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Finding skilled laborers has been an ongoing challenge for Illinois manufacturers. According to Whiteside County Economic Development (WCED) of Morrison, Illinois, the labor shortage and skills gap is expected to worsen as a boom of skilled manufacturing workers reach retirement age, leaving Illinois manufacturers with an even greater shortage of skilled labor that is expected...
The FLEX group tours the Rec Center. The topic of the day was, appropriately enough, confidence and self-efficacy. In other words, Associate Professor Jenn Jacobs told her students in KNPE 310: Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise, the power of the mind. Or, she clarified, the perception of one’s ability to perform a specific task successfully. “My favorite...
Tao Li is paving the way for next-generation batteries The National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are giving a charge to the research of NIU Chemistry Professor Tao Li, whose work could lay the foundation for improvements to ubiquitous rechargeable batteries used in electronic devices, electric vehicles and grid energy storage. NSF awarded Li with a grant of...
On November 19, 2021, the NIU College of Business held its Alumni Awards Dinner. Hosted by Dean Balaji Rajagopalan, attendees included NIU President Freeman, 2020 and 2021 award winners, NIU College of Business alumni and friends, and NIU faculty and staff, all of whom gathered together in celebration of the college’s award winners for the...
Seventh-graders from Clinton Rosette Middle School stood in a circle, each clutching a several-feet-long string tied to the same marker. Their task: cooperate to insert that marker into the mouth of a 20-ounce plastic bottle. First, they remained still as they pulled tightly or loosened their individual grips to position the marker over the target and then...
It has been said that “those who cannot do, teach.” In the case of Lukas Bonnen, who earned his B.S. in electrical and biomedical engineering in 2017 and his M.S. in electrical and electronics engineering in 2018, working as a teaching assistant only helped him to do more. Today, just four years after joining the...
The campus community has the opportunity to participate in a series of open forums where they can meet and ask questions of the finalists for the position of Chief of Police and Public Safety at Northern Illinois University. The schedule for the forums is as follows: Candidate 1: 1 pm, Monday, Nov. 29, Altgeld Hall,...
Gaming For All – a new sub-group of the NIU Esports Club – is getting a boost from Gen.G, one of the world’s leading esports organizations. NIU Gaming For All received a grant from the Gen.G Foundation, whose mission is to develop talented young gamers and promote diversity and inclusion within gaming. With this new...
NIU Leaders In Ethics And Academic Discipline (LEAD) students Alison Kramer and Sydney Klunk represented the College of Business at the Eller Ethics Competition. LEAD is a student organization that focuses on ethics in business settings. The Eller Ethics case competition, which hosted more than 20 universities from across the country, took place at the University of Arizona on the weekend of October...
Liz McSpadden, ’10, M.B.A. ’16, says she lives by three principles—grace, grit and gratitude. Now in her mid-thirties and going through her third round of treatments for stage IV breast cancer, it is easy to see why she has needed grit. But her grace and gratitude are the traits that are most impressive, as she...
In March of 2020, the NIU undergraduate mock trial team was ecstatic when it was announced they had taken second place out of 24 teams at the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) tournament at the Kane County Judicial Center in Geneva, Illinois. This earned them a bid to the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) National...
Join the NIU College of Law for the next Race and the Law Conversation on “Cannabis and Restorative Justice” on Tuesday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. with alumna Toi W. Hutchinson (’14), Senior Advisor to Governor Pritzker on Cannabis Control.  NIU Law Professor Wendy Vaughn will moderate. Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CST Register...
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