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Retirement party planned May 29 for Penny Winterton

Penny Winterton
The Department of Special and Early Education invites the campus community to an open house honoring Penny Winterton from 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in Room 146 of Gabel Hall. After 25 years of dedicated service to NIU, Winterton is retiring. For more information, call (815) 753-8421 or email

Northern Kane Educational Corp. honors late NIU professor

Moses Mutuku
Members of the board of directors of the Northern Kane Educational Corp. acted May 19 to honor the late Moses Masesi Mutuku by naming a portion of Cambridge Lakes Learning Center in his memory. The Moses Mutuku Early Childhood Administrative Suite encompasses the administrative areas of the learning center’s preschool and kindergarten building. Mutuku joined Northern Kane’s…

Student teacher prepares for career success by learning craft in Tanzania

New NIU alumna Lucia Hoffman and Caren, a pre-school student who lives at the Amka Afrika hostel.
Lucia Hoffman could have done her student teaching in the suburbs or in Chicago. She chose instead an eight-week internship at Amka Afrika School in Babati, Tanzania, during January and February 2014. An early childhood major in the NIU College of Education, Hoffman worked with her Tanzanian co-teacher Paschalina and 25 pre-schoolers in an English-language school where…

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