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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 »

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.

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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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 »

Alum adds ‘doctor,’ ‘school board member’ to his resume Alum receives Ed.D., is elected to school board in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee suburb

Todd Beadle ’11 received a double jump in his professional life thanks to encouragement from the NLU community. First it was his doctoral degree. Most recently it was his run for school board.

Beadle, who received an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2016, was recently elected to the school board of the Brown Deer School District, a public school district serving four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade students in Brown Deer, Wis.

Beadle is also the President/CEO of Saint Joseph Academy, a private Catholic elementary school and early childhood education center on the southside of Milwaukee, and a senior ministry advisor for Felician Services in Chicago, providing support to lay leaders working in Felician Sisters’ sponsored ministries across North America.

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NLU Introduces Pathways Program on National Higher Ed Platform; Other Universities Can Replicate Dhupelia explained Pathways program; aimed at students who might not otherwise attend college

Aarti Dhupelia, shown here speaking to National Louis University’s Harrison Professional Pathways students, told the higher education community about the program on a national Academic Impressions webinar.

Less than two years after National Louis University developed the innovative Harrison Professional Pathways program, it received national attention.

Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s vice president for strategic initiatives, explained the program’s goals and design to representatives from other universities on a webinar produced by Academic Impressions, which provides professional development resources to colleges and universities nationwide. Continue reading »

From Singing Telegrams to Academic Coaching Alum overcomes ‘not that smart’ stigma, now provides specialized academic coaching

Susan SchaeferGrowing up, Susan V. Schaefer ’02 didn’t believe she was smart enough to become a teacher. Now, with a little help from an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University, she’s providing specialized education support to young students — helping them find confidence in their own academic abilities.

While she didn’t receive the encouragement and support she needed to pursue her dream of teaching, Schaefer still persisted into higher education. On the way, she discovered an aptitude for business. “In college I started a singing telegram company with my roommate that was pretty successful until the card shop in town bought a gorilla suit and started doing gorilla-grams and put us out of business,” she recalled.

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Daily Herald: Students Sign To Become Teachers, Enter NLU-District 214 Partnership D214 high school students can get college credit from NLU

In a ceremony Thursday, 110 High School District 214 students signed letters of intent to participate in Educator Prep, a partnership the high school district has with National Louis University, according to a Daily Herald article by reporter Doug Graham. 

The letters indicate the students’ interest in entering the teaching profession. District 214, which has nine schools in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, will provide opportunities for them to take education classes and student teach, and some of those classes will count for college credit at National Louis University. Continue reading »

From Wall Street to the West Side: Ohannes Wins ‘Outstanding Beginning Teacher’ Award Carrie Ohannes, who left high finance to teach middle grades in North Lawndale, will receive award June 12

Carrie Ohannes started her career in investments and later changed to teaching, earning her M.A.T. from NLU in 2014.

Working on Wall Street in the demanding world of high finance is not the usual path  to becoming a teacher in low-income, high-need urban schools. But it sure worked for Carrie Ohannes, who received one of the 2017 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Ohannes, who completed her NLU Master of Arts in Teaching in 2014, has racked up a list of accomplishments in her three years teaching middle-grades English and Language Arts at Dvorak School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side. One such accomplishment is that over two years, 90% of her students improved their NWEA scores. Continue reading »

Visionary Sees a Need, Partners With NLU To Create Human Services Management Program Vincent Pettinelli worked as a psychotherapist, started a $350 million company providing human services, found a persistent problem, proposed a solution

By Pam DeFiglio

When Vincent Pettinelli was building PeopleServe Inc., a business he had founded to provide human services to people with disabilities, the elderly and other clients in need, he faced a conundrum.  The enterprise, which eventually grew into a $350 million company, needed management talent.  He promoted competent psychologists and other specialists into management roles, but most of them failed because they lacked management knowledge.

Pettinelli, who had started his career as a psychotherapist and had worked with people with disabilities before he got into management, was explaining this challenge to his financial advisor, Joe Kunze, a couple of years ago. Continue reading »