Welcome to the second edition of our newly revamped NLU Alumni Magazine – a publication designed specifically with you, our valued alumni and friends, in mind. The magazine is just one component of National Louis’ goal of strengthening the bond with our alumni and showcasing the achievements of this integral part of our University community. It is our intention to bring you stories that are informative, inspirational, celebratory, entertaining, and maybe even enlightening – all in an effort to deepen your connection to this great institution.
In this issue, themed “30 over 30,” we proudly salute our alumni and their accomplishments. These 30 individuals are just a sampling of the 65,000+ living alumni who go above and beyond every day positively impacting their communities, their work, and themselves. From our doorstep in Suburban Chicago (Evelyn Chenier, Waukegan’s Family First Center) to the limits of our solar system (Felipe Romo, NASA Contractor), the countless lives NLU graduates touch is pervasive and invaluable.
Our institution’s founder Elizabeth Harrison would have fit right in with this group of go-getters. She was just 37 when she founded a training school for kindergarten teachers in Chicago, a predecessor to the National College of Education and National Louis University. During her career as college president, she authored some 20 books on childhood and education and helped pave the way for the establishment of the National Parent Teachers Association (PTA) by organizing a series of annual conferences in Chicago. Elizabeth Harrison’s influence reached beyond those immediately around her and continues to touch lives to this day.
We hope after reading these profiles about your fellow alums that it prompts you to drop us a note about your accomplishments and endeavors since graduation. We would love to hear from you.
Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.