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Why I Love NLU Students

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Wow. What a start to Fall 2014. I just love our students. Honestly, they are the reason I get up in the morning, bounce along on the train and take a lovely walk from Union Station. I’ve been in Student Affairs for close to 15 years and I still get excited each new school year, including goose bumps of excitement as the buzz of returning students infects the campus.

I’m proud to say that I hope to be the NLU Difference. In a previous blog, I shared some of my vision for the National Louis Student Experience this year.  Last week, the Student Experience Team visited each campus with gifts, food and excitement to tell you all about our plans for this year. We had such a great time conversing with students, trying out a little Zumba (don’t worry, we won’t quit our day jobs), and displaying our blue and platinum pride.

Here are the top 3 reasons why I love NLU students:

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When One Leader Exits and Another Emerges: How NLU’s McCormick Center Spent 4 Years Planning For Succession

 

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Paula Jorde Bloom, left, and Sue Offutt pose at an NLU reception in honor of Bloom’s 30 years of service and retirement.

 

Paula Jorde Bloom founded NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership in 1985, and led it for its entire existence until now. So what happens when a founder decides to retire? She follows her own advice, as outlined in her books and thought leadership, and brings in her successor for thorough training (four years’ worth) before she takes the reins.

In their own words, here are what both women had to say about that experience.

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Can Academics Solve the Tricky Problem of Global Illiteracy? Two NLU Profs Give It Their Best Shot

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Across the globe, 781 million adults cannot read or write, according to UNESCO.

Is it crazy to think academics can help developing nations solve that problem, even as those nations grapple with hunger, disease, lack of infrastructure and other quagmires?

Not after an enthusiastic conversation with Anthony Cree, O.A.M., an NLU visiting professor, and Professor James O’Meara, Director of NCE Program Analysis and Development  at NLU. The two Australian-born professors, who organize conferences which attract heads of state and education ministers from around the globe, talk passionately about how raising literacy levels can raise standards of living, improve health and spark learning in struggling nations.

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Celebrating Paula Bloom’s 30 Years As A Leader In Early Childhood Education

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As Paula Bloom, Ph.D., left, retires, Sue Offutt, Ph.D., will take over the helm of the McCormick Center. The two spent four years mapping out the transition.

 

There were lots of hugs, laughter and even a few tears as the NLU and McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership communities celebrated Paula Jorde Bloom’s  (Ph.D.) 30 years at NLU and her retirement.

“She’s an icon and a rock star,” said Chip Donahue, Ph.D., dean of distance learning and technology at Erikson Institute. “You just need to say ‘Paula’ and everyone in the field knows who you mean.”

Bloom has been a national leader in the effort to professionalize the field of Early Childhood Education, both through her own teaching and mentoring and her leadership at the McCormick Center, which trains and coaches early childhood administrators, evaluates early childhood centers, performs research and advocates for quality early childhood education.

Much of the work is in creating standards for quality early childhood programming, and supporting the teachers and administrators who deliver it to children and families.

Bloom, who has written many books on Early Childhood Education and served on boards of national associations in the field, is retiring, but will still be available for advisement, and will continue to serve on some association boards.

The celebration was held Sept. 12 at the University Club in Chicago.

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Bloom poses with Safiyah Jackson, director of training for NCE grants, at Bloom’s retirement celebration.

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A luncheon honoring Paula Jorde Bloom, Ph.D., on her 30th anniversary at NLU and retirement was held at the University Club.

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Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., NLU president, welcomed guests to Paula Jorde Bloom’s anniversary and retirement celebration.

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Paula Jorde Bloom told attendees that it took her eight weeks to pack up her office, and she savored memories brought back by old photos, books and even a microfiche.

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NLU and McCormick Center faculty and staff, and other Early Childhood Education experts, greeted each other at Bloom’s celebration.

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Sue Offutt, Ph.D., director of the McCormick Center, welcomed McCormick faculty to the front area at the luncheon.

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Bloom reminisces with McCormick Center faculty at her celebration luncheon. (Photos by Nick Love.)

Watch the NLU Alumni Magazine for an in-depth story on how she created her life’s work.

Find Balance and Support through NLU Counseling Services

With the start of a new school year it is important to create healthy beginnings.  Yet, even with good intentions of being productive, procrastination can kill academic success. When we put things off, we become less effective and often stressed at the notion of completing the task at hand. Distractions can creep in and we are left to scramble to stay on track. This pattern can lead to burn out and becoming fried as a student.

