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Triton College Students Sing, Dance At NLU, Get Taste of Early Childhood Education

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Kristin Lems, Ph.D, of National Louis University’s Curriculum and Instruction Department, leads Triton College students in a multicultural song for toddlers. NLU was showcasing its early childhood education program for the Triton students.

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Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., of NLU works with Triton College students in the Chicago campus library to examine children’s literature.

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Triton College students gathered to reflect on what they had learned about NLU’s early childhood education program.

About 35 Triton College students sang multicultural songs, critically examined children’s books and contemplated getting an Early Childhood Education degree at National Louis University when they visited the Chicago Campus for an Institute Day recently.

“We’re bringing more students to NLU, but we’re also supporting those students who want to obtain licensure and get going versus saying, ‘Well, I’ll never pass that hurdle, and I can’t reach my goal,’” said Sherri Bressman, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Teacher Preparation at NLU. “We need to support them so they can be competent.”

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Meet the National Louis counseling team; they are here to help you!

Did you know that National Louis offers counseling services? With free support groups and mental health workshops, as well as affordable individual, couple and family counseling, there are plenty of ways to get extra support this school year.

Ask Us Anything
One quick way to get support is to send an email to counseling@nl.edu with any question that you have. Your question will be answered within 24 hours by our trained counselors and you may find the answers, resources or relief that you are looking for. No question is too strange, and you might be surprised that you’re not the only one with the same concern!

Meet Your Counselors
The counselors at the NLU Counseling Center are well trained and dedicated to bringing lasting change to people’s lives. They are empathic, creative and focused on helping individuals, couples and families develop insight and health. Any of them are available for consultation. Simply email counseling@nl.edu for more information.

Counseling1David Klow, LMFT
David is the owner of Skylight Counseling Center and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. David works creatively and collaboratively, drawing on ancient wisdom and modern practices to bring lasting transformation to people’s lives.

Counseling2Kristen Snell-Anzalone, LPC
Kristen works with adults, children, and couples.  Her focus is on individuals with histories of trauma, depression/mood disorders, parent-child attachment problems, spirituality, and women’s issues, particularly perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, work-life balance, and mind-body-spirit integration.

Counseling3Kathleen Farrell, AMFT
Kathleen believes that change comes from within.  As an experienced, compassionate therapist she has had tremendous success at empowering clients to effect positive change.  In addition to being a therapist, Kathleen is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. She values the connection between the mind and body and enjoys working with clients to strengthen this connection.

Counseling4Kevin Lanham, LPC
Kevin focuses on empathically tuning into the client’s story and collaborating with the individual to create transformative change. Kevin aims to meet the needs of each client and discover how therapy will produce change in his or her life. Kevin’s interests include working with men, couples, anger management, depression, communication skills, and developing a sense of self-worth.

Counseling5Kate Engler, AMFT
Kate works with couples, families and individuals from diverse populations who want to live more fulfilling lives by addressing and helping to solve relationship challenges. She has a particular interest in working with those experiencing life transitions such as adolescents, couples moving into new phases of their relationship, and women exploring the “what’s next” in their lives.

Counseling6Johanna Davenport, Clinical Intern
Johanna works with adults, couples and families from diverse backgrounds who are seeking therapy to improve their lives. She focuses on individuals who have a history of trust issues, problematic relationships, substance abuse, work-life balance, depression, anxiety, low-self esteem, and transitions, particularly with twenty-somethings.

Our Next Event
Please join us for the next Mental Health & Wellness Workshop on Monday, October 27th from 4pm-5pm in the Chicago Campus Atrium. This month’s topic is on how to deal with feeling alone. When we can relate deeply and effectively with others, we become more effective in our lives, academics and work. Yet most of us don’t know the skills to be our best in our relationships with others. Learn how to instantly touch, move and inspire others and become more effective in your relationships with teachers, classmates and loved ones. More information is online available here.

This is a Free event. RSVP and join us for a chance to win a $25 e-campus gift card.

Criminal Justice Honors Society Comes To National Louis

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By Richard Schak,  Criminal Justice Program Director

National Louis University has been approved for a chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honors Society). Our Chapter name is Phi Psi and we are accepting new members. The criteria for joining our chapter is as follows:

Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in an institution represented by a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. They must have declared a major, minor or equivalent in criminal justice or a related field, have completed three full-time semesters or their equivalent. They must attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative and criminal justice classes, and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in joining our new chapter, please email Chapter Advisors Mr. Rich Schak, Richard.schak@nl.edu or Dr. Dan McGuire, dmcguire3@nl.edu.

Daily Herald: NLU Alum Shows Teachers Creative Ways To Incorporate Technology

 

When a Glenbard South High School Spanish teacher came to National Louis University alum Stephanie Wallace for help in making a video, Wallace came up with an unexpected solution: have the students make their own mini-videos, speaking in Spanish, instead.

StudentsWithLaptopsWallace, who was profiled in the Daily Herald Oct. 13, works as an instructional technology specialist at the school, and her goal is to use technology as a tool to help students learn, rather than just learn technology for its own sake.

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NLU Prof’s Book Review Highlights Malala, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Malala_Jacket.inddHere’s an entry in the “great minds think alike” department.  School Library Journal printed NLU Assistant Professor Toby Rajput’s book review of  Every Day is Malala Day, published by Second Story Press for second- to fourth-graders. On Friday, Oct. 10, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced it was awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whom the Taliban shot in the head for championing girls’ right to go to school. Malala, who survived the shooting and attends school in the United Kingdom, shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian activist who fights child labor.

NLU’s Rajput, who is full-time Library faculty and also the Children’s and Youth Literature librarian for the university, quoted from Malala’s July 2013 speech to the United Nations, which ended with the words, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”  Rajput concludes the review by describing the book as, “an effective introduction to an important social justice issue.”

Rajput also teaches School Library courses in NLU’s National College of Education for teachers who are adding the school library credential to their teaching licenses.

$1,500 Scholarship Requires 200-Word Entry

Are you an idea person? Do you have a sense of innovation? A company called Global English Editing is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a college student who has a great idea for  improving the future of the United States. Enter your 200-word essay by Dec. 31; you’ll find out if you’re a winner by Jan. 14, 2015. For more information, see the company’s website.
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NLU Student Coach Monica Ramos Wins Award Honoring Latinas

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Citing Monica Ramos’ dedication to empowering students, including students who are the first in their families to go to college, the Binational Institute of Human Development awarded her its Yolotlmeztli, or “Heart of the Moon,” award.

“Monica is a walking billboard that helping others through education is the best thing you can do,” said Allison Harrison, executive director of the Binational Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering immigrants and integrating them into society.

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In Honor of World Teachers Day, Share Your Views On Global Literacy

By James O’Meara, Ed.D.

On Oct. 5, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, a day commemorating the adoption of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers in 1966.

The Chicago Declaration, shown in draft form below, represents a call for governments and multilateral agencies around the world to invest in the future of countries by building teacher capacity to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy.

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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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