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.
National Louis University alumni are out there in the world doing great things in the workplace and in their communities. We would like to share some recent achievements from a few of our alumni. If you would like to give us an update on what you’re doing, contact Alumni Relations Director Kimberly Michaelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the best parts of my job is the chance to harness the energy and enthusiasm of alumni who want to give back the NLU Community. It is a special honor to mobilize individuals and groups, and to create programs that continually prove our University’s power to the world. Continue reading
Have you met NLU student Latesha Pike?
Latesha Pike is a mother. She is a student. She is a woman with a goal and dreams. Continue reading
National Louis University alumna Pam Reilly (M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction ’99) was recently named the 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education. Reilly teaches second grade at Woodbury Elementary in Sandwich, Illinois. I had the opportunity to visit with Reilly and her second-grade class last week.