The south side of the Student Union Building on the Main Campus

Friday, October 28, 2022

Northeastern Illinois University’s community knows no bounds. Everyone is welcomed here. This week, we celebrate the newest graduates of the University Without Walls program. Read about this and more in the latest Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

Around the Commons

Five graduates wearing blue and gold regalia stand surrounded their mentors and NEIU admin and faculty

New alumni

Northeastern Illinois University and the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (P+NAP) held a Commencement ceremony at Stateville Correctional Center on Oct. 15 for their cohort of five students who graduated through the University Without Walls (UWW) program. Highlights of the ceremony for Darnell Maurice Lane, Michael James Bell, Juan A. Luna, Reginald Terrell BoClair and Daniel Edward Perkins included an address by poet and scholar Fred Moten and a performance by Chance the Rapper. 

Book cover of "Aquaman and the War Against Oceans" by Ryan Poll


October is National Book Month. Professor of English Ryan Poll will officially release his new book, “Aquaman and the War against Oceans: Comics Activism and Allegory in the Anthropocene,” (University of Nebraska Press) on Nov. 1. Preorders are available. 

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

LGBTQ+ History Month  

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs celebrated International Pronouns Day on Oct. 19 as part of LGBTQ+ History Month. In collaboration with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Pedroso Center created a video promoting the importance of recognizing one another’s pronouns. The video, narrated by President Gloria J. Gibson, features students, faculty, staff and members of the NEIU administration sharing their chosen pronouns. NEIU Libraries continues the celebration through the rest of October with their LGBTQ+ History Month virtual book display

And there’s more!

To do

NEIU Libraries Book Sale

These days, you can’t get much for $1, but that’s all you’ll need to get a head start on your holiday shopping or appease your inner bookworm at the NEIU Libraries book sale! All items are only a dollar. The sale runs from 8 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 3 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the Ronald Williams Library. Cash, Zelle and PayPal accepted.

Native American Peoples Heritage Month

Join the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs in celebrating Native American Peoples Heritage Month throughout November. Next week’s events include: 

View the Native American Peoples Heritage Month calendar and NEIU Libraries virtual book display for more ways to celebrate. 

More to do

In the media

  • Executive Director of Financial Aid Maureen Amos was interviewed for WTTW’s Black Voices regarding student debt forgiveness’ potential impact on Black student debt. 
  • Associate Professor of Applied Piano Susan Tang was featured in UND Today as part of the University of North Dakota’s Piano Fest. 
  • “Where She Comes From,” the latest exhibition in the NEIU Fine Arts Center Gallery was reviewed in Newcity
  • Carol Burlinski (M.A. History ’90) was featured in the Daily Herald for winning the Bishop Kaffer Award from Lewis University. 

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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