educators have been wrestling for years with factors which have led to the shortage.

The article discusses various proposals which have been made, from mandating a minimum salary for teachers statewide to providing payment for student teachers. Muller observed that legislators, who tend to be focused on what’s good for their districts, can reframe their perspectives for what’s good for the entire state, education-wise.

Kunichoff wrote:

“As the new state board takes an in-depth look at the crisis and as legislative proposals continue to wind their way through Springfield, Muller muses about what he would tell anyone considering a career in the classroom.

“If you want to give back to your community and make a substantive contribution, what better way than teaching?” he said. “Seasoned educators who are passionate about what they do have the ability to change lives.”

Read the Chalkbeat article here.

Learn more about undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs at National Louis University’s National College of Education.

Kendall Student Shines at International French Young Chef Competition

A culinary student at Kendall College at National Louis University recently kept her cool despite the intense pressure of designing a menu, cooking and serving in a culinary competition sponsored by France’s oldest food and wine society, the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

The Chaine was founded in 1248 as King Louis IX’s guild for goose roasters and lives on as a modern global association dedicated to cooking, chefs and the restaurant, hospitality and beverage industries. Continue reading »

Celebrate Gender Empowerment Month at NLU

Throughout the month of April, National Louis University students, faculty and staff are welcome to join in community-wide events with exciting activities to grow your allyship, understand each other and be empowered by the experiences of others.

Gender Empowerment Month will bring speakers, workshops, and documentaries to campus. Throughout the month, the NLU community will be challenged to grow, engage in enriching discussions and help us celebrate our opportunity to be empowered. Events will take place in Chicago, Wheeling, Goose Island and Lisle. We will also be streaming several events online to allow everyone in our community to participate. Continue reading »