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Friday, January 17, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s alumni go on to do some amazing work. Read about two Sociology students who became friends at Northeastern and now are both pursing doctoral degrees. We’ve got that story and much more in Noteworthy at Northeastern.  

Around the Commons

Agents of change

When Patricia Morales and José Flores Sanchez came to Northeastern, neither anticipated that their education in the Department of Sociology would put them on a path to becoming the first people in their families to earn Ph.D.s. After graduating from Northeastern in 2017, Morales and Flores Sanchez both earned full scholarships to pursue their doctorates in the fall of 2019. Morales is attending the University of California, Santa Barbara and studying Feminist Studies. Flores Sanchez is attending Stony Brook University in New York and studying Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern will be closed on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Professor Emerita Ana Gil Garcia has been selected as the recipient of the Dr. John Hernandez Leadership Award by the American College Personnel Association Latinx Network. The award goes to an outstanding practitioner in higher education who has made significant contributions to the Latinx community on their campus or greater community. Gil Garcia will accept the award in March during the annual ACPA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Assistant Professor of Linguistics Ariana Bancu presented a paper titled “Two case studies on structural variation in multilingual settings” during the Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting from Jan. 2-5 in New Orleans. She also presented "Stability of phonological variation in language contact settings,” co-authored with University of Washington Ph.D. student Ella Deaton, during the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics meeting that took place during the LSA Annual Meeting. Instructor Karen Duchaj presented a paper titled “Stressed syllable constraints on English names in pop music: Evidence from Lennon and McCartney” during the American Name Society meeting at the same event.  

In the media  

  • ABC7, Fox 32 and the Chicago Tribune visited Northeastern to cover a vigil for the victims of Flight PS752 that was shot down over Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 8. The event was sponsored by The Mossadegh Initiative at Northeastern in collaboration with the Iranian Student Associations at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton mentioned Northeastern’s University Without Walls program and the Prison + Neighborhood Arts and Education Project during an interview (around the 7-minute mark) about criminal justice reform with WBEZ. Stratton’s annual Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative report also mentioned the program on Pages 6-7.
  • The Chicago Crusader previewed a Black History Month event featuring Dr. Greg Kimathi Carr of Howard University that is scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies.
  • The Deseret News of Utah quoted Professor of History Emeritus Steven Riess in a story about the mascots for the two teams in the college football championship game.

To do  

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