An illustrated golden eagle's head rendered in shaded of brown, gold and blue and the letters NEIU

Friday, February 26, 2021

Goldie’s got a brand-new look! In this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern, remeet Goldie, Northeastern’s beloved golden eagle mascot, check out the Pedroso Center’s Womxn’s HERstory Month events and watch some videos featuring Northeastern community members who were in the news for Black Heritage Month. 

Around the Commons

Remeet Goldie!

In 2019, Northeastern Illinois University took part in a marketing research initiative to help the University better understand its audience and personality. After a comprehensive analysis of peer institutions, creating over 25 unique versions of our beloved golden eagle mascot and soliciting feedback from the Northeastern community, Northeastern is excited to present the new Goldie illustration! You can order all your Goldie gear at Northeastern’s online bookstore.  

Love the new Goldie logo? Share your excitement with our Goldie frame on Facebook! Don’t forget to tag @NEIULife on Facebook and Instagram or @NEIU on Twitter to show off your new Goldie swag.  

And there’s more!

  • The University has extended the Spring 2021 withdrawal deadline to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. 
  • Associate Professor of Communication, Media and Theatre Edie Rubinowitz published a story on WBEZ about a new website to help people find COVID-19 vaccines.  
  • The ChicagoCHEC Research Fellows Program is accepting applications for the Summer 2021 cohort through Feb. 28. 
  • Student applications for the 28th NEIU Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium are open until March 8. The virtual conference will be held April 22-23.
  • Northeastern's Green Fee Committee is accepting new proposals for sustainable projects related to any of the NEIU locations. Students, faculty and staff can contact for a pre-proposal submission. All pre-proposals are due by 8 p.m. March 4.
  • 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 2020 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 for more information.

To do

Womxn’s HERstory Month

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs invites the University community to celebrate Womxn’s HERstory Month 2021 by participating in a series of virtual events. Next week’s events include: 

To view the complete schedule and sign up for more events, visit the 2021 Womxn’s HERstory Month website.

In the media

Remembering the 1972 Black Political Convention

Political Science Professor Emeritus Bob Starks was featured on a WGN Black History Month segment on the 1972 Black Political Convention.

Diversity in the Newsroom

Alumnus Robert Jordan (M.A. '94 Speech) took part in a virtual panel discussion on WIVB about the importance of diversity in the newsroom. 

Also in the media  

  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Edward Stuart was a guest on the eBizChat podcast discussing finances and the economy in 2021. Stuart is also scheduled to be a guest speaker for APICS-Chicago’s Economic Outlook Update Series on March 4. 
  • Orchestra Director Benjamin Firer was mentioned in a Patch article about the upcoming Metropolitan Youth Symphony virtual winter concert, which he will conduct  on March 3. 
  • Alumnus George Vukotich (B.A. ’80 Business and Management) was featured in the Racine County Eye for being named founding director of the Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities by UW-Parkside. 

Student Support Spotlight

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services has provided some tips for helping individuals manage anxiety and worry they may be feeling, and listed some important resources. The following resources are also recommended for teachers, families and students to help manage self-care in workplaces: 

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 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.

Student Food Pantry

The Student Food Pantry has a new partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will now be able to offer fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to canned and other non-perishable items. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the Student Food Pantry will continue its online ordering service through a new system and steps to complete orders are available on the Student Pantry website. Hours of operation are 1-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday. For questions, please contact Chris Maxwell at

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