It is possible to end this pattern! Connecting to your motivation is the one secret to permanently ending procrastination once and for all. As the school year starts it is important to connect to why you are in school in the first place! Can you clarify what is important to you and why you want to succeed? Reminding yourself of your intentions and staying motivated will eliminate procrastination once and for all!

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Students From Mexico Visit NLU For A Global Learning Experience

By Monica Haydee Ramos

National Louis University welcomed about 50 visiting students and professors from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) in Guadalajara, Mexico on Aug. 19.

They traveled to Chicago to experience NLU and the culture of Chicago. NLU students and faculty from the Chicago Teachers Partnership (CTPP) grant program participated in this event. Additionally, Rebeca Aguilar Quevedo, Coordinator of the Education Programs from the Department of Community Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, was the keynote speaker at this event. She addressed the importance of attaining a college degree and using that knowledge to foster leadership capabilities in the students’ communities and lives.

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‘And The Winner Is…’ NLU Faculty and Staff Receive Awards

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Judah Viola, Ph.D., center, receives the Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Inquiry award from Stephen Thompson, Ph.D., and Christine Quinn, Ph.D.

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Dana Piraino, M.Ed.,center, receives the Excellence in Teaching – Adjunct award from Christine Quinn, Ph.D., and Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

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Linda Kryzak, C.A.S.,center, receives the Excellence in Service and Engagement – Adjunct award from Christine Quinn, Ph.D., and Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

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Caryn Smith, center, receives a staff award from Eileen Murphy and Joel Hanshaw.

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Stacy Shaw, center, receives a staff award from Eileen Murphy and Joel Hanshaw.

Peter Ploegman receives staff award.

Peter Ploegman, center, receives a staff award from Joel Hanshaw and Eileen Murphy.

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Kate Zilla, Ph.D., center, receives the Excellence in Service and Engagement award from Christine Quinn, Ph.D., and Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

 

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Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., left, and Daniel Buckman, Ed.D., both received the Excellence in Teaching award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always nice to receive a little extra recognition for hard work. Several NLU faculty and staff members got to enjoy that feeling of appreciation Sept. 4 at Fall Connections, when those who work and teach at NLU came together to rev up energy for the new school year.

Congratulations to the following awardees.

Excellence in Teaching Award:

Daniel Buckman, Ed.D., NCE

Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., CPSA

 

Excellence in Service and Engagement Award:

Kate Zilla, Ph.D., NCE

Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Inquiry Award:

Judah Viola, Ph.D., CPSA

Excellence in Teaching Adjunct Award:

Dana Piraino, M.Ed., NCE

Excellence in Service and Engagement Adjunct Award:

Linda Kryzak, C.A.S., National College of Education

Staff Awards:

Peter Ploegman

Stacy Shaw

Caryn Smith

NLU Grad Tells Daily Herald ‘Five Tips From a Top Teacher’

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The Daily Herald profiled Laurie Mason, who earned her master’s degree from National Louis University, as a top teacher for her work with English Language Learners at Field School in Wheeling Township (Illinois) Elementary District 21.

Over her 19 years at the school, she has prepared hundreds of students for an English-speaking life, the newspaper said. Principal LaVonne Knapstein is quoted as saying Mason puts all of her passion, efforts and talents into everything she does.

Mason’s favorite moment as a teacher came last year, when the class was talking about a November tornado which devastated Washington, Ill. Students began discussing, in English, the idea of starting a relief effort, which they followed through on and organized.

Find out Mason’s “five tips from a top teacher.”

Connect To Other Student Veterans At Back-To-School ‘Fall-In’ Event , Endorsed By Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Sept. 18

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Enjoy burgers, a beer tent and live music, meet other military-connected students and find out about organizations which offer veterans help and resources at a “Fall In” back-to-school celebration Thursday, Sept. 18. Bring your family and drop in anytime between 2 to 8 p.m.

National Louis University is sponsoring the event at Cantigny Park, 1s151 S. Winfield Road, Wheaton, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is lending her support. Student veterans from all Chicago-area universities, and veterans thinking about pursuing higher education, are all welcome to attend for social time, networking and mentoring. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, water and soda will be free, as is the parking; the only charge is for beer.

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New Student Honor Society To Offer Big Perks

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About 1,700 NLU students will soon be receiving a letter in the mail inviting them to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, an honorary society which awards $150,000 in scholarships and offers enviable networking opportunities and invitations to celebrity events.

Perhaps more important, the Society offers coaching to focus on students’ goals, so that 93 percent of its 360,000 members nationwide felt they will be more successful in life because they participated, according to its website.

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