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Creativity in education the focus at Reimagining School symposium

The second installment of the “Reimagining School” symposium series was held in March. A collaboration of the Golden Apple Foundation, NLU, Family Action Network and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the symposium brought together nationally recognized figures in education for a conversation about the ways schools can foster creativity and innovation to raise students’ global competence in a changing world.

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Supporting the pathway to post-secondary education and careers

shutterstock_150378902I am pleased to have the opportunity to tell readers of the NLU blog a little bit about my work. As a community psychologist, I am interested in strengthening partnerships between schools, families and communities. In particular, I am interested in strengthening the connections between K-12 education, post-secondary education and training, and employment in low-income communities. I am collaborating with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Family and Community Engagement to support the activities of the Community Action Council in Bronzeville.

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Triton College signs new agreement with NLU

Triton College has signed a new articulation agreement with National Louis University that will create a more seamless transition for Triton students wishing to transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s business program at NLU.

As part of the agreement, Triton students who earn their Associate in Arts or Associate in Science or Applied Science degree can go on to pursue a B.S. in Management at NLU.

“National Louis’ partnership with Triton College underscores our commitment to provide higher education opportunities to students in our communities,” said Chris Cassirer, Sc.D., Dean of the College of Management and Business and College of Arts and Sciences at NLU in a press release. “We are pleased that this collaboration will provide Triton students seeking a baccalaureate degree in business a chance to smoothly transition to National Louis where they can fulfill their academic and professional goals.”

NLU providing learning support for student veterans

shutterstock_160630583As military veterans return to school, many are juggling work, family and an introduction/reintroduction to higher education. To help these students make the most of their college careers, some military-friendly colleges and universities have established learning support departments. Peter Ploegman is a learning support specialist at National Louis University, and recently he shared an overview of his work and the importance of providing learning support services for student veterans.

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National Louis University Alumni News

nlu alumni logo2National Louis University alumni are out there in the world doing great things in the workplace and in their communities. We would like to share some recent achievements from a few of our alumni. If you would like to give us an update on what you’re doing, contact Alumni Relations Director Kimberly Michaelson at kimberly.michaelson@nl.edu.

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My inspiration for writing

shutterstock_146379659It is a cliché to say, “I started writing when I was a young child,” but it is true. Being diagnosed with chronic asthma at the age of five often confined me to the indoors, and there were only so many cartoons I could watch before becoming bored out of my mind. So I began to spend a lot of time reading and writing. I wrote short stories to entertain my family about growing up on a farm. I also wrote short stories with fictitious characters and pets; sometimes my pets talked and were heroes. One of my favorite pastimes was writing stories and making them into little books for gifts.

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Meet Riley Wright, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

photoTell us about yourself.

I grew up in California and moved to Texas at age 14 and then moved again to South Carolina. When I graduated from high school, I wanted to be a criminologist and get as much experience as I could. However, I discovered that I had to be at least 21 to be a criminologist. I wanted to get solid hands-on experience in the field, so I joined the Army at age 18 and served for five years in Germany and Fort Carson, CO.

I knew that as soon as I got out of the Army, I would go back to school to pursue my degree. I returned to civilian life in the fall of 2009. I am married now and have a six-month-old daughter. I live in Algonquin, IL, and attend National Louis University’s Chicago campus once per week.

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Don’t let your retirement plan intimidate you – get the facts

shutterstock_151687634Does your employer offer retirement benefits? Are you participating? Are you not participating because it’s intimidating to select funds or the appropriate amounts?  Your future financial security is important and participating in a retirement plan can help, especially if your employer matches your contributions!

Questions to ask to gain a better understanding of the plan:

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In the Spotlight: Stephanie Poczos, Director of B.A. in Applied Communications program

stephanie 2To say communications has changed in the past decade is putting it lightly. The social media explosion, the proliferation of mobile technology, and the overall driving force of the Web have created a seismic shift in the way information is released and consumed.

It can be daunting — particularly to generations who didn’t grow up with their eyes already glued to a smartphone. But an exciting new program at NLU is preparing students to navigate the evolving world of communications today and thrive in a wide range of careers, no matter what their background.

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