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Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Recess is here already? Indeed! Before you start the countdown to Commencement in May, be sure to read the latest news on two Northeastern Illinois University faculty members who co-authored a book, watch a heartwarming video of an on-campus engagement and mark your calendar for upcoming events.

Around the Commons

A new book

Associate Professors of Psychology Amanda Dykema-Engblade and Lisa Hollis-Sawyer have co-authored a new book on aging. “Women and Positive Aging: An International Perspective,” published March 15, surveys the latest international research in the fields of psychology, gerontology and gender studies related to the aging issues faced by women. The book contains an emphasis on the positive aging perspective in gerontology research.


Love connection

Nawaf Habib (M.S. ’11 Biology) and Tanya Gorgis (B.S. ’11 Biology) met at Northeastern, graduated from Northeastern and, earlier this month, got engaged at Northeastern. (For the record, Habib also is now a Biology instructor at Northeastern.) Check out the video of the big moment—complete with flash-mob dance team!

Advocates for funding

President Sharon Hahs, Executive Director of Government Relations Suleyma Perez and Presidential Fellow Qiumei (Jane) Xu participated at the 21st Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education in Washington, D.C., on March 14-15. They visited with members of the congressional delegation to advocate for Title V funding and Higher Education Act Reauthorization language.

From the stage to the panel

The Chicago Dance History Project has announced that Ensemble Español founder Dame Libby Komaiko and Artistic Director Irma Suárez Ruiz will participate in a free discussion April 27 with Joel Hall of Joel Hall Dancers & Center and Hema Rajagopalan of Natya Dance Theatre. Conversations on Chicago Dance: Founding and Sustaining a Company will take place in from 6-7:30 p.m. in Ruggles Hall at Newberry Library. Komaiko and Suárez Ruiz also will participate in Moving Dialogs: Women in the Director's Chair panel discussion on April 26.

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern will be in Spring Recess from classes from March 21-27.
  • The city of Chicago has issued a Certificate of Recognition to Northeastern for its preventative work during a city-wide response to a meningococcal meningitis outbreak in 2015. In cooperation with Chicago’s Department of Public Health, Northeastern’s Office of Student Health and Counseling Services administered about 15 free preventative vaccinations to students and employees.
  • The Green Fee Committee will host the Green Business Conference in Alumni Hall on March 31.

In the media

Spreading the word

Two recent Social Work alumni have written stories for The New Social Worker online magazine as part of Social Work Month Project 2016. Edward Meredith (B.A. ’15 Social Work) wrote about his inspiration and experience at Northeastern, and Carm Tanhueco (B.A. ’15 Social Work) wrote about the life-changing experience that set her on her path.

Speaking of Social Work ...

Eddie Bocanegra (B.A. ’12 Social Work) continues to draw national attention for Urban Warriors, his project that pairs at-risk Chicago teens with combat veterans. Most recently, “Sunday Morning” on CBS featured Urban Warriors, which also has participated in activities with Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Adventure Program.

Also in the media ...

  • The Straits Times quoted Political Science Chair Jeffrey Hill in a story about Donald Trump’s potential in a general election.
  • Medill News Service reported on Northeastern’s Coming Out of the Shadows Day in support of undocumented students.

To do

Bridges to Employment

Northeastern will participate in a Bridges to Employment event on March 30. Held at four locations across the state, the free Bridges to Employment events assemble executives and senior managers from the public and private sectors to engage with veterans in panel discussions that focus on the unique strengths that veterans can leverage to meet employers’ needs.

Mark your calendar!

  • Spring Student Dance Concert, 8 p.m. March 18 and March 19, Auditorium
  • Silent Lunch, Noon March 23, Pedroso Center
  • Thursday Night Live: Electric Sheep, 10 p.m. March 24, Student Lounge


All about YouTube

It’s not just marriage proposal videos, of course. Check out Northeastern’s official YouTube channel to see speeches from special guests, coverage of University events and messages from the president.

Do you have a story tip? Let the public relations office know!
Mike Hines, Director of Public Relations,, (773) 442-4240