Colleges, universities share news of programs, events

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When students arrive at the University of St. Francis, a large number have not chosen a major yet. College leaders are prepared to a help student discover a field that’s a good fit.

Here is what is happening at the schools participating in this education guide.

Chamberlain College of Nursing: Registered nurses (RNs), the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, are positioned to play an integral role as the industry responds to new demands stemming from changes in healthcare policy and delivery. To meet these needs, the Institute of Medicine recommends an increase in the proportion of RNs with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.

Employment of RNs is expected to increase 26 percent by then, adding more than 700,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these new positions will require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that 39.1 percent of employers already require a BSN for new hires, and 77.4 percent strongly prefer BSN-prepared nurses.

For those interested in gaining a leg up on the competition in their pursuit of a career in nursing, Chamberlain College of Nursing offers a three-year BSN degree program. Chamberlain is currently accepting applications for courses beginning July 7.

For more information about Chamberlain’s three-year BSN degree program, visit

Northwestern College: Northwestern College’s Naperville Campus at 1809 N. Mill St. completed its Holiday Drive for 2012, with all proceeds benefiting The Family Shelter Service, which assists women and children of DuPage County who have been victims of domestic violence. During November and December, students, staff, faculty and the Naperville community donated a variety of toys for the children and clothing for both women and children.

Family Shelter Service is a temporary shelter for battered women and their children. Many of these families leave all of their possessions to escape their abusive environment. In an effort to provide some joy to these children and their mothers, Northwestern College’s Naperville Campus asked its students, staff and faculty to participate by donating a gift at any dollar amount. Learn more about Northwestern College at or call 888-205-2283.

Adler School of Professional Psychology: At the Adler School of Professional Psychology, we believe it is possible to earn a living while also creating real change. Our vision is to train socially responsible graduates who meet the needs of individuals, as well as the communities they serve. Our curriculum has earned national and international recognition from professional organizations, individuals, and employers worldwide. Students receive a unique blend of theory and practice and have real-world practicum and internship experiences.

A new flexible evening/weekend program will be starting in the fall. The M.A. in Public Policy and Administration teaches students to integrate concepts of social change and social justice into public service, particularly through consultation with communities most affected by policy.

The Urban Mental Health Concentration explores the unique skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to work across disciplinary and professional boundaries to develop and implement public policies that promote mental health in urban populations.

The Human Rights Advocacy Concentration examines the theoretical foundations and critical issues of advocacy planning and strategies for action.

In addition, we offer Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) degrees with specialized tracks in child and adolescent psychology, and a military psychology track. Our M.A. in Counseling Psychology offers many specialties. Fall classes are forming now. Join us at our Open House from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 2 at 17 N. Dearborn, Chicago, to learn more. To speak directly with admissions or to RSVP, please contact us toll-free at 866-371-5900 or

Benedictine University: It’s important in today’s job market to position yourself for a move into an expanding career field. Benedictine University’s adult accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to prepare working adults for careers in growing industries like business administration, education, management and human resources. These disciplines are expected to continue to expand over the next decade, making professionals with the appropriate certification more valuable. Human Resources, in particular, was recently cited by as one of the “Top 10 degrees for the future.” To help meet this demand, Benedictine offers a master’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior, which has a Human Resources focus, as well as a certificate in Human Resources Management. The outlook for business school graduates is also improving. Last year, 92 percent of graduates were employed and the average salary for graduates with a Master of Business Administration degree increased to $100,000, according to BusinessWeek. Benedictine offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership and Management, as well as Sales and Marketing certificates. Education continues to be a strong employer, especially for teachers with specialties in math and science or special education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for elementary and special education teachers are expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. Benedictine offers two Master of Education programs as well as endorsement programs for certification in teaching English as a Second Language. Benedictine’s main campus is at 5700 College Road, Lisle. Visit or call 630-829-6300 for more information.

Coyne College: Coyne College, a leader in education and training for HVAC & Refrigeration, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting and Medical Billing/Coding, has recognized the following employers, professional advisers and staff for their contributions in 2012.

Employer of the Year - Four Seasons™ Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Chicago. In 2012, Four Seasons hired 46 Coyne graduates. Externship Partner of the Year - Walgreens. Walgreens sponsored 22 students in 2012 for pharmacy externship programs, which provided on-the-job experience, and then hired eight of those students fulltime.

