President Sharon Hahs

Friday, July 8, 2016

At the end of a town hall event on July 6, Northeastern Illinois University President Sharon Hahs announced that she will retire at the end of September. “It has been my honor and joy to work with committed and talented faculty and staff, serving bright and hard-working students, helping them to meet their professional and personal goals,” she told the audience in the Auditorium and watching on the live video broadcast.

Read much more about Hahs and the rest of the University’s news in this week’s edition of Noteworthy.

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President Hahs announces retirement

President Sharon Hahs has announced her plans to retire on Sept. 30 after nearly a decade at the helm. Since she assumed the role as president in 2007, Hahs has led transformative endeavors that expanded the University both academically and physically. At her departure she will have prepared Northeastern for the 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and the public launch of Transforming Lives, the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. Much more about Hahs’ departure and accomplishments is posted online.

‘It’s a good feeling to be a donor’

Looking for a way to pay it forward as well as memorialize a husband lost to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education Dean Maureen Gillette and her sister, Kim Zinman, created the Mark Zinman Scholarship for Special Education. Watch the moving video about their journey and determination.

And there’s more!

  • Assistant Professor of Economics Scott Hewgerty presented a paper titled “Inflation Volatility, Monetary Policy, and Exchange-Rate Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe: Evidence from Parametric and Nonparametric Analyses” at the Economic Challenges in Enlarged Europe 2016 conference on June 20 in Tallinn, Estonia. He also chaired a session.

In the media

Art as therapy

Glancer Magazine profiled Azizi Marshall (M.A. ’05 Speech; M.A. ’09 Counseling) of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy in Downers Grove. “Art-based therapeutic programs can help people of all ages express feelings that they couldn’t verbalize,” she told the magazine.

Also in the media ...

  • The Sun-Times published an obituary for Geralidine Lawhorn (B.A. ’83 University Without Walls), whom the newspaper described as “a teacher, African-American pioneer, pianist, poet, author, fashionista—as well as a huge fan of all things Harry Potter.”
  • The Lawndale News reported that Northeastern student Oscar Ramírez was selected for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Summer Congressional Internship.

To do


“Lounging,” a play written by former Communication, Media and Theatre Professor Jim Blair, has begun a monthlong run at Chicago's Filament Theatre. Several people with Northeastern connections have roles in the play: Sasha Gerritson, Dan Wirth, Jeff Wade, Dwan Buetow, Jill Matel, David Montalvo and Zanneta Smith. The play follows an unforgettable day in an inner-city high school teacher’s lounge.

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