Dame Libby Komaiko selected to receive Northeastern's 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award

Dame Libby Komaiko, founder of the internationally acclaimed Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, has been selected as Northeastern Illinois University’s 2015 Distinguished Alumna and will be honored during the Dec. 13 Commencement ceremony at UIC Pavilion.

Destined to Empower Others

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.”

All Aboard the Orient Express

New undergraduate students who were unable to participate in a summer orientation session are invited to one last session that has been added to the schedule. Express Orientation is designed to support new students as they transition into Northeastern Illinois University, helping them define and reach their academic goals. Students will have the opportunity to register for classes, meet with a financial aid representative and learn about available resources. Express Orientation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Golden Eagles Room in the Student Union Building.

Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Opening Delayed to Sept. 20

Northeastern Illinois University’s new El Centro facility will open to students Saturday, September 20, 2014, instead of on the official first day of school, Saturday, August 25, 2014.

The construction of El Centro, adjacent to the Kennedy expressway at 3390 N. Avondale Ave., faced unavoidable construction delays, attributed to an especially harsh winter, now resulting in an opening date four weeks later than anticipated.

Silvia Bohaltianu

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