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.
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.”