Program Advisory Committee (PAC) Member of the Year - Laura Reynolds, of NorthStar Heating and Air Conditioning of Chicago. PAC is a group of industry professionals, practitioners, affiliated partners, and other interested parties who meet with Coyne faculty and administrators to chart improvements in the college’s training programs. Reynolds has been a contributing PAC member since 2010. Employee of the Year - Durwin Morris, Operations Coordinator. Morris was a computer systems student at Coyne. He has been an employee since 1995, moving up from Records Manager to his current position in the Education Office. Instructor of the Year - Rhonda Steakley, Medical Terminology and Law and Ethics for Allied Health. Steakley has been at Coyne since 2009. “The success of Coyne College students is directly related to the quality and commitment of our staff, our professional advisers and the employers who hire our students,” said Russell Freeman, president of Coyne College. “In appreciation of these efforts, we recognize and congratulate the particularly strong contributions each year with our annual awards.” To learn more, visit or call (800)707-1922.

Indiana University
Northwest: Indiana University Northwest: Indiana University Northwest provides an urban, comprehensive IU education to more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Campus enrollment has grown significantly the past five years, and new undergraduate and graduate degree programs are being added to meet student and employer demand in high-demand disciplines.

Students have access to more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degrees in business, health and human services, arts and sciences, education, and public and environmental affairs. Master’s degrees include business administration, public affairs, liberal studies, elementary or secondary education, educational leadership, clinical counseling, and social work. Evening and weekend classes, study-abroad options and off-campus learning sites in Portage and Merrillville serve IU’s most diverse student body. Small class sizes (16:1 student-to-faculty ratio) ensure personal attention.

Community-based engagement is central to the IU Northwest academic mission and to its relationship with Northwest Indiana’s citizens and stakeholders. Students have many experiential learning opportunities that support regionally-focused research and service projects related to schools, economic development, child welfare, environmental sustainability, and other critical issues. The relationship on campus between the College of Health and Human Services and the IU School of Medicine – Northwest creates professional synergies, such as the Urban Health and Health Care Disparities curriculum, in which 3rd- and 4th-year medical students will work collaboratively with students in other disciplines, and with local professionals, to address underserved urban populations.

Student organizations, intercollegiate athletics, the Shadows & Echoes sculpture garden, gallery exhibits, theatre performances, and cultural programming create a dynamic environment for individualized learning. For more information, please visit

Purdue University Calumet: Here are 10 things you may not know about Purdue Calumet.

1. Big enough, small enough, convenient enough & affordable! 9,000+ students attend our Hammond, Ind. campus—off I-80/94, 3 miles east of Illinois state line, 25 miles southeast of Chicago.

2. Purdue Calumet graduates earn a world respected Purdue degree: ….the same degree awarded at Purdue’s Big Ten sibling campus.

3. Student success is Purdue Calumet’s strategic cornerstone.

We measure student success by degree attainment. We offer services and caring faculty/advisors.

4. Experiential learning is distinctive.

All undergraduates gain valuable experience by integrating traditional and applied learning in real world environments. Experiential learning occurs through research, internships, projects and more.

5. Purdue Calumet prepares today’s students for tomorrow.

Such cutting edge resources as our Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation and White Lodging Center for Hospitality and Tourism Management provide exciting learning opportunities into an emerging world of tomorrow.

6. Purdue Calumet appeals to prepared, persistent students.

We offer an honors program, full tuition Chancellor’s Awards for Valedictorians/Salutatorians and many other scholarships.

7. Purdue Calumet has respected and diverse appeal.

U.S. News & World Report recognizes our engineering program. Ditto for our MBA for Executives program by Fortune magazine. 650+ international students attend. Minority students comprise 30 percent of our enrollment.

8. Purdue Calumet offers residential facilities –not dorms.

They’re apartments—furnished suites with private bedrooms, semi-private bathroom(s), kitchen and living room.

9. Our professors are respected worldwide. steel manufacturing technologies, high energy physics, water quality and more.

10. Purdue Calumet has a growing athletics program.

We field 12 men’s and women’s teams in basketball, tennis, baseball, softball, cross country, soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s golf squads.

