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Illinois Academic Librarian of Year Award Goes to NLU’s Morrison Rob Morrison, Ph.D., was honored for his innovations, scholarship, service

Congratulations are in order to Rob Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University.  The Illinois Library Association has given him its Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award.

“Rob and our library faculty and staff are pretty modest, but they are very innovative and engaged in professional arenas within and well beyond NLU,” said Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Provost.   “This is one indicator that others are appreciative of the leadership they demonstrate under Rob’s leadership.”

The award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development.

Morrison served as a member of the Illinois Library Association Executive Board from 2014-2017 and acted as the Board’s liaison to the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. He also served as a mentor for new directors in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and as a member of the CARLI Program Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served on numerous American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries committees.

In addition to his professional service and administrative responsibilities, Morrison has maintained an active agenda of teaching and scholarship with a focus on adult learners and distance education. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses online and in person, at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Most recently, he developed and taught a course on academic governance and leadership for National Louis University’s doctoral program in higher education leadership.

One of Morrison’s nominators described him as “truly the epitome of excellence in, and service to, the profession.”

The ILA will present the award to Morrison on Oct. 9 at the Illinois Library Association annual conference in Peoria.

Doctoral Grad Was in #EdTech Before it was Trending NLU Alum spent decades transforming education with technology

John SonnenbergBefore the days of hashtags, smartphones and streaming services, John Sonnenberg ’11 was an educator with a vision for how tech can transform the classroom.

“I got into this technology stuff in the early 80s before schools even had technology directors,” he said.

Sonnenberg’s talents didn’t end at modems and floppy drives. This techie’s passion for innovation matches his experience in the classroom. “I’ve done almost everything in education,” he explained. Continue reading »

Job-Seekers, Enhance your Job Search By Using Gratitude Gratitude as a mindset can cultivate ongoing success


By Casey Platt, Career Services Advisor, National Louis University

Being appreciative is a pleasant characteristic that can help any professional in any setting to stand out in a positive way. Especially for job seekers, expressing gratitude is an important way to impress an employer as someone who has an optimistic attitude and can contribute to a positive office or school culture. This can play a major role in developing your professional brand. There are numerous ways for job seekers to express gratitude during the job search process. Continue reading »

Weekend Center Launches; Earn a Degree One Saturday Per Month Students can earn Master's or Ed.D.; in-person classes supplemented by online learning

National Louis University Lisle campus.

Earn a master’s or Ed.D. degree by attending class one Saturday per month at the Weekend Center at NLU. The monthly Saturday classes are supplemented by online learning between sessions.

You’re busy. You have to go to work, take care of your family and keep your household running. Still, you want to earn an advanced degree to boost your career, advance to a fulfilling position and improve your family’s situation for the long haul.

National Louis University has created a solution: the Weekend Center at NLU. By devoting just one Saturday a month to attending a class and completing the balance of coursework online, students  can earn one of the following master’s or doctoral degrees: Continue reading »

Teaching Young Children Among the Trees NLU alum instructs Washington preschoolers in fully outdoor classroom

Teaching students indoors, teaching students outdoors — as long as it’s early childhood education, Judy Derpack ’96 is in her happy place.

For Derpack, it all started inside a National Louis University (NLU) classroom on a campus near her hometown of Naperville, Ill. NLU fit her passions perfectly.

“The school’s philosophy best matched mine. I really wanted an early childhood degree rather than the elementary education degrees at other universities,” she explained.

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Superintendent Caught Teaching Bug from Preschoolers School district administrator got her start as a classroom volunteer

Caletha White ’17 is the new superintendent of schools for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 in Park Forest, Ill. beginning July 1, 2018. Well before this new position or even her career in education, White was just a mother volunteering in a preschooler classroom.

The energy of 3- and 4-year-old students and their eagerness to learn was contagious, and it led to White’s career change away from human resources and into education. “The imagination, creativity and excitement of early learners was amazing and I wanted to nurture that passion in children by creating classroom environments that are windows to the world,” she explained. Continue reading »

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 »