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Yearly Archives: 2018

Honor Veterans Day With NLU Activities November 5-9 Write notes to veterans, light a candle, play games, join a social event

Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday, Nov. 11 this year, gives us all a chance to step up and be appreciative of the hardships and sacrifices America’s military members and veterans have made for our freedoms.

All National Louis University students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Nov. 5-9 activities leading up to Veterans Day, with a special welcome for student veterans and military-connected students. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Explores NLU Prof’s Book on Surviving Domestic Violence Columnist Burt Constable interviewed Elizabeth Schaefer, M.S. in Written Communication faculty member

It was only too easy for National Louis University’s Elizabeth Schaefer to find other victims of domestic violence to interview, Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable wrote in “I want to help women in those situations: Domestic violence author also a survivor” on Oct. 25.

Constable provided an overview of how Schaefer, an assistant professor in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program, experienced domestic violence herself as a young, pregnant wife. After surviving the experience, leaving the abuser and getting divorced, she felt a desire to help other survivors. That led to interviewing 31 other women, all survivors of domestic violence, for her book “Women are With You,” published by Books On a Whim.

She posted flyers asking domestic violence victims to contact her to tell their stories, and women responded, Constable wrote. Many of them cried and shook when telling their stories, which Schaefer reported as oral histories. They also talked about a time when abuse tends to dangerously escalate. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Schaefer said she hopes the book will help people recognize red flags in a relationship before they lead to emotional, psychological or physical abuse.

View Burt Constable’s Daily Herald column on NLU’s Elizabeth Schaefer here.

Learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication degree program.

Alum Receives Fulbright Award To Teach English in Algeria Kennan Daoudi, M.A.T. 2015, will be helping to build cultural connections

Kennan Daoudi

Kennan Daoudi ’15, who received his Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University, received a Fulbright award to teach English in Algeria.

Congratulations to National Louis University alum Kennan Daoudi, M.A.T. ’15, whose love of teaching, foreign languages and international cultures is taking him far.

Daoudi, 27, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  He will be working with local teachers in Algiers, Algeria at its polytechnic school helping Algerian university students improve their English. His mission also includes strengthening cultural connections between the U.S. and Algerian people.   Continue reading »

Arts in the Dark Parade Steps off Saturday; You Can March or Watch The parade begins at 6 pm at State and Wacker, travels south on State Street

National Louis University will participate for the first time in Chicago’s Arts in the Dark parade  Saturday at 6 p.m. on State Street.

NLU students, faculty and staff are invited to watch or march with the University’s contingent as the parade moves south from Wacker (north of the Chicago Theatre) to Van Buren (near the Harold Washington Library).  Continue reading »

Narrative Medicine Workshop To Feature NLU’s Joanne Koch Technique helps patients to feel understood, doctors to understand

Narrative Medicine for Medical Professionals graphic.

Patients in healthcare settings sometimes feel that medical professionals aren’t fully understanding them and the challenges they are battling. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, on the other hand, may face the challenges of having to treat many patients in a limited time period.

The concept of narrative medicine has arisen in the past few years to bridge this gap. Writing stories can help patients and medical professionals, enhance communication and set the stage for finding meaning. Continue reading »

Wallethub Features NLU’s Bouchey Advising Small Businesses The financial-information website tapped into Bettyjo's counsel on credit cards

What should a small business entrepreneur look for in a credit card?  Wallethub.com, a well-known website dedicated to making financial decisions around credit, asked that of National Louis University’s Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., associate dean and associate professor in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement and director of online academics. Continue reading »

Learn How to Get Started in Writing Oct. 24 at MOSAIC magazine party NLU's M.S. in Written Communication program's literary magazine will be released

If you’re interested in writing, you’re invited to hear celebrity writers tell “How I Got Published, How You Can Get Published” at an event Wednesday, Oct. 24 at National Louis University.

NLU’s Master of Science in Written Communication (MSWC) program welcomes all writers, teachers of writing and aspiring writers to attend a writers’ party and celebration for  MOSAIC 2018, featuring the best published work of MSWC writers in this yearly anthology. Continue reading »

Sun-Times Features NLU President, Colleges’ Pledge of Assistance 25 colleges plan to improve graduation rates for disadvantaged students by 2025

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., in an article on 25 Chicago-area colleges and universities addressing the fact that working-class college students, particularly those who are African-American and Latino, have a much lower rate of graduating than their wealthier classmates. Continue reading »

Chalkbeat Features NLU Teacher Residency Program Student, professor and dean of education quoted

School districts face teacher shortages, yet job-seekers who are considering a  teaching career are sometimes surprised to learn they must commit to about two years of a master’s degree program to become eligible for those jobs.

The education publication Chalkbeat recently highlighted an alternative path of preparing teachers–teacher residency programs– in “With the alarm sounded statewide over shortages, Chicago forges ahead with a teacher experiment.” Continue reading »

Butterfly Celebration Keeps Relationship With Latino Group Aloft NLU and El Valor have had a partnership to train leaders since 2009

In many world cultures,  butterflies are a source of inspiration and delight. Because local butterflies migrate to Mexico in winter and then return to Chicago, they make a fitting symbol for the immigrant journey of many clients at  El Valor Cantu Family and Childcare Center, a Latino-based organization working to improve communities. And because National Louis University has had a partnership with El Valor since 2009, several NLU faculty and staff attended El Valor’s monarch butterfly event on Sept. 12. Continue reading »