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President’s Pen – NEIU United Greek Council

November 14, 2012

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    Officers: President: Chakira Hamilton (Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.) Internal Vice President: Shevy Booze (Theta Chi Omega National Multicultural Sorority, Inc.) External Vice President: Kyle Thomas (External Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.) Treasurer: Abdel Velasquez (Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.) Secretary: Yasmine Acosta-Aguayo (Gamma Theta Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.) Social Chair: Juan Martinez (Omega Delta Fraternity, Inc.) Academic Chair: Christine Ellasos (Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.) Philanthropy Chair: Maggie Dudzinska (Theta Chi Omega National Multicultural Sorority, Inc.) Expansion Chairz: Denny Esquivel (Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.) Greetings from the United Greek Council. The United Greek Council (UGC) was created as a governing and uniting body to mediate and moderate the active Fraternity and Sorority population on the NEIU campus. The UGC coordinates strategic programming to maintain high standards, promote higher education, increase community outreach and enhance leadership opportunities for NEIU students who opt to participate in Greek-Lettered Organizations and their activities. We also serve as a liaison between the UGC, the university student body and administration to enhance the quality of student life at the university. Each year, five officers and four chairs are elected from the pool of active Greek orgs who are registered with the council. This year, the executive board consists of members from seven unique incorporated collegiate sororities and fraternities who oversee various functions of the organization. These officers meet approximately twice monthly, with representatives from each of the 15 registered Fraternities and Sororities to tackle issues that impact the Greek community. Guests and spectators are welcomed and encouraged. Most recently, the UGC sponsored Greek Week (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2). Greek Week consisted of six days of inter-organizational bonding, fund-raising for charity, and school spirit activities including a Homecoming dance, pep rally and flag football game. The council also works with the Office of Student Leadership Development (SLD) to create an annual publication for students who may be interested in fraternity and sorority activities, which can be found in the SLD office. For students interested in learning more about Greek life, or the UGC, there will be an Informational meeting on Nov. 15, 2012 in Lech Walesa Hall 3005 from 3:05 – 5 p.m. Students can have their questions answered, meet members of the Greek community and view a presentation about the offerings of the organization on campus....

The French Club – Bonjour

October 31, 2012

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  My name is Antoinette Senjanovich. I am the president of the French Club at NEIU as well as a French Studies and secondary education major. Our current adviser is Mary-Ellen McGoey, who is also the associate professor of French for our Department of World Languages and Cultures. Our club's current mission statement...

President’s Pen – NEIU’s GLBTQA

October 3, 2012

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  My name is Juan Manuel Gonzalez and I am the current president of the GLBTQA. With each change in leadership comes a new perspective and a new sense of direction. Under my leadership comes a shift to our roots,  a return to what makes us who we are. Our organization started on these following principals: Humanity, Acceptance, and Education. Within the principal of Humanity we have the understanding that all people have something which makes them unique, whether it be their sexuality or gender identity. Within the principal of Acceptance comes the understanding that we will not discriminate against anyone under any circumstances, we are all interconnected due to our pride for who we are on an individual level and who we are as an organization. And finally under the principal of Education. Within Education we thrive and strive to educate the NEIU Community as well as the surrounding community as to what we stand for, and matters in which we find pertinent to the LGBTQA Community. I am extremely excited for this school year and I am especially excited to be leading this wonderful organization with the assistance of the rest of my wonderful executive board. My name is Hector Escarpita and I am the vice president of the GLBTQA at Northeastern Illinois University this school year. We are a very open group and have amazing members who have become not only mine but Juan’s family. We meet every Thursday during Activity hour, in B-152 unless otherwise mentioned, so please join us! I promise you will not regret it. The club is fun and we have frequent weekly activities so do not hesitate to stop by. I am very excited to get so much done this semester with our new executive board. So far working with them has been wonderful! The GLBTQA will be hosting several upcoming events. The first is a National Coming Out Day event on October 10, 2012 from 11-2 PM. We will be showing a movie, and offering popcorn and other various snacks. In the Spring we will also be hosting our ever-popular annual drag show. At every meeting we have a fun activity, as well as once a month we have a birthday cake for all members in celebration of that month’s birthdays. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more information, and check our board located down the hall from the Information Center....

