The leaves are red, orange and yellow on the trees in the center of the Main Campus.

Friday, October 19, 2018

A Northeastern Illinois University Biology major and an Education professor each have been honored for their incredible work.

Read more about their awards, the next Jewel Box Series performance and a Northeastern-themed pumpkin-carving challenge in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern!

Around the Commons

Biology major Debbie Onofrei and Assistant Professor of Biology Elyse Bolterstein smile as they stand in front of Onofrei's poster presentation.

Award winner!

Biology major Debbie Onofrei won second place for best student poster during the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society’s national meeting from Sept. 22-26 in San Antonio, Texas. Onofrei was joined by Assistant Professor of Biology Elyse Bolterstein to present their research. Onofrei’s poster was titled “Characterizing the Role of Glaikit in Oxidative Stress in Drosophila melanogaster.” Onofrei, who will graduate in December, attended the meeting with the assistance of a Student Travel Award from the NEIU Foundation.

Ana Gil Garcia speaks at a podium.

More awards!

The Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees presented Professor of Literacy, Leadership and Development Ana Gil Garcia with the Hilda Lopez-Arce Heroine Award during its 31st annual conference on Sept. 28. The award is presented to individuals who exhibit leadership qualities and who contribute to the Latino community. Gil Garcia works in the Latino communities, especially in the educational leadership field in which she advocates for Latino leadership parity and equity. Gil Garcia also will be recognized by the Break the Silence Foundation during its Oct. 19 Purple Gala for the community work she does in Chicago for victims, survivors and families affected by domestic violence.

And there’s more!

In the media

  • Hyperallergic published a feature story about Professor Emeritus of Art Leopold Segedin, whose exhibition is running through Oct. 21 at Rare Nest Gallery in Chicago.
  • Money Magazine selected Des Plaines, Ill., as a top retirement destination for lifelong learners in part because of its proximity to Northeastern.
  • NPR Illinois quoted alumnus Bob Chikos (M.A. ’07 Special Education; M.A. ’14 Educational Leadership-School Leadership) in a story about the teacher shortage in Illinois.
  • The Sun-Times interviewed retired Carruthers Center Director Conrad Worrill for a story about the 50th anniversary of Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving the black power salute during their 1968 Summer Olympics medal ceremony.

To do

The five members of the Reed Quinted smile as they hold their instruments.

Jewel Box Series

The Akropolis Reed Quintet will perform as part of the Jewel Box Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Recital Hall. The group was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first ensemble of its makeup to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014), Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and six national chamber music prizes in total.

Write Across Chicago logo shows the words "Write Across Chicago" over a map of Chicago.

Write Across Chicago

The Illinois Writing Project in the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education will celebrate Write Across Chicago, an October program of writing groups across the city, on Nov. 1 at the Harold Washington Library. RSVP is required for this free event.  Many people in the 50 groups at library branches, businesses, schools and community organizations throughout the city will share their stories in small clusters. A panel discussion on the power of writing to bring people together will follow. 

Early voting

Two Northeastern locations will serve as early voting sites for Chicago residents who want to register or cast their ballots in advance of the Nov. 6 election. Early voting will begin Oct. 22 at El Centro and run through Nov. 5. Hours for El Centro voting are listed online. Early voting will also be available on the Main Campus in SU 003 from Oct. 31-Nov. 2. It will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during all three days.

Mark your calendar!


The Northeastern Illinois University "N" logo is carved into a pumpkin.


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