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NLU Donates School Supplies to School District 21 in Wheeling Area

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Arlene Rodriguez, an NLU Student Ambassador, left, and Pauline DeGrazia, Wheeling Campus Manager, pack donated school supplies for District 21. Rodriguez graduated from Elk Grove High School and is a sophomore studying Criminal Justice at NLU.

Children in Community School District 21 whose parents struggled with the cost of school supplies are off to a great start this school year, thanks to National Louis University employees and students.

They collected two large boxes of pens, paper, folders, erasers, pencils, markers, scissors and other supplies.

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Trying to Choose the Right Career? 7 Steps to Give You Clarity By: Consiglia M. Intile, Assistant Director, Career Development

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You’ve graduated from college or are thinking about transitioning into a new career, and the very thought of picking a career has you feeling overwhelmed. This is a very common feeling for job seekers and career changers. To make the decision-making process simpler, please follow these seven steps.

1. Take a Career/Personality Assessment

Personality/career assessments are an essential way to discover your skills, strengths and likes. They reveal information that you had never really thought of before. Examples include: The MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Instrument) and the Interest Profiler. These two assessments can help you learn more about yourself and what you would enjoy doing. You want to find a career that you love and not consider it work, but your passion.

2. Research, Research, Research

If you are still feeling overwhelmed or are not sure which career to choose, research. There are a few ways this can be done: Informational Interviews are a good way to learn about a specific role of interest. You get a chance to sit down with a professional and ask your questions before pursuing this position. ONET is another valuable resource that includes an abundance of information for any position that will help you learn more about the position and what it entails. You can also join or log on to LinkedIn, and see if there are more professionals you can connect with to learn about your positions of interest.

3. Create a PRO/CON List

Using this well-known decision-making tool can be useful when trying to choose the right career for yourself. Consider all the positive factors of the job versus the negatives. This list can be done with one position, or even to compare two to three different opportunities. If the position has more positives than negatives then you are on the right track to finding the career for you.

4. Consider your values

Values play an important role when it comes to choosing the right career for you. You want to work in an environment that reflects your values in order to feel comfortable. To do this: Make a list of what you value in your career: For example: Working close to home, open communication with your managers, passion and drive to help others succeed, professional development, etc. Next, look at your options and see which of these positions holds the values you listed. If your positions do not hold the values you listed, this might not be the right place to make you happy.

5. Take a break from your decision

It is important to give yourself some time to enjoy yourself and not worry about your job search or choosing your career. Take time to spend with your family, friends and significant other. See a movie or take a walk at the park. Sometimes stepping away from an overwhelming decision can shine light on what you really want to do. It can allow you to see things a bit clearer the next time you job search again. Trust your gut and heart in what you want to accomplish in life and you will succeed.

6. Remember no job is permanent if you don’t want it to be

If you choose a career and realize it may not have been the right choice, it is never too late to look again. Many new job seekers are under the impression that they have to choose a job and stay for the rest of their life. This is not the case. Statistics indicate a person will change careers five times during their lifetimes. This is because we learn every day and develop new interests that can lead us down different paths. Who knows– a new path could be even better than where you were before. The key is to find a great place that you are fond of, love what you do, stay true to your values and beliefs, and remember your first job is just the beginning of your career path. If you continue to work hard you will get to the career you always dreamed about.

7). Seek additional assistance from the Career Development Office

If you are still feeling stuck or overwhelmed with deciding on what career is best for you, seek assistance from our office. You can contact Career Development today at 312-261-3170 or careerdevelopment@nl.edu. Our career advisors are knowledgeable of strategic plans to help you get organized to achieve your career goals. We let the student take control of the sessions and encourage them to set up realistic goals they are able to accomplish. Our creative activities can also make your decision-making process a less stressful experience, so contact us today.

Crain’s: NLU’s MBA Program Innovating To Provide Online and Networking Crain's Chicago Business wrote about NLU's hybrid techniques

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 4.41.31 PMCrain’s Chicago Business led an article about the balance between online flexibility and in-person networking in MBA programs by describing NLU’s program and quoting Catherine Honig, Ph.D., director of the MBA program.

