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Calm Stress By Adding Serene Moments of Pleasure Written by: Patti Essig, Response Center, NLU Lisle Campus

RelaxSlowDownHow to Manage Stress. It seems like so many of us today experience stress in our lives. As a yoga teacher I know practicing yoga regularly helps to manage stress. However, there are some very simple techniques to manage stress and lessen its negative effects.

Look Inward: Spend a few quiet minutes every day meditating or practicing mindfulness; this will help ease anxiety and lower stress hormones. Continue reading »

NLU President Explores Tech Learning at Educelerate Megahed moderates keynote panel at conference



Dr. Nivlne Megahed, NLU President, from left, Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and Phil Komarny, CEO of Robots and Pencils speak during the Educelerate keynote.

How can personalization in learning technology aid students? How can developers help instructors become comfortable with personalization technology? And can personalization help higher education attract more students and see them through to their degrees?

National Louis University President Nivine Megahed moderated the keynote panel at the Educelerate conference Sept. 24, guiding a discussion featuring presenters Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and soon-to-be COO of the University of Phoenix, and Phil Komarny, CEO of app developer Robots and Pencils, which developed TEx, the University of Texas system learning app which debuted in early September 2015. Continue reading »

Apply for $4,000 Scholarship for Making a Difference Encourages students to lead generous, purpose-driven lives


handofheartsmulticolorStudents who have volunteered, made a difference in their communities, or are leading a purpose-driven life or working toward one, are encouraged to apply for a $4,000 scholarship from the Fathom Fund for Purpose-Driven Students.

To apply, you must:

  • Be a full-time college student or incoming freshman.
  • Impact your community for the greater good.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Include a resume-style list of community- and impact-focused activities.
  • Include one letter of recommendation from a non-relative.
  • Provide one non-relative reference.
  • Provide a copy of your most recent transcripts. (Freshmen may use high school transcripts.)
  • Write a 500- to 1,000-word essay sharing your story. Please include:
    • The origins of your desire to make a difference
    • Your motivations for impacting your community
    • Adversities you’ve faced throughout the process
    • Your goals for the future

Apply for the 2015-16 academic year scholarship by the deadline: September 30, 2015

Please see this link for more information.

The scholarship is provided by Fathom Education, which provides consulting for National Louis University’s website. Fathom is encouraging young people to lead generous and purposeful lives.

You Learn Differently From Others, So Find Your Learning Style Did you know there are five ways to take notes?

By Amanda DaSilva, Associate Director of Student Development

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 4.33.04 PMWelcome back to school, NLU Eagles!

While it’s hard to believe, the time has come to trade the beach for the books. Are you ready to retire as grillmaster and adjust back to student mode? Getting a jump on effective study skills can ease this transition and make you productive from the start!

Reflecting on your study habits, what has worked well for you? Are there areas where you want to change the routine? Learning is impacted by many factors, including some that you might be overlooking. Check out the resources below to assess your current study methods and gain tips for more effective studying this year. Continue reading »

Fill your Tool Belt to Build a Healthy School Year By: Danielle Colletti, Graduate Student and Wheeling Response Center

College is an exciting time when we work on building who we are and who we wish to become. However, like any new project, we needed to be armed and ready with the right tools needed to make our next endeavor a success. Look no further– let’s load your tool belt with great tips to help you stay healthy and organized throughout your college career and beyond!


Purchase one of these right away so that you can begin using it the first day of the term! Better yet, pick one up on campus on 9/14! Take your syllabi and add all the due dates and assignments to your calendar. This way you know what is ahead of you and can plan accordingly. With this, make a to-do list each day with the most important tasks at the top. Set goals. Try to keep this with you at all times. This is something that I do each day to make sure that I am on top of all my tasks for school, work, and personal life. Make it fun and reward yourself with something special for completing everything on the list. Don’t forget to schedule time to relax!


Find out what time of the day you are most productive. Are you a night owl who gets all their work done before bed, or are you a rooster who likes to get up with the sun and complete some work to start your day? Once you have learned what time works best for you, try to keep a routine! Continue reading »

Washington Monthly ranks NLU Among Top Best-Value Midwestern Universities It ranks colleges based on net price, graduation rates and success


wm_other_cg_cover_2Washington Monthly’s “The Other College Guide” has given NLU a score of 10, out of a possible 14, on its list of Best Bang for the Buck –Midwest Rankings list. Only 18 colleges, out of 403, earned higher scores. NLU’s actual rank was 43 out of 403.

