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Golden Apple Award Presented to Tiffany Aurand, NLU Alum She was selected as a winner from an elite group of finalists in Rockford area

Tiffany Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University.

Tiffany Aurand, who won the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area, poses with two of her second-grade students. Aurand obtained her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.


Congratulations to Tiffany Aurand, NLU alum and winner of the 2016 Golden Apple Award in the Rockford area!

Aurand, who received her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from National Louis University in 2010, is the best of the best. She was first selected as one of 20 finalists among preK-fifth grade teachers in public and non-public schools in the Rockford area. Trained Golden Apple volunteers observed the finalists in their classrooms, and then conducted interviews with them.  That rigorous process determined the five winners, including Aurand.

Golden Apple Recipients are recognized for making a difference in their communities through their commitment to educational excellence. On March 10, Ms. Aurand was surprised in her second-grade classroom at Windsor Elementary School in Loves Park, Illinois, by Golden Apple Foundation board members and sponsors, her principal, superintendent, family and representatives from the media. That surprise visit announced her, in a dramatic fashion,  as one of the winners.

See the Rockford Register Star’s article about Aurand here, and its article about the winners here. Continue reading »

Getting the Most Out of Your Spring Break. . . There’s Still Time By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_380256046There’s still time to get the most out of your spring break before classes resume on Monday! The days are getting longer and buds are starting to sprout. It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring ─ except for the 50 mph gusts of wind on Michigan Avenue.

You don’t have to go far to get some much needed rest and relaxation. NLU’s Student Experience is dedicated to providing you with the solution to an alternative spring break. Try one of these tips to rest your brain and reinvigorate yourself for the upcoming spring quarter. Continue reading »

Students, It’s Time to Network for Your Future Job Don't wait until you have your diploma; start now


By: Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

shutterstock_56739871College is a busy time. Between classes, homework and exams, it can be easy to lose sight of the ultimate reason for attending college in the first place: your career. Nowadays, 70% of jobs are attained through networking, so be sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to start making valuable professional connections. Below are a few strategies you can use to build up your network while you’re still in school.

Start right away. A common misconception is that you only need to network when you’re actively job hunting. This is a myth! Just like any other investment, your network needs time to grow before you can begin reaping the benefits. Don’t wait until graduation to make your first connection. Start now by joining clubs or professional organizations and attending networking events on campus.

Put down the phone. Social media platforms like LinkedIn make networking quicker and easier than ever before, but that doesn’t mean all of your contacts should be digital. Instead, use social media as a jumping off point. Facebook and Twitter can be great places to find out about networking events happening on campus. Use LinkedIn to join professional groups that host regular, in-person meetings in your community. Social media can also help you spark a conversation with recruiters, alumni, and other professionals in your field.

It’s okay to feel awkward, but don’t shy away from networking because the idea of meeting new people sounds intimidating. Adopt a host mentality to boost your confidence in social situations. NLU Career Advisor Paula Rucci Voigt explains, “Hosts go out of their way to introduce others and make them aware of what they might have in common. Their goal is to help create connections between their guests in an effort to make them more comfortable.” By thinking of yourself as a host rather than a guest, you’re empowering yourself to take control of the situation and make sure everyone walks away satisfied.

Talk to your professors. You may be used to seeing your professors in the classroom, but they’re also experts in their given field or industry. Your professors can offer a wealth of knowledge about what it’s like to work in your field and different career options for your major. They may also have insight on what experiences you should gain during college to best transition into your future career.

Connect with professionals. The best way to learn about a particular job is to talk to someone who’s currently working in that position. Don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals in your field to schedule an informational interview. This is a brief, structured conversation where you can ask day-in-the-life questions about a particular job or company, or find out how to break into the field. If you’re not sure what job or field you’re interested in, don’t worry: These conversations can help you decide.

Violence Drives Children to Migrate to U.S., Dr. Heidbrink Tells Audience She was invited to deliver the annual John M. Wozniak lecture

Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D.

NLU’s Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., explains the conditions facing young people in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Violence, gangs, poverty and a history of civil war impel  children under age 18 to flee Central American nations and take their chances migrating to the U.S., NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., told a large audience on Wednesday.

Heidbrink, chair of NLU’s M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, delivered her remarks at Loyola University of Chicago, where she had been invited to give the annual John M. Wozniak lecture.

