August 1, 2012

E-newsletter for Alumni and Friends

Northeastern Illinois University

NEW! NEIU Child Advocacy Minor Available Fall 2012

NEIU's Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Minor Program has been created to provide students with knowledge and skills to deliver high-quality services to infants, children, and youth. The program's goal is to prepare students to work effectively within various systems and institutions that respond to children's concerns.

The CAST Program includes a focus on immigrants and displaced children. CAST faculty and staff celebrate collaborative relationships with community-based providers that directly serve and advocate for children and youth within the context of their ecosystems. Read More

Exploring Innovation

NEIU hosted the "Imagine the Possibilities - Innovation Summit" in June. The summit explored the meaning and value of innovation, particularly within the context of the NEIU community.

State Representative Daniel Biss, 17th House District, Illinois General Assembly addressed the summit, providing an overview on the current state budget situation and possibilities for the future.

Sessions included activities that led to brainstorming ideas to help the University continue to grow and thrive in the wake of additional state budget cuts and the continuing challenges of the current global economy.  

Alumna named "Veteran of the Month" by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs

Alumna Marlene Julye (B.A. '12 Social Work) was named "Veteran of the Month" in May 2012 by the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. Julye served in the Navy from 2004 to 2008, serving both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom campaigns in the Global War on Terrorism. Read More

Alumni Association Events

NEIU Service Day
Join us for an NEIU Day of Service on Saturday, September 29. Spend the day meeting new people and catching up with former classmates while completing a community service project in Chicago. This NEIU Day of Service will strengthen ties in the NEIU community while making a difference in the city. Service project details coming soon.

Latino Volunteer Opportunity
Thirty Latino alumni are needed for a youth college training program on Saturday, October 13.

Join us as we host the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's regional Ready to Lead (R2L) Program. R2L is a one-day program that provides 9th and 10th grade Latino high school students with the tools and training they need to prepare for college.

Alumni volunteers will participate in the Mentoring Power Hour sessions as part of the program. This is an excellent opportunity to help promising young people in Chicago on their paths to success. Read More

For more information on these and other events, contact the Alumni Association at (773) 442-4205 or e-mail for more information.

Two New Creative Writing Professors Join NEIU

NEIU welcomes two new creative writing professors to the College of Arts and Sciences this fall.

Alicia Erian has published a collection of short stories and a novel. Erian worked in the film industry as a director and screenwriter, and taught creative writing at Wellesley College from 2004- 2008. Read More

Julie Iromuanya has taught at the University of Tampa and worked at the Tampa Review. Iromuanya has completed a novel, and has published short stories in the Kenyon Review, Passages North, and the Cream City Review. Read More

NEIU in the City

Be on the lookout for NEIU advertising in the city on CTA buses, Blue and Brown line trains, and on bridge billboards! 
Buses with internal and external signage are coming out of Chicago, North Park, and Forest Glen garages. Blue and Brown line trains have interior signage. Outdoor bridge billboards will be placed in seven city locations.
The billboard on Peterson Ave. west of Pulaski Rd. (pictured above) hangs at the site of a mural that was painted in that viaduct in 2002 by Santiago Vaca, assistant professor, art, and NEIU students. Vaca has continued to work with NEIU students to care for and repair the mural over the past 10 years.

NEIU Welcomes LGBTQ and Women's Resource Center Directors 

Anthony Papini, director, LGBTQ Resource Center
In July, the University welcomed Anthony Papini, the founding director of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Resource Center.

Papini was the director of educational leadership for the Seattle Pride Foundation, one of the largest LGBTQ scholarship programs in the country. Prior to that he served at the University of Washington, where he worked with campus-wide LGBTQ initiatives such as safe zone training, queer people of color alliance, trans day of remembrance, and lavender graduation.
Anthony earned an M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a B.A. from Western Washington University.

Joanna Snawder, director, Women's Resource Center
On August 16, the University will welcome Joanna Snawder, director, Women's Resource Center.

Snawder was the associate director for The Institute for Women's Studies and Services at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Prior to that, she served as the coordinator of sexual assault awareness, outreach and education for the Women's Resource Center at St. Mary's College of California.
Snawder earned an  M.A. in Leadership is from St. Mary's College, and a B.A. in American Studies from Mills College in Oakland, Calif.

40th Annual Kane Golf Outing  

There is still time to register for the 40th Annual Kane Golf Outing!

This year's dinner and silent auction will feature David Kaplan, noted Chicago sports columnist, and radio and television personality.

The silent auction will include sports tickets and memorabilia, experiential items such as tickets to comedy events, local attractions, music and cultural events, wine tastings and more!

Click the 'register' button below for registration and information about the event and sponsorship opportunities.


2012-2013 Jewel Box Season Announced

The 2012-2013 Jewel Box Season has been announced, and includes Cantus (pictured above); the Ruth Moody Band; the Calefax Reed Quintet; Matt Ulery, bassist/composer; Susan Tang, piano; the Belfry Fellows; the Boston Brass; and Jorge Montilla, clarinet. Read More  

Individual, season and Flex Four subscription packages (choose any four concerts in the series) can be purchased online at, by phone at (773) 442-INFO (4636), and on campus at the NEIU Box Office.

New Learning System at NEIU

NEIU is implementing the Desire2Learn (D2L) Learning Management System (LMS) to replace the current Blackboard LMS.
In addition to the Blackboard elements the University is currently using, including online lectures, discussion forums, grade books, assignment drop-boxes, and multimedia support, D2L offers additional features including an e-portfolio tool, virtual lockers, blog tool, rubrics, intelligent agents (which can alert students who may need help), checklists, and more.

NEIU will continue to use Blackboard until June of 2013 while training and course migration occurs.

NEIU Hosts Chicago Piano Festival

NEIU's Department of Music has developed and is hosting the first Chicago Piano Festival, a one-week intensive piano program for young pianists on NEIU's main campus from August 6 - 11. Read More


NEIU Pride

NEIU will be represented at several local parades and festivals this summer. The University partnered with B96 radio to sponsor a float in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade (pictured above) on June 24 and will partner with B96 again for the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade on September 11. NEIU will also have a float in the Bud Billiken Parade on August 11.

NEIU staff and volunteers will greet visitors and distribute enrollment information at the 17th Annual Chicago Korean Festival on August 18-19 and the Taste of Polonia Festival over Labor Day weekend (September 1-3).

NEIU in the News

The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in-residence at NEIU, was featured on WGN television news "Around Town" segment with Ana Belaval. Read More

NEIU Alumnus Danny Crawford (B.A. '76) appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine on June 25. Crawford, an NBA referee since 1984, was pictured in a photo from Game 2 of the NBA playoffs between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

NEIU partnered with Telemundo to produce two programs that will exclusively feature NEIU as part of the "Educación a Su Alcance," or "Education Within Your Reach" series. The series includes community-focused, monthly, half-hour shows that provide Latino families with an in-depth view of the educational landscape in the United States. The first NEIU show, "A Day in the Life of a Professional," aired in early June on Telemundo in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The second show, which will focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs, will be taped on campus in early August and air in the fall. 

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