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NLU Alum Nicole Johnson Running for 20th Ward Alderman An educator, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching

NLU alum Nicole Johnson is running for 20th ward alderman in Chicago. Chicago’s South-side 20th ward is apparently fed up with corruption. The alderman who’s stepping down, Willie Cochran, was arrested on corruption charges and withdrew from the race. He will soon face a federal trial. Two other  20th ward aldermen, Clifford Kelley and Arenda Troutman, served prison time for corrupt dealings. according to the Chicago Tribune.

That has prompted 15 people to run in the race for 20th ward alderman, including Nicole Johnson, who graduated from National Louis University in 2013 with a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.). Johnson also earned another master’s degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania, according to the Chicago Maroon. Continue reading »

P.A.C.E. Students To Sing, Perform in ‘Creative Slam’ Sat. Feb. 16 Performance sketches will tackle daily-life topics like cooking, dating, school

Dating is always complicated, but it can get even more perplexing for young adults with multiple disabilities. On Saturday Feb. 16, students in National Louis University’s P.A.C.E. program will perform sketches about their lives, including dating, cooking, school, internships and more in Creative Slam, a fundraising event. Continue reading »

Golden Apple Finalists for Principals’ Award Include NLU Alum Roscoe Golden Apple bestows the Stanley C. Golder leadership award on principals, heads of school

Jim Roscoe, National Louis University alum.

Jim Roscoe, who earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at National Louis University, has been named a finalist for the Golden Apple Leadership award.

After the Golden Apple Foundation named three National University alumni as finalists this year for its highly-coveted teaching awards, it announced it has selected another NLU alum for its leadership award, bestowed on a principal or head of school.

Golden Apple named James Roscoe, Ed.D., a 2011 graduate of NLU’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, as one of eight finalists for its  Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership, presented in honor of founding Golden Apple board member Stanley C. Golder. Continue reading »

NLU Among Top 50 Universities for Non-Traditional Students College Factual again ranks NLU highly for adult and returning students

Mentioning the term “college student” in conversation used to conjure up a distinct image for many people:  an 18-21-year-old upper- or upper-middle-class student.

That’s rapidly changing as the number of non-traditional students rises dramatically and now rivals the percentage of 18-21-year-olds. Today’s college students may just as likely be in their later 20s, or 30s or 40s, trying to earn degrees after years of not being able to afford tuition. Or perhaps they raised children, started careers or amassed a patchwork of college credits but never graduated.

In addition to these adult students, non-traditionals may be military veterans or young lower-income people of color, who are overcoming financial barriers to earning college degrees.

NLU Ranks 26th out of 1,159

National Louis University has been at the forefront of accommodating non-traditional students through its flexible evening and weekend scheduling, online and blended classes, affordable tuition, financial aid programs and advising for adult transfer, returning and first-time students.

College Factual, an informational website which accrues and reports data on universities, has ranked National Louis No. 26 out of 1,159 colleges and universities it analyzed on factors helpful for non-traditional students. That places NLU in the top 5 percent of schools in the nation in College Factual’s rankings, for the second year in a row.

Top 5 percent in Illinois

Similarly, NLU ranked second in Illinois, out of 49 colleges and universities, placing in the top 5 percent. College Factual said it based its rankings on degree completions as well as flexibility and financial attainability.

 

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 »

Golden Apple Selects 3 NLU Alums as Finalists for Teaching Award Prestigious non-profit selected just 32 teachers in Illinois as finalists

 

Golden Apple, a prestigious Illinois nonprofit which bestows highly-sought-after awards for exemplary teaching, has selected three National Louis University alumni as finalists for its 2019 awards.

For the first time, the organization has expanded the eligibility for its Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching to include all of Illinois. In a highly competitive process, Golden Apple received more than 550 nominations of excellent high school teachers from 71 Illinois counties. The organization asked master teachers, who recognize instructional best practices and professional standards, to narrow the pack down to  32 high school educators selected as finalists for the award. They represent just  6 percent of the nominees. Continue reading »

Alum Aida Flores, Educator, Running for 25th Ward Alderman She faces four candidates in Feb. 26 race to succeed Alderman Danny Solis

Chicago’s 25th Ward has gotten a deluge of publicity lately with news about outgoing Alderman Danny Solis. Solis recently resigned as chairman of the city council’s Zoning Committee after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that federal prosecutors have prepared a document outlining wrongdoing and corruption on his part.

Months ago, however, Solis announced he would not run for office again, and one National Louis University alum, Aida Flores ’10, and four other challengers stepped up to run for the 25th ward alderman’s seat. Gazette Chicago has the details. Continue reading »

Honor Black History Month With These Events, Books, Films, More Join an African American organization at NLU or learn other ways to expand awareness

 

By Cindy Danzell, MS, PEL, NCC

As our nation commemorates the 93rd Black History Month in February, we are reminded of the sacrifice, injustice and hardship many African Americans endured in the past and currently face. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASLAH), the founder of Black History Month, chose “The Great Migration” as the theme for Black History Month. Their website states, “ASALH’s 2019 theme Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today.”

National Louis University’s Student Experience department wants all students, staff and faculty to immerse themselves in learning about their culture and learning new cultures. This blog post lists events that are taking place all over Illinois during the month of February and books to read in hopes that we may help bridge the gap between interest and knowledge. Continue reading »

How To Change the World? Students to Ask Politicians, Activists Two state legislators, two civic activists coming to answer students' questions Feb. 4

Two National Louis University students who want to change the world will facilitate a discussion with Chicago-area leaders who have taken steps to make society better. The Monday, Feb. 4 event will feature Illinois Sen. Robert Peters, a Democrat from the 13th District; Illinois Rep. Lamont J. Robinson Jr., a Democrat from the 5th District; Alex Boutros, a community organizer with the nonprofit Chicago Votes, and Karla Castilla-Morin,  manager of the Issues in Action program with the nonprofit Mikva Challenge. 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.