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.
Students from Mexico or of Mexican descent will be able to apply for $15,000 in new scholarship money from a grant awarded to National Louis University by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (Instituto Mexicano para l’Externo or IME in Spanish).
Last year, 15 NLU students received scholarships provided by a grant from the Institute. On Dec. 4, one of them, Dulce Coronado, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, told an audience of diplomats and educators how much it meant to her during a press conference at the Mexican consulate.
About 35 Triton College students sang multicultural songs, critically examined children’s books and contemplated getting an Early Childhood Education degree at National Louis University when they visited the Chicago Campus for an Institute Day recently.
“We’re bringing more students to NLU, but we’re also supporting those students who want to obtain licensure and get going versus saying, ‘Well, I’ll never pass that hurdle, and I can’t reach my goal,’” said Sherri Bressman, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Teacher Preparation at NLU. “We need to support them so they can be competent.”
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.
You can do everything from register for classes to get financial aid info, obtain your student photo ID, enjoy a tour of the campus, plan your future career and more when NLU holds New Student Activities Day Sat., Sept. 13.
Students from all campuses are invited to drop in from 9:30 a.m. to noon or noon to 2 p.m. at the Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, to hear a “Welcome to NLU — What Every Student Should Know” presentation, get introduced to the NLU online portal and online campus and learn what they need to know, beyond the classroom, to succeed in student life.
WBEZ 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.
John Paulette, an adjunct professor at NLU, contributed to the Chicago Sun-times “Summer School,” series in which area teachers weigh in on the big challenges facing education. As a mentor to young teachers, Paulette shares his insight on the need for teachers to find “their true teaching selves.” Read more.
I recently went to Target, seeking a pool toy for my daughter. A simple “splasher ball” was my quest. Little did I know, Target had decided that it’s no longer summer, but “back to school” season. Even as an adult, I still get excited about the energy and planning that goes into preparing for a new school year. Much like the first of the year, and our tradition to set New Year’s resolutions and start fresh, I feel that a new school year opens the door for a new and exciting year of learning. Now, when I walked up to the school supplies where the summer seasonal items were just one week prior, I had a moment of panic. Summer is just slipping away, and my panic quickly turned to excitement. Here’s why. I have some exciting things planned for National Louis this year.
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.
With 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.
In 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.