Three people stand on a stage at the Golden Gala

Friday, October 7, 2022

Golden Eagle pride is certainly in the air. From the NEIU Golden Gala & Alumni Awards Ceremony to welcoming potential new students at our Undergraduate Open House, Northeastern is flying through fall! Read more in the latest edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

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NEIU Golden Gala & Alumni Awards Ceremony

Northeastern Illinois University and the NEIU Alumni Association are pleased to once again host the NEIU Golden Gala & Alumni Awards Ceremony in person! This year’s event will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Mingle with NEIU grads, employees and students and make a difference in the lives of the next generation of NEIU alumni! Can’t attend the event? Consider making a donation in the amount of the year you graduated from Northeastern! Contributions fund scholarships and educational opportunities for NEIU students. 

Open House 4 to 7 p.m. October 10

Undergraduate Open House

What’s in a college degree? At Northeastern, earning a degree combines hard work and dedication with a supportive community cheering you on toward success! If you or someone you know is interested in earning a bachelor’s degree, plan to visit the Main Campus from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 for our Undergraduate Open House. Meet representatives of NEIU's academic programs, academic support services, student affairs offices, enrollment/financial aid, housing, and more. Campus tours will also be offered. Advance sign-up is encouraged. 

FAFSA/RISE Act Application Completion Workshops

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Illinois Alternative Application (also known as the RISE Act Application) are now open. The Office of Financial Aid is offering workshops to complete these applications throughout October. The next FAFSA/RISE Act Application Workshop will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 on the Main Campus in the Village Square. Review the list of documents for FAFSA or the RISE Act Application and bring your questions! Remember, the sooner students apply for funding, the greater the chances are they will receive the maximum amount they’re eligible for.

Book cover of Teaching for Racial Equity: Becoming Interrupters


October is National Book Month. Celebrate by checking out “Teaching for Racial Equity: Becoming Interrupters” (Stenhouse) co-authored by Chair of Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies and Professor and Program Facilitator of Secondary Education Katy Smith. Filled with inspiring and sometimes difficult conversations, “Teaching for Racial Equity: Becoming Interrupters” captures the real work teachers and administrators are doing in schools today, learning how to listen and learn about one another’s identities and thoughtfully critique the racial inequities all around us. 

Use #NEIUReads on social media to share your reading recommendations by NEIU authors!

LGBTQ+ History Month

Join the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs in celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month. Next week’s events include: 

View the LGBTQ+ events calendar and NEIU Libraries LGBTQ+ History Month virtual book display for more ways to celebrate. 

And there’s more! 

  • Professor of Political Science and Jewish Studies Ellen Cannon is scheduled to be part of a panel discussion titled “Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism Under a Broader Lens,” on Oct. 16 as part of Academic Engagement Network’s Research Conference. 
  • Vice President Emeritus of Student Affairs Melvin C. Terrell’s foundation, The Dr. Melvin C. Terrell Educational, Inc., is sponsoring a virtual conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum from noon-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Tatum, who was president of Spelman College from 2002-2015, is interim president for Mount Holyoke College, author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race,” and a clinical psychologist. Tatum will be speaking about higher education leadership. Use the event passcode NCCUHEA22 to join. 
  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Ed Stuart is scheduled to present on “Oil, Inflation & Politics” at the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Chicago Chapter at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 as part of their Economic Update Series. The session is virtual and free to attend. Advance sign-up is required.
  • NEIU’s McNair Scholars Program applications are open through Nov. 30. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program is a federally funded program designed to assist undergraduate students—particularly first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education—make a successful transition to graduate school. 

To do

Latinx Heritage Month

Northeastern Illinois University is proud to be the longest-standing four-year public Hispanic-Serving Institution in the Midwest. Please join the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs in celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

NEIU Libraries has also put together a set of online resources to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month. 

Breast Cancer Bra Drive

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies will be hosting a bra drive. The bras will be donated to a homeless shelter and a breast cancer center for patients who have had reconstructive breast surgery. There will be a collection bin for new and gently used bras in the CCICS lobby through Oct. 31. Questions can be directed to Alex Gonzalez at or (773) 268-7500. 

More to do

COVID-19 updates

In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Northeastern has adopted new strategies for mitigating COVID-19. Contact tracing will be conducted as needed. However, weekly reports of positive cases and vaccination rates will no longer be reported. If you test positive for COVID-19, students should immediately notify Student Health Services, and employees should notify their supervisors and the Office of Human Resources. Additionally, faculty and staff are required to report positive and presumptive student COVID-19 cases and exposures to Student Health Services. We continue to follow Chicago Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as we ensure proper protocols and preventative measures are in place for the health and safety of our students and employees.

Stay up to date on everything regarding COVID-19 by visiting the COVID-19 Response website. 

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