Northwestern College’s Criminal Investigations class this fall is benefitting from a partnership with the Bridgeview Police Department. Bridgeview detectives will be visiting the Investigations class three times during the quarter so as to share their real life experiences with students who are seeking careers in the field of criminal justice. The particular focus of the visits will be on the mechanics of criminal investigations and the role of detectives during the course of such investigations. Last week the first visit was by Detective Daniel Matuszak, a fifteen (15) year veteran of the Bridgeview Police Department.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus (7725 S. Harlem Avenue) recently served as the host location for two of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s (ISAC) free, one-day workshops: Financial Aid 101 (for new financial aid professionals) and Financial Aid 201 (for more experienced financial aid professionals). Approximately 20 people attended each of the two workshops in Bridgeview, which ISAC holds quarterly throughout the state, and which are frequented by financial aid professionals from all over Illinois. Last week’s workshops were attended by representatives of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights; Chicago Public Schools; Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Training; Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills; Roosevelt University; DePaul University and Sauk Valley Community College of Dixon, Illinois. Northwestern College has consistently opened up its institution at no cost to ISAC for these and other similar workshops.
Northwestern College conducted its 111th Commencement Ceremony at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year’s ceremony featured two students who addressed their class, including Valedictorian Alex Barton of Chicago and Elizabeth Rivera of McKinley Park. Barton majored in Criminal Justice while Rivera was a double-major in Business Administration and Executive Accounting.
Northwestern College conducted its 111th Commencement Ceremony at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year’s ceremony featured two students who addressed their class, including Elizabeth Rivera of McKinley Park and Valedictorian Alex Barton of Chicago. Elizabeth was a double-major in Business Administration and Executive Accounting while Alex majored in Criminal Justice.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus (7725 S. Harlem Avenue) recently served as the host location of the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center’s (NCTC) 3-day course entitled, “Introduction to Narco-Terrorism”, which was co-sponsored by the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA). NCTC has regularly offered these courses as well as others at No Charge to law enforcement agencies, making them valuable training tools for departments to take advantage of. Northwestern College has regularly provided its facilities at No Charge for NCTC and law enforcement, as it did this month, so as to assist with the facilitation and access to training in order to keep local law enforcement officials current on techniques, trends, and tactics, despite whether or not a department has funds to conduct such training for its officers.
Northwestern College’s Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing recently held its Pinning Ceremony to celebrate the College’s Class of 2015 Nursing Students! Senior students participated in the traditional pinning ceremony for nurses, signifying their induction into the profession. Nursing students graduating from the Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing will have earned their Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN licensure examination, they will receive the Registered Nurse (RN) designation.
Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced that 271 students were awarded certificates and degrees at the College’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, June 19 at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in Chicago. Graduates completed their studies at the College’s two Illinois campuses, including Bridgeview and Chicago-Jefferson Park, as well as on-line.
Seven Northwestern College students and one graduate traveled to Nashville, Tennessee this spring to attend the 78th National Conference of the American Criminal Justice Association’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA/LAE). Both students and faculty of Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus competed alongside the other 212 active subordinate chapters (excluding Members-at-Large Chapters) of the ACJA/LAE throughout the United States, but only the college’s faculty advisor and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Mark Mitchell walked away with awards. Competition among Criminal Justice students from across the nation was fierce, but each Northwestern College student benefited a great deal from the experience, such as a better understanding of the importance of high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and the continuance of higher education within the criminal justice field.
Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced that the 2015 Commencement Speaker for Northwestern College’s June 19th Ceremony will be Illinois State Representative John Anthony of the 75th Legislative District. A Police Officer/Sheriff’s Deputy by trade, Rep. Anthony served and protected the public for 7 years before stepping up to seek an appointment to fill a vacancy when his state representative resigned. Since August of 2013 when he was first appointed, he has demonstrated his passion for serving the public in yet another way – by making laws rather than enforcing them as he did as a police officer. Rep. Anthony’s personal story – growing up in the streets of Chicago without parents, and at times without a home – is sure to provide an inspirational message to the College’s 2015 graduates about positive thinking, role models, determination, and faith. No goal is beyond anyone’s reach, despite mounting odds!
Northwestern College President Lawrence Schumacher announced that this year’s graduates will again wear environmentally-friendly caps and gowns at commencement, with this year’s regalia coming from the Jostens Elements Collection™. Elements™ regalia is truly sustainable as it starts from nature and returns to nature. The continued use of environmentally-friendly regalia is in support of Northwestern College’s efforts toward sustainability and its mission to go green. With each endeavor, whether big or small, Northwestern College continues to move forward with its goal of reducing its carbon footprint, and doing its part in preserving our environment.