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Shedd Aquarium, NLU expand online professional development offerings for educators

shedd  badge.jpgNational leaders in education, Shedd Aquarium and National Louis University have partnered to provide educators a unique opportunity to earn graduate credit through an online digital badging program centered on Great Lakes science. Answering increased demands for professional development offerings aligned with state and national standards, the Great Lakes Science Digital Badging program builds confidence and competency around environmental literacy and 21st century skills.

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Building strong military families

shutterstock_177001172More than half of today’s military service members are married, and nearly 2 million children live in military families, which is a significant increase from years past when roughly 70 percent were single. With the stress that military life can bring to families, including periodic absences for duty, frequent moves, childcare issues, etc., nearly half of military marriages end in divorce. This stress also can be elevated when troops transition to civilian life and pursue higher education. With this in mind, the following are a few tips to help build and maintain a strong military family.

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NLU alumna named first female president of Culver-Stockton College

DrKelly Thompson, Ed.D., an NLU alumna and former NLU employee, has been named president of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. She is the first woman to hold the position. Thompson received her C.A.S. in Educational Leadership from NLU and was also Vice President for Enrollment Management at NLU Chicago and Executive Director of NLU Wisconsin. Read more here.

Criminal Justice program spotlighted in Illinois Cops magazine

coverNLU’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program was recently spotlighted in the May issue of Illinois Cops magazine. Program Director Rich Schak and Assistant Director Danny McGuire went in-depth about NLU’s mission and how the CJ program is preparing students to succeed in a wide range of career paths after graduation.

Read the full article here and here. And read a column from the same issue by Danny McGuire here.

What I hope to do with my master’s

shutterstock_191262146Being halfway through the awesome M.S. in Written Communication (MSWC) program, I have already created and begun implementing a post-graduation plan of action. A few months ago I took advantage of the adept services offered by the Career Development Office here at NLU and had my resume critiqued. My job has now become looking for a job, and the CDO was instrumental in assisting me in crafting a first-class resume that I can submit with total confidence to potential employers.

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My journey: An NLU success story

leo brunelleMy name is Leo Brunelle, and I’m a 2002 B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences (ABS) graduate of NLU and now-retired law enforcement officer from central Florida. My academic journey began in 1977 when I took my first college courses with the University of Alaska Anchorage while I was in the U.S. Air Force, and up until July 1989, I sporadically attended college and finally earned my associate’s degree. I became the first person in my family to accomplish this milestone, but I wanted more — I wanted to continue my evolution personally, professionally and academically.

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U.S. Department of Defense office recognizes NLU’s dedication to military

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NLU President Nivine Megahed (r) received the ESGR’s Patriot Award

Today the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a U.S. Department of Defense office that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component service members and their civilian employers, honored National Louis University (NLU) with the Seven Seals Award and the Patriot Award. Both awards reflect NLU’s support of citizen warriors in the military and workplace. In partnership with the ESGR, NLU leadership also signed the Statement of Support (SOS), demonstrating that the University backs NLU employees who participate in the U.S. National Guard and Reserve. NLU is only the second university in Illinois to earn the Seven Seals Award and the sixth university in the state to sign the SOS.

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Two NLU alumni receive receive 2014 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education

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Golden Apple officials surprised Rozy Patel with the news at Edgebrook School.

National Louis University today announced that two graduates of its National College of Education (NCE) received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education. The National Louis alumnae and 2014 Golden Apple recipients, Rozy Patel and Margot Van Dyke, were part of the prestigious group of 10 total exemplary teachers selected from a pool of 620 nominees and 272 applicants representing 4th-8th grade teachers throughout the Chicagoland area.

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NLU alumna named Prince George’s County (MD) Teacher of the Year

AR-140509343.jpg&maxw=290Laura Shelton, an eighth-grade science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland, MD, has been named the Prince George’s County, MD, Teacher of the Year. An NLU grad, Shelton was a former correctional officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections before becoming a teacher. She will compete with Teachers of the Year throughout Maryland for the state title, with the winner being announced in October.