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Governor Taps NLU’s Curda To Lead Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Stephen K. Curda taught education and technology courses, led NLU veterans program

National Louis University students who took classes from Associate Professor Stephen K. Curda, Ph.D., might not have known from his welcoming demeanor that he has held a very distinguished career in the U.S. Army, or that he rose to the rank of Brigadier General before retiring recently.

Instead, students knew the tenured associate professor as a caring instructor devoted to his students, and also as the leader of National Louis University’s veterans program through his position as Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Education. 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 »

NLU Student, Alum Running for Cook County Board In March Election Gaylon Alcaraz running in 4th district, Angeles Sandoval in 7th

Gaylor Alcaraz, National Louis University student.

Gaylon Alcaraz, a leader in Chicago’s nonprofit community and 25-year activist, is running for Cook County Board Commissioner in the 4th District. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at National Louis University.

In what has been dubbed the “Year of the Woman” for the record number of women seeking elected office, National Louis University student Gaylon B. Alcaraz and alum Angeles “Angie” Sandoval are running for Cook County Board Commissioner slots. 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 »

National Louis University and Laureate Education, Inc. Announce Transfer Agreement of Kendall College’s Programs and Other Assets

National Louis University (NLU), Laureate Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAUR) and Kendall College, LLC announced Jan. 16 they have entered into an agreement whereby Kendall College’s current programs and other assets will transfer to NLU. The boards of NLU and Kendall approved this arrangement, with the additional agreement of Kendall’s parent company, Laureate Education, Inc.

This transfer of programs is contingent on regulatory approvals, including that of the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission, whose decision is expected the latter half of this year, but possibly as soon as the summer.

Under this agreement, NLU will offer all five of Kendall College’s degree programs – baking & pastry, business, culinary arts, early childhood education, and hospitality management – plus Kendall College’s general education programs.

Currently, both NLU and Kendall offer early childhood education and business, as well as general education programs. Kendall’s other three degree offerings represent new programs at NLU. As part of this agreement, Kendall and Laureate will provide financial support for NLU to create state-of-the-art facilities including kitchens, a dining room, and hospitality and culinary innovation space and classrooms on its flagship Michigan Avenue campus. NLU will create a third college within the University that will be known as the Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at NLU.

“NLU and Kendall College share many important core values and a similar mission of providing access to quality higher education that prepares students for career success,” said Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., NLU president. “After careful consideration, the NLU Board of Trustees has determined that this is an excellent opportunity to grow our institution’s ability to offer additional professional pathways through established programs, serving more students and building stronger communities.”

Paul Lussow, Kendall president, said “The Kendall College board and leadership want to ensure the best future for the college and its students. We believe this agreement with NLU represents a thoughtful solution for our current students to continue their education in Chicago at a long-standing institution with a strong mission and academic history, and we are also pleased that the Kendall name will continue.”

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In These Divisive Times, Give Holiday Gifts That Inspire ‘Kindness, Empathy and Joy’ National Louis University prof compiles suggestions to give children and teens this holiday

 

Polls suggest Americans are more divided than they have been at any time since the Vietnam War. A National Louis University professor suggests that individuals can put positive energy toward healing that divide, even in something as simple as the gifts they give this holiday.

Toby Rajput, assistant professor and Children’s and Young Adult Literature Librarian at National Louis University, believes in the power of ideas­ to plant the seeds of kindness, empathy and joy in young minds. Continue reading »

Congress Candidate, Senate Official To Highlight Immigration Forum Dec. 7

Congressional candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Clarisol Duque, director of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin’s Chicago office, will be among the community leaders speaking at National Louis University’s Immigration Policy Forum on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the atrium on NLU’s Chicago Campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Garcia, who is also a Cook County commissioner, has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez for the Congressional seat Gutierrez is vacating. Continue reading »

Alum Travels to D.C., Supports Rights of Disabled to Live Where They Choose Lianne Paterson '17 advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities

 

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, left, poses with NLU alum Lianne Paterson as she advocated for residential choices for individuals with disabilities.

After Lianne Paterson ’17 became a mother to three children—two of whom have disabilities—she started testing her wings in advocacy. Paterson earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology in 2016 and her Ed.S. in School Psychology at National Louis University in the spring. This month, she leveraged her knowledge as a school psychologist and her advocacy experience to meet with senators and Congressmen in Washington, D.C. Continue reading »

The Day the Moon Covered the Sun By Roy Kaelin, science instructor in NLU's Pathways Program

Roy Kaelin traveled to southern Illinois to observe the recent solar eclipse. Here’s his account.

Photo taken by Roy Kaelin in West Frankfort, Illinois, at the moment of total eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

On August 21, all things in the sky and on land were on the move. By news accounts, across the country people were getting into place to watch a celestial event not seen over the whole United States in nearly a century; in southern Illinois, thousands had already staked their spot amid the day’s heat and humidity for the chance to view a union of both sun and moon. Continue reading »