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Noteworthy at Northeastern: Summer of opportunities

Friday, May 29, 2020

Summer is usually a time to relax between the spring and fall semesters. However, summer is also a great time to get ahead in your studies and learn a new skill. At Northeastern Illinois University, Full and First Half of Summer classes are underway, but there’s still time to register for the Second Half of Summer classes or enroll in a Summer Bridge program. Read about all this and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

Around the Commons

Second Half of summer and Fall 2020 

Registration is open for the Second Half of Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. Academic and financial aid counselors are meeting with students remotely to ensure students have everything they need to register for classes and continue on their chosen degree paths. The deadline for new students to apply for the Fall 2020 semester is July 15. All of Northeastern’s academic programs are listed on a new sortable webpage.

Summer Bridge

This summer, new, continuing and transfer students can take advantage of Summer Bridge Programs. EMERGE will offer an English Session and a Math Session to help students strengthen skills in those areas. The Urban Health and Wellness Summer Immersion Program will give participants the opportunity to explore urban health and wellness careers through activities and a college credit course. The Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI Online) will prepare students for computer science studies. Upon successful completion of the Google CSSI Online program, students will receive a tuition scholarship for one college credit class at NEIU for the Fall 2020 semester. The Summer Transition Program (STP) is designed to prepare first-year admitted students for college-level coursework for the fall semester, and a successful academic and social transition. All Summer Bridge Programs activities for 2020 will be remote. The Summer Bridge Program 2020 Application must be submitted by Friday, June 5. Please email sts@neiu.edu with any questions.  

Rotary Club

Three Social Work faculty members are scheduled to give online presentations for the Rotary Club of Chicago-O’Hare. Noe Mojica is scheduled to present “A Supportive Response to Fathers of Children with Cancer” on June 4.  Aissetu Ibrahima is scheduled to present “Advancing Human Rights, Social and Economic Justice while Tackling a Pandemic: What can we learn from COVID-19?” on June 11. Judith Rocha is scheduled to present “Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving in the Latinx Community” on June 18. 

And there’s more!

  • Assistant Professor of Education Brian D. Vivona co-authored a lit review about online and virtual internships, which was published by the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions.  
  • Physics Department Chair Paulo H. Acioli’s publication “Diffusion as a First Model of Spread of Viral Infection” was accepted to the American Journal of Physics. An early preprint of the article is now available on arXiv by Cornell University
  • Northeastern Illinois University’s Up to Us team placed in the top 10 of teams nationwide. The team, led by Economics Professor Christina Ciecierski, won $1,000, which will be used to put on a future event. 
  • Northeastern student Andrew Nehring (B.A. Marketing, expected ’20) published his second book, “David Massie and the Quantum Flux.” His first book, “Corrupted Light Chronicles: Demon,” was published in December 2019.  
  • Northeastern’s Bookstore is offering free ground shipping on domestic orders so students can still receive their books for courses, as well as order University-branded items such as notebooks and apparel.  
  • Many of Northeastern’s Community and Professional Education (CAPE) classes, including the new NEIU English Institute courses, are being offered remotely. Registration for many programs is now open. 
  • Ensemble Español is offering a variety of online dance classes this summer. 

Events at home

Though its buildings are locked, Northeastern has adapted by creating remote events. 

Department of Music and Dance

The Department of Music and Dance has launched a YouTube channel and will have weekly featured performances via Facebook. This week’s featured video features the NEIU Black Heritage Gospel Choir.

View all of Northeastern’s future events at neiu.edu/events. Please email public-relations@neiu.edu to submit events for consideration in future editions of Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

In the media

  • University Archivist Hanna Ahn was featured in an article on WTTW about the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings that took place at Northeastern in 1981. The footage and transcripts from the hearings are part of the University’s Japanese American Redress Collection
  • Associate Professor of Economics Michael G. Wenz was featured in an article on WalletHub about unemployment rates due to COVID-19. 
  • English Professor Timothy Barnett was featured in an Illinois Newsroom article about donations to Illinois prisons.
  • Assistant Professor of TESOL Ulugbek Nurmukhamedov was recently featured on Voice of America (Uzbek service) discussing how COVID-19 has influenced the education system in the U.S. and what teachers in Uzbekistan can learn from the U.S. experience. Nurmukhamedov was also featured in three webinars on Facebook for English Language Teaching in Uzbekistan (ELT UZ): “How to Publish in Academic Journals,” “Choosing TESOL programs in the U.S. (in Uzbek)” and “Five Test Formats to Assess Productive Vocabulary (in English).”
  • Professor Emerita of Psychology Suzanne Gaskins was recently quoted in Motherly about how boredom builds children’s resilience and creativity. 
  • Alumnus Eddie Bocanegra (B.A. ’12 Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Work) was interviewed on WTTW about gun violence in Chicago because of his work with READI Chicago. 

Alumni leaders

The Alumni Association has launched a webpage to share stories about the work Northeastern graduates are doing related to COVID-19. 

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This week’s featured alumni leader is Ryan Garcia. Garcia is currently a career counselor for the Noble Network of Charter Schools. In his role, he meets with alumni from all over the country who are currently enrolled in college, recent graduates, or pursuing alternative pathways after high school. Garcia is excited and thankful to still be able to coach and counsel Noble alumni virtually by videoconference or phone. Garcia also is planning to launch a podcast series in June that highlights Noble alumni in various career pursuits.

Those interested in sharing are encouraged to complete the COVID-19 Stories form

Student Support Spotlight

Career Development

Career Development has added a selection of on-demand workshops that students and alumni can watch at times convenient to their schedules. Current offerings include: 

  • The Science of the Resume 
  • The Science of the Cover Letter
  • A recording of the Virtual Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program Informational Session hosted earlier this month. This program provides students and recent alumni of all majors with valuable experience in the federal government and corporate sector. The deadline for Fall 2020 internship applications is Friday, June 5.

Students and alumni are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Career Development staff after viewing the workshops to receive more personalized advice. Appointments may be easily set up by calling (773) 442-4680 or emailing ocs@neiu.edu.  For more information, please contact Shannon Sibel at s-sibel@neiu.edu.

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