Noteworthy at Northeastern: Fore! Scholarships
The Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event may look a bit different this year to adhere to health guidelines and precautions, but Northeastern will still gather — virtually and on the greens — to raise funds for students. Read about this and more in the latest edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.
Around the Commons
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 Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. This annual fundraising event will be a little different this year as we follow 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 New Multicultural Student Orientations from 1-3 p.m. July 23, Aug. 4 and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Zone Training for Faculty and Staff
The Angelina Pedroso Center invites NEIU faculty and staff to take part in the Summer 2020 Safe Zone training sessions. 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 training sessions within two academic years. You’re not required to attend the training in any particular order. For questions, contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at email@example.com.
And there’s more!
- Rachel F. Adler, Associate Professor of Computer Science, is a recipient of a $5,000 Teach Access Curriculum Development Award to include more accessibility topics into her Human-Computer Interaction course.
- Earth Science Professor Laura Sanders and Oscar Coronel (current student, B.S. Earth Science) are co-authors of the newly published article “Preferential Flow of Surface‐Applied Solutes: Effect of Lysimeter Design and Initial Soil Water Content” in the Vadose Zone Journal.
- Angel L. Velez (B.A. ’10, Justice Studies and M.A. ’12, Educational Leadership) published an article titled, "Complicating Latinidad: Learning to be Black in an Anti-Black World" in Voices and Viewpoints.
- 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 Illinois University. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.
- Neil Huff (current student, M.A. English) published an article in the PopMatters Reading Pandemics series, which is being curated by Assistant Professor of English Ryan Poll.
- 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.
TRIO Student Support Services
TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) will host virtual information sessions from noon-1 p.m. July 24, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Steps for Admitted Transfer Students
Northeastern will host a virtual presentation for admitted transfer students on Friday, July 24 from 2-3 p.m. This session will be an opportunity for new students to learn about how to enroll in fall classes and will answer frequently asked questions about the transfer process. Registration is required. Questions can be directed to Patricia Rodriguez at email@example.com or (773) 442-4139.
In the media
- Northeastern’s Center for College Access and Success has 35 GEAR UP students enrolled in Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Discovering Healthcare Careers and One Summer Chicago Virtual Program, which was featured on NBC Chicago. GEAR UP alumnus Angel Alcazar, who is now employed at Lurie Children’s Hospital, was also included in the segment.
- The Journal Gazette and Times Courier reported Jennifer Baker (B.A. ’07, Art and Psychology) is the new director of the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Northeastern’s Alumni Association will host a drive-through food drop-off to support the University’s Student Pantry from noon-3 p.m. on 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 email@example.com.