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Alum Climbs the Ladder in Law Enforcement He’s held down a spread of job titles in a long career

A few unexpected visitors stopped by to give Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 a stack of “copcakes.”

A few unexpected visitors stopped by to give Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 a stack of “copcakes.”

Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 has law enforcement experience stretching as far back as 1988. His job titles run the gamut from computer forensics instructor to Walt Disney World liaison for criminal investigations.

His graduation from National Louis University with a B.S. in Management paved the way for his most recent advancements with the Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s Office.

“Completing my degree was very important in order for me to be eligible for promotion to Captain,” he said.
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Hands-on NLU Grad Champions Technology in Education She was named president-elect of #edtech advocacy nonprofit

fc911c_c9b933b4f8c58f697916c29bd54bc1ceYou might be right if you said that NLU alum Nicole Zumpano ’10 has her hands full. She’s an adjunct faculty member and a graduate of NLU’s M.Ed. in Technology in Education (TIE) program. She’s also a technology coach for Chicago Public Schools and this year was named the president-elect of the nonprofit Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that supports and promotes innovative education for all students.

Zumpano has been a member of ICE since 2005, and it’s been a very busy 11 years. She has presented at conferences, planned conferences, advocated in Springfield, Illinois, moderated webinars and held a number of leadership positions including communications chair, professional development chair, governing board member and ICE secretary.

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NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement

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Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle. Continue reading »

Green Slime, NLU Prof Help Alum Win Science Teacher Award Andrew Bean won grant to install solar panels at his CPS School

Andrew Bean ’12 Congratulations to NLU alum Andrew Bean ’12, who recently received a national award for new science teachers. He had the strong backing of his mentor and NLU prof, Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., who frequently visits Bean’s classroom to whip up green slime, and other science oddities, to attract 13-year-olds’ interest in science.

Bean, who earned an M.A.T. in Elementary Education, is an eighth grade science and social studies teacher at William E. Dever Elementary School in the Belmont Heights on the Northwest side of Chicago.

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Triple-Threat Alum Returned Again and Again She holds three advanced degrees from NLU

Theodorea.Berry_BlogTheodorea Regina Berry ’95 believes in the power of three.

Berry is an associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She’s the director of the African American Studies Program, with expertise in the lived experiences of women educators of color. She has held leadership roles at a number of education foundations and associations and is the editor of two journals of curriculum theory.

She’s also a triple alum of National Louis University. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (’95), an Ed.S. in Leadership in Curriculum and Teaching (’98), and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Social Inquiry (’02).

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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 »

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

 

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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 »

Alum Will Lead Sherwin-Williams, An $11 Billion Company John Morikis will become CEO of the paint company on Jan. 1

-fca6d470ec7e5265Sherwin-Williams Co., a Cleveland-based paint manufacturer and retailer, has named John G. Morikis, 52, its ninth CEO, according to Cleveland.com.  Morikis, a native of Lake Station, Indiana, attained his M.S. in Management and Development of Human Resources from National Louis University in 1989.

Morikis started as a management trainee in the company’s Paint Stores division in 1984, and worked his way up. He has been president and COO since 2006 at Sherwin-Williams, which was founded in 1866–exactly 20 years before NLU’s founding in 1886.

Of the fact he rose through the ranks, Morikis said, “I think that gives me terrific perspective. I’m not asking anyone in the company to do anything I haven’t done.”

During Morikis’ nine years as president and COO,  the company grew from $7.8 billion to more than $11 billion in revenues last year. The company has 4,100 stores in North America and 5,000 employees.

For details, see reporter Janet H. Cho’s article for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

To learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Human Resources Management and Development, click here. 

Music-Loving Alum Turned Passion Into Profession Assistant band director enhanced his music leadership skills at NLU

3 - CopyBefore Willie Snipes Jr.  came to NLU to earn his M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision in 2010, he made history at the college where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. He was the first recipient of a degree in music from Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. Today he is still bringing music to his (first) alma mater.

Snipes’ interest in music came at an early age, which helped him to stay focused and out of trouble while he was growing up. From then on, music played a key role in the trajectory of his life. Continue reading »

REACH Awards Given to Five Alumni for Refusing To Accept Status Quo They've worked, against the odds, to make things better

reach-gala113National Louis went all out when it awarded five alumni its Reach Award at the Field Museum on May 19. The gala Reach reception, dinner and awards ceremony took place under the watchful gaze of “Sue,” the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.

But it hasn’t always been gourmet food and fancy place settings for the five honorees. They have persevered in the real world to make things better for local people and  communities. Continue reading »