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.
Special thanks to Medical Assisting Program Instructor Andrea Burke for her time and effort in organizing this spring’s Blood Drive, which was facilitated in conjunction with the Heartland Blood Center. Additional thanks go out to the many Medical Assisting students that participated, as well as Program Director Chandra Hurt for her assistance throughout the course of the event.
Special thanks to Medical Assisting Program Director Chandra Hurt for facilitating the event alongside Heartland, and for the volunteer efforts of students Azzitta Newton and Justine Renteria of the Medical Assisting Program who donated their time throughout the course of the day.
Northwestern College would like to announce that Health Information Technology (HIT) Instructor Christopher Wheat, B.A. RHIT has been awarded the Illinois Health Information Management Association’s (ILHIMA) 2015 “Outstanding New Professional” award! While Wheat may be a newer faculty member at the College, assigned to its Bridgeview Campus, he is no stranger there. Wheat earned his Associate in Applied Science Degree in HIT from Northwestern College in December 2012. According to Theresa L. Jones, ILHIMA Past-President, Wheat was awarded this esteemed honor in recognition of his contributions to ILHIMA. The award was bestowed to him in mid-April before his peers at ILHIMA’s Annual Meeting held in Springfield, Illinois.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview and Chicago Campuses will be hosting a joint Career Fair for students and the community on Thursday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon at its Bridgeview Campus located at 7725 S. Harlem Avenue. Approximately twenty five (25) businesses and employers have already confirmed their attendance at these two events, with several additional employers expressing significant interest. The College finds it imperative to do everything it can to assist its students in obtaining employment.
On Monday, May 4th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, Northwestern College will host its annual spring Blood Drive in Room 104 at its Bridgeview Campus located at 7725 S. Harlem Avenue. Students, employees, faculty, and members of the public are invited to participate. Members of the public can check in at the Security Desk in the main lobby where they will be directed to Room 104.