President Gibson smiles into the camera while sitting at a table.

Friday, August 14, 2020

This week, Northeastern Illinois University President Gloria J. Gibson released a video welcoming students, faculty and staff to the Fall 2020 semester. The bookstore has new processes for ordering and picking up books, and multicultural student orientations continue. Read about all this and more in Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Welcome message from the president

President Gloria J. Gibson released a video this week to encourage students, faculty and staff to remain committed to success throughout the fall semester, which will mostly take place through remote learning and online courses. “We often talk about grit and determination at Northeastern, and that’s what I have witnessed this summer among our students, faculty and staff,” Gibson said. “In spite of the many challenges we face, your commitment to Northeastern has kept my spirits high. We will need to maintain that commitment as we approach the beginning of an unusual academic year.” Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisors, if they have not already done so, to register for their classes.

Get your books

Despite the physical space being closed to the public, the NEIU bookstore remains open and committed to providing students with their required course materials for the Fall 2020 semester. The bookstore is accepting online orders for books and supplies, which can be placed online. The bookstore is currently shipping all online orders directly to students via UPS and plans to host limited-contact/curbside pickup beginning Monday, Aug. 17, for students who wish to pick up their items on campus. Pickup will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday until Friday, Sept. 4. Students who have Fall 2020 book vouchers may make online purchases through Wednesday, Sept. 2. In order to do this, students may select Financial Aid/Scholarship when choosing a payment method and enter their Student ID (without leading zeros) to charge purchases to a financial aid voucher. Financial aid funds are to be used only for books and approved supplies. Questions may be directed to the store at (773) 442-4990. Bookstore staff are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

New Multicultural Student Orientations

In partnership with Undocumented Student Resources, the Angelina Pedroso Center will host a new Multicultural Student Orientation from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18, via Zoom. This free program is designed to support incoming students of color, first-generation, undocumented, and LGBTQ+ students during their transition to NEIU and is supplemental to the new student orientation. All registered participants will receive the link to the Zoom meeting one week before the program. For questions regarding the program, contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at

And there’s more!

Events at home

Though most buildings are locked, Northeastern has adapted by creating remote events and promoting the work of our students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Financial Aid and Awards for NEIU Transfer Students

Northeastern’s Financial Aid Office will host Virtual Presentation: Financial Aid and Awards for NEIU Transfer Students to help students understand ways to eliminate cost as a barrier for earning a college education. The workshop will take place from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Questions about the presentation can be directed to Patricia Rodriguez at (773) 442-4139 or

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In the media

  • Univision interviewed El Centro Director Maria Luna-Duarte about how Northeastern is preparing for the fall semester with most classes being offered remotely and online, in addition to continuing student support services, including financial aid. 
  • Associate Professor of Political Science William Adler was mentioned in a New York Times op-ed article regarding Joe Biden selecting Kamala Harris as his running mate.
  • Adler was also interviewed on the POST-SCRIPT podcast about Kamala Harris as a vice presidential candidate.
  • Northeastern was featured in an article in Nueva Semana about the University’s social justice advocacy, including establishing the George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship and Student Emergency Fund. Director of Undocumented Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students Luvia Moreno was quoted in the article encouraging students—especially Latinx students—to continue their education at Northeastern throughout the pandemic. 
  • Chicago Dancers United Dance for Life 2020: United as One includes a recording of “Bolero” choreographed by Dame Libby Komaiko and performed by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater at Dance for Life 2010. Artistic Director Irma Suárez Ruiz and Executive/Associate Artistic Director Jorge Perez shared some thoughts on “Bolero” with Chicago Dancers United.
  • Professor of Urban Community Studies Lance Williams was quoted in World regarding a rising number of homicides across the U.S. 
  • Sharon Heimbaugh, director of student health services, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune regarding measures Northeastern is taking to keep students safe in The Nest this fall. Michael Rubin from Facilities Management was shown in the article’s photos installing plastic dividers in the computer lab as a COVID-19 safety measure. 
  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Edward Stuart was quoted in Portafolio about the differences between the U.S. and Europe in terms of COVID-19 economic recovery.

Student Support Spotlight

Student Counseling Services

Students are welcome to contact NEIU’s Student Counseling Services to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s Student Counseling Services, call (773) 442-4650 or send an email to The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, students may also reach a counselor for more urgent consultation by calling the main number and pressing “2” during the outgoing message.

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