Assistant Professor of English Ryan Poll and English students at the Sigma Tau Delta 2019 International Convention

Friday, April 5, 2019

Ten Northeastern Illinois University English students have returned from an award-winning trip to an international conference. Read more about the department’s accomplishments and publications, next week’s events, Northeastern in the news and much more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

English research presenters

English major Katelyn Juerjens’ paper “‘AACK!’ Gender, Beauty, and the Workplace in Cathy” earned an honorable mention for Best Paper during the Sigma Tau Delta 2019 International Convention from March 27-30 in St. Louis. Joined by Assistant Professor of English Ryan Poll, 10 English students (top photo) presented their original research on a range of issues from Afrofuturism to comic studies and gender. In addition to Juerjens, the students who participated were Clifton Frei, Marlene Crystal Garcia, Isaias Rogel, Vanessa Macias, Jennifer Velazquez, Natalia Rokita, Billy Peters, Marwen Daher and Nicole Vale. In other news for English students:

  • Hans Kim published an article in PopMatters titled “Joni Void's ‘Mise En Abyme’ Is a Shattering Reflection of the Self.”
  • Amaris Rodriguez published an article in Society19 titled “What They Don’t Tell You About Plus Size Dating.”

And there’s more!

In the media

Diverse recruitment

Coordinator of African American Recruitment Alice Pennamon joined Chief of Staff Mike Dizon for the latest Northeastern appearance on CAN TV to discuss student financial options. President Gloria J. Gibson, Executive Director of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment Maureen Amos and Director of Undergraduate Admissions LaMont Vaughn have also joined Dizon on recent editions of the series.

Also in the media ...

  • Chalkbeat quoted Professor of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies Erica Meiners in a story about the race for Chicago mayor.
  • Alumnus, broadcaster and author John St. Augustine and broadcasting legend Bill Kurtis appeared on John Williams’ WGN Radio show to talk about their Earth Matters Event at Northeastern on April 15.
  • WGN’s Justin Kaufmann interviewed Acting Chair of the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Edie Rubinowitz and three students for their work on the “DACAmentation: Humanizing Our Stories” project.
  • Patch featured alumnus Sean Sandona (B.A. ’01 Management), who has launched a valet self-storage company in Palatine that donates 1% of its total gross sales to breast cancer research and area after-school programs.

To do

Eagle Fest

Northeastern will host Eagle Fest from 2-6 p.m. April 11 in Alumni Hall to celebrate students who have registered for their Fall 2019 classes. Students can celebrate their progress toward a degree with food, games, music and fun!

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