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Hear Pulitzer Prize Winner Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune She'll speak as part of National Louis University's M.S. in Written Communication program's series

If you love good writing, you may already be a fan of Mary Schmich, beloved Chicago Tribune columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner. Whether you’re familiar with her or not, join National Louis University Monday evening, April 30, to hear Mary talk about writing, life, foibles, wonders and what it’s like to win the granddaddy of competitions for writers.

The event is part of NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program’s annual Pulitzer Prize lecture series, designed to foster an appreciation for good writing.

For 25 years, Mary’s unique, warm, wise and often humorous take on our chaotic world has helped readers get through the day. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning columns and hundreds of others are collected in Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: The Best of Mary Schmich. In addition to writing three columns a week, Mary teaches yoga and co-hosts the annual songs of good cheer singalong at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Her famous column, Wear Sunscreen,  which included the advice, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” became a song and inspiration for a book. She is also well known for authoring the Brenda Starr comic strip.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Learn more about National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program. 

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Recognizes NLU Alum’s Employee Excellence Darrell Williams '16 becomes first DISA employee to win two agency awards in the same year

(This story was submitted by Darrell Williams and written by Wendy Liu, public affairs specialist at Defense Information Systems Agency)

Darrell Williams, Mentor of the Year

DISA Director, VADM Nancy Norton top, poses with NLU alum Darrell Williams as he wins Mentor of the Year

DISA and Joint Force Headquarters – DOD Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) employees around the world recognized outstanding performance and excellence by military and civilian individuals and teams during the 2017 calendar year.

This year, National Louis University alum Darrell Williams received Mentor of the Year and his branch won Human Capital Support Services Team of the Year.

The annual awards ceremony took place March 29 at DISA Headquarters and was broadcasted using Global Video Services, the agency’s video-teleconferencing solution offered as a DOD enterprise service, allowing employees across the agency to participate. Continue reading »

Bouchey Receives National Award from Epilepsy Foundation for Advocacy Tireless mom, NLU associate dean received award for legislative efforts

 

After Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., got over the shock of having her 10-year-old son Gavin diagnosed with epilepsy in 2015, she started leading a charge to increase awareness and find new treatments.

Bouchey, associate professor and associate dean of college operations and faculty development for National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement, grew into a leadership role as a volunteer doing legislative advocacy with the Epilepsy Foundation. Continue reading »

Seven Critical Ways to Save Money as a College Student If you can stick to these tips, you’ll give yourself a financial head start after graduation

By India Cooley, Student Finance Representative

Let’s face it now rather than later. The workload alone in college is stressful enough, and when the financial component of college life is added to that, you as a student may experience high anxiety and feel overwhelmed. You will eventually land that dream job and all that stress will be a blur, but for now here are a few tips that will help prepare you for success. Continue reading »

Congratulations! Four NLU Alumni Receive Golden Apple Awards Two alums in Chicago, two in Rockford receive the prestigious award for teachers

Teachers watch with anticipation every year as Golden Apple (in the Chicago area) and the Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford go through the process of fielding nominations for outstanding teachers, making personal visits to the finalists’ classrooms and then finally selecting Golden Apple award winners.

This year, four National Louis University alumni got the thrill of having the media, their principals, officials and others surprise them in their classroom with the exciting news they had won Golden Apple awards for excellence in teaching.  Golden Apple bestowed awards to two Chicago-area teachers, and Golden Apple of Rockford bestowed two to teachers in northern Illinois. Continue reading »

Sun-Times, Kenosha News Publish Price’s Letter: Preventing Gun Violence Counselors, Police, Job Agencies Can Help Support Troubled Students, Per Todd Price

Students were walking out of their high schools to call for safety on March 14, and National Louis University’s Todd Alan Price, Ph.D., went to a school near his home to check out what was happening.

Price, professor in NLU’s National College of Education, wrote up his thoughts about the event, which was a reaction to the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Both the Chicago Sun-Times and Kenosha News published his letter. Continue reading »

Dean Muller in Education Week: ‘Arm Teachers, Just Not With Guns’

Education Week, a national newspaper covering K-12 education, printed a letter to the editor from Robert D. Muller, Ed.D., dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education.

Muller’s letter, titled “Arm Teachers, Just Not With Guns,” argued for equipping teachers with resources proven to help them teach all learners. It was a response to the frequent call, heard even from the highest levels of government, to arm teachers in classrooms across the United States.

Read Dean Muller’s letter in Education Week here. 

People, Organizational Culture Drew Nilsen To Human Resources, I/O Psych She'll oversee new HR and Industrial/Organizational Psych dual masters program

Janice Nilsen, Ph.D. heads a dual master's degree program in Human Resources Management and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at National Louis University.

Janice Nilsen, Ph.D., heads National Louis University’s dual master’s degree program in Human Resources Management and Development and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Janice Nilsen, Ph.D., has used her natural  “people person” abilities to grow in a human resources career that has evolved over time.

She has spent years in the business world, including high-level training and human resources roles at Sears and Office Max. She has also valued education by earning her MBA at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Organizational Development at Benedictine University (in 2016). Continue reading »

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 »