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Friday, June 25, 2021

Northeastern Illinois University is preparing to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus for in-person instruction for Fall 2021! Learn about the return to campus plan, Northeastern’s participation in the Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade, and how you can win tickets to Lollapalooza or GrubHub gift cards for getting your COVID-19 vaccination! Plus, Student Counseling Services has self-care tips for caregivers. Read about all this and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern!

Around the Commons

Return to Campus

Northeastern Illinois University is preparing to have all students, faculty and staff return to campus for the Fall 2021 term, with the majority of classes being held in person! The University will continue to follow guidelines that meet or exceed the standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of Chicago. Northeastern has also adopted an Interim COVID-19 Return to Campus Policy. Anyone with questions about this temporary policy is encouraged to reach out to the COVID-19 Task Force at

White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

Northeastern Illinois University is an official participant in the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to ensure that our campus community has access to information about COVID-19, testing and vaccines. This week, we’d like you to read the COVID-19 Task Force update to learn how you can win tickets to Lollapalooza or GrubHub gift cards from the City of Chicago! In addition to our weekly COVID-19 Task Force updates, we will be sharing messaging about this campaign on social media and in upcoming editions of Noteworthy at Northeastern. Stay tuned for more!

Puerto Rican People's Day participants hold a banner reading NEIU For You

NEIU For You: Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade

Members of the Northeastern community walked in the Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade on Saturday, June 19 to show our support for Chicago's Puerto Rican community and spread the word about NEIU for You. NEIU for You is a one-time scholarship that covers tuition and mandatory fees for a full year for incoming first-year, full-time undergraduates and three credit hours for new undergraduate transfer students who register for six credit hours or more for Fall 2021.All prospective students who apply to Northeastern and are admitted as first-year students will automatically qualify for this initiative so long as they meet the eligibility requirements. 

And there’s more!

  • Registration is open for Second Half Summer and Fall 2021. Registration for Second Half: Summer 2021 ends at 11:59 p.m. June 30. Change of registration for Second Half: Summer 2021 begins July 1.
  • The last day of First Half: Summer 2021 classes is June 29. Final exams for this session will be held June 30-July 1. 
  • Second Half: Summer 2021 classes begin July 2. 

To do

NEIU Literacy Education Summer Professional Development Series

The Department of Literacy, Leadership, and Development will host a virtual professional development series on a number of topics in education beginning June 29 These workshops are open to the public with a fee of $25 per session or $75 for all four. CPDUs are awarded for each session. Read complete descriptions and sign up online. Questions can be directed to Jill Hallett at

Financial Aid for Transfer Students

All NEIU students are invited to join the Transfer Center at noon on June 30 for a one-hour virtual event on financial planning. During this event, students will learn more about financial aid and awards and ask Northeastern’s Office of Financial Aid questions. Sign-up is required. Questions can be directed to Associate Director of Transfer Enrollment Patricia Rodriguez at (773) 442-4139 or

In the media

  • Assistant Director of Career Development Lynette Correa-Velez was interviewed by Work Shift discussing how the pandemic has affected the workplace, education and how people are prepared for careers. 
  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Ed Stuart was a featured speaker for ASCM Chicago Chapter’s Economic Update Series on June 24, discussing price increases and inflation in the supply chain that impact the U.S. economy. 

Student Support Spotlight

Self-Care: Self-Care for Caregivers

Caregivers have unique self-care challenges. It can sometimes be difficult to make yourself and your needs a priority. However, self-care should not be confused with being selfish. It is necessary to take care of yourself to be at your optimal ability to help others. Student Counseling Services (SCS) recommends the following articles for caregivers to manage physical, emotional and mental well-being:

SCS has also provided some tips for helping individuals manage anxiety and worry they may be feeling, and listed some important resources. Students are welcome to contact SCS to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s SCS, 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.

More resources for students can be found on the Keep Learning website and the COVID-19 Student FAQ page. General information about Northeastern’s response to the pandemic and the latest University updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the NEIU Coronavirus Response page

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