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CBS-TV Chicago Quotes NLU’s Rich Schak on Criminals Gaming System Criminals found a way to evade electronic monitoring bracelets

The court system sentences some convicted criminals to electronic home monitoring as a way to reduce the jail population. And while the bracelets are supposed to ensure the convicted individuals are confined at home, some found a way to hack the system by unplugging the bracelets from their home and plugging them into a power source in their cars.

CBS-TV Chicago reporter Brad Edwards came to National Louis University’s Richard Schak, director of the Criminal Justice program, for expert commentary and analysis of the situation.

See the CBS Chicago video footage here.

Learn more about National Louis University’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program

Chasing the Stars [VIDEO] Alum’s mix of astronomy and education is out of this world.

Some people spend their whole childhood chasing after gold stars in school. Michelle Nichols ’02 wasn’t interested in the stickers on her tests — she was looking up at the night sky.

Nichols’ life-long passion for astronomy took off when she first saw the 1980s PBS series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” narrated by American astronomer Carl Sagan.

“It changed my life,” she recalled.

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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 »

State Rep. Stratton: Committed to Live, Work in Restorative Way NLU's Applied Behavioral Sciences faculty invited her to discuss justice, healing communities

As an Illinois state representative and running mate of governor candidate J.B. Pritzker, Juliana Stratton is tasked with solving enormous problems that seemingly have no solution–budget shortfalls, a hobbled justice system, poverty, crime and more. She explained to an NLU audience Oct. 12 that she views these issues through a restorative justice lens that holds the possibility for  healing. Continue reading »

Avoid Fragrances; Make Universities Safe for Chemically Sensitive May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month

By Peter Ploegmann, NLU Library and Learning Support Specialist and ADA Specialist

One Sunday last August, my wife and I were looking for a new place to live. Scents from the other apartments and laundry facilities in the building where we lived were making my wife ill. As a result, she was no longer able to be in the building for extended periods of time.

At one open house, within about two minutes of entering, we had to leave due to the aroma of air freshener. Even this limited exposure caused my wife to have a severe reaction. She had to recuperate outside for a while before we could get in the car and leave. She remained symptomatic throughout the rest of the day and week. Continue reading »

Craft Your 60-Second ‘Elevator Pitch’ for Employers Grads, as you seek employment and attend job fairs, practice that pitch

By: Paula Rucci Voigt, Career Advisor at National Louis University

Elevator WomanWalking up to a potential employer at a job fair or networking event and knowing how to start the conversation can be intimidating, if you’re not prepared. As NLU students and alumni prepare for the upcoming Spring Career Expo, an “elevator pitch” is no doubt on their minds. Knowing how to grab an employer’s attention, and keep it, is a valuable networking and interviewing skill. You’ll want to be able to deliver a clear summary 30 seconds  to one minute in length consisting of your background, experiences and goals. Here are some key steps to keep in mind as you develop your perfect pitch.

Start with a Concise, Value-Added Intro

After offering a firm, comfortable handshake and a smile, begin by conveying the basics to give context to your pitch. This will orient the listener and help them stay focused on what you’re saying. Begin by stating your name, your major or industry, and a concise blurb about what you do or your future goals. Don’t rely on boring job titles to describe your unique set of skills; instead, use a descriptive phrase that emphasizes the value that you bring to the table. Continue reading »

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Speak Up When You See a Friend At Risk Written by Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

RedFlagGraphicDid you know females ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate violence? That’s triple the national average.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NLU’s Student Experience Office is dedicated to educating students on the issues related to domestic and dating violence with our Red Flag campaign. The Red Flag campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates. Continue reading »

Distinguished Leader Series Taps NLU’s Azcoitia He joined other leaders to lecture at California university

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Carlos Azcoitia, front row, and Diana Aczoitia pose with Soka students, back row from left, Jamie Haynes, Jessica Bridges, Vicki Mokuria and Stephanie Samaniego and Soka program director Jay Heffron. Students not pictured: Prince Heto and Alankrita Chhikara.

NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., recently traveled to southern California when Soka University invited him to teach graduate students in its Distinguished Practitioners Series. He spent two days engaging students in Soka’s Educational Leadership and Societal Change course.

Soka asked Azcoitia and five other accomplished leaders to examine the course’s themes of inclusive leadership, social justice, the dynamics of organizational change, and ways to overcome barriers to change. Continue reading »

How I Published Three Journal Articles From My Dissertation A doctoral graduate urges students to give it a try

By Robert Sky Allen, Ph.D.

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Robert Sky Allen, Ph.D., completed his doctoral dissertation and then submitted it as three separate articles in peer-reviewed journals. All were published.

Over the three years of the doctoral program in Community Psychology at National Louis University, my professors occasionally asked if I wanted to convert the research from my dissertation into an article for publication in an academic, peer-reviewed journal.

I always said no. I was too focused on completing the program and I hardly had time for that. But then one day, suddenly it seemed, the program was over and I found myself looking for something intellectual to do. Continue reading »