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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER EVENTS FROM 2016

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE JANUARY 18 - 22, 2016

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Every year on the third Monday in January, MLK day is observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of the United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. On Monday, January 18th, faculty, staff, students, & alumni observed a "Day On" by volunteering their time at Cornerstone Community Outreach & A Just Harvest located in Chicago, IL facilitated by CEC's AmeriCorps VISTA Kristine Becker-Kristufek.

Cornerstone Community Outreach located at 4628 North Clifton Ave. in Chicago hosted our MLK Day of Service project on Monday, January 18th. A group of 15 NLU faculty, staff, students braved the frigid temperatures to give their time to help a worthy organization by helping out in their kitchen to help prep & serve meals to their clients and sort through mountains of clothing in the basement for their Free Store. While it was hard work, it was also rewarding to give our time and energy to a great community partner. Thanks to all who volunteered their time for MLK Day of Service. Below are some pictures taken by our own NLU's photographer, James Richard IV who spent the day capturing the spirit of MLK Day of Service through photographs.

Picture of MLK Day of Service Cornerstone Community Outreach MLK Day of Service at Cornerstone Community Outreach 1/18/16

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‌‌Picture of NLU Staff & Student volunteering MLK Day at A Just Harvest

 

THE 3RD ANNUAL VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP FAIR APRIL 4TH - 7TH, 2016

 3rd Annual Virtual Volunteer Fair 2016 Pic 2

3rd Annual Virtual Volunteer/Internship Fair 2016 took place April 4th - 7th at the Chicago Campus during Welcome Week. We showcased 10 of our community partnerships that have volunteer & internship opportunities for Spring, Summer and Fall. Some of them are PAWS Chicago, A Just Harvest, Chicago Botanical Gardens, and American Cancer Society. Since it's a Virtual Fair, you can check it out anytime you want, as many times as you want. Click here The CEC 3rd Annual Virtual Volunteer/Internship Fair 

 

THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER PRESENTS GET OUT 2 VOTE APRIL 20TH, 2016 

The Get Out 2 Vote Voters Registration & Information took place on April 20th in the Chicago Campus Atrium and was an opportunity to unite the NLU community by discussing how current political, economic, social, and ecological systems fuel many of the crises facing our society. A Voting 101 that involved registering students and anyone else to vote, explaining about what documents needed to vote, clarifying the different ballots used to vote, and providing a discussion of issues that affect students' lives such as student loan crisis, job insecurity, and violence in America and the World. We had a wonderful guest speaker from the League of Women Voters of Chicago representative Helene Gabelnick along with her staff registering members of NLU to vote, providing information on how easy it is to register to vote and answering questions about the electoral process. We had a great turnout of 32 people, 5 of which registered to vote that day, especially from the Pathways program students who spent their lunch hour talking about issues that affect them and where the candidates stand. A special thanks to NLU's own James for documenting this event by taking photographs. We hope to have another one this fall before the general election to register more voters and arm NLU students, faculty and staff with information about where the candidates stand on the issues that plague our country.

CEC Get Out 2 Vote Voters Registration Info Pic 2 April CEC Get Out 2 Vote Voters Registration Info Pic 2 April

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THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER PRESENTS EARTH DAY: A CALL 2 ACTION COLLABORATION & CELEBRATION TEACH-IN APRIL 22ND, 2016

Earth Day: Call 2 Action Collaboration & Celebration Teach-in took place on Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Chicago Campus Atrium where we discussed environmental issues facing our country and offered to find solutions to reverse the damage we have done to this planet. We had numerous speakers for this event such as Stephanie Ochoa from Fair Trade Chicago who talked about the difference between Fair Trade Market versus Free Trade Market, Jonah Wine, AmeriCorps VISTA for the NLU's Veterans Resource Center, gave a presentation about using alternative transportation specifically biking to work in the city of Chicago, Kristin Lems serenaded us with Earth Day songs about different environmental issues that plague our planet and what we could do to help, Robin Schirmer from the Chicagoland CSA Coalition Band of Farmers organization discussed community supported agriculture and how it created a direct relationship between real farmers and the people who eat their produce, fruits, and meats, and Savannah Hawkins provided a discussion on systemic change for education. The turnout was less than ideal but those who attended gained a substantial amount of information and had fun in the process. We were amazed on how many children, ages 5 - 14, are forced to work 16 hours a day making 13 cents per day. We look forward to Earth Day 2017.  Below are pictures from the event taken by NLU's own James Richards.

 Earth Day Call 2 Action Collaboration Celebration Teach-In 2016 Pic 1 Earth Day Call 2 Action Collaboration Celebration Teach-In 2016 Pic 2

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 NLU COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITY USO OF ILLINOIS - CARE PACKAGE PROGRAM MAY 18TH, 2016

CEC & Veterans Resource Center were honored and proud to sponsor USO of Illinois - Care Package Program. Care Packages are an excellent way to support & improve the morale of service members stationed overseas. We had a great NLU turnout of 21 faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteering their time by sorting donations, making boxes, packing boxes, and writing thank you notes and custom slips. A special thanks to USO of Illinois supplying us with materials and partnering with us to help brighten a service member's day overseas. We look forward to working with them in the future especially again for May Month of Service next year. Below are pictures from the event: 

May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 1 2016 May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 2 2016

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May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 9 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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