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April 2, 2012

Bimonthly e-newsletter for Alumni and Friends

Northeastern Illinois University

New El Centro Campus Planned

Northeastern Illinois University is moving forward with plans to relocate its El Centro campus to a new facility. The new campus is expected to be located near the intersection of Kimball Avenue and the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. The proposed facility will double the size of the current one, have ample parking and have excellent visibility.

Inaugural Jean B. Carlson Memorial Lectureship Presents Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

NEIU alumni and friends are invited to attend "Transformational Leadership: Creating and Sustaining Leaders for Tomorrow," a lecture by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Ph.D.

Hrabowski has served as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992. In 2009, Time magazine named him "One of America's Ten Best College Presidents."

Hrabowski's lecture is the first of the annual Jean B. Carlson Lectureship, which is named for the late NEIU educator. It was established by her  family and and friends in honor of Carlson's commitment to lifelong learning and her significant contributions to NEIU. It is the first endowed lecture series at NEIU. Read More

NEIU Spring Opera "Street Scene" Receives Grant

The NEIU Department of Music was awarded recently a grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. This prestigious organization offers funding only to the most serious and legitimate music schools/departments after a lengthy and rigorous application. The NEIU Department of Music, recently recognized and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, was one of the few selected for 2012. The monies were given to partially fund a full production of Weill's American opera "Street Scene," which will be presented at NEIU on April 11-14, 2012. Read More

NEIU Alumni Association Update

The NEIU Alumni Association (NEIUAA) has created a new Career Connections Job Club. The Club met for six Tuesday mornings during March and April, and workshop topics included creating a job search plan, personal branding and managing online profiles, strategic networking, successful interviewing, and more. Read More

The NEIUAA hosted its second Alumni Career Connections Day on Wednesday, March 28. The event engaged NEIU alumni from a variety of career fields to speak with current NEIU students about their prospective majors and career paths.

The second Washington, D.C., regional alumni event was held on Friday, March 23 at the University Club of Washington, D.C. Alums were treated to dinner and a program that included remarks from NEIU Trustee Jin Lee, NEIU President Sharon Hahs, and a prepared message from NEIU alumnus Jose Rico, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

If you are interested in participating or hosting a regional alumni event in your area, e-mail Melissa Thompson, assistant director of alumni relations, at  

Mini-Kane, Mini-Golf, Major Impact

The NEIU Foundation will kick off the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Chuck Kane Memorial Golf Outing with the new Mini-Kane Mini-Golf Outing on April 25. The Mini-Golf Outing will give students, faculty and staff an opportunity to have fun and de-stress before final exams.

This year's 40th Annual Chuck Kane Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 20 at the Highland Park Country Club. Since 1972, the outing has provided more than 100 NEIU student scholarships to students in need.   Read More

Five Students Win Presentation Awards at Minority Participation Symposium

In February, five NEIU students won awards for research presentations at the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Symposium in Chicago. The symposium engages students, particularly underrepresented students, in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. The students presented research conducted with NEIU faculty and with the support of NEIU's Student Center for Science Engagement.

The winners are:
Angela Varela , Biology, 1st Place, Oral Presentation 
Yaiyr Astudillo-Scalia , Biology, 2nd Place, Oral Presentation
Rodrigo Javier , Biology, 3rd Place, Oral Presentation
Alexandra Sakols , Chemistry, 2nd Place, Poster Presentation
Patricia James , Earth Science; 3rd Place, Poster Presentation

College of Education Wins Global Diversity Award

The NEIU College of Education (COE) was awarded the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's 2012 Best Practice Award in Support of Global Diversity. The award recognizes a school, college or department of education that fosters diversity, equity and global awareness as core elements of its teacher education program(s). The COE's Grow Your Own Teachers program has formed close partnerships with local organizations and school districts to recruit parents, community members and paraprofessionals from low-income communities into the teaching profession. NEIU currently manages five of the 16 Grow Your Own programs in Illinois. Read More

12th Annual International Business Conference

The NEIU College of Business and Management hosted its 12th annual International Business Conference in February. The conference, which focused on Asia Pacific, featured two days of workshops and presentations.

