Author: Deana Elhit

Posted on: December 12, 2020 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

For festive fun, make MV chef’s sugar cookies

By Deana Elhit, Features Editor Jeanne Kraus, who teaches Basic Food Theory, tells us her favorite holiday treat and her recipe to make it at home. During the holidays, she enjoys baking simple sugar cookies and decorating them with royal icing. “Each year I focus on a couple different cookie shapes and bag them up and give them as gifts,” said Kraus. These cookies have a great shelf life, says…

Posted on: November 30, 2020 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Nursing professor prepares students for front lines

Photo by Primary PC By Deana Elhit, Features Editor Teaching students to become nurses amidst a pandemic is a challenge, especially if they’re going to be on the front lines.  Students haven’t been able to see patients since all their clinicals have been switched to online, said Megan Morales, who teaches Nursing Arts I. The hands-on course makes not interacting with students and professors in person a much more difficult…

Posted on: November 19, 2020 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Explore unique courses you’ll want to take for spring

By Deana Elhit, Features Editor Who wants to be a millionaire? If you are 21 now and you put yourself on a strict budget, you could be worth $1 million by the time you’re 40, says Michael Wade, who teaches BUS-116, Stock Investing. The course focuses on financial long-term goals that teach you how to go from spending money to investing for an early retirement.  Each assignment in the course…

Posted on: October 29, 2020 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Coping during COVID: Counselor gives mental health advice for struggling students

Struggling to maintain your mental health? If you’re feeling anxious about COVID-19, you’re not alone. Overcoming negative ways of thinking starts with being present in the moment, according to Moraine Valley counselor and author Latoya Johnson-Foster, who has advice and coping mechanisms to ease mental health challenges students are facing. She suggests asking yourself questions such as, “How do you feel right now?” and noticing if you’re experiencing any symptoms.…

Posted on: October 22, 2020 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Learning curve: student, professor overcome online challenges

By Deana Elhit, Features Editor Graphics professor makes most of technology Teaching online is not new for Paul Stephenson as he teaches Computer Graphics I, a course that depends on online programming. His experience gives him an advantage to teach his students during lockdown.  Before lockdown, Stephenson had gained a certificate for online teaching. Never did he think it would be put into full use so soon.  Since Stephenson’s course…

Posted on: October 7, 2020 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Mental Health Awareness Week: MV counselor’s book helps Black women handle anxiety, depression

By Deana Elhit, Features Editor As a Black woman, Latoya Johnson-Foster experiences anxiety every day. “I fear for my husband and for my daughter growing up into this world and having to navigate the world on her own,” she said. “This is the reality of Black men and women. We have to worry what we are facing once we step one foot out of our house.”  As a Moraine Valley…

Posted on: September 25, 2020 Posted by: Deana Elhit Comments: 0

Online learning works for MV student/fashion model, presents challenges for public speaking courses

By Deana Elhit, Features Editor MV student balances online courses with life as fashion model As a fashion model who travels around the world, Khrystyna Khudytska is already aware of how online learning operates. Although this is the first time she has taken four classes at a time, she has only ever taken college classes online.  Khudytska, 24, is a full-time sophomore at Moraine Valley, studying to get an associate’s…