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How to be Merry & Bright During the Holidays Valuable Advice from the NLU Counseling Center

snowmansandThe holiday season is filled with expectations of cheer and bliss.  From decorations and carols to gift-giving and time with family, the messages we receive are that we should be jolly during this time of year.  For many people, however, the holidays can bring about a great amount of stress and anxiety. Oftentimes there is an unspoken pressure to buy just the right gift to make your loved one happy.  Other times it’s reconnecting with family that brings up difficult feelings, unhealed wounds.  Just beneath the surface of society’s messages of abundant bliss and good cheer is the reality that with joy comes sorrow.

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Mexican Government Grants NLU $15,000 in Scholarships More than 25 students have received scholarships since 2010

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NLU staff, students and friends attended the scholarship presentation at the Mexican consulate. They included, from left, Margaret Stemler, Ed.D., Dulce Coronado, Juliana Alejandre, Maria del Socorro Ramirez, Monica Ramos, M.A., Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., and Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D.

Students from Mexico or of Mexican descent will be able to apply for $15,000 in new scholarship money from a grant awarded to National Louis University by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (Instituto Mexicano para l’Externo or IME in Spanish).

Last year, 15 NLU students received scholarships provided by a grant from the Institute. On Dec. 4, one of them, Dulce Coronado, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, told an audience of diplomats and educators how much it meant to her during a press conference at the Mexican consulate.

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Dulce Coronado, an early childhood education student at NLU, told consular officials how much it meant to her to receive an IME BECA scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California Alum Presents Early Literacy Program To Students

 

By Ayn Keneman, Ed.D.

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Mary Kay Moskal, Ph.D., an NLU alum, returned to present a talk on early literacy to students.

Early Childhood students of NLU’s Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., were treated to a session with  Mary Kay Moskal, Ph.D., on early literacy assessment. Moskal is from the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. NLU’s Early Childhood students are all in schools as part of the practicum undergraduate course.

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Want an Edge Getting Hired or Starting a Biz? NLU Launches Entrepreneurship Concentration

 

Students will be able to pitch business ideas, just like on ABC-TV’s ‘Shark Tank’ 

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Almost everything people do on the job starts with an idea, and with the skills to sell that idea.  Whether it’s a counselor offering her professional services, a company looking to diversify into new product lines, a person starting a small business or a human services grad setting up a non-profit, all of them needed to brainstorm an idea, refine it, bring it to market and sell it to customers.

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Catalyst: NLU Will Use $8.3 Million TQP Grant to Prep Teachers In STEM

 

Having students solve math equations or do science homework is one thing, but letting them tackle real-world problems allows them to think and analyze in a different way. Catalyst Chicago profiled a Chicago Public School which gives students a real-world-type of conundrum--for example,  whether to site a garbage dump in a neighborhood–and lets them approach it from many angles to weigh the costs and benefits.

Catalyst suggested National Louis University, which was awarded an $8.3 million Total Quality Partnership federal grant in September to figure out how to improve STEM teacher preparation for schools in high-poverty areas, may consider such an approach.

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Racing To Retain Teachers To Meet UN Global Literacy Goals

 

TeacherReadingIs it still possible to meet the UN’s goal of having every child worldwide learn to read by 2015? NLU Professor James O’Meara points out in this University World News commentary that the high teacher attrition rate in many nations, including the U.S., has led to a shortage of 4 million teachers. That makes it likely the UN will push the goal to 2030; however, there could be a worldwide shortage of 23.7 million teachers by then.

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Rodriguez Named Student Laureate, Honored at State Ceremony

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NLU Early Childhood undergrad Hortencia Rodriguez, wearing medallion with red ribbon, was given the honor of Student Laureate by Illinois’ Lincoln Academy, a non-profit. A ceremony took place Nov. 1 in Springfield. Also pictured are Hortencia’s daughter at left, NLU’s Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., right, and Hortencia’s mother.

Hortencia Rodriguez, an NLU early childhood undergraduate, was recognized as a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a ceremony Nov. 1st at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. Hortencia was one of 52 students in Illinois to receive this honor. This is the 40th year Lincoln Academy, a non-profit organization, celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois.

The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois. At the Student Laureate Convocation, Hortencia received a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a certificate of achievement and an educational grant of $1,000.

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National Association Awards Fellowship, Honors NLU’s Work Serving Students of Color

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When people work and put forth effort, they want to know that it actually accomplished something. The discipline of evaluation has arisen to measure whether almost any endeavor—a class, a non-profit organization, a university degree program, a policy, a product, business, etc.—is being effective and getting the hoped-for results.

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NLU Alumna Enters The Peace Corps After Early Retirement

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NLU Alum Sandra Mattison retired early from teaching fifth grade and will volunteer with the Peace Corps in Uganda for about two years. She will support primary education.

After 22 years of teaching in an elementary school, Sandra Mattison, 54, of Wheaton, Ill., retired early and embarked on another adventure. She left recently for Uganda, where she will serve as a Peace Corps volunteer for about two years.

Mattison, B.A. in Elementary Education ’92 and M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction ’04, will use her professional experience and National Louis University education to support primary education in Uganda.

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NLU Student Veteran Invited To Pre-Game Coin Toss

 

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NLU Student veteran Carida “Pilar” Arteaga, right. stands with her brother Jesus Arteaga.

Carida “Pilar” Arteaga, National Louis University student and veteran of the U.S. Navy, was invited to participate in the pre-game coin toss for the Northern Illinois University (NIU) vs. University of Toledo football game on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Arteaga, a Chicago native, entered the Navy in 1994 and after six deployments she retired as Petty Officer 1st Class in July 2014. Arteaga is  pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Management.

Joining Arteaga is her brother Jesus Arteaga, a student at NIU. Mr. Arteaga served  a total of eight years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.

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Players from NIU and Toledo huddle around the coin toss during the pre-game ceremony.