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Education Graduates Get Inspiring Sendoff at Commencement Treated to three inspiring speakers, joyous celebration

Future teachers and educators heard words that inspired both laughter and tears at Commencement 2018 for National Louis University’s National College of Education (NCE).

After the grads processed into Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater June 16 with smiles and cleverly decorated graduation caps, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. and Robert Muller, Ed.D., dean of NLU’s National College of Education, welcomed them. “You join thousands of alumni who everyday impact the lives of children throughout the nation,” Muller said. Continue reading »

Commencement 2018: Graduates Encouraged to Find Their Own Voices NLU Salutes Its College of Professional Studies and Advancement Grads

A common theme emerged as the Commencement ceremony for graduates of National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement unfolded June 16.

After graduates receiving their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees marched in to excited waves from friends and family, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., introduced the Commencement speaker, Michael Sorrell, Ed.D. Continue reading »

National Louis Wins 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award NLU shows 'true thought leadership,' Eduventures leader said

A jury of higher education leaders and advisors selected National Louis University as a winner of the 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award. NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, and Stephanie Poczos, associate dean of general education and Pathways, accepted the award in Boston at the Eduventures Summit June 14. Eduventures is a research and advisory firm focused on higher education.

The National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA), an educational data science and research organization and Eduventures’ parent, created the Eduventures Innovation Awards Program to honor higher education institutions that have demonstrated significant innovations when developing programs in each of these categories:

  • Enrollment: A new enrollment management strategy in a fast-changing environment
  • Student Experience: A new approach to teaching and learning or student support
  • Outcomes: A new effort to define and report student outcomes

Entries are scored on value to the institution, innovation, and relevance to the mission of the school.

“The 2018 Eduventures Innovation Awards winners showcase true thought leadership at their institutions,” said Patrick Vogt, CEO at NRCCUA.

“They exemplify creative and forward-thinking approaches that are making demonstrable changes in the way colleges and universities recruit, teach and retain students. On behalf of the team at NRCCUA, I congratulate this year’s group of individuals and organizations.”

In addition to National Louis University, other winners included Adelphi University, Anderson University (South Carolina), Elon University, Georgia State University and Walden University.

 NRCCUA serves over 1,800 member institutions comprised of public and private colleges and universities across the nation.

Despite Grim Diagnosis, Ph.D. Grad Won’t Let Dream Die Donna Woods will participate at Commencement June 16

Donna Woods, center, receives her degree at NLU’s 2018 commencement ceremony.

Just before starting her doctoral program at National Louis University, Donna Woods got an alarming diagnosis: ALS disease, a degenerative illness that progressively robs the muscles of their ability to function. Doctors gave her three years to live, and that was in August 2015.

Woods, who had previously suffered four heart attacks and blood clots in her leg and lungs, could have bowed to their sober pronouncement and withdrawn from the Community Psychology Ph.D. program. Even in the face of a death sentence, though, she refused to let her dream die. Continue reading »

New Series Offers Beginning Teachers a Support System From Profs You can offer input to 'Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers' in June 13 livestream Q&A


Dominic Belmonte.

Dominic Belmonte.

Standing in front of your own classroom for the first time has been compared to a high-wire act. National Louis University’s National College of Education wants to offer early career teachers support as you move forward in this journey.

NLU is launching the Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers series to provide ongoing, structured mentoring and professional learning that’s specifically designed to meet your needs as a beginning educator. Continue reading »

NLU’s Dr. Megahed in Sun-Times: Lower Tuition Avoids Student Loan Debt Students can avoid huge loans with Pathways tuition at the $10,000 per year mark

National Louis University president Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., became concerned after reading a Chicago Sun-Times special report about recent college graduates weighed down by as much as $140,000 in student loan debt. She offered her response in an op-ed essay to the newspaper. Continue reading »

Governor Taps NLU’s Curda To Lead Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs Stephen K. Curda taught education and technology courses, led NLU veterans program

National Louis University students who took classes from Associate Professor Stephen K. Curda, Ph.D., might not have known from his welcoming demeanor that he has held a very distinguished career in the U.S. Army, or that he rose to the rank of Brigadier General before retiring recently.

Instead, students knew the tenured associate professor as a caring instructor devoted to his students, and also as the leader of National Louis University’s veterans program through his position as Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Education. Continue reading »

Crain’s Names NLU President ‘Notable Woman in Education’ President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. included in inaugural year of the award

Crain’s Chicago Business has honored National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., by including her in Crain’s Custom Media’s Notable Women in Education section.

The 17 elite educators named as notable in the inaugural year of the award include a power group of women in Chicago-area colleges and universities. College presidents, deans, researchers and provosts make up the group.

The section noted that Megahed’s passion is building student-centered organizations focused on student success and empowering the most underserved to achieve social and economic mobility through education.

It also noted her previous roles as a faculty member and dean and her experience overseeing multiple institutions and campuses.

Crain’s published the “Notable Women in Education” section in its May 28, 2018  edition.

View the section as it appeared in print. 

View the online version.

Tribune’s Mary Schmich, Pulitzer Winner, Tells Writers Her Muse Joanne Koch, Ph.D., interviews Schmich during M.S. in Written Communication annual talk

By Dawn Barreto-Brown

Mary Schmich.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich came to National Louis University to speak to writers. It was part of NLU’s Pulitzer Prize series.

On a recent spring evening, students, alumni and admirers of Mary Schmich gathered at National Louis University’s Chicago campus to hear the Chicago Tribune columnist and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner share humor and insight.

“I am one of those people who always think that nobody is going to come listen to me,” said Schmich. “Thanks for proving me wrong.” Continue reading »

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out to Employers Job-seekers, follow these updated tips to attract an employer's attention

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services, National Louis University

Your resume is one of the most important documents you will send off to a potential employer. Whether you are creating a resume for the first time or simply updating it with your most recent experiences, every job seeker should spend some time ensuring that you are following these important resume rules.  Continue reading »