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Mexican Consul Honors NLU students, Provides Community Service Training

 

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Six National Louis University students earned recognition, and scholarships, from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago on March 20. They also learned about the programs and projects where they will be providing community service, which is required in order to receive the scholarships, earlier in the week.

“We have worked and studied hard to complete our university studies,” said Itzel Hernandez, a Harrison Fellow student in early childhood education and one of the six 2014-15 NLU recipients of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) scholarships.

“My classmates and I have the desire to succeed, and despite the obstacles that we have faced, we are motivated to move forward. We are aware that achieving our goals is not just for our benefit, but also for our families and our community,” she said, thanking the IME for the scholarship’s help in allowing her to graduate.

During the March 20 ceremony, Rebeca Aguilar, the consulate’s Coordinator of Education Programs, talked about IME and the projects the students will be working on during their community service. The Consul of Community Affairs, Luis Angel Castañeda, pointed out the importance of higher education and the impact these students will have in the advancement of the Mexican community in the United States.

The government of Mexico created the IME grants program in 2005 to raise educational levels of Mexican emigrants and those of Mexican descent based in United States. In 2010, the program began offering scholarships to Mexicans pursuing higher education, helping to finance academically outstanding students in universities and community colleges.

The scholarship recipients will also be giving back to others of Mexican origin through the 45 hours of community service they are required to complete. They received community service training on March 17.

Monica Ramos represented NLU in the ceremony, saying that providing resources that enable young people to pursue leadership are crucial for the advancement of the Mexican-American community.

All Work and No Play There's more to life as a student beyond that computer, textbook, and classroom.

Everywhere you look, there’s a flyer trying to catch your attention, a text with the latest news, and an email asking you stop by an event. You’re a busy student, so why should you stop and take notice of the events and activities on campus?

Being a college student is such a special opportunity. Not only are you a sponge for new information, but are also gazing dreamily towards your professional future. No matter your age, being a student is exciting as you work hard and diligently towards a more knowledgeable and skilled you.

Thinking back to my college experience as a young undergrad, often the first memories that come to mind are the interesting people I met and the experiences I had. College is not only a place where you can build your skills and learn the content necessary to advance yourself professionally, it’s a place where you can experience pride. Pride in your achievements, pride in the opportunities to challenge yourself to experience new things, pride in the educational home you’ve chosen for yourself.

While I had a traditional college experience of living in the dorm, working on campus as an orientation leader, and changing my major half a dozen times I look back with strong emotions of pride. When I sit here writing this blog, I’m reflecting on a few of the fondest and proudest memories:

  • Being recognized for outstanding female leadership on campus
  • Matt, one of my closest friends started out as my RA
  • Serving as a campus sexual assault advocate
  • Learning the art of walking backwards while giving campus tours
  • Volunteering at a local women’s shelter

You may not realize it today, but the experiences you’re having will become the emotions you will experience when you reflect on your time here.  Some of the examples I shared are silly, but they demonstrate just how each interaction and each experience is an opportunity.

I challenge you to think about how you’ll look back on your time at NLU. There are many ways you can get involved. Join or start a student organization, become a Safe Zone ally, attend professional development workshops, participate in the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, join us for a family friendly event, or volunteer on campus.

Do not miss out on the opportunities you have today to meet new people and experience new things, all in a journey of developing a greater you. After all, you’re already on that path; why not put a little icing on the cake?

Looking to experience more? Contact studentexperience@nl.edu.

How to be Merry & Bright During the Holidays Valuable Advice from the NLU Counseling Center

snowmansandThe 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.

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Mexican Government Grants NLU $15,000 in Scholarships More than 25 students have received scholarships since 2010

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NLU staff, students and friends attended the scholarship presentation at the Mexican consulate. They included, from left, Margaret Stemler, Ed.D., Dulce Coronado, Juliana Alejandre, Maria del Socorro Ramirez, Monica Ramos, M.A., Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., and Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D.

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.

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Dulce Coronado, an early childhood education student at NLU, told consular officials how much it meant to her to receive an IME BECA scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Triton College Students Sing, Dance At NLU, Get Taste of Early Childhood Education

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Kristin Lems, Ph.D, of National Louis University’s Curriculum and Instruction Department, leads Triton College students in a multicultural song for toddlers. NLU was showcasing its early childhood education program for the Triton students.

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Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., of NLU works with Triton College students in the Chicago campus library to examine children’s literature.

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Triton College students gathered to reflect on what they had learned about NLU’s early childhood education program.

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.”

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Meet the National Louis counseling team; they are here to help you!

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 counseling@nl.edu 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 counseling@nl.edu for more information.

Counseling1David 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.

Counseling2Kristen 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.

Counseling3Kathleen 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.

Counseling4Kevin 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.

Counseling5Kate 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.

Counseling6Johanna 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.

Do Back-To-School The Easy Way Sat., Sept. 13 During Student Orientation

BookbagYou 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.

 

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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.

Teaching is an art, not a science

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 10.21.20 AMJohn 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.

Experience a fresh new school year with the NLU Student Experience Team.

Jose Reyes, Amanda DaSilva, Danielle Laban and Jose Marroquin

Jose Reyes, Amanda DaSilva, Danielle Laban and Jose Marroquin

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.

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