We have a Commencement speaker—and she boasts an EGOT! (If you don’t know what an EGOT is, you definitely want to Google it.) Find out more about plans for Rita Moreno’s Commencement address, the Center for College Access and Success’ new partnership and Family Day at the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies.
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Hello, Rita Moreno!
Award-winning actress Rita Moreno will be the speaker for Northeastern’s Commencement ceremony on May 11. Moreno belongs to an elite group of performers, having won each of the entertainment industry's most prestigious awards: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony and the Grammy. During the Commencement ceremony, Moreno will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of her outstanding achievements. The news was quickly reported by the Sun-Times, My Fox Chicago and DNAinfo Chicago.
Spring Literary Conference
In partnership with the Chicago Area Reading Association, the Department of Literacy Education will co-host a spring literacy conference on April 18. Practicing and aspiring K-12 teachers can register for the event, where they will have the opportunity to engage in several breakout sessions focused on helping students develop academic vocabulary and enhance literacy skills. Peter Fisher, co-author of “Teaching Academic Vocabulary K-8,” will be the keynote speaker.
Fellowship Initiative partners
The Center for College Access and Success has been selected to partner with JPMorgan Chase to support The Fellowship Initiative, an academic and social enrichment program that helps young men of color achieve personal and professional success.
A generous donation
Professor Emerita Elyse Mach is being recognized for her donation of recordings and transcripts of legendary jazz pianists to Yale University’s Oral History of American Music archive. “Grand Pianists of Jazz” consists of a series of interviews by Mach with jazz greats such as Marian McPartland, Billy Taylor and Ramsey Lewis.
Haleh Emrani, an entrepreneur, engineer, historian and philanthropist, will deliver the inaugural talk in Northeastern’s Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Servant Leadership Lecture series on April 17. Emrani’s lecture is titled “Dawn of a New Era of Leadership: When Ideas in Business, Academia and Philanthropy Converge.”
And there’s more!
- 154 projects will be presented at Northeastern’s 23rd Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium at several locations throughout the main campus on April 17. More than 200 students will participate as presenters and co-authors.
- On April 10, El Centro will host a Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities summit focused on preparing students for internships and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Check out the pictures from the Northeastern chapter of the American Marketing Association’s Etiquette Dinner on Feb. 7.
In the media
Tune in for ‘The Homestretch’
“The Homestretch,” a documentary that prominently features a Northeastern student, professor and alumna, will make its international broadcast TV premiere on April 13. In Chicago, the movie will air on WTTW at 9 p.m. Here is a Northeastern story about the student, Roque Sanchez (pictured above), from November 2014, when the movie screened on the main campus.
Ask him anything
Richard Kilpatrick, an assistant professor of Accounting, Business Law and Finance, was the latest faculty member featured in Northeastern’s partnership with The Mash, the Chicago Tribune’s weekly publication for teens. Kilpatrick answered questions about Twitter, internships and the difference between attending school in a city versus a “college town.”
Also in the media ...
- Al Jazeera America quoted Economic Professor Emeritus Edward Stuart in a story about the Chicago mayoral race.
- WBEZ quoted Robert T. Starks, a professor emeritus at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, in a story about how Rahm Emanuel won the Chicago mayoral election.
Carruthers Center Family Day
The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies will host its first annual Family Day on Saturday, April 18. In conjunction with the Carruthers Center’s 49-year anniversary, Family Day was created to celebrate the center’s activism and scholarship for the African-American community. There will also be an information session with admissions and financial aid staff for students desiring to further their education.
Mark your calendar!
- “Guys and Dolls” ($10; free for students and staff), 7:30 p.m. April 10-11, Auditorium
- Asian American Heritage Awards Gala and Graduate Recognition, 5:30 p.m. April 10, Alumni Hall
- Piano Showcase (free), 7:30 p.m. April 13, Recital Hall
- Open Mic with AAARC (free), 3 p.m. April 14, Pedroso Center
- Percussion Showcase (free), 3:05 p.m. April 14, Recital Hall
- Long Night Against Procrastination (free), 7 p.m.-midnight, Ronald Williams Library
- Composers and Songwriters Showcase (free), 7:30 p.m. April 14, Auditorium
- Voice Showcase (free), 7:30 p.m. April 15, Recital Hall
- Visiting Writers Series: Elva Treviño Hart (free), 3 p.m. April 16, Recital Hall
- Computer Science Alumni Career Panel and Job Fair (free), 3 p.m. April 16, Alumni Hall
- EmpowHERment Group (free), 3 p.m. April 16, Pedroso Center
- “Unlikely Connections Examined: A Scholarly Journey” presentation by Mateo Farzaneh (free), 3 p.m. April 16, Pedroso Center
- Jazz Lab Band (free), 3:05 p.m. April 16, Auditorium
- NEIU Guitar Ensemble (free), 7:30 p.m. April 16, Auditorium
- “Endgame” ($10), April 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24 at 7:30 pm and April 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Stage Center Theatre
- Jewel Box Series: Kontras String Quartet ($15/$25), 7:30 p.m. April 17, Recital Hall
- ARTRAVAGANZA Juried Student Art Exhibition Reception and Awards (free), 6 p.m. April 17, Fine Arts Building
- Junior Voice Recitals (free), 1 p.m. April 18, Recital Hall
- Junior Guitar Recitals (free), 3 p.m. April 18, Recital Hall
May graduates and guests: Let your pride shine! Use hashtag #NEIUgrad on all your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts on Commencement day for a chance to be seen on the UIC Pavilion’s big screen. Go, Golden Eagles!
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