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Weekend Center Launches; Earn a Degree One Saturday Per Month Students can earn Master's or Ed.D.; in-person classes supplemented by online learning

National Louis University Lisle campus.

Earn a master’s or Ed.D. degree by attending class one Saturday per month at the Weekend Center at NLU. The monthly Saturday classes are supplemented by online learning between sessions.

You’re busy. You have to go to work, take care of your family and keep your household running. Still, you want to earn an advanced degree to boost your career, advance to a fulfilling position and improve your family’s situation for the long haul.

National Louis University has created a solution: the Weekend Center at NLU. By devoting just one Saturday a month to attending a class and completing the balance of coursework online, students  can earn one of the following master’s or doctoral degrees: Continue reading »

New Series Offers Beginning Teachers a Support System From Profs You can offer input to 'Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers' in June 13 livestream Q&A

 

Dominic Belmonte.

Dominic Belmonte.

Standing in front of your own classroom for the first time has been compared to a high-wire act. National Louis University’s National College of Education wants to offer early career teachers support as you move forward in this journey.

NLU is launching the Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers series to provide ongoing, structured mentoring and professional learning that’s specifically designed to meet your needs as a beginning educator. Continue reading »

Tribune’s Mary Schmich, Pulitzer Winner, Tells Writers Her Muse Joanne Koch, Ph.D., interviews Schmich during M.S. in Written Communication annual talk

By Dawn Barreto-Brown

Mary Schmich.

Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich came to National Louis University to speak to writers. It was part of NLU’s Pulitzer Prize series.

On a recent spring evening, students, alumni and admirers of Mary Schmich gathered at National Louis University’s Chicago campus to hear the Chicago Tribune columnist and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner share humor and insight.

“I am one of those people who always think that nobody is going to come listen to me,” said Schmich. “Thanks for proving me wrong.” Continue reading »

Hear Pulitzer Prize Winner Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune She'll speak as part of National Louis University's M.S. in Written Communication program's series

If you love good writing, you may already be a fan of Mary Schmich, beloved Chicago Tribune columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner. Whether you’re familiar with her or not, join National Louis University Monday evening, April 30, to hear Mary talk about writing, life, foibles, wonders and what it’s like to win the granddaddy of competitions for writers.

The event is part of NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program’s annual Pulitzer Prize lecture series, designed to foster an appreciation for good writing.

For 25 years, Mary’s unique, warm, wise and often humorous take on our chaotic world has helped readers get through the day. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning columns and hundreds of others are collected in Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now: The Best of Mary Schmich. In addition to writing three columns a week, Mary teaches yoga and co-hosts the annual songs of good cheer singalong at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Her famous column, Wear Sunscreen,  which included the advice, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” became a song and inspiration for a book. She is also well known for authoring the Brenda Starr comic strip.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Learn more about National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program. 

Distinguished Academic, Activist to Speak on Racism, Denial in Trump Years

All are invited to a talk and engaged audience discussion with Rozell “Prexy” Nesbitt, Ph.D., an academic, activist, former government consultant, administrator and advisor to late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and other prominent leaders.

The event, “Racism and Denial in the Trump Years,” is sponsored by National Louis University’s Civic Engagement Center, in conjunction with the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, National College of Education,  Master of Public Administration program and Student Experience. It will take place Thursday,  February 15th  from 4 to 6 pm in the Atrium at the Chicago campus. Continue reading »

Congress Candidate, Senate Official To Highlight Immigration Forum Dec. 7

Congressional candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Clarisol Duque, director of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin’s Chicago office, will be among the community leaders speaking at National Louis University’s Immigration Policy Forum on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the atrium on NLU’s Chicago Campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Garcia, who is also a Cook County commissioner, has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez for the Congressional seat Gutierrez is vacating. 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 »

Writers’ Workshops July 15 and 22 Feature Five Well-Known Authors, Journalists This could be what prompts you to conquer writer's block

Maudlyne Ihejerika of the Chicago Sun-Times will lead a session at the 2017 Writers’ Workshops, sponsored by National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program.

If you’re a writer or aspiring writer, inspiration from professional scribes can provide literary caffeine to energize your writing. Join five engaging Chicago journalists and/or writers, who will get you charged up on Sat. July 15 and Sat. July 22 at National Louis University’s Writers’ Workshops. Maudlyne Ihejerika of the Sun-Times, author of “Escape from Nigeria,” will present a workshop July 15 on “Sharing Extraordinary Stories from Ordinary People.” Rick Kogan of the Tribune will also present “Creating Captivating Profiles” on that day. Continue reading »

Education Champ, Real Estate Guru to Deliver Commencement Speeches

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, National Louis University will recognize the exceptional work of student graduates at its 2017 Chicago campus commencement ceremonies.

Dominic Belmonte, Golden Apple Foundation CEO, will deliver the keynote speech at National Louis University’s  commencement for National College of Education (NCE) graduates.

Rick Davidson, an NLU alum and former president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, will address the College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA) graduates. Davidson currently heads Everest Group, parent company of Everest-Troop Real Estate. Continue reading »

‘Play Fest’ Puts Students’ Drama, Writing On Stage April 22 Come experience screenplays, plays and live literature

In a flourish of creativity at National Louis University, 10 students are seeing their writing shaped by actors and directors and expressed on the stage.

Three of them have written screenplays that touch on themes such as coping with adversity, struggles in relationships and trying to overcome the odds. Two others have written plays about how historical events touch people’s lives and finding strength amidst challenging circumstances. All will be presented as staged readings by actors on stage. Continue reading »