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Monthly Archives: December 2013

In the Spotlight: Wendi Gearing, Vocational Leader for P.A.C.E.

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2014 is shaping up to be a big year for NLU’s P.A.C.E. program.

P.A.C.E. — the Professional Assistance Center for Education for young adults with multiple learning disabilities — runs a two-year program that helps students build life skills and gain a greater sense of independence. And a big part is placing these students in meaningful internships to prepare them for future careers. Wendi Gearing oversees that effort and hopes to expand internship sites further in the new year after securing partnerships in 2013 with Mario Tricoci salon, Crafty Beaver hardware and Unleashed dog daycare, to name a few. In addition, she said P.A.C.E. will continue to grow its strong relationship with Rush University Medical Center — one that’s led to the hire of former students.

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Changing careers: It’s more common than you think!

Thinking about changing careers? Well, you aren’t alone. A Reuters survey done in July 2013 found that “only 14 percent of U.S. workers believe they have the perfect job and more than half want to change careers.

Breaking it down even further, Reuters says, “nearly 80 percent of workers in their 20s said they wanted to change careers, followed by 64 percent of 30-somethings and 54 percent in their 40s.” I am even shocked by those statistics and I work with career changers every day!

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Meeting the challenge of equity in urban schools

azcoitia_0Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., NLU Distinguished Professor of Practice and member of the Chicago Board of Education, recently wrote an opinion piece for Catalyst Chicago, “Creating equity and excellence for all schools.”

Handy holiday tips to prepare you for your diploma

diploma 2Hi. I’m the Office of the Registrar’s Sara Hoerdeman. You might remember me from such publications as the University Course Catalog and other student services Web pages. I’ll be blogging here periodically to give you a peek at what goes on behind the scenes in the Office of the Registrar, Admissions, Student Finance and more. (You’ll have to forgive the occasional pop-culture references — better here than in the policy section of the catalog, right?)

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Meet Johnnie Gaskew, NLU’s new student blogger

Johnnie Gaskew 3Rudyard Kipling’s quote, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind,” eloquently summarizes how I feel about written expression. It is truly a gift to be able to uniquely and creatively arrange words on paper that can be life-changing to others. To possess the amazing talent of authoring work that captivates, inspires, motivates and encourage others is simply phenomenal. Words are powerful.

Hello, my name is Johnnie A. Gaskew. Currently, I am enrolled in the Master’s of Science in Written Communication (MSWC) program here at National Louis University.

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Gov. Quinn signs Alternative Teacher Certification Bill into law at NLU

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NLU was honored today to have Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn sign the Alternative Certification Bill (SB1845) into law during a visit at Chicago campus. Citing education as the state’s number one priority, Gov. Quinn stressed the importance of teachers in this effort.

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Improv is finding a home at NLU

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Chicago remains the undisputed capital of improv comedy — a place that for decades has attracted top talent, developed it on local stages, and sent it along to television and the big screen. With a priority on audience engagement and performing in the moment, improv also develops skills that have real applications off stage. It’s an idea that’s catching on at NLU.

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Who Gets a Lift from Your Gift? 30 Inspiring NLU Stories


Have you met NLU student Latesha Pike?

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Latesha Pike is a mother. She is a student. She is a woman with a goal and dreams. Continue reading »

2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans

SVA logo 2With the mission to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation, Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding their 2014 National Conference. The conference will take place from January 2-5 in Scottsdale, AZ, with the theme of “Pioneering Social Change.”

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NLU alumna named AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year

Beth Maloney 2The Arizona Educational Foundation has named Beth Maloney — a fifth grade teacher at Sunset Hills Elementary School in Surprise, AZ — the 2014 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year. Beth earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NLU.