No. 7

Northeastern Neighbors
Progress made on NEIU Facilities projects
Here's an update on some of the construction projects at the University
  • Student Residence Hall: All the masonry towers for elevators and fire stairwells have been completed, and the second story floor has been poured. Interior walls will then be laid out and second floor exterior walls will be installed. The work will then continue up the building, one floor at a time. The project is on schedule, and it is expected to open fall 2016.
  • Education Building: On June 30, SmithgroupJJR submitted preliminary construction documents to the Capital Development Board for review. However, all Capital Development Board projects have been put on hold by the Governor pending the final State budget.
  • El Centro Annex Building: Construction was completed at the end of July at this NEIU location in the Avondale neighborhood. Staff members have begun moving into the building.
  • Building B Addition: Building B is nearly finished with brickwork and utility rough-ins have been completed. The building addition will allow for the expansion of the Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs, which is scheduled to re-open the space later this month. The larger area will allow it to also house the LGBTQA and Women's Resource Centers.
  • Roofing and Exterior Facade: The Library roof and wall repairs were completed in June. The PE Building Complex Roof and Wall Repairs is a Capital Development Project and on hold pending the final State budget.
Get a sneak peek inside The Nest, Northeastern's upcoming new residence hall
When The Nest opens fall 2016, the inaugural group of student residents will have access to a fitness center, study lounges, a computer center and laundry facilities. They'll also have the option of selecting private- or shared-bedroom units, both of which come furnished and with a full-sized kitchen. Take a look at a new vitual tour to get a feel for what's inside.
El Centro to host meet-and-greet event with Alderman Ramirez-Rosa
Northeastern will host a special meet-and-greet event with Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, the newly elected alderman of Chicago's 35th Ward, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 17, at its El Centro location in the Avondale neighborhood. Event highlights will include guided tours of the state-of-the-art El Centro building and a performance by the Ensemble Espa�ol Spanish Dance Experience After School Matters Program. Guests will also hear about community initiatives, including plans for a "Bridge Builders" mural. Refreshments will be served, and parking at El Centro will be free for event attendees. El Centro is located at 3390 N. Avondale Ave. For questions or to RSVP, call (773) 442-4080/86 or email [email protected].
Catch a film screening and a NEIU 'Top Chef' competition on Thursday
Fans of the TV show, Top Chef, will be interested in watching Northeastern's own version of the popular cooking competition. The fun begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, in the Cafeteria, located in the lower level of the Student Union Building. Later that day at 4:15 p.m. all are welcome to watch a screening of "The Homestretch," a documentary about three homeless teenagers as they brave Chicago's winter, the pressures of high school and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. It will be followed by a panel discussion. The screening and discussion will take place in Room 101 of Brommel Hall.
Thank you for joining us at our 2015 Homecoming Block Party
Hundreds showed up on Friday, October 2, to help kick-off the University's first-ever Homecoming Block Party. Those who attended were treated to the sounds of Willy Dynomite and Funkadesi, both of which performed on the outdoor stage, while Ensemble Espanol held a performance indoors in Alumni Hall. It was a beautiful night with plenty of food to sample, neighbors to meet and inflatables for the kids to jump on.

Northeastern Illinois University is and will always be a community ally. For more than five decades, Northeastern has been a North Park neighborhood anchor and a vital, positive citizen of the community, making available its green space, arts and cultural events, as well as adult and children's learning opportunities.

This electronic newsletter was produced by
Northeastern Illinois University's Office of the President.
For more information about the university's commitment
to being a good citizen of its community, click here:  NEIU Neighbor