President’s Pen – .:Seeds:. Literary & Visual Arts Journal

October 3, 2012

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  Linda E. Monacelli - President Hello! My name is Linda Monacelli, and I am the Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor of Seeds Literary & Visual Arts Journal of NEIU. I am an English, Secondary Education major and have been a member of Seeds since its official launch in January 2011. I chose to join Seeds because I wanted to meet people, and I didn't want to work on my art, poetry and painting, in a vacuum. I deeply believed, and still do, that art is neither inspired nor created in solitude.  Without doubt, seclusion for an artist is important, but far more important are the inspiration and support of community. Our vision at Seeds involves bringing together local writers and artists to form an active and nurturing creative environment where art can happen and become a collection that people can admire, enjoy, and study. We want to inform budding writers and artists that their work is important, and we want to help them get their work published, perhaps for the first time in their creative careers. We are now collecting submissions for our fall/winter journal. The deadline is Friday, October 12th, no later than midnight. Anyone interested in submitting work may view the official guidelines at seeds.submittable.com/submit. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions, comments, concerns. Rachel L. Deahl – Vice President Hi, my name is Rachel Deahl, and I'm the Vice-President and Fiction Editor of this budding journal. I'm an English major with an ambition to be a paid, published author. I started at NEIU in Fall 2010 looking to be part of something great, and I found it at Seeds. As a senior now, I have seen the great work that Seeds has done through promoting events such as “More Business of Being Born,” with Ricki Lake talking about birthing activism, and creating an artistic community for the student body through publication in our journal. Seeds is another step in my writing career where I get to collaborate with great creative minds. My future ambitions include graduating with my Master’s in Creative Writing, Writing and Publishing, or perhaps a Master’s in Communication. Before transferring to NEIU, I graduated in fall 2009 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Literature, with Honors, from Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. At Wright, I was a layout designer, officer, and literary editor of The Wright Side, the school's literary magazine. In addition to being an officer of Seeds, I am the Treasurer of Sigma Tau Delta Phi Upsilon, NEIU's chapter of the International English Honors Society, Secretaryof SGA, and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)....

President’s Pen – Honors Society

September 19, 2012

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  NEIU AshleyBeyer NEIU Samuel Aguirre NEIU Kelly Webb NEIU Samira Savani Ashley Beyer - President My name is Ashley Beyer and I am the President of the Honors Society. I became involved with the Honors Society because of my involvement with the University's Honors Program. Before becoming a member, I didn't know anyone here at school. Being a part of the Honors Society allowed me to become involved and connected on campus. As President, the challenges and obstacles I have faced are far outweighed by the many rewards that come along with seeing your ideas come to fruition. The Honors Society has co-sponsored many events with other clubs in the past such as Future Health Professionals, French club and Psychology club. We volunteer on campus with the Child Care Center and off campus at Northpark Senior Center. Volunteering in and around school has been truly rewarding, I am in the Nontraditional Degree Program here at NEIU which I love! I also have a double minor in Linguistics and TESL. I am also an in-home volunteer ESL tutor through World Relief Chicago. The Honors Society allowed me to meet new people and become very involved on campus. Being a part of the Honors Society opened up many doors for me socially and academically. I look forward to rest of this semester as we host many more events. Samuel Aguirre – Vice President As the Vice-President of Honors Society, one of my main goals is to increase the quality of student life at NEIU through my involvement in various areas of the university. I hope to increase student participation in our NEIU community and my position in Honors Society provides me with the opportunity to interact with other organizations both on and off campus. I was elected Vice-President in the spring of 2012. After witnessing various leadership approaches by numerous past presidents of the Honors Society, I believe that our current officers are creating positive change and embracing the spirit of NEIU. In my academic life, I am pursuing a double major in Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education and several middle school endorsements. I make my education my priority, and I continue to succeed in all my classes. When it comes to my work, I am currently an Intern in the Student Leadership Development Office (SLD). I am growing in my position by learning about the many opportunities that the university offers for all of our students. Kelly Webb - Honors Society Treasurer As Treasurer of the Honors Society, I am involved with many steps of event planning. Some of my talents are networking, event planning, and advertising. These are just a few of my many tasks and accomplishments with Honors Society. I am a senior here at NEIU and enrolled as a Social Work major and minor in Sociology. My other extracurricular activities include being a Senator in the Student Government Association (SGA). I am also proud to be a part of the McNair Scholars Program. Samira Savani - Honors Society Secretary My name is Samira Savani and I am the Secretary of the Honors Society. I am an Accounting major and I am planning on doing my Masters and CPA in near future. I joined Honors Society during my first semester in Fall of 2010, and I have been part of it ever since. It feels like each and every member of the Honors Society is a family member because I am so connected to everyone. I am also involved in many other clubs. I am a President of the ISA (Indian Student Association), and I am also involved in SGA (Student Government Association). During my journey with the Honors Society, I have met many amazing people with different backgrounds, which helped me learn to communicate with people and become more social and I love it. Moreover, it has also helped me to become a better and a successful person in my academic career. I will continue to be part of Honors Society till I graduate next year....

