Students find success at the John A. Miller Academic Success Center

Students find success at the John A. Miller Academic Success Center

Students pursuing degrees in business, culinary arts, baking and pastry, early childhood education or hospitality management are asked to complete rigorous courses across several disciplines. Many students take advantage of the on-campus tutoring and support at the Academic Success Center (ASC). “The ASC is an important piece in helping student achievement here at Kendall,” says Jim Morski, Assistant Professor, General Education “I frequently refer students to get additional tu... read more

Library Features Beverage Management Resources

Meredith, December 9th, 2013 | Category: Inside Kendall | Permalink | Email this
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School of Hospitality students curious about beverage management don’t have to look very far to find resources on campus.library kendall college hospitality

The Kendall College Library staff expertly assembled a set of books related to the Beverage Management concentration in the School of Hospitality management.

Students can prepare for classes in the Beverage Management concentration by browsing books about cocktails, wine, mixology, beer, coffee and tea.

“If you are on campus, be sure to stop by and see the display,” says Dean Susan Tinnish. “While you’re there, spend some time in the 641.2 section of the library to learn more about the amazing world of beverage management.”wine, wine education, beverage management, hospitality school, hotel school

The library also offers electronic access to databases like EBSCOhost databases which includes Hospitality & Tourism Complete (more than 490 publications, including periodicals, company and country reports, and books),  Business Source Complete (scholarly business journals), and Academic Search Complete (more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals).  The library also stocks hospitality industry publications like Meetings & Conventions, Midwest Meetings and Lodging Hospitality.


Kendall College Helps Tornado Victims Celebrate Thanksgiving

Meredith, December 3rd, 2013 | Category: Around Town, Faculty, Student | Permalink | Email this
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Members of the Kendall College community traveled to Washington, Ill., to support the victims of the recent devastating tornados.

“Kendall is filled with individuals committed to service, and these individuals consistently demonstrate what it means to give back,” said President Emily Williams Knight. “Our students and faculty want to show that others across the state are committed to helping our fellow Illinoisans through this difficult time.”

Jenny Raup, Chef Elaine Sikorski, Chef Thomas Meyer, Chef Heidi and two students, Kora Bestold and Tony Hostettler packed their cars with a Thanksgiving feast to distribute to those in need. Upon arrival, they used funds collected at Kendall College to purchase much-needed toiletries for local residents.

“It was a moving experience and everyone was grateful,” shared Chef Meyer. “We made three stops in Coal City, Washington donation center, and Washington High School. I was able to get see the devastation area on my own. Seeing the area hit hardest put things into perspective. We’re so proud of our students and staff for organizing this trip.”

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Kendall Recommends: Thanksgiving 2013 Edition

Meredith, November 27th, 2013 | Category: Faculty, Inside Kendall | Permalink | Email this
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By John Laloganes

Assistant Professor in the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management, John Laloganes provides his expert recommendation for what to pair with your US Thanksgiving dinner this week.

“With wine in hand, one reaches the happy state—where men are wise, women beautiful; and even one’s children begin to look promising.”
— Anonymous

revitalizing … lively … festive

Sparkling wine certainly has the incredible ability to create a mood of revelry that sets a moment apart or makes an event special.

The sound of corks popping at ritualistic events such as weddings, victory celebrations, rites of passage and, of course, New Year’s Eve marks a time of both distinction and ceremony. Something about this drink has the ability to intoxicate the soul, the mind, and the body. Sparkling wines are created in nearly every major wine-producing country and can be found in a wide range of styles. They can vary from delicate to powerful, simple to complex, and dry to sweet. They can be discovered at various quality levels, and price points—but the most historic, prestigious, and reputable type of sparkling wine is Champagne.

Sparkling wine works for most occasions whether with food or without.  Overall, sparkling wine has several attributes that allow them to be one of the most adaptable types of wine to partner successfully with food.   The wine itself maintains lower alcohol than most wines along with its ever presence of ample acidity and effervescence that work collectively for more interesting sensations on the palate.

champagne thanksgiving 2To transform an ordinary drinking scenario into a much more memorable one, try one of my recommended selections below:

Raventos i Blanc – L’Hereu 2011 Spain
Intense aroma of bakeshop and toast

Canard-Duchêne Champagne Brut Rosé
Light aromas of strawberries and cream with a hint of brioche


Want to learn more about our beverage education opportunities? Check out our Home Chef classes and our Beverage Management concentration in the School of Hospitality Management.

