October 1, 2012

E-newsletter for Alumni and Friends

Northeastern Illinois University

Newsweek Names Northeastern Illinois University
Sixth Best Investment for Schools in the U.S.

NEIU was ranked sixth in the U.S. for Best Investment in Newsweek's 2012 "College Rankings" edition. NEIU shares the top 10 with institutions including Harvard, MIT and Stanford. The report states that more than 78% of NEIU's full-time students receive financial aid and only 13% of graduates incur debt.

Graduates from NEIU earn an average mid-career annual salary of more than $70,000 with a starting annual salary near $40,000. The ranking showed that students attending NEIU could expect to pay less than $20,000 a year in tuition and living expenses.

"Northeastern provides excellent academic programs in a welcoming and supportive environment. We strive to keep our costs reasonable so that our students can succeed, graduating with minimal debt," said NEIU President Sharon Hahs. "We've developed a culture that supports diverse backgrounds and provides life-long learning opportunities for students to graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to become effective leaders in their professional and personal lives."

Welcome New Faculty

Twenty-eight full-time faculty members have joined Northeastern Illinois University for the 2012-2013 academic year. Some come to campus from successful careers in the private sector or at other prestigious universities. Read More 

McNair Program Awarded $1.1M

In September, NEIU's McNair Scholars Program was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This funding will support the continued work of the NEIU McNair Scholars Program, which is mostly grant funded, for the next five years.
The mission of the McNair Scholars Program at Northeastern is to provide academic support, research opportunities, and involvement in scholarly activities to qualifying students who have the desire and potential to earn an advanced degree. Nationally, the McNair Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority college students who pursue and complete the doctoral degree. Its long-range mission is to help increase the diversity of college and university faculties. Read More 

Keegan Noone Scholarship Fundraiser 



For more information, contact Kim Hoffmann at kimhoffy@comcast.net or (773) 267-2722.

The Keegan Noone Memorial Foundation will host its third annual fundraiser on Saturday, October 20 from 7 - 11 p.m. at the Edison Park Inn in Chicago.

The Foundation was established in memory of Keegan Noon, who was an NEIU student, to raise awareness of mental health disorders and provide funding for educational opportunities for high school and college students as well as scientific research.

Proceeds from last year's fundraiser were used to establish the Keegan Noone Memorial Scholarship at NEIU. This annual award provides financial support to a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in psychology.

Alumni Association Events

The NEIU Alumni Association is pleased to offer the following events. Unless otherwise noted, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (773) 442-4205 or alumni@neiu.edu for more information or to RSVP for an event.

Alumni Days at Six Flags Fright Fest
This fall, NEIU alumni, students, faculty, staff, family, and friends receive a special ticket offer for NEIU DAYS at FRIGHT FEST at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill.

Tickets are $31 per person (a savings of $32.85). Ages 3+ require a ticket; children 2 and under are free. Tickets are valid for one day only on either Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, October 5, 6, 7, or 8.

All members of the NEIU community are eligible for the $31 ticket price. Ticket price includes entrance to theme park only. Food and parking fees are separate and are not included in $31 ticket price. Transportation from NEIU to Six Flags will NOT be provided. Tickets must be purchased online and will NOT be sold in the Alumni Center.

To purchase tickets, visit www.sixflags.com/greatamerica and enter "NEIUAlumniZombies" as the pass code. Click here for more information.

CCICS Alumni Breakfast and Mixer
The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) Alumni Affinity group invites all alumni to the third annual CCICS Alumni Breakfast and Networking Mixer on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CCICS Conference Center, 700 East Oakwood Ave. in Chicago. 

CCICS alumni speakers Dr. Richard Benson, chair, education studies program, Spelman College, and Dr. Kamau Rashid, educational foundations and inquiry, National-Louis University, will discuss "The Future of Education for Black People in America." To RSVP or for more information contact Wanda Dukes at (773) 256-2034.

NEIU Ronald Williams Day
On October 10, 1985, the late Mayor Harold Washington declared the day Ronald Williams Day in Chicago after NEIU's President Ronald Williams. To honor this day and to remember one of our most beloved University presidents, the Office of Student Leadership Development, the Ronald Williams Library and the NEIU Alumni Association will host a reception and exhibit in observance of Ronald Williams Day in Chicago. 

