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Friday, July 24, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education announced changes to several of its programs’ names and has made some additions for the upcoming term. There’s still time to register for the 48th annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event, attend a new Multicultural Student Orientation or participate in Summer Safe Zone training if you’re a Northeastern staff or faculty member. Read about all this and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

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Goodwin College of Education announces program name changes, additions

Northeastern Illinois University’s Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education has changed several of its programs’ names and has made some additions beginning in the Fall 2020 term: 

  • The B.A. in Inner City Studies changed its name to the B.A. in Urban Community Studies.
  • The minor in Inner City Careers changed its name to minor in Urban Community Studies.
  • The M.S. in Exercise Science changed its name to the M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science and has added concentrations in Physical Education, Sport and Recreation as well as Exercise Science.
  • A new minor in Bilingual Education has been added to the Teacher Education Department.
  • The M.A. in Family Counseling changed its name to M.A. in Couple and Family Counseling.

Program updates for the College of Business and Management and College of Arts and Sciences were previously announced.

48th annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event

The NEIU Foundation is hosting the 48th annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event at Wilmette Golf Club in Wilmette, Ill., on Aug. 3. This annual fundraising event will be a little different this year as Northeastern follows state public health guidelines and virtual fundraising options, but the spirit of the event will stay the same as always. The event raises funds for the Kane scholarships, which have provided support to nearly 300 NEIU students in every college of the University. It is named for Northeastern’s late athletic director Charles “Chuck” Kane, who claimed Wilmette Golf Club as his home course.

Social Justice Leadership Housing Award

Northeastern has launched the Social Justice Leadership Housing Award for incoming freshmen and transfer students who positively impact their university, career and communities. Students participating in the program will be given one year's free housing in The Nest. “Providing free housing to eligible students while giving them the tools to make a difference in the world is a win-win situation,” President Gloria J. Gibson said. “It’s also an innovative approach to how we recruit and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.” Earlier in June, Northeastern launched the George Floyd Social Justice Scholarship as an additional avenue for Northeastern to reinforce its commitment to preparing students to promote social justice and to make a difference in their communities.

New Multicultural Student Orientations

In partnership with Undocumented Student Resources, the Angelina Pedroso Center will host a New Multicultural Student Orientations 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

Safe Zone Ally Training for Faculty and Staff

The Angelina Pedroso Center invites NEIU faculty and staff to take part Safe Zone Ally Training from 1-2:30 p.m Wednesday, July 29, via Zoom. Safe Zone is designed to educate NEIU faculty and staff about sexual orientation and gender identity, create a visible network of allies to provide support to members of Northeastern’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities, and provide accurate information and resources about sexual orientation and gender identity issues. To be Safe Zone-certified, participants are required to register and attend all three Safe Zone training sessions within two academic years. For questions, contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at

And there’s more!

  • Colette Payne (current student, University Without Walls) won a 2020 Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work with Cabrini Green Legal Aid. 
  • Chris Churchill’s (B.A. ’14 Communication, Media and Theatre; M.A. ’17 Communication, Media and Theatre) film, “Your Trip to the Museum of Modern Gif,” was accepted to Side/Lot, an experimental short film festival.  
  • Mara Galeno’s (current student, Communication, Media and Theatre) play, “The Better Life,” was selected for Be Bold Productions’ Short Play Festival, which will be shown via Facebook at 7 p.m. July 26. The cast comprises Northeastern students and alumni. 
  • Kristina Garcia (B.A. ’12 English) published an article in the PopMatters Reading Pandemics series, which is being curated by Assistant Professor of English Ryan Poll. 
  • The NEIU Student Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) invites Northeastern students to register for a free student membership and attend the 2020 Beyond the Dream Virtual Convention and Career Expo with workshops beginning July 27 and continuing through Oct. 15. Students interested in becoming active in the NEIU Chapter are encouraged to complete the ALPFA Chapter Interest Form
  • The College of Graduate Studies and Research is accepting applications for the  2020-2021 Graduate Dean’s Research and Creative Activities (RCA) Assistantships for graduate students at Northeastern. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. Aug. 6.
  • Northeastern’s new library website is up and features a new search tool as well as more user-friendly options for printing and searching databases.  
  • The library is still accepting student submissions for “Sheltering in Place: NEIU Archives COVID-19 Documentation Project.” 
  • The Alumni Association has launched a webpage to share stories about the work Northeastern graduates are doing related to COVID-19. Those interested in sharing are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Stories form

Events at home

Though most buildings are locked, Northeastern has adapted by creating remote events. 

Community Conversation on COVID-19

ChicagoCHEC invites the Northeastern community to attend a Virtual Community Conversation: Current Status of COVID-19, Staying Safe in Phase 4 and Beyond on Monday, July 27 from noon-1 p.m via Zoom. Registration is required. Questions can be directed to Alicia Kholamian at

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) will host virtual information sessions from noon-1 p.m. Aug. 14 and Aug. 28 via Google Meet. TRIO SSS programs are free academic and professional development programs for students who are income-eligible, first-generation, and/or who have disabilities. Members benefit from academic advising and support, TRIO scholarships, career planning, test preparation, and scholarship and financial aid guidance. Questions can be directed to

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In the media

  • Associate Professor of Economics Michael Wenz was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune in an article about unemployment benefits. 

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.

Food drive

Northeastern’s Alumni Association will host a drive-through food drop-off to support the University’s Student Pantry from noon-3 p.m. July 27. The pantry has altered its delivery of services due to COVID-19. Students are now able to order food online. A food donation bin has also been placed at the University Police station to collect needed items throughout this time as other drop-off locations are now closed. Monetary contributions are being collected online to support the Student Pantry and the Student Emergency Fund. Student Pantry questions may be directed to Christopher Maxwell at

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