Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FALL 2015

Arva Rice Honored with Alumni Award
Arva Rice Honored with Alumni Award

New York Urban League president Arva Rice (BS90) received the 2015 Alumni Merit Award for the School of Education and Social Policy. The award recognizes high achievement in a profession or field of endeavor.

Rice, who has been president for six years, is only the second woman to lead the League during its 95-year history. The organization works to ensure first-class education, economic self-reliance and equal civil rights for underserved communities.

SESP Alumni Selected as Global Teacher Fellows

Brian Hurley (MS10), Faisal Mohyuddin (MS03) and Hina Patel (MS06)— all Illinois high school teachers—were selected as Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellows by the U.S. Department of State. Their field experiences are in Republic of Georgia, Uganda and Morocco, respectively.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms program offers yearlong professional development and an international experience to help U.S. teachers become leaders in global education.

Alumni Steve and Sue Wilson Give $1 Million for Academy

Alumni Steve and Sue Wilson Give $1 Million for Academy
Photo by Bruce Powell

To increase the opportunity for talented young people to have a superior college education, Northwestern alumni Steve and Sue Wilson made a gift of $1 million to Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools. This program prepares high-ability Chicago high school students for selective colleges.

Both Sue and Steve Wilson graduated from Northwestern in 1970, and Steve earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in 1974. He built CF Industries Holdings, Inc. into a global leader in fertilizer manufacturing and distribution and retired as CEO in 2014. He is now a Northwestern Trustee. After graduating from Northwestern in journalism, Sue had an eight-year public relations career.

The Wilsons’ gift to Northwestern Academy reflects the couple’s longstanding interest in education. For many years, Sue served as a volunteer at the Evanston Public Library, and Steve was a director of the Chicago Foundation for Education. “We support Northwestern’s commitment to expanding opportunities for Chicago Public Schools students,” says Steve. “Like nothing else, education can alter the future.”

Kristen Hertel (BS86) and Muneer Satter Commit $2 Million to SESP

Kristen Hertel (BS86) and Muneer Satter Commit $2 Million to SESP

Northwestern alumni Kristen Hertel (BS86) and Muneer Satter (BA93, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences) have committed $2 million to the School of Education and Social Policy to support Project Excite and other SESP educational initiatives.

Since its start in 1998, Project Excite has helped close the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students in Evanston through supplemental education, academic advising and targeted programs that help students get into college.

“The gift will extend Project Excite in local high schools, allowing us to create new college access programs that will support minority and low-income high school students so they can achieve their potential,” says Dean Penelope Peterson.

“With help from programs like Project Excite, talented high school students will be able to thrive,” Hertel notes. “We hope to make a difference one student at a time.”

Four Recent Graduates Awarded Fulbrights

Four Recent Graduates Awarded Fulbrights

Recent graduates (above, clockwise) Izora Baltys, Brenna Ledvora, Karen Wilber and Rabeya Mallick (all BS15) were awarded Fulbright fellowships for South Africa, Germany, Vietnam and France, respectively. All four will serve as English teaching assistants, helping to teach the English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.

Eva Moskowitz Delivers 2015 Loeschner Lecture

Eva Moskowitz Delivers 2015 Loeschner Lecture

“American public education could look very different if we truly challenged children,” said controversial educator Eva Moskowitz as she delivered the Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership. Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy, New York City’s largest network of charter schools.

The Loeschner Lecture has the goal of inspiring students to become leaders in their chosen fields. The series was established with a gift from Ray Loeschner (MA57), the former president of Olivet University.