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Mayor-elect Lightfoot Names NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia to Transition Team

Aarti Dhupelia

National Louis University’s Aarti Dhupelia.

Chicago’s Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has named Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for undergraduate education and dean of the undergraduate college at National Louis University, to Lightfoot’s education transition team.

“I am honored and excited to serve the city in this way, through bringing my own K-12 and higher education perspectives to the table as well as through helping to ensure the voices of our committee and the broader community are heard,” Dhupelia said. Continue reading »

Honor Veterans By Donating Items, Marching 20 Miles on May 24

Everyone at National Louis University, including faculty, students and staff, is invited to participate as we commemorate Armed Forces Week from May 20-24. The week encompasses Armed Forces Day on May 18.

There are three ways to take part: donate snacks and supplies for the USO anytime before May 15, become a  volunteer or sponsor for the Ruck March (such as sponsoring a marcher at $1/mile) or join the Ruck March to raise awareness that approximately 20 U.S. military service members and veterans lose their lives to suicide every day. The 20-mile Ruck March steps off Friday, May 24 in the morning in Glencoe, Illinois and marchers will finish at Lincoln Park in Chicago. Those interested in marching only a portion of the walk, such as from Glencoe to Evanston or Evanston to Lincoln Park, may do so. Continue reading »

NLU Hosts Student Veterans Event for Chicago-area Universities

College presidents and student veteran leaders from 27 universities across the Chicago area visited National Louis University April 17 to attend an event titled “Student Veterans: Good Mission, Good Business.””

The event focused on how higher education serves veterans and their families, helping them transition to civilian life, preparing them for careers and connecting them to employment. Continue reading »

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 Student Shines at International French Young Chef Competition

A culinary student at Kendall College at National Louis University recently kept her cool despite the intense pressure of designing a menu, cooking and serving in a culinary competition sponsored by France’s oldest food and wine society, the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

The Chaine was founded in 1248 as King Louis IX’s guild for goose roasters and lives on as a modern global association dedicated to cooking, chefs and the restaurant, hospitality and beverage industries. Continue reading »

Celebrate Gender Empowerment Month at NLU

Throughout the month of April, National Louis University students, faculty and staff are welcome to join in community-wide events with exciting activities to grow your allyship, understand each other and be empowered by the experiences of others.

Gender Empowerment Month will bring speakers, workshops, and documentaries to campus. Throughout the month, the NLU community will be challenged to grow, engage in enriching discussions and help us celebrate our opportunity to be empowered. Events will take place in Chicago, Wheeling, Goose Island and Lisle. We will also be streaming several events online to allow everyone in our community to participate. Continue reading »

Hotel Chicago West Loop Names Kendall Alum Laramie, 31, as GM Jean-Luc Laramie plans to translate hotel experience for millennials

Jean-Luc Laramie

Jean-Luc Laramie serves as Hotel Chicago West Loop’s general manager.

Hotel Chicago West Loop, which is known for its art gallery and its streetscape art in guest rooms, has named an alum of  Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management as its general manager.

Jean-Luc Laramie earned his B.A. in hospitality management in 2012. He enrolled at Kendall after taking a hotel management training program in Amman, Jordan, then worked as a bell boy while taking classes at Kendall. Continue reading »

Need Some Stress Relief? Lace Up Your Shoes and Run By Gina Nunez, Associate Director, Office of Student Affairs

Gina Nunez

Gina Nunez posed before the Rock n’Roll half marathon in July 2018.

“What do you do when you’re stressed?” Some people like to color, some people meditate, and some like to just keep to themselves. I like to run.

Running has become my stress relief. I serve as the Conduct Officer and Title IX Investigator for the University, so I see some pretty heavy issues in my daily work. Leaving work at work isn’t always easy, especially when people trust you with their very personal experiences. When I’m definitely feeling under pressure, I run (not away from my problem) to gain clarity and when I’m done, I feel prepared to tackle the issue with renewed energy and a fresh perspective. Continue reading »

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 »