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Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Recognizes NLU Alum’s Employee Excellence Darrell Williams '16 becomes first DISA employee to win two agency awards in the same year

(This story was submitted by Darrell Williams and written by Wendy Liu, public affairs specialist at Defense Information Systems Agency)

Darrell Williams, Mentor of the Year

DISA Director, VADM Nancy Norton top, poses with NLU alum Darrell Williams as he wins Mentor of the Year

DISA and Joint Force Headquarters – DOD Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) employees around the world recognized outstanding performance and excellence by military and civilian individuals and teams during the 2017 calendar year.

This year, National Louis University alum Darrell Williams received Mentor of the Year and his branch won Human Capital Support Services Team of the Year.

The annual awards ceremony took place March 29 at DISA Headquarters and was broadcasted using Global Video Services, the agency’s video-teleconferencing solution offered as a DOD enterprise service, allowing employees across the agency to participate. Continue reading »

Seven Critical Ways to Save Money as a College Student If you can stick to these tips, you’ll give yourself a financial head start after graduation

By India Cooley, Student Finance Representative

Let’s face it now rather than later. The workload alone in college is stressful enough, and when the financial component of college life is added to that, you as a student may experience high anxiety and feel overwhelmed. You will eventually land that dream job and all that stress will be a blur, but for now here are a few tips that will help prepare you for success. Continue reading »

Metra Employee Trains His Sights on Writing Student Spotlight: Jarrett Sardin

(This Student Spotlight was originally included in the M.S. in Written Communication program monthly newsletter, Write On! If you’d like to receive the newsletter, please email CASWriters@nl.edu)

Write On! proudly focuses on some of the talents, skills and accomplishments of our very own students. This Student Spotlight is on Jarrett Sardin. He talks about how the M.S. in Written Communication program has helped him in his job with Metra.

NLU student Jarrett SardinWO! When did you begin the M.S. in Written Communication program?

Jarrett: I began the program in the winter of Jan 2016.

WO! What have been some of your favorite classes in the program and why?

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Now Playing: NLU Student’s Live Lit and Music Showcase Student Spotlight: Stephanie Rogers

(This Student Spotlight was originally included in the M.S. in Written Communication program monthly newsletter, Write On! If you’d like to receive the newsletter, please email CASWriters@nl.edu)

Write On! proudly focuses on some of the talents, skills and accomplishments of our very own students. This Student Spotlight is on Stephanie Rogers. She is married, mother of a teen son and the creator/ producer of Story Jam, a local live lit showcase.

Student Stephanie RogersWO! When did you begin the M.S. in Written Communication program at National Louis University?

SR: I am on the slow train in this program! I started two years ago, and I’m only halfway through.

WO! What have been some of your favorite classes?

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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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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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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 »

Alum adds ‘doctor,’ ‘school board member’ to his resume Alum receives Ed.D., is elected to school board in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee suburb

Todd Beadle ’11 received a double jump in his professional life thanks to encouragement from the NLU community. First it was his doctoral degree. Most recently it was his run for school board.

Beadle, who received an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2016, was recently elected to the school board of the Brown Deer School District, a public school district serving four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade students in Brown Deer, Wis.

Beadle is also the President/CEO of Saint Joseph Academy, a private Catholic elementary school and early childhood education center on the southside of Milwaukee, and a senior ministry advisor for Felician Services in Chicago, providing support to lay leaders working in Felician Sisters’ sponsored ministries across North America.

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Making Family Memories in the Old Neighborhood Alum wins grant for family-friendly movie series in underresourced Cincinnati communities

Amber Kelly ’15, Ph.D. in Community Psychology, knows the importance of making memories. So she’s back in her hometown of Cincinnati working on a new project that promotes family and community closeness.

“As a kid, I grew up going to the movies with my family — it was one of our favorite pastimes. I have seen my old neighborhood change, especially as businesses have left. This included the movie theater that I frequented with my family,” recounted Kelly.

Kelly’s project is FamilyFlickn, a series of movie-going experiences in the Bond Hill, Avondale and Roselawn neighborhoods of Cincinnati tailored to parents and their kids. This movie-going experience includes everything you might expect — popcorn, drinks and candy. But FamilyFlickn adds a little twist by showing these movies inside a party bus.

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From Singing Telegrams to Academic Coaching Alum overcomes ‘not that smart’ stigma, now provides specialized academic coaching

Susan SchaeferGrowing up, Susan V. Schaefer ’02 didn’t believe she was smart enough to become a teacher. Now, with a little help from an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University, she’s providing specialized education support to young students — helping them find confidence in their own academic abilities.

While she didn’t receive the encouragement and support she needed to pursue her dream of teaching, Schaefer still persisted into higher education. On the way, she discovered an aptitude for business. “In college I started a singing telegram company with my roommate that was pretty successful until the card shop in town bought a gorilla suit and started doing gorilla-grams and put us out of business,” she recalled.

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