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Monthly Archives: November 2013

In the Spotlight: Danny McGuire, Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program

Danny McGuire 2As one of NLU’s newest employees, Danny McGuire is definitely staying busy. You’ll most often find him roving Chicagoland as a key part of the outreach effort for the University’s successful new Criminal Justice program, which launched in 2012.

In his visits to cadet explorer groups, community colleges and local police departments, Danny stresses the importance of higher education, no matter what his audience — curious teenagers, college transfer students or working police — not only for one’s career but as an extension of service, a chance to do something more. It’s a concept he knows well.

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Meet Our Students: Kristine Becker-Kristufek

kristine 2A year ago, Kristine Becker-Kristufek was feeling dejected. The school where she’d gotten her criminal justice bachelor’s degree wasn’t regionally accredited, complicating her dream of getting a master’s.

Unsure what to do next, she attended an NLU open house, where enrollment representatives told her about the fast-track Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) program. Kristine applied, and a financial services staffer crunched the numbers to see how she could pay for school. It was that extra touch that meant a lot to her, and things began to fall into place, from her financial options to the previous credit NLU accepted.

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Reconnect, reflect, revise: Career management over the holidays

holiday job managementWith Thanksgiving coming up so quickly (though if you are like my 4 year old, not quickly enough!), it is time to be thinking about how we manage our careers during the holiday “off” time between Thanksgiving and up until we excitedly ring in the New Year. Follow these 3 R’s to get you started:
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A place to connect with other veterans

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Often resources exist that many people aren’t aware are available, especially for veterans. Best practices for serving student veterans suggest that if a university creates a veterans center, or designated place for veterans to gather, it offers an opportunity for others who have served in the military to feel more connected.

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The Workplace Concierge: A buddy program

Starting a new job with a new company can be exciting but it can also be intimidating.  Have you ever arrived on your first day and had questions but didn’t know who to ask for answers? Continue reading »

Meet Claudetta Griffith, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

Claudetta picture 1Tell us about yourself.

I’m a retired veteran who served in the Navy for 22 years. I’m 40 years old, live on the South Side of Chicago and have two grown children. I’m working toward my undergraduate degree and plan to graduate in 2015. I’m currently studying Business Administration and Project Management and am not sure what career track I’ll take. I do know that I’m not going to earn my degree just to have it. I know that I want to be successful and make a positive impact in the community.
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NLU recognized for affordable online programs

affordable-online-colleges-bigAffordable Colleges Online recently recognized National Louis University for its broad range of online learning options at an affordable price, granting the University a place on its “Online Colleges in Illinois that Win on Affordability” list.

NLU currently offers online options for nine of its programs across all three of its colleges, at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Learn more here.

Interview with 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year Pam Reilly ’99

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National Louis University alumna Pam Reilly (M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction ’99) was recently named the 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education. Reilly teaches second grade at Woodbury Elementary in Sandwich, Illinois. I had the opportunity to visit with Reilly and her second-grade class last week.

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Important services for military veterans returning to college

helping hand 1Many people ask what sets National Louis University’s Veterans Program apart from others. One of the biggest differentiators is its “wrap around” services. NLU understands that military veterans have many considerations, beyond academics, when returning to college and does its best to support them.

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