Friday, November 6, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University has made another major commitment to the communities it serves, this time as a new member of the Chicago Star Partnership to provide scholarships to high-achieving City Colleges of Chicago graduates. Read more about the high-profile announcement, upcoming symposiums and next week’s schedule of events that includes Salute to Grads. (Yes, Commencement is coming up that quickly!)

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Chicago Star Partnership

Northeastern is one of five new institutions that have joined the Chicago Star Partnership, a group of four-year colleges and universities that have committed to providing scholarships to Chicago Star Scholars following their graduation from City Colleges of Chicago. Star Scholars are high-achieving Chicago Public Schools graduates who earn associate degrees and other certifications at City Colleges, and Northeastern has committed $250,000 each year to provide scholarships and guaranteed admission for 20 Star Scholars per year, also covering tuition, fees and textbooks.

Genocide Research Symposium

Northeastern will host the third annual Genocide Research Symposium on Nov. 10. Christen Smith, author of “Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil” and assistant professor of Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver the keynote address.

One Stop Enrollment Express

Northeastern will host a One Stop Enrollment Express event on the Main Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Departments from across the University will come together to help students prepare for the spring 2016 semester.

Faculty symposium

Want to hear about all of the great work being done by Northeastern faculty? Check out the 6th Annual Faculty Research & Creative Activities Symposium on Nov. 13. View the day’s program and abstracts online.

And there’s more!

  • Thomas J. Tobin, coordinator of learning technologies in the Center for Teaching and Learning, will deliver the anchor keynote talk Nov. 8 at the Professional and Organizational Development Network annual conference in San Francisco.
  • Student Health and Counseling Services Director Sue Stock has been elected to a three-year term on the Governing Board of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. She had been serving for a departed Board member for the past year.
  • An art reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 12 on the second floor of the Student Union to raise money for scholarships for the new Community and Teacher Leaders master’s program.
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner commended the college students who will be honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois on Nov. 7, including Northeastern’s Emily Fioramonti, a senior majoring in Biology.

In the media

‘Latin music’s biggest promoter’

The man Billboard calls “Latin music’s biggest promoter” is Northeastern alumnus Henry Cardenas (B.A. ’78 Social Work). The magazine profiled Cardenas, beginning with a story about his days at Northeastern when he made $700 throwing his first disco party. "It felt like $7 million," he told Billboard.

Also in the media ...

  • The Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, DNAinfo Chicago and Catalyst Chicago all reported on Northeastern’s participation in the Chicago Star Partnership.
  • The Daily Herald published a story about Rick Polad’s (B.A ’84 English and M.S. ’95 Earth Science) fourth mystery novel, “Missing Boy.”
  • The Sun-Times and the Daily Northwestern reported on Northeastern’s participation in the new Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative.
  • Medill News Service quoted Assistant Professor of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies Alison Dover in a story about conflict over the new Education Teacher Performance Assessment test.
  • The Chicago Tribune published a story about military veterans that included Northeastern alumna Cheryl Besenjak (B.A. '83 English), who is training veterans to become farmers.

To do

Flamenco comes to the Jewel Box

Cuban-born Flamenco guitarist Josué Tacoronte will perform with members of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, on Nov. 20 as part of the Jewel Box Series. In addition to performances in the main concert halls and theaters of his native Cuba, Tacoronte has given concerts in Spain, Morocco, France, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Mexico.


Stage Center Theatre will debut Aristophanes’ classic comedy “Wealth” on Nov. 12. “Wealth” is being presented as part of Northeastern’s Economic Inequality Initiative, a collaboration of 19 colleges and universities across the country raising awareness of economic disparities in society.

Mark your calendar!

  • Polish-American Heritage Celebration, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Alumni Hall
  • Jazzy Monday: Isaiah Collier and his band ($10), 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Carruthers Center
  • NEIU Faculty Recital, 3:05 p.m. Nov. 10, Recital Hall
  • Brian Torosian guitar performance, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Recital Hall
  • Laura Oker Junior Recital, 6 p.m. Nov. 11, Recital Hall
  • Valerie Fila Junior Recital, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Recital Hall
  • Political Science Career Day, 9:25 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Nov. 12, Student Union 214
  • Salute to Graduates, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11 and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 12, Alumni Hall
  • NEIU Jazz Combos, 3:05 p.m. Nov. 12, Recital Hall
  • Thursday Night Live, 10 p.m. Nov. 12, Student Lounge
  • Rose Sperrazza and Guest Artists, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Recital Hall
  • Student Dance Concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Auditorium



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