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ICE Learning Technologies Conference Crystallizes NLU Audiences Intense planning led to a great EdTech conference experience

Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., Doug Van Dyke, Tori Alland, Mia Gutsell and Angela Elkordy, Ph.D., made a presentation at the ICE conference.

Faculty, students and staff of National Louis University spent weeks preparing for the Illinois Computing Educators conference last week, and it paid off in a successful presentation by three students, an informal faculty meetup with prospective students and a welcome table crowded with both interested prospective students and alums who wanted to talk about their wonderful NLU faculty.

“What made the conference stand out for NLU was that we did a lot of coordination before we went,” said Angela Elkordy, Ph.D.,  chair of the newly formed Learning Sciences program, which offers M.Ed. and Ed.S. Degrees in Learning Sciences with a concentration in Learning Technologies. Continue reading »

Braven At NLU Prepares Students To Get Degree-Worthy Jobs Program Gets Sophomores Thinking Seriously About Careers

On a recent Wednesday evening, seven students in a National Louis University classroom were scanning resumes of job candidates posted on the whiteboard. The students, all from the Pathways at NLU program, scribbled the positives and negatives of each candidate on sticky notes. Two adult volunteers, both working professionals, guided them through an exercise in which the students had to act as hiring managers, deciding which of the fictitious job candidates to contact for an interview. Continue reading »

Bouchey Tells Wallethub How Not to Fund a New Business The popular money blog interviewed NLU's Bettyjo Bouchey

If you’re starting a new business, it’s worth it to seek specific kinds of loans but may also be helpful to obtain the best credit cards for your needs, NLU’s Bettyjo Bouchey,  Ed.D., told The website provides credit and business information to help consumers and small business owners.

Bouchey is associate dean of college operations and faculty development and an associate professor of business and management. Continue reading »

To Defend Students, Here’s What Educators Should Gun For  Robert D. Muller, Ed.D., dean of NLU's National College of Education, responds to the national debate over whether to equip classroom teachers with guns



By Robert D. Muller, Ed.D. 

Arm Teachers?  Absolutely.

With the tools and supports they need to help all students learn to their potential.

As we reflect on the sickening, senseless loss of life in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, there is no question that we extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved. And then we go on to another day of precarious normalcy with talk, prognostication and dubious assumptions. Continue reading »

Meteorologist, U.S. Marine Stacey Dixon Embraces Next Path: Teaching For Women's History Month, we're profiling NLU's Dixon, the Marines' first female science officer

Meet NLU military veteran Stacey Dixon, Ed.D.

U.S. Marine (ret.) Stacey Dixon works in National Louis University’s Veterans Center, where she follows her passion for helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life. After a 21-year military career, mostly as a scientist, she also wants to teach young people life skills, character development and financial literacy in addition to academic subjects. She’s particularly interested in teaching young people in neighborhoods like Chicago’s South side Englewood, where she went to high school at Lindblom Tech. Stacey obtained her doctoral degree in 2015.

What prompted you to enter the military?

My brother Oren joined the Marine Corps, and when he came back on leave I admired the way he had transformed into this great person–very confident, determined and focused. I wanted to be that person. He always talked highly of the Marine Corps and what it was doing for him. I wanted to do the traveling and experience the same things he did. Continue reading »

Daily Herald, ABC7 Feature NLU’s Pathways Article appeared on front page of Sunday newspaper; reporter Krishnamurthy interviewed on TV


The Daily Herald ran a page-one story Sunday, Feb. 25 explaining how the Pathways at NLU program gives first-generation and lower-income students opportunities to pursue their college degrees and plan for meaningful careers.

Daily Herald Senior Staff Writer Madhu Krishnamurthy and photographer Gilbert Boucher visited some Pathways classrooms and interviewed students, staff and administrators, including NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. and Aarti Dhupelia, vice president of strategic initiatives. Continue reading »

Metra Employee Trains His Sights on Writing Student Spotlight: Jarrett Sardin

(This Student Spotlight was originally included in the M.S. in Written Communication program monthly newsletter, Write On! If you’d like to receive the newsletter, please email

Write On! proudly focuses on some of the talents, skills and accomplishments of our very own students. This Student Spotlight is on Jarrett Sardin. He talks about how the M.S. in Written Communication program has helped him in his job with Metra.

NLU student Jarrett SardinWO! When did you begin the M.S. in Written Communication program?

Jarrett: I began the program in the winter of Jan 2016.

WO! What have been some of your favorite classes in the program and why?

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Now Playing: NLU Student’s Live Lit and Music Showcase Student Spotlight: Stephanie Rogers

(This Student Spotlight was originally included in the M.S. in Written Communication program monthly newsletter, Write On! If you’d like to receive the newsletter, please email

Write On! proudly focuses on some of the talents, skills and accomplishments of our very own students. This Student Spotlight is on Stephanie Rogers. She is married, mother of a teen son and the creator/ producer of Story Jam, a local live lit showcase.

Student Stephanie RogersWO! When did you begin the M.S. in Written Communication program at National Louis University?

SR: I am on the slow train in this program! I started two years ago, and I’m only halfway through.

WO! What have been some of your favorite classes?

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NLU Alum Running For Congress in Illinois’ 7th District Anthony V. Clark taking on longtime incumbent Davis

Special education teacher and grassroots community activist Anthony V. Clark ’11, who obtained his M.A.T. in Special Education from National Louis University, is challenging longtime Congressman Danny K. Davis in the March 2018 primary election.

Clark is running in the 7th Congressional district, which includes west suburban Bellwood,  Forest Park, Oak Park, Maywood, and Westchester, as well as adjoining neighborhoods on the West side of Chicago.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times candidate interview with Clark, he works as a special education teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Additionally, he started a non-profit called Suburban Unity Alliance, which hosts scholarships, offers assistance to individuals with DACA status, and purchases security systems for churches which are being harassed by white supremacist organizations. Another group the organization formed connects at-risk youth in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood with employers in Oak Park.

Clark, who is a military veteran,  is running against U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, who has represented the 7th district of Illinois in Congress since 1996. Davis serves on the United States House Committee on Ways and Means.

See the Sun-Times story here.

National Louis University makes no election endorsements; this post reflects our ongoing communications of news about notable alumni. 


How Do I Fit a Job Search Into My Busy Schedule? Time Management Tips for a Successful Job Search


By Casey Platt, Career Advisor at National Louis University

Applying for jobs may sound like a simple task, but in reality, it can be a time-consuming process. Especially if you have obligations such as family, work, school, and other life responsibilities, it can sometimes be difficult to find time for sleep, let alone searching and applying for jobs. Devoting more time to the job search process usually means higher quality applications, which will help you to stand out in a sea of applicants. This means a higher likelihood of getting the job you want! How can you fit the numerous job hunt steps into your busy schedule? You may want to consider the following tips: Continue reading »