Thanks to the efforts of Northwestern College’s Rosemont administrative office staff, a local coat drive was spearheaded via One Warm Coat®, resulting in 198 coats being collected to benefit local adults and children in need! Northwestern College, a 114 year old family-owned higher education institution, launched its coat drive on December 4 and concluded it on January 18. In addition to the 198 coats, also collected were: 65 Scarves, 43 pairs of gloves, 34 hats, 6 earmuffs, 2 pairs of children’s snow pants, and 1 pair of boots!
Northwestern College Criminal Justice Students Get Visit from Bridgeview Fire Department Battalion Chief
Northwestern College’s Criminal Justice students continue to benefit from partnerships with area investigative professionals in Bridgeview as part of their course curriculum. This fall’s Criminal Investigations Class has had multiple opportunities to learn firsthand from investigations professionals, with their final class guest speaker being Bridgeview Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Daly. Battalion Chief Daly appeared before the class in Week 10 of the course to talk to them about fire and arson investigations.
Northwestern College’s Chicago Campus students have organized a Food Drive that spans from Thanksgiving through New Years in hopes of assisting local Chicago families. Donation boxes were set out on November 20 around the College’s Jefferson Park Campus and will remain in place through December 31, with all proceeds collected to go to Jireh Pantry. The Jireh Food Pantry is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Jesus Word Center.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus (7725 S. Harlem Avenue), in conjunction with the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is pleased to announce its participation once again in the Annual Bridgeview Chamber Food & Toy Drive. This is the 25th year that the Bridgeview Chamber has sponsored this drive to benefit the needy families and children of the Bridgeview Community. Once again, Northwestern College is serving as an official drop-off site for food and toys for the community, as well as for the college’s own students, staff and faculty.
Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus Participates in Pen Pal Program with Bridgeview School Children
Thirty-three (33) Northwestern College staff and faculty participated in the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 2015 Pen Pal Program with three of Bridgeview School’s fourth and fifth grade classes. Multiple businesses and Chamber members of the Bridgeview community participated, providing pen pals for over eighty (80) children during the fall quarter of the school year.
Northwestern College’s Criminal Justice students continue to benefit from a partnership with the Bridgeview Police Department, with this fall’s Criminal Investigations Class having the opportunity for a second time to learn firsthand from law enforcement personnel. During week 6 of the fall quarter the class had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Bridgeview Police Department where they toured the facility; observed the various areas of intake, holding and questioning; observed the practice of fingerprinting; viewed via live recording the questioning of a subject; toured and utilized the department’s firing range; and met with multiple Bridgeview Police personnel, including Investigator Robert Tomiczak and Range Master/Officer David Sroka. The students were also accompanied by Northwestern College instructor Charles Chigas (retired Bridgeview Chief) and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Mark Mitchell (retired Palos Hills Lieutenant).
Recently nine (9) Northwestern College Criminal Justice students and graduates and two Criminal Justice Program faculty members traveled to the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region 6 Conference in Macomb, IL. After rigorous competition, Northwestern College walked away with nine (9) total awards, including five (5) earned by NC students and graduates and four (4) by NC professionals! The ACJA is a national fraternal organization dedicated to the betterment of law enforcement through education, with its regional conferences affording students opportunities to compete over several days in multiple categories of both written and physical competitions. The theme for the Region 6 Conference was, “CLUE: The Board Game and Criminal Investigations.”
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.