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First chapter of 125 Key NIU Moments to be released today

January 16, 2020

A nearly year-long effort to identify the key moments that shaped NIU enters a new stage today with the release of its first chapter.

“The Beginning (1895 – 1906)” covers eleven important events and people, from the legislation that established Northern to the earliest efforts at creating a school culture and institutional pride. 

The 125 Key Moments project is part of NIU’s 125th Anniversary celebration.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and annuitants will receive an announcement email at 1 p.m. with a link to the site, which includes short stories, photos and film clips from the NIU Archives. Each new chapter will be similarly introduced once a month throughout 2020.

Key moment nominations were submitted by members of the university community and selected by a distinguished group of current and retired faculty, staff, trustees and alumni. Judging criteria included an emphasis on events that enhanced NIU’s reputation; had a lasting effect; set direction for some significant period; were a cause for celebration or reflection; had a significant impact; and built institutional pride.

The site includes links for sharing stories on social media accounts.