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Visionary Sees a Need, Partners With NLU To Create Human Services Management Program Vincent Pettinelli worked as a psychotherapist, started a $350 million company providing human services, found a persistent problem, proposed a solution

By Pam DeFiglio

When Vincent Pettinelli was building PeopleServe Inc., a business he had founded to provide human services to people with disabilities, the elderly and other clients in need, he faced a conundrum.  The enterprise, which eventually grew into a $350 million company, needed management talent.  He promoted competent psychologists and other specialists into management roles, but most of them failed because they lacked management knowledge.

Pettinelli, who had started his career as a psychotherapist and had worked with people with disabilities before he got into management, was explaining this challenge to his financial advisor, Joe Kunze, a couple of years ago. Continue reading »

Job-Seekers, Follow 7 Rules To Get the Perfect References The employer wants to hire you, but has to check your references first

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services, National Louis University

You just blew the employers away with your expertise and skills from your final interview. You are offered the position, just as long as the employer can contact and speak with your references. References are an important piece in the interview process because they can validate what candidates have placed on their resumes. To ensure this step doesn’t interfere with your offer, follow these seven rules regarding your references. Continue reading »

Huffington Post Publishes NLU Prof’s Blog on Community Schools

As the U.S. enters into a discussion over charter schools, NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., and former NLU prof Ted Purinton, Ed.D., wrote an important commentary when they guest blogged in the Huffington Post April 19.

Azcoitia, distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Purinton, dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership, drew readers’ attention to a type of school which has been quietly ringing up success after success: community schools. Continue reading »

‘Play Fest’ Puts Students’ Drama, Writing On Stage April 22 Come experience screenplays, plays and live literature

In a flourish of creativity at National Louis University, 10 students are seeing their writing shaped by actors and directors and expressed on the stage.

Three of them have written screenplays that touch on themes such as coping with adversity, struggles in relationships and trying to overcome the odds. Two others have written plays about how historical events touch people’s lives and finding strength amidst challenging circumstances. All will be presented as staged readings by actors on stage. Continue reading »

Dazzling in Sunshine State, Alum Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ William 'BJ' Ivey, who earned two NLU degrees, receives the award

Sarasota County School District Teacher of the Year William “BJ” Ivey, a double NLU alum, is shown at the awards banquet with his mother Jo, left, and wife Samantha, both also teachers.

With 52 schools and nearly 4,800 teachers, competition to win the Teacher of the Year award in the Sarasota County (Florida) School District is tremendous.

In February, National Louis University alum  William “BJ” Ivey was named one of three finalists, and at an April 5 school district banquet, he topped the competition to become Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. Continue reading »

NLU Student Named Teacher of the Year by Illinois Education Association Stephanie Hortsman Teaches at Thornridge High School; Pursuing NLU Degree

What’s the proper response when a French teacher, and NLU student, wins the Illinois Education Association’s Bob Haisman Teacher of the Year Award?  “Toute nos felicitations,” (congratulations),  or even a simple “tres bien” (very good) will do.

Stephanie Hortsman, who is pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University, received the award on March 30  at an annual IEA event in front of 1,200 people at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Continue reading »

Tribune’s Rick Kogan Highlights NLU Author’s Poignant Book Fern Schumer Chapman wrote about her mother's historic separation and reunion

Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan has written about National Louis University instructor Fern Schumer Chapman and her fourth book, “Stumbling on History: An Art Project Compels a Small German Town to Face Its Past.”

Chapman teaches in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program.  Continue reading »

NLU Alum Surprised With Golden Apple Award for Teaching Officials bring award, reporters to fourth-grade teacher Andrea Beaty's classroom

NLU alum Andrea Beaty was teaching in her fourth-grade classroom recently when officials from the Golden Apple  Foundation arrived to present her with the  prestigious 2017 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Beaty, who was surprised and emotional upon receiving the award, teaches fourth grade English and Language Arts, science, social studies, math, and social emotional learning at Serena Hills Elementary School in Chicago Heights, Ill. in the South suburbs. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education at National Louis University.  Continue reading »

Alum Finds His Teaching Paradise Teacher, cut loose from rural school district, lands new job at small island school

Rob Groesbeck at a beach just down the hill from his school.

Imagine spending the last years of your teaching career on a remote island. Rob Groesbeck ’84, M.A.T. in Elementary Education, doesn’t have to.

Groesbeck found himself the victim of downsizing at his rural Michigan school district after 32 years of teaching mostly middle school science. While he was still too young to retire, Groesbeck wasn’t sure he would be able to find another teaching position. “…my prospects seemed bleak,” he recalled.

That was before Groesbeck found Beaver Island Community School (BICS). Located on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan, BICS is a pre-K, K-12 public school with a focus on customized learning.

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NLU To Offer Computer Information Systems, STEM Programming Through HSI Grant

NLU and Morton College stakeholders discuss the Computer Information Systems program the HSI STEM grant will make possible.

In the future, National Louis University students will design and build software,  thwart hackers, use a mobile-first approach to web design, create virtual worlds and smash barriers in the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

It’s all coming about as the HSI  STEM Program gears up to start its work at National Louis University. The U.S. Department of Education awarded HSI grant funds to NLU a few months ago, and NLU is hiring staff to direct the program. Its overall goal is to increase Latino students in STEM fields, and staff have begun creating a new undergraduate program in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at NLU. Continue reading »