Connection Fall 2013

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NLU held its fall 2013 Connection, which brought together faculty and staff, at Chicago campus and the Harold Washington Library Center, with the University's strategic plan as the central theme. NLU leadership expressed their belief that through this plan, the University is well positioned to leverage its blend of innovation and rich tradition and ride the next wave in higher education to new success.

As recent polls have shown, many Americans are questioning the overall price and return on investment of a college degree. Both NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Smith made it clear in their addresses that it is imperative for institutions to continue to innovate their offerings, both in content and delivery, and make them relevant to the post-graduation goals of students.

"We can, we must and we will continue to demonstrate the courage and take the necessary steps to adapt to these new demands," said Dr. Megahed. "And in fact we have been responding to these challenges by being nimble and engaging in constant planning and readjustment, bringing good minds together in on-going conversations about National Louis and how best to serve our students."

NLU colleges and departments highlighted their work on the strategic plan in a charrette at Chicago campus and later at the HWLC took part in a spirited game of "Strategic Plan Jeopardy," which pitted the College of Arts and Sciences/Management and Business against the National College of Education on their NLU knowledge. (CAS/CMB won this round.)

In addition, select faculty and staff members were awarded for their work over the past academic year. Faculty receiving the Excellence in Service Award included Tim Collins, NCE; Gale Stam, CAS; and Catherine Honig, CMB. Joanne Koch, CAS, relieved the Excellence in Teaching Award, and Jan Perney, NCE, was awarded for Excellence in Research. For staff, Jose Reyes, Maria Taylor, Barb Azzolin received the Staff Recognition Award.

Dr. Megahed and Provost Christine Quinn, Ph.D., thanked all faculty and staff for their hard work over the past year and said that while NLU has seen significant changes recently, a turnaround is under way across the University — from redesigned academic offerings and more personalized student services to new positions focused on innovation and analytics. There's also a growing feeling, both in house and in the larger community NLU serves, that the University is poised to begin a new, exciting chapter.

"This is the turnaround you want to join," said Dr. Megahed. "This is the institution that will be making progress. The word is out. People see that National Louis is on the move."

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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