NEIU in the News
Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, associate professor, psychology and women’s studies, was featured in the Chicago Tribune on March 12. Hollis-Sawyer, whose research focuses on gerontology, praised a drum circle program for residents at a local senior center.
The Jewish Week featured Ellen Cannon, professor, political science and women’s studies, in a story published on March 12. Cannon discussed issues of concern to Jewish voters in relation to John McCain’s presidential campaign.
Ed Stuart, professor, economics and international/intercultural studies, appeared on CNN on March 7. Stuart discussed which regions of the country are being hardest hit with unemployment.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell quoted Conrad Worrill, professor, inner city studies education, and director, Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, on March 2. Worrill commented on Sen. Barack Obama’s rejection of support from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
The February 22 issue of the Kenosha News featured a play produced by Steve Brown, professor, educational leadership and development, and directed by Jim Blair, instructor, communication, media and theatre. Chris Leonard, instructor, communication, media and theatre, acted in the production. Blair appeared in a photograph that ran alongside the story about this production of “The Giver,” a play based on a futuristic juvenile novel by Newberry Award-winning author Lois Lowry.
The February 3 issue of La Raza reported on the official opening of the ASPIRA Early College High School at NEIU’s El Centro Campus. Through its partnership with NEIU, ASPIRA Early College students can earn up to two years of college credits. The dual-enrollment program will ensure that all students graduate prepared to successfully complete college-level work.
The February 7 issue of the Lawndale News reported on NEIU’s new Substance Abuse, HIV and Hepatitis Program (SAHHP) Initiative. The article announced that the University received a $225,000 grant to provide educational and support services to Latino students through a peer-to-peer approach.
Robert Starks, associate professor, inner city studies education, commented on the influence of blacks on the presidential primary elections in Chicago for a story in the January-February issue of the Chicago Reporter. Starks said that an increase in voter turnout among blacks in Chicago has been due to the popularity of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.
The January 30 issue of Hoy featured NEIU’s ENLACE fellows program. Twelve ENLACE graduates were photographed at the December 2007 commencement ceremony along with Janet Fredericks, dean, Graduate College; President Sharon Hahs; and Santos Rivera, senior executive director, affirmative action and institutional outreach initiatives.
Michelle Thall, instructor, health, physical education, recreation, and athletics, was featured in the January 30 issue of the Pioneer Press News-Star and the Wicker Park Booster. Thall, whose photo appeared alongside a story, discussed the health and fitness strategies she teaches students in her First-Year Experience course "Chicago Body Works."
Ron Panzer, naturalist and manager, NEIU’s Gensberg-Markham Prairie, was featured in the January 16 issue of the Galena Gazette and the January 28 issue of the Freeport Journal-Standard. Panzer gave a talk about the importance of insects and the significant role they play in the prairies of Illinois at an annual lecture series on environmental issues held on February 16 at Highland Community College.
The January 29 issue of the Chicago Sun-Times featured Murrell Duster, dean, academic development. The story, which ran alongside a photo of Duster, reported on the 25th annual Black Creativity Gala held at the Museum of Science and Industry on January 26. On December 20, the Chicago Defender announced Duster’s appointment as a distinguished chair of the event. This year’s program explored the historic and current contributions African Americans have made in film and television.
Conrad Worrill, director, Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, was featured in New Mexico’s Las Cruces Sun-News on January 29. The story featured highlights of this year’s Black History Month events at New Mexico State University, where Worrill presented a lecture titled "Obama: Hope vs. Reality."
Ed Stuart, professor, economics, was interviewed by Univision Ch.66 for the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Friday, January 4. Stuart discussed the impact of the recent increase in the unemployment rate and how that may signal the beginning of an economic recession.
The Winter 2008 issue of Chicago Wilderness featured Ron Panzer, naturalist and manager, NEIU’S Gensberg-Markham Prairie. The article reported on the 10 biggest trends in biodiversity over the last 10 years in the Chicago area. Panzer discussed the problems posed to the ecosystem by invasive species, including cattails, certain wildflowers and rare grasses.
Paul O’Hara, chair and professor, mathematics, was featured in a November 28 article in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal. In the article, O’Hara discussed his commitment to a religious community known as Focolare. O’Hara also was photographed for a similar story, titled "Discovering fellowship in faith - Movement calls lay faithful to live, minister together," in the Chicago Tribune on August 17.
On November 1, the Chicago Tribune’s At Random section reported on the University’s recent award of $2.8 million in Title V funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will provide funds for courses and other programs to improve literacy and graduation rates among Latino students.
President Sharon Hahs was featured as the cover story in the Korean newspaper Better Life on October 13. In the article, Hahs talked about the importance of diversity in higher education as well as fostering relationships with the local Korean American community. The article also mentioned that NEIU provided a venue for the election of the 28th president of the Korean American Association.
President Sharon Hahs met with the editorial board of Hoy and was later featured in the November 28 issue. In the article, Hahs discussed the many accolades the University has received for serving ethnic minorities, including the national 2007 Outstanding Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Member Institution Award. Hahs also mentioned that the University recently was recognized as one of the top universities in the nation for the number of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to students of diverse ethnic backgrounds by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.