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Congresswoman, Ambassador to speak at NLU Commencement June 15

National Louis University is thrilled to welcome two distinguished speakers at Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, who was elected to Congress last November, will speak at the 10 a.m. Commencement ceremony, which will celebrate students receiving graduate degrees.

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin will speak at the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony for undergraduates. Continue reading »

World War I Soldier’s Experience Comes Alive Through NLU Alum

When Charles Orr Ryan returned in 1918 from serving in England during World War 1, his family stashed his wartime letters in the attic of their Minnesota farmhouse.

There they remained for about 100 years, until a relative sent them to Charles’ daughter Patricia Jane Ryan. Jane Ryan, as she calls herself, graduated from National College of Education in 1960 with a Bachelor of Education degree and worked as a teacher until her retirement. NCE continues to exist as the college of education within National Louis University. Continue reading »

Students Show Creative Talents for Visual Art at NLU Art Expo

Many National Louis University students have found a way to unwind and relax that few of their fellow students or instructors know about. They have nurtured their artistic talents for the sake of their own creative expression.

The annual National Louis University student art expo, held at the Chicago and Wheeling campuses, offers an opportunity to showcase students’ artwork. Continue reading »

Kendall Alum Serves as Hotel Julian’s Director of Sales and Marketing

Hotel Julian, a chic boutique hotel on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park, has tapped some talent from Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University.

Daniel Grajdura, who earned his Hospitality Management degree from Kendall in 2005, provides a polished presence as the hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing. He can often be found on the hotel’s ground floor, a trendy-looking space which includes a mix of contemporary seating and vintage touches like a portrait of the building’s renowned architect, Benjamin Marshall, painted on brick at one side of the cocktail bar. That space flows seamlessly into the hotel lobby and a restaurant, About Last Knife. Continue reading »

Senator Durbin Visits Dr. Fromm Reed’s Neighborhood Group

The old notion about professors living in an ivory tower is fading fast.

Suzette Fromm Reed, Ph.D., is bringing her expertise in Community Psychology to a forward-thinking Chicago neighborhood organization called the Resilient Belmont Cragin Community Collaborative. Fromm Reed, a researcher and associate professor, developed and formerly chaired National Louis University’s Community Psychology doctoral program.

Recently, Fromm Reed took part as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Resilient Belmont Cragin group to discuss how it is using a strategy called Community Resilience to help residents cope with difficulties resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Continue reading »

Kendall Chef, Students Demo Sustainable Fish Recipe at Shedd Aquarium

We know you’re wondering, so let’s address this right up front.  The cooking demonstrations at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium do not use any of the actual fish in the Aquarium’s collection.

Instead, Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University partners with Shedd Aquarium to demonstrate recipes using species that are sustainably fished. Continue reading »

Students Start Businesses, Take Part in Startup Accelerator Residency

Happy Lee wants to start a business delivering organic, hydroponically-grown local produce to customers via an app.

Amiracle Harris also wants to deliver something to customers in her upcoming business: a monthly subscription box with products that encourage children 6-10 to become entrepreneurs.

Both of these National Louis University undergraduate Business students applied to and were accepted into Future Founders, which began in February. It  describes itself as “an innovative early-stage accelerator program that helps 18-to-30-year-olds go from side hustle to CEO through a series of interactive workshops covering the lean startup method.” Continue reading »

A Quest to Define Competencies for Top School Leaders

by Jim Schott
professor emeritus, National Louis University

Seven years ago, I decided to write a book about the leadership and management competencies superintendents and other top school and district leaders might need to be successful in today’s world. And the first thing I did was contact Dr. Linton Deck.

Deck was one of most intelligent and knowledgeable educational leaders I had ever met. He was a voracious reader who knew so much about almost any subject or topic one might raise. He was always interesting and ready to tell a great story—as well as some good clean jokes. And he continuously was on a mission to discover new information and ways to use it.

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Congrats! James Beard Award Goes to Kendall Alum Beverly Kim

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark. Photo: Instagram

The “Oscars of the Culinary World,” as the national  James Beard Foundation Awards are fondly called by restaurateurs, honored an alum of Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University.

Beverly Kim, who earned a culinary arts degree at Kendall in 2000, together with her husband Johnny Clark, won the Best Chef – Great Lakes Region award for their critically-acclaimed restaurant Parachute at the glitzy James Beard awards ceremony, held at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Continue reading »

Dean Viola Discusses National Louis’ MBA Program in Crain’s Roundtable

National Louis University’s Judah Viola, Ph.D., dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, appeared in a Crain’s Chicago Business/Crain’s Custom Media roundtable feature on executive education and MBA programs in the Chicago area.

When asked who should be considering executive education, Viola responded, ” Great leaders come from all walks of life and all academic backgrounds. Many NLU students work in businesses as managers and supervisors and are looking to boost their success. We also have career-changers and aspiring leaders with great potential who are just starting out.” Continue reading »