Heidbrink has spent years researching unaccompanied child migration. She has interviewed child migrants and their families, conducted original research in migrants’  towns of origin in Guatemala and El Salvador, and briefed the U.S. Department of State to inform them of the causes and consequences of child migration. She touched on several key points in her talk. Continue reading »

In Quest To Reinvent Urban Universities, Philly, NC Educators Visit NLU The Gates Foundation is challenging the three universities to innovate, help urban students graduate college



Visiting educators from Drexel and Johnson C. Smith Universities listen to a presentation during an NLU-led tour of elementary schools in which NLU education students are teaching.

The presidents of Drexel University in Philadelphia and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., along with their leadership teams, visited National Louis University’s Chicago campus March 7-8 as part of formulating their vision for a “mission-driven, new urban university.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant to the three universities, dubbing them the New Urban University Coalition and asking them to consider how the New Urban University can serve diverse, first-generation and non-traditional students. Goals include increasing retention and graduation rates and advancing the quality of life for neighboring schools and communities. Continue reading »

NLU Hosts Pakistan Education Minister Khalid Khan tells of progress in Malala Yousafzai's province

KhalidKhanNational Louis University is welcoming an education minister from Malala Yousafzai’s province in Pakistan, Dr. Khalid Khan, to its International Women’s Day event March 8. He will participate by Zoom teleconferencing technology.

Khan is an assistant education minister in Kashmir Patunkhwa province, where a young Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in her rural village for standing firm on her belief that girls have a right to an education. Malala survived, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and has become an advocate for girls’ rights and education throughout the world. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Features International Women’s Day Event Newspaper interviewed NLU's James O'Meara, Ed.D.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 10.39.45 AMThe Daily Herald highlighted both local speakers and the international speakers who will be teleconferenced in by Zoom in a preview article of NLU’s International Women’s Day event March 8. The article, by Eileen O. Daday, is headlined, “Global lineup comes to Wheeling for International Women’s Day conference.”

NLU Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., told the newspaper that with the United Nations’ Education 2030 agenda, educators need to take the lead on fostering global citizenship among individuals.

“Achieving this goal depends on the capacity of the educators to develop global citizens,” O’Meara said, as quoted in the Daily Herald. “Consequently, increasing access to international perspectives should increase the chances of all learners becoming effective global citizens — both locally and abroad.”

See the full Daily Herald story here.


Green Slime, NLU Prof Help Alum Win Science Teacher Award Andrew Bean won grant to install solar panels at his CPS School

Andrew Bean ’12 Congratulations to NLU alum Andrew Bean ’12, who recently received a national award for new science teachers. He had the strong backing of his mentor and NLU prof, Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., who frequently visits Bean’s classroom to whip up green slime, and other science oddities, to attract 13-year-olds’ interest in science.

Bean, who earned an M.A.T. in Elementary Education, is an eighth grade science and social studies teacher at William E. Dever Elementary School in the Belmont Heights on the Northwest side of Chicago.

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International Women’s Day Event To Feature Experts From Around Globe NLU celebrates In conjunction with United Nations Women’s ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030, Step It Up for Gender Equality’ campaign


UNWB20logoen gifWomen’s advocates from Australia, Africa, Pakistan and various U.S. locations will participate in an event heralding International Women’s Day, and encouraging women’s further progress on gender equality, on March 8 at National Louis University.

The event, which organizers are excited to initiate in Chicago and hope to make an annual observance, aligns with the United Nations’ urging of women’s equality first declared at the historic Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995.

Reflecting UN Women’s 2016 tagline of “Planet 50-50 by 2013, Step It Up for Gender Equality,” speakers will touch on three areas in which UN findings say more work is needed to get women to 50-50 equality: education, business/career and decision-making. Continue reading »

Dr. Fromm Reed Gets APA Honor, Hopes To Sway Congress to Prevent Trauma As part of Leadership Institute, she will lobby Congress, stress self-healing communities


Suzette Fromm Reed, Ph.D., who directs NLU’s Community Psychology program, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next month to brief members of Congress on community-based strategies to prevent childhood trauma–such as surviving abuse, having a drug-using parent, living in poverty and being exposed to violence in the home or community.

The opportunity arose after Fromm Reed received a national honor from the American Psychological Association. It selected her for its 2015-16 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, which provides leadership training to the nation’s top mid-career women in the psychology field, to empower them to lead positive changes and boost women’s influence in psychology. Continue reading »