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Things just got a little greener at NIU’s Child Development and Family Center (CDFC) thanks to a generous grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. For Kristin Schulz, executive director of the CDFC, the $11,550 grant means there will be less waste going to area landfills. “We are so grateful to the DeKalb County Community...
By the time Diane Hillard-Sembell came to NIU’s campus in 1978, she was already familiar with “The Hard Way.” Growing up in Alexis, Illinois—a small town with a population of about 900 near Galesburg—Hillard-Sembell was the second youngest of six children, living in a converted one-room schoolhouse. “People sometimes can’t fathom it, but we didn’t...
Laurie Elish-Piper NIU College of Education Dean Laurie Elish-Piper and David Paige, director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, were honored Nov. 6 by the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER). Elish-Piper received the A.B. Herr Award, which celebrates the distinguished service of a professional educator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of reading. Past recipients include College...
Vicky Baftiri, ’03, M.A. ’05, has always been passionate about finding the truth. She and her three siblings were raised by a truth-seeking, matter-of-fact father. “He stressed the importance of honesty,” she said. With only one TV set in her house, Baftiri’s father would always watch the news, especially world news. Even though she was only...
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...
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