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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’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Makes Magic: First Place and Forbes Writeup Students beat 10 professional teams to win Chicago Flower and Garden Show's crowd favorite award

When five Kendall College at National Louis University students started brainstorming how to create a tablescape/landscape display for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the magic started early in the process and kept on going.

Their “Mary Poppins”-themed display won first place in the Flower Show’s Text to Vote competition, becoming the crowd favorite of the 40,000 attendees. It beat 11 other contestants–including 10 professional companies which design weddings and corporate events. It also enchanted Chicago writer Megy Karedes, who included it in her Forbes magazine column about the creativity of the tablescapes. Continue reading »

ABC7 Shares Kendall Student’s Dream, Trotter Scholarship Segment featuring Rochelle Trotter, Kendall student Brande Gilbert will be shown on-air on March 2

Brande Gilbert, a student at Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University, received a scholarship from the Charles and Rochelle Trotter Endowment. She appeared with Rochelle Trotter on ABC7’s Heart and Soul show.

It’s hard to overestimate chef Charlie Trotter’s influence on the Chicago, national and even international restaurant and food scenes. After his untimely passing in 2013, the New York Times declared he had “remade the culinary landscape.” 

That makes it a great honor for Brande Gilbert, a student at Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University, to receive a scholarship from the Charles and Rochelle Trotter Endowment. Continue reading »

How to Get Rid of Garlic Smell? Kendall Faculty Give Tips to Magazine TheTakeout.com consulted Kendall College chef instructors on how to spiff up

The editors at TheTakeout.com, a popular national food blog, celebrated Garlic Week recently by exploring garlic bread, garlic beef, garlic knots and…you get the idea.

By the end of the week, they had a burning question:  if you’ve been cooking with, um, odorous foods like garlic or fish, how do you get the smell off your hands? Continue reading »

Two Kendall Alums Make News for Desserts and Brewery Pendola praised in Tribune, Ike and Oak announced in Daily Herald

One alum elevates a new brewery’s offerings to gastronomic heights; the other earned praise for putting her own spin on lavish Southern desserts. Michael Reid and Rebecca Pendola, both alumni of Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University, have been featured in the news lately. Continue reading »

Tribune’s Critic’s Choice Award Goes to Kendall Alum Jennifer Kim Chicago Tribune critic Phil Vettel named her 'Rookie of the Year'

Jennifer Kim.

Detail from Chicago Tribune photographer E. Jason Wambsgans photo portrait of Kendall College at National Louis University alum Jennifer Kim.

Chicago Tribune food critic Phil Vettel has been impressed with Jennifer Kim’s restaurant Passerotto ever since he first reviewed it last summer, 10 weeks after its opening.

This week, he bestowed his Chicago Tribune Critic’s Choice award on Kim, an alum of Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University. She earned his “Rookie of the Year” award for Passerotto’s debut. Continue reading »

Prof’s Survivor Experience Featured on ABC7 News Joel Filmore, Ed.D., interviewed about being victimized by human trafficker

Sex traffickers wreak havoc on their victims’ lives, forcing them into prostitution through a combination of threats, coercion and addiction. The lucky few who manage to escape the horrors of being trafficked find they face one more hurdle. They have a criminal record, even though they were the ones being victimized.

Joel Filmore escaped from his traffickers and earned an Ed.D. and an LCPC. Filmore, who is now an assistant professor of counseling at National Louis University, was able to use an Illinois law to vacate the crimes on his record. The law came into being so that victims, who had already been victimized once by traffickers, were not victimized again.

Watch the ABC7 News interview with Filmore on Jan. 24, 2019. 

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.” Continue reading »

‘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 »