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Yearly Archives: 2017

So Long Sales, Hello Teaching Abroad Despite professional hurdles, alum finds meaningful career as a teacher

Alumni Mason StewartMason Stewart ’10 first attended college on a basketball scholarship. It wasn’t enough to keep him motivated, and the experience ended after only two years.

It was a “tough time in my life,” he explained.

Attempting to right the ship and launch a career in sales, Stewart landed at National Louis University looking for a business degree. After completing NLU’s B.S. in Management, he found a job as a recruiter pitching qualified candidates to companies trying to fill engineering vacancies.

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State Rep. Stratton: Committed to Live, Work in Restorative Way NLU's Applied Behavioral Sciences faculty invited her to discuss justice, healing communities

As an Illinois state representative and running mate of governor candidate J.B. Pritzker, Juliana Stratton is tasked with solving enormous problems that seemingly have no solution–budget shortfalls, a hobbled justice system, poverty, crime and more. She explained to an NLU audience Oct. 12 that she views these issues through a restorative justice lens that holds the possibility for  healing. Continue reading »

Practice, Practice, Practice To Turn Job Interview Into A Win By Mariana Ortiz, Career Advisor at National Louis University

Does the thought of job interviews make you feel anxious? Guess what? This feeling is completely normal! However, make sure that your interview nerves are not so strong that they cause you to appear visibly unprepared. But how can I avoid messing up during an interview, you may ask? The goal is to make the interview conversation feel natural between you and the interviewers through practice. Here’s how. Continue reading »

Homegrown Community Activist Leads at Hometown School District NLU grad appointed to D65 school board in Evanston

Rebeca MendozaRebeca Mendoza ’17, M.A. in Psychology, is a community activist who is devoted to the well-being of her hometown. She was recently appointed to the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education.

“After graduating from college, I returned home to see that many of the disparities in my own community had not changed. Specifically, the ongoing achievement gap for our students of color,” she said. “This is my community, and I care deeply about it. I am a product of the District 65 school system.”

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Criminal Justice Student Hired As Police Recruit, Marks First Month at Academy Ewelina Duda studied ethics, criminology, probation and parole in NLU's CJ program

NLU student Ewelina Duda had to interrupt her Criminal Justice program studies when she was accepted as a Chicago Police Department recruit. After she finishes the police academy and a probationary period, she plans to return to NLU to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Ever since she was a five-year-old living in Poland and watching American Westerns on television, Ewelina Duda knew she wanted to be a police officer.

“I was a little shy, but I knew I wanted to be the sheriff,” recalled Duda, who took the Chicago Police Department exam last year, got accepted as a police recruit and entered the Chicago Police Academy in August. Continue reading »

National Louis University Receives $1.1 Million Grant Gates Foundation grant supports data-tested program for vulnerable students attaining college degrees

 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant will benefit National Louis University’s Pathways students, such as these three.

Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Louis University will be able to strengthen its affordable and rigorous college education program for high-potential students who have economic, cultural and academic vulnerabilities. The Pathways program continuously tests and improves its curriculum and wraparound (practical) support strategies to keep students on-track for college, career and life success.

The Gates grant will enable NLU to expand two key areas of the Pathways program at a time when it must build infrastructure for the long term. Continue reading »

Daily Herald, Journal-Topics Report On NLU Soccer Field, Park District Partnership Wheeling Park District soccer games will be played at NLU's campus

The Wheeling Park District needed more soccer fields, and National Louis University had an abundance of green space on its Wheeling campus.

Thus a partnership was born, as announced in the Daily Herald article “Wheeling Park District partnering with National Louis University to share facilities,” on Sept. 19, and the Journal-Topics article “National Louis, Park District Team Up to Serve Community” on Sept. 26.

Both papers quoted NLU president Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.

“Our beautiful campus has green space on the northeast side of the property, and the park district needs fields to meet the growing demand for soccer, so it was a natural partnership,” she said in the Daily Herald. Continue reading »

Sometimes the Road to Success is Paved with Kindness Successful alum cites importance of support from college instructor, writing tutor

NLU alum Barbara Provost ’89Barbara Provost ’89 has every right to call herself a self-made woman. Directly out of high school she was on her own, making a living in Skokie, Ill. Now she’s a business owner with experience teaching in higher education.

Provost stands tall on a stack of good choices and grit. But, as she explained, it took more than just steady determination to get her where she is today.

NLU provided me an entrée into a world that I didn’t think I could be a part of. And they did it with care and encouragement,” she said.

Rewind back to Provost in her late teens. She was putting in her time at work, but it wasn’t quite enough. “I quickly realized that others with degrees were getting promoted in the workplace,” she admitted. Continue reading »

How to Master the Tough Job Interview Question ‘Tell me about yourself’ NLU's Career Development Department Offers Job-Seeking Advice

By Consiglia M. Intile, M.A., LPC, NCC, NLU’s Assistant Director of Career Services

The question “Tell me about yourself,” is one of the most important questions a candidate will answer in any job interview, because it is often used as the first question. Since it is the first action question, much weight is placed upon it because it will set the tone for how the rest of the interview will go. Many candidates become nervous and unsure on how to go about answering this tough question because they want to make a first great impression. To alleviate some of those nerves and gain a clear strategy on how to WOW the employer at your next interview, follow these tips.
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Surge Institute, Empowering Leaders of Color, Names NLU’s Garcia a Fellow Aurora Flores Garcia works in the Pathways program

Aurora Flores Garcia, a student success coach in National Louis University’s Pathways program, has been named a 2018 Fellow by the Surge Institute, whose mission is to educate, develop and prepare leaders of color in the field of education.

The Chicago-based Surge Institute selected 25 young leaders, including Flores Garcia, for its yearlong program, which includes executive skill training, leadership development and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. Fellows will develop their own leadership and advocacy skills. They will also complete individual capstone projects. Continue reading »