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Video: Prof’s Project Helps Engage Veterans, Prevent Suicides Cari Stevenson says grant-funded project helps veterans express emotions

Veterans in PhotoVoice project.

Three of the veterans in the PhotoVoice project preview a photo. Cari Stevenson ’17, a National Louis University alum and adjunct professor, facilitates the project at Kankakee Community College with a grant from the Movember Foundation.

Click. Robert Perez, a military veteran, takes a gorgeous photo of a river flanked with trees. Click. He takes another of the neat rows of a mid-summer cornfield. Click. And a photo of the faithful brown dog following him around, tongue hanging out.

He’s participating in the PhotoVoice project, which encourages veterans to bond by capturing photo images that have meaning for them. And a new video features Perez, his fellow veteran friends and two National Louis University professors. Continue reading »

Alum Lamont Robinson Jr. Elected to Illinois House He obtained his MBA from National Louis, opened a small business

Lamont Robinson Jr.

NLU alum Lamont Robinson Jr. won election to the Illinois House of Representatives, 5th District.

National Louis University alum Lamont Robinson Jr., who earned his MBA  in 2012,  won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election. He’ll represent Illinois’ 5th District, a long, narrow swath that runs from the Near North Side south to 79th Street on the South Side, largely centered around State Street and Michigan Avenue (see map). The seat became vacant when Rep. Juliana Stratton agreed to run for lieutenant governor on gubernatorial hopeful JB Pritzker’s ticket, a gamble that paid off when they won last Tuesday. Continue reading »

NLU #IAmAnImmigrant Event Stands With All Who Came Here Students celebrate the many cultures which contribute to making America

By Rachel Waymel, Assistant Professor of English, Undergraduate College

 

National Louis University's Wheeling campus celebrates immigrants' contributions.

Students at National Louis University’s Wheeling campus celebrated the #IAmAnImmigrant day of action to honor immigrants’ cultures and contributions.

Joining with college students across the nation, National Louis University participants championed immigrants on October 24, the third annual day of action for the national #IStandWithImmigrants group.

NLU’s  Wheeling campus was filled with delicious food, music, and conversations as students, faculty and staff took part. The day of action is part of #IAmAnImmigrant’s year-long initiative to recognize and celebrate contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make to the U.S. The student organization Educators Rising, an NLU chapter of the national group by the same name that focuses on preparing future educators, learned about the day of action and quickly decided to participate in the event. Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

Tribune’s Mary Schmich, Pulitzer Winner, Tells Writers Her Muse Joanne Koch, Ph.D., interviews Schmich during M.S. in Written Communication annual talk

By Dawn Barreto-Brown

Mary Schmich.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich came to National Louis University to speak to writers. It was part of NLU’s Pulitzer Prize series.

On a recent spring evening, students, alumni and admirers of Mary Schmich gathered at National Louis University’s Chicago campus to hear the Chicago Tribune columnist and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner share humor and insight.

“I am one of those people who always think that nobody is going to come listen to me,” said Schmich. “Thanks for proving me wrong.” Continue reading »

Starring Live Onstage: NLU’s Reiter Lights Up Chicago Theater Scene She won a prestigious Jefferson Award as Rose Kennedy in one-woman show

NLU’s Linda Reiter is getting rave reviews for her performance as Rose Kennedy in the stage production of “Rose,” which runs through March 11 at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park.  A critically-praised Chicago actress and audience favorite, Reiter won the prestigious 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for best solo performance.

Chicago Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones named Reiter’s performance in the 2016 production of “Rose” as one of his “Top 10 Stage Performances of 2016.”  The current production is a remount of that show. Continue reading »

Distinguished Academic, Activist to Speak on Racism, Denial in Trump Years

All are invited to a talk and engaged audience discussion with Rozell “Prexy” Nesbitt, Ph.D., an academic, activist, former government consultant, administrator and advisor to late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and other prominent leaders.

The event, “Racism and Denial in the Trump Years,” is sponsored by National Louis University’s Civic Engagement Center, in conjunction with the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, National College of Education,  Master of Public Administration program and Student Experience. It will take place Thursday,  February 15th  from 4 to 6 pm in the Atrium at the Chicago campus. Continue reading »

Prof Lems Writing Musical About Her Family’s History With Jane Addams, Early Chicago After researching the history, she's performing the music from it around town

Kristin Lems, Ed.D., National Louis University professor of ESL and bilingual education, is writing a musical about her family’s history with legendary Chicago social reformer Jane Addams and her Hull House settlement house.

The sepia-toned photo shows a young woman with the characteristic bobbed, wavy hair of the 1920s holding a baby. Look closely, and you’ll see the baby is wearing a sweater.

Kristin Lems, Ed.D., professor of ESL and bilingual education at National Louis University, notes with awe that legendary Chicago social reform pioneer Jane Addams knitted the sweater for the baby, who is Lems’ mother, Carol Lems-Dworkin, now 93. Continue reading »