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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 »

ICE Learning Technologies Conference Crystallizes NLU Audiences Intense planning led to a great EdTech conference experience

Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., Doug Van Dyke, Tori Alland, Mia Gutsell and Angela Elkordy, Ph.D., made a presentation at the ICE conference.

Faculty, students and staff of National Louis University spent weeks preparing for the Illinois Computing Educators conference last week, and it paid off in a successful presentation by three students, an informal faculty meetup with prospective students and a welcome table crowded with both interested prospective students and alums who wanted to talk about their wonderful NLU faculty.

“What made the conference stand out for NLU was that we did a lot of coordination before we went,” said Angela Elkordy, Ph.D.,  chair of the newly formed Learning Sciences program, which offers M.Ed. and Ed.S. Degrees in Learning Sciences with a concentration in Learning Technologies. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Running For Congress in Illinois’ 7th District Anthony V. Clark taking on longtime incumbent Davis

Special education teacher and grassroots community activist Anthony V. Clark ’11, who obtained his M.A.T. in Special Education from National Louis University, is challenging longtime Congressman Danny K. Davis in the March 2018 primary election.

Clark is running in the 7th Congressional district, which includes west suburban Bellwood,  Forest Park, Oak Park, Maywood, and Westchester, as well as adjoining neighborhoods on the West side of Chicago.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times candidate interview with Clark, he works as a special education teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Additionally, he started a non-profit called Suburban Unity Alliance, which hosts scholarships, offers assistance to individuals with DACA status, and purchases security systems for churches which are being harassed by white supremacist organizations. Another group the organization formed connects at-risk youth in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood with employers in Oak Park.

Clark, who is a military veteran,  is running against U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis, who has represented the 7th district of Illinois in Congress since 1996. Davis serves on the United States House Committee on Ways and Means.

See the Sun-Times story here.

National Louis University makes no election endorsements; this post reflects our ongoing communications of news about notable alumni. 

 

NLU Student, Alum Running for Cook County Board In March Election Gaylon Alcaraz running in 4th district, Angeles Sandoval in 7th

Gaylor Alcaraz, National Louis University student.

Gaylon Alcaraz, a leader in Chicago’s nonprofit community and 25-year activist, is running for Cook County Board Commissioner in the 4th District. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at National Louis University.

In what has been dubbed the “Year of the Woman” for the record number of women seeking elected office, National Louis University student Gaylon B. Alcaraz and alum Angeles “Angie” Sandoval are running for Cook County Board Commissioner slots. Continue reading »

Alum Travels to D.C., Supports Rights of Disabled to Live Where They Choose Lianne Paterson '17 advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities

 

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, left, poses with NLU alum Lianne Paterson as she advocated for residential choices for individuals with disabilities.

After Lianne Paterson ’17 became a mother to three children—two of whom have disabilities—she started testing her wings in advocacy. Paterson earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology in 2016 and her Ed.S. in School Psychology at National Louis University in the spring. This month, she leveraged her knowledge as a school psychologist and her advocacy experience to meet with senators and Congressmen in Washington, D.C. Continue reading »

Chronicle of Philanthropy Features Mary Bullock’s $2.5 Million Gift to NLU

 

The late Mary Bullock, who obtained degrees from NLU in 1954 and again in 1964, has donated $2.5 million to the university.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has featured the $2.5 million gift which Mary Bullock ’54 and ’64,  left to National Louis University.

A kindergarten teacher who walked to work even in howling winter weather, Bullock spent 40 years teaching in School District 45, based in Villa Park, Ill. She bequeathed the gift to NLU’s National College of Education, which will use it as an endowed scholarship fund to support scholarships for early childhood educators. Continue reading »

NLU Writers Gather to Hear Celebrities, See Names In Print M.S. in Written Communication Program Hosts MOSAIC party

 

From left, Nate Herman, Dawn Turner, Laurie Lawlor and Rick Kogan sit on a panel discussing the writing life.

As students and alumni of NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program listened to a panel of celebrity writers at the program’s annual MOSAIC party Oct. 23, emcee Marjie Killeen asked the panel a question that almost had them at a loss for words.

Almost, but not quite. Continue reading »

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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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 »