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Find Balance and Support through NLU Counseling Services

With the start of a new school year it is important to create healthy beginnings.  Yet, even with good intentions of being productive, procrastination can kill academic success. When we put things off, we become less effective and often stressed at the notion of completing the task at hand. Distractions can creep in and we are left to scramble to stay on track. This pattern can lead to burn out and becoming fried as a student.

It is possible to end this pattern! Connecting to your motivation is the one secret to permanently ending procrastination once and for all. As the school year starts it is important to connect to why you are in school in the first place! Can you clarify what is important to you and why you want to succeed? Reminding yourself of your intentions and staying motivated will eliminate procrastination once and for all!

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Students From Mexico Visit NLU For A Global Learning Experience

By Monica Haydee Ramos

National Louis University welcomed about 50 visiting students and professors from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) in Guadalajara, Mexico on Aug. 19.

They traveled to Chicago to experience NLU and the culture of Chicago. NLU students and faculty from the Chicago Teachers Partnership (CTPP) grant program participated in this event. Additionally, Rebeca Aguilar Quevedo, Coordinator of the Education Programs from the Department of Community Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, was the keynote speaker at this event. She addressed the importance of attaining a college degree and using that knowledge to foster leadership capabilities in the students’ communities and lives.

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‘And The Winner Is…’ NLU Faculty and Staff Receive Awards

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Judah Viola, Ph.D., center, receives the Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Inquiry award from Stephen Thompson, Ph.D., and Christine Quinn, Ph.D.

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Dana Piraino, M.Ed.,center, receives the Excellence in Teaching – Adjunct award from Christine Quinn, Ph.D., and Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

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Linda Kryzak, C.A.S.,center, receives the Excellence in Service and Engagement – Adjunct award from Christine Quinn, Ph.D., and Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

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Caryn Smith, center, receives a staff award from Eileen Murphy and Joel Hanshaw.

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Stacy Shaw, center, receives a staff award from Eileen Murphy and Joel Hanshaw.

Peter Ploegman receives staff award.

Peter Ploegman, center, receives a staff award from Joel Hanshaw and Eileen Murphy.

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Kate Zilla, Ph.D., center, receives the Excellence in Service and Engagement award from Christine Quinn, Ph.D., and Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

 

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Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., left, and Daniel Buckman, Ed.D., both received the Excellence in Teaching award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always nice to receive a little extra recognition for hard work. Several NLU faculty and staff members got to enjoy that feeling of appreciation Sept. 4 at Fall Connections, when those who work and teach at NLU came together to rev up energy for the new school year.

Congratulations to the following awardees.

Excellence in Teaching Award:

Daniel Buckman, Ed.D., NCE

Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., CPSA

 

Excellence in Service and Engagement Award:

Kate Zilla, Ph.D., NCE

Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Inquiry Award:

Judah Viola, Ph.D., CPSA

Excellence in Teaching Adjunct Award:

Dana Piraino, M.Ed., NCE

Excellence in Service and Engagement Adjunct Award:

Linda Kryzak, C.A.S., National College of Education

Staff Awards:

Peter Ploegman

Stacy Shaw

Caryn Smith

Connect To Other Student Veterans At Back-To-School ‘Fall-In’ Event , Endorsed By Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Sept. 18

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Enjoy burgers, a beer tent and live music, meet other military-connected students and find out about organizations which offer veterans help and resources at a “Fall In” back-to-school celebration Thursday, Sept. 18. Bring your family and drop in anytime between 2 to 8 p.m.

National Louis University is sponsoring the event at Cantigny Park, 1s151 S. Winfield Road, Wheaton, and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is lending her support. Student veterans from all Chicago-area universities, and veterans thinking about pursuing higher education, are all welcome to attend for social time, networking and mentoring. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, water and soda will be free, as is the parking; the only charge is for beer.

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New Student Honor Society To Offer Big Perks

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About 1,700 NLU students will soon be receiving a letter in the mail inviting them to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, an honorary society which awards $150,000 in scholarships and offers enviable networking opportunities and invitations to celebrity events.

Perhaps more important, the Society offers coaching to focus on students’ goals, so that 93 percent of its 360,000 members nationwide felt they will be more successful in life because they participated, according to its website.

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Do Back-To-School The Easy Way Sat., Sept. 13 During Student Orientation

BookbagYou can do everything from register for classes to get financial aid info, obtain your student photo ID, enjoy a tour of the campus, plan your future career and more when NLU holds New Student Activities Day Sat., Sept. 13.

Students from all campuses are invited to drop in from 9:30 a.m. to noon or noon to 2 p.m. at the Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, to hear a “Welcome to NLU — What Every Student Should Know” presentation, get introduced to the NLU online portal and online campus and learn what they need to know, beyond the classroom, to succeed in student life.

 

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WBEZ 91.5 interviews NLU Professor Lauren Heidbrink on the influx of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from Central America

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 11.08.46 AMWBEZ reporter Odette Yousef interviewed Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. on her book, titled Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, and her recent field study work in the Departments of San Marcos and Quezaltenango in western Guatemala. Dr. Heidbrink is an anthropologist, Co-Director of the NLU Public Policy program, and teaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department.

Full story and interview available here.

Experience a fresh new school year with the NLU Student Experience Team.

Jose Reyes, Amanda DaSilva, Danielle Laban and Jose Marroquin

Jose Reyes, Amanda DaSilva, Danielle Laban and Jose Marroquin

I recently went to Target, seeking a pool toy for my daughter. A simple “splasher ball” was my quest. Little did I know, Target had decided that it’s no longer summer, but “back to school” season. Even as an adult, I still get excited about the energy and planning that goes into preparing for a new school year. Much like the first of the year, and our tradition to set New Year’s resolutions and start fresh, I feel that a new school year opens the door for a new and exciting year of learning. Now, when I walked up to the school supplies where the summer seasonal items were just one week prior, I had a moment of panic. Summer is just slipping away, and my panic quickly turned to excitement. Here’s why. I have some exciting things planned for National Louis this year.

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Commencement: A Family Affair at NLU

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Husband and wife graduates Samuel Hopps and La Shae Hopps-Davis

National Louis University (NLU) recently recognized graduates at its 2014 commencement ceremonies. With more than 1,750 students earning their degrees this spring from NLU, each has a unique story of goals, struggles and triumphs. For example, former NFL football player Walter Mendenhall celebrated his achievement, and two sets of fathers and daughters received their degrees together. With this in mind, we wanted to share the story of Samuel Hopps and La Shae Hopps-Davis, a married couple who earned their graduate degrees together from NLU.

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