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Moving NIU forward: Why John Hulseberg gives back

June 17, 2020

John Hulseberg works as a painter in the Physical Plant and contributes to a variety of areas on campus.

“It just feels right!”

For NIU staff member John Hulseberg, those four words capture perfectly the reason he donates to Northern through the NIU Foundation. There were other reasons, too, and after additional consideration, Hulseberg was glad to share:

“Contributing financially to a variety of areas on campus is a no-brainer for me. The Operating Staff Dependent Scholarship provides financial help for my fellow staff members’ children who attend NIU. My wife, Laura, earned her master’s degree in art and design education last summer. Our daughters continue to participate in programs through the Community School of the Arts, and we love the wide variety of exhibitions at the Art Museum”, he said. “Lastly, I earned my MPA degree in 2014 and will forever be thankful for the opportunity to graduate from such a prestigious and highly ranked program.” 

Hulseberg came to NIU in 2006 and works as a painter in the Physical Plant.  He also serves as Operating Staff Personal Advisor and is NIU’s representative to the State Universities Civil Service System’s Employee Advisory Committee. Hulseberg’s work and involvement have allowed him to collaborate with a wide variety of staff members at NIU, and his Huskie family has made quite the impression on him.

“Watching how the entire University continues to adapt and evolve to the changing landscape of higher education in Illinois is truly impressive,” he says. “Collectively, our institution has become stronger and more unified in its effort to ensure our students fully experience NIU’s values and mission. I am thankful to be able to go to work every day to a place full of so much energy, critical thinking, collaborative learning, artistry and discovery.” 

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who exudes as much Huskie Pride as Hulseberg, and he hopes to instill that same pride in today’s students. “I am hopeful NIU’s graduates will remember their time positively. No matter where life takes them, they will always be Huskies.” 

One way to exhibit Huskie Pride is by making a financial gift through the NIU Foundation.  “Taking ownership in the place you work is truly rewarding and satisfying,” Hulseberg shares. “Literally, giving that extra little something can help make all the difference in the world to both current and future students.”

Move NIU Forward during Huskies United June 24-25

You can join Hulseberg in moving NIU forward June 24-25 by making a gift during the NIU Foundation’s Huskies United event.  Huskies United will begin at 4:25 p.m. on June 24 and will run for 1,895 minutes, a nod to the university’s founding year. The campaign will focus on raising support for the university’s strategic funding priorities including emergency student funds, diversity, equity and inclusion, scholarships, and research, artistry and innovation.  

You can also help spread the word as an NIU Social Media Ambassador.  Sign-up at

For more information about Huskies United, visit the website at or email [email protected]