No. 22

Northeastern Neighbors
Temporary Spring Break Shutdown to affect services, amenities
Due to a state budget impasse in Springfield that has left the University without adequate and reliable state funding for the past 20 months, Northeastern is taking the steps toward a temporary University-wide shut down and employee furlough program during Spring Break (March 19-26) that will allow it to save the money it needs to keep doors open this summer and fall. The shutdown will mean that all University services will be closed for the week with an exception for minimal staffing of University Police and engineers. Services and amenities that have been made available to neighbors during previous Spring Breaks will be unavailable. This includes the Library, computer labs, Campus Recreation Center and Child Care Center. President Helldobler and the University administration continue to advocate in Springfield for the much-needed state funding required to keep services like these open as well as provide an exceptional learning environment for students. We thank neighbors who have shown their support for the University during this budgetary crisis.

Northeastern Neighborhood Network discusses plans for newly acquired Bryn Mawr block
During Tuesday night's meeting of the Northeastern Neighborhood Network (NNN), President Helldobler reiterated the University's plans for the nearby Bryn Mawr block that is now owned by the University. He shared preliminary plans to keep existing buildings occupied before construction would take place. He added that he anticipates a grand opening of a new residence hall to be about two-and-a-half to three years away. A summary of the meeting discussion is available in the Archives section of the website created for specifically for Northeastern Neighbors. Also in the summary is more information about the University's state budget challenges as well as its community involvement.
Office of Community & Professional Education (CAPE) to offer two new classes starting in April

Storytelling: Your Experience
Taught by Lily B, a Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion from Chicago, this non-credit course is designed to take your personal experience and turn it into a story worth telling. Draw from your own life to find material that is honest and relatable and learn to tell your story in a way that is compelling and entertaining. 
Wednesdays: April 5 to May 10

Jewelry Making: Band Rings Galore
Have you wondered how to make a ring? If so, this four-week workshop is perfect for you. During this workshop, you will learn how to size your finger and the metal-smithing techniques of sawing, filing, soldering, texturing, and finishing. Then you will apply these skills to create at least four custom band rings, two brass and two silver.
Wednesdays:  April 5 to April 26
Registration will open soon for this class.

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M5 Mexican Brass opens Chicago Brass Festival weekend
M5 Mexican Brass  will open the 9th annual  Chicago Brass Festival  at Northeastern Illinois University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10. The performance will take place in the Auditorium on the Main Campus. The Chicago Brass Festival is open to the public. The M5 Mexican Brass performance, which is a ticketed event, is also a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern's Office of Cultural Events. Parking permits are required to park on campus.
Northeastern welcomes your feedback
Our neighborhood spans a large geography that encompasses businesses, institutions and residents who represent a very diverse array of viewpoints. It is important to us that we understand the issues and concerns -- about our events, programming and projects -- that can help strengthen our relationship as neighbors. We invite you to share your thoughts with us   online .  

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