Great Performers Can Make Great Teachers
Pianist Susan Tang, assistant professor, music, has taken her love and passion for music around the country and has finally planted roots in Chicago. “I love Chicago,” Tang said. “I’ve lived in a lot of places, but Chicago allows me to get that Midwestern charm with world-class music and art.” Tang grew up just outside Vancouver, where she began playing piano at age five. She said she fell in love with the instrument because she could be both the harmony and the melody. “On the piano, you can be the entire orchestra with just your 10 fingers,” Tang said.
Get Your Feet Wet in Muddy Waters
Entering college for the first time can be an overwhelming experience for even the most organized and motivated student. From navigating a new environment, to making new friends, to learning how to balance collegiate-level coursework along with a job, most first-year students are faced with unfamiliar territory. In an effort to immediately engage new students and acquaint them with college, Northeastern Illinois University offers a First-Year Experience program.
Building a Better Tomorrow
Eddie Bocanegra’s experiences have led him through a time of turmoil in his community to a life of service to his community. The eldest of five children born to immigrant parents, he experienced an upbringing many families in his circumstance experience: struggle. Bocanegra said, “I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, in the Little Village neighborhood, a community that unfortunately is plagued with gangs, drugs and underperforming schools.”
Grow Your Own Teachers
Romanetha Looper was raising her two sons in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, which is plagued with crime and poverty. This rough community is where Looper has planted roots and sees an opportunity for positive growth and change. Looper has long been passionate about helping create a community where her sons and other youth can live, learn and thrive. She just needed some empowerment to make a difference, which she realized can grow through education.
Creative Writing Class Leads to Video Game Development
Sean Katamay, English alumnus, and Jon Gronli, English graduate student, are on two different paths with their academic career, but they discovered common ground when it comes to their shared passions for creative writing and gaming. The two met in a creative writing class at Northeastern. Katamay asked Gronli to join his game development team after losing two team members. “I love designing games and have since I was eight years old. I also had a fantasy setting I wanted to creatively develop,” said Katamay. “This felt like a good opportunity to do both.”
Build Relationships and Foster Leadership Skills
Northeastern Illinois University is a welcoming school that embraces diversity and a nontraditional atmosphere. You become a member of a community at Northeastern. With more than 90 clubs and organizations, students can find their niche by participating in intramural sports or joining an organization in line with their field of study. Students who get involved in activities build relationships, foster leadership skills and give back to the community.