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Friday, April 17, 2020

Northeastern Illinois University has seen how efforts like the Student Emergency Fund and Student Pantry help ease some of the stress COVID-19 has placed on students. Now, Northeastern is removing one more barrier: standardized test scores. Read more about this Fall 2020 admissions initiative, newly tenured faculty, virtual events and more in this edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

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Fall 2020 enrollment application change

Effective immediately, Northeastern’s Fall 2020 admissions decisions will be made strictly using grade-point average and curriculum, removing the requirement for standardized test scores. “We clearly saw standardized test scores as an obstacle to a student pursuing a college degree,” said Northeastern’s head of enrollment, John Fraire. “High school students are under a lot of stress, and this is one way to alleviate that stress and move them toward a college degree.” More than 500 existing Fall 2020 applicants who were listed as incomplete due to a missing ACT or SAT score will now have their applications for enrollment reviewed on a priority basis. 

Tenure awarded to seven faculty members

Northeastern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees approved the award of tenure to seven members of the faculty during the April 16 meeting. The newly tenured faculty members are:

  • Elyse Bolterstein, Biology
  • Andrew Brake, Social Work
  • Nadja Insel, Earth Science
  • Ting Liu, Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Michelle Oh, Library
  • Isidore Udoh, Health Sciences and Physical Education
  • Julia Valley, Health Sciences and Physical Education

Climate and culture survey

As part of its efforts to embrace a culture of inclusion, Northeastern is evaluating its living, learning and working environment with a climate and culture survey that runs through April 27. (See the breakdown of participation on the NEIyou site.) When the survey closes, the resulting assessment will allow NEIU to improve its campus climate by addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities identified in the assessment. All students and employees are encouraged to take the anonymous survey and then enter an awards drawing.

And there’s more!

  • Two Northeastern students won awards from the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Megan Wilhelm (Music major) won first place in Advanced College/Independent Studio Treble and Isaih Brown (Music major) won honorable mention in Advanced College/Independent Studio TBB. Both are students of Robert Heitzinger, acting chair of the Department of Music and Dance. 
  • Northeastern student Rachel Mudloff (Spanish and Secondary education, Spanish K-12 major) earned the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship from Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
  • Professor of Earth Science Laura L. Sanders and alumna Lynnette Murphy (B.S. ‘18 Environmental Science) published an article titled “Atrazine removal from water by activated charcoal cloths” in the Elsevier journal International Soil and Water Conservation Research. The article was also co-authored by researchers at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory and the Plant Polymer Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research.
  • The Black Student Success Committee has created the Black Student Professional Member Fees Initiative, which will accept applications through April 24, or until the funds are exhausted.
  • Northeastern’s Ronald Williams Library has released an online version of the 2020 Faculty Publications and Creative Works presentations. The library is also seeking student applicants for the 7th Annual Awards for Excellence in Research. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 1. 

Events at home

Though its buildings are locked, Northeastern has adapted by creating remote events. Please email to submit events for consideration in future editions of Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

  • Watch the 2020 Northeastern Programming Board Talent Show and vote for your favorite performer until 9:30 p.m. April 17. Students who vote are eligible to win an Amazon gift card.
  • The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs will host two virtual study groups. Sessions will take place from 10-11 a.m. April 20 and April 27, via Google Hangouts. Use the Virtual Study Groups form to register and learn more.  
  • The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs will host two virtual stress-free zones. Sessions will take place from 6-7 p.m. April 21 and April 28 via Google Hangouts. To learn more or to register, view the Pedroso Center Stress-Free Zone form.
  • The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs will host a Sister Talk for students who self-identify as womxn and femme women of color from 2-3 p.m. April 23 via Google Hangouts. Use the Sister Talk sign-up form to register and learn more. 

In the media

  • Ensemble Español performed an  “At Home with the Auditorium” session on April 12. If you missed the live stream, the video is now up on the Auditorium Theatre’s Facebook page. 

Alumni leaders

A photo of a woman smiling into the camera is over the quoted text: "This is new territory for all of us, so I'm checking in with teachers to make sure they feel good and prepared for the upcoming weeks. I'm also checking in with the students to make sure they are feeling safe and healthy." -Eileen Rayahin, B.A. '15 Elementary Education

The Alumni Association has launched a webpage to share stories about the work Northeastern graduates are doing related to COVID-19. Those interested in sharing are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Stories form

Student Support Spotlight

Career Development

Career Development has created a job resources webpage during COVID-19. The site includes information about essential jobs that are hiring, paid internships, unemployment benefits and other career-focused resources. Career Development has also compiled a series of upcoming webinars offered through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for anyone interested in working for the federal government. All sessions are free. 

Writing Your Federal Résumé

This in-depth webinar provides attendees with the tips and tools needed to write a competitive federal résumé.

Navigating USAJOBS: Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

This webinar provides a step-by-step process for navigating USAJOBS. Topics include job searching, creating your account/profile, reviewing job opportunity announcements, applying and application status.


This in-depth webinar on the federal government interview process explains the types of interviews, delivery methods, common questions, responding using the Situation/Task, Action, Result (STAR) method and preparing for an interview.

Career Development staff are still meeting with students and alumni remotely. Appointments can be made by emailing or calling (773) 442-4680.

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