NEIU Campus Highlights
NEIU has located on Chicago's far north side, north of Foster, south of Bryn Mawr, and between Pulaski and Kedzie. Try GOOGLE for scalable maps and directions, by car or public transportation.
At the center of campus find the Student Union, which has a glass walled reading room with comfortable chairs, an excellent cafeteria, a coffee and bakery cafe, Bookstore and card shop, a game room, and many conference rooms for club meetings, parties, etc. Village Crossing, at the intersection of the hallways, is the information table where you will also get your student ID. Outside the Union there are many open areas and seating areas for studying, relaxing, eating, or meeting with friends.
The Physical Education Building, located on the Southern end of campus, has an olympic sized pool, a large weight room, racquetball courts, tennis courts, aerobics rooms, two large gymnasiums, ping pong, and an elevated running track. Access to the building is free to students, who can also take advantage of personal trainers at no cost. There are hours where family members can also use the facilities.
The Ronald Williams Library, just across the way from the Science Building, is a Government Repository for documents and also holds professional journal subscriptions for all discipines, and is part of a consortium of universities across Illinoi. They have an excellent web page which makes document searching very easy. The library also holds a video library, a classroom, computer lab, conference rooms, study rooms, and the center for faculty development.
The University prides itself on the campus vegetation, including large areas of restored prairie, including a Swamp White Oak Prairie Savanna. The department of G&ES helps to maintain these prairies with periodic controlled burns. The Department also created and maintains a GIS project for Facilities Management, by which they manage their inventory of more than 1,000 woody trees and shrubs.
NEIU is a commuter campus, so parking is important. A three-story parking garage is west of the library. One-day parking tickets are available in an office on the north side of the Parking Garage. Visitors may park for free on the west side of St. Louis, east of campus, and on Bryn Mawr north of campus. Elsewhere around campus may require a residential parking tag, so pay attention to the signs.
NEIU has more than 70 active clubs and student organizations which are funded by student fees. Several new clubs with geographic and environmental interests have been created in recent years, the most active of which has been Geomaniacs and the Green Cycle Group. The latter successfully promoted a Green Technology Fee, which raises about $35,000 per term from a $3 per student fee. This money is allocated by a Green Fee Committee -- mainly students -- toward such projects as an electric maintenance vehicle, bicycle racks, motion sensors for washroom lights, etc. G&ES students and faculty participate in the Committee, which is currently (2008) chaired by a G&ES student.
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