In “Chicago Muslims Give Thanks, 5000 Turkeys,” the Chicago Tribune’s Manya Brachear Pashman wrote about how the Chicago Muslim community has tripled the number of turkeys it gives away to parents of Chicago Public Schools students in low-income neighborhoods on Chicago’s South side.
The turkey drive started 16 years ago when Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., now an assistant professor in NLU’s Early Childhood and Special Education programs, was teaching in a CPS third-grade classroom.
A boy in her class told her he wished simply for food in his family’s refrigerator.
The Tribune quoted Warsi saying, “I was shocked that in a country like ours that was a child’s wish.”
Warsi asked members of Chicago’s Muslim community to provide turkeys, and the effort grew. With its expansion this year, volunteers will provide turkeys to parents in eight CPS schools in three underserved neighborhoods.
Read the Chicago Tribune article here.
With the fall term off to a great start, an excellent way for students to develop themselves as well as contribute to the development of our University learning community is through Inclusive U! Inclusive U is a program designed to engage students, staff, and faculty in unique professional development opportunities geared towards improving skills and knowledge around inclusivity and positive civic engagement. Continue reading
National Louis University’s degree programs in teaching, counseling, psychology, human services, healthcare leadership and more have propelled the school to Money Magazine’s national list of “10 Colleges Whose Graduates Say They Make the World a Better Place.”
Seventy-seven percent of NLU alumni responding to a PayScale.com survey said their careers are meaningful and help others, compared to a national average of 54 percent of all alumni responding to the survey. Money Magazine uses PayScale’s meaningful-career data as one of the factors in its college rankings. Continue reading
Arlene Rodriguez, an NLU Student Ambassador, left, and Pauline DeGrazia, Wheeling Campus Manager, pack donated school supplies for District 21. Rodriguez graduated from Elk Grove High School and is a sophomore studying Criminal Justice at NLU.
Children in Community School District 21 whose parents struggled with the cost of school supplies are off to a great start this school year, thanks to National Louis University employees and students.
They collected two large boxes of pens, paper, folders, erasers, pencils, markers, scissors and other supplies.
For years, NLU’s Brad Olson, Ph.D., and a few other hardy souls were dissenters–the lone voices protesting the American Psychological Association’s close relationship with U.S. military officials who were practicing torture on terrorism suspects.
Last year, the APA did an about-face, with its membership voting overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.
Now, to complete the 180-degree change in its position on torture, APA is honoring Olson, whom the association once criticized for his stance against the association’s close ties to the torture process. Actually, Olson is receiving two separate awards from two different APA divisions. Continue reading
Kristin Lems, Ed.D., who performs and records songs in addition to teaching at National Louis University, recently “starred” in two live webinars for the U.S. State Department’s “American English” project.
Nearly 2,000 teachers of English as a Second Language around the world watched live as Lems, an NLU professor of ESL and Bilingual Education, presented “Using Songs and Music to Teach English.” Continue reading
NLU’s Danny McGuire, Ed.D., at right, accepts the Spurgeon Award for volunteer leadership in the Police Explorers.
An NLU professor who learned about law enforcement through the Police Explorers back when he was a youth has received a top award from that non-profit organization, which acquaints teens with various career fields.
Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., assistant director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, has received the William H. Spurgeon III award for his work with the Police Explorer program during the past three years. It is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Continue reading
NLU educators and administrators were at Rolling Meadows High School for High School District 214’s launch of the Educator Prep program. They witnessed two dozen students indicate their interest in teaching by joining the program.
National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.
It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school. Continue reading
Jacqueline Samuel, from left, Amanda Leftwich, Arne Duncan and Matthew King posed for a photo at the Reach Awards. Duncan received the Pioneer Award, while the others received the Reach Award.
NLU alumni, donors and friends arrived at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Tuesday to honor one of the United States’ most influential education leaders and three NLU alumni who are exercising their knowledge and leadership in ways that bring positive change to communities.
As guests arrived, they greeted classmates and friends during a cocktail hour dramatized by the Sofitel’s sleek architecture. After they took their seats in a huge ballroom beautified by pink orchid sprays on the tables, Emcee Karen Jordan, an anchor at ABC7 News, introduced NLU President Nivine Megahed.
Mike Koldyke, founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, Patricia Koldyke, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and NLU President Nivine Megahed celebrated NLU’s successes at the Reach Awards.
“Education, more than ever, is our strongest vehicle for economic opportunity. It is our strongest hope for social equity,” Megahed said, explaining how NLU has created the Harrison Professional Pathways as a quality program, at an affordable price point, to help students from modest-income homes attain their bachelor’s degrees. Continue reading
Students in NLU’s Association of Latino Scholars gratefully accepted shimmering satin gowns and dresses with yards of tulle throughout April, in an effort to help girls with limited financial resources attend their high school proms.
The Association of Latino Scholars partnered with Juana Ballesteros and Project Embrace, which have been helping girls in the South side Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago to attend prom since 2011. Continue reading