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Daily Herald Reports On NLU Soccer Field, Park District Partnership Wheeling Park District soccer games will be played at NLU's campus

The Wheeling Park District needed more soccer fields, and National Louis University had an abundance of green space on its Wheeling campus.

Thus a partnership was born, as announced in the Daily Herald article “Wheeling Park District partnering with National Louis University to share facilities,” on Sept. 19.

The paper quoted NLU president Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., as saying, “”Our beautiful campus has green space on the northeast side of the property, and the park district needs fields to meet the growing demand for soccer, so it was a natural partnership.” Continue reading »

How to Master the Tough Job Interview Question ‘Tell me about yourself’ NLU's Career Development Department Offers Job-Seeking Advice

By Consiglia M. Intile, M.A., LPC, NCC, NLU’s Assistant Director of Career Services

The question “Tell me about yourself,” is one of the most important questions a candidate will answer in any job interview, because it is often used as the first question. Since it is the first action question, much weight is placed upon it because it will set the tone for how the rest of the interview will go. Many candidates become nervous and unsure on how to go about answering this tough question because they want to make a first great impression. To alleviate some of those nerves and gain a clear strategy on how to WOW the employer at your next interview, follow these tips.
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Surge Institute, Empowering Leaders of Color, Names NLU’s Garcia a Fellow Aurora Flores Garcia works in the Pathways program

Aurora Flores Garcia, a student success coach in National Louis University’s Pathways program, has been named a 2018 Fellow by the Surge Institute, whose mission is to educate, develop and prepare leaders of color in the field of education.

The Chicago-based Surge Institute selected 25 young leaders, including Flores Garcia, for its yearlong program, which includes executive skill training, leadership development and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. Fellows will develop their own leadership and advocacy skills. They will also complete individual capstone projects. Continue reading »

NLU’s Dhupelia Named to Top 30 By Center for Digital Education She leads the Pathways program, which uses personalized technology

Aarti Dhupelia, National Louis University’s vice president for strategic initiatives, was named to the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30.

The Center for Digital Education, a national research institute specializing in education technology trends, has named National Louis University’s Aarti Dhupelia to its Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.

Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, won because NLU’s Pathways program, which she oversees, uses adaptive courseware and extensive data collection and analysis to support learners through the program. Continue reading »

NLU Ranked In Top 20 Colleges Nationally for Non-Traditional Students by College Factual College Factual, which analyzes national college statistics, named NLU superior in category

Recognizing that students aged 24 and older fall outside the profile of the typical 18- to-24-year-old college student, rankings website College Factual has compiled a list of 988 colleges and universities nationally which are best for these returning students. College Factual ranked National Louis University in 19th place in the nation, behind Stanford University and just ahead of Cornell University.

According to the Fiscal Times, which reported on College Factual’s findings, the rankings website’s analysis considers factors such as demonstrable success after graduation, the percentage of students over age 24 and the availability of flexible learning. Continue reading »

Learn Who Received NLU Faculty, Staff Awards National Louis University handed out six awards

Congratulations are in order for several National Louis University faculty and staff members who received annual awards at Fall Connection, a two-day back-to-school kickoff event featuring conferences, meetings and a festive awards ceremony.

During the Sept. 6-7 event, faculty and staff heard addresses by Provost Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Board Chairman Scott Smith and President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. They also attended Impact sessions on topics such as community engagement and philanthropy. They had plenty of time to discuss ideas about NLU’s goals and how to best serve students. Continue reading »

The Day the Moon Covered the Sun By Roy Kaelin, science instructor in NLU's Pathways Program

Roy Kaelin traveled to southern Illinois to observe the recent solar eclipse. Here’s his account.

Photo taken by Roy Kaelin in West Frankfort, Illinois, at the moment of total eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

On August 21, all things in the sky and on land were on the move. By news accounts, across the country people were getting into place to watch a celestial event not seen over the whole United States in nearly a century; in southern Illinois, thousands had already staked their spot amid the day’s heat and humidity for the chance to view a union of both sun and moon. Continue reading »

NLU’s Cooper Discusses Test Anxiety in TEACH Magazine

Anxiety among students isn’t always a bad thing, write Meagan Gillmore in TEACH magazine, quoting National Louis University’s Jennifer M. Cooper, Ph.D.

Gilmore wrote: “‘Anxiety, in proper amounts, helps increase concentration, memorization and motivation,’ says Jennifer M. Cooper, an assistant professor in school psychology at National Louis University in Illinois. “’Anxiety is really designed to prevent harm,’” she says. ‘Trouble arises when anxiety interferes with a person’s ability to function. Students may not be able to avoid stress, but they need to learn how to manage it.'” Continue reading »

NLU’s Warsi Advises on Teaching Refugee Children She offers tips to magazine of National Association for the Education of the Young Child

Refugee children may have experienced trauma and lived in war zones, and it’s important for teachers of young children to be aware of this, wrote National Louis University’s Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., associate professor in National College of Education’s Special Education program.

Her article appeared in Teaching Young Children, the publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Continue reading »

Six Tips on How to Succeed in College Start the year strong with these quick tips

By Amoni Reynolds, Graduate Assistant in Office of Student Experience

Whether you’re starting college for the first time or returning, it’s helpful to initiate good habits now and put things in perspective. In this upcoming year, we want you to flourish and enjoy the journey toward your degree. Start with these six easy tips and ways to succeed in college. 

  1. Get Organized

Organization is key to academic success. Knowing when you have papers and projects due is important for passing coursework and keeping up with your grades. Having the syllabus handy will allow you to plan ahead and give yourself the proper time to complete all assignments and get good grades. Continue reading »