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CPSA Graduates Challenged to Become Leaders at Commencement Marian Wright Edelman, Brenda Castile-Munoz offer inspiring words

Commence2016entranceCPSAWhen NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement graduates filed into the Arie Crown Theater June 12, they celebrated a joyous and distinguished commencement ceremony punctuated by inspiring moments.

The 510 graduates who participated in the ceremony received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields such as business, psychology, human services, public policy, health administration, communications, counseling, criminal justice, social science and others. A total of 1,671 students in both of NLU’s colleges graduated this year. Continue reading »

At Commencement, National College of Education Grads Challenged to Tap Into ‘Turbo Power’ Asgedom, Lopez are featured speakers

2016CommenceNCELooking dignified in black gowns and mortar boards, graduates of NLU’s National College of Education streamed into Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater on June 12 under a marquee which read, “National Louis University 130th Annual Commencement Ceremony.” Most had big smiles on their faces, and several had carefully decorated the tops of their mortar boards with elaborate designs.

Hundreds of students, who had earned doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education, marched in the processional. Continue reading »

Veterans Leader To Receive Honorary Degree at Commencement Steve Goodwin serves as Chair of NLU Veterans Advisory Council

 

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Steve Goodwin will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12 for his extraordinary service to veterans.

An inspiring veteran and business leader who has played a key role in leading National Louis University’s veterans program will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12.

Steven R. Goodwin, senior vice president and portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley, has exemplified service and dedication to veterans and military members. Continue reading »

Wisconsin Commencement Featured Bales, Lawrence Ceremony was held June 3 at Grand Geneva

By Carolyn Davis, NLU Wisconsin Campus

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Dr. Jon Bales delivered the keynote.

The gorgeous Grand Geneva Resort Ballroom set the stage for an elegant National Louis University (NLU) Wisconsin Commencement on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Sixty-three graduates were conferred with degrees representing each level of scholarship offered by the university—doctorate, educational specialist, master’s and bachelor’s, from both the National College of Education and the College of Professional Studies and Advancement.

More than 650 family members and friends filled the ballroom to capacity, generating a palpable energy of excitement, joy, pride and satisfaction. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Spotlights NLU-D214 Pact to Grow More Teachers High school students will be able to student-teach, take education classes

D214EducatorPrepTwenty-five students in Northwest suburban District 214 high schools recently signed a commitment to become teachers, and National Louis University is playing a role in their preparation, the Daily Herald wrote.

In “District 214’s Educator Prep Program Aims To Identify Future Teachers,” reporter Melissa Silverberg said District 214, all of its feeder elementary schools, a national organization called Educators Rising and National Louis and Northeastern Illinois universities are partnering to produce future teachers.

The Educator Prep program will act as an incubator of teachers. Students in the program will take a sequential program of high school classes to prepare them to someday teach. They will then get dual-credit course opportunities from NLU, as well as opportunities for classroom observations and internships.

Students who attend NLU after high school are guaranteed a student-teaching experience at a D214 high school or one of its feeder elementary schools. They are also guaranteed a job interview in those schools if a position is open.

See the entire article here.

From Teen to Teacher: Chicago Tribune Features NLU-D214 Partnership Teens in District 214 high schools can enter teaching profession through NLU

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High School District 214 students sign up for the district’s new partnership with NLU, called the Educator Prep program.

NLU’s partnership with High School District 214 to support high school students in becoming teachers made news in the Chicago Tribune.

The article “District 214 to recruit and support next generation in becoming teachers,” by Karen Ann Cullotta, explained that teens attending District 214 high schools in the Northwest suburbs now have an opportunity to nurture their interest in a future teaching career.  Continue reading »

‘My Friend Fell Down the Stairs’: Dispelling Myths About Alcohol By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant, NLU Office of Student Experience

One of the most common misconceptions about alcohol consumption among college students is thinking they can still be in charge of their actions once intoxicated.

SparkingWineA few years ago Beyonce and Jay Z visited Soldier Field during the summer for a stop on their “On the Run” tour.  A friend and I scored awesome seats and planned to have a couple pre-concert cocktails before heading to the show. When I arrived she was still getting dressed and never got the chance to make a drink before the Uber driver arrived. Instead, she decided to fill up a water bottle with vodka and take it in the cab with us. After downing about three quarters of the standard 12-ounce bottle during the 20-minute ride, we arrived at Soldier Field and got our tickets scanned into the venue.

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NLU Partners To Prepare High Schoolers For Teaching Careers High School District 214 in Northwest Suburbs, NLU launch Educator Prep program

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NLU educators and administrators were at Rolling Meadows High School for High School District 214’s launch of the Educator Prep program. They witnessed two dozen students indicate their interest in teaching by joining the program.

National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.

It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school. Continue reading »

Avoid Fragrances; Make Universities Safe for Chemically Sensitive May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month

By Peter Ploegmann, NLU Library and Learning Support Specialist and ADA Specialist

One Sunday last August, my wife and I were looking for a new place to live. Scents from the other apartments and laundry facilities in the building where we lived were making my wife ill. As a result, she was no longer able to be in the building for extended periods of time.

At one open house, within about two minutes of entering, we had to leave due to the aroma of air freshener. Even this limited exposure caused my wife to have a severe reaction. She had to recuperate outside for a while before we could get in the car and leave. She remained symptomatic throughout the rest of the day and week. Continue reading »

Pioneer, Reach Awards Presented at Elegant NLU Event Speakers inspired attendees at gala fundraiser

 

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Jacqueline Samuel, from left, Amanda Leftwich, Arne Duncan and Matthew King posed for a photo at the Reach Awards. Duncan received the Pioneer Award, while the others received the Reach Award.

NLU alumni, donors and friends arrived at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Tuesday to honor one of the United States’ most influential education leaders and three NLU alumni who are exercising their knowledge and leadership in ways that bring positive change to communities.

As guests arrived, they greeted classmates and friends during a cocktail hour dramatized by the Sofitel’s sleek architecture. After they took their seats in a huge ballroom beautified by pink orchid sprays on the tables, Emcee Karen Jordan, an anchor at ABC7 News, introduced NLU President Nivine Megahed.

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Mike Koldyke, founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, Patricia Koldyke, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and NLU President Nivine Megahed celebrated NLU’s successes at the Reach Awards.

“Education, more than ever, is our strongest vehicle for economic opportunity. It is our strongest hope for social equity,” Megahed said, explaining how NLU has created the Harrison Professional Pathways as a quality program, at an affordable price point, to help students from modest-income homes attain their bachelor’s degrees. Continue reading »