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Money Magazine Lists NLU In National Top 10 for Grads Making a Difference Working in teaching, helping careers leads to overall life happiness, research says

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-10-00-pmNational Louis University’s degree programs in teaching, counseling, psychology, human services, healthcare leadership and more have propelled the school to Money Magazine’s national list of “10 Colleges Whose Graduates Say They Make the World a Better Place.”

Seventy-seven percent of NLU alumni responding to a survey said their careers are meaningful and help others, compared to a national average of 54 percent of all alumni responding to the survey. Money Magazine uses PayScale’s meaningful-career data as one of the factors in its college rankings. Continue reading »

Alum’s IDEA Wins ‘School Librarian of the Year’ Award Todd Burleson ’98 created a libratory at Chicagoland school


2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

If lightbulbs actually went on over people’s heads like they do in cartoons, the one over the head of Todd Burleson ’98 would be blindingly bright. Burleson has created not only a new concept, but a new word to go with it: Libratory, a library that blends into a laboratory, maker space, place to encourage creativity and hub of design thinking.

For his creation, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing have recognized Burleson with their School Librarian of the Year award. Continue reading »

Find Out Who Won Faculty, Staff Awards of Excellence NLU presented awards for teaching, service and scholarship



Provost Alison Hilsabeck, from left, Board Chairman Scott Smith, Craig Cunningham, Virginia Jagla, Ursula Pawlowski, Roy Kaelin, Aggie Hanni, Joel Henshaw and President Nivine Megahed pose after awards were presented.

Hundreds of National Louis University faculty and staff waited with anticipation on Sept. 8 to learn who would win this year’s awards for faculty and staff excellence.

Prof. Dan Buckman, Ed.D., a past winner of the Teaching Award of Excellence, announced the winners at the Fall Connections gathering, a kickoff to the fall quarter.

The Faculty Awards of Excellence recognize NLU full-time and adjunct faculty in the areas of teaching, service, and research. Continue reading »

DNAinfo: NLU Prof Wants to End Domestic Violence in Hotels The Chicago news website profiled Cynthia Schumann, Criminal Justice faculty, the digital Chicago news network, spotlighted the efforts of NLU prof Cynthia Schumann, Ed.D., to educate hotel managers about how to handle domestic violence that may occur at their hotels. Reporter Linze Rice’s article is headlined, “This Former Chicago Cop  Wants to Change How Hotels Handle Domestic Violence.”

Schumann, an adjunct professor of criminal justice, became interested in preventing domestic violence in her role as a Chicago Police sergeant, and she retired this summer after 29 years of service. Continue reading »

Star Alums On TV to Tackle Chicago’s Violence Issues Liz Dozier appeared on CNN; Jackie Samuel on WCIU Issues Show

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CNN’s Amara Walker, left, interviewed NLU alum Liz Dozier, former principal of Fenger High School and current director of Chicago Beyond, an advocacy organization.

Two of NLU’s star alumni, Liz Dozier and Jackie Samuel, Ph.D., appeared recently on television interviews about how to address the violence plaguing several Chicago communities. Dozier received NLU’s Reach Award, given to outstanding alumni, in 2015, and Samuels received it in 2016.

CNN’s Amara Walker interviewed Liz Dozier ’08, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration, on Aug. 29 to gain a better understanding of what can be done to reduce gun violence.  Dozier spent six years as principal of Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side before becoming managing director of Chicago Beyond, an action and advocacy organization. Continue reading »

White House Honors O’Malley With Presidential Award, Tribune Writes Alum won prestigious award and will visit White House

128px-US-WhiteHouse-LogoThe ink was barely dry on James O’Malley’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 2016 degree from National Louis University when he won the nation’s most prestigious teaching award.

The White House has named O’Malley, 51, as winner of a Presidential  Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is among four Presidential Award winners for teaching math and science in Illinois, and 213 in the nation. Continue reading »

65 Media Outlets Feature NLU Profs’ ‘Back-to-School’ Tips In addition, a radio station tweeted the tips

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 9.46.10 AMSixty-three newspapers and two television stations around the country have published “Back-to-School Tips” from National Louis University faculty members. They include research-based, practical information parents can use to get the school year off to a smooth start.

In the tips, Jennifer Cooper, Ph.D., advised parents on how to head off children’s anxiety as school begins. Seema Imam, Ed.D., told parents how to set the stage for good communication with teachers throughout the year.  If a child doesn’t want to go to school, Leslie Katch, Ph.D., provided methods for finding out what’s really going on. And Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., emphasized the importance of having children get enough sleep so their brains can absorb all the material they learn in school. Continue reading »

Taking Her Degrees to Another Level Once a substitute teacher, now a state-level advocate

160810-GIA-ORR-005Gia Orr ’01 has found that her two degrees from National Louis University — one in education and the other focused on the helping professions — have given her a broad scope of knowledge that has propelled her career forward.

Orr, with her M.S. in Human Services Administration and a ’07 M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, currently wears many hats for the State of Illinois, mainly centered on empowering people and communities.
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NLU Donates School Supplies to School District 21 in Wheeling Area


Arlene Rodriguez, an NLU Student Ambassador, left, and Pauline DeGrazia, Wheeling Campus Manager, pack donated school supplies for District 21. Rodriguez graduated from Elk Grove High School and is a sophomore studying Criminal Justice at NLU.

Children in Community School District 21 whose parents struggled with the cost of school supplies are off to a great start this school year, thanks to National Louis University employees and students.

They collected two large boxes of pens, paper, folders, erasers, pencils, markers, scissors and other supplies.

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