An exterior view of the El Centro building

Friday, March 22, 2019

Northeastern Illinois University is the only university in the Midwest that will partner with Google on an exciting new program for incoming freshmen who are interested in computer science. Read about the new summer program, the 10th anniversary of Alternative Spring Break and much more in Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

The Google logo

Google Summer Institute

Northeastern is one of nine colleges and universities from around the nation—and the only institution in the Midwest—that have partnered with Google to pilot the Computer Science Summer Institute Extension Program during the summer of 2019. This experience will take place at El Centro. CSSI-Extension is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology—especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. Northeastern is now accepting applications at

A group of Alternative Spring Break students in yellow shirts visit the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination

Alternative Spring Break

Spring break may bring to mind thoughts of wild beach parties or relaxing staycations—but at Northeastern, the annual week with no classes can be so much more. For the past 10 years, students have been using the time to immerse themselves in the service of others through a program called Alternative Spring Break (ASB). About 300 students have participated in ASB over the past decade, traveling to locations as close as Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood and as far away as Guatemala. “It’s not necessarily about building a house and having it be done,” Assistant Director of Student Leadership Development Rae Joyce Baguilat said. “It’s about questioning why there is housing insecurity and things of that nature and how we can help in the future.” To mark the program’s 10-year anniversary, Northeastern is inviting past participants back for a reunion on March 28.

More than a dozen young men pose with President Gibson at the 6th Annual Young Men of Color Summit at Northeastern

Young Men of Color Summit

More than 350 high school students visited the Main Campus on March 15 as Chicago Public Schools hosted its 6th Annual Young Men of Color Summit at Northeastern. The event was sponsored by the CPS Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA). Students participated in workshops and campus tours. Admitted seniors had the opportunity to meet with Northeastern Admissions staff to discuss next steps for enrollment. President Gloria J. Gibson greeted the students with a powerful message and Interim Associate Provost for Student Success and Retention Francisco Gaytán addressed the students at the closing of the event. Peer mentors and GEAR UP staff assisted with campus tours and directing students. Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc. performed for the students, and Goldie made a special appearance to engage with students.

And there’s more!

In the media

  • Medill News Service interviewed Social Work major Orlando Mayorga for its story about the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated people upon their return to society.
  • The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Dance for Life benefit concert will include a dance tribute to Ensemble Español founder Libby Komaiko, who passed away earlier this year.
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke with alumnus Eddie Bocanegra (B.A. ’12 Social Work) for his “Chicago Stories” podcast.
  • See Chicago Dance reported on the Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s 5th annual Stomping Grounds Percussive Festival, which is dedicated to Komaiko. Ensemble Español will perform April 3 at Garfield Park Conservatory and April 13 at the Beverly Arts Center.
  • Media writer Robert Feder reported that alumna Stephanie Tichenor (B.A. ’07 Communication, Media and Theatre) has been named program director at WLS 890-AM.
  • WFMT broadcast Brisil Guitar Duo’s Feb. 15 performance in the Jewel Box Series.
  • reported that alumnus Randall Coxworth (B.A. ’96 Philosophy and Political Science) has been named a senior managing director for management consulting firm Ankura.

To do

A sweet celebration

The NEIU Foundation will host the Sweet Success Shindig from 3-5 p.m. March 27 in Alumni Hall North to celebrate the successful completion of the Transforming Lives fundraising campaign. The event will include make-your-own sundaes and other treats.

Mark your calendar!


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