Alumni are invited to celebrate Ronald Williams Day on Wednesday, October 10 at 5 p.m. at Ronald Williams Library, first floor. Light refreshments and cake will be served.  

Latino Alumni Volunteer Opportunity
On Saturday, October 13, NEIU will 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. The NEIU Alumni Association is recruiting 30 Latino alumni to participate in the Mentoring Power Hour sessions during the program. It's an excellent opportunity to help promising young people in Chicago on their quest for success.

Click here to sign up to volunteer for the Mentoring Power Hour. Selected volunteers will be contacted by R2L staff with further instructions. For more information about the R2L click here.

Career Connections Job Club
The Career Connections Job Club will meet each Tuesday morning from October 16 - November 13 in the Alumni Center Library from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Workshop sessions will cover introductions and icebreakers, creating a job search plan, personal branding and managing your online profile, strategic networking, successful interviewing, and on-boarding to a new job.

The Job Club is limited to 10 - 12 alumni participants. Job Club membership is free for upgraded alumni members, or $40 for non-upgraded alumni members. Click here for more information or to register.

mba/msa: alumni
The College of Business and Management (COBM) and the NEIU Alumni Association will host an MBA/MSA Alumni Reunion Dinner on Thursday, October 18, featuring a cocktail and networking reception at 5:30 p.m., and dinner and award ceremony at 7 p.m.

The COBM will honor the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Rodrigo Garcia (B.S. '07 Finance), agency assistant director and executive management, State of Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs; and the 2012 Oustanding Leader in Business, Girish Rishi, corporate vice president, Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions, Inc. Both awardees will deliver keynote addresses. Tickets are:

$15 Networking reception only
$30 Dinner and awards ceremony only
$40 Entire evening package
$25 Student rate (entire evening package)

Click here to register.

Fall Alumni/Student Career Connections Day
This ongoing effort engages NEIU alumni from various career fields and brings them back to campus to talk with students about their prospective majors and career paths. Alumni have the opportunity to mentor prospective future career colleagues, impart invaluable career field knowledge, offer best practice advice to students navigating their pre-career choices, and learn about NEIU career transition services and Alumni Association benefits. NEIU students will benefit from learning about prospective career fields in their majors, receiving a professional resume evaluation, participating in informational interviews with alumni professionals, and gaining networking skills at a "mocktail" reception. Click here for more information.


On August 15, Northeastern Illinois University and the NEIU Foundation participated in a historic event: DREAM Relief Day at Navy Pier. This event was coordinated by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. More than 13,000 young people and their families participated. The event celebrated the first day that the national Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program began accepting applications. Read More  

As a follow up to the DREAM Relief Day event, NEIU created the Deferred Action Application Workshop where lawyers and volunteers meet with individuals and provide counsel.

Two workshops were held on September 22 and another two will be held on October 13 with sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Each session is limited to 50 registrants. The events are meant to support all undocumented immigrants and are not limited to any specific population.

NEIU partnered with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Legal Assistance Foundation, Undocumented Resilient and Organized, the National Lawyers Guild and the Law Offices of Katherine A. Greenslade, and the NEIU Foundation to ensure these workshops are informative and educational.

For more information about the workshops please contact Claudia Mercado at c-mercado1@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4044 or Maria Luna-Duarte at m-duarte@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4084.

Art In Response to Violence Conference



NEIU will host its third International Art in Response to Violence Conference on October 18 - 19.

The conference will feature Bill Brubaker, Forbidden Art, Indira Freitas Johnson, and Peace Paper.

Art in Response to Violence Conferences encourage understanding toward the role art plays as a facilitator of transformation. The dialogue and environment created at ARV conferences demonstrate how art and art making are processes of awakening, educating, and healing. Read More  

New Degree Programs at NEIU

NEIU received approval for two new degree programs at the August 7 meeting of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The B.A. in Global Studies will serve students and faculty by providing a context for interdisciplinary teaching and research that complements existing interdisciplinary programs and provides further opportunities for cross-fertilization and collaboration across disciplinary specialties.

