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!
- The University will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
- Change of Registration continues through Jan. 25. Beginning Jan. 16, departmental approval will be required to register for all classes.
- Professor of Psychology Ruth (Breckie) Church co-authored “Unpacking the Gestures of Chemistry Learners: What the Hands Tell Us About Correct and Incorrect Conceptions of Stereochemistry” in Discourse Processes.
- SEEDS Literary and Visual Arts Journal is accepting submissions through Jan. 25 for the Spring 2021 issue.
- The National Institutes of Health MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) U-STAR Program at Northeastern is currently accepting student applications for MARC Scholar appointments. Applications are due Feb. 1.
- Northeastern’s Nuevas Voces 10-Minute Play Festival and Contest is accepting submissions for its fifth annual contest through Feb. 1.
- Northeastern’s Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program is seeking applicants for the 2021-2022 DFI Fellowship. Applications are due by Feb. 12.
- The ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program is accepting applications for the 2021 summer cohort through Feb. 28.
- The Student Government Association is seeking Senators and Council of Clubs Representatives. Students interested in these positions should complete the SGA Interest Form.
- 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. Additionally, the Northeastern Programming Board and Student Government Association are hiring student workers. Students interested in any of these opportunities can contact Student Media Coordinator Dennis Sagel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com.
Coming Next Week
- Teachers as Writers Intensive, 9 a.m., Jan. 16
- Jewel Box Series: Sweet Honey in the Rock, 2 p.m., Jan. 17
- Lunch & Learn: Neurodiversity as a Competitive Work Advantage, noon, Jan. 19
- Student Center for Science Engagement Spring 2021 Open House, 1:30 p.m., Jan. 19
- Study SMARTER, Not Harder Workshop, 3 p.m., Jan. 19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.