The keynote presentation was given by Thomas Huynh, author of the book "The Art of War: Doing Business in China." Following the conference, Huynh wrote in his blog, "Yesterday I witnessed with [my] own eyes the future business leaders of America. The NEIU students were precocious and all attention. They asked insightful questions and ... shared with each other the very best of Sun Tzu's principles. I had the strong sense the administrators truly cared about their students. The professors ... are like the dream team of instructors. They are not world famous, but to the students and me, they are better than that." Read More

As he has done since 2002, Professor Emeritus Durward "Doc" Hofler returned to campus to help organize the International Business Conference,  Even after his retirement in 2007, Hofler has remained committed to the conference, and to the students of NEIU. "Every new semester is still exciting!" said Hofler. Read More

Social Work Student Eddie Bocanegra Chosen as May 2012 Student Commencement Speaker

NEIU social work student Eddie Bocanegra has been chosen as the May 2012 student commencement speaker. Bocanegra was featured in the 2011 documentary film "The Interrupters," which tells the story of three violence interrupters who work to prevent violence in their Chicago neighborhoods. These violence interrupters work as part of Chicago’s CeaseFire initiative, which is led by NEIU alumnus Tio Hardiman (B.A. '03 Board of Governors). A story about the film appeared in AOL Latino in January. Read More

After graduation, Bocanegra will attend the University of Chicago where he will pursue a master’s degree in social work.

Business Students Win at Great Lakes District Competition

One graduate student and seven undergraduate students from NEIU's College of Business and Management (COBM) participated in the 2012 Great Lakes District Student Case Competition in late February. Graduate student Syed Bokhari joined undergraduates Natalie Cattouse, Claire Debandons, Julia Ilina, Anastasia Lennikova, Shawn Daniel Manaloto, Victor Sciborski, and Alexander Ulyanov to compete against teams from Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more. Their overall ranking was 10th out of 31, and in the writing component they ranked third out of 31.  Read More  

NEIU Hosts Symposium on Human Security

In March, NEIU hosted the "Interdisciplinary Symposium on Human Security: Building a Human Security Network between the U.S. and Japan." The concept of human security is that both human rights and sustainable development are central to national and international security. The conference stemmed from a partnership between the NEIU political science department and the graduate program on Human Security at the University of Tokyo, and was made possible by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Read More

Ensemble Español Visits Washington, D.C.

The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, in-residence at Northeastern Illinois University, visited Washington, D.C., in February for a performance and White House tour. The Ensemble enjoyed a standing ovation performance at Montgomery College Arts Center in Maryland on Friday, February 10. On Saturday they toured the East Wing of the White House, and on Sunday they were given a private tour of the West Wing. 

In memoriam: Michael T. Kelly and Gordon Lamb


Michael T. Kelly, Dean of Students

Dr. Michael T. Kelly, Dean of Students, died on Friday, February 3. Dr. Kelly had served the University since 1999 and impacted the lives of countless students. He is remembered for his dedication to the welfare and success of NEIU students, both in and out of the classroom.


Gordon Lamb, NEIU President Emeritus

Dr. Gordon Lamb served as president of NEIU from 1986 - 1995. Dr. Lamb died on Monday, February 6 in Columbia, Mo. After his presidency at NEIU, Dr. Lamb spent many years in the higher education system in Missouri, including serving as interim president of the University of Missouri system, before his retirement in 2009.

NEIU in the News

An article titled, "Premarital counseling seeks to head off problems," appeared in the Chicago Tribune on February 22. The article quoted Sara Schwarzbaum, coordinator of the Couples and Family Counseling program at NEIU. "Couples' distress is a huge public issue," she said. "There are both physiological and psychological benefits of being in a good relationship. Unhappy relationships can take a toll on work, children and health." Read More  

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