Hello NEIU Students and faculty!

September 6, 2012

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Hello NEIU Students and faculty! By NEIU ISA Welcome back to yet another great, fun-filled Fall Semester! The Indian Students Association (ISA) at NEIU is active again this year and we want to welcome you all to our club. ISA aims to unite students of all backgrounds who share common interest in Indian history and culture. ISA is back with great initiative taken by Samira Savani as president, Jayati Gohel and Chandrakant Lunagariya as vice-presidents, Indira Bambur as treasurer, and Fajila Tailor as secretary. We would like to extend our association to any student that wants to experience the Culture of India. Our goal is to educate the general student body and to raise awareness of Indian culture and promote its understanding and appreciation through periodic bake sales, regular Indian film screenings, Henna painting booths, and occasional campus-wide events like Garba (traditional dance) Night, our annual Diwali show, and much more. Please save the following dates: October 12th for Garba Night and November 2nd for Diwali Show. If you are interested in performing or hosting the show, please let us know. We are constantly recruiting new members that want to savor the Indian traditions. To join our organizations please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected], or join our group on facebook. JAI HIND! Sincerely, NEIU ISA  ...

President’s Pen: Student Alliance for Leadership and Education

April 28, 2012

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    The Student Alliance for Leadership and Education (S.A.L.E.) was formed in the spring of 2008 by a group of students from the El Centro campus. The mission of the organization is “to unite students by promoting education, empowerment through leadership and contributing to the community.” The organization had some difficulties recruiting students and after the first two years, it became inactive. It wasn’t until the Fall 2011 semester that S.A.L.E. grew significantly enough to become active again, empowering students who primarily attend the El Centro Campus to become involved. S.A.L.E. has sponsored and co-sponsored various events such as Dance your Heart Out, Dr. Seuss Birthday, the Second Annual Latino Student Leadership Conference, annual toy drives and much more.   The organization took the lead in assisting with the Second Annual Latino Student Leadership Conference, obtaining the WEAVE Grant from the Student Union (SU). The grant’s purpose is to weave an intercampus tapestry of student-led programs with SU resources to enhance the community at NEIU. Many of the students admitted to the El Centro campus don’t always have the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of NEIU student organizations. S.A.L.E gives these students the opportunity to get involved at the El Centro campus since its members take the majority of their course work here. This fiscal year, they have grown from one remaining student to twelve actively involved students. All the members are mentees or mentors in the GUIAS mentoring program (GUidance, Inspiration and Academic Support).   Franklin Ortega, President I was born in a small town called Azogues, in Ecuador. I migrated to the U.S. in 2004 after completing my secondary education in my country. When I arrived in 2004, I went to Maine East High School. At Maine East, I was part of the Latino Club and also involved in sports and other activities. I was an ESL student for the three years that I was at Maine East. I managed to learn English and graduate with my high school diploma in 2007. After high school, I continued my education at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. I was involved in several student organizations as President of the Spanish Club and Senator in the Student Government Association. I completed my credits at Oakton Community College in 2010, applied and began attending Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in the Spring 2011 Semester. I’m majoring in Justice Studies and minoring in Latino/Latin American Studies. I love the university and everything it has to offer. I hope all my dreams come true and I become the first person in my entire family to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree. I am ready to make a difference and put all my experience and passion moving forward. I wish everyone the best in their studies and that everyone has a great summer. Good luck with your finals and future goals.   Delia Villanueva, Executive Vice President Hello, my name is Delia Villanueva. I’m a freshmen at NEIU’s El Centro Campus. I’m debating about a major in anthropology and mortuary studies. As a member of S.A.L.E., we volunteer with the community and other organizations, acting as a support system. The organization provides workshops to its members as well as mentoring opportunities. My goal, since this organization is based upon leadership, is to work on becoming a more positive leader. I will do so by applying for an internship at the House of Representatives. Doing so will broaden our connections, and I encourage you all to apply for this too if you are as interested in our government as I am. I spend my time socializing, helping the youth or those in desperate need of help with their homework, and looking for places that want my assistance. This organization is truly great, because I know I can come to them for help and I know they feel the same about me. Thank you for listening.   Dulce Sierra, Vice President My name is Dulce Sierra, I’m a freshman at NEIU-El Centro Campus and I am pursuing a major in Accounting. I am a mentee with the GUIAS mentoring program.   Jaime Jimenez, Executive Secretary My name is Jaime Jimenez and I'm a freshman at NEIU’s El Centro Campus. I am pursuing an Elementary Education degree with a specialty in math. My career in the future is to keep studying and start educating others in a few years. I'm also part of the GUIAS mentoring program. The mentoring program has impacted me greatly. I have become more confident during my time participating and it has helped me in many areas in my life.  ...

