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NLU Donates Dresses to Realize Prom Dreams for Girls in Pilsen Partnering with Project Embrace, NLU gathered dresses, shoes, accessories

IMG_8120Students in NLU’s Association of Latino Scholars gratefully accepted shimmering satin gowns and dresses with yards of tulle throughout April, in an effort to help girls with limited financial resources attend their high school proms.

The Association of Latino Scholars partnered with Juana Ballesteros and Project Embrace, which have been helping girls in the South side Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago to attend prom since 2011. Continue reading »

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth Visits NLU, Code Platoon She met officials, toured Veterans Center, offered resources to student veterans

 

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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, from left, NLU Provost Alison Hilsabeck, NLU Library Dean and NLU Library Dean Rob Morrison listen as veteran Derreck Mansheim talks about his education plans. Rod Levy of Code Platoon is at right.

NLU welcomed Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to its Veterans Center on May 5. Duckworth, a Democrat representing Illinois’ 8th Congressional district, which includes the Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village area, met NLU Provost Alison Hilsabeck, Assistant Provost Ignacio Lopez, CPSA Dean Judah Viola, Library Dean Rob Morrison, student veteran Pablo Garcia and others.

Duckworth, who had been deployed to Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois National Guard and lost both her legs in a 2004 helicopter crash, had been invited by Rod Levy, executive director of Code Platoon, a non-profit organization which teaches veterans to code in order to prepare them for jobs as software developers. Code Platoon classes meet in classrooms at NLU’s Chicago campus. Continue reading »

Undergrad Business Program Gets New Director Bettyjo Bouchey has experience in marketing, PR, management

BettyjoBoucheyAs NLU works to continually  keep its business offerings state-of-the-art, Bettyjo Bouchey, MBA, Ed.D., has joined the university as Program Director of the Undergraduate Business program.

Bouchey, an associate professor of business and management, will also teach business courses.

“I am thrilled that she brings a wealth of expertise and experience and new energy to the team,” said Judah Viola, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, which includes the School of Business and Management. Continue reading »

9 Things to Do (and Not Do) Before Graduation By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Experience

 

You killed it with your final project on the Theory of Feminism, but you still have to attend class. Your workload has dwindled, but you still have various miscellaneous assignments. You’re in the homestretch, but not quite there yet.

If you are in this educational gray area, then chances are you’re graduating this summer. With an epidemic of “senioritis” and graduation fever sweeping through the campuses, the always-prepared Office of Student Experience has your back when it comes to your big day. Enjoy these pre-grad tips and comment if you have any do’s and dont’s of your own. Continue reading »

Hands-on NLU Grad Champions Technology in Education She was named president-elect of #edtech advocacy nonprofit

fc911c_c9b933b4f8c58f697916c29bd54bc1ceYou might be right if you said that NLU alum Nicole Zumpano ’10 has her hands full. She’s an adjunct faculty member and a graduate of NLU’s M.Ed. in Technology in Education (TIE) program. She’s also a technology coach for Chicago Public Schools and this year was named the president-elect of the nonprofit Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that supports and promotes innovative education for all students.

Zumpano has been a member of ICE since 2005, and it’s been a very busy 11 years. She has presented at conferences, planned conferences, advocated in Springfield, Illinois, moderated webinars and held a number of leadership positions including communications chair, professional development chair, governing board member and ICE secretary.

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Educators Reward Students Learning Second Languages With ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ NLU hosts as Illinois takes lead in adopting the new seal, which acknowledges and values second-language acquisition

 

SealofBiliteracyIn a world of global business and communications, speaking more than one language is viewed as a valuable skill. NLU and the Illinois State Board of Education are helping to recognize and reward learners who acquire a second language, or multiple languages, by promoting the Seal of Biliteracy, a nationwide initiative.

More than 150 educators from across Illinois came to NLU’s Lisle campus recently to learn how to bring the Seal of Biliteracy program to their school districts. Continue reading »

Craft Your 60-Second ‘Elevator Pitch’ for Employers Grads, as you seek employment and attend job fairs, practice that pitch

By: Paula Rucci Voigt, Career Advisor at National Louis University

Elevator WomanWalking up to a potential employer at a job fair or networking event and knowing how to start the conversation can be intimidating, if you’re not prepared. As NLU students and alumni prepare for the upcoming Spring Career Expo, an “elevator pitch” is no doubt on their minds. Knowing how to grab an employer’s attention, and keep it, is a valuable networking and interviewing skill. You’ll want to be able to deliver a clear summary 30 seconds  to one minute in length consisting of your background, experiences and goals. Here are some key steps to keep in mind as you develop your perfect pitch.

Start with a Concise, Value-Added Intro

After offering a firm, comfortable handshake and a smile, begin by conveying the basics to give context to your pitch. This will orient the listener and help them stay focused on what you’re saying. Begin by stating your name, your major or industry, and a concise blurb about what you do or your future goals. Don’t rely on boring job titles to describe your unique set of skills; instead, use a descriptive phrase that emphasizes the value that you bring to the table. Continue reading »

How do you develop Administrative Leadership skills? When promoted into administration, writer found two resources helpful

shutterstock_290031071Enjoy this blog post from NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Leadership blog. In a recent Whole Leadership post on the McCormick blog, Teri Talan introduced administrative leadership by considering its definition and importance. This led Tarah Kadzielawski to wonder, how do you improve administrative leadership skills? She reflects on her experience as a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. She shares her journey, the advice she’d give her younger self, and her favorite resources for developing administrative leadership.

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In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I had many leadership essentials; however, I knew I was in need of some support and resources to build up my administrative leadership skills. (In hindsight I’m sure I was in need of more resources for pedagogical leadership and leadership essentials as well, but that is a different blog post.)

To build up my administrative leadership skills, I turned to the resources at my disposal. There were director’s networks—I was involved in—related to different funding sources such as Head Start and state pre-K. However, these didn’t provide the administrative leadership skill development that I sought. Two professional learning opportunities that I participated in did help develop my administrative leadership skills: Continue reading »

Bold Film Takes Honest Look At Mental Illness, Profiles People Who Recovered NLU hosting the only Illinois screening, discussion of 'Healing Voices'

invite2In the social action documentary “Healing Voices,” three people who recovered from severe mental illness reveal what the experience was like for them, and how they healed. The producers used that as a springboard to examine “what we talk about when we talk about mental illness.”

All are invited to see the film premiere at its only Illinois screening, at National Louis University’s Chicago campus, Friday, April 29, followed by a discussion of the issues. More than 100 sites worldwide will show the film at its non-theatrical release that day. Doors at National Louis, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill, will open at 6 p.m. for popcorn and networking, with the screening to begin at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow until 9 p.m. Admission is free.

While some mental health patients say psychiatric medications saved their lives, and the director wanted the movie to be apolitical, some of those profiled in the film recovered from serious mental illness without drugs. The documentary tracked their progress over five years. One said mental illness is when “mind, body and spirit are in discord.” Another said he viewed the voices in his head as a gift, but his therapist did not share that interpretation. Continue reading »

NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement

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Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle. Continue reading »