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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Speak Up When You See a Friend At Risk Written by Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

RedFlagGraphicDid you know females ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate violence? That’s triple the national average.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NLU’s Student Experience Office is dedicated to educating students on the issues related to domestic and dating violence with our Red Flag campaign. The Red Flag campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates. Continue reading »

Psychologists Declare Racial Injustice A Form of Torture Dr. Brad Olson organizing April 8-9 conference on Racial Justice


Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 3.42.52 PMWhen police beat people of color to obtain a confession, or when prison guards isolate them in solitary confinement, sexually abuse them, refuse them medical treatment or otherwise inflict cruel and inhuman punishment on them, that constitutes torture, says NLU’s Dr. Brad Olson, along with Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Olson, who recently won a national award from the Society for Community Research and Action for his crusading anti-torture work over the past eight years, is helping to organize a Racial Justice Conference  April 8-9. Other faculty in NLU’s doctoral program in Community Psychology will also participate in the event, to be held with the Racial Justice Action Group at NLU’s Chicago campus.

They will discuss a statement just released from Psychologists for Social Responsibility, which says that cruel, inhuman and/or violent acts committed by public officials against individuals and communities of color within the United States constitute torture when they cause severe mental or physical pain and suffering. Continue reading »

NLU Student, Official Tell Univision TV News Why Pathways a Good Fit for Hispanic Students News Anchor Erika Maldonado Speaks To Monica Ramos, Salma Santoyo

UnivisionChicago logoUnivision TV News, part of the Univision Spanish-language television network, interviewed NLU student Salma Santoyo and NLU Director of Family and Community Engagement Monica Ramos about possibilities at NLU for students with a Hispanic background.

Santoyo told news anchor Erika Maldonado how NLU’s Harrison Professional Pathways program has been a good educational experience for her. Ramos explained that Pathways can be instrumental for students who want to pursue a college education and eventually work in education, business, health services, criminal justice and human services.

Ramos also explained scholarships and financial aid are available to help cover the moderate $10,000 annual tuition.

Learn more about the Professional Pathways Program here.

View the Spanish-language TV news interview here. 

Daily Herald Features NLU’s Prof Doug Schreder

160304-Doug-Schreder-002NLU’s Doug Schreder, Ph.D., was featured in the “Who’s Who in Executive Education” feature of the Daily Herald newspaper’s Business Ledger.

Schreder, an associate professor, teaches economics and strategic management in NLU’s MBA and Master of Health Services Administration programs.

Like all of NLU’s business professors, he emphasizes real-world knowledge which students can use the next day in their jobs. To do so, he  draws upon his own experience from corporate environments, a family business, an entrepreneurial venture and a Barcelona international business school. Continue reading »

Golden Apple Award Presented to Tiffany Aurand, NLU Alum She was selected as a winner from an elite group of finalists in Rockford area

Tiffany Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University.

Tiffany Aurand, who won the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area, poses with two of her second-grade students. Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.


Congratulations to Tiffany Aurand, NLU alum and winner of the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area!

Aurand, who received her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from National Louis University in 2010, is the best of the best. She was first selected as one of 20 finalists among preK-fifth grade teachers in public and non-public schools in the Rockford area. Trained Golden Apple volunteers observed the finalists in their classrooms, and then conducted interviews with them.  That rigorous process determined the five winners, including Aurand.

Golden Apple Recipients are recognized for making a difference in their communities through their commitment to educational excellence. On March 10, Ms. Aurand was surprised in her second-grade classroom at Windsor Elementary School in Loves Park, Illinois, by Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors, her principal, superintendent, family and representatives from the media. That surprise visit announced her, in a dramatic fashion,  as one of the winners.

See the Rockford Register Star’s article about Aurand here, and its article about the winners here. Continue reading »

Getting the Most Out of Your Spring Break. . . There’s Still Time By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_380256046There’s still time to get the most out of your spring break before classes resume on Monday! The days are getting longer and buds are starting to sprout. It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring ─ except for the 50 mph gusts of wind on Michigan Avenue.

