The new academic year is off to a great start at National Louis, and I’m delighted to introduce this refreshed magazine to you, our valued community of alumni and friends. Among the many aspects of our University that make us proud is the leadership our alumni demonstrate in their professions and communities. Thank you for all you do.
In keeping with the heritage of access and belief in the transformative impact of education that has defined our institution since its birth, we continue to innovate to meet the changing needs of learners today. In this issue of the magazine, you’ll learn about NLU’s “Education to Employment” initiative, launched to serve veterans and others as they strive to fulfill their goals of obtaining college degrees and new professional opportunities.
I have been privileged in the past months to meet many outstanding men and women dedicated to military service and to helping veterans transition to civilian life with all the support they deserve. I’m heartened by the growing recognition among institutions of higher learning that these outstanding Americans have distinctive educational needs that we must be prepared to meet.
In September I was honored to co-chair the steering committee for an event that brought together almost twenty university presidents from across metro Chicago to sign a collective pledge of commitment to student veterans. This event was sponsored by the Student Veterans of America, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Joining Forces, the Council for Adult and Experiential Education, and the McCormick Foundation, a leading funding organization in veterans’ affairs. In fact, earlier in 2012 the McCormick Foundation awarded NLU $750 thousand dollars in support of our “Education to Employment” initiative.
This philanthropic support, the opportunity to lead conversations among education leaders, and the talent and commitment of our NLU colleagues led by Brigadier General and NLU Assistant Professor Stephen Curda, all reinforce my conviction that NLUs is right where it should be in meeting the most vital educational issues of our day.
Please continue to keep in touch with National Louis, letting us learn about your own important work.
Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.