President’s Pen For URO

April 17, 2012

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  Celia Fenollar Rubio by Lluvia CarrisozaUndocumented Resilient and Organized (URO) is a new club at NEIU. Visions for this club began in the Fall 2011 semester, where a group of students concerned about the immigrant struggle met to talk about their concerns and dreams. The group of students went ahead and started a club under the leadership of Jose Herrera. URO is an organization of undocumented and fellow students who can relate, commit and contribute to the five points that unite us: Building a community of support among undocumented students at NEIU. Creating awareness about issues affecting undocumented students and students of mixed-status families. This includes educating administration, faculty, staff and students but also ourselves. Mentoring undocumented high school students as they transition to higher education. Building bridges among other student organizations on and off campus. Expanding financial resources available to undocumented students through: fundraisers, new scholarships, and other incentives. URO is not just for undocumented students, but for anyone that can relate to the undocumented struggle. URO decided against having officer names such as president, vice president etc. instead URO has Organizers, Coordinators, Financial Officers and Facilitators. José G. Herrera is an undocumented and returning student majoring in sociology. He is a co-founder and organizer of the newly formed club organization “Undocumented Resilient & Organized (URO).” José is a single father who is challenging the system that questions his legality in the U.S and uses his life experiences as a tool for education, mobilization and to empower others; he hopes to do the same with the education of academia. His priority is to build a structure that would allow him to continue to work as a person who is committed, who wants to stand up and challenge oppressive structures. “I have come to an understanding that education is empowering – in order to understand what is going on and why, in order to be heard, we need to educate ourselves, and this allows us to challenge injustices and fight to make change,” said José G. Herrera. Outside of campus, José continues his work of activism as an organizer with the immigrant rights movement and other social justice organizations. Currently he is doing a research project on “bridging the mass detention, incarceration and deportation of immigrants with the prison industrial complex.” Joselyn Galvez is a co-founder and coordinator of the Undocumented Resilient and Organized (URO) Club. She is a senior majoring in mathematics and secondary education. Joselyn came to the United States in 2001 from her native country, Honduras. Joselyn experienced first-hand the struggles that non-English speakers face in school. Her goal as a high school educator is to teach mathematics to students who are learning English as a second language. She wants to develop an environment that would help foreign students adapt to their new country, feel welcomed at school and facilitate their transition in and out of the bilingual program. Joselyn Galvez believes that by providing fundamental assistance to bilingual students, they will be able to overcome the language barrier so that they can not only survive but also succeed in school. Lluvia Carrisoza has been undocumented for twelve years. She lived in fear for most of that time. She grew tired of her fear and now she is a co-founder and organizer for the newly formed group Undocumented Resilient & Organized (URO). She is a senior pursuing a Spanish and Art double Major. Lluvia is not much of an activist, but charged with the need to help her community she joined this group in hopes of providing a better college experience for her fellow undocumented students. Although her heart is set in attending La Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) for her MFA she wants to leave this country knowing she has helped lessen the immigrant struggle By Janean Watkins...

