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North Park University
Chicago Ridge, IL, United States

North Park University is a four-year university located at 3225 W. Foster Avenue on the north side of Chicago, Illinois in the North Park neighborhood. It was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church and shares its campus with the denomination's only seminary. The university enrolls more than 3,000 students from around the country and the world and offers bachelors and master's degrees. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 5, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the Best Colleges in Illinois for 2017. 50 four-year colleges were ranked, with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Bradley University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Augustana College taking the top five spots on the list. 49 two-year schools were also selected; Carl Sandburg College, Illinois Central College, Richland Community College, Rend Lake College and Lincoln Land Community College were the top five. A complete list of schools is included below. “The schools on our list have shown that they offer outstanding educational programs that set students up for post-college success,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “Students exploring higher education options in Illinois can also look to these schools to provide top-quality resources that help maximize the overall educational experience.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Illinois” list, all schools must be not-for-profit and regionally accredited. Each college is also evaluated metrics including annual alumni earnings, the opportunity for employment services and academic counseling, the selection of degree programs offered, financial aid availability and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Illinois” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include: Augustana College Aurora University Benedictine University Blackburn College Bradley University Chicago State University Concordia University-Chicago DePaul University Dominican University Eastern Illinois University Elmhurst College Eureka College Governors State University Greenville College Illinois College Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan University Judson University Knox College Lake Forest College Lewis University Loyola University Chicago MacMurray College McKendree University Millikin University Monmouth College National Louis University North Central College North Park University Northern Illinois University Northwestern University Olivet Nazarene University Principia College Quincy University Rockford University Roosevelt University Rush University Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Trinity Christian College Trinity International University-Illinois University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of St Francis Western Illinois University Wheaton College The Best Two-Year Colleges in Illinois for 2017 include: Black Hawk College Carl Sandburg College City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman College City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College College of DuPage College of Lake County Danville Area Community College Elgin Community College Frontier Community College Harper College Heartland Community College Highland Community College Illinois Central College Illinois Valley Community College John A Logan College John Wood Community College Joliet Junior College Kankakee Community College Kaskaskia College Kishwaukee College Lake Land College Lewis and Clark Community College Lincoln Land Community College Lincoln Trail College MacCormac College McHenry County College Moraine Valley Community College Morton College Oakton Community College Olney Central College Parkland College Prairie State College Rend Lake College Richland Community College Rock Valley College Sauk Valley Community College Shawnee Community College South Suburban College Southeastern Illinois College Southwestern Illinois College Spoon River College Triton College Wabash Valley College Waubonsee Community College ### About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

Schmale R.,North Park University | Cristia A.,Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology | Seidl A.,Purdue University
Developmental Science | Year: 2012

Both subjective impressions and previous research with monolingual listeners suggest that a foreign accent interferes with word recognition in infants, young children, and adults. However, because being exposed to multiple accents is likely to be an everyday occurrence in many societies, it is unexpected that such non-standard pronunciations would significantly impede language processing once the listener has experience with the relevant accent. Indeed, we report that 24-month-olds successfully accommodate an unfamiliar accent in rapid word learning after less than 2minutes of accent exposure. These results underline the robustness of our speech perception mechanisms, which allow listeners to adapt even in the absence of extensive lexical knowledge and clear known-word referents. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Schmale R.,North Park University | Seidl A.,Purdue University | Cristia A.,French National Center for Scientific Research
Developmental Science | Year: 2015

