A person in a blue NEIU shirt and a person in a white N logo shirt and yellow N logo hat in a warm embrace smiling in a photo at a NEIU Weekend 2019

Friday, September 10, 2021

Every day is a good day to share your Golden Eagle pride, but next week is an extra special time because it's NEIU Weekend! Sport your blue and gold and mix and mingle with alumni, current students, faculty, staff, friends and family as we celebrate everything that makes Northeastern Illinois University an exceptional place to learn and work. Read the latest Vaccine Incentive Program and COVID-19 updates and plan to participate in upcoming events listed in this week’s Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

NEIU Weekend 2021

NEIU Weekend is Sept. 17-18! Show off your Golden Eagle pride and mingle with alumni, current students, faculty, staff, family and friends. Everyone in the Northeastern community is welcome to participate in a virtual scavenger hunt for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including NEIU swag and a cash prize for the highest scoring participant.  There will also be a Drive-In Movie Night on Sept. 18 with live music, food trucks, games and a screening of “In the Heights!” 

Northeastern Illinois University Vaccine Incentive Program prize distribution 

Northeastern Illinois University President Gloria J. Gibson announced on Aug. 31 that the University has created a Vaccine Incentive Program (VIP) for employees and students. All Northeastern students and employees who have completed their attestation forms will be automatically entered into a drawing for tuition scholarships and gift cards. The first six winners have been drawn and contacted by the Division of Student Affairs. Prizes will continue to be awarded for the next eight weeks. COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Students and COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Employees can be found on the University website. 

All students and employees who have completed and submitted their forms can stop by Village Square to pick up a free NEIU keychain and a $5 gift certificate to Fooda or Café Descartes Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. beginning Sept. 14 through October. Keychains and gift certificates will also be available at the COVID-19 Jewel-Osco vaccine clinic at The Nest on Thursday, Sept. 16. Please see the COVID-19 update below for more information on that event. Questions regarding the VIP can be directed to vip@neiu.edu

And there’s more!

  • Professor of Political Science and Jewish Studies Ellen Cannon is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the International Study Group for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Policy, and is co-Chair of two year-long webinar lecture series: "The Intersectionality of Antisemitism" and "Historical Tropes in Antisemitism” for The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). Both series are scheduled to launch in October. 

To do

Fun Fair at CCICS

Northeastern Illinois University’s Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) is pleased to invite you to the third annual Fun Fair at CCICS, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at CCICS, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. Mix and mingle with NEIU students, alumni, current faculty and staff. Enjoy music by DJ K from Big Time Entertainment, live painting and art exhibition by Erick “ROHO” Garcia, henna body art and games. Come and share good times with us, eat some great global food and more! Bus service will be available departing from the Main Campus at 11:30 a.m. and one departing from CCICS at 2:30 p.m. To reserve a seat for bus service, please RSVP with your full name and NEIU ID number to Alex Gonzalez at a-gonzalez55@neiu.edu.

Coming next week

View the NEIU events calendar to get additional information on all upcoming events. 

In the media

  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Ed Stuart was interviewed by Colombian economic newspaper Portafolio regarding the state of the U.S. economy. 

COVID-19 update

During the week of Sept. 1, 2021, six students reported a positive COVID-19 test. One was on campus. Since March 2020, a total of 61 employees and 274 students have self-reported to the University that they tested positive for COVID-19. Employees and students who feel sick should stay home. 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. When someone who has been on campus tests positive, Northeastern works with the Chicago Department of Public Health to determine the appropriate response, which differs greatly depending on the situation. We continue to follow Chicago Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines as we ensure proper protocols and preventative measures are in place for the health and safety of our students and employees. 

NEIU has partnered with Jewel-Osco Pharmacy to provide a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinic from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 in the lobby of The Nest. The clinic is free and open to everyone age 12 and older for first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be vaccinated. All unvaccinated residents of The Nest and international students who have not received a Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (J&J) vaccine are highly encouraged to sign-up. All three vaccines will be available at the clinic. Advance sign-up is recommended. Walk-ups will be accommodated based on availability. 

Stay up-to-date on everything regarding COVID-19 updates by visiting the Return to Campus website. 

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