President’s Pen

March 5, 2012

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Sandra E. Gonzalez Age: 23 Year: Senior Major: Social Work Position: President L.I.P has been an amazing outlet for me. It has taught me many different skills and has helped me build professional character. I believe that this organization is one that many women can benefit from. L.I.P has helped me find a connection with my roots and has taught me how to embrace who I am and my heritage. L.I.P has been a motivator and a reinforcement that I, as a Latina Woman, shouldn't settle for less. The stories and topics that this organization covers are inspirational to me. Being in this organization has opened doors for me and has been incredibly beneficial. We pride ourselves in being a collective organization, with everyone's thoughts, ideas, and creativity contributing to our success. We have been able to succeed as an organization and see ourselves grow. Nonetheless, L.I.P will continue to strive for excellence and we hope to have many more successful semesters in the future. Name: Kimberly Arabu Age: 21 Year: Junior Major: Psychology Minor: Women's Studies Position: Vice President Latinas In Power means everything to me. From what we believe in, to the strength we have as women in this organization. Before L.I.P. existed, I was very shy and would not speak up. I knew I needed something that was going to help me succeed in my college career. When Stephanie Gomez came to me with her idea about forming a group for empowering and educating Latinas, I was right on board and I thought to myself that this is exactly what NEIU needs because there was nothing on campus like this. I also knew that this was exactly what I personally was looking for. With hard work and dedication, L.I.P has blossomed and has shown NEIU that this is an organization that will forever grow. We support each other, help one another, and are there for every last one of our members. We have a strong foundation of friendship that brings us together and helps us get work done. This is really a true sisterhood of women – that in itself is very hard to find. Also, since education is the key to the future, we strive for excellence in academics, trying to raise the retention rate one Latina at a time. Community is important as well, we will continue to stay humble and know where our roots came from. Another thing that I love about L.I.P. is the diversity in the group. Learning from one another is a great tool, and L.I.P encourages us to share in each other's culture. Through interactions with L.I.P. I learned that I am a feminist, a leader, and an ambitious woman. L.I.P. has given me the chance to really find myself, my strengths and what I need to improve on. I feel as though L.I.P helped me attain true womanhood. I thank L.I.P. for giving me unconditional love and support. I wear L.I.P's signature red beret with pride. I believe that L.I.P. will continue to provide a platform for every woman that wants to succeed in life.   Isamarie Schiffin Age: 21 Year: Junior Major: Social Work Position: Secretary Latinas In Power is an organization that has impacted me in a positive way and I wouldn't give it up for the world! It has taught me that my education is very important and I should cherish every moment of it. As Latinas, we should set our sights and expectations high when it comes to our grades. It has helped me with my communication skills and with organizing my life. I have built an amazing bond with other Latinas that have faced difficult challenges; with each other's support we know we can get through anything. Most importantly, L.I.P has taught me to embrace my Latino heritage. L.I.P means the world to me because I am training to become a responsible, successful person and I believe the experiences I have with L.I.P will prepare me for the real world. It has made my college experience so much better to know that I have a group of sisters that will be there for each other through thick and thin. Latinas In Power will keep helping Latinas feel empowered, because that's what we do best. It will remain engraved in my heart forever! Name: Zio Gil Age: 21 Year: Senior Major: Sociology Minor: Psychology Position: Treasurer As a transfer student from Harper Community College, I did not know anyone on campus. As a result, I started looking for an opportunity to get involved. Little did I know, I would meet a group of women who would encourage me to do more, be more, and give more of myself for a greater purpose. L.I.P has given me the opportunity to develop my networks and to be more active on campus, which ultimately has allowed me to feel a greater connection to the university. L.I.P is more than just an organization that meets once a week; it has served as a support system not just in my academic endeavors, but also in my personal life. I have become more conscious about my identity and the responsibility I have to carry myself with dignity. It has also made me aware of the fact that I do not just represent myself or L.I.P, but Latinas everywhere. More than anything, I have been inspired to empower other young Latinas just as I have been empowered. How to join: Every semester during the Organization Fair we are looking for women that have a passion for their Latina roots, culture and history. In addition to that, we host a meet and greet. If you are interested in joining, please contact Sandra E. Gonzalez at [email protected] for more information.     Upcoming Events:   Kuumba Lynx Feb. 29 6:00pm NEIU Recital Hall $3.00 tickets in advance $5.00 at the door (All proceeds will be donated toKuumba Lynx)   Nuestros Labios March 9 6:00pm El Centro Campus Free   Vagina Monologues March 30 6:00pm El Centro Campus $5.00 (All proceeds will be donated to Porchlight Counseling Services)   By The Ladies of Latinas in Power...

