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Alum Travels to D.C., Supports Rights of Disabled to Live Where They Choose Lianne Paterson '17 advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities

 

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, left, poses with NLU alum Lianne Paterson as she advocated for residential choices for individuals with disabilities.

After Lianne Paterson ’17 became a mother to three children—two of whom have disabilities—she started testing her wings in advocacy. Paterson earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology in 2016 and her Ed.S. in School Psychology at National Louis University in the spring. This month, she leveraged her knowledge as a school psychologist and her advocacy experience to meet with senators and Congressmen in Washington, D.C. Continue reading »

NLU’s Pathways Wins Prestigious National Award for Digital Learning The Online Learning Consortium honored NLU with its Digital Learning Innovation Award

 

National Louis University has earned the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award (#DLIAward), for its Pathways at NLU initiative. The Online Learning Consortium, a collaborative community of educators dedicated to promoting quality digital learning, selected NLU and two other institutions, as well as 10 faculty-led teams, to receive the award from among 60 submissions from around the nation.

The Pathways team was honored for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. Continue reading »

Chicago Sun-Times Publishes NLU VP’s Letter on GOP Tax Plan Marty Mickey, VP of Finance, explained how the tax plan would hurt students

The tax plan proposed by Republicans in Congress would hurt graduate students, as well as older and non-traditional students, wrote Marty Mickey, National Louis University’s Vice President of finance, in a Letter to the Editor published Nov. 8 by the Chicago Sun-Times. Continue reading »

Chicago Sun-Times Spotlights NLU’s Pathways Program Highlights program's affordability, quality, jump in applications

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Maudlyne Ihejirika highlighted National Louis University’s Pathways at NLU program Nov. 8 in her story, “NLU’s Pathways program key to record jump in the college’s applicants.”

The story profiled two Pathways students, Jairo Melendez and Jazeline Alize. Melendez explained he had been working third shift in a factory trying to help his family and wondering how he could possibly afford college. When he heard about NLU’s Pathways program, he realized it was his chance to escape the factory for a possible career in law. Continue reading »

Chronicle of Philanthropy Features Mary Bullock’s $2.5 Million Gift to NLU

 

The late Mary Bullock, who obtained degrees from NLU in 1954 and again in 1964, has donated $2.5 million to the university.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has featured the $2.5 million gift which Mary Bullock ’54 and ’64,  left to National Louis University.

A kindergarten teacher who walked to work even in howling winter weather, Bullock spent 40 years teaching in School District 45, based in Villa Park, Ill. She bequeathed the gift to NLU’s National College of Education, which will use it as an endowed scholarship fund to support scholarships for early childhood educators. Continue reading »

Crain’s Chicago Business Features President Megahed’s Award She received the 50@50+ award for improving lives, strengthening communities

NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., was honored with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois Award and featured in a  gallery of award winners in Crain’s Chicago Business on Nov. 6.

AARP called Megahed and the other recipients “champions of leadership” and hailed the fact they are breaking perceptions and building possibilities.

NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., has been honored in Crain’s Chicago Business with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois award.

The magazine noted that Dr. Megahed has launched the New Urban University Coalition, which uses shared knowledge and findings to improve higher education for urban students. It also noted that NLU welcomes older adults and retirees, which has resulted in a student population in which 12 percent are over the age of 50, three times the average at colleges statewide.

The other 49 honorees included leading business people, CEOs, doctors, writers, tech entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, artists and musicians.

View the 50@50+ Award winners, including President Megahed, in Crain’s Chicago Business.

View Dr. Megahed’s biography here.

Chicago Tribune: NLU’s Lifelong Learning Institute Promotes Peer Learning

 

Topics in the news, Broadway musicals, presidents, great films and literature  are all subjects which members of National Louis University’s Lifelong Learning Institute discuss and learn about, wrote Mike Isaacs in the Chicago Tribune’s Skokie Review newspaper.

The article, “Seniors, retirees expand learning opportunities through unique peer learning program in Skokie,” describes how one or two students coordinate and lead each class. In this “peer learning” or “shared inquiry” model,  the student leaders may read from newspapers or a text, and then spark a discussion on the topic. Continue reading »

Which Educational Endorsements or Certificates Should You Choose? Teachers can become more effective, advance, enjoy more job security

Early-career teachers often stand in front of their classrooms striving to figure out how to get through to their students.

That’s on top of worrying about job security, since school districts occasionally tighten their budgets.

It’s possible to  address both those problems at once, by earning an endorsement or certificate.  They give teachers the skills to break through to learners while at the same time making them more valuable to their school districts. Continue reading »

MSN Money, 24/7 Wall St. Rank NLU #2 in Nation for Growth

Two national media outlets have named National Louis University one of the fastest growing universities in the nation in terms of student applications.

NLU reached the #2 ranking in the nation for growth in  student applications over a 10-year period. MSN Money and 24/7 Wall St., a financial news company, published the rankings, compiled from National Center for Education Statistics data. Continue reading »

NLU Writers Gather to Hear Celebrities, See Names In Print M.S. in Written Communication Program Hosts MOSAIC party

 

From left, Nate Herman, Dawn Turner, Laurie Lawlor and Rick Kogan sit on a panel discussing the writing life.

As students and alumni of NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program listened to a panel of celebrity writers at the program’s annual MOSAIC party Oct. 23, emcee Marjie Killeen asked the panel a question that almost had them at a loss for words.

Almost, but not quite. Continue reading »