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Friday, September 23, 2016

The FAFSA timeline is changing, and Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of Financial Aid is here to help. Find out about upcoming #EarlyFAFSA workshops, next week’s Graduate Open House, a faculty member’s book award and more!

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#EarlyFAFSA workshops

Northeastern will host four #EarlyFAFSA Completion Challenge events at three of its locations in the coming weeks. Current students, high school students and returning students, as well as their families, are welcome to attend. Students can apply for their 2017-18 aid beginning Oct. 1, 2016, using 2015 income data.

First Book Award

Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for History students and professors, has awarded Associate Professor Mateo M. Farzaneh the 2016 Best First Book Award. “The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani” was published in March 2015 by Syracuse University Press. The book provides an overview of the political history of Iran in the 19th and early 20th centuries and the ideas of the renowned cleric Mulla Muhammad Kazim Khurasani. The Constitutional Revolution (1906-1911) was the 20th century’s first such political movement in the Middle East. Khurasani, a Shiite jurist, scholar and spiritual leader, was a leading advocate of constitutionalism.

Reflections: Part 8

We wish nothing but the best for President Sharon Hahs, who will retire at the end of the month. Before she goes, Interim President Richard Helldobler sat her down for one last informal chat to reflect on her decade at Northeastern. He also got her to offer some advice to her successor. Check out the final installment in our Reflections series.

A special visit

President Sharon Hahs this week hosted Jacqueline Padron, program director of the United States Department of Agriculture, Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program (USDA-HSINP). Padron, who was appointed to her position five months ago, is visiting regional offices that are sponsored by the program. Northeastern is the host institution for the USDA-HSINP Midwest Office, and Padron visited with administrators, faculty and staff from Northeastern and other Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the region.

And there’s more!

  • The College of Graduate Studies and Research will host its Graduate Open House on Sept. 28.
  • The Community Music School is enrolling new students for the fall session.
  • Northestern will host a free College Info Fair at the Logan Square branch of Liberty Bank (2392 N. Milwaukee Ave.) from 10 a.m.-noon on Sept. 24.
  • Northeastern will participate in the ChicagoCHEC First Annual Community Report and Symposium on Sept. 29 at Malcolm X College. Led by researchers from Northeastern, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and The University of Illinois at Chicago, ChicagoCHEC fosters meaningful cancer research, education, training and outreach within the city’s underserved communities. It is supported by a five-year, $17.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.

In the media

In the newsroom

On consecutive nights, WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” invited a Northeastern alumnus and a professor to join panel discussions on city violence and the national economy, respectively. Eddie Bocanegra (B.A. ’12 Social Work) participated in a special edition of the program that focused on the Chicago violence, and Economics Professor Emeritus Ed Stuart addressed the Fed’s decision not to change interest rates.

Also in the media ...

  • The American Journal of Sociology published a glowing review of Georgiann Davis’ (B.A. ’04 Sociology) book, “Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis.”
  • The Herald-Whig of Quincy, Ill., reported that Christian Diaz (B.A. ’09 Justice Studies) has been hired as the first men's lacrosse head coach at Quincy University.
  • Reuters ended a story about the new FAFSA application start date with an anecdote about the efforts by Director of Financial Aid Maureen Amos and her team at Northeastern.
  • The Polish Daily News reported on the Sept. 8 Kosciuszko Foundation lecture hosted at Northeastern by the Polish and European Academic Center for Exchange & Research.

To do

The 82 reading series

As part of its minor in Creative Writing, the Department of English has launched a new reading series called The 82 on Sept. 29 with three local writers. Lily Be, Willie X. Lin and C. Russell Price will participate in the event from 4-6 p.m. in Fine Arts 202.

Mark your calendar!


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