Five Attributes Needed to Succeed in the School of Education

Meredith, November 22nd, 2013 | Category: Inside Kendall, Student | Permalink | Email this
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By Karen White

School of Education student Karen White is pursuing her passion for early childhood education at Kendall College. Based on her experience and observation, she shares her advice for fellow students on the top 5 qualities needed to succeed in the program.

  1. Passion is why educators want to work with children. Passion is how we get up each day ready to make a difference in the lives of young individuals. Maintaining your passion for early childhood education will lead you to graduation.
  2. Perseverance will help push you past all challenges and obstacles. Perseverance will help you to succeed and master the art of APA (American Psychology Association) guidelines, which will build the foundation for every paper you write in Early Childhood classes.
  3. Creativity and flexibility will be your salvation when planning and implementing lesson plans. These assignments may test your perseverance but also cultivate your passion and spark creativity if you maintain flexibility.
  4. Serenity. Never stress, you are not alone! There is help available through tech support and professors. Classmates will share and patience in the process will be a virtue. Utilize your passion, perseverance, creativity and flexibility to build serenity.
  5. Dedication and organization will provide clarity and help you to meet all deadlines. Never procrastinate or you may be late with assignments. Flexibility may be needed when creativity is limited due to lack of time or stress. Remember, when perseverance is lacking it will be your passion for a career in early childhood education that will lead you to graduation.

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Paula Corrêa Speaks to Kendall College School of Business

Meredith, November 18th, 2013 | Category: Faculty, Inside Kendall, International | Permalink | Email this
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Kendall College School of Business Director Aurora Dawn Reinke visited Brazil earlier this year to meet with fellow educators and students. One of the people she met was Paula Corrêa De Menezes Leitão, a professor at UNIFACS in Salvador, Brazil. Paula Corrêa teaches an MBA Design course and Integrated Marketing Communication. She is also a mentor at Gritto Comunicação – UNIFACS´ communication agency. She is the author of books focusing on Integrated Marketing Communication and Merchandising and is a member of UNIFACS´ research group called NAVE which is focusing on advanced studies in business of business kendall college, Paula Correa, Liliane De Queiroz Antonio, Brazil, Kendall College Chicago

Kendall College School of Business students were lucky to have Ms. Corrêa visit to lecture on the socioeconomic impacts for Brazil of preparing for the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016. She also interacted with Kendall students about their observations and experiences in marketing communications, her area of specialty.

“I wanted to set up this visit to strengthen the connection between our two schools and to witness first-hand how Kendall’s business program operates,” said Ms. Corrêa. “I am also looking forward to speaking with Director Reinke and my mother, who is a researcher in the area of sustainability, to see if there are ways our institutions and communities can collaborate on that topic.”

Liliane De Queiroz Antônio, Ms. Corrêa’s mother, is the author of several books, a researcher at the Federal Institute of Bahia, certified in Knowledge Management by KM Institute of Washington. She was superintendent of scientific and technological development of the state of Bahia, coordinator of the core of applied research federation of industries of the state of Bahia, and today serves as a consultant to the Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation. She is also the co-founder of a startup of agribusiness through a hybrid system of communication and information.

paula correa UNIFACS Brazil visits Kendall College school of business chicago, IL“Some people think Brazil is just soccer and poverty. We wanted to show a different side of Brazil [in this two day conference at Kendall College,]” shared Ms. Corrêa. “We have so many smart people. We’re great at marketing and advertising. I don’t know what’s going to happen after the World Cup and Olympics. We have no idea what the long-term impact will be after the events. [One thing I am speaking to Kendall students about is the fact that] we need to develop a long term plan or else these events aren’t good for Brazil’s long term economic growth.”

While the visit was brief, Ms. Corrêa was able to make the most of her time by meeting with several classes and faculty in the School of Business. “I love the 1-1 contact between students and teachers at Kendall,” said Ms. Corrêa. “[And] I love Chicago. There are so many different cultures represented here, and at Kendall. It’s a great learning environment. [International and domestic] students at Kendall bring different perspectives and really interact with each other. It’s great.”

“The School of Business is all about international these days with our commitment to a globally-focused, applied curriculum, ” says Director Reinke. “It’s an exciting time. I hope our outreach and exchange of ideas within the Laureate International Universities Network and beyond will increase more and more.”

Ms. Corrêa agreed, saying “I want my students to be in a place like Kendall. [Kendall’s] faculty and students are so creative. I think our students are creative [too] and would fit in well here.”

In the coming months, the School of Business hopes to host other speakers from across the globe and across the country to help students in the program expand their understanding everything from global movements to local small businesses.

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