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Deputy Director of White House Hispanic Initiative Receives Northeastern Illinois University Distinguished Alumnus Award


Contact:  
Sara Gast, (202) 401-1989 , sara.gast@ed.gov


Event Date 1: December 19, 2010 10:00 am

Jose Rico, deputy director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, will be honored with the Northeastern Illinois University Distinguished Alumnus Award on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. during commencement exercises for December graduates. This award is the highest honor NEIU bestows upon a graduate and is in recognition of a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements or a career of noteworthy accomplishment.

Since the award's inception in 2005, Northeastern has recognized alumni as standouts in their profession and community. Past recipients include Daniel L. Goodwin (B.A. ’66), chairman and CEO, The Inland Group, Inc.; Mirta Ramirez (B.A. ’72), founder of ASPIRA of Illinois; and The Honorable Luis V. Gutierrez (B.A. ’76), U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman 4th District.

Rico will receive the award during the first commencement ceremony, which celebrates graduates who earned degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and nontraditional programs. The event will be held at NEIU’s Physical Education Complex and is open to the press. Media interested in attending may contact Dana Navarro at 773-442-4227 or d-navarro@neiu.edu for more details.


Event 1
Who : Jose Rico, deputy director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
What : Honored with the Northeastern Illinois University Distinguished Alumnus Award
When : Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at 10 a.m. CST
Where : Northeastern Illinois University
Physical Education Complex
5500 N. St. Louis
Chicago, IL 60625
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