President of SAB
I am majoring in Elementary Education as I aspire to be an educator for my future students. I chose NEIU because it had an extraordinary education program for future teachers! Additionally, the diversity and small student-to-teacher ratio were key components to my academic success. I chose to partake within the University Honors Program because I wanted to enhance not only my academic performance and engagement on campus, but also to develop both social and professional skills in preparation for the workforce.
My favorite snack is mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Vice President for Information
Mykee Vives is currently majoring in Psychology and History, with the hopes of going into either teaching or clinical psychology. She graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in 2018 and started attending NEIU in 2020 after taking some time off for work opportunities abroad. When she's not at school, Mykee is an avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor, competing in tournaments across the nation and internationally.
Her favorite snacks are Oreos!
Vice President for Outreach (Service)
I am junior and a Social Work major with a minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This is my first semester at NEIU. I transferred from Eastern Gateway Community College, where I was able to utilize my union benefits to get an associate in arts degree. I work full-time as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, and I want to use my degree in Social Work in future pursuits with union organizing and employee assistance peer counseling. I chose NEIU as my transfer school because of the affordability, the diversity of the student body and staff, as well as the convenient location. I decided to take my advisor's suggestion of applying for the Honors Program because of the additional support provided to Honors students. So far, I’m very happy with my decision.
I love snacks, so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I must, it would be chips and salsa.
Treasurer for the SAB
My name is Melinda. I am majoring in Accounting and minoring in Computer Science. As a transfer student, I wanted to make sure that I surround myself with a community of approachable and hardworking students, faculty and staff with a great academic program as well. NEIU is a place which sums all those qualities entirely and then some by having an abundance of passionate people. I chose to become a part of the University Honors Program because I didn’t only want to improve my academic success, but also go beyond it through personal growth, overcoming challenges, and developing my interpersonal, professional and critical thinking skills. I also serve as the Vice President of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) in the College of Business and Technology, the President of Association for Supply Chain Management, and am a Computer Science Peer Leader.
My favorite snack is dried mango.
Alejandra "Ale" Ruiz
Senior Representative of SAB
I am majoring in Justice Studies and minoring in Public Administration. I chose NEIU because it was affordable and my sister had also attended NEIU. I chose to be part of the Honors Program because I wanted to have community during the pandemic and I wanted a challenge. I am Senior Representative for the University Honors Program. Other involvement is I am also a McNair Scholar and off campus, I stay busy spending time with family and friends and trying new restaurants and breweries.
My favorite snack is chips and guacamole.
Junior Representative of SAB
Howdy! My name is Rachel Hale (she/her) and I'm this year's junior board representative for the University's Honors Program. I'm a Justice Studies major, with a minor in Creative Writing, and this is my second year here at NEIU (I transferred in from Harry S Truman College). I chose this school, originally because it is affordable and had the major I wanted. But I've really fallen in love with NEIU--it's a diverse community of passionate, hardworking and friendly students, faculty and staff. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I chose to be part of the Honors Program because I wanted the challenge, but also because I wanted to expand my social network and overcome my anxiety.
I also serve as the president of the Pre-Law Society and I'm a WIP Peer Tutor with LSC/CAW.
Freshman Representative of SAB
Hello! My name is Andrea Almazan (she/her) and I am this year's freshman board member for the University's Honors Program (UHP). I am a first-generation Latina and I understand what it is like to navigate and acclimate to a new college world. This semester I will be finishing up my freshman year and I can already say that I have learned so much thanks to the UHP and Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) community. I chose to attend NEIU for my undergraduate studies for the welcoming environment and affordable tuition. Another reason NEIU appealed to me is the quality education with a smaller professor-to-student ratio, where you are not just a number. I had the opportunity to be involved on campus and I am looking forward to immersing myself even further as your freshman SAB member! I want to be a helping hand to all of our current and incoming freshmen, especially first-generation freshmen as well as students from various backgrounds. I wish you all the best of luck with your studies. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, I am more than happy to help!
Favorite snack: Chocolate