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Military-Connected Students Attend Student Veterans of America Conference in Texas They did professional networking, learned about internships, community engagement

Antonio Mannings and three other National Louis University student veterans attended the Student Veterans of America national conference in January in San Antonio, Texas.

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 »

NLU Veterans Volunteer at Shedd Aquarium’s Veterans Garden

Stacey Dixon, Ed.D., NLU Veterans and Military Program coordinator, from left, Steve Curda, Ph.D.,Special Advisor to the President for Veteran and Military Education and student veteran Thomas Lopez joined in the volunteering at the Shedd veterans garden.

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 »

An NLU Student Veteran Transitions Into the Civilian Workforce Manning Shares Her Career Journey, Tips for Fellow Veterans

 

By Paula Rucci Voigt, NLU Career Services Advisor

Manning_Natalyia[1]Transitioning to a new career is exciting but can also be intimidating, and can be especially so for veterans. With nine years of U.S. Air Force experience, Natalyia Manning, a National Louis University student who has just recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, knows first-hand about the additional challenges veterans face when moving from a military career to a civilian one. Continue reading »

Veterans Leader To Receive Honorary Degree at Commencement Steve Goodwin serves as Chair of NLU Veterans Advisory Council

 

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Steve Goodwin will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12 for his extraordinary service to veterans.

An inspiring veteran and business leader who has played a key role in leading National Louis University’s veterans program will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12.

Steven R. Goodwin, senior vice president and portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley, has exemplified service and dedication to veterans and military members. Continue reading »

Veterans Center Opens At NLU Will give military students a one-stop shop for services, study, lounge

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Veterans, National Louis University staff and others listen as student veteran Derrick Mitchell sings the national anthem a cappella on Veterans Day at the opening of NLU’s Robert R. McCormick Foundation Veterans Center and Lounge.

Great things, such as National Louis University’s Veterans Resource Center and Lounge, start with “aha!” ideas.

The Veterans Resource Center, which opened Nov. 11 at NLU’s Chicago campus at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, is one of those great things. Funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, it will give military students a one-stop shop for everything from their first visit, when they’ll meet staff and learn about benefits and financial aid, to subsequent visits, when they’ll enroll, get career guidance and receive academic help, to their all-purpose hangout during their student years.

They’ll be able to study, use computers and printers, grab a snack and chill with other veterans and military-connected students. Continue reading »

Prieto Brings Leadership as He Continues Important Veterans Program Work His training, military expertise help in supporting military students

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Ramon “Ray” Prieto is the Director of Veteran Student Coordination at National Louis University.

Ramon Prieto joined NLU three months ago as Director of Veteran Student Coordination at National Louis University. With a strong leadership and military background, along with experience in training and operations management, he has “hit the ground running” in his role of making more student veterans and military-connected students aware of the benefits of NLU’s Veterans Program.

We sat down with Prieto for a chat.  Continue reading »

Coleman Hopes Detective, Special Agent Experience Leads to FBI Career As a father, employee, husband and reservist, Student Veteran Maurice Coleman survived college on little sleep, but succeeded

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Maurice Coleman, right, poses with Jimmy Wang Yang of the WWE.

Maurice Coleman, an active NLU student veteran, just graduated with his bachelor’s degree, and has an approximately 15-year record of accomplishment with the military. He hopes to parlay that into an FBI or similar career. We had a chance to ask him a few questions.

What prompted you to enter the military?

When I left high school, I wanted to do something positive. My brother was already in the military, and it was a great thing for him. I knew it would help me with school, and let me be part of something bigger than myself. I was thinking I could become an FBI agent. Continue reading »

Student Veteran Aggie Wajda Designs Her Way To Justice Career Five years in the Navy transformed her from 'shy' to leader

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By Kellie Kennedy

Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda initially pursued dreams of becoming an interior designer, but realized that she had a different calling. She joined the U.S. Navy, which opened her eyes to skills and talents that she didn’t know that she possessed.

Her work in the military also increased her interest in continuing her higher education so that she could achieve her dream of becoming a police officer. In just a few months, Aggie will achieve this dream. Learn more about Aggie’s experience at National Louis University (NLU) and the Veterans Program. Continue reading »

After saving lives in combat, student veteran Derrick Mitchell hopes to save lives in hospitals In this Student Veteran Spotlight, Mitchell explains how military service shaped his career goals

 

derrick_mitchell.jpgAs a combat medic, Derrick Mitchell sometimes had to run into battle to pick up fallen soldiers and administer emergency treatment. Now, pursuing his Master’s in Health Services Administration at NLU, he plans to continue assisting with medical care—without the combat—by working in healthcare or hospital administration.

Serving our country was almost a given for Mitchell, 32, who started at NLU in April, 2014.  He has five family members who served, including his parents and grandfather.  In this recent interview, he told us why service was a life adventure, and how it’s shaping his education and career. Continue reading »

Columnist Cites NLU Veterans Program As National Model Student veterans' engagement rates, employment rates are rising

veteranschart-380x380NLU’s Veterans Program is getting national attention for its results.

Michael Schindler, a columnist for MyEdmondsNews.com, an online news partner of The Seattle Times, referenced NLU in a column about offering military-connected students resources to help them succeed.

“Studies show that when community-based resources collaborate with college-based services, veteran involvement and graduation success rates improve considerably,” he wrote May 31. Continue reading »