Anne Kaplan, vice president of Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies at NIU, was presented with the Richard Peterson Award during a honors luncheon hosted by Econ Illinois.
The Peterson Award was established in 2000 by the Econ Illinois Executive Committee in memory of Richard S. Peterson, former chair of of the Econ Illinois Board of Trustees. Peterson’s leadership, advocacy, commitment and friendship embodied the spirit of this award.
One volunteer is recognized with the Peterson award each year for outstanding commitment to the mission of Econ Illinois through extraordinary leadership and service.
The award was presented to Kaplan at Econ Illinois’ Economic Education Day Awards Luncheon, held Oct. 23 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Twelve K-12 grade teachers from throughout Illinois were also recognized for their excellence in teaching economics and personal finance. 3M has sponsored the teacher awards and luncheon for the past 14 years.
Kaplan has been part of NIU’s administrative team for more than 35 years and has been an active participant in planning and delivering educational program and services across northern Illinois.
She has been a member of the Econ Illinois Board of Trustees for 10 years, and has championed the work of both Econ Illinois and the NIU Center for Economic Education as key units of NIU that help expand outreach to K-12 schools throughout the state.
Kaplan played a central role:
- in the development of the NIU Outreach facilities in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, and Rockford;
- in the establishment of the university’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology;
- in the development of the university’s current Board of Trustees; and
- in the consolidation of university units responsible for outreach, engagement and economic development.
For more than 60 years, Econ Illinois and its network of university-based Centers for Economic Education, provide Illinois K-12 teachers with professional development, curriculum consulting, classroom simulations, educational competitions and awards programs, and engaging first-class curriculum materials.
Located at NIU, Econ Illinois is part of the Division of Outreach, Engagement and Information Technology.