The article described how Honig recorded a class lecture and put it on the cloud, but gathered all students virtually in real time for a live chat forum. Such an approach meets students’ needs for flexibility because the class was offered online, but it also fulfills their desire to network by letting them engage with each other. Some of the value of an MBA comes from networking, the magazine pointed out.

Writer Judith Ruiz-Branch also wrapped up the article quoting Honig saying that NLU’s goal is to meet MBA students’ needs.

See the article here.

‘Wearable Technologies’ Article by Associate Dean Borthwick Drawing Attention She examines pros and cons of smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and others

 

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Yes, but there are concerns too, according to Arlene Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, and her co-authors. They just learned at the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference that their article, “Personal Wearable Technologies in Education: Value or Villain?” was the most-downloaded article from the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education so far in 2016. Continue reading »

Newspapers Applaud Commencement Speaker Brenda Castile-Munoz Her powerful story and upcoming play made the news

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When Brenda Castile-Munoz stepped to the podium at National Louis University’s June CPSA Commencement to give the student address, she related how her high school teacher, Mr. Alexander, told her way back in 1979 she and her friends would never amount to anything.

Despite setback after setback, decade after decade, that remark spurred Castile-Munoz as she kept on moving forward, until she got her bachelor’s degree, and now her M.S. in Written Communication, from National Louis University. Her story left many in tears, and her play, written as part of the M.S. in Written Communication program, will be produced Aug. 6 at NLU’s Summer Playfest. Continue reading »

After Standoff, American Psychological Association Honors Dr. Brad Olson In an about-face, two APA divisions will reward his anti-torture work

 

BradOlson2016For years, NLU’s Brad Olson, Ph.D., and a few other hardy souls were dissenters–the lone voices protesting the American Psychological Association’s close relationship with U.S. military officials who were practicing torture on terrorism suspects.

Last year, the APA did an about-face, with its membership voting overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.

Now, to complete the 180-degree change in its position on torture,  APA is honoring Olson, whom  the association once criticized for his stance against the association’s close ties to the torture process. Actually, Olson is receiving two separate awards from two different APA divisions. Continue reading »

Enjoy Free Theater At Summer Playfest, Featuring NLU Playwrights Writers from the M.S. in Written Communication program present their plays

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.10.03 AMAll are welcome to enjoy the dramatic talents of five National Louis University playwrights at Summer Playfest on Aug. 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. The writers are students in NLU’s Master of Science in Written Communication program. You can choose to attend some or all of these works, presented for free, but please RSVP to CASwriters@nl.edu.

The staged readings will be performed at National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. as follows:   Continue reading »

Dr. Lems, Twice a Fulbright Scholar, Gives Global Lesson She sang, performed on webinar seen by 1,986 English teachers around world

160719-kristin-lems-014Kristin Lems, Ed.D., who performs and records songs in addition to teaching at National Louis University, recently “starred” in two live webinars for the U.S. State Department’s “American English” project.

Nearly 2,000 teachers of English as a Second Language around the world watched live as Lems, an NLU professor of ESL and Bilingual Education,  presented “Using Songs and Music to Teach English.” Continue reading »

An NLU Student Veteran Transitions Into the Civilian Workforce Manning Shares Her Career Journey, Tips for Fellow Veterans

 

By Paula Rucci Voigt, NLU Career Services Advisor

Manning_Natalyia[1]Transitioning to a new career is exciting but can also be intimidating, and can be especially so for veterans. With nine years of U.S. Air Force experience, Natalyia Manning, a National Louis University student who has just recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, knows first-hand about the additional challenges veterans face when moving from a military career to a civilian one. Continue reading »

NLU’s Ramos Awarded Fulbright to Germany Program taught Germany's approaches to education, encouraged sharing of ideas

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Monica Ramos received a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany.

Monica Ramos, NLU’s Director of Family and Community Engagement,  spent June and part of July in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship.

The program gave Ramos and other American participants an intensive look at the German educational system, in order to enrich their own teaching in the U.S. and strengthen ongoing communications between educators in the two countries. Continue reading »