Northeastern Illinois University President Sharon Hahs addresses the crowd during the El Centro grand opening on Sept. 30.

Friday, October 3, 2014

What a week for Northeastern Illinois University as the grand opening of the new El Centro location in Avondale drew rave reviews. We’ve got everything you need to know about the warm reception to El Centro and more from around Northeastern.

Around the Commons

El Centro grand opening

Wow! After years of planning, Northeastern unveiled its new El Centro building on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Attended by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and many more dignitaries, the grand opening was a huge success. “This building is a symbol of who we are and what we will be,” Durbin said. We completely agree. Check out our gallery of photos from the gala, then scroll down for links to all of the media coverage of the grand opening and ribbon-cutting.

At the HACU conference

Northeastern President Sharon Hahs will attend the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 28th Annual Conference on Oct. 4-6 in Denver, Colo., with a contingent from the University.

DCFS Latino Family Institute

Northeastern will host the 26th annual Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Latino Family Institute on Friday, Oct. 10. The theme for the event is Latinos Matter: Promoting our Identity and Culture in Child Welfare.

Music, media and education

Northeastern associate professor and assistant director of the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies Lance Williams will participate in a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 8, titled “How Music and the Media Affects Today’s Education.” The event, which is not open to the pubic, will take place at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.

Undergrads welcome

Northeastern will host its fall undergraduate Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 8. With more than 70 faculty and staff on hand, we highlighted eight Golden Eagles who prospective students won’t want to miss.

In the media

Chicago loves El Centro

“This boldly sculpted academic structure is an eye grabber at any speed.” That’s how Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin described El Centro is in his review of the new building. Across the spectrum, reaction to Northeastern’s new location in Avondale was overwhelmingly positive:

Speaking of architecture ...

Not to be forgotten, the Jerome M. Sachs Administration Building on Northeastern’s main campus was the subject of a fun architectural story on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”

Running for alderman

Talk about being active in the community: Northeastern student Peter Sifnotis is running for alderman in West Rogers Park. "I've always been interested in city politics," he told DNAinfo Chicago. "I love the city and want it to succeed."

Also in the media ...

To do

Coming soon

Ensemble Español announced this week that it will present “Rotas,” a theater and dance production that examines issues related to domestic violence. Performances will take place in the Auditorium on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. A question-and-answer session will be presented following each performance.

Mark your calendar!


Gotta be El Centro

It’s been an El Centro kind of week, so why don’t we extend that to social media as well? Northeastern’s gorgeous new location also is active on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check them out and say hello!

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