The guide uses the ratings of Washington Monthly, an independent, non-profit news magazine that offers in-depth news articles on Washington government and politics as well as higher education. According to “The Other College Guide,” it ranks schools in the Midwest as to the best value for students based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well schools do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

You can view the rankings here. 


Olson Emerges As Human Rights Champion Against Torture NLU prof spurred American Psychology Association to ban psychologists from helping military bolster torture



BradOlsonphotoBradley Olson, Ph.D., was one of six American Psychology Association members who won a victory recently when the APA’s leaders voted overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.

“This vote represents the American Psychological Association’s movement from treating powerful sections of the government as the client to a state where the person’s well-being and human rights stand foremost,” said Olson, an associate professor at National Louis University, is co-director of  the Community Psychology doctoral program.

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CPS’ Aarti Dhupelia Joins NLU, Will Lead Professional Pathways Program Tells WBEZ it's an extension of the work she's done at CPS


Aarti Dhupelia will join NLU Sept. 28 as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

Aarti Dhupelia, a high-level Chicago Public Schools official charged with motivating high school students to enroll in college, graduate and achieve career success, is joining NLU as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. She will lead the Harrison Professional Pathways Program, NLU’s reinvention of college into an innovative high-tech, high-touch approach to make a quality four-year undergraduate education affordable to almost everyone.

Dhupelia told WBEZ Radio’s Becky Vevea the job is a natural transition from her position as  Chief Officer of the Office of College and Career Success.

Read the WBEZ interview with Dhupelia and NLU President Nivine Megahed. Continue reading »

Prof: Four Questions Chicago Schools Must Always Ask Catalyst-Chicago features opinion piece by NLU's Dr. Azcoitia, until recently a CPS board member



Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. a distinguished professor of practice at National Louis University, served on the Chicago Board of Education and recently offered his perspective to Catalyst-Chicago.

After serving on the Chicago Board of Education for two and a half years, NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., has an expert perspective on the Chicago Public Schools’ situation.  As a longtime educator who has served as a school principal, Azcoitia brought rich experience and championed excellence for the huge and diverse school district.

This week, he penned an opinion column for Catalyst-Chicago, a non-profit publication which chronicles Chicago school reform, to share his perspective. Continue reading »

Future Employers Will Read Your Social Media of Today Students, be SMART the next time you tweet, check in, and share

By Danielle Laban, NLU’s Director of Student Experience

SocialMediaillustrationYou know social media have grown phenomenally over the past few years, but do you know just how much? And how it will affect your paycheck after you graduate?

Usage of general social media has increased nationally by almost 1,000% within the last decade, especially by those between 18 and 29 years of age, according to the Pew Research Center.  According to a survey conducted by UCLA, 27.2 percent of students spent more than six hours per week on some form of social media in 2014, up from 19.9 percent in 2007.

Also, data presented by, a leader in the employment industry, communicated that 86% of employers are checking social media before they grant an interview. Moreover, today 94% of grad schools inquire about a student’s online posts.

It’s important to start thinking about how your presence on social media can influence your professional trajectory as you work through college as a budding professional. It’s important to think strategically about how you can keep your personality alive, while not scaring away potential internships or job opportunities. Here’s some food for thought as you make your online “footprint” the next time you tweet, check in, and share:

  1. Delete any negative or controversial posts, check-in locations, and pictures.
  2. Employers and university personnel can do an internet search of your profile.
  3. Remember that the internet is not a secure place. For example, when using the Snap Chat technology, individuals can take screenshots of what you send them. So be careful of what you send to your peers via social media.
  4. Make a decision to let someone whose opinion you value highly (parents, favorite aunt, mentor, etc.) provide you feedback on what you want to post on social media.
  5. Set up a Google Alert for your name, so when a photo of you has been tagged or anyone mentions your name, you will know.
  6. Highlight and post about the events, programs or student clubs you participate in at NLU. If you volunteer, attend campus activities, or learn something new in class, be sure to write about it online. Make it your Facebook status or Tweet about it, or better yet start a blog about how awesome your experience is with NLU.