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Claudia Hernandez at the new El Centro construction site

Destined to Empower Others

June 16, 2014

In May of 2014, Claudia Hernandez earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Northeastern Illinois University. It was the first major step in realizing her lifelong goal of becoming a social worker—a goal born from tragedy. When she was just seven years old, Claudia’s father passed away unexpectedly. “My father’s death made me a sensitive child,” Hernandez said. “I remember crying in bed every night and out of nowhere in my second-grade class. For that reason I was referred to the school social worker. Her help during that time motivated me to become a social worker.”
Alireza Dorestani, associate professor, accounting

The Saturday morning professor

June 23, 2014

According to Alireza Dorestani, associate professor of accounting at Northeastern Illinois University, his greatest scholarly accomplishment isn’t his three master’s degrees or his two Ph.D.s—one in economics and one in accounting. It’s not his 10 publications in refereed journals or the 12 presentations he’s given in the last four-and-a-half years alone. It’s not even the teaching awards he’s earned—the College of Business and Management Excellence in Teaching Award or the Northeastern Illinois University Student Choice Award.
Shencheng Xu, associate professor, art

If you live in Chicago, chances are you know Shencheng Xu.

June 23, 2014

If you’ve ever walked past the Music Box Theatre or sat in the sun beside the statues of the “Happy Family” in the Healing Garden at Ronan Park, or if you’ve ever dropped your kids off at Avoca West Elementary School or glimpsed “Gourd Man” in Village Green Park, you’re familiar with the work of Shencheng Xu. Since he began teaching sculpture at Northeastern Illinois University in 2003, Xu has been selected every year—that’s 12 straight years—to have his art publicly displayed around Chicago. 
Stijepko “Step” Tokic, assistant professor, business law

There is more than one path to the top

June 23, 2014

Stijepko “Step” Tokic recently delivered a paper at PatCon 4—the largest annual conference for patent scholars in the world—on reverse payment settlements in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to his international presentations, he has published widely, most recently in top-rated journals like Stanford Technology Law Review, the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s AIPLA Quarterly Journal.
Dr. Jon Hageman

Research @NEIU: Anthropology Professor Joins Field Museum, Receives Federal Grant To Build Plant-Use Database

June 18, 2014

Dr. Jon Hageman, Associate Professor in Anthropology, has been appointed Research Associate at the Chicago Field Museum, in recognition of his work with the museum's Searle Herbarium. Dr. Hageman also received a National Science Foundation grant from the area of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (Archeaology-Senior Research Program) to complete an online Mesoamerican ethnobotanical database. 

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