Marisela Palma Barraza in an orange blazer and striped shirt standing near a bring wall

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Northeastern Illinois University Physical Education major Marisela Palma Barraza is ending her undergraduate career with a slam dunk. She was named Major of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) America at the organization's 135th National Convention and Expo, held virtually April 13-17, 2021.

A photo of Julio Arreola with the Chicago River and city skyline behind him

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With a dream job already lined up after graduation, Finance major Julio E. Arreola is looking forward to spring Commencement.

NEIU alumna Sylwia Zalinska with her sister, Aneta, who is expected to graduate from NEIU in Fall 2020. They wearing zodiac shirts from their company SilkAndScales.

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Northeastern Illinois University alumna Sylwia Zalinska (B.S. ’18 Psychology) and her sister, Aneta (B.S. Marketing, expected Fall ’20), co-founded a shop that has been featured on a national talk show and sold out an entire line of products for the 2020 holiday season.

Photo of Colleen Lammel-Harmon at Chicago's lakefront

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Colleen Lammel-Harmon is student in Northeastern's Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program. She's also a part of Chicago's new Social Distance Ambassador program with the Chicago Park District where she serves as the senior project manager of health and wellness.

Photo of Gabriela Buitrón Vera near a waterfront by Laura Waldron Photography

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Gabriela Buitrón Vera earned her bachelor's degree from Northeastern in 2011. Now, she's about to become the first in her family to earn a Ph.D.

A photo of Victoria Puccini de Castro at a NEIU Student Symposium

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When Victoria Puccini de Castro visited Chicago in 2015, she knew the school could help her achieve her dreams of studying abroad and earning her college degree. She may not have imagined that her choice would land her a full scholarship to an Ivy League university doctoral program.

Photo of Nissa Rhee (left) and Diane Bou Khalil (right) at Northeastern's El Centro library.

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If Diane Bou Khalil could aspire to be like anyone, she’d choose British-Iranian journalist Christiane Amanpour. With Bou Khalil’s passion for journalism, international background and education from Northeastern Illinois University, she’s on her way to walking in her favorite reporter’s footsteps.

Photo of John and Marianela Crissman looking at a book in the Ronald Williams library.

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As John and Marianela Crissman prepare to celebrate their third Valentine’s Day as a married couple, they are less than three months away from earning their M.S. in Computer Science degrees together.

Photo of Sherry Williams at Chicago's Bud Billiken parade.

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Sherry Williams never dreamed she would return to school at age 55. When she did, the president and founder of the Bronzeville Historical Society decided to attend Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS).​​​​​​​

Photo of people walking up a staircase

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When Patricia Morales and José Flores Sanchez came to Northeastern Illinois University, neither anticipated that their education in the Department of Sociology would put them on a path to becoming the first people in their families to earn Ph.D.s.