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Noteworthy at Northeastern: Awards, gifts and grants

Friday, September 22, 2017

What a week! Northeastern Illinois University handed out five major awards, accomplished the Goodwin Gift Challenge goal, earned a major federal grant and saw one of its professors draw national recognition from NBC News for his work with future education leaders. Read all about those stories and more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern. Around the Commons NEIU Weekend rewind An estimated 1,000 people participated in NEIU Weekend, which started with Fall Fest and ended with a triumphant Golden Gala. Here are a few of the highlights:
Alice McGee and Richard Helldobler pose at the Golden Gala Alumni Awards

Northeastern honors Alice McGee with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Friday, September 22, 2017

Alice McGee may have the greatest internship story in Northeastern Illinois University history. As a Speech major, McGee landed an internship with a new show called “A.M. Chicago” in the mid-1980s. The show’s host: Oprah Winfrey. While the show’s name didn’t last, McGee did. She was hired as Winfrey’s first employee, rising from chief publicist to the role of senior supervising producer of “The Oprah Show.”
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ChicagoCHEC Community Forum will raise cancer awareness in Chicago’s minority communities

Monday, September 18, 2017

Candace Henley, 36, was rushed to the emergency room with severe bowel blockage, but physicians thought she was too young to have colon cancer and didn’t screen her for it. The single mother of five young girls didn’t know enough about the disease to ask for a screening. It wasn’t until her third ER visit, six months after her first, that a physician finally gave her a fecal occult blood test. They later found a cancerous tumor the size of a grapefruit, and removed 95 percent of her colon. 

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