Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Student Peer Mentors Needed!!

Hello all,

If you know of any students interested in becoming an FYE Peer Mentor, please send me their names with their ID #. Students interested in becoming an FYE Peer Mentor must have a 3.0 GPA and have taken an FYE course.

Students selected to become an FYE Peer Mentor will be required to: 
  • Attend one class session per week of the mentor’s assigned FYE class and maintain individual mentoring hours 
  • Implement study groups as needed 
  • Meet minimally twice a month during the semester with the mentor’s assigned FYE class instructor 
  • Attend twice-monthly meetings with Peer Mentor Supervisors
  • Complete required reports and participate in project evaluation 
  • Refer students to Northeastern resources
  • Maintain a commitment to the program for an entire academic year 
  • Participate in a training program during the summer 
  • Coordinate co-curricular activities and conduct team-building activities 
  • Maintain regular and consistent email communication with supervisors and mentees through NEIUport and/or D2L

Monday, July 17, 2017

House Subcommittee Boosts TRIO by $60 Million

The House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (“LHHS”) Appropriations Subcommittee unveiled its FY 2018 legislation. The bill, which proposes to fund the 2018-2019 program year, includes a 6% increase of $60 million for the Federal TRIO Programs. The legislation also includes a $10 million funding boost for the GEAR UP program. These increases are particularly remarkable given that the overall funding level for this LHHS bill is approximately $5 billion less than the LHHS bill in FY 2017.
While many steps remain in the final funding process for FY 2018, this funding increase is a victory that can be directly attributed to the fervent efforts of TRIO programs and students. Thank you for hard work and continued advocacy on behalf of low-income, first-generation students.

Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship Program: Apply by 7/26

Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship Program


Apply Now Through July 26

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The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever! This year, we have over 1,300 vacancies at 33 U.S. Government agencies. The 524 projects available this year can be found here. Students can apply between July 2 – 26 on USAJOBS to their top three projects.

VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance. Selected applicants will contribute up to 10 hours per week from September 2017 through May 2018 working on projects across the U.S. government. As eInterns, students will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, housing and other essential initiatives. Together, we can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad. Last year, we had students in programs ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels, both full and part-time, taking courses in person or online. A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process. Interviews may be conducted in August. eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.

The following agencies are participating in the 2017-2018 VSFS program:

 Agency for International Development (USAID) • American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) • Department of Agriculture (USDA) • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) • Department of Education (ED) • Department of Energy (DOE) • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) • Department of Labor (DOL) • Department of State (DOS) • EducationUSA • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) • Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) • General Services Administration (GSA) • Health and Human Services (HHS) • Indian Health Services (IHS) • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) • National Gallery of Art (NGA) • National Institute of Corrections (NIC) • National Library of Medicine (NLM) • National Parks Service (NPS) • National Science Foundation (NSF) • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) • Peace Corps (PC) • Smithsonian Institution (SI) • Veterans Affairs Department (VA) • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Field Trip to Museum of Contemporary Art July 25

A trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Chicago is tentatively scheduled from July 25 from 12:30 to 3:00 pm. Details of the trip are forthcoming.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is FREE on this day. Please make sure you bring proof of your Illinois residency. Only your Illinois State ID or Driver's License is acceptable.

We will be meeting at the Museum of Contemporary Art at 12:30pm in the lobby area. 

Directions on getting to the Museum of Contemporary Art: https://mcachicago.org/Visit/Directions

If you have questions regarding the event, contact Marianyelli Hanna, m-hanna11@neiu.edu, 773-442-4972.

For information about the MCA, visit https://mcachicago.org/Home
RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/36K72LR

Student Housing Tours Available!!

Summer is here, but it's never too late to learn more about living on campus.

The Nest is hosting Open House Tours all summer to show how students have a transformative experience with residence life.

Get out of traffic and forget waiting for the bus. Give us a call at 773-442-4663 to set up a tour. Or visit neiu.edu/housing to learn more.

NEIU Bookstore Hiring Now

The NEIU Bookstore is hiring temporary and part-time team members for the summer and fall school seasons! Apply now at www.follett.com

Student Pantry Seeks Volunteers

The Northeastern Student Pantry is looking for volunteers for July 2017. Pantry hours are 1pm - 4pm on Monday and Thursday in E-050A. We also have volunteer slots in the morning on both of those days to help set up the pantry. Sign up is easy, just follow this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4DAAA623ABF49-julyaugust
If you are interested in donating to the Pantry our list of most needed items is as follows:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Granola Bars
  • Canned Soup
  • Rice
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Canned Tuna
  • Diapers
  • Baby Food/Formula
  • Toiletries (Shampoo, Shower gel, Toothpaste, etc.)
You can drop off any donation to any of the donation bins set up around campus:
  • Academic & Community Partnerships (E 047 C)
  • Advising Center (LWH 0027)
  • Angelina Pedroso Center (B 159)
  • Learning Support Center (LIB 454)
  • Project Sucess & Proyecto Pa'Lante (LWH 4029)
  • Student Center for Science Engagement (BBH 235)
  • Student Disability Services (D 104)
Please contact Kenya Barbara at Student-Pantry@neiu.edu if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the Student Food Pantry.