Camerata Chicago performs in the Recital Hall

Friday, July 8, 2022

Northeastern Illinois University is pleased to announce its 23rd season of the Jewel Box Series, which brings local and international artists to our campus and highlights the talents of many of our esteemed faculty. Read about this season’s lineup and more in this edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

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Jewel Box Series Season 23

Northeastern Illinois University announces the 23rd season of its Jewel Box Series. The eight-concert series begins Sept. 30 and runs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. throughout the academic year. “The 2022-2023 season is a perfect mix of local artists, including esteemed NEIU faculty, and international touring groups,” said Christie Miller, director of Northeastern’s Office of Cultural Events and Community and Professional Education. “Audiences will experience world music, classical music, Celtic roots, and original tango creations. We can't wait to share this with our community!"

Excellence Awards

Northeastern has named four employees as the 2022 recipients of the Administrative and Professional/Civil Service Annual Employee Excellence Awards for 2022. They are:

  • Sharon Heimbaugh, Administrative and Professional, Student Health Services and Rick Matus, Civil Service, Facilities
  • Rene Lopez, Administrative and Professional, Student Success and Retention
  • Catherine Wycoff, Administrative and Professional, Clinical Experience and Student Teaching

Calling all prospective Golden Eagles!

The application deadline for domestic undergraduate and student-at-large enrollment has been extended to July 31, 2022. This means first-time, full-time freshmen and undergraduate transfer students still have time to apply and take advantage of the NEIU For You scholarship. Other forms of financial aid are also available. Create your online viewbook to get a taste of what a Northeastern Illinois University education can do for you. Use code ALUMREF (all caps) to receive a $30 application fee waiver. Fall 2022 registration is open. So, get your applications in, get your courses scheduled and let 2022 be the year you make your education goals a reality!

And there’s more!

To Do


The Chicago Film Society presents “Variety,” directed by Bette Gordon from Horizon Films at 7:30 p.m. on July 13 in the Auditorium of the Main Campus. The screening is preceded by the short film, “Michigan Avenue,” directed by James Benning and Bette Gordon, which will be presented on 16mm film. Tickets cost $5 with a Northeastern ID and $10 for the general public. “Variety” will be presented on 35mm film by the Chicago Film Society and is sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre. All audience members are encouraged to wear a face mask and be socially distanced while seated.

Diversity within a Microcosm: Varieties of Expression in Japanese American Art

NEIU Libraries is hosting Diversity within a Microcosm: Varieties of Expression in Japanese American Art, an art exhibit featuring Japanese American artists with connections to Chicago. They will show their creative endeavors, beginning with Issei in Chicago before World War II as well as Issei arriving later. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours through Aug. 15 on the main floor of the Ronald Williams Library located on the Main Campus. Come see the art of Issei photographers Jun Fujita and Shoji Osato, Issei calligraphy teacher Yoshinobu Matsumoto and Issei ink painting teacher Ryozo Ogura, and the Nisei art treasures of Mary Koga, Tak Murakami, Shinkichi Tajiri and Art Towata as well as the art of more recent teachers, Laura Kina, Joyce Nagata, Akemi Nakano Cohn and Sarah Nishiura. Enjoy the glass work of Sharon Fujimoto, jewelry of Donna Kato, porcelain work of Yukiko Sakata Nylan and many more Chicago Japanese American artists. 

COVID-19 update

From June 29-July 6, 2022, seven employees and one student reported positive COVID-19 tests. Four employees were on campus. Since March 2020, a total of 232 employees and 469 students have self-reported to the University that they tested positive for COVID-19. 

Employees and students who feel sick should stay home. 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. When someone who has been on campus tests positive, Northeastern works with the Chicago Department of Public Health to determine the appropriate response, which differs greatly depending on the situation. 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.

Other COVID-19 updates

  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker has reissued and extended COVID-19 executive orders through July 24, 2022. Therefore, Northeastern will continue to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students and employees. Those who are unvaccinated are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. 
  • SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 testing at the Main Campus, El Centro and CCICS will run through July 15, 2022. Testing is open at NEIU for NEIU students, employees and their family/household members. 
  • Northeastern Illinois University highly recommends wearing masks indoors, as Chicago has moved into the high COVID-19 transmission risk level per CDC guidelines. Northeastern has free surgical, KN95 and/or N95 masks available for students and employees. Masks have been distributed to offices and classrooms and are also available at the Welcome Desk at the Main Campus, the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. 
  • Campus vaccination clinics have closed. Please review the Guidance for Coronavirus Vaccinations page to find vaccination sites. 
  • The federal government is offering free at-home COVID-19 tests through the U.S. Postal Service. 

Stay up to date on everything regarding COVID-19 by visiting the COVID-19 Response website. 

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Top photo: Camerata Chicago will perform at Northeastern as part of the 23rd season of the Jewel Box Series.