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.
Research shows that without doubt, groups saturate academic entities and implicitly impose an influence on outputs of the members of the entities (Henttonen, Johanson, & Janhonen, 2014). However, is there a correlation specifically to the dynamics embedded within study groups toward individual academic success? In fact there is. Studies show that work outputs are more effective when routine feedback is provided (Henttonen, et al., 2014). Study groups at some point of time form a relationship; a connection and bond shapes amidst the members. As this union forms, each member functions as a support system that boosts each member of the group. Study groups help to maximize efficiency levels in addition to contribute to the variety of talent, perspective, and uniqueness. Henceforth, each member becomes a motivating factor to one another. Correspondingly, recurring feedback helps to moderate error. Insight from a third hand perspective provides a viewpoint to avoid taking the wrong course of action and achieve a more fluid output.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a 2,800 plus page federal law that fundamentally changes the way payers (insurance companies) can structure their policies and provides new ways to help U.S. citizens pay for healthcare insurance. According to Casale, et al. (2011), about two-thirds of Americans currently have health insurance, with the majority of those from employer plans. Approximately 98% of businesses with over 200 employees offer health insurance to their employees. The other third will be expected to purchase insurance or become eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.
Through my years advising students, I have seen students achieve success in many ways. Many of these students were successful in completing their ultimate goal of obtaining their degree by using simple techniques. The three techniques I have found to be most beneficial to students are time management, strong study habits, and open communication.
Massage has been around for thousands of years, and it is continuing to evolve. New research is now proving the effectiveness of massage for numerous conditions and demographics. There are some conditions though for which massage may not be beneficial. When going to get a massage, make sure you discuss your health conditions with the massage therapist to ensure you receive the best massage treatment.
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.
One logical consequence of signing up for college is that employers will immediately send candidates enrolled in technical programs to the front of the line for consideration. So, if two people apply for a clerical/reception position in a medical clinic, the office manager or physician in charge will typically be more interested in a candidate currently attending a medical school. Why? In the case of Northwestern College’s Medical Assisting program, the current student will probably become a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) and the clinic can get a good look at a part-time clerical employee before committing to hiring a professional medical assistant.