Making a dream a special-needs reality

When Angie Craft married in 2006, she became stepmom to an autistic boy named James. “I was scared to death,” said Craft, a social worker. “I had spent much of my working life with people who have mental illnesses and addiction problems, but I’d never been around nonverbal people before.”

Noteworthy at Northeastern: A taste of Hollywood

Did you know that two Northeastern Illinois University graduates run the largest soundstage operation outside of Hollywood?

Read all about the Pissios brothers, watch the new Ask the President video and find out which faculty member’s book earned national media attention in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

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Noteworthy at Northeastern: Summer scholars

Northeastern Illinois University has awarded this year’s Presidential Scholarships and appointed a new acting provost. We’ve got those stories, plus more on scholarships, awards and alumni accomplishments in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Mateo Farzaneh appointed Mossadegh Initiative principal

Northeastern Illinois University Associate Professor of History Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh has been appointed as principal of the NEIU Foundation’s Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Initiative effective June 7.

Northeastern awards three Presidential Scholarships

Northeastern Illinois University has awarded three Chicago-area high school students with its prestigious Presidential Scholarship.

Valued at more than $50,000 during the course of four academic years, the Presidential Scholarship covers full in-state tuition and fees, and provides a book allowance.

Wamucii Njogu appointed Acting Provost

Northeastern Illinois University Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Wamucii Njogu has been appointed Acting Provost, effective July 1, 2017. Njogu will report to Interim President Richard Helldobler.

Njogu came to Northeastern in 1996, joining the faculty of the Department of Sociology, where she later became Coordinator and Department Chair. Since then, she served as Assistant / Associate Provost before taking on her current role as Dean, a position she has held for the past seven years.

Northeastern students win $10,000 scholarship prize in website redesign competition

Chicago-based household moving service New World Van Lines has selected Northeastern Illinois University Computer Science majors Eric Magpantay and Robin Criniere as the winners of its website design competition and recipients of the $10,000 scholarship prize.

Lights, camera, scholarships

Six years after Cinespace Chicago Film Studios was founded in an abandoned steel plant on the Southwest Side of Chicago, the company has become the largest soundstage operation outside of Hollywood.

The studios have served as the home base for dozens of films and TV shows, generated an estimated $3 billion in film-related spending and been responsible for the creation of more than 7,500 jobs in the Chicago area.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Tenure time

It’s that time of year again: Northeastern Illinois University has awarded tenure to a new batch of faculty members. Find out who earned tenure, what a local cinema partnership has meant to the University and where to find a fun book collection at the Ronald Williams Library.

Northeastern awards tenure and promotions to 12 faculty members

Northeastern Illinois University has awarded tenure and promotions to associate professor for 12 members of the faculty, who were introduced during the June 15 Board of Trustees meeting.

“I congratulate the latest members of our faculty to earn tenure,” Acting Provost Vicki Román-Lagunas said. “This milestone in their development as teachers, researchers, mentors and role models for Northeastern’s current and future students also builds on Northeastern’s tradition of teaching and research excellence. I look forward to watching them continue to grow as leaders and educators.”

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