Previous work reveals that toddlers can accommodate a novel accent after hearing it for only a brief period of time. A common assumption is that children, like adults, cope with nonstandard pronunciations by relying on words they know (e.g. 'this person pronounces sock as sack, therefore by black she meant block'). In this paper, we assess whether toddlers might additionally use a general expansion strategy, whereby they simply accept non-standard pronunciations when variability is expected. We exposed a group of 24-month-old English-learning toddlers to variability in indexical cues (very diverse voices from native English talkers), and another to variability in social cues (very diverse-looking silent actors); neither group was familiarized with the target novel accent. At test, both groups succeeded in recognizing a novel word when spoken in the novel accent. Thus, even when no lexical cues are available, variability can prepare young children for non-standard pronunciations. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Increasing evidence suggests that trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) is an important modulator of the dopaminergic system. Existing molecular evidence indicates that TAAR1 regulates dopamine levels through interactions with dopamine transporters and D2 receptors. However, investigations to date have not been exhaustive and other pathways may be involved. In this study, we used a well-described set of behaviors, quinpirole-induced yawning and hypothermia, to explore the potential interaction of TAAR1 and D3 receptors, which are members of the ‘D2-like’ dopamine receptor subfamily. Previous studies have shown that for D2/D3 receptor agonists, the induction of yawning is a D3 receptor-mediated effect, whereas the inhibition of yawning and induction of hypothermia are D2 receptor-mediated effects. Quinpirole produced an inverted U-shaped dose-effect curve for yawning, which was shifted downward dose-dependently by each of the TAAR1 agonists RO5263397 and RO5166017. Quinpirole also produced dose-dependent hypothermia, which was not affected by either TAAR1 agonist. These results suggest that TAAR1 agonists may interact with D3 receptors and/or its downstream pathways, as opposed to D2 receptors. These findings may shed light on a previously unexplored possibility for the mechanism of TAAR1-mediated effects. Copyright © 2017 YEAR Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

News Article | October 29, 2016

Leading online higher education information provider has announced it’s ranking of the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois. A total of 21 schools were selected for excellence in online education, with the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Christian University, Aurora University, National Louis University and Governors State University on top for four-year programs and Shawnee Community College and Southeastern Illinois College ranking highest for two-year programs. "Illinois has seen a steady increase in college enrollment since the mid-1990’s,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "These colleges are taking learning to the next level by offering online education options that are affordable and high quality. The flexibility online classes provide is paramount when it comes to helping a growing number of students earn college degrees.” To qualify for a place on the Best Online Colleges in Illinois list, requires schools to hold public or private not-for-profit status. They must also carry accreditation and maintain specific in-state tuition standards; only two-year schools offering in-state tuition under $5,000 annually and four-year schools offering in-state tuition under $25,000 annually are considered. Rankings are assigned based on analysis of a dozen different data points, including variety of online offerings, graduation rates and financial aid statistics. A complete list of schools featured on the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Illinois ranking are included below. Details on each school’s rank, specific data points and methodology used for the comparison can be found at: Aurora University Eastern Illinois University Governors State University Greenville College Illinois State University Lincoln Christian University MacMurray College Methodist College Moody Bible Institute National Louis University National University of Health Sciences North Park University Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing Shawnee Community College Southeastern Illinois College Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville St. John's College of Nursing University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Western Illinois University began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - March 02, 2017) - The John Marshall Law School's Fair Housing Legal Support Center will educate undergraduates during the fall 2017 semester about fair housing and fair lending laws under a grant titled Fair Housing & Fair Lending: The Next Generation from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.* This is the seventh time John Marshall will offer the course. The grant provides scholarships to students to take the course, which may be counted toward the student's undergraduate degree. The Center is proactively preparing the next generation of advocates to fight the rampant discrimination that continues to exist in housing and in educating citizens about fair-housing laws. Last year, the Center recruited and selected 19 students from the following colleges and universities: Concordia University Chicago, River Forest; Dominican University, River Forest; Elmhurst College, Elmhurst; Northeastern University, Chicago; North Park University, Chicago; Robert Morris University, Chicago; Roosevelt University, Chicago; Triton College, River Grove; and the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a required part of their course work, students will assist the Center staff in making presentations at local schools and to community groups and senior organizations. These presentations are designed to educate other students, professors and community members about housing rights. This program aspect also affords the students opportunities to develop public-speaking skills and to share their knowledge with others. At the end of the course, the Fair Housing Legal Support Center will host a career night for program students and alumni to explore job and career opportunities in civil rights and fair housing. Previous career events included panelists from the U.S. Department of HUD Region V FHEO Office, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Access Living, Chicago Commission on Human Relations, HOPE Fair Housing Center, The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic, The University of Illinois at Chicago-Department of Urban Planning and Development and the law firm of Gartner & Bondavalli. The Center also assists interested students in obtaining internships with organizations that promote fair housing. Interested students must submit applications by March 31, 2017. To learn more about the Fair Housing & Fair Lending Course, please call Professor Michael Seng at (312) 987-1446, or visit *The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal government.

