Northeastern Marketing Director Mark LaCien leads a table discussion during University Day.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks won Thursday’s season opener, but Northeastern Illinois University already is in top mid-semester form. This week’s Noteworthy roundup is bursting at the seams!

Around the Commons

All opinions wanted

University Day was Thursday, Oct. 9, and the topic for this year’s discussion was “Refreshing our Strategic Plan.” The outcome of University Day will be posted here.

Meet the MARC scholars

With the September induction of seven junior-year students, Northeastern officially became the second university in the Midwest to launch a National Institutes of Health MARC grant program. The five-year, $1.5 million grant is designed to support undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral science fields to improve their preparation for training at the Ph.D. level.

To the IEA conference

Northeastern will be well-represented during the Illinois Economic Association annual meeting Oct. 17-18 at DePaul University. IEA president-elect Michael Wenz, associate professor and coordinator of Northeastern's Economics Department, put together a program that includes presentations by four Northeastern faculty members and one recent graduate.

The artist/fighter alum

Northeastern alum Angela Geis (B.A. ’02 Psychology), who was born legally blind in both eyes, has become a successful Paralympic judo fighter and artist whose next photography show is Oct. 11 in Evanston.

Prepare for NETT Day

NETT Day, a celebration of technology and how we use it to improve society, comes to Northeastern on Oct. 14. The evening keynote speaker is Alec Couros, who will highlight some of the key technological changes of the past decade and discuss what these have meant for student learning and the development of peer relationships.

And there’s more!

  • El Centro director Maria Luna-Duarte was named a Nueva Latina Estrella semifinalist in the education category.
  • The International Association for Continuing Education and Training announced that Northeastern assistant professor and Human Resource Development program coordinator Sandra Williams has been named 2014-15 board president.
  • Registration is now open for the Oct. 22-23 Art in Response to Violence Conference.

In the media

El Centro on ‘Chicago Tonight’

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin took to the airwaves to rave some more about Northeastern’s new El Centro location on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” In case you missed it, his newspaper review last week was glowing.

Radio friendly

Be sure to tune in to WGN at 11 p.m. Oct. 10! Northeastern’s resident Chicago Clarinet Ensemble will be featured on “Pretty Late With Patti Vasquez.” The appearance will include interviews, a live performance and prerecorded selections. The ensemble is expected to be on the air from about midnight to 1 a.m.

Also in the media ...


  • Northeastern has proudly supported Mujeres Latinas en Accion in the organization’s work to end domestic violence. This is the group’s new video.
  • Northeastern String Orchestra conductor Brian Groner was mentioned in a Chicago Tribune preview of the Oct. 12 Latino Music Festival in Palatine.
  • Northeastern student Dario Mejia was quoted in a Gate News story about rallying the Latino vote in Chicago.
  • Northeastern alum Naomi Millender and her family were the 2014 recipients of the Indiana State University Alumni Association Legacy Award.
  • Northeastern English department chair Tim Libretti contributed essays to People’s World and Kritika Kultura.

To do

It’s reunion season

The Northeastern reunion is almost upon us! The theme for this year’s event, scheduled for Oct. 17-18, is “Reimagining Food ... Remembering Your Roots.” Here are the Top 5 reasons you need to call all of your Golden Eagles friends and register now!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Northeastern’s month of programming concludes with a bang! On Oct. 14, Carlos Alberto Torres will deliver a lecture titled “The Struggle for Social Justice Education: Contributions from Paulo Freire and the Pedagogues of Liberation” at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. Then, it’s time to celebrate the Latino/a culture with the annual Noche de Familia featuring live music by Afinca'o at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 in Alumni Hall. Finally, the Brazilian Clarinet Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Recital Hall. All events are free!

Clarinet competition

Northeastern will host an international clarinet ensemble competition on Saturday, Oct. 18. The competition, which will include a variety of groups from across the United States and one from Colombia, will take place in the Auditorium.

Mark your calendar!


We’ve moved our tweets

Northeastern’s official Twitter account has changed names: We’re now the shorter, punchier @neiu! Be sure to follow along and tweet us to say hello.

It’s gone viral

Northeastern President Sharon Hahs snapped a photo of the blood moon on Wednesday from the top of the University’s parking structure. It quickly garnered 16 comments and almost 200 likes on Instagram!

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