Goodwin Lecture speaker Richard P. Montañez stands on stage with a large NEIU logo in the background

Friday, February 21, 2020

Richard P. Montañez delivered a Flamin’ Hot speech during the latest installment of Northeastern Illinois University’s Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series. Read about his inspirational lecture, new scholarship opportunities through TheDream.US and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

Around the Commons

‘You were created to stand out’

Richard P. Montañez, creator of the popular Flamin’ Hot line of snack products, encouraged audience members to draw their motivation for success from within during his appearance in the Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series on Feb. 17. His talk, titled “One Revelation Will Lead to a Revolution,” recounted his meteoric rise from janitor at Frito-Lay to executive with PespiCo. “Don’t ever let money be the motivation for doing your best,” Montañez said. “Let it be your last name.” Among his other nuggets of advice: “You were never created to fit in. You were created to stand out.”

And there’s more!

  • Associate Professor of Political Science William Adler wrote an article for The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog titled “Trump tweets that he’s America’s chief law enforcement officer. That’s only true if others let him be.”

In the media

Opportunity for Dreamers

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that TheDream.US will double the number of scholarships it awards in Illinois from 60 to 120. These awards will benefit students who might choose Northeastern, which welcomed 10 new TheDream.US scholars in Fall 2019. TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and are ineligible for federal financial aid. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Feb. 27. Questions about the scholarship may be directed to Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Undocumented Student Resources Luvia Moreno at

Also in the media ...

  • WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” hosted Political Science Professor Emeritus Bob Starks for a panel discussion about the reduced number of African Americans in Chicago.

To do

Jewel Box Series

Quink will perform in the Recital Hall on Feb. 21 as part of the Jewel Box Series. Quink is a unique ensemble of international reputation. Since its first concerts in 1978, the group ranks among the top a cappella ensembles of the world. Quink’s vast repertoire stretches from the Middle Ages to contemporary music, thus spanning more than 800 years of musical history.

Coming next week!

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