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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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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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On-Site Insight

When Lindsay Lamb enrolled in Northwestern’s Advertising for Creatives post-baccalaureate certificate program in fall 2011, she expected something a little different from the usual academic coursework. As it happened, she found herself transported far beyond the ivory tower to the 40th floor of Chicago’s Aon Center and the offices of the global marketing communications giant DDB.

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Skill, Dedication and MSA Degree Lead to Big Ten Dream Job

When Maureen Palchak began the Master of Arts in Sports Administration (MSA) program at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, she marveled at how every student “had a different story.” Some were already working for sports agencies or organizations like the NFL. She was still writing her own story, which began in Michigan and would […]

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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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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 Continuing Studies’s competitive 2013-2014 Distinguished Thesis Award for Literature.

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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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MFA Helps Author Meet His Goals

Kevin Davis entered the Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program with three goals: to become a teacher, to explore new writing styles and to leave with a book deal in hand. And just months before receiving his degree, he was offered a deal for a book that is part legal thriller and part true-crime on the topic of “brain blame” — how neuroscience is challenging the criminal justice system’s notions of self-control and responsibility.

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Patient Care Impact Amplified Through Medical Informatics

Steven Orlow has been many things—a yard crew member, a draftsman, a computer programmer and an interventional cardiologist. It’s what he describes as “a drive to command new topics and try different things.” Thanks in part to his new Master of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, Dr. Orlow recently stepped into another new role: chief medical information officer (CMIO) at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, the flagship of the advanced, multifacility Lutheran Health Network.

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The Study of Literature: Q&A With MALIT Student Barbara Egel

Barbara Egel is currently a student in SPS’s Master of Arts in Literature (MALIT) program, a part-time Chicago-based program that immerses students in the study of literature. Learn about her path to SPS, and get an inside glimpse into the program and the student life. What were you doing professionally or academically before you came […]

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Living the Life of a Writer

Most days L.C. (Charles) Fiore is at his desk before his wife and their toddler daughter awake. “Early in the morning I’m closer to that dream state, before the clutter of my job and everyday life takes over,” says Fiore, who is at work on his second novel. But the time of day is less important to Fiore than the habit of writing: “Constant writing gets you in a routine where writing becomes an everyday thing. What it takes to get better at writing is sitting at your desk and doing it.”

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