Ensemble Español’s Spanish passion
In the spring of 1984, a young Speech and Performing Arts major anxiously walked into the cramped and cluttered Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater office to apply for a student aide position. “Hi, my name is George,” he said, introducing himself to Dame Libby Komaiko, the company’s founder and artistic director.
The science engagement theory
2011 A.D.: Northeastern Illinois University freshman subject Mariah Green discovers the Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE). Months later, subject joins her new SCSE friends and mentors in San Jose, Calif., for the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). "I was overwhelmed," subject later notes, "but in a good way." 2012 A.D.: Green attends the SACNAS conference in Seattle to deliver her first poster presentation. Judges express their support. Subject gains confidence.
Northeastern is turning every day into Earth Day
Being green, a famous frog tells us, is not easy. Eight years ago, Northeastern Illinois University students lobbied to get funding for sustainability efforts. More recently, the faculty worked hard to win support for a new Environmental Sciences degree that will start this fall. And the Facilities Management staff has been tireless in its endeavor to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency. Whether it’s in small or large ways, elevating the green consciousness at Northeastern can be a challenge but continues to be a priority.
The people side of business
When you ask Michael Bedell what he loves most about Northeastern Illinois University, his answer is simple. “It’s the people,” he said. “When you walk down the halls, the students, the staff, the faculty members you pass are all so diverse. This university is remarkable. There is a learning opportunity every day due to its diversity.”
'Let me be an example'
Rachel Hall’s story could be one of sadness and tragedy. She endured a troubled childhood in Columbus, Ohio. She’s been a homeless mother. And in 2005, three weeks after her husband died, her mother passed away too. Hall has every reason to be a story of sadness and tragedy, but she refuses. “I have no regrets,” she said. “I’m supposed to be here.”
Free to Focus on School
Nichole Schau knew from a young age she wanted to be an elementary school teacher. “Being a teacher has been my goal my entire life,” said Schau. As a high-achieving high school student, the Elmhurst native had her pick of universities to attend. Schau, who now is in her senior year of college, chose Northeastern Illinois University because her sister raved about the education program and the opportunities the school offers its students.
Leave No Stone Unturned
Field Museum intern and Northeastern biology student Charles D’Lavoy was able to experience first hand how botanical research can affect a community. D’Lavoy, who spent the summer researching moss at the Field Museum, was selected by museum researchers to assist in the investigation of the Katherine “Baby Kate” Phillips disappearance in Ludington, Michigan. The infant disappeared June 29, 2011, and law enforcement officers have been searching for answers ever since.
Minimizing Violence in Chicago Through Art
All it took was listening to a presentation her senior year of college to spark inspiration. Jean Boulware, now a psychology alumna from Northeastern Illinois University, attended a presentation by artist Indira Johnson about the “Ten Thousand Ripples” project. “After her lecture I needed to get involved,” said Boulware. “She was so motivating, and the project was so unique.”
Earth Science Students Discover a Field of Dreams
Building relationships has helped bridge the gap between an education in theory and one in practice for Northeastern earth science students. Faculty in the earth science department have reached out to local and national agencies and organizations in order to provide internships and field opportunities for their students. These hands-on experiences have brought to life the concepts learned in textbooks and discussed in the classroom.
Northeastern Teams Up with Amundsen to Build High School of Choice
Following a charge from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to improve the city’s neighborhood public schools, Northeastern Illinois University quickly became a resource for nearby Amundsen High School. As the new principal of Amundsen, Ana Pavichevich brainstormed ideas to help turn her school around. She quickly recalled the quality faculty and graduates of Northeastern’s College of Education and approached the University for assistance.