National Louis University (NLU) recently recognized graduates at its 2014 commencement ceremonies. With more than 1,750 students earning their degrees this spring from NLU, each has a unique story of goals, struggles and triumphs. For example, former NFL football player Walter Mendenhall celebrated his achievement, and two sets of fathers and daughters received their degrees together. With this in mind, we wanted to share the story of Samuel Hopps and La Shae Hopps-Davis, a married couple who earned their graduate degrees together from NLU.
With an unprecedented increase of Central American migrant children to the U.S., there is an urgent need to examine the realities of children beyond their initial apprehension by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. While the issue has recently garnered widespread attention, the following insights remain absent from the national conversation:
- Detailed accounts of conditions within Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities,
- Discussion of the long-term impacts of migration and detention on children, and
- Experiences of children and their families following deportation.
In her book, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. takes a timely look at how young migrants navigate the legal and emotional terrain beyond apprehension while examining essential areas surrounding this issue. Over a three-year period, she observed operations in 12 facilities, interviewed over 100 migrant youth from 19 countries both in detention and following release, and interviewed over 350 stakeholders in the U.S., El Salvador, and Guatemala.
An exciting spring semester has come to an end and I am closer to accomplishing the degree that I am diligently pursing. Now the big question is, “What am I going to do for the summer?” I usually spend a good portion of my summer catching up on my reading. I organize my reading in three categories: academics, inspirational, and pleasure.
Connections for life. What does that really mean? When this poster went up on Michigan Avenue outside the Chicago campus, I began to wonder why we need connections for life, what it means to have connections for life, and what it takes to maintain those connections for life. I then found a great article posted 1 year ago titled, “Hire Economics: Why Applying to Jobs Is a Waste of Time,” and my questions started forming their own answers:
On Thursday, May 29, 50 eighth-grade students from Burroughs Elementary School in Brighton Park on the southwest side of Chicago visited with the students in my LAP 202: Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence class at NLU. The purpose of the visit was twofold: to provide the younger students with a chance to visit a college campus and talk with college students about post-secondary education and to provide my students the chance to talk with a group of young people from the population they are studying.
As summer draws near, many of us will face major changes in our academic and professional lives. Some members of our community will participate in commencement, others will begin internships or new employment, and still others will continue their studies with new courses. While transition is a natural part of life, it can produce fear of the unknown as well as excitement for new growth opportunities. Recognizing these feelings and using the following strategies can prepare you for a seamless and successful transition.
Today, student recipients of Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) scholarships presented their community service experiences at NLU’s Chicago campus. Fifteen IME-Becas scholarships were awarded last fall by the Consul General of Mexico in Chicago to Harrison Fellows or Pioneer scholars in undergraduate programs as part of an effort to assist students of Mexican origin. Service comprises one important aspect in which awardees are expected to give back to the community.
I grew up on the West side of Chicago. My parents were very strict, so that helped with my transition to the military. Before I entered the military, I went to college for one year on a basketball scholarship. However, I lost my scholarship and started working at UPS to earn money to attend school. I decided that path wasn’t for me at the time and chose to enlist in the military.