President’s Pen: Model Illinois Government

January 24, 2012

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Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 00:01 Paul Harris: I'm in my second year as the NEIU MIG advisor. It has been an honor and privilege to take on the advisory role after several years as a participant. I have especially enjoyed mentoring the student delegates and coaching them throughout the year of preparation and at the simulation. I have benefited personally not only from participating but also enjoyed the learning process and watching students develop a depth of understanding of the state's political structures as well as helping them emerge as leaders and thinkers. The NEIU MIG delegation has a long legacy of producing student and community leaders and I look forward to continued participation in being part of this legacy. Please consider attending a meeting and realizing your own potential as a citizen of Illinois and the U.S. MOOT COURT Northeastern Illinois University maintains an active moot court team that has been coached by Dr. Neddenriep for the last four years. The squad, usually composed of six students (3 teams), argues an appellate-level case before a hypothetical court typically staffed by lawyers from Sangamon County, Illinois. Northeastern's team has been very successful in recent years, boasting a fourth place finish for "best counsel" in 2010 and a first place finish for "best council" in 2011. Likewise, in recent years, a Northeastern student was elected to the Chief Justice position, thereby assuming administrative control over the moot court component of the MIG simulation. According to Dr. Neddenriep, participation in moot court provides students with a powerful learning experience that helps them understand the intricacies of Constitutional Law, while honing valuable public speaking and analytical skills. Likewise, according to Dr. Neddenriep, the experience is a good primer for students who are entertaining the possibility of entering law school upon graduation from Northeastern. Model Illinois Government Michelle S Gruebmeyer B.A. MIG President since 2010 Model Illinois Government (MIG), not just for political science students! MIG offers an annual simulation where the students take over the Capitol Complex in Springfield, Ill. Students can choose from a multitude of "roles" they can play during the simulation. They can be a member of the House of Representatives, a senator, a lobbyist, a journalist, or a moot court attorney. For students who are interested in government this opportunity provides the most valuable experience they will have in their collegiate life. The experience provides to ANY STUDENT the ability to think on one's feet, public speaking and every member of the NIEU delegation has returned with a new sense of confidence in themselves. Students who choose to be legislators during the annual simulation will debate MIG bills on the House and Senate floors in the Capitol Complex. The only people allowed on the House and Senate floors are the actual House Representatives and Senators elected into the Illinois State Government and Model Illinois Government participants! It is such an awe-inspiring experience to walk onto the House or Senate floor for the very first time. NEW MEMBERS are still welcome! Anyone who wishes to become a member of MIG must contact the MIG President Michelle S Gruebmeyer at [email protected] or go to www.orgsync.com and request to join MIG. IF you wish to be in attendance at our annual MIG simulation please contact Michelle through her email directly as the simulation deadlines are fast approaching!  ...

Letters of Leadership

January 24, 2012

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  My name is Jackie; I am currently a junior with a major in communications, media and theatre and a minor in music. I have been a member of Trio NEIU for about a year and a half now and I'm very proud to say I am. Originally I had heard about Trio as an incoming freshman from a friend who was apart of Trio's Upward Bound program at Robert Morris University. At the time NEIU did not have Trio on its campus, however my friend still encouraged me to join if they did. Trio became an organization on campus about 2 years ago and aside from their bright yellow advertisement that was posted almost every where on campus; I became interested in the services Trio offered. They offer a more personal one on one academic advising, tutor services; help with applying for scholarships and FAFSA, building leadership skills, job shadowing/ internships, help with building your resume, priority registration and a nation wide network of contacts. There are 3 divisions of Trio (Access, Achieve and Teacher Prep), and I am Trio Achieve member which helps students with just about any major. I have made an academic plan with my advisor, which helps me with selecting and registering for classes each semester. I have also started building/ editing my resume and I am currently applying for internships and looking into graduate schools. Trio has definitely given me the professional attention I needed as a student to help me succeed. I really love the personalized academic advisement and the fact the Trio is a nation wide organization, which will benefit my networking. However, I think what I love even more is that every one in Trio NEIU gives you this feeling that they can relate to you, care about your future, can help and want you to be successful. The feeling of being a Trio member is certainly gratifying in all sincerity and I can't imagine being any more proud and excited for my future. I highly recommend any student with the slightest curiosity to visit Trio on the 4th floor of the library (412 LIB) or to setup an appointment with a Trio staff member at (773) 442-4971. Jacklyn Nowotnik...