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NLU Student, Alum Tell WBEZ Military Led Them To Teaching

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For Andrew Cline, joining the military to “do something bigger than yourself” is the same reason he chose to go into teaching. He’s an NLU student veteran.

For Anthony Clark, an NLU graduate who’s teaching special education at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the responsibility and leadership he learned in the military made for a “natural transition” into teaching.

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Naperville Magazine Profiles Alum Who Helps Homeless Get Back On Feet

 

Michael CobbMichael Cobb sees his job as providing much  more than a bed for the homeless–although his position as executive director of Hesed House in Aurora, the largest shelter in Illinois outside Chicago, encompasses that.

Cobb, who is president of National Louis University’s Alumni Board, also oversees a full range of services to help people take back their lives, according to a profile of him this month in Naperville Magazine.

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NLU and College of DuPage Partner To Offer 4-Year B.A.

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Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., president of National Louis University, and Robert Breuder, Ph.D., president of College of DuPage, both seated, signed a partnership agreement between the schools Oct. 30. Joining them were, from left, Ruth Davis, Ed.D., Director of Institutional Outreach Strategy at NLU; Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D.,  provost at NLU; Marty Mickey, VP Finance at NLU;  Emmanuel Awuah, Ph.D., COD AVP for Academic Affairs;  Andrea Polites, M.S.W., COD Human Services instructor; Jean Kartje, Ph.D., COD VP Academic Affairs; Jason Florin, M.H.S., COD Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Human Services program, and Julie Trytek, M.A., COD Human Services instructor.

 

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NLU and COD officials announced Oct. 30, 2014, that the schools are partnering in a 3+1 program to offer a B.A. in Human Services.

National Louis University and College of DuPage announced Oct. 30 they are partnering in a 3+1 program that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from NLU with all courses completed at COD’s Glen Ellyn, Ill. campus.

The new degree is designed for students who are working toward either an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Human Services Generalist or A.A.S. Addictions Counseling degree at College of DuPage.

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Daily Herald: NLU Alum Shows Teachers Creative Ways To Incorporate Technology

 

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.

StudentsWithLaptopsWallace, 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.

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NLU Prof’s Book Review Highlights Malala, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Malala_Jacket.inddHere’s an entry in the “great minds think alike” department.  School Library Journal printed NLU Assistant Professor Toby Rajput’s book review of  Every Day is Malala Day, published by Second Story Press for second- to fourth-graders. On Friday, Oct. 10, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced it was awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whom the Taliban shot in the head for championing girls’ right to go to school. Malala, who survived the shooting and attends school in the United Kingdom, shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian activist who fights child labor.

NLU’s Rajput, who is full-time Library faculty and also the Children’s and Youth Literature librarian for the university, quoted from Malala’s July 2013 speech to the United Nations, which ended with the words, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”  Rajput concludes the review by describing the book as, “an effective introduction to an important social justice issue.”

Rajput also teaches School Library courses in NLU’s National College of Education for teachers who are adding the school library credential to their teaching licenses.

Students From Mexico Visit NLU For A Global Learning Experience

By Monica Haydee Ramos

National Louis University welcomed about 50 visiting students and professors from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) in Guadalajara, Mexico on Aug. 19.

They traveled to Chicago to experience NLU and the culture of Chicago. NLU students and faculty from the Chicago Teachers Partnership (CTPP) grant program participated in this event. Additionally, Rebeca Aguilar Quevedo, Coordinator of the Education Programs from the Department of Community Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, was the keynote speaker at this event. She addressed the importance of attaining a college degree and using that knowledge to foster leadership capabilities in the students’ communities and lives.

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WBEZ 91.5 interviews NLU Professor Lauren Heidbrink on the influx of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from Central America

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 11.08.46 AMWBEZ reporter Odette Yousef interviewed Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. on her book, titled Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, and her recent field study work in the Departments of San Marcos and Quezaltenango in western Guatemala. Dr. Heidbrink is an anthropologist, Co-Director of the NLU Public Policy program, and teaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department.

Full story and interview available here.

NLU Professor offers unique insight into the realities of unaccompanied migrant children

heidbrinkblogWith an unprecedented increase of Central American migrant children to the U.S., there is an urgent need to examine the realities of children beyond their initial apprehension by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. While the issue has recently garnered widespread attention, the following insights remain absent from the national conversation:

  • Detailed accounts of conditions within Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities,
  • Discussion of the long-term impacts of migration and detention on children, and
  • Experiences of children and their families following deportation.

Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State, by Lauren HeidbrinkIn her book, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. takes a timely look at how young migrants navigate the legal and emotional terrain beyond apprehension while examining essential areas surrounding this issue. Over a three-year period, she observed operations in 12 facilities, interviewed over 100 migrant youth from 19 countries both in detention and following release, and interviewed over 350 stakeholders in the U.S., El Salvador, and Guatemala.

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CPS eighth-graders, NLU psychology students share experiences

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On Thursday, May 29, 50 eighth-grade students from Burroughs Elementary School in Brighton Park on the southwest side of Chicago visited with the students in my LAP 202: Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence class at NLU. The purpose of the visit was twofold: to provide the younger students with a chance to visit a college campus and talk with college students about post-secondary education and to provide my students the chance to talk with a group of young people from the population they are studying.

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