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Alum of Written Communication Is Teaching, Published in Jet, Ebony, Jane Keeping you up to date with what NLU alumni are doing in their fields

Zainab Karim, M.S., graduated from National Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication program and is now teaching at the college level and doing freelance writing.

Zainab Karim, who graduated from National Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication program in 2015,  is a professor of English and Psychology and a freelance writer. Her articles and short stories have been published in Jet Magazine, Ebony, XO, Jane, Revelist, Abernathy Magazine and The Liberty Project, to name a few. Below, Zainab shares a bit about her journey in the Master of Science in Written Communication program.

Q: Did you have a concentration and goal for completing the program?

A: Yes, I wanted to become a novelist. My master’s thesis was the beginning of a novel that I am still working on. I also wanted to be a freelance writer, which is a goal I was able accomplish after I graduated. Continue reading »

NLU’s Pluymert Offers Insight on National NBC News She gave viewers perspective on a case in which teachers dragged a 7-year-old with autism

National Louis University’s Katalin (Kathy) Pluymert appeared on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Aug. 15 to offer insight on an Ohio case in which a teacher and teacher aide at an Ohio school forcibly carried a 7-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who had been acting out on the playground. The incident was caught on the school’s video, and shows the two teachers carrying the boy by his hands and feet, then later dragging him by the ankles into the principal’s office.

Among other comments on the national news show, Pluymert told a reporter about the need to deescalate the situation and keep the child and others safe. Continue reading »

Want to Become a Licensed Professional Counselor? Here’s What to Expect on Exam

The counseling profession offers a chance to help others transform their lives for the better, and most counselors find it extremely rewarding.

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), you will need to do two things.

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Succeed at Career Fairs By Preparing, Following Up And More Use these tips to make an impression


By NLU’s Career Development Department

Many job seekers find there are times when they’re not getting much response from employers. That’s when it’s time to put another strategy in play: career fairs.

Career fairs give you that opportunity to meet face to face with employers and make your first impressions count. Use the eight tips below to make a positive lasting impression and stand out amongst other candidates. Continue reading »

NLU’s McCormick Center Launches Tool to Compare States on Early Childhood Leadership See which states rank best

As states around the nation try to boost the quality of early childhood education so that babies and toddlers have a stronger chance of becoming good learners in the future, the McCormick Center at National Louis University has just created a tool for measuring states’ efforts.

The McCormick Center developed the tool, called the  Leadership Education for Administrators and Directors (L.E.A.D.) Early Childhood™ Clearinghouse, as a source for information about early childhood program leaders. It is part of the L.E.A.D. Early Childhood™ Collaborative, which was launched in 2016 to identify and close the gap in  preparation for early childhood program leaders. Continue reading »

Program Spotlight: Why The MBA Focuses On What Drives Business Now Director Catherine Honig explains why leadership important to students and organizations

In business, leadership is paramount. Businesses look for those who will drive change, make key decisions and inspire an organization to greater success.

It’s something NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement has recognized. It focuses its acclaimed MBA program on leadership, offering curriculum tracks and career development to help students sharpen their skills and increase their employability. Accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the program continues to provide students with key business skills in areas such as finance, economics, marketing and strategy. Continue reading »

Writers’ Workshops July 15 and 22 Feature Five Well-Known Authors, Journalists This could be what prompts you to conquer writer's block

Maudlyne Ihejerika of the Chicago Sun-Times will lead a session at the 2017 Writers’ Workshops, sponsored by National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program.

If you’re a writer or aspiring writer, inspiration from professional scribes can provide literary caffeine to energize your writing. Join five engaging Chicago journalists and/or writers, who will get you charged up on Sat. July 15 and Sat. July 22 at National Louis University’s Writers’ Workshops. Maudlyne Ihejerika of the Sun-Times, author of “Escape from Nigeria,” will present a workshop July 15 on “Sharing Extraordinary Stories from Ordinary People.” Rick Kogan of the Tribune will also present “Creating Captivating Profiles” on that day. Continue reading »

Prof Travels to D.C. To Support Teacher Education Talked about teachers' and students' needs

National Louis University’s Todd Price, second from left, participated with the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education in speaking to lawmakers about issues in preparing teachers.

NLU faculty member Todd Price, Ph.D., traveled to Washington, D.C. in June to support teacher education and inform policymakers about issues concerning teacher education. Price is Director of Policy Studies for National Louis University’s National College of Education.

Price serves as member of the Government Relations and Advocacy of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). He participated in its Day on the Hill conference. Continue reading »

Kane County Chronicle Profiles NLU’s Doyle, Human Services Management Program Program will prepare human services pros who get promoted into management

The Kane County Chronicle’s July 5 profile of National Louis University’s Mark Doyle focuses on his leadership of the Human Services Management program, which is launching in early September.

Doyle has worked as a professional, manager and consultant in the Human Services field for nearly 40 years. He said many professionals, such as counselors, get promoted into management and flounder because they have never learned management skills such as putting together a budget, working with Human Resources, courting funders and stakeholders or speaking to the media.

In the article, Doyle explained NLU’s Human Services Management program will train and educate those professionals to become better leaders and stewards of human services agencies, whether they be nonprofits, government agencies or something else.

Doyle has lived in St. Charles, within Kane County, for 24 years. National Louis University’s Elgin campus is also located in Kane County.

See the Kane County Chronicle article here. 

Human Resources Managers Bring Forth Employees’ Best, Help Businesses Succeed If you love matching people's skills with employers' needs, you could excel at it


Human Resources Management is a rewarding career that’s perfect for those who enjoy working with people and helping businesses succeed. A human resource manager acts as a liaison between a company’s employees and its executives, overseeing areas like employee training and education, recruitment and hiring, and employee procedures and policies. Continue reading »