The exterior of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Friday, October 5, 2018

The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies is looking a little greener these days after the installation of a solar hot water system. Read more about the project, a faculty member’s return from an ACE Fellowship and much more in this week’s Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Solar project at the Carruthers Center

With the aid of a $20,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and a $34,840 contribution by the NEIU Student Green Fee Fund, Northeastern has installed a solar hot water system at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. The four-month project was completed in September. With steady hot water demand, the solar system is capable of delivering more than 250 gallons of hot water daily to the building.

Erick Howenstine smiles at the camera in front of a black background.

ACE Fellow returns

Erick Howenstine, chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Department of Economics, has returned from his one-year ACE Fellowship experience at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Howenstine was mentored during the 2017-18 academic year by Lehigh President John Simon and Provost Patrick Farrell. He attended planning meetings at all levels and met with Lehigh leadership throughout the year.

Department of Justice grant

The United States Department of Justice has awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to Northeastern Illinois University to address prevention and education efforts pertaining to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The grant is one of 57 awards totaling $18 million distributed to colleges and universities around the country by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. Northeastern’s grant will pay for a full-time program coordinator who will implement prevention strategies, external partnerships with criminal justice systems and victims service providers, and a mandatory education program for all incoming students.

And there’s more!

In the media

  • ABC7 previewed Ensemble Español’s Sept. 29 performance in Humboldt Park.
  • Dealerscope named alumna Jessica Paskon (B.A. ’03 Board of Governors) to its list of Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology.
  • WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” hosted Professor Emeritus of Economics Edward Stuart to talk about U.S. trade policy.
  • Illinois State University announced that Northeastern alumni Tricia Rosado (M.A. ’12 Educational Leadership-Higher Education) and Jorge Sanchez (M.A. ’12 Educational Leadership-Higher Education; M.B.A. ’16 Business Administration) have been awarded fellowships by the Board of Directors of the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois program.

To do

Open House Chicago

Northeastern’s Carruthers Center and El Centro locations will participate in Open House Chicago on Oct. 13. The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) presents the two-day free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 250 buildings across Chicago. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome.

Early voting

Two Northeastern locations will serve as early voting sites for Chicago residents who want to register or cast their ballots in advance of the Nov. 6 election. Early voting will begin Oct. 22 at El Centro and run through Nov. 5. Hours for El Centro voting are listed online. Early voting will also be available on the Main Campus in SU-003 from Oct. 31-Nov. 2. It will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. during all three days.

Mark your calendar!


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