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Information Science the Next Chapter in a Diverse Professional Life

Many people count themselves lucky if they meet one or two life goals. Darrell Swanson has managed to do more: he has earned three degrees, raised a family, lived 10 years in Tanzania — learning Swahili and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro — and has a scheduled a date night every Friday with his wife. Now, thanks to Northwestern School of Professional Studies’s Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) program, he’s writing an exciting new chapter in his life.

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Liberal Studies Opens New Worlds for International Studies Professional

As an international student adviser in Northwestern University’s International Office, Stephanie Cisneros oversees about 675 international students. She manages everything from orientation, immigration requirements and social media, to cultural outings and Thanksgiving hosts. Now that Cisneros is earning a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS), she is bringing an even broader set of skills to ensure international students make a successful transition to American college life.

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Regulatory Compliance Degree Enhances Research Career

When the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago needed a research study coordinator, it contacted a DePaul University professor to see if he knew any students who might fit the bill. Without hesitation, he gave them Brynnan Foster’s name. While still only an undergraduate, Foster had worked with the professor as a research assistant on an HIV/AIDS intervention research project as well as another professor’s behavioral psychology study.

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English Teacher Receives Fulbright Award to Study Achievement Gap

As one of the few African Americans in the small town of New Richmond, Wisconsin, Jessica Stovall often felt like an outsider during the already challenging high school years. Nonetheless, she loved school and sought refuge and understanding in books, eventually becoming a teacher herself. Her personal insights and years of teaching experience — along with aMaster of Arts in Literature from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies — helped Stovall win a prestigious Fulbright award. She plans to use the grant during a teaching sabbatical to learn how another culture is addressing a significant achievement gap between ethnic groups.

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Predicting Winners in the MSA Program

A visit to the Dallas Cowboys training camp in August 2014 confirmed Tom Miller’s thinking about the importance of data and analytics in sports.

“There are data relating to individual players, their health, and performance, injuries and the prevention of injuries, player positioning, play calling, team performance, fans, media and merchandise,” observes the Master of Arts in Sports Administration program professor and faculty director of the Master of Science in Predictive Analytics at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.

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Lauren Pahnke’s Road to the Right Career

Lauren Pahnke excels at endurance. She completed her fastest Ironman triathlon — a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Placid, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon — in just under 12 hours, one grueling stroke after another. And she completed her Master of Science in Information Systems degree at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies in 2014 in much the same way, by focusing on one class at a time while working full time as a senior business systems analyst at the university.

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Following the Mind-Body Connection Into Medical School

Patricia Olson found an unconventional way to cure her chronic migraines: gymnastics lessons, at age 37. “I wanted to create cognitive dissonance to tell my body that I was truly healthy,” says Olson, a neuroscientist with a personal interest in the mind-body connection.

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Local Writer and Performer Prepares for His Next Act

There’s Patrick Carberry the writer, and then there’s Patrick the Intern. The latter has been a recurring character on The Encyclopedia Show, an award-winning literary variety show at Stage 773 in Chicago. Carberry describes the character he created as “a man-child who can’t do a whole lot” — except to serve as a hilarious vehicle for Carberry’s short works of comedic fiction.

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MSPA Student Presents Outstanding Work at National Conferences

There’s no doubt that Viswanath Srikanth (“Sri”) is an expert in pure software development. He earned a degree in electrical engineering in his native Delhi before immigrating to the United States. He then earned two master’s degrees in computer science and landed a software strategy position at global technology giant IBM in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Raymond Anden Takes on Work, School and Big Data

California native Raymond Anden has found ample educational opportunities in-state: from high school in Santa Ana to college at the University of California, Irvine, where he majored in business economics, to a planned PhD in computational and data sciences at Chapman University in Orange County, where Anden completed an MBA in 2010. After his MBA, Anden earned a Master of Science in Predictive Analytics at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies’s sunny West Coast campus — which was wherever his computer happened to be.

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The Value of an SPS Education

The Value of an SCS Education from Northwestern University SCS on Vimeo. Learn from the insights and perspectives of SPS alumni and students and find out more about what it means to be a Northwestern University School of Professional Studies student.

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Working Editor Wins Thesis Award in Literature

John C. Kerpan first experienced James Joyce in an undergraduate seminar at the University of Iowa, and for several years he wanted to further explore the author’s works. Since enrolling in Northwestern University’s Master of Arts in Literature (MALit) program, Kerpan has accomplished that goal in a big way: he was recently awarded Northwestern University School of Professional Studies’s competitive 2013-2014 Distinguished Thesis Award for Literature.

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Jeff Budzien Gets His Kicks from Grad School

When Jeff Budzien was in high school in suburban Milwaukee, football recruiters from across the nation knocked on his door, trying to lure the talented placekicker to their athletics programs. Coaches from Northwestern succeeded by offering the teenager something beyond an undergraduate football scholarship. “In their recruiting pitch they talked about the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in sports administration at Northwestern,” says Budzien. With that, the coaches scored.

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Kent Oliven Digs Deep to Make Sure the Numbers Add Up

His first day on the job as finance director for the Village of Calumet Park, Illinois, Kent Oliven borrowed a pry bar from the public works department to look for records in a crawl space. “There I was in my suit, underground, realizing that the numbers didn’t add up,” Oliven recalls. He discovered that a law firm working on tax increment financing had overbilled the village by a whopping $3.2 million.

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