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Illinois Academic Librarian of Year Award Goes to NLU’s Morrison Rob Morrison, Ph.D., was honored for his innovations, scholarship, service

Congratulations are in order to Rob Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University.  The Illinois Library Association has given him its Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award.

“Rob and our library faculty and staff are pretty modest, but they are very innovative and engaged in professional arenas within and well beyond NLU,” said Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Provost.   “This is one indicator that others are appreciative of the leadership they demonstrate under Rob’s leadership.”

The award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development.

Morrison served as a member of the Illinois Library Association Executive Board from 2014-2017 and acted as the Board’s liaison to the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. He also served as a mentor for new directors in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and as a member of the CARLI Program Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served on numerous American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries committees.

In addition to his professional service and administrative responsibilities, Morrison has maintained an active agenda of teaching and scholarship with a focus on adult learners and distance education. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses online and in person, at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Most recently, he developed and taught a course on academic governance and leadership for National Louis University’s doctoral program in higher education leadership.

One of Morrison’s nominators described him as “truly the epitome of excellence in, and service to, the profession.”

The ILA will present the award to Morrison on Oct. 9 at the Illinois Library Association annual conference in Peoria.

National Louis Wins 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award NLU shows 'true thought leadership,' Eduventures leader said

A jury of higher education leaders and advisors selected National Louis University as a winner of the 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award. NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, and Stephanie Poczos, associate dean of general education and Pathways, accepted the award in Boston at the Eduventures Summit June 14. Eduventures is a research and advisory firm focused on higher education.

The National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA), an educational data science and research organization and Eduventures’ parent, created the Eduventures Innovation Awards Program to honor higher education institutions that have demonstrated significant innovations when developing programs in each of these categories:

  • Enrollment: A new enrollment management strategy in a fast-changing environment
  • Student Experience: A new approach to teaching and learning or student support
  • Outcomes: A new effort to define and report student outcomes

Entries are scored on value to the institution, innovation, and relevance to the mission of the school.

“The 2018 Eduventures Innovation Awards winners showcase true thought leadership at their institutions,” said Patrick Vogt, CEO at NRCCUA.

“They exemplify creative and forward-thinking approaches that are making demonstrable changes in the way colleges and universities recruit, teach and retain students. On behalf of the team at NRCCUA, I congratulate this year’s group of individuals and organizations.”

In addition to National Louis University, other winners included Adelphi University, Anderson University (South Carolina), Elon University, Georgia State University and Walden University.

 NRCCUA serves over 1,800 member institutions comprised of public and private colleges and universities across the nation.

Prof Yates Wins Lifetime Achievement Award from School Counselors Illinois School Counselors Association honored Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D.

Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D.

National Louis University’s Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D, won the Illinois School Counseling Association’s LIfetime Achievement Award on April 20, 2018.

When she sat down to a luncheon Friday at the Illinois School Counselors Association conference, Anna Marie Yates, Ph.D., was expecting a quiet meal with fellow National Louis University professors.

Instead, she got a a huge surprise. Continue reading »

Bouchey Receives National Award from Epilepsy Foundation for Advocacy Tireless mom, NLU associate dean received award for legislative efforts

 

After Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D., got over the shock of having her 10-year-old son Gavin diagnosed with epilepsy in 2015, she started leading a charge to increase awareness and find new treatments.

Bouchey, associate professor and associate dean of college operations and faculty development for National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement, grew into a leadership role as a volunteer doing legislative advocacy with the Epilepsy Foundation. Continue reading »

Congratulations! Four NLU Alumni Receive Golden Apple Awards Two alums in Chicago, two in Rockford receive the prestigious award for teachers

Teachers watch with anticipation every year as Golden Apple (in the Chicago area) and the Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford go through the process of fielding nominations for outstanding teachers, making personal visits to the finalists’ classrooms and then finally selecting Golden Apple award winners.

This year, four National Louis University alumni got the thrill of having the media, their principals, officials and others surprise them in their classroom with the exciting news they had won Golden Apple awards for excellence in teaching.  Golden Apple bestowed awards to two Chicago-area teachers, and Golden Apple of Rockford bestowed two to teachers in northern Illinois. Continue reading »

Lincoln Laureate Awarded to Student Jeremy Kwitschau Annual honor goes to a top student at each four-year university

Gov. Bruce Rauner, at right, and First Lady Diana Rauner award NLU student Jeremy Kwitschau the Student Lincoln Laureate for 2017. Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall of the Lincoln Academy is at left.

Each year, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a nonprofit organization,  honors one graduating senior from each four-year university in the state as its student Lincoln Laureate. The student must have excelled in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Jeremy Kwitschau of Batavia is representing National Louis University as its 2017-18 Lincoln Laureate. Kwitschau  is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement.  He traveled to Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 11 to receive his certificate of merit, Lincoln medallion and a $1,000 check. Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner presented the awards to Illinois’ top students in the Old State Capitol Historic Site. Continue reading »

NLU’s Pathways Wins Prestigious National Award for Digital Learning The Online Learning Consortium honored NLU with its Digital Learning Innovation Award

 

National Louis University has earned the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award (#DLIAward), for its Pathways at NLU initiative. The Online Learning Consortium, a collaborative community of educators dedicated to promoting quality digital learning, selected NLU and two other institutions, as well as 10 faculty-led teams, to receive the award from among 60 submissions from around the nation.

The Pathways team was honored for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. Continue reading »

Crain’s Chicago Business Features President Megahed’s Award She received the 50@50+ award for improving lives, strengthening communities

NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., was honored with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois Award and featured in a  gallery of award winners in Crain’s Chicago Business on Nov. 6.

AARP called Megahed and the other recipients “champions of leadership” and hailed the fact they are breaking perceptions and building possibilities.

NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., has been honored in Crain’s Chicago Business with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois award.

The magazine noted that Dr. Megahed has launched the New Urban University Coalition, which uses shared knowledge and findings to improve higher education for urban students. It also noted that NLU welcomes older adults and retirees, which has resulted in a student population in which 12 percent are over the age of 50, three times the average at colleges statewide.

The other 49 honorees included leading business people, CEOs, doctors, writers, tech entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, artists and musicians.

View the 50@50+ Award winners, including President Megahed, in Crain’s Chicago Business.

View Dr. Megahed’s biography here.

National Louis University Receives $1.1 Million Grant Gates Foundation grant supports data-tested program for vulnerable students attaining college degrees

 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant will benefit National Louis University’s Pathways students, such as these three.

Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Louis University will be able to strengthen its affordable and rigorous college education program for high-potential students who have economic, cultural and academic vulnerabilities. The Pathways program continuously tests and improves its curriculum and wraparound (practical) support strategies to keep students on-track for college, career and life success.

The Gates grant will enable NLU to expand two key areas of the Pathways program at a time when it must build infrastructure for the long term. Continue reading »