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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 »

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 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 »