A tree in fall on the Main Campus

Friday, February 26, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University has always been proud of its commitment to environmental consciousness. Now the University has been recognized for its work with trees. Find out more on the Arbor Day Foundation honor, the winners from the Black Heritage Awards and how the University will participate in the upcoming elections.

Around the Commons

Tree Campus USA

Northeastern has been honored with 2015 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.


Black Heritage Awards

Eleven members of the Northeastern community were honored during the 14th Annual Black Heritage Awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. Find out who!

Wins for The Independent

The Independent received four recent awards. The student newspaper placed sixth in Best in Show among all less-than-weekly newspapers at the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National College Journalism Convention in Los Angeles. At the Illinois College Press Association convention in Chicago, Mary Kroeck won first place for a critical review (non-movie), Rut Ortiz placed second for a sports game story, and Brisa Becerril received an honorable mention recognition for front-page layout. The Independent competed against newspapers from Illinois colleges and universities with student enrollments greater than 4,000. Thirteen students from the Independent staff attended the two conventions.

Also in student media ...

Student-run radio station WZRD (88.3 FM) hosted a special live interview Feb. 25 with Karl Green (pictured above on the left), the original bassist and backing vocalist of the legendary 1960s rock band Herman's Hermits. During the interview, Green talked about performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and touring with The Who. Green performed eight songs live on WZRD and in front of an audience in the Student Lounge, including the mega-hits “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown,” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.” The interview and performance were a special early version of WZRD's long-running performance show, Thursday Night Live.

Early voting locations

For the first time, El Centro will be a site for early voting before the 2016 Illinois Primary Election. Early voting at El Centro will begin Feb. 29 and continue through March 12 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Main Campus also will host early voting from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from March 9-11 in Student Union 003. Early voting at these locations is available only to those who are registered to vote in the city of Chicago. Voter registration will also be available.

A visit from the Illinois Secretary of Education

Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis visited Northeastern on Feb. 26 to learn about the University and for the administration to share its concerns and challenges with the ongoing budget impasse. The meeting was attended by President Sharon Hahs, Provost Richard J. Helldobler, Vice President for Finance and Administration Michael Pierick, University Planning and Budget Council Chair Jon Hageman, Student Trustee Pedro Nungaray and Executive Director of Government Relations Suleyma Perez. (Pictured above, from left: Hahs, Purvis and Nungaray)

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern finished in fourth place at the APICS Great Lakes District Student Case Competition on Feb. 19-20 in Downers Grove, Ill. The team was made up of M.B.A. students Batnasan Garamjav, Mario Kochanski, Maria Lazanyi, Janusz Maka and Georgi Milushev. Watch their presentation.
  • El Centro co-hosted a daylong conference with AT&T on Feb. 25 to expose 130 underserved Chicago Public Schools high school seniors to the STEM fields. This was the first time the event was not held at an AT&T facility.
  • Northeastern will host a memorial for former English Professor Thomas Hoberg from 5-8 p.m. March 2 in Alumni Hall.

In the media

Iranian elections insight

Assistant Professor of History Mateo Farzaneh appeared on WBEZ’s “Worldview” to talk about Iran’s Feb. 26 parliamentary elections. Speaking about the country’s recent nuclear deal, Farzaneh said, “With the sanctions being lifted and with the opening of the dialogue, with the shaking of hands of the secretaries and the foreign ministers, Iranians are very, very hopeful and they want to see to it that this will continue and be something greater than it is now.”

Also in the media ...

  • President Sharon Hahs will appear on ABC7’s morning news broadcast at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 28 to talk about the state’s budget impasse.

To do

International Business Conference

The annual International Business Conference will focus on Europe and the European Union on March 7 and 8. Free and open to the public, the conference is organized and run by students from the College of Business and Management. Alumna and Global Chief Information Officer at Smithfield Foods Julia Anderson (B.S. Information Science) will present “Recipe for Success” on March 7. Pawel Pietrasienski, Minister Counselor in the Trade and Investment Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington, D.C., will deliver the keynote speech on March 8.

Mark your calendar!


Get social with the IBC

The International Business Conference is March 7-8! Each year, the College of Business and Management's student-led event focuses on a different region of the world. Learn about the event's speakers and sessions on Facebook and Instagram.

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Mike Hines, Director of Public Relations, m-hines@neiu.edu, (773) 442-4240