National Louis University ranks seventh in Illinois, out of 65 colleges, in College Factual’s 2019 Best Colleges for Veterans rankings. That places NLU in the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the state for veteran friendliness, according to College Factual, which performs data analytics for colleges and universities. Continue reading
Click. Robert Perez, a military veteran, takes a gorgeous photo of a river flanked with trees. Click. He takes another of the neat rows of a mid-summer cornfield. Click. And a photo of the faithful brown dog following him around, tongue hanging out.
He’s participating in the PhotoVoice project, which encourages veterans to bond by capturing photo images that have meaning for them. And a new video features Perez, his fellow veteran friends and two National Louis University professors. Continue reading
National Louis University experts were featured by television news shows this past weekend. One discussed veterans and Veterans Day while the other provided expert analysis on a criminal case. Continue reading
Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday, Nov. 11 this year, gives us all a chance to step up and be appreciative of the hardships and sacrifices America’s military members and veterans have made for our freedoms.
All National Louis University students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Nov. 5-9 activities leading up to Veterans Day, with a special welcome for student veterans and military-connected students. Continue reading
Steve Curda, Ph.D. has an impressive resume. He’s director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. He holds the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, having returned from commanding the Pacific fleet. And he’s on hiatus from his NLU role as associate professor, teaching courses in Educational Technology and serving as Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Affairs. Continue reading
Military-connected students at National Louis University know it takes guidance, as well as persistence, to successfully transition from a military career to one in the civilian world.
Some of them tried to bring information and resources for doing so to their fellow students this month. Jamal Williams, Keith Reynolds, Bianca Elmore and LeShawn Daniels staffed a table to welcome student veterans and military-connected students. They are members of the NLU Chapter of Student Veterans of America. Continue reading
(This story was submitted by Darrell Williams and written by Wendy Liu, public affairs specialist at Defense Information Systems Agency)
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
Meet NLU military veteran Stacey Dixon, Ed.D.
U.S. Marine (ret.) Stacey Dixon works in National Louis University’s Veterans Center, where she follows her passion for helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life. After a 21-year military career, mostly as a scientist, she also wants to teach young people life skills, character development and financial literacy in addition to academic subjects. She’s particularly interested in teaching young people in neighborhoods like Chicago’s South side Englewood, where she went to high school at Lindblom Tech.
Stacey, who obtained her doctoral degree in 2015, serves as a great resource to aid NLU’s military-connected students with any question or challenge that might arise.
What prompted you to enter the military?
My brother Oren joined the Marine Corps, and when he came back on leave I admired the way he had transformed into this great person–very confident, determined and focused. I wanted to be that person. He always talked highly of the Marine Corps and what it was doing for him. I wanted to do the traveling and experience the same things he did. Continue reading
Advocating for student veterans was on the minds of four National Louis University students when they traveled to San Antonio, Texas to attend the Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference.
Antonio Mannings, Cole Brewer, LeShawn Daniels and Nina Ellison made the trip in January in order to connect with other veterans, bolster NLU’s chapter and support veterans’ education success. Continue reading
The Shedd Aquarium established a Veterans Garden to honor Chicago-area veterans in the fall of 2015, and veterans, Gold Star mothers and other volunteers have been working since then to cultivate it.
On Nov. 16, NLU’s Veteran Resource Center (VRC) staff, student veterans, and other volunteers joined together for a day of service to prepare the garden for its winter rest. Continue reading