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Friday, January 15, 2021

The first week of the Spring 2021 semester is almost complete! This week ChicagoCHEC announced it received a multimillion-dollar grant and the Ask Me! Student Services Live Chat launched on Northeastern Illinois University’s website. There are lots of fellowship, scholarship and creative opportunities for students with deadlines quickly approaching. The University will also virtually celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read about this and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern!

Around the Commons

ChicagoCHEC receives $17.7 million grant

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a $17.7 million grant renewal to the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC). The five-year grant will help three Chicago universities—Northeastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University—enhance their partnerships in many of the city’s underserved communities, and strengthen their efforts to foster meaningful cancer research, education, training and outreach. ChicagoCHEC also provides training, mentoring and learning opportunities to recruit and retain minority and underrepresented students in health and cancer research careers.

Ask Me! Student Services Live Chat

The Ask Me! Student Services Live Chat launched on Northeastern’s website and on NEIUport this week. This service connects current and future NEIU students with knowledgeable NEIU staff who direct them to the resources they need, especially as we continue to navigate primarily remote operations. The Ask Me! Student Services Live Chat is staffed from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days a week.

And there’s more!

To do

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2021 

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2021 virtually on Jan. 18-19 online in collaboration with Student Leadership Development, El Centro and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. 

Physical Education Complex

Northeastern’s Physical Education Complex will reopen on Jan. 19 adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines, limiting the spaces and services available, and operating on a reduced schedule. The fitness center, racquetball courts and the main gym will require advance registration. Drop-in registration will be pending availability. Campus Rec will track users in each area to monitor use and for contact tracing purposes if necessary. Members with active memberships between March 2020-January 2021 will have their membership extended for the time missed in their membership contract. The reactivation date will begin with a reservation to use the facility. No daily passes will be sold. No guests will be allowed. New members will only be able to purchase visit passes. Currently enrolled NEIU students do not require a membership to use the facility, but do still require space reservations. Specific membership questions and concerns can be directed to Martha Montes at

Coming Next Week

In the media

  • Northeastern senior Teresa Fuentes (Elementary Education major with Bilingual Endorsement) was featured by Yahoo! Finance for receiving the 2020 Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship from Gemstone Foods, LLC. in conjunction With Jamas Capital Management.
  • Associate Professor of Economics Scott Hegerty was interviewed by WalletHub to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted car insurance. 
  • Economics Professor Emeritus Edward Stuart was interviewed on eBizChat show.

Student Support Spotlight

Student Counseling Services has provided some tips for helping individuals manage anxiety and worry they may be feeling, and listed some important resources. Students are welcome to contact 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 between 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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