The  M.A. in Teaching - Early Childhood Education is designed to meet the goals of Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel to ensure that every child in Illinois has a highly-qualified preschool teacher. The program provides a strong foundation in child development, extensive field placements, and a focus on preparing teachers for working with children from birth to age three in diverse settings.

New Pedroso Center Leadership Announced

In August, Juan Guardia, Ph.D., joined NEIU as assistant vice president for diversity and intercultural affairs. He now leads the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs.

Guardia had been the director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Florida State University (FSU), and a faculty member in the department of educational leadership and policy studies in the FSU College of Education.
Guardia completed his doctoral studies at Iowa State University. His research, "Nuestra identidad y experiencias (our identity and experiences): Ethnic identity development of Latino fraternity members at a Hispanic Serving Institution" received the inaugural Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award presented by the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity and the Fraternity Executives Association. 

40th Annual Kane Golf Outing  

The 40th Annual Chuck Kane Memorial Golf Outing was the most successful event in the history of the Outing!

Held on Monday, August 20 at the Highland Park Country Club, even with a few scattered rain showers there was plenty of sunshine and great golf.

Highlights included:
o $36,500+ for scholarships was raised
o 120 golfers participated
o Chicago sports columnist David Kaplan emceed the post-golf dinner
o The silent auction raised $4,200+


Alumni Named Global Winners in Google Online Marketing Challenge  

Two NEIU alumni were members of the Global Winning team in Google's Online Marketing Challenge. Piotr Wawrysiuk and Aneta Maliszewska spent the 2012 spring semester at NEIU as exchange students from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. Both students took classes in international marketing at NEIU. 

The Google Challenge gives hundreds of student teams around the world an online advertising budget of $250 and three weeks to help a local business improve their marketing campaign. This year 11,000 students from 86 countries/territories participated.

Wawrysiuk and Maliszewskla's team worked with Rowery Embassy, a bicycle company in Warsaw that specializes in beach cruisers.  Their three-week campaign generated almost 40,000 impressions and provided a more than 300% return on investment. Read More  

Support Offered to CPS Parents

In response to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) labor strike, which began on Monday, September 10, NEIU provided an alternative option for CPS students who are children of NEIU students and employees.
To supplement the "Children First" plan that CPS created, which provided care for children from 8:30 a.m. - noon daily, NEIU provided afternoon activities for the children of employees and students who were in class. The activities were available from 12 - 3:15 p.m. at NEIU's main campus until the strike was resolved.

Professor Adams' Book Wins National Awards

"Narrating the Closet," a book by Tony Adams, assistant professor, communication, media and theatre, has won both the 2012 National Communication Association Ethnography Division Best Book Award and the 2012 Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Outstanding Book Award.


Check out these college and department newsletters to learn more about what's New@NEIU

Center for Teaching and Learning
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education
Ronald Williams Library
Nuestra Voz (El Centro)
Social Work
Stage Center Theatre
TRIO Student Support Services

NEIU in the News

Lake County Journal
Salvador Rodriguez, an NEIU student majoring in psychology, was featured in a story published in the September 12 issue of the Lake County Journal. Rodriguez talked about how having NEIU's psychology program available at the University Center in Lake County is making it possible for him to complete his bachelor's degree.

U.S. News & World Report
NEIU was included U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings issue published on September 12. NEIU remains the leader among all universities in the nation for having the lowest percentage of students who graduate with student loan debt. NEIU also is ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the nation.

Christian Science Monitor, Education News, MinnPost and Yahoo News Canada
Edward Stuart, professor emeritus, economics and international/intercultural relations, was quoted in numerous news stories about the national unemployment report that was released on September 7. Stories were published in the Christian Science Monitor, Education News, MinnPost and Yahoo News Canada on September 8, 9 and 10.

Crain's Chicago Business
A brief profile of Sharon Hahs, president of NEIU, was published in the September 3 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Hahs was included among other local university presidents in the listing.