Rosalind Franklin
University: Assistant professor Beth Stutzmann, Ph.D., has spent the last 10 years investigating neuronal signaling in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. At the root of her research is the desire to understand the early disease processes that cause brain cells to malfunction in Alzheimer’s. In other words, she is looking at what pathological events are occurring before the tragic physical and behavioral changes develop. Uncovering these events may offer more effective strategies to prevent disease progression. Stutzmann’s research suggests that alterations in critical neuronal signaling factors, such as calcium, are an early component in the disease cycle that contributes to the memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.

Stutzmann came to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) from the University of California, Irvine, in 2005 to explore this area of interest, intentionally seeking RFUMS for its commitment to research paired with its strong basic science program, an environment where she knew her research would thrive.

“I love the process of investigation. There are things that, as researchers, we believe are important and we get to explore them. Not only is this satisfying on a personal level, you feel you’re contributing to a greater good. It’s enormously satisfying when you add even a little piece to the puzzle,” Stutzmann said. Her desire to help students is clear. She speaks passionately about teaching and mentoring, saying her own mentors had the biggest impact on her career. “I really believe in paying it forward and encouraging all young scientists,” she said. RFU is at 3333 Green Bay Road, North Chicago; call (847) 578-3000 or visit

South Suburban College: More than 100 years ago, community colleges were created as publicly funded institutions of higher education at community-based facilities. Today there are more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States that share the goal of allowing students to take advantage of nearby locations, flexible class schedules and affordable tuition. Students who attend community colleges also benefit from small class sizes and personal attention from professors.

Established in 1927, South Suburban College in South Holland is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college with a diverse annual student body of more than 16,000. SSC offers more than 50 career education and transfer programs awarding Associate Degrees, professional certifications and transferable credits. SSC also has numerous community outreach programs including Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), Continuing Education and much more. In addition, SSC’s Business & Career Institute provides training, testing, consulting, and economic and business development resourcesfor the region.

Full-time students can attend for just over $3,000 a year in tuition within a short distance from home. SSC’s Financial Aid Office will work to maximize student aid and tuition waivers, and the SSC Foundation offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities. The spring “Second Eight-Week” class session begins March 18. Summer classes begin June 3 and 10. For more information, to schedule a tour, or to get your college education started at South Suburban College, please visit or contact the SSC Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718.

University of St. Francis: Recognized as a top Midwestern college by both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review and named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine, University of St. Francis was also recently honored for its online programs by U.S. News & World Report. USF was named the top Illinois school overall for online graduate nursing programs. Among private schools in Illinois, USF has the top ranked online bachelor’s programs and graduate business programs, and was ranked second for its online graduate education program.

This year, USF launched an entrepreneurship major, an intermodal transportation institute, an English language and acculturation program, a preparation program for school principals, an RN to BSN fast-track program in nursing and a revamped MBA program. In the athletic arena, the USF men’s cross country team won the 2012 NAIA national championship and numerous other accolades have been earned by student-athletes in all sports.

Potential students are invited to attend a spring visit event at the university’s main campus at 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Admissions counselors will be present to answer questions and application fees will be waived for attendees.

Freshman campus visit day for high school students:

March 16: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m; RSVP: (800) 735-7500 or

Open House for adult and transfer undergraduates:

March 21: 5 - 8 p.m. RSVP: (800) 735-7500 or

The University of St. Francis is a Catholic, liberal arts institution that serves 3,400 students nationwide. Visit for more information.

Kendall College: Chicago’s Kendall College is the first private institution in Illinois to freeze tuition for a student’s entire time in college, according to an article in Crain’s Chicago Business.

The school is proud to extend this opportunity to incoming students who enroll before April 8. In order to qualify for tuition that never increases, students must be enrolled in three out of four quarters each year. The tuition freeze applies to all of the school’s degree programs, which include bachelor’s degree programs in business, early childhood education, culinary arts and hospitality management.

The College Board of New York reports that tuition has grown an average of 2.6 percent beyond inflation each year since 2001 at four-year private, nonprofit schools. At four-year public schools, the cost has jumped an average of 5.6 percent over inflation during this same period.

In this challenging economic environment, Kendall’s initiative to reduce financial uncertainty can help education become more accessible to students and their families. “We made the decision that we can deliver a high-quality product without relying on tuition increases,” says Kendall President Emily Williams Knight.

“I can’t make college free, but I can take a step to make it attainable.”

For more information on the tuition freeze, visit or contact the Office of Enrollment at 1.888.90.KENDALL (1.888.905.3632).