The sun sets over the Main Campus.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Well, this is a nice pick-me-up in the middle of winter: Two members of the Northeastern Illinois University faculty have earned Fulbright Scholars Awards! And that’s not all: We’re also looking ahead to the spring return of the community garden. Warm up with that news and more!

Around the Commons

Two Fulbright Scholars Awards

Professor of History Patrick Miller and Assistant Professor of Biology Cindy Voisine have received Fulbright Scholars Awards for the academic year 2016-17. Miller has been named the 2016–2017 Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki, where he will teach in the Program in North American Studies/Department of World Cultures. Voisine will conduct research in Heidelberg, Germany, during the Fall 2016 semester. Voisine will conduct her research in the laboratory of Bernd Bukau, Research Group Leader of Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie and Division Head of Deutsches Konsortium für Translationale Krebforschung, at the University of Heidelberg.

SENCER grant for science courses

The National Center for Science & Civic Engagement has awarded Northeastern a Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institute 2015 Post-Institute Implementation Award. With its $3,000 grant, Northeastern will embed civic engagement components into two newly designed courses that support the preparation of middle school science teachers. The courses will be implemented in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Call for funding

Northeastern participated in a regional press conference on Feb. 19 at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a member of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education to urge lawmakers to end the budget impasse. Student Government Association President Nicholas Martinez delivered remarks as Northeastern’s representative to the event that featured students, labor and business leaders, and alumni. On Feb. 17, more than 50 Northeastern students, faculty and staff traveled to Springfield to rally around funding for higher education and MAP with several other public universities.

Volunteers needed

Northeastern will host more than 100 of the state’s smartest high school students for the 2016 Illinois Academic Decathlon on March 12. Organizers are seeking faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members who want to volunteer as judges, timekeepers and more. The event runs from 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m., and training and lunch will be provided the day of the event. Interested volunteers should contact the University Honors Program Office at (773) 442-6044 or, or stop by the office in B 141.

Get in on NEIUGround

Registration is now open for plots in the NEIUGround community garden. Learn how to grow your own food and share what you learn with fellow students, faculty, staff and neighbors in the community. People interested in gardening at NEIUGround do not need any gardening experience. Membership is $85 per year and includes a 4-by-8-foot plot, some supplies and gardening lessons.

And there’s more!

In the media

Three-time All-Star

It’s not just the NBA players who are honored with appearances in the All-Star Game. Northeastern alumnus and longtime referee Danny Crawford (B.A. ’76 Secondary Education - Physical Education) was featured by the Chicago Tribune for making his third appearance in the annual showcase game on Feb. 14. “Everybody’s dying to get to the All-Star break for rest. But you also have your fingers crossed saying, ‘Maybe I’ll get picked for the All-Star Game,’ ” Crawford told the Tribune. “When you get the call to actually work the game, you find that second wind. You say, ‘Let me turn this energy up.’ Because it’s a fun game.”

Also in the media ...

  • The Chicago Tribune reported that former Assistant Professor of English Julie Iromuanya has been shortlisted for 2016 PEN Literary Awards.
  • eNews Park Forest reported that Megan Hughes (B.A. ’09 Special Education) has been awarded tenure at Prairie State College.
  • A refereed journal from Porto University in Portugal published a review of Education Professor Emeritus Edward Odisho’s book “Pronunciation is in the Brain, Not in the Mouth.”
  • The Chattanoogan reported that Harshad Shah (B.S. ’80 Chemistry) has been named to the advisory board of directors at First Tennessee Bank.

To do

Jacob H. Carruthers Conference

The Kemetic Institute’s 11th annual Jacob H. Carruthers Conference will take place from Feb. 20 in Donn F. Bailey Legacy Hall at the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. Free and open to the public, the conference’s theme is “Intellectual Warfare and African Liberation.”

‘In the Blood’

Stage Center Theatre will launch Suzan-Lori Parks’ “In the Blood” on Feb. 25. Hester, a homeless mother of five, struggles to raise her children and escape the harsh world of poverty. While Hester’s children fill her life with joy, rendered in lovingly comic moments, the adults she encounters ensure the play’s tragic end.

Education Job Fair

Northeastern will host an Education Job Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The free event is open to the public. Attendees should bring plenty of resumes, which are required for entry, and are encouraged to dress professionally.

Mark your calendar!


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