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Overcome Your Fear of Networking by Adopting a Host Mentality You're there to help others connect, not just for yourself

By Paula Rucci Voigt, National Louis University Career Development Office

networkingYou may have heard the phrase, “Your Network Is Your Net Worth.” Noting that studies have shown that networking is the most effective way to land a job, it is evident that networking is essential to the health of your personal brand, your career, and your job search strategy. defines networking as “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.” Sounds simple and straightforward, right? Continue reading »

After $55,000 of Work, Veterans Center Opens At NLU Will give military students a one-stop shop for services, study, lounge


Veterans, National Louis University staff and others listen as student veteran Derrick Mitchell sings the national anthem a cappella on Veterans Day at the opening of NLU’s Robert R. McCormick Foundation Veterans Center and Lounge.

Great things, such as National Louis University’s Veterans Resource Center and Lounge, start with “aha!” ideas.

The Veterans Resource Center, which opened Nov. 11 at NLU’s Chicago campus at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, is one of those great things. Funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, it will give military students a one-stop shop for everything from their first visit, when they’ll meet staff and learn about benefits and financial aid, to subsequent visits, when they’ll enroll, get career guidance and receive academic help, to their all-purpose hangout during their student years.

They’ll be able to study, use computers and printers, grab a snack and chill with other veterans and military-connected students. Continue reading »

The Networked Educator: Building Relationships For Your Career in Teaching By: Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

150303-educator-job-fair-014Networking is more than a buzzword: it is a tool, a plan, and a strategy. It can help you secure your first job, but also extends beyond that to form the foundation of your future career.

Statistics show that 70% of jobs are landed through networking[1]. Chances are you’ve heard of at least one friend or classmate getting recruited from LinkedIn, or scoring a job at a hiring event. Continue reading »

Prieto Brings Leadership as He Continues Important Veterans Program Work His training, military expertise help in supporting military students


Ramon “Ray” Prieto is the Director of Veteran Student Coordination at National Louis University.

Ramon Prieto joined NLU three months ago as Director of Veteran Student Coordination at National Louis University. With a strong leadership and military background, along with experience in training and operations management, he has “hit the ground running” in his role of making more student veterans and military-connected students aware of the benefits of NLU’s Veterans Program.

We sat down with Prieto for a chat.  Continue reading »

When Dad Spoke To Alum In a Dream, She Listened Writer Beth Schaefer teaches at NLU, founded a publisher and even a fake university

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 5.16.21 PMWhat does it mean when a deceased parent appears to you in a dream, but you can’t hear the words they’re saying?

NLU alum Beth Schaefer divined the meaning right away. Her dad was telling her that even though she had a career going in corporate writing, she could no longer silence her creativity, which was trying to emerge, writes Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune.

Schaefer, who earned her M.S. in Written Communication degree from National Louis last year and now teaches in the program,  grew up in a gifted family. With her mother an actress and a vocalist on Chicago’s club scene and her dad a fiction and poetry writer, the arts and creativity colored her universe. Schaefer herself had taken to the stage as an award-winning singer-songwriter earlier in her career. Continue reading »

Mayor Emanuel Honors NLU for Awarding Up To $9,000 in Star Scholarships NLU is offering merit-based aid to CPS grads who complete City Colleges



Aarti Dhupelia, National Louis University’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, greets Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the mayor’s Nov. 5 ceremony honoring universities participating in the Star Scholarship program.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invited representatives from National Louis University and 11 other Chicago universities to a Nov. 5 ceremony he said heralded a great future for young Chicagoans who graduate from a Chicago Public Schools high school and then go on to complete their associate (two-year) degrees at Chicago City Colleges.

In the Star Scholars program, 12 universities, including National Louis, will offer them scholarships to complete their bachelor’s (four-year) degrees. Continue reading »

Alum Receives Golden Apple’s Principal Award Christine Adler, Lincolnshire principal, accepts the Stanley Golder award



National Louis University alum Christine Adler, Ed.D., accepts the Stanley Golder award from the Golden Apple Foundation. Adler is principal at Laura Sprague School in Lincolnshire, a northern suburb of Chicago.

At a gala ceremony on Friday evening, NLU alum Christine Adler, Ed.D., received the Stanley C. Golder Award, given annually by the Golden Apple Foundation to a principal who shows exemplary leadership.

Adler, principal of Laura Sprague School, an early childhood-grade 2 school in Lincolnshire, Illinois, was selected because of her advocacy of unique teacher styles, creation of bilingual services and embrace of multiculturism, along with her passion and support to help students excel to meet their potential, the foundation said. Continue reading »

How I Published Three Journal Articles From My Dissertation A doctoral graduate urges students to give it a try

By Robert Sky Allen, Ph.D.


Robert Sky Allen, Ph.D., completed his doctoral dissertation and then submitted it as three separate articles in peer-reviewed journals. All were published.

Over the three years of the doctoral program in Community Psychology at National Louis University, my professors occasionally asked if I wanted to convert the research from my dissertation into an article for publication in an academic, peer-reviewed journal.

I always said no. I was too focused on completing the program and I hardly had time for that. But then one day, suddenly it seemed, the program was over and I found myself looking for something intellectual to do.

I actually was able to turn my dissertation into three separate manuscripts and I submitted them for publication. Granted, it took over a year for two articles to find a good home. But the third article went from submission to publication in approximately two months.

My advice to students at NLU is this. When you are asked by your professors to do something that’s out of your comfort zone, don’t be too quick to say no. Think yes instead.


Allen is a licensed psychotherapist in the Outpatient Substance Abuse program of Regional Mental Health Center, East Chicago, Indiana. He obtained his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from National Louis in 2014. He also holds an M.A. in Social Psychology from Ball State University (1994), an M.A. in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Lincoln Christian University (1986) and a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Lincoln Christian University (1976).

His work can be found in the current issue of Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, and an upcoming issue of International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

Here are links to the first and second articles, written in cooperation with Bradley Olson, Ph.D., and acknowledging contributions from Judah Viola, Ph.D., Suzette Fromm Reed, Ph.D., and Tiffeny Jimenez, Ph.D. The third article is awaiting publication.

NLU’s Lincoln Student Laureate Named Jeanette Kyle has earned a 3.84 GPA


Jeanette Kyle is National Louis University’s Lincoln student laureate for 2015.

Each fall, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois awards a student laureate award to a student from each four-year university in the state. Jeanette Kyle, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, has been named the NLU recipient this year.

She’ll travel to Springfield on Nov. 7 to receive the award from the Academy, whose president is Gov. Bruce Rauner. Continue reading »

Take Action to Keep Teachers from Quitting, Suggests Prof to UNESCO Dr. James O'Meara outlines a solution to teachers' high attrition rates

Teacher_ShortageWhile 150,000 teachers are trained each year in the U.S., half of them quit within the first five years, write NLU Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., in the Education for All section of The figure comes from Education International.

Educators blame the usual suspects–heavy workloads, long hours, a lack of training and support. O’Meara points out that “we must pay attention to retention.” One way to do so is through deploying Teacher Leaders to support beginning teachers. Continue reading »