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Friday, July 30, 2021

The Northeastern Illinois University Foundation will host its 49th annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event next week! If you didn’t get a tee-time, you can still enjoy the beer garden or contribute to an NEIU Foundation Scholarship. Plus, Northeastern has expanded its master’s concentrations and added a graduate certificate in School Health. Read more about these items, NEIU For You and self-care tips in this week’s Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

49th Annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event

The NEIU Foundation is hosting the 49th annual Chuck Kane Scholarship Golf Event at Chevy Chase Country Club  in Wheeling, Ill. on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Tee times for this event are sold out, but beer garden tickets are still available! Funds raised from this event benefit the  Kane scholarships, which have provided support to more than 200 NEIU students in every college of the University. It is named for Northeastern’s late athletic director Charles “Chuck” Kane. If you don’t golf, but would like to support this initiative, consider donating directly to the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation

Northeastern expands master’s concentrations, adds graduate certificate

Northeastern Illinois University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program will now offer two concentrations—Public Health Promotion and School Health—beginning Fall 2021. Additionally, Northeastern’s Master of Social Work program added a specialization in School Social Work, and the Master of Business Administration program added seven concentrations: General Business, Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Global/International Business, Information Technology and Public Health. The Department of Health Science and Physical Education will also offer a School Health Graduate Certificate, which can be fully completed online. This is in addition to the Public Health Graduate Certificate the department has previously offered. “NEIU has a long history of serving teachers in the Chicagoland area,” Professor and Public Health Graduate Programs Coordinator Jennifer Banas said. “These new concentrations and certificates with online components are an important step in being able to serve professionals who may not otherwise be able to attend on-campus classes at Northeastern.” The deadline for graduate student-at-large applications is Aug. 15.

Return to Campus

Northeastern Illinois University is preparing to have all students, faculty and staff return to campus for the Fall 2021 term, with the majority of classes being held in person! The University will continue to follow guidelines that meet or exceed the standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of Chicago. Northeastern has also adopted an Interim COVID-19 Return to Campus Policy. Everyone who is coming to campus this fall is encouraged to read the weekly COVID-19 Task Force update for information on how Facilities Management is sanitizing facilities, face covering requirements and COVID-19 vaccination and testing options. Anyone with questions about the interim return to campus policy is encouraged to reach out to the COVID-19 Task Force at   

NEIU For You

If you haven’t applied to NEIU yet, there’s still time to do so and take advantage of NEIU For You, a one-time scholarship that covers tuition and mandatory fees for a full year for incoming first-year, full-time undergraduates! NEIU For You also covers the cost of three credit hours for new undergraduate transfer students who register for six credit hours or more for Fall 2021. All prospective students who apply to Northeastern and are admitted as first-year students will automatically qualify for this initiative so long as they meet the eligibility requirements. 

And there’s more!

  • The application deadline for Fall 2021 for undergraduates and students-at-large has been extended to Aug. 15. 
  • Registration for Fall 2021 is currently open for all admitted students. 
  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Ed Stuart is a featured speaker for ASCM Chicago Chapter’s Economic Update Series on Aug. 5 to discuss activities changing the economy and how they may impact the future of the U.S. economy.

To do

Illinois Writing Project Summer Workshops

The Illinois Writing Project (IWP) is offering a Translanguaging and Writing workshop Aug. 2-4 via Zoom. This non-credit interactive course will engage participants in creative ideas for students negotiating meaning in two or more languages. There is a fee of $90. View IWP’s other summer offerings and sign up online. Questions can be sent to

Next Steps for Admitted Transfer Students: Time to Enroll

Newly admitted NEIU transfer students are invited to attend a virtual session from 3-4 p.m. Aug. 5 to learn how to complete their registration, as well as learn about financial aid, NEIU resources and how to connect with their academic advisor. Sign up online. Questions can be directed to Associate Director of Transfer Enrollment Patricia Rodriguez at (773) 442-4139 or  

Coming Next Week

In the media

  • President Gloria J. Gibson is contributing a weekly column titled “The Value of Education” to The Austin Voice newspaper. The latest article, “Teaching—A career that helps you empower others,” ran July 29 on Page 10.
  • Professor of Urban Community Studies Lance Williams was interviewed by ABC7 regarding gun violence across Chicago. 
  • Professor and Coordinator of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Jeanine Ntihirageza was featured in an article by Keene State College about its Summer Institute on Genocide Studies and Prevention. Ntihirageza is also the director of Northeastern’s Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora Center
  • Associate Professor of History and Principal of The Mossadegh Initiative Mateo Farzaneh was featured on Patch for being named to the District 29 School Board. 

Self-Care: Returning to campus

As we begin to transition back to campus, it is important to prioritize your mental health. Many of us have been working from home and/or studying from home for more than a year. It can feel overwhelming to work or attend classes in-person again. Take a look at these articles recommended by Student Counseling Services (SCS) that might help and ease you back into the swing of things. Even though they’re written about going back to an office, many of the tips are applicable for students returning to campus as well: 

SCS has also provided some tips for helping individuals manage anxiety and worry they may be feeling, and listed some important resources. Students are welcome to contact SCS to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s SCS, call (773) 442-4650 or send an email to between 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.

More resources for students can be found on the Keep Learning website and the COVID-19 Student FAQ page. General information about Northeastern’s response to the pandemic and the latest University updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the NEIU Coronavirus Response page

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