You don’t have to go far to get some much needed rest and relaxation. NLU’s Student Experience is dedicated to providing you with the solution to an alternative spring break. Try one of these tips to rest your brain and reinvigorate yourself for the upcoming spring quarter. Continue reading »

Students, It’s Time to Network for Your Future Job Don't wait until you have your diploma; start now


By: Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

shutterstock_56739871College is a busy time. Between classes, homework and exams, it can be easy to lose sight of the ultimate reason for attending college in the first place: your career. Nowadays, 70% of jobs are attained through networking, so be sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to start making valuable professional connections. Below are a few strategies you can use to build up your network while you’re still in school.

Start right away. A common misconception is that you only need to network when you’re actively job hunting. This is a myth! Just like any other investment, your network needs time to grow before you can begin reaping the benefits. Don’t wait until graduation to make your first connection. Start now by joining clubs or professional organizations and attending networking events on campus.

Put down the phone. Social media platforms like LinkedIn make networking quicker and easier than ever before, but that doesn’t mean all of your contacts should be digital. Instead, use social media as a jumping off point. Facebook and Twitter can be great places to find out about networking events happening on campus. Use LinkedIn to join professional groups that host regular, in-person meetings in your community. Social media can also help you spark a conversation with recruiters, alumni, and other professionals in your field.

It’s okay to feel awkward, but don’t shy away from networking because the idea of meeting new people sounds intimidating. Adopt a host mentality to boost your confidence in social situations. NLU Career Advisor Paula Rucci Voigt explains, “Hosts go out of their way to introduce others and make them aware of what they might have in common. Their goal is to help create connections between their guests in an effort to make them more comfortable.” By thinking of yourself as a host rather than a guest, you’re empowering yourself to take control of the situation and make sure everyone walks away satisfied.

Talk to your professors. You may be used to seeing your professors in the classroom, but they’re also experts in their given field or industry. Your professors can offer a wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to work in your field and different career options for your major. They may also have insight on what experiences you should gain during college to best transition into your future career.

Connect with professionals. The best way to learn about a particular job is to talk to someone who’s currently working in that position. Don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals in your field to schedule an informational interview. This is a brief, structured conversation where you can ask day-in-the-life questions about a particular job or company, or find out how to break into the field. If you’re not sure what job or field you’re interested in, don’t worry: These conversations can help you decide.

Violence Drives Children to Migrate to U.S., Dr. Heidbrink Tells Audience She was invited to deliver the annual John M. Wozniak lecture

Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D.

NLU’s Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., explains the conditions facing young people in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Violence, gangs, poverty and a history of civil war impel  children under age 18 to flee Central American nations and take their chances migrating to the U.S., NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., told a large audience on Wednesday.

Heidbrink, chair of NLU’s M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, delivered her remarks at Loyola University of Chicago, where she had been invited to give the annual John M. Wozniak lecture.

Heidbrink has spent years researching unaccompanied child migration. She has interviewed child migrants and their families, conducted original research in migrants’  towns of origin in Guatemala and El Salvador, and briefed the U.S. Department of State to inform them of the causes and consequences of child migration. She touched on several key points in her talk. Continue reading »

In Quest To Reinvent Urban Universities, Philly, NC Educators Visit NLU The Gates Foundation is challenging the three universities to innovate, help urban students graduate college



Visiting educators from Drexel and Johnson C. Smith Universities listen to a presentation during an NLU-led tour of elementary schools in which NLU education students are teaching.

The presidents of Drexel University in Philadelphia and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., along with their leadership teams, visited National Louis University’s Chicago campus March 7-8 as part of formulating their vision for a “mission-driven, new urban university.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant to the three universities, dubbing them the New Urban University Coalition and asking them to consider how the New Urban University can serve diverse, first-generation and non-traditional students. Goals include increasing retention and graduation rates and advancing the quality of life for neighboring schools and communities. Continue reading »

NLU Hosts Pakistan Education Minister Khalid Khan tells of progress in Malala Yousafzai's province

KhalidKhanNational Louis University is welcoming an education minister from Malala Yousafzai’s province in Pakistan, Dr. Khalid Khan, to its International Women’s Day event March 8. He will participate by Zoom teleconferencing technology.

Khan is an assistant education minister in Kashmir Patunkhwa province, where a young Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in her rural village for standing firm on her belief that girls have a right to an education. Malala survived, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and has become an advocate for girls’ rights and education throughout the world. Continue reading »