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NLU’s Lincoln Student Laureate Named Jeanette Kyle has earned a 3.84 GPA

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Jeanette Kyle is National Louis University’s Lincoln student laureate for 2015.

Each fall, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois awards a student laureate award to a student from each four-year university in the state. Jeanette Kyle, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, has been named the NLU recipient this year.

She’ll travel to Springfield on Nov. 7 to receive the award from the Academy, whose president is Gov. Bruce Rauner. Continue reading »

Take Action to Keep Teachers from Quitting, Suggests Prof to UNESCO Dr. James O'Meara outlines a solution to teachers' high attrition rates

Teacher_ShortageWhile 150,000 teachers are trained each year in the U.S., half of them quit within the first five years, write NLU Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., in the Education for All section of UNESCO.org. The figure comes from Education International.

Educators blame the usual suspects–heavy workloads, long hours, a lack of training and support. O’Meara points out that “we must pay attention to retention.” One way to do so is through deploying Teacher Leaders to support beginning teachers. Continue reading »

Students Pioneer the Gateways Early Childhood Credential NLU students earn Gateways Infant/Toddler distinction

InfantToddlerCohortCelebration was in the air recently as a cohort of NLU students, all directors of early childhood centers,  completed a course sequence leading to a valuable Illinois credential.

The state awards the distinction, called the Gateways credentials, as a symbol of professional achievement in the early childhood education field. Earning Gateways credentials will expand employees’ opportunities for employment and advancement. Continue reading »

Alum Will Lead Sherwin-Williams, An $11 Billion Company John Morikis will become CEO of the paint company on Jan. 1

-fca6d470ec7e5265Sherwin-Williams Co., a Cleveland-based paint manufacturer and retailer, has named John G. Morikis, 52, its ninth CEO, according to Cleveland.com.  Morikis, a native of Lake Station, Indiana, attained his M.S. in Management and Development of Human Resources from National Louis University in 1989.

Morikis started as a management trainee in the company’s Paint Stores division in 1984, and worked his way up. He has been president and COO since 2006 at Sherwin-Williams, which was founded in 1866–exactly 20 years before NLU’s founding in 1886.

Of the fact he rose through the ranks, Morikis said, “I think that gives me terrific perspective. I’m not asking anyone in the company to do anything I haven’t done.”

During Morikis’ nine years as president and COO,  the company grew from $7.8 billion to more than $11 billion in revenues last year. The company has 4,100 stores in North America and 5,000 employees.

For details, see reporter Janet H. Cho’s article for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

To learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Human Resources Management and Development, click here. 

How Volkswagen Could Have Saved $40 Billion, MBA Profs Say Company failed at authentic leadership, which NLU's MBA emphasizes

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Volkwagen exhibit at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. MBA professors and students at National Louis University said VW showed a failure of authentic leadership. Photo credit: Darren Brode / Shutterstock.com

The international Volkswagen scandal, which is generating daily headlines, was a failure on the part of the German automaker’s officials to practice integrity, transparency and similar values encapsulated in the concept of authentic leadership, according to a National Louis University MBA professor.

And far from just harming Germany, the scandal, nicknamed Dieselgate because the automaker installed devices on its diesel vehicles that would show emissions as lower than they actually were, is causing economic, social and environmental ills to people here in the Chicago area. Industry experts say the scandal may ultimately cost Volkswagen $40 billion.

Another MBA professor questioned whether regulators can keep up with the complex software algorithms which industries such as automakers and financial services are increasingly employing.

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President Megahed To Gates Foundation Panel: Use Data for Higher Quality, Lower Cost NLU's president tells how data can also help students complete their degrees

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Chris Bustamante of Rio Salado College, from left; Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights; Nivine Megahed, National Louis University; Suzanne Walsh, Gates Foundation, and Jean Floten, WGU Washington, are pictured at the Gates Foundation Education Forum, 2015.

NLU President Nivine Megahed told Gates Foundation conference participants that she “test-drove” NLU’s new Adaptive Learning platform by teaching the first course herself, writes Daniel Rasmus in Geekwire.com.

Rasmus served as the facilitator of the breakout session on personalized learning at the recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Education Learning Forum, which attracted leaders of the nation’s universities most plugged in to digital learning.

“Megahed, who describes herself as a data geek, has slowly transformed National Louis into a data-driven institution that simultaneously addresses cost, quality and completion,” Rasmus wrote. Continue reading »

Student Wins $21,000 Grant Before Completing Grant-Writing Class Cari Stevenson got profs' help when she saw great opportunity

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Cari Stevenson, psychology professor

National Louis University graduate student Cari Stevenson, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Psychology, learned this month that she was awarded a $21,000 planning grant from the Prevention Institute and Movember Foundation.

Stevenson, who has a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology, teaches psychology at Kankakee Community College.

“As the saying goes, ‘timing is everything.’ Just before our NLU Grant Writing course (LAS 655) began, one of my cohort colleagues forwarded a newsletter which happened to include a link to grant opportunities,” Stevenson said. Continue reading »

Schak, Criminal Justice Program Featured on CBS Chicago Describes NLU program as hands-on, with visits to police facilities, etc.

schakRichard Schak, who founded NLU’s Criminal Justice program, talked with Chicago.CBSlocal.com about how his own on-the-job and educational experiences led him to work as a homicide detective and police sergeant for the Chicago Police Department, and later get into teaching Criminal Justice.

Schak emphasized that NLU’s program focuses on experiential learning, with visits to criminal justice system venues, including police, correctional and medical examiner facilities and a working fingerprint identification system and firearms simulator. Continue reading »

Coleman Hopes Detective, Special Agent Experience Leads to FBI Career As a father, employee, husband and reservist, Student Veteran Maurice Coleman survived college on little sleep, but succeeded

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Maurice Coleman, right, poses with Jimmy Wang Yang of the WWE.

Maurice Coleman, an active NLU student veteran, just graduated with his bachelor’s degree, and has an approximately 15-year record of accomplishment with the military. He hopes to parlay that into an FBI or similar career. We had a chance to ask him a few questions.

What prompted you to enter the military?

When I left high school, I wanted to do something positive. My brother was already in the military, and it was a great thing for him. I knew it would help me with school, and let me be part of something bigger than myself. I was thinking I could become an FBI agent. Continue reading »