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Mark Donahue is Web Communications Editor at NLU.

Meet Chuck Major, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I grew up on the South Side of Chicago. After high school, I went to college but had to take a break to care for my mom, who was ill at the time. During that period, I had a lot of student debt to pay back, and I saw an ad on TV about how the Army could help with student loans, so I decided to pursue it. I loved the Army and the structure of it. Most people don’t love boot camp, but I did. While in the service, I spent most of my days in a giant vault, dismantling weapons. I also was able to travel a lot while in the Army and spent my last tour of duty in Egypt. I was in the military for a total of eight years and am 49 now.

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NLU student details numeracy challenges for Arabic-speaking students

arabicMichael Bahi, a member of the ESL STEM Success Grant cohort B and a teacher in Niles Township High School District 219, was recently published in the latest issue of “ITBE Link,” the quarterly newsletter of Illinois TESOL-BE. His article, “A Deceiving Counting System,” deals with the numbering system used in Arabic and the difficulties for those from Arabic language backgrounds in mastering the “Arabic numerals” used with English. You can read it here.

 

Disabled American Veterans: A resource for veterans to know

shutterstock_162286235Recently we talked with JoAnn Fisher, Department Commander, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department District of Columbia, NLU alumna and a member of National Louis University’s Veterans Program Advisory Council. She shared interesting statistics about the DAV, as well as resources for disabled veterans.

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, in 2012 more than 3.5 million U.S. military veterans had a service-connected disability. This number has greatly increased since 1986, when there were approximately 2.3 million veterans with service-connected disabilities. With a significant number of current disabled veterans, it is important that this population knows what resources are available to them and how to access them.

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A new chapter for online learning at NLU

shutterstock_97376669The power of online learning in higher education is undeniable. Classes hosted via the Web grant more flexibility to students — particularly working adults, who are trying to juggle their studies with busy lives. They give faculty the chance to bring in other media — video, audio and message boards — to better engage students. And institutions may benefit by increasing their reach beyond campus without paying for new buildings in other locations.

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NLU and St. Augustine College sign new agreement

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NLU President Nivine Megahed (l) and St. Augustine President Andrew Sund

NLU President Nivine Megahed recently joined St. Augustine College President Andrew Sund in signing an articulation agreement between the two schools that will allow St. Augustine students to transfer credits toward NLU bachelor’s programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education and Criminal Justice.

Meet Andrew Heil, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I was born and raised in Chicago. When the Army recruiter came to my high school, my ears perked up. I knew I wanted to be a law enforcement officer and learned a great deal about the field through my roles and responsibilities in the Army. My two primary roles in the Army were as a military police investigator and army recruiter. In 2011, I retired with 22 years of active duty in the Army, along with an additional 10 years of service in the Reserves.

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In the Spotlight: NLU’s Early Childhood Education team

shutterstock_113421283In the past couple of years, early childhood education has received massive attention in the U.S., from the heights of power on down.

President Barack Obama has called for universal preschool for four-year-olds in his last two State of the Union addresses, which has so far led to 30 states increasing funding for early childhood education and the federal government giving an additional $1 billion to Early Head Start. Bill de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York City, is also pushing for citywide preschool for children, and other mayors and governors have joined in the movement.

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Creativity in education the focus at Reimagining School symposium

The second installment of the “Reimagining School” symposium series was held in March. A collaboration of the Golden Apple Foundation, NLU, Family Action Network and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the symposium brought together nationally recognized figures in education for a conversation about the ways schools can foster creativity and innovation to raise students’ global competence in a changing world.

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Triton College signs new agreement with NLU

Triton College has signed a new articulation agreement with National Louis University that will create a more seamless transition for Triton students wishing to transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s business program at NLU.

As part of the agreement, Triton students who earn their Associate in Arts or Associate in Science or Applied Science degree can go on to pursue a B.S. in Management at NLU.

“National Louis’ partnership with Triton College underscores our commitment to provide higher education opportunities to students in our communities,” said Chris Cassirer, Sc.D., Dean of the College of Management and Business and College of Arts and Sciences at NLU in a press release. “We are pleased that this collaboration will provide Triton students seeking a baccalaureate degree in business a chance to smoothly transition to National Louis where they can fulfill their academic and professional goals.”