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Join Newsradio the week of May 20th for Education Week sponsored by Northern Illinois University on the WBBM Noon Business Hour!

We’ll look into the different aspects of getting into college featuring discussions with experts in admissions, financial aid and more. Insider tips on GPA’s, test scores, CV’s and SAT’s. And wrapping up Education Week on Newsradio, listen on Saturday May 25 during the 10:00 a.m. hour as Northern Illinois University brings you useful information on the college admission and financial aid process featuring replay content from Education Week on the WBBM Noon Business Hour.

Sponsored by Northern Illinois University. Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow.

Monday, May 20th @ 12:39PM on WBBM Newsradio

frank palmasani Education WeekFRANK PALMASANI
Counselor at Hinsdale South High School
Author of the book “Right College Right Price”


Frank Palmasani has been dedicated to helping families find affordable college options for more than 30 years. He started learning about the college financial aid process in 1976, his first year as a high school counselor. In 1981, he moved to the college level, eventually becoming a director of admissions. He has since returned to the high school arena as a guidance counselor, a job he continues to enjoy today. Out of these experiences, Palmasani created the Financial Fit program to reverse the trillion dollar student debt problem—a problem that had no proven solution before now. His ideas have already helped more than 200,000 families keep college affordable, making it possible for students to graduate without excessive debt. He is a member of NACAC, IACAC, and the College Board. Palmasani has been featured in the Boston Herald, the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Finance, WGN-TV, WTTW-TV, CBS’s Monsters and Money in the Morning, and is the author of Right College, Right Price.

Tuesday, May 21st @ 12:19PM on WBBM Newsradio

sue biemert Education WeekSUE BIEMERET
College Counselor at Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Executive Director at The Academy for College Admission Counseling


Sue has been in secondary education for 41 years and has been a college counselor for 35 years. She served as Director of Guidance at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, and has been a College Counselor at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire for the past 24 years. She is Past President of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling and founder and Executive Director of The Academy for College Admission Counseling. Over the past 14 years, The Academy has trained 1,500 counselors in the art of college counseling.

Wednesday, May 22nd @ 12:19PM on WBBM Newsradio

schapiro flag vert web Education WeekMORTON SHAPIRO
Economist & President of Northwestern University


Morton Schapiro was named the 16th president of Northwestern University on December 16, 2008. He is a Professor of Economics in Northwestern’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also holds appointments in Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and School of Education and Social Policy. President Schapiro is among the nation’s leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular expertise in the area of college financing and affordability and on trends in educational costs and student aid. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees on economic and educational issues and is widely quoted in the national media on those issues. President Schapiro has written more than 100 articles and five books, and he has edited two others, most with his longtime co-author Michael McPherson. President Schapiro has received research grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the World Bank, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the College Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other groups to study the economics of higher education and related topics.

Wednesday, May 22nd @ 12:39PM on WBBM Newsradio

kimberley buster williams db 12 Education WeekKIMBERLEY BUSTER-WILLIAMS
Acting Associate V.P. for Enrollment Management at Northern Illinois University


Buster-Williams arrived July 16 at NIU following a seven-year tenure as director of admissions at the University of Michigan-Flint. At Flint, she devised successive strategic enrollment plans that raised student numbers from 6,000 in 2006 to more than 8,000 in 2011; during that same period, similar campuses in Michigan experienced static or negative growth. In a key recruitment initiative, Buster-Williams worked one-on-one with school counselors, providing UM-Flint student success stories that created heightened counselor and student interest in UM-Flint as a primary choice for incoming freshmen (2005-06). Her new recruitment and marketing strategies garnered a record 45 percent increase in UM-Flint’s freshman class in 2008. These efforts continued to produce consistent increases in freshman class enrollment, making it the “fastest growing public university in Michigan” and reaching 8,138 students by September 2010, a “historic milestone.” She focused on maintaining current student markets, broadening developing markets and establishing new markets in states farther south. Results after three years showed a 5 percent enrollment increase in current markets, 10 percent in developing markets and 7 percent in new markets. Buster-Williams, who has published widely, holds a master’s degree in education Administration and an Ed.S. in higher education from Old Dominion University.

Thursday, May 23rd @ 12:19PM on WBBM Newsradio

marc wojno headshot Education WeekMARC WOJNO
Senior Associate Editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance


Marc Wojno is a Senior Associate Editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and Kiplinger.com. In this role, Marc is director of research, managing such data-intensive projects as the top 100 best schools for Kiplinger’s annual Best Values in Private and Public Colleges and the magazine’s annual mutual funds rankings. Marc is also chief of reporters, managing a dedicated team responsible for fact-checking and writing stories and maintaining Kiplinger’s strict guidelines for providing readers with accurate and timely information. Wojno also contributes writing articles for the magazine and Web site, and has been interviewed on numerous talk and public radio stations and local and national television programs. He received his BA in Radio and Television Communications and Computer Science, and his MBA from The George Washington University. Kiplinger.com recently featured an article titled “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2013.

Friday, May 24th @ 12:39PM on WBBM Newsradio

untitled1 Education WeekJERRY CEBRZYNSKI
Director of Financial Aid at Lake Forest College


Jerry has been in the Financial Aid profession for 30 years, most recently (since 1993) as Director of Financial Aid at Lake Forest College. Before joining Lake Forest, Jerry began his career as a financial aid counselor at DePaul University in Chicago, quickly working his way up the ranks to Director of New Student Financial Aid Services, with responsibilities along the way including liaison to the Office of Admission, Athletic Department, School of Music, the Theater School and the DePaul Scholarship Program. At Lake Forest, in addition to managing a $50 million dollar budget for 1500 students whilst complying with federal, state and institutional guidelines, he recruits international students, performs outreach activities both on and off campus, and has had an extensive number of speaking engagements at various high school programs on financial aid. Jerry has been a guest financial aid expert on Good Morning America, and serves as a faculty member each summer training high school counselors at the Illinois Academy for College Admission Counseling.