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After Decades of Addiction, Student Graduates at 56: ‘This One’s For You, Mom!’ Arnita Mock-Harris' mom didn't live to see Commencement, but had strong faith her daughter would escape addiction

As a child, Arnita Mock-Harris resented her mother for being a single parent. She wanted a dad and a family life like the ones she read about in storybooks, and blamed her mother for failing to make that happen.

“I was a child– what did I know?” asked Mock-Harris, 56, now a mother of two and grandmother of four, who is graduating from National Louis University with a B.S. in Health Care Leadership.

“I did not understand the challenges my mom and dad faced, and why should I? In the era I grew up in, children knew nothing of their father’s and mother’s personal business. Continue reading »

From Singing Telegrams to Academic Coaching Alum overcomes ‘not that smart’ stigma, now provides specialized academic coaching

Susan SchaeferGrowing up, Susan V. Schaefer ’02 didn’t believe she was smart enough to become a teacher. Now, with a little help from an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University, she’s providing specialized education support to young students — helping them find confidence in their own academic abilities.

While she didn’t receive the encouragement and support she needed to pursue her dream of teaching, Schaefer still persisted into higher education. On the way, she discovered an aptitude for business. “In college I started a singing telegram company with my roommate that was pretty successful until the card shop in town bought a gorilla suit and started doing gorilla-grams and put us out of business,” she recalled.

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Sun-Times Highlights Ph.D. Student’s Art Therapy: Dolls4Peace Addresses Grief Rochele Royster helped students at 55 CPS schools process violence by making 1,409 dolls to honor gun victims

 

When National Louis University doctoral student Rochelle Royster helped open an art exhibit of hand-created dolls meant to commemorate victims of Chicago gun violence on June 10, the Chicago Sun-Times was there to cover it.

The article “Dolls Commemorate Lives Lost to Gun Violence,” by Mitch Dudek, described the 1,409 dolls, so far, mounted on a wall of the Hyde Park Art Center. Royster, a Chicago Public Schools special education teacher and art therapist as well as student in NLU’s Community Psychology Ph.D. program, enlisted the help of people at 55 CPS schools and five universities to hand-make each one. She explained the process of making them was therapeutic for people living in violence-wracked communities. Continue reading »

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Leaders Graduate at NLU Nonprofit professionals completed course at NLU

Seventeen Chicago-area non-profit professionals came together June 8 at National Louis University to celebrate their graduation from the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Nonprofit Leadership Program.

NLU and HACE partnered to develop the curriculum for and present the program, which is designed to develop leadership and professional skills in emerging non-profit leaders. Continue reading »

Mother And Daughter Graduating Same Day With Same Degree Demetria Randle and Raven Hoffman Will Attend Commencement June 24

Raven Hoffman, left, and her mother Demetria Randle will graduate from National Louis University on the same day, June 24, 2017. They’ll also be receiving the same degree–B.A. in Psychology.

It’s not often that a mother and daughter duo graduate from college on the same day, and rarer still that they graduate with the same degree.

Demetria Randle, 47, and her elder daughter Raven Hoffman, 24,  will be doing exactly that, however, at National Louis University’s Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 24 at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater. Each will receive a B.A. in Psychology degree. Continue reading »

To Meet Employment Demand, NLU Launches Applied Behavior Analysis Program Will prepare behavior analysts to help people on autism spectrum and with other conditions

Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., has joined NLU as director of the Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Have you considered a rewarding career working with children on the autism spectrum and people with various other conditions which can be helped with applied behavior analysis?

National Louis University is launching Master of Science (M.S.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to meet growing employment demand for credentialed behavior analysts. Students may enroll now for the program’s Fall 2017 start.  Continue reading »

Help Students Learn EdTech; Get Learning Technologies Credential This Summer You can choose from face-to-face or online courses for this four-course credential

If you’re an educator or technology coach eager to become highly proficient in using up-to-the- minute technologies to help your students learn, this is for you.

This summer, National Louis University is offering the Learning Technologies Credential, which is designed for educators and technology coaches who want to build their capacity, teaching strategies, and teaching resources through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge learning technologies. Continue reading »

Use Summer to Network, Build Your Career Prospects Key takeaway: Start now; don't wait until you're graduating

By: Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

College is a busy time. Between classes, homework, and exams, it can be easy to lose sight of the ultimate reason for attending college in the first place: your career. With summer break on the horizon, you can take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the academic year and use your downtime to meet new people and build up your professional network. Nowadays, 70% of jobs are attained through networking, so be sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to start making valuable professional connections. Below are a few strategies you can use to build up your network while you’re still in school. Continue reading »

What To Do With Your Criminal Justice Degree Many opportunities await those with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice

If you’re interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, you are on your way to protecting people in your community, maintaining peace and order, and ensuring that citizens enjoy their Constitutionally-granted freedoms and rights.

You can earn your Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree online or on campus at National Louis University, in order to prepare yourself for the many facets of this rewarding field. Continue reading »

Champion of Teachers Dom Belmonte To Receive NLU Pioneer Award Has worked to recruit excellent teachers, help them blossom in teaching

When Dom Belmonte was teaching American literature at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, he kept an eye out for students he thought would make good teachers someday. He nudged them to go into education.

That passion for cultivating educators started in 1976, when he first got the job at York. It got stronger when he won the Golden Apple award for teaching in 1987, in only the awards’ second year. It went into overdrive in 1996 when the Golden Apple Foundation hired him as CEO, and he generated ideas for incubating potential young teachers and helping mid-career adults transfer their expertise into teaching.

Honoring Belmonte with Pioneer Award

Over the years, his drive to grow teachers and nurture them to excellence in the profession has influenced thousands of teachers and even more of their students. National Louis University is honoring him with its Pioneer Award for his enormous success in bringing excellent teaching to Illinois students. The award will be presented at NLU’s annual Reach Awards gala June 6 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Continue reading »