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The Day the Moon Covered the Sun By Roy Kaelin, science instructor in NLU's Pathways Program

Roy Kaelin traveled to southern Illinois to observe the recent solar eclipse. Here’s his account.

Photo taken by Roy Kaelin in West Frankfort, Illinois, at the moment of total eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

On August 21, all things in the sky and on land were on the move. By news accounts, across the country people were getting into place to watch a celestial event not seen over the whole United States in nearly a century; in southern Illinois, thousands had already staked their spot amid the day’s heat and humidity for the chance to view a union of both sun and moon. Continue reading »

NLU’s Cooper Discusses Test Anxiety in TEACH Magazine

Anxiety among students isn’t always a bad thing, write Meagan Gillmore in TEACH magazine, quoting National Louis University’s Jennifer M. Cooper, Ph.D.

Gilmore wrote: “‘Anxiety, in proper amounts, helps increase concentration, memorization and motivation,’ says Jennifer M. Cooper, an assistant professor in school psychology at National Louis University in Illinois. “’Anxiety is really designed to prevent harm,’” she says. ‘Trouble arises when anxiety interferes with a person’s ability to function. Students may not be able to avoid stress, but they need to learn how to manage it.'” Continue reading »

NLU’s Warsi Advises on Teaching Refugee Children She offers tips to magazine of National Association for the Education of the Young Child

Refugee children may have experienced trauma and lived in war zones, and it’s important for teachers of young children to be aware of this, wrote National Louis University’s Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., associate professor in National College of Education’s Special Education program.

Her article appeared in Teaching Young Children, the publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Continue reading »

Six Tips on How to Succeed in College Start the year strong with these quick tips

By Amoni Reynolds, Graduate Assistant in Office of Student Experience

Whether you’re starting college for the first time or returning, it’s helpful to initiate good habits now and put things in perspective. In this upcoming year, we want you to flourish and enjoy the journey toward your degree. Start with these six easy tips and ways to succeed in college. 

  1. Get Organized

Organization is key to academic success. Knowing when you have papers and projects due is important for passing coursework and keeping up with your grades. Having the syllabus handy will allow you to plan ahead and give yourself the proper time to complete all assignments and get good grades. Continue reading »

Alum of Written Communication Is Teaching, Published in Jet, Ebony, Jane Keeping you up to date with what NLU alumni are doing in their fields

Zainab Karim, M.S., graduated from National Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication program and is now teaching at the college level and doing freelance writing.

Zainab Karim, who graduated from National Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication program in 2015,  is a professor of English and Psychology and a freelance writer. Her articles and short stories have been published in Jet Magazine, Ebony, XO, Jane, Revelist, Abernathy Magazine and The Liberty Project, to name a few. Below, Zainab shares a bit about her journey in the Master of Science in Written Communication program.

Q: Did you have a concentration and goal for completing the program?

A: Yes, I wanted to become a novelist. My master’s thesis was the beginning of a novel that I am still working on. I also wanted to be a freelance writer, which is a goal I was able accomplish after I graduated. Continue reading »

NLU’s Pluymert Offers Insight on National NBC News She gave viewers perspective on a case in which teachers dragged a 7-year-old with autism

National Louis University’s Katalin (Kathy) Pluymert appeared on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Aug. 15 to offer insight on an Ohio case in which a teacher and teacher aide at an Ohio school forcibly carried a 7-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who had been acting out on the playground. The incident was caught on the school’s video, and shows the two teachers carrying the boy by his hands and feet, then later dragging him by the ankles into the principal’s office.

Among other comments on the national news show, Pluymert told a reporter about the need to deescalate the situation and keep the child and others safe. Continue reading »

Want to Become a Licensed Professional Counselor? Here’s What to Expect on Exam

The counseling profession offers a chance to help others transform their lives for the better, and most counselors find it extremely rewarding.

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), you will need to do two things.

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Succeed at Career Fairs By Preparing, Following Up And More Use these tips to make an impression


By NLU’s Career Development Department

Many job seekers find there are times when they’re not getting much response from employers. That’s when it’s time to put another strategy in play: career fairs.

Career fairs give you that opportunity to meet face to face with employers and make your first impressions count. Use the eight tips below to make a positive lasting impression and stand out amongst other candidates. Continue reading »

NLU’s McCormick Center Launches Tool to Compare States on Early Childhood Standards See which states rank best

As states around the nation try to boost the quality of early childhood education so that that young children (birth through age 8) have the greatest chance to be successful in school and in life, the McCormick Center at National Louis University has just created a tool for measuring states’ efforts.

The McCormick Center developed the tool, called the  Leadership Education for Administrators and Directors (L.E.A.D.) Early Childhood™ Clearinghouse, as a source for information about early childhood program leaders. It is part of the L.E.A.D. Early Childhood™ Collaborative, which was launched in 2016 to identify and close the gap in  preparation for early childhood program leaders. Continue reading »

Program Spotlight: Why The MBA Focuses On What Drives Business Now Director Catherine Honig explains why leadership important to students and organizations

In business, leadership is paramount. Businesses look for those who will drive change, make key decisions and inspire an organization to greater success.

It’s something NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement has recognized. It focuses its acclaimed MBA program on leadership, offering curriculum tracks and career development to help students sharpen their skills and increase their employability. Accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the program continues to provide students with key business skills in areas such as finance, economics, marketing and strategy. Continue reading »