Friday, August 28, 2015

Phew! The first week of the fall semester is in the books ... and there’s lots more where that came from. Check out the news of the week, plus all of the activities scheduled for next week!

Around the Commons

One book

The Ronald Williams Library is supporting the College of Business and Management’s One Book Per Semester initiative during the fall 2015 semester. This semester’s book is “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” by Daniel H. Pink. The book is on two-hour reserve at the circulation desk on the north side of the library’s first floor.

Learn in the city

Northeastern has released a sleek new video. Through interviews with a number of faculty members, students and alumni, the video highlights Northeastern's diversity, affordability, welcoming environment and, of course, quality of education.

Meet Alicia Mendoza

To reach her dream job, Alicia Mendoza is thriving as a senior Marketing major at Northeastern, where she has become a student leader and academic all-star. She was elected to serve as the first president of Northeastern’s National Society of Hispanic MBAs undergraduate chapter. She is also involved in the Student Advisory Council of the College of Business and Management, serves as president of the American Marketing Association student chapter and has worked with the annual, student-run International Business Conference.

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern will be closed Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.

In the media

Preserving an art form

Is film dead at the movies? Absolutely not. Chicago Tribune movie critic Michael Phillips visited a Northwest Chicago Film Society screening in Northeastern’s Auditorium in August and found the traditional form of film projection has staying power.

Is the stock market important?

WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” hosted Economics Professor Emeritus Edward Stuart to talk about the world economy. After hearing Stuart say the stock market, which had just experienced a severe drop, “isn’t that important,” Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich contacted him to explain.

Also in the media ...

  • Catalyst Chicago published a column written by Board of Trustees Chair Carlos Azcoitia about the responsibilities of school board members.
  • The Chicago Tribune published a story about the “Who Do You Think You Are?” episode in which Bryan Cranston visits Northeastern’s Ronald Williams Library.
  • eLearn Magazine gave a glowing review to “Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices,” the new book from Thomas J. Tobin, coordinator of learning technologies in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • The Chicago Tribune quoted Earth Science Professor Emeritus Charles Shabica in a story about stronger waves and erosion around Lake Michigan.
  • DNAinfo Chicago previewed Thursday night’s screening of “Pitch Perfect 2” on the Commons.

To do

Dancing in Grant Park

Ensemble Español Artistic Director and Northeastern Spanish dance instructor Irma Suarez Ruiz will teach a Flamenco Rumba class Aug. 29 for Chicago SummerDance at Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. The class will be followed by a performance by company dancer and Northeastern alumna Leticia Aravena.

Let it rock!

Internationally renowned guitarist, inventor and Northeastern alumnus Michael Angelo Batio will return to his alma mater to deliver a free lecture and demonstration that will cover his musical success, life lessons and, of course, his famous Double-Guitar. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the Auditorium.

Movies for fall

The Northwest Chicago Film Society (NWCFS) has announced its fall slate of movies that will be shown on Northeastern’s Main Campus. The Nov. 4 screening of “Cooley High” is part of Chicago Artists Month, the 20th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The schedule also includes a silent film with live accompaniment and a film that will be introduced by a Northeastern faculty member. DNAinfo Chicago published a story about the new season.

A new gallery exhibit

The Fine Arts Gallery will showcase selected works from Chicago-based artist, curator, musician and teacher Tim Lowly through Sept. 18. “Rainbow Girl” features a pictorial conversation of Lowly’s 30-year project centered on his daughter Temma, who is disabled. As with other works that Lowly has made related to Temma, his intentions are complex, including approaching painting as a kind of material poetry and as a catalyst for viewers’ self-reflection.

Mark your calendar!

  • Paint n’ Sip (free), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 31, Village Square
  • Student Involvement Fair (free), noon-4 p.m. Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, Commons
  • Student Involvement Fair (free), 5-7 p.m. Sept. 1, El Centro
  • Greek Carnival (free), 5-7 p.m. Sept. 2, Commons
  • “Marnie” screening ($5/$2), 7 p.m. Sept. 2, Auditorium
  • Pedroso Center Open House (free), 2-4 p.m. Sept. 3, Pedroso Center
  • Ice Cream Social (free), 3-4 p.m. Sept. 3, Village Square
  • Meet the Media Night with Sun-Times reporter/editor Maudlyne Ihejirka (free), 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 3, Student Lounge


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