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Undergrad Business Program Gets New Director Bettyjo Bouchey has experience in marketing, PR, management

BettyjoBoucheyAs NLU works to continually  keep its business offerings state-of-the-art, Bettyjo Bouchey, MBA, Ed.D., has joined the university as Program Director of the Undergraduate Business program.

Bouchey, an associate professor of business and management, will also teach business courses.

“I am thrilled that she brings a wealth of expertise and experience and new energy to the team,” said Judah Viola, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, which includes the School of Business and Management.

Bouchey earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston. She has business experience in the areas of marketing, PR, communications, and management across sectors including IT, higher education and professional associations.

She already is familiar with NLU, having taught classes as an adjunct professor since 2014 and developing courses as a subject matter expert for NLU’s concentration in entrepreneurship, which launched in 2015.

In addition to teaching, Bouchey will help NLU support program development and redesign efforts and oversee program operations. She will also manage credentialing, onboarding, coaching, and mentoring adjunct faculty, and work with the university’s Enrollment, Outreach, Advising and Marketing departments, as well as on professional development.

“NLU is currently in the process of redesigning its undergraduate business programs to create stronger linkages with the industry, emphasize career readiness skills, and help students be more successful in the ever-evolving global economy,” said Vlad Dolgopolov, Ph.D., Associate Dean of CPSA.

9 Things to Do (and Not Do) Before Graduation By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Experience


You killed it with your final project on the Theory of Feminism, but you still have to attend class. Your workload has dwindled, but you still have various miscellaneous assignments. You’re in the homestretch, but not quite there yet.

If you are in this educational gray area, then chances are you’re graduating this summer. With an epidemic of “senioritis” and graduation fever sweeping through the campuses, the always-prepared Office of Student Experience has your back when it comes to your big day. Enjoy these pre-grad tips and comment if you have any do’s and dont’s of your own.

  1. DO remember to order your cap and gown. You would look kind of silly without them. May 16th is the deadline!
  2. DO attend NLU’s Commencement Fair on May 17-18 for all things graduation and a fun family celebration!
  3. DO like NLU on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Remember to tag us in your commencement photos on FB/IG using the hashtag #NLUGRAD2016
  4. DON’T show up in uncomfortable shoes. This is your moment, you don’t want to be distracted by how much your feet hurt─ even though, yes ladies, I know those red bottoms are s’cute! Fellas, leave the chucks at home, they’re the male equivalent to UGGS.
  5. DO make sure your resume is updated and go for that dream job. The sooner, the better. Visit Career Development for a little extra guidance.
  6. DO visit the campus gift shop and stock up on NLU gear. Take pride in your school no matter where you are and tell a prospective student about your educational experience.
  7. DON’T be afraid to try something new. College grads are expected to seek a fresh outlook on life through daring adventures, cultural experiences and the latest hipster trend. Whatever your “new” is, go for it.
  8. DO invite your support system to help celebrate a major milestone in life. If you’re like me, however, “support system” is just a fancy term for a furry four-legged friend. Don’t worry Mr. Duke Blackhawk, I’ll tell you all about it when I get home.
  9. DON’T forget to enjoy the moment. Take a minute to think about how far you’ve gone and all you’ve done to get there. All the late-night cram sessions, missed time with loved ones and caffeine binges are made worth it on Commencement day. Savor the moment and CONGRATS GRAD!

Mr. Duke Blackhawk, a shih tzu, is proud to announce that his owner, Ms. Melissa Simmons, will be one of the grads walking across the stage in June to receive her M.S. in Written Communication diploma.

Hands-on NLU Grad Champions Technology in Education She was named president-elect of #edtech advocacy nonprofit

fc911c_c9b933b4f8c58f697916c29bd54bc1ceYou might be right if you said that NLU alum Nicole Zumpano ’10 has her hands full. She’s an adjunct faculty member and a graduate of NLU’s M.Ed. in Technology in Education (TIE) program. She’s also a technology coach for Chicago Public Schools and this year was named the president-elect of the nonprofit Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that supports and promotes innovative education for all students.

Zumpano has been a member of ICE since 2005, and it’s been a very busy 11 years. She has presented at conferences, planned conferences, advocated in Springfield, Illinois, moderated webinars and held a number of leadership positions including communications chair, professional development chair, governing board member and ICE secretary.

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Educators Reward Students Learning Second Languages With ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ NLU hosts as Illinois takes lead in adopting the new seal, which acknowledges and values second-language acquisition


SealofBiliteracyIn a world of global business and communications, speaking more than one language is viewed as a valuable skill. NLU and the Illinois State Board of Education are helping to recognize and reward learners who acquire a second language, or multiple languages, by promoting the Seal of Biliteracy, a nationwide initiative.

More than 150 educators from across Illinois came to NLU’s Lisle campus recently to learn how to bring the Seal of Biliteracy program to their school districts.

Jason Stegemoller, Ph.D., associate professor in National Louis University’s ESL and Bilingual Education programs, and Tina Paduck, Ed.D., an NLU adjunct professor who also works for the ISBE Department of English Language Learning (DELL), played a key role in holding the symposium at NLU.

Biliteracy Lisle

More than 150 educators from across Illinois attended a symposium on how to implement the Seal of Biliteracy. It was held at NLU’s Lisle campus.

“Illinois has taken the lead as one of the first states to adopt legislation to implement Seal of Biliteracy programs,” Stegemoller said, adding that the gold Seal of Biliteracy on students’ diplomas or transcripts will reinforce biliteracy’s value, and a students’ skills, to businesses competing in a global environment.

