By Nicholas A. Love
National Louis University alumna Geraldine Palmer ‘12, Ph.D. in Community Psychology, was recognized as an African-American Community Treasure at the 16th Annual African American History Month Celebration, presented by Dorothy A. Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Palmer is the Executive Director of South Suburban PADS, an overnight, emergency shelter network in Chicago’s south suburbs. A woman who defied the odds and went from GED to Ph.D., she brings life experience to her leadership at PADS, in addition to her 21 years of professional nonprofit experience.
She leverages the same wealth of experience for Chicagoland and left her mark at a number of housing and supportive service organizations. Not only at work in the trenches, she is an adjunct faculty member at Adler University in Chicago and has authored articles on housing policy and homelessness.
Palmer works tirelessly to alleviate problems related to homelessness because she knows what it’s like to struggle. A determined worker with a mind far from accolades, she accepted her award with humble dignity.
“I just do what I do, so it’s always a surprise when I receive an award for it.”
Akilah Bradford explores life possibilities with her high-school-aged daughter, and tells her not to limit herself.
Kimberly Michaelson, from left, Kathy Broome, Michael Cobb and Georgia Bozeday.
History isn’t shaped only by wars and political leaders. It’s also about the choices individuals make to change life for themselves and their families.
Each of us, by choosing to get a bachelor’s or advanced degree and pursue a career in our chosen field, is staking a claim for a life we want. We to set higher possibilities for our children’s generation. And taken together, we are a force that shapes societies, cities and economies.
In honor of Black History Month, we asked two African-American National Louis University alumnae to reflect on how the past and present, and their experiences at NLU, shaped their lives and those of their families. Continue reading
By Ayn Keneman, Ed.D.
Mary Kay Moskal, Ph.D., an NLU alum, returned to present a talk on early literacy to students.
Early Childhood students of NLU’s Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., were treated to a session with Mary Kay Moskal, Ph.D., on early literacy assessment. Moskal is from the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. NLU’s Early Childhood students are all in schools as part of the practicum undergraduate course.
NLU Alum Sandra Mattison retired early from teaching fifth grade and will volunteer with the Peace Corps in Uganda for about two years. She will support primary education.
After 22 years of teaching in an elementary school, Sandra Mattison, 54, of Wheaton, Ill., retired early and embarked on another adventure. She left recently for Uganda, where she will serve as a Peace Corps volunteer for about two years.
Mattison, B.A. in Elementary Education ’92 and M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction ’04, will use her professional experience and National Louis University education to support primary education in Uganda.
National Louis is going on the road to meet alumni, let them know they are a valued part of the NLU community and encourage them to participate in alumni events. What’s more, you can arrange for the alumni team to visit YOUR office, school or workplace.
Kimberly Michaelson, NLU’s Director of Alumni Relations, recently visited with NLU alumna Alexandra Nicholson, Ed.D., superintendent of West Northfield School District 31, where almost 100 NLU alumni are employed. Michaelson went to two District 31 schools to thank them for their support of the University. Nicholson is a member of NLU’s National College of Education Advisory Council.
When a Glenbard South High School Spanish teacher came to National Louis University alum Stephanie Wallace for help in making a video, Wallace came up with an unexpected solution: have the students make their own mini-videos, speaking in Spanish, instead.
Wallace, who was profiled in the Daily Herald Oct. 13, works as an instructional technology specialist at the school, and her goal is to use technology as a tool to help students learn, rather than just learn technology for its own sake.
Husband and wife graduates Samuel Hopps and La Shae Hopps-Davis
National Louis University (NLU) recently recognized graduates at its 2014 commencement ceremonies. With more than 1,750 students earning their degrees this spring from NLU, each has a unique story of goals, struggles and triumphs. For example, former NFL football player Walter Mendenhall celebrated his achievement, and two sets of fathers and daughters received their degrees together. With this in mind, we wanted to share the story of Samuel Hopps and La Shae Hopps-Davis, a married couple who earned their graduate degrees together from NLU.
My name is Leo Brunelle, and I’m a 2002 B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) graduate of NLU and now-retired law enforcement officer from central Florida. My academic journey began in 1977 when I took my first college courses with the University of Alaska Anchorage while I was in the U.S. Air Force, and up until July 1989, I sporadically attended college and finally earned my associate’s degree. I became the first person in my family to accomplish this milestone, but I wanted more — I wanted to continue my evolution personally, professionally and academically.
Little did I know seven years ago when I was finishing a full-time career and retiring as an elementary school principal in Cary, IL, that I would be now working on a project in Broward County, FL, that focuses on the sexual health and safety of 13- to 21-year-olds in our community. Our schools are now facing major decisions in regard to the health and sexual education of our students.
In my role as a research technician for the ICFI/Center for Disease Control project with Broward County Public Schools called DASH — Division of Adolescent and School Health Enhanced Evaluation Survey — the following information comes to the surface:
This year NLU has presented a strong lineup of programs to support our intellectual community.
In the fall we brought you TEDx, a series of independent TED talks exploring teacher voice. We also hosted Startup Weekend, where an NLU alum and Dean Chris Cassirer were part of winning entrepreneurial ventures. Twice a year we partner with the Golden Apple Foundation and Chicago Shakespeare Theater to host a series of symposia on the changing landscape of the education system.