Friday, August 29, 2014

The first week of the fall semester is almost over at Northeastern Illinois University, and it was a busy one! Here is your cheat sheet on the latest news, updates and activities.

Around the Commons

Meet the new faculty

Students aren’t the only new faces on campus. Say hello to nine new members of the Northeastern family.

Education Building update

The new $73 million Education Building will be designed by national architecture and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR. The project is currently in preliminary design stages.

Another transit option

Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing service will install a docking station adjacent to the main campus in the spring of 2015. Another station will be installed near the new El Centro location.

Speaking of El Centro ...

Due to unavoidable construction delays—attributed to an especially harsh winter—the new El Centro facility will open to students Saturday, Sept. 20, instead of on the official first day of the fall semester.

In the media

Anticipating El Centro


Northeastern President Sharon Hahs and El Centro Director Maria Luna-Duarte appeared on WGN for a five-minute segment on the opening of the Avondale location. Extra and Northern Illinois Real Estate Magazine (page 10) also took a closer look at the facility and what it means for the community.

‘Talk about college’

In a report about preparing students for college from a young age, the Sun-Times highlighted Northeastern’s Center for College Access and Success. “We talk with middle schoolers about the transition to high school, and once they’re freshmen in high school, talk about college,” Margaret Boyter-Escalona, the center’s assistant director, told the Sun-Times.

The case for reparations

Conrad Worrill, director of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, talked to the Chicago Reader about the state of the reparations movement. “One can say without a doubt that what happened to African people has never been repaired,” he told the Reader.

Also in the media ...

To do

‘Material Matters’ at the Fine Arts Gallery

The Fine Arts Gallery on the main campus is currently presenting “Material Matters,” an exhibition that expands upon the language of abstraction through an exploration of the materiality of paint.

Mark your calendar!

  • Faculty at the Cafe (free), Thursday, Sept., 4, Cafe Descartes in Ronald Williams Library. Bradley Greenburg will read from his new novel, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed.”
  • Brass faculty recital (free), Thursday, Sept. 4, Recital Hall. Travis Heath, Kay Kim, Jared Bulmer and Anna Mayne will perform.
  • Faculty voice recital (free), Thursday, Sept. 11, Recital Hall. Robert Heitzinger will perform with Kay Kim on piano.
  • World Music Festival (free), Saturday, Sept. 13, main campus auditorium. Telvin Trio and Bahto Delo Delo will perform.

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