Participants learned how to create pathways to biliteracy and implement Seal of Biliteracy programs in their own districts. The Seal of Biliteracy initiative promotes biliteracy and open doors to global citizenship.

“The ability to speak more than one language is a huge asset that has many cognitive, economic, and social benefits, plus it strengthens connections to family and ancestors,” Stegemoller said.

“The Seal of Bilteracy is a concrete action to demonstrate the value of bilingualism, which recognizes the hard work that goes into acquiring a language or maintaining and developing a heritage language.”

NLU plans to offer college credit to high school graduates with the Seal of Biliteracy on their transcripts, and faculty will actively promote it and spread the word, Stegemoller said.

Learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy at


Craft Your 60-Second ‘Elevator Pitch’ for Employers Grads, as you seek employment and attend job fairs, practice that pitch

By: Paula Rucci Voigt, Career Advisor at National Louis University

Elevator WomanWalking up to a potential employer at a job fair or networking event and knowing how to start the conversation can be intimidating, if you’re not prepared. As NLU students and alumni prepare for the upcoming Spring Career Expo, an “elevator pitch” is no doubt on their minds. Knowing how to grab an employer’s attention, and keep it, is a valuable networking and interviewing skill. You’ll want to be able to deliver a clear summary 30 seconds  to one minute in length consisting of your background, experiences and goals. Here are some key steps to keep in mind as you develop your perfect pitch.

Start with a Concise, Value-Added Intro

After offering a firm, comfortable handshake and a smile, begin by conveying the basics to give context to your pitch. This will orient the listener and help them stay focused on what you’re saying. Begin by stating your name, your major or industry, and a concise blurb about what you do or your future goals. Don’t rely on boring job titles to describe your unique set of skills; instead, use a descriptive phrase that emphasizes the value that you bring to the table. Continue reading »

How do you develop Administrative Leadership skills? When promoted into administration, writer found two resources helpful

shutterstock_290031071Enjoy this blog post from NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Leadership blog. In a recent Whole Leadership post on the McCormick blog, Teri Talan introduced administrative leadership by considering its definition and importance. This led Tarah Kadzielawski to wonder, how do you improve administrative leadership skills? She reflects on her experience as a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. She shares her journey, the advice she’d give her younger self, and her favorite resources for developing administrative leadership.

by Tarah Kadzielawski


In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I had many leadership essentials; however, I knew I was in need of some support and resources to build up my administrative leadership skills. (In hindsight I’m sure I was in need of more resources for pedagogical leadership and leadership essentials as well, but that is a different blog post.)

To build up my administrative leadership skills, I turned to the resources at my disposal. There were director’s networks—I was involved in—related to different funding sources such as Head Start and state pre-K. However, these didn’t provide the administrative leadership skill development that I sought. Two professional learning opportunities that I participated in did help develop my administrative leadership skills: Continue reading »

Bold Film Takes Honest Look At Mental Illness, Profiles People Who Recovered NLU hosting the only Illinois screening, discussion of 'Healing Voices'

invite2In the social action documentary “Healing Voices,” three people who recovered from severe mental illness reveal what the experience was like for them, and how they healed. The producers used that as a springboard to examine “what we talk about when we talk about mental illness.”

All are invited to see the film premiere at its only Illinois screening, at National Louis University’s Chicago campus, Friday, April 29, followed by a discussion of the issues. More than 100 sites worldwide will show the film at its non-theatrical release that day. Doors at National Louis, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill, will open at 6 p.m. for popcorn and networking, with the screening to begin at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow until 9 p.m. Admission is free.

While some mental health patients say psychiatric medications saved their lives, and the director wanted the movie to be apolitical, some of those profiled in the film recovered from serious mental illness without drugs. The documentary tracked their progress over five years. One said mental illness is when “mind, body and spirit are in discord.” Another said he viewed the voices in his head as a gift, but his therapist did not share that interpretation. Continue reading »

NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement


Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle. Continue reading »

Scientist Outlines Climate Change Dangers in Earth Week Event Seth Darling of Argonne National Lab calls for changes to reduce CO2 threat


DSCN0641 - Version 2The story of climate change ranges from drilling holes in Arctic ice to measure Earth’s air temperatures over the past million years, bracing for the jump in the use of fossil fuels as China and India industrialize and predicting which coastal cities will be submerged due to global warming.

But mostly, climate change is the story of energy—where we get it, how we use it and whether it’s renewable, said Seth B. Darling, Ph.D., who holds a joint appointment as a scientist with the Argonne National Laboratory and as a Fellow in the Institute of Molecular Engineering at University of Chicago.  He presented a “Global Climate Change: The Path to a Sustainable Future” lecture April 20 at the Lisle campus to mark Earth Week, and NLU Environmental Committee representatives also led discussions of his points at the Wheeling campus. Continue reading »

EdNewsDaily Asks NLU’s Lorch: How To Land That First Teaching Job? Janet Lorch offers solid tips to grads looking for their first classroom

EdNewsDailyAs a fresh crop of teachers prepares to graduate this spring, EdNewsDaily featured an Industry Expert Interview with NLU’s Janet Lorch, C.A.S., about how to find one’s first teaching job.

Lorch provided advice on the top three characteristics principals are looking for when hiring teachers, suggested professional organizations to join and named books and resources she felt would be helpful.

She also offered counsel on getting classroom experience and what to do to get to know principals and others in the education field. Whether you substitute teach, volunteer, coach or otherwise become involved in a school district, she said, the trick is to make connections so that you are seen as a person rather than just one resume in a stack of them.

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