News Article | February 15, 2017

Although studying music can be a highly rewarding experience, some students may find the music history aspect of those studies challenging because of the sheer amount of information involved. Recognizing this, Drew Schweppe began his quest to translate centuries of essential music history facts to a mobile app that would allow students and teachers to take that information with them anywhere. The result is Informusic (, the music history app for iOS devices and smartphones, and in addition to its introductory pricing at just 99 cents, Schweppe and his team are also offering an additional special bulk discount of 50% off to educators and schools for a limited time, through February 15, 2017. Created by Schweppe and refined along with a select team of leading musicologists, performers, professors, and historians, Informusic is the all-in-one music history and composer resource that means that music students and classical music fans alike will now be able to access a wealth of detailed musical history facts and information with just the swipe of a finger. To celebrate its launch, Schweppe will also be making appearances at schools, colleges and groups in several U.S. cities to demonstrate Informusic and talk about music history, app development, music industry careers, and tips for music educators. Informusic offers an expansive amount of detailed yet quickly accessible information on Western Art Music’s greatest composers and compositions, from the Medieval era, through the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras – and with more expansions yet to come. At the swipe of a screen, users can browse Informusic for such useful and fascinating information as composer biographies, quick facts, and complete works, along with program notes, sheet music, audio samples, and suggested further scholarship. Informusic also features interactive timelines that allow students to make connections between the music they learn in Band, Orchestra, Chorus & Music Appreciation/Theory with what they’re learning in Social Studies, Art, English, Science, and more. Users can also search with ease, by year, event type, or specific keywords. The app is constantly updated with ever-expanding content and composers as well. Informusic founder Drew Schweppe is a dynamic and polished speaker who will be appearing in several cities in the coming weeks to discuss Informusic and to demonstrate its uses for educators and students firsthand. He will be in Ithaca, New York, from February 6-10, in New Orleans, LA (February 20-24), Oklahoma at the end of February, Denver (March 1), in several major cities in California (still to be announced, March 6-7), Seattle (March 9-14), Chicago (from March 16-22), and in Pittsburgh during the week of March 23, 2017. Schweppe created the app as a result of his studies while pursuing Master’s degrees in Music and Music Industry Leadership from City University of London and Northeastern University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree from Ithaca College. With successful recent speaking appearances including Indiana University, Ithaca College, North Park University, and Classic Chicago, Schweppe would welcome the opportunity for additional speaking or appearance opportunities -- to set up an appearance today, or to inquire about fees, availability, or abstracts, contact Drew Schweppe directly at (215) 896-7193 or via drew(at) Informusic is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and requires iOS 8.0 or later. Informusic is currently available for a limited time through February 15, 2017 for just $.99 at the Apple iTunes Store, at While Informusic currently features only Western Art Music, expansions for other genres are already in the works now. Informusic is the essential classical music history app for iOS that was created and founded by Drew Schweppe. Informusic provides a wealth of music history information that was specially created by experts in musicology, history, and performance. Its advisory board of PhD musicologists chaired by Dr. Mark A. Radice (Professor, Music Theory, History, and Composition at Ithaca College) ensures the app’s quality and accuracy as an invaluable learning tool for all. Learn more about Informusic at For more information on Informusic, or to review the app, please contact publicist Angela Mitchell at (904) 982-8043 or news(at) To reach Informusic directly, or to inquire about bulk purchases for your class, school, or organization, please e-mail hello(at)

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