University Center brings NIU anti-bullying conference to Lake County

University Center brings NIU anti-bullying conference to Lake County
Grayslake, IL (September 22, 2016) University Center of Lake County is collaborating with Northern Illinois University to bring their “Bullying:  How Schools Can Respond” conference to Lake County.  The conference will take place simultaneously in DeKalb and Grayslake on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 8 am to 2:15 pm.  The sites will be linked through interactive video and some sessions will originate from each location.
The goal of this professional development conference is to educate administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff members about how they can respond to the issue of bullying in their schools.   It is the sixth annual conference organized by the NIU College of Education Office of External & Global Programs and NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the second consecutive year in which they have partnered with University Center of Lake County.
The keynote address, “Expanding Our Approach to Gender-Based Bullying,” will be given by Molly Holmes, Director, NIU Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, with Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Adult & Higher Education Program, Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, NIU.
Additional sessions/speakers include:
“Preventing and Addressing Cyberbullying: Resources and Tools” by Christine Malecki, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, NIU, with Michelle Demaray, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, NIU.
“Prevention Strategies: From Evidence-Based Practice to the Lived Experience of Students and Parents” by Andy Duran, Executive Director, LEAD/ SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition with parent Micaiah Robinson.
Registration is now open at with the early bird registration ending on October 7.  Full details, including a schedule, a flyer, and a registration form, are also available at
Hilary Ward Schnadt, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Services & Programs
University Center of Lake County
1200 University Center Drive
Grayslake, IL 60030-2614
Voice:  847/665-4004
Fax:  847/665-4111

NCTSN Response: Orlando Nightclub Hate Crime and Act of Terrorism

This information is being forwarded to you from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

In response to the Orlando Nightclub hate crime and act of terrorism, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families and communities respond:

The NCTSN also has resources on Psychological First Aid (PFA) PFA is an early intervention to support children, youth, adults, and families impacted by these types of events.  PFA have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish.  There is a PFA for Faith-Based Leaders available for download, as well as PFA Mobile, which is an app available on Android and Apple devices.  An online training course for PFA is available on the NCTSN Learning Center, as well as a Childhood Traumatic Grief and Developing Clinical Competence in Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families Speaker Series.  SAMSHA has a Disaster Distress Hotline - call 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.

Round Lake Area Job Fair - June 29, 2016

Senator Melinda Bush's office, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Job Center of Lake County, will be hosting a job fair on Wednesday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Magee Middle School in Round Lake.  More information is available on the flyers below (English and Spanish both available):


April: Alcohol Awareness Month

From the Illinois Collaboration on Youth News:

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to talk early and often to prevent underage drinking. SAMHSA's Underage Drinking Prevention campaign offers resources on address the issue of alcohol targeted to youth ages 9 to 15.

Beat the Blame Game - April 14, 2016

Please join the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in welcoming Catharsis Productions on April 14, 2016 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Lower Level Auditorium in Building C from 6pm to 8pm. Read below to learn more!

Let’s face it. Ugly behavior abounds. On college campuses. Military bases. In the workplace. Yet, it’s hard enough to even acknowledge just how much people are perpetrating acts of sexual assault, harassment, racial discrimination, or violence—let alone have an honest, constructive dialogue about these issues.

Catharsis Productions brings a profound passion to starting these important conversations and they do it in a very unexpected way. Their engaging programs get students, military personnel and employees talking, sharing, and yes, even laughing about the behaviors, stereotypes and cultural attitudes that contribute to these social issues.

Their approach is fully supported by research in education, psychology and cognition and led by trained educators who also happen to be dynamic, charismatic speakers. It all boils down to a proven, simple truth: laughter and honesty have the power to initiate change. Only when defenses are lowered, are people truly able to reflect on behaviors and beliefs, and begin a positive transformation.

Learn more about ‘Beat the Blame Game’ by clicking on the link below to view the video!

University Center of Lake County Open House - March 31

March 31 Open House Will Provide Workshops & University Center Program Information

Grayslake, IL (March 10, 2016) The University Center of Lake County will hold a free Open House on Thursday, March 31 from 6 - 8 pm at the University Center's Grayslake facility (1200 University Center Drive).  It will be showcase the more than 125 academic options available in Lake County from 20 Illinois institutions for adults who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree, earn a graduate degree or pursue professional certificates.  It will also offer three half-hour workshops for students contemplating a return to college who may have concerns about balancing school, work, and family life:

6:00 p.m. “For Adults Only: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earning a Bachelor’s Degree”
Carrie Johnson, Director of the BA in General Studies, Eastern Illinois University

6:45 p.m. “Back to School Balancing Act”
Tim Panfil, Director, Enrollment Management, School of Professional Studies, Elmhurst College

7:30 p.m. “It’s Time to Get a Graduate Degree – Making the Decision to Start”
Wes Lindahl, Dean of School for Business & Nonprofit Management, North Park University

WXLC will be broadcasting live from the Open House until 7:30, so prospective students can stop by to meet an XLC radio personality and to try their hands at winning some immediate financial aid from the XLC cash machine.

Visit to register for the event or to download a flyer.  Call 847/665-4000 for more information.  A flyer is available here.

Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children Facilitator Training