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Friday, November 6, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University’s Stage Center Theatre has launched a virtual theatre festival for social justice featuring works submitted by the NEIU community. Submissions are still being accepted for the festival as well as the Undocumented Cookbook and COVID-19 student archives. Students can also sign up to participate in Northeastern media organizations, including The Independent and WZRD. Read about all this and more in Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Social Justice Theatre Festival

Stage Center Theatre (SCT) is hosting a Digital Theatre Festival for Social Justice through Nov. 17. The festival, curated by performance faculty member Leslie Hull in collaboration with design faculty Max Maxin IV and Lizz Otto-Cramer, will consist of multifaceted artistic presentations of digital performances alongside recorded multimedia and other works that represent and give voice to NEIU students and community members pertaining to the quest for social justice, equity and visibility. The performances will be shown on the Communication, Media and Theatre Department's YouTube channel. SCT welcomes submissions from all members of the NEIU community throughout the dates of the festival.  

Virtual Commencement

Northeastern will honor the August and December 2020 graduates with a series of three virtual Commencement ceremonies, providing a fun, innovative and safe platform to celebrate the achievements of our graduates. The ceremonies will launch concurrently at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13. Graduates should pay close attention to their NEIU email accounts during the coming weeks for more information regarding the ceremony and what they need to submit in order to participate.

Undocumented Cookbook

Undocumented Student Resources, in collaboration with Undocumented, Resilient and Organized (URO), invites Northeastern immigrants of any generation and any stutus as well as allies to share cultural recipes and memories of what makes the dish special on a personal level. Selected recipes will be added to a digital “Undocumented Cookbook by NEIU Immigrants.” The Undocumented Cookbook is a borrowed idea from the national immigrant advocacy organization United We Dream. Just like this organization, the idea is to celebrate immigrants through one of the things that brings people close together: food. Northeastern students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to submit recipes and memories. Questions can be directed to Luvia Moreno, lu-moreno@neiu.edu.  

And there’s more!

  • Three of the deadlines to apply for Spring 2021 enrollment have been extended to Dec. 1. The new deadline applies to undergraduate, undergraduate student-at-large and graduate student-at-large. Graduate and International deadlines are not changing.
  • Professor of Political Science Ellen Cannon will co-present a virtual lecture titled "Antisemitism in the Academy" via Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Synagogue on Nov. 12. 
  • Northeastern’s library is seeking student submissions for “Sheltering in Place: NEIU Archives COVID-19 Documentation Project.” All current Northeastern students as well as alumni who were students during the Spring and Summer 2020 terms are encouraged to submit pieces to the archive. 
  • Northeastern’s student media organizations are currently recruiting students. Any students interested in participating can fill out the NEIU Student Media Interest Form or contact Student Media Coordinator Dennis Sagel at drsagel@neiu.edu for more information.
  • Ensemble Español continues to offer virtual dance classes for all levels and ages. The Ensemble is also offering several Flamenco master classes in November and December.

To do

Uplift Me NEIU

Undocumented Student Resources, in partnership with URO, has worked with undocumented students and allies to create a Uplift ME NEIU, a collaborative Spotify playlist to help the Northeastern community get through these stressful times. The playlist has a wide range of genres, but is full of feel-good tracks. Students and allies can continue to add songs to the playlist. Tracks can be in any language, any genre and do not have to be about immigration. They should, however, be uplifting and help spread the message that “you are not alone, you matter, and you belong.” Questions can be directed to Luvia Moreno, lu-moreno@neiu.edu.  

Scavenger Hunt

Coming next week!

In the media

  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Ed Stuart was featured on the LIFE Edge podcast discussing supply chain resiliency.
  • Rodrigo Garcia (B.S. '07 Finance) was named one of Crain Chicago Business’ Top 40 Under 40. 

Student Support Spotlight

Study Spaces

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Student Union and Ronald Williams Library offer students study spaces by reservation only. These spaces provide access to Wi-Fi, computers and copiers/scanner/printers. A color copier/scanner/printer is available in the Ronald Williams Library only. Students may reserve a two-hour block for use of either the Student Union or Ronald Williams Library. Please note that there are limited spaces available in each building. The Ronald Williams Library continues to offer Grab & Go services for physical library items.

Student Counseling Services

Students are welcome to contact NEIU’s Student Counseling Services to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s Student Counseling Services, call (773) 442-4650 or send an email to counsect@neiu.edu. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, students may also reach a counselor for more urgent consultation by calling the main number and pressing “2” during the outgoing message.

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