Finding a home at Northeastern
Northeastern Illinois University’s new president may have grown up downstate, but Gloria J. Gibson is at home here. For Gibson, home is not about location as much as it is the people and the students the institution serves.
Business for the people
Money is important to Steve Deeloo. Really important. It’s a value the Northeastern Illinois University senior developed growing up with his family in Iraq with little to get by. And then living for nine years together as refugees in Jordan. For Deeloo, money isn’t about being rich—it’s about freedom and survival. Now on the verge of becoming the first member of his family to earn a college degree, Deeloo is proud of what his education can do for his family and his community.
A special education for a special educator
Victoria Valentine always knew she wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until she volunteered at a summer camp during sixth grade that she realized she wanted to pursue special education. During the camp, Valentine was assigned to work with a young autistic boy and began to see the world from his perspective.
Taking the Initiative
Mateo Farzaneh first heard of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh as a child growing up in Iran in the 1970s. While he realized then that the name was important, Farzaneh could not have known that more than four decades later he would become intimately involved in an effort to memorialize and honor Iran’s first democratically elected prime minister.
Pride of the South Side
Andrea Evans is the brand new director of Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, yet she already has one small regret.
Students helping students
When Byron Terry earned a Class Gift Scholarship, the award came as a tremendous relief. The $450 scholarship helped to pay for books, supplies and fees.
Making a dream a special-needs reality
When Angie Craft married in 2006, she became stepmom to an autistic boy named James. “I was scared to death,” said Craft, a social worker. “I had spent much of my working life with people who have mental illnesses and addiction problems, but I’d never been around nonverbal people before.”
Lights, camera, scholarships
Six years after Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was founded in an abandoned steel plant on the Southwest Side of Chicago, the company has become the largest soundstage operation outside of Hollywood. The studios have served as the home base for dozens of films and TV shows, generated an estimated $3 billion in film-related spending and been responsible for the creation of more than 7,500 jobs in the Chicago area.
The surprise biologist
Anthony Smith likes to think of an organism like a finely tuned car. An automobile’s power-train control module—or main computer—acts as the brain to a central nervous system, interpreting signals and sending out responses. “In a car, there are sensors that determine the temperature of the engine, just like your skin senses temperature,” Smith said. “That information is then interpreted by the brain, which later sends output signals to elicit a response, like whether to withdraw from the temperature source.”
Accounting adds up for Anna Davydova
Anna Davydova isn’t worried about setting career goals—at least not yet. On track to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University in 2018, Davydova is focused on only one thing: passing the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.