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Tribune: NLU Student Went From 320 Pounds to Running Marathon The Trib's Heidi Stevens chronicled Gaylon Alcatraz' inner and outer journeys

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-10-58-51-amThe Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens wrote a column about NLU student Gaylon Alcaraz, who was tipping the scales at 320 pounds when she decided to join Weight Watchers in 2012.

She started walking a little bit, too, to get some exercise. A friend who was involved with an African-American women’s running group asked her to do a 5K, running when she could and walking when she could not.  Continue reading »

Talan, Keneman in Daily Herald: Give Teachers Cultural Competence Two profs explain importance of helping teachers become self-aware, inclusive


Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 10.39.45 AMThe news broke last Wednesday morning about a Yale University study which detected that preschool teachers expected more misbehavior from young African-American male students than from other students.

By Wednesday afternoon, faculty members Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., and Teri Talan, Ed.D., J.D., had written a letter to the editor explaining that NLU’s early education programs  stress the importance of making budding teachers aware of their young students’ cultures. Keneman is NLU’s Early Childhood Program Coordinator and Talan is the Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. Continue reading »

WFLD-TV, Daily Herald Feature Dr. Richardson Discussing Cliques She shared 'Five Signs a Clique is Making Your Girl Miserable' for National Bullying Prevention Month

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-19-38-pm“Mean girls” in schools can make life deeply painful for other girls, starting at about the fifth-grade level and often continuing through high school.

Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., a behavioral scientist and associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at National Louis University, has been featured on WFLD-TV Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” show speaking about “Five Signs A Clique Is Making Your Daughter Miserable.” She told “Good Day Chicago” interviewer Corey McPherrin how parents can help their daughters get through the rejection, anxiety and depression cliques sometimes inflict on girls. Continue reading »

Engage and Empower Employees, Profs Urge In Honig and Legler advise managers how to retain talent in tightening job market

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-5-13-55-pmAs the job market heats up and job candidates are able to find new jobs more quickly, employers have to strategize in order to retain their talent.

They can do so by engaging employees, fostering a climate of respectful communication, providing professional development, recognizing employee contributions and rewarding employees with compensation and benefits, write Catherine Honig, Ph.D., associate professor of business and management, and Ray Legler, Ph.D., assistant professor, who teaches organizational leadership,  in an article appearing in It appeared in the website’s Excellence Essentials series. Continue reading »

Money Magazine Lists NLU In National Top 10 for Grads Making a Difference Working in teaching, helping careers leads to overall life happiness, research says

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-10-00-pmNational Louis University’s degree programs in teaching, counseling, psychology, human services, healthcare leadership and more have propelled the school to Money Magazine’s national list of “10 Colleges Whose Graduates Say They Make the World a Better Place.”

Seventy-seven percent of NLU alumni responding to a survey said their careers are meaningful and help others, compared to a national average of 54 percent of all alumni responding to the survey. Money Magazine uses PayScale’s meaningful-career data as one of the factors in its college rankings. Continue reading »

Alum’s IDEA Wins ‘School Librarian of the Year’ Award Todd Burleson ’98 created a libratory at Chicagoland school


2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

If lightbulbs actually went on over people’s heads like they do in cartoons, the one over the head of Todd Burleson ’98 would be blindingly bright. Burleson has created not only a new concept, but a new word to go with it: Libratory, a library that blends into a laboratory, maker space, place to encourage creativity and hub of design thinking.

For his creation, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing have recognized Burleson with their School Librarian of the Year award. Continue reading »

DNAinfo: NLU Prof Wants to End Domestic Violence in Hotels The Chicago news website profiled Cynthia Schumann, Criminal Justice faculty, the digital Chicago news network, spotlighted the efforts of NLU prof Cynthia Schumann, Ed.D., to educate hotel managers about how to handle domestic violence that may occur at their hotels. Reporter Linze Rice’s article is headlined, “This Former Chicago Cop  Wants to Change How Hotels Handle Domestic Violence.”

Schumann, an adjunct professor of criminal justice, became interested in preventing domestic violence in her role as a Chicago Police sergeant, and she retired this summer after 29 years of service. Continue reading »

Star Alums On TV to Tackle Chicago’s Violence Issues Liz Dozier appeared on CNN; Jackie Samuel on WCIU Issues Show

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CNN’s Amara Walker, left, interviewed NLU alum Liz Dozier, former principal of Fenger High School and current director of Chicago Beyond, an advocacy organization.

Two of NLU’s star alumni, Liz Dozier and Jackie Samuel, Ph.D., appeared recently on television interviews about how to address the violence plaguing several Chicago communities. Dozier received NLU’s Reach Award, given to outstanding alumni, in 2015, and Samuels received it in 2016.

CNN’s Amara Walker interviewed Liz Dozier ’08, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration, on Aug. 29 to gain a better understanding of what can be done to reduce gun violence.  Dozier spent six years as principal of Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side before becoming managing director of Chicago Beyond, an action and advocacy organization. Continue reading »

White House Honors O’Malley With Presidential Award, Tribune Writes Alum won prestigious award and will visit White House

128px-US-WhiteHouse-LogoThe ink was barely dry on James O’Malley’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 2016 degree from National Louis University when he won the nation’s most prestigious teaching award.

The White House has named O’Malley, 51, as winner of a Presidential  Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is among four Presidential Award winners for teaching math and science in Illinois, and 213 in the nation. Continue reading »

65 Media Outlets Feature NLU Profs’ ‘Back-to-School’ Tips In addition, a radio station tweeted the tips

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 9.46.10 AMSixty-three newspapers and two television stations around the country have published “Back-to-School Tips” from National Louis University faculty members. They include research-based, practical information parents can use to get the school year off to a smooth start.

In the tips, Jennifer Cooper, Ph.D., advised parents on how to head off children’s anxiety as school begins. Seema Imam, Ed.D., told parents how to set the stage for good communication with teachers throughout the year.  If a child doesn’t want to go to school, Leslie Katch, Ph.D., provided methods for finding out what’s really going on. And Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., emphasized the importance of having children get enough sleep so their brains can absorb all the material they learn in school. Continue reading »