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Tribune’s ‘Best of 2018’ Features Kendall Instructor Jim DeWan DeWan writes a 'bitingly' funny column highlighting food and recipes

Crispy, cheesy, crunchy, salty–who could resist this kind of deliciousness?

Certainly not James DeWan, assistant professor at Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University.

DeWan has been penning a witty and informative column called “Prep School” for the Chicago Tribune since 2005. His “Cheese Toast” column, originally printed Dec. 20, featured the recipe for the parmesan- and cheddar-sprinkled gems and proved so irresistible to Tribune food writer Joe Gray that he selected them for his article,  “10 Best Recipes of 2018.”

In the cheese toast column, DeWan acknowledges his colleague Belinda Brooks, assistant professor of baking and pastry at Kendall, who creates the quickly-disappearing bites for the bread basket at The Dining Room at Kendall College.

You can find DeWan’s past and recent “Prep School” columns for the Tribune online here. They discuss a staggering range of food-related topics, like the difference between taste and flavor, how to avoid baking mistakes, why it’s important to choose certain potatoes for French fries and fry them twice, how to impress people and save time by chopping with two knives at once, and dozens, maybe hundreds, more.

DeWan also has made videos for the Tribune, including this one showing movie critic Michael Phillips how to spatchcock a chicken for roasting and this one showing columnist John Kass the technique for making an omelette.

DeWan also noted the Tribune’s food critic, Phil Vettel, praised Kendall alum Rebecca Pendola for her dessert creations at Virtue restaurant in Hyde Park in his recent review. As an instructor, that’s something DeWan can savor.

‘Inside Higher Ed’ Features NLU President’s Advocacy for Students Dr. Nivine Megahed wrote an opinion essay for the national magazine

Deeply concerned about an uptick in government bureaucracy that is likely pushing students out of college, National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., wrote an opinion essay outlining her thoughts on the situation.

Inside Higher Ed, a national magazine covering higher education, published Megahed’s essay Jan. 8, providing national exposure and highlighting the real-world cost of raising the paperwork bar for students. Continue reading »

Tribune: Criminal Justice Prof Says Shooting Victims’ Moms Help Seek Clues Richard Schak, chair of NLU's program, formerly worked as homicide detective

A recent Chicago Tribune article shed light on the experience of Chicago mothers who have lost children to the city’s senseless shootings. The article, “75 Shot: Mothers of the slain keep waiting for the call even when cases grow cold,” profiled mothers who regularly telephone the detectives working on their slain children’s cases, and detailed the fact that mothers often beat the bushes to help find clues. They search Facebook, post flyers and ask neighborhood people for information. Continue reading »

WTTW’s ‘Chicago Tonight’ Features NLU President, Student Channel 11 show focused on topic of FAFSA verifying students' incomes

WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” show aired a segment last night featuring interviews with National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Gustavo Garcia, a sophomore student. Many other undergraduates were featured in the background footage that the WTTW crew filmed in the sixth-floor lounge on Dec. 5. Continue reading »

Tribune Writes Of NLU Acquiring Gage Building, 18/28 S. Michigan Ave. University expands footprint; building is one block away from Chicago campus

 

The Chicago Tribune has reported on National Louis University’s purchase of part of the historic building known as the Gage Building, located at 18/28 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. NLU has acquired 126,000 square feet of the 177,000-square foot, 12-story structure, including a portion of the first floor.

As the Tribune’s Ryan Ori reported, NLU will move its  Kendall College culinary and hospitality students to the new building from its Goose Island campus. Students from NLU’s growing Undergraduate College are expected to also have classroom space at the new building.

The article noted that when Kendall students start at the new building, expected in 2020, they will be located in the heart of Chicago’s tourism and restaurant scene. The new location is just one block from the existing Chicago campus, which will remain in operation. Both campuses are well-served by public transportation.

View the Chicago Tribune article here.

ABC, CBS News Feature NLU Veterans, Criminal Justice Programs Veterans program director Dixon received state award; program director Schak offered analysis in criminal case

Stacey Dixon, National Louis University.

Stacey Dixon, Ed.D., serves as director of veteran student support services at National Louis University.

National Louis University experts were featured by television news shows this past weekend. One discussed veterans and Veterans Day while the other provided expert analysis on a criminal case. Continue reading »

Diversifying Chicago’s Teachers: Chalkbeat Quotes Muller NCE dean offers thoughts on getting more teachers of color into classrooms

Chalkbeat.org, a nonprofit news organization focusing on education, recently quoted Robert D. Muller, dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education in a Nov. 2 article titled “In one Chicago high school, big plans amid a bilingual teacher shortage” and a Nov. 5 article titled    “Beyond hiring: the struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks.”

Reporter Adeshina Emanuel asked Muller for his thoughts on the fact that the Chicago Public Schools and other districts are having trouble hiring and retaining African-American and Latino teachers, leaving students of color largely without role models.

Read the Nov. 2 article here.

Read the Nov. 5 article here. 

Daily Herald Explores NLU Prof’s Book on Surviving Domestic Violence Columnist Burt Constable interviewed Elizabeth Schaefer, M.S. in Written Communication faculty member

It was only too easy for National Louis University’s Elizabeth Schaefer to find other victims of domestic violence to interview, Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable wrote in “I want to help women in those situations: Domestic violence author also a survivor” on Oct. 25.

Constable provided an overview of how Schaefer, an assistant professor in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program, experienced domestic violence herself as a young, pregnant wife. After surviving the experience, leaving the abuser and getting divorced, she felt a desire to help other survivors. That led to interviewing 31 other women, all survivors of domestic violence, for her book “Women are With You,” published by Books On a Whim.

She posted flyers asking domestic violence victims to contact her to tell their stories, and women responded, Constable wrote. Many of them cried and shook when telling their stories, which Schaefer reported as oral histories. They also talked about a time when abuse tends to dangerously escalate. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Schaefer said she hopes the book will help people recognize red flags in a relationship before they lead to emotional, psychological or physical abuse.

View Burt Constable’s Daily Herald column on NLU’s Elizabeth Schaefer here.

Learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication degree program.

Wallethub Features NLU’s Bouchey Advising Small Businesses The financial-information website tapped into Bettyjo's counsel on credit cards

What should a small business entrepreneur look for in a credit card?  Wallethub.com, a well-known website dedicated to making financial decisions around credit, asked that of National Louis University’s Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., associate dean and associate professor in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement and director of online academics. Continue reading »

Sun-Times Features NLU President, Colleges’ Pledge of Assistance 25 colleges plan to improve graduation rates for disadvantaged students by 2025

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., in an article on 25 Chicago-area colleges and universities addressing the fact that working-class college students, particularly those who are African-American and Latino, have a much lower rate of graduating than their wealthier classmates. Continue reading »