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FEBRUARY 2011   

In This Issue

  President's Message

NEIU in the Media

  Did You Know

Mark Your Calendar

  Linguistics Student Granted Fulbright

Caftori Granted Fulbright

Pakistan Relief Efforts

Lopez Appointed Dean

  Commencement Photos

NEIU Black Heritage Events


Netiva Caftori Netiva Caftori, professor, computer science and women's studies, has earned a second Fulbright award to the West African country Benin. The first brought her to Porto-Novo, Benin, where she taught and conducted research at Benin University for a year in 2003-2004. This Fulbright will take her to Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin, during the spring 2011 semester.

The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities for U.S. scholars and professionals. When Caftori returned from her first Fulbright trip to Benin, she immediately applied for
and was awarded the Fulbright Specialist grant in information technology.

"I wanted to give back to society," Caftori said of her motivation to apply for the Fulbright. "It was a challenge, but I made a lot of friends and was very happy there." "This time I will work mostly with the dean on curricular matters," she said of her plans for her upcoming trip. "We will look at what programs they have in computer science and the technology department and work to develop them." Caftori also will give a series of lectures during her stay.

This second trip to Benin will close Caftori's 29-year career at NEIU. "This is my last year at Northeastern, as I am retiring in August," she said. An artist as well as an educator, Caftori plans to pursue her creative passions during her retirement. "I want to write books, I want to do my art. Hopefully, I will have another show at the library; I like to share my art with others."

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