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Susan Tang

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.
Professor Sanders with students

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.
Jon Gronli

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.”
Students in the commons

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.

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