JUF News and Polish Daily News
Two publications recent ran stories about an exhibition installed in the NEIU Student Union. Titled "Righteous Among the Nations: Help of Polish People for the Jewish Population in Malopolska Province in the Years 1939-1945," this exhibition highlighted the Poles who risked their lives to protect the Jewish population during the Holocaust. The articles appeared in the August 28 issue of the Polish Daily News and on August 30 in JUF News.

Maurice McFarlin, instructor, justice studies, was interviewed for a story that was aired on Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 89.5FM on August 28. The story reported on the practice of labeling crimes in Chicago as "gang-related" and discussed the implications this may have on trying to prevent crimes in the city.

La Raza
La Raza published a story in its August 27 issue about resources available to the Latino community in Chicago. NEIU's El Centro campus was highlighted in the article, and Maria Luna-Duarte, El Centro interim director, was quoted in the story.

TimeOut Chicago
In its August 16 issue, TimeOut Chicago featured an exhibition about the Conservative Vice Lords street gang, which includes materials and other content submitted by Benny Lee, instructor in justice studies and former member of the Conservative Vice Lords. The exhibition features the community activism work of the gang.

Chicago Sun-Times and Windy City Times
NEIU was mentioned in news stories about the DREAM Relief Day deferred action event held at Navy Pier on August 15. NEIU participated with other local colleges and universities in a college resource fair at the event. Stories were published in the Chicago Sun-Times and Windy City Times.

KGO-TV, ABC-7, Seattle Times, El Paso Times, Black Radio Network, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Yahoo! Finance and others
NEIU alumna Rosalie de Rosset was featured in numerous news articles published in August about her recent book "Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in a Young Woman's Choices." De Rosset earned her master's degree in English at NEIU and is a professor of English at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

Chicago Reader
An article published in the August 13 issue of the Chicago Reader alerted the community that the Northeastern Illinois University Library is open to the public, particularly patrons of the Albany Park branch of the Chicago Public Library, which currently is closed for renovations.

Crain?s Chicago Business
Crain?s Chicago Business published an article on August 10 about NEIU?s ranking in Newsweek magazine as the sixth best investment among all schools in the nation.

Chicago Journal
Frank Gaytan, assistant professor, social work, and Eddie Bocanegra (B.A. '12 Social Work) were featured in a story published in the August 1 issue of the Chicago Journal. The article was about an exhibition of art created by teens from Little Village, Pilsen, Cicero and Berwyn involved with LuchArte, a West Side art initiative that seeks to engage high-risk youth. Gaytan and Bocanegra co-lead LuchArte.

Robert Starks, associate professor emeritus, inner city studies education, was quoted for a story broadcast on July 12 on WLS-TV ABC7 News. The story was about the possibilities that would exist if Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. were to step down and remove himself from the ballot in November.

Sam Geraci, a graduate student in the NEIU special education program, has developed a curriculum to lead students with visual impairments through the creation of an audio yearbook. Geraci's work was featured in a story broadcast on July 8 on 820-AM.

NEIU alumnus Jesus "Jesse" Menendez was the subject of a feature story published in the July 6 issue of Extra. Menendez has become well known as the host of the Music Vox, a local magazine-style radio program broadcast on Vocalo, 89.5FM.

NEIU alumna "Leslie F." was featured in a story about the challenges that young, undocumented immigrants face and the hope they feel with President Obama's new deferred action policy. According to the story, which was published on June 30 in the Courier-News, Leslie F. declined to provide her full name and identified herself for the story as a graduate of NEIU?s justice studies program. She would like to attend law school and focus on juvenile and family issues.

CBS News
Jeffery Hill, professor and acting chair, political science, was quoted for a story that was broadcast on CBS News on June 29. Hill discussed the implications of the Affordable Care Act that President Obama enacted on the November election.

Skokie Pioneer Press and Lake Michigan Shore
Ensemble Espaņol, in residence at NEIU, was featured in numerous news articles about the 36th annual International American Spanish Dance and Music Festival, which was held in June. An article in the Skokie Pioneer Press also featured Libby Komaiko, founder of Ensemble Espaņol and professor emerita, music and dance, and an article in the Lake Michigan Shore featured Irma Suarez, first dancer and associate artistic director of Ensemble Espaņol.

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