The holiday season is filled with expectations of cheer and bliss. From decorations and carols to gift-giving and time with family, the messages we receive are that we should be jolly during this time of year. For many people, however, the holidays can bring about a great amount of stress and anxiety. Oftentimes there is an unspoken pressure to buy just the right gift to make your loved one happy. Other times it’s reconnecting with family that brings up difficult feelings, unhealed wounds. Just beneath the surface of society’s messages of abundant bliss and good cheer is the reality that with joy comes sorrow.
By Ayn Keneman, Ed.D.
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.
Students will be able to pitch business ideas, just like on ABC-TV’s ‘Shark Tank’
Almost everything people do on the job starts with an idea, and with the skills to sell that idea. Whether it’s a counselor offering her professional services, a company looking to diversify into new product lines, a person starting a small business or a human services grad setting up a non-profit, all of them needed to brainstorm an idea, refine it, bring it to market and sell it to customers.
Hortencia Rodriguez, an NLU early childhood undergraduate, was recognized as a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a ceremony Nov. 1st at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. Hortencia was one of 52 students in Illinois to receive this honor. This is the 40th year Lincoln Academy, a non-profit organization, celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois.
The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois. At the Student Laureate Convocation, Hortencia received a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a certificate of achievement and an educational grant of $1,000.
Did you know that National Louis offers counseling services? With free support groups and mental health workshops, as well as affordable individual, couple and family counseling, there are plenty of ways to get extra support this school year.
Ask Us Anything
One quick way to get support is to send an email to email@example.com with any question that you have. Your question will be answered within 24 hours by our trained counselors and you may find the answers, resources or relief that you are looking for. No question is too strange, and you might be surprised that you’re not the only one with the same concern!
Meet Your Counselors
The counselors at the NLU Counseling Center are well trained and dedicated to bringing lasting change to people’s lives. They are empathic, creative and focused on helping individuals, couples and families develop insight and health. Any of them are available for consultation. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
David Klow, LMFT
David is the owner of Skylight Counseling Center and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. David works creatively and collaboratively, drawing on ancient wisdom and modern practices to bring lasting transformation to people’s lives.
Kristen Snell-Anzalone, LPC
Kristen works with adults, children, and couples. Her focus is on individuals with histories of trauma, depression/mood disorders, parent-child attachment problems, spirituality, and women’s issues, particularly perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, work-life balance, and mind-body-spirit integration.
Kathleen Farrell, AMFT
Kathleen believes that change comes from within. As an experienced, compassionate therapist she has had tremendous success at empowering clients to effect positive change. In addition to being a therapist, Kathleen is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. She values the connection between the mind and body and enjoys working with clients to strengthen this connection.
Kevin Lanham, LPC
Kevin focuses on empathically tuning into the client’s story and collaborating with the individual to create transformative change. Kevin aims to meet the needs of each client and discover how therapy will produce change in his or her life. Kevin’s interests include working with men, couples, anger management, depression, communication skills, and developing a sense of self-worth.
Kate Engler, AMFT
Kate works with couples, families and individuals from diverse populations who want to live more fulfilling lives by addressing and helping to solve relationship challenges. She has a particular interest in working with those experiencing life transitions such as adolescents, couples moving into new phases of their relationship, and women exploring the “what’s next” in their lives.
Johanna Davenport, Clinical Intern
Johanna works with adults, couples and families from diverse backgrounds who are seeking therapy to improve their lives. She focuses on individuals who have a history of trust issues, problematic relationships, substance abuse, work-life balance, depression, anxiety, low-self esteem, and transitions, particularly with twenty-somethings.
Our Next Event
Please join us for the next Mental Health & Wellness Workshop on Monday, October 27th from 4pm-5pm in the Chicago Campus Atrium. This month’s topic is on how to deal with feeling alone. When we can relate deeply and effectively with others, we become more effective in our lives, academics and work. Yet most of us don’t know the skills to be our best in our relationships with others. Learn how to instantly touch, move and inspire others and become more effective in your relationships with teachers, classmates and loved ones. More information is online available here.
This is a Free event. RSVP and join us for a chance to win a $25 e-campus gift card.
By Richard Schak, Criminal Justice Program Director
National Louis University has been approved for a chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honors Society). Our Chapter name is Phi Psi and we are accepting new members. The criteria for joining our chapter is as follows:
Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in an institution represented by a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. They must have declared a major, minor or equivalent in criminal justice or a related field, have completed three full-time semesters or their equivalent. They must attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative and criminal justice classes, and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field.
Wow. What a start to Fall 2014. I just love our students. Honestly, they are the reason I get up in the morning, bounce along on the train and take a lovely walk from Union Station. I’ve been in Student Affairs for close to 15 years and I still get excited each new school year, including goose bumps of excitement as the buzz of returning students infects the campus.
I’m proud to say that I hope to be the NLU Difference. In a previous blog, I shared some of my vision for the National Louis Student Experience this year. Last week, the Student Experience Team visited each campus with gifts, food and excitement to tell you all about our plans for this year. We had such a great time conversing with students, trying out a little Zumba (don’t worry, we won’t quit our day jobs), and displaying our blue and platinum pride.
Here are the top 3 reasons why I love NLU students:
With the start of a new school year it is important to create healthy beginnings. Yet, even with good intentions of being productive, procrastination can kill academic success. When we put things off, we become less effective and often stressed at the notion of completing the task at hand. Distractions can creep in and we are left to scramble to stay on track. This pattern can lead to burn out and becoming fried as a student.
It is possible to end this pattern! Connecting to your motivation is the one secret to permanently ending procrastination once and for all. As the school year starts it is important to connect to why you are in school in the first place! Can you clarify what is important to you and why you want to succeed? Reminding yourself of your intentions and staying motivated will eliminate procrastination once and for all!
Enjoy burgers, a beer tent and live music, meet other military-connected students and find out about organizations which offer veterans help and resources at a “Fall In” back-to-school celebration Thursday, Sept. 18. Bring your family and drop in anytime between 2 to 8 p.m.
National Louis University is sponsoring the event at Cantigny Park, 1s151 S. Winfield Road, Wheaton, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is lending her support. Student veterans from all Chicago-area universities, and veterans thinking about pursuing higher education, are all welcome to attend for social time, networking and mentoring. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, water and soda will be free, as is the parking; the only charge is for beer.
About 1,700 NLU students will soon be receiving a letter in the mail inviting them to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, an honorary society which awards $150,000 in scholarships and offers enviable networking opportunities and invitations to celebrity events.
Perhaps more important, the Society offers coaching to focus on students’ goals, so that 93 percent of its 360,000 members nationwide felt they will be more successful in life because they participated, according to its website.