Northeastern Illinois University is excited to share a new 360 virtual tour, which allows prospective students to visit our campus from the comfort of their homes. As NEIU prepares to welcome students and employees back to campus on Monday, Jan. 31, all are advised to review the Return to Campus website for the latest information regarding COVID-19 protocols. Black Heritage/History Month also kicks off next week with a Harambee celebration. Read about this and more in the latest edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.
Around the Commons
New Virtual Tour
There’s a new way to visit Northeastern Illinois University: a 360 virtual tour! The tour includes videos featuring NEIU students and employees sharing what they love about being a Golden Eagle and their favorite spots on campus. Check it out and share it with any prospective students you may know. The virtual tour initiative was led by the Division of Marketing and Communications. In-person campus tours are available by appointment on Thursdays beginning Feb. 10. An undergraduate Open House is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.
Return to Campus
Northeastern is excited to welcome students and employees back to campus on Jan. 31 after a remote instruction and work period to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Registration for the Second 8-Week Term of the Spring 2022 semester runs through March 18. If you’ve already been admitted to NEIU, it’s not too late to complete your registration for the Second 8-Week Term of the Spring 2022 semester!
NEIU For You
Beginning in Fall 2022, Northeastern Illinois University will cover the cost of four years of tuition for eligible students through the NEIU For You scholarship. NEIU For You will also cover the cost of a three-credit hour class for eligible transfer students. Learn more and apply today!
And there’s more!
- Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Theatre (CMT) Shayne Pepper published “Cultural Programming and the Early History of HBO’s Signature Style, 1978-1988” in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. CMT alumni Benjamin Van Loon (M.A. ’14) and Tony Colon (B.A. ’10; M.A. ’14) assisted in the archival research for the paper.
- Professor of Anthropology Russell Zanca has been awarded an Open Research Laboratory and Slavic Reference Service Associateship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for Spring 2022. This associateship supports Zanca’s current research project “Pastoralism Past and Present in Kazakhstan.”
Black History/Heritage Month
The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs and the Black Heritage Month Committee invite the University community to celebrate Black History/Heritage Month 2021 by participating in a series of virtual events. Next week’s events include:
- Black History Month Kickoff: Harambee Celebration, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2
A complete schedule and sign-up for more events will be posted on the Black Heritage Month website soon. NEIU Libraries also has a Black Heritage Month virtual book display with e-books and online resources.
Coming next week
- 2022 ChicagoCHEC Fellows Program Informational Webinar, 4 p.m. Feb. 3
- Elyse J. Mach Concerto Competition, 7 p.m., Feb. 3
In the Media
Visionary artist approaches milestone birthday
Professor Emeritus of Art Leopold Segedin was profiled in Forward and hailed as a “visionary Jewish artist,” approaching his 95th birthday. In 2013, Segedin was interviewed about his art by Chicago Tonight.
From Jan. 19-26, seven students and five employees reported positive COVID-19 tests. One of the students and four of the employees were on campus. Since March 2020, a total of 123 employees and 386 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.
Student Health Services is currently verifying COVID-19 vaccination information for students and employees for this term. Data will be released in the coming weeks.
Other COVID-19 updates
- Campus vaccination clinics and SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 testing are open and available for NEIU community members and the general public.
- The federal government is offering free at-home COVID-19 tests through the U.S. Postal Service.
- Free KN95 masks are available at City of Chicago alderman offices. It is recommended that residents call their alderman’s office first to ensure they have supplies. Walgreens and CVS locations will also begin distributing free N95 masks provided by the federal government.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health will also distribute 225,000 free at-home COVID-19 tests to residents in vulnerable communities through Project AccessCovid Tests (Project ACT). Tests are available on a first-come-first-served basis to residents in specific Illinois zip codes.
- Northeastern will have free surgical, KN95 and/or N95 masks available for students and employees upon returning to campus on Jan. 31. Masks will be distributed to offices and classrooms and will also be available at the Welcome Desk at the Main Campus, the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro.
Stay up to date on everything regarding